Mars Hall in Orange County is 25+/- acres with all the features you hope to find in a country property. Its unusual name was provided through the whimsy of a previous owner, Dr. Richard Marshall (Mars-Hall, get it?) and has a place in both area and national history. Many locals of a certain age know Mars Hall as the place they learned to swim, as Dr. Marshall opened his home and pool to the community in years past. The pool has since disappeared but the fond memories remain. Its link to our American history comes from being located across from the Montebello estate where a future president, Zachary Taylor, was born while his family was on their way to settle in Kentucky.
Entering Mars Hall through the ivy covered gates, a paved driveway carries you up to the top of a hill. Awe-inspiring sunsets and sunrises come with the territory, as the property looks west to the Blue Ridge Mountains and southeast to the Jefferson sea. The brick home is surrounded by trees except where openings were made to allow for mountain views. Behind the house the land drops off to an open pasture which includes two springheads with rock surrounds. It then rises again to a wooded slope that continues up to the property line along the top of a ridge. The landscaping around the house employs rock walls, grassy lawns and plenty of mature boxwoods, crepe myrtles and azaleas, blending the home site with the adjoining woods. In the open area to the west is a small orchard populated with apple, peach and plum trees.
The main house at Mars Hall is a combination of the cozy and the elegant. The great room is truly spectacular, with soaring ceilings, parquet floors, a beautiful marble surround fireplace and wide glass doors and windows opening to a covered porch. It combines the dining room and living room into one open grand space that is perfect for entertaining a large group, yet cozy enough for just two. Cozy carries into the rest of the house. The study is a quiet sanctuary with rich paneling and floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases. A fireplace and mountain views make this the perfect spot for reading or contemplation. The kitchen is functional with room for all the expected appliances, and the breakfast nook includes another fireplace and views of a garden outside. Each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom attached. The two master bedrooms on the first floor are comfortable and accommodating. One even has its own fireplace in a wall of bookcases and cabinets that provides a quaint cottage feel. A detached two car garage completes the amenities of the main house.
In addition to everything already mentioned, the property has both a chicken coop and a three-stall stable. Any equine enthusiast will be quite at home here in the heart of central Virginia horse country. If you or your family members are interested in riding, the close proximity to both the Keswick and Bull Run foxhunting clubs should peak your interest. In addition to the stable, there is also an auxiliary cottage on the property which would be ideal for any number of uses, including office space, guest lodging, rental or storage. The cottage has two bedrooms.
Mars Hall is indeed a complete country property, but remoteness is not one of its features. It is located just minutes from Gordonsville and Barboursville, 20 minutes from Orange and only 30 minutes to Charlottesville. If you are interested in a getaway home, you will find easy access from either Richmond or Northern Virginia. So whether you are seeking a place to call home or a home away from home, this is a jewel of a country property.
For a showing or further information, contact Gayle Harvey by email or at 434-220-0256.
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. is a Charlottesville Va real estate broker that strictly abides by the U.S. and Virginia Fair Housing laws.