The Rapidan River twists and turns through forests and fertile valleys as it flows east from its source in the Blue Ridge Mountains eastward to join the Rappahanock. At one particular bend, where the river turns briefly to the North, it passes the rolling fields of Rapidan River Farm. Situated in the north eastern portion of Greene County, Rapidan River Farm combines the features of a comfortable and convenient estate property with the practicality of a modern farm-to-table business operation. With its remodeled farmhouse, spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, extensive river frontage and farm infrastructure, it provides a wealth of options for the most discriminating buyer.
The original 1830’s classic two over two farmhouse has been tastefully remodeled and expanded into a 3,900+/- SF three bedroom home. The original structure was taken back to the studs during the renovation, while leaving the original door and window surrounds. All new Lincoln windows from Gaston and Wyatt were installed throughout both the renovated and newly constructed sections. Wainscoting from an original cabin was preserved and used in the parlor. The two original chimneys were relined. Earlier additions to the main structure were replaced, resulting in the current “H” shaped structure. On the main level, the new section starts with a family room which flows into the well equipped kitchen with cherry cabinets and granite counters. A Rumford fireplace was built in the family room, giving it a cozy atmosphere. A hallway from the family room contains a half bath, the entrance to the side porch and the dining room. The large dining room, with its bay window flanked by corner cupboards built by Gaston and Wyatt, runs most of the length of the rear section of the house, providing plenty of room for entertaining. From the dining room there is an entrance to a hallway that opens to a casual sun room on the east side of the house and stairs down to the terrace level with its walk-out family room, and a rear stairway leading up to the master bedroom. The spacious second floor master suite has excellent views of the gardens, fields and orchards around the house. It includes a separate office area and a brightly tiled master bath with double sinks, shower and Jacuzzi. The two other bedrooms, each with a working fireplace, are in the 1830’s section of the house and share a bathroom off the upstairs hallway. An additional full bath is off the basement level family room.
In addition to the living space in the main house there are two studio apartments on the property, both built by Shelter Associates. The garage apartment is a well-appointed living space with wood floors, built-in cabinets and a tiled bathroom. There is plenty of room for a bed, sitting and dining areas, making this an excellent guest cottage or in-law suite. The shop apartment is more modest in design, but a comfortable accommodation for guests or someone who helps around the farm.
The farm itself is a study in functionality and efficiency. It is divided between orchards, pastures, fields, greenhouses, chicken coops and various support structures including barns, run-in sheds and storage sheds. Apples, peaches and cherry trees have been planted with most currently producing excellent fruit. The greenhouses, two poly High Tunnels by Atlas and a Janco glass greenhouse, provide growing space year-round, yielding green vegetables, tomatoes or other hothouse items the market may demand. Fields are in place to grow other crops during the warmer seasons, allowing Rapidan River Farm to be one of the key suppliers to the best farm to table restaurants in the area. Given all the flowering plants around, an apiary was established to add excellent honey to the list of products produced on the farm. The chicken coops were designed for the production of cage-free eggs, providing yet another valuable commodity for the growing farm to table community. The pastures are currently the domain of cashmere goats. They are raised for their fine wool and pelts, as well as sold as breeding stock to others desiring to start their own herds. The farm can easily be adapted for horses or cattle according to a buyer’s wishes.
Besides the comfortable living and practical aspects of Rapidan River Farm, there is a wealth of beauty to be experienced. The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch out across the horizon, providing brilliant sunsets throughout the year. The exceptional landscaping compliments the property, with peaceful gardens yielding explosions of color spring, summer and fall. The white four-board fences crisscross the fields, framing this bucolic setting. A bold stream cascading over rocks creates some lovely waterfalls as it makes its way to the Rapidan River that meanders along the northern boundary. You will find relaxation picnicking on the banks, or perhaps a thrill as you launch a canoe or kayak for a trip downstream.
Whatever your desire, be it a sustainable farm or a comfortable estate, Rapidan River Farm has everything you will need to make your fondest wishes come true.