HAYFIELDS FARM - SOLD
BULLPASTURE RIVER - HIGHLAND COUNTY
1730's frontiersmen found huge herds of buffalo in the Bullpasture River Valley where the rich limestone soils created prolific meadows along the river. With the outbreak of the French and Indian War a few years later, the Virginia Colonial Assembly directed John and Andrew Lewis to build a series of forts along the Indian frontier. The first was Fort George in 1750 just upstream from Hayfields Farm. By the American Revolution the Bullpasture River Valley was widely settled and the deed to Hayfields Farm bore the governmental grant signature of Thomas Jefferson. Again it was the productive soils and comfortable climate that drew settlers and made them successful.
You enter Hayfields Farm on an avenue of Maple and pine trees that lead to a metal bridge spanning the river. The lane winds past the barn and pond to an elevated knoll where the 1800's farmhouse overlooks the entire valley. The commanding view over the farm operation and proximity to the spring that now forms the pond created a perfect homesite. The current owner restored and expanded the home in 2000 creating a fully modernized residence that retains all of the historic character of the original 1800's design.
The front porch is a favorite place to begin the day as deer herds leave their morning grazing along the river and bald eagles begin their work. The entrance foyer has the traditional twin parlor design with the formal living room to the left and casual parlor for family to the right. The current owner uses this room for his library and study. Both rooms have working fireplaces.
The entrance foyer and study lead to the great room that is open into the kitchen. A lovely side bay addition offers a casual dining space with tall windows looking out over lawns and a pond.
Beyond the kitchen is the recent addition that created a spacious dining room with French doors opening onto a large brick patio surrounded by flower beds. The patio faces east for morning sun or afternoon shade for entertaining near the outdoor fire and grill. The rear addition also includes a large pantry and a ground level bedroom with private bath.
The second floor has two bedrooms above the front parlor and study. The master bedroom is connected to an expansive bath with walk-in shower and jetted tub that looks over the pond and river winding through the meadow below. An enclosed porch hallway leads to two more bedrooms and private bath.
The 1100 acre farm essentially runs from ridge to ridge for a cross section of the entire valley. The mature hardwood forest east of the house meets a large State Wildlife Preserve at the ridge top and extends this protection for another three miles. There is a well maintained system of trails throughout the woods for hiking, horseback or ATV exploration. Where the woods stop, high rolling meadows lead you gently down to the riverbottom meadows and the Bullpasture River itself. These lower meadows yield 1000 round bales of hay each season to support a substantial beef cattle herd through winter.
The Bullpasture River is well known as one of Virginia’s finest native brook trout waters. State trout stocking downstream has led to reproduction of rainbow and brown trout on the farm that give you a chance to catch all three species in one location. Rivers in Highland County are entirely private and not open to the public for fishing access or surface conveyance like most rivers elsewhere in the State. Full control of the river allows the landowner to maximize the management and preservation of this exceptional resource.
The property includes a large barn for hay and equipment storage and has a finished woodworking shop. Modern equipment and hay storage buildings have been added near the farm managers house. This three bedroom modern log home was placed on the opposite side of the farm from the main residence on a vantage point that still offers a watchful eye over the cattle and farm entrance. Thankfully security has never been an issue in Highland County.
The oldest structure on the farm is The Cabin. It has a log core and a stone frontier-style fireplace that certainly dates back to the late 1700's. A frame addition with kitchen and bedrooms makes it a wonderful rustic guest cottage.
If you ever tire of the beauty and activities on Hayfields, The Homestead acts as our local club. ( Click here for The Omni Homestead ). Few clubs anywhere offer the variety of amenities The Homestead provides for its Golf & Tennis Club member: golf courses, tennis, spa, thermal springs, pools, water park, ski slopes, gun club, trout stream, restaurants, shopping, dining, equestrian facilities and the historic Warm Springs Pools. Membership to the Homestead Club is included in this offering.
Offered at $3,900,000
To contact the listing agent, click here.