Merritt-Hutchinson Estate Sells at Auction
Merritt-Hutchinson Estate in the picturesque Virginia countryside sold at auction July 5, 2011. Located at 6797 Leesville Road and 5331 and 5700 Tardy Mountain in Lynch Station, the property was purchased by a buyer who submitted an acceptable offer prior to the scheduled auction date. The sale was conducted in cooperation with listing agents Ron Mangas, Jr. and Amber Krause of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.
About the Estate
Nestled at the bottom of the Blue Ridge mountainside along the charming country lanes of Lynch Station, Virginia sits the Merritt-Hutchinson Estate and its seemingly unending acres of wide rolling hills, dense woods, three private lakes, riding and hiking trails, and multiple homes and structures. Expansive vistas from any vantage offer wonderful opportunity to accommodate an enormous variety of potential uses, from commercial to agricultural to recreational. Offering peace, beauty and endless recreation, the Merritt-Hutchinson estate is Virginia at its very best.
Rich in History
When M.T.C. Merritt, worn and wounded after a long battle in the Civil War, traversed to Campbell County in 1873, he fell in love. Wide swaths of Virginia countryside in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ripe with opportunity, lay before him. Finding its call irresistable, he employed a few friends to care for him and the property as he set to work developing it. The Englishman, years later, stayed true to his promise to deed not only some of his belongings, but the entire estate to its caretakers.
The same opportunity of this pristine pastoral lifestyle is again ripe for the plucking by the next visionary owner of the Merritt-Hutchinson estate.
More than 800 fully fenced acres featuring six homes, a world-class resort and conference hall, five barns and an abundance of equestrian and outdoor activities render this estate a coveted piece of the Virginian landscape. While a fantastic study of both Southern charm and old-world heritage indoors, the estate’s rolling hills and seemingly never-ending vistas from any vantage truly are a breath of fresh air.
Traveling along the country lanes of Lynch Station, the first of many contradictions about this wonderfully complex estate arrives. Six brick and iron gates foreshadow the complex architecture to come and open to reveal unending acres of rolling hills, perfectly manicured pastures and the glimmer from lakes dotting this intensely private estate.
In the hands of Ann Hutchinson, Merritt’s careful and forward-thinking granddaughter, the estate recently transformed into a multifunction resort with many personalities. A bed-and-breakfast atmosphere in the large but intimate original homes is balanced by an incredible resort-like feel of the immense banquet and conference facility, built within the last several years to accommodate as many as 1,000 day visitors or 400 overnight guests for business retreats. The Charter House, the estate’s original hallmark, stands atop the foundation Merritt laid more than a century ago. Guests are able to settle into richly-appointed luxury rooms, suites or full-sized apartments in each of the property’s homes, carefully positioned to maximize private enjoyment.
The Great Outdoors
As intriguing as the meticulously-designed buildings is the bucolic outdoor lifestyle. In addition to the acreage available to explore on horseback, the property offers a regulation-sized outdoor arena for equine flatwork and jumping. The surrounding fields could be developed for a cross-country course, trails, fox hunting in season, a private or commercial golf course, or any other interest the future owner may have. Existing amenities include a heated swimming pool, a large gazebo, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and a stable.
Three private lakes maintain the delicate wildlife that share the estate. Picnicking on the shoreline or casting a line into the three-acre stocked pond is a rejuvenating way for guests to spend an afternoon, while living for days in one of the two cottages abutting the six-acre lake offers a peaceful respite for larger groups. The third lake, an expanse of more than 26 acres, affords fishing, canoeing, rowing, skiing and other activities for the water enthusiasts.
A unique blend of nature, history and modern amenities provides the perfect foundation to continue to build on this idyllic slice of Virginia countryside. There’s plenty of room to let your imagination run wild.
Parcel I | 6797 Leesville Road & 5700 Tardy Mountain ~ 418 acres, Charter House, Equestrian Lodge with Restaurants, Cottages, Caretaker House & Goat Barns
Boasting over 400 acres, Parcel I includes the flagship of the Merritt-Hutchinson Estate, the newly-renovated six bedroom, five bathroom Charter House. Nearby, with charming stable-like paddocks as its backdrop, the Equestrian Lodge houses more than 30,000 square feet of entertaining space and two restaurants. Parcel I also includes the guest cottages, caretaker house and goat barn.
