Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of many, creating a desire to enjoy life in elegant, grand manner. The setting of Highclere Castle seems to be that of a fairy tale. Such elegance still endures in the a few country estates in Virginia. One such grand estate is Glen Roy in the historic Chesapeake Bay country.
Built in 1853 by William Patterson Smith, the classic Greek Revival manor house has a characteristic four-over-four Georgian plan with a three-section center hall and a central staircase that winds three floors up to a sky-lit cupola with widow’s walk.
Grand in scale, this impressive design incorporates 13 rooms with 15-foot ceilings downstairs, and 14-foot upstairs and 12 working fireplaces. The timeless proportions create an elegant, yet comfortable ambiance.
The plentiful original architectural elements highlight the distinctive nature of Glen Roy: over-sized windows and doors with a Egypto-Greco surrounds with complex moldings and significant amount of old glass, heart pine floors, and plaster walls and ceilings.
Along the west elevation on the river, the hall, living room and dining room open to a sixty-foot glass orangery.
Completely new systems and conveniences have been skillfully woven into the meticulous restoration, creating luxurious living.
This estate includes a number of dependencies. The nineteenth century carriage house was converted to a seven room guest house with two bedrooms, dining room, living room, kitchen and two bathroom. The spirit of the structure was preserved by transforming the original front carriage entrance into an over-sized window, brightening the interior space.
With a picket fence enclosure, inviting swimming pool is surrounded by a handsome English border. On the waters of the Ware River is a private pier that offers a deep-water, protected harbor.
The frame, two-bay garage has smart offices with bath and kitchen on the second floor.
The oldest building with east gable entrance and west gable end chimney above a raised brick cellar, features oyster shell mortar, 5-course common bond, beaded weatherboard, and six-over-nine double-hung sash windows. Once a doctor’s office, it has been restored to a delightful library. Adjacent are the fascinating ruins of an early, circular brick dairy.
The striking, antebellum grain barn displays a rich, picturesque patina. Also, included are an early 20th century frame stable, sheep shed and lawn mower shed.
Glen Roy possesses the ultimate Chesapeake Bay country experience: significant history, exquisite original architecture, estate presence and coastal lifestyle.
Discover this place that may be the ideal legacy for your family to enjoy for generations. You may be grow to love it as Lord Grantham: “I claim no career beyond the nurture of this house and the estate. It’s my third parent and my fourth child. Do I care about it? Yes, I do care!”
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