Glen Roy, The Downton Abbey of the Chesapeake Bay

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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.

 

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Glen Roy, c. 1853

GLEN ROY-c. 1853

Glen Roy

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.

 

Entry Hall

Entry Hall

Main Hall

Main Hall

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.

Double Drawing Room

Double Drawing Rooms

West Drawing Room

West Drawing Room

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.

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The Kitchen

The Kitchen

The Pantry

The Pantry

Along the west elevation on the river, the hall, living room and dining room open to a sixty-foot glass orangery.

Conservatory

Orangery

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Sitting Room

Master Bedroom Sitting Room

Master Bath

Master Bath

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Completely new systems and conveniences have been skillfully woven into the meticulous restoration, creating luxurious living.

Carriage House

Carriage House

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.

Carriage House Living Room

Carriage House Living Room

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Carriage House Kitchen

Carriage House Kitchen

Carriage House Bedroom

Carriage House Bedroom

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.

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Private Pier

Private Pier

The frame, two-bay garage has smart offices with bath and kitchen on the second floor.

Garage with Offices

Garage with Offices

Garage Office

Garage Office

Garage Offices

Garage Offices

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.

Early Doctor's Office

Early Doctor’s Office

Early Doctor's Office/Libray

Early Doctor’s Office/Library

Ruins of Dairy

Ruins of 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.

Antebellum Barn

Antebellum Barn

Early Stables

Early Stables

Glen Roy possesses the ultimate Chesapeake Bay country experience: significant history, exquisite original architecture, estate presence and coastal lifestyle.

Ware River

Ware River

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!”

Glen Roy from the River

Glen Roy from the River

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