This regal flagship of the Merritt-Hutchinson estate stands majestically against Virginia’s blue skies on a private hilltop. Redesigned by Ms. Hutchinson on its original foundation to preserve the spirit of her grandfather’s vision, the six-bedroom, five-bathroom home offers every Southern comfort in a most opulent manner.
Ideal for entertaining, the home features oversized living spaces, an immense great room that seats up to one hundred guests around a massive stone fireplace, and an expansive wrap-around deck with commanding views of the green acres.
But it’s the details that set this house apart. Inside, the design nods to the home’s original style, while it is enhanced with modern amenities. French doors in the entryway invite the outdoors into the living spaces, while beautiful rich hardwood flooring throughout the home ties each room together. Details such as lighting hardware, including beautiful custom chandeliers and pulls, highlight a historic feel. There is plenty of storage space in built-ins throughout, and caretaker quarters are on the lower level. The kitchen, with a large center island and modern appliances, also holds a cottage feel; its pantries offer an abundance of storage, while an old-fashioned gas stove majestically anchors the room.
Contrasts continue in the Equestrian Lodge, where charming stable-like paddocks are the backdrop for guest gatherings. Part residence, part commercial restaurant, and part a ready-to-use stable, this equestrian’s dreamworld most recently housed an immense banquet hall with intriguing exposed beam ceilings, more than 30,000 square feet of entertaining space, guest suites and apartments, and two full commercial kitchens. Two distinct eateries offer a glimpse of the structure’s potential – a jazz cafe offered an intimate informal dining experience, while an adjoining 200-seat restaurant offered a more formal setting.
The statement that future owners will find potential is an understatement in this building, which features an entrance separate from the Charter House. The structure also includes 12×12 horse stalls with an automatic water system, adjacent to a lighted and fenced riding ring, and positions rural country living against the sophistication of old-world opulence.
Potential owners of this rich rural estate with an interest in animal husbandry will be intrigued by the investment potential of the goat barn. For years, the resort has bred hundreds of rare Boer goats for sale. The large working barn, one of four on the property, has wonderful potential as a breeding facility for any animal, or as a petting zoo for families vacationing on the property.
Parcel II | 5331 Tardy Mountain ~ 383 acres, Chalet, Fletcher House and Conference Hall
Totaling 383 acres, Parcel II includes the estate’s Chalet, with an expansive wrap-around porch overlooking seemingly never-ending expansive fields and six bedrooms on three levels; the Fletcher House, which sits atop a private hill overlooking the property’s magnificent 26-acre lake; and the Conference Hall, which features an indoor tennis court and 20,000 square feet of entertaining space and is suitable to accommodate up to 1,000 daytime and 72 overnight guests.
Leaning against the wrap-around porch at The Chalet, gazing across endless fields, it’s easy to forget an entire estate sits beyond the immediate views. Privacy is as abundant as the natural light that floods this log cabin-style home. Featuring six bedrooms on three levels and a living room with a stone fireplace, guests of The Chalet are treated to views of the Peaks of Otter through a stunning wall of windows overlooking the deck.
Lying in an oversized hammock on the front porch of the Fletcher House, the rustle of trees, calls of birds and fresh outdoor breeze are a recipe for peace. A favorite of guests and residents, the historic farmhouse-style guest home features five bedrooms and an open living space ideal for intimate entertaining. A beautiful natural stone patio and low-slung walls surround an expansive in-ground pool – perfect for a dip under clear skies without losing sight of the Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop. The Fletcher House sits atop a private hill with its own, private entrance and overlooks the property’s magnificent 26-acre lake. Consisting of 383 acres, Parcel II has endless possibilities, including development as an 18-hole golf course.
An indoor tennis court, custom French chandeliers and movie screens aren’t the standard in rural living, unless on the Merritt-Hutchinson estate. The 20,000-square-foot Conference Hall offers a space ideal for development and promotion for use for large family vacations, corporate retreats and parties. Modern amenities include a game room, a state-of-the-art audio-visual system with a movie-sized screen, and lushly appointed rooms for up to 72 overnight guests. The spacious conference accommodations can hold more than 1,000 daytime guests, with banquet facilities available for special occasions. This Virginian clubhouse blends heritage and luxury in large apartments featuring full-sized kitchens, laundry faciilities, a parlor and en-suite bathrooms.
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