My friend Keith posted some gorgeous pictures on Facebook over the weekend and when he mentioned the name of the house, I thought it sounded familiar. After pondering it for a few minutes, I realized that it’s owned by the aunt of a very good friend, and that he decorated it.
The house was on the market briefly this spring, but it’s already been snapped up. I remembered that there were some images of the interiors of this house online, so I thought I’d share them with you.
The house was built in the late 1810’s and was very sympathetically restored over a four-year period. This is the view from the other side of the top image. The house is sited on the top of a hill, placed to catch the summer breezes.
The house is furnished mainly in European antiques, and of those, mainly French ones. The attention to detail is amazing, from the brass rail around the top of the wall for hanging the paintings to the chandelier and the bust placed perfectly.
The previous kitchen was too modern for the house and so it was replaced with one more sympathetic to the property. Although the original kitchen is in the cellar, there’s a summer kitchen in an out-building that’s now a guest house.
The house was designed by an architect who worked on the plans for the University of Virginia with Thomas Jefferson, and another Charlottesville firm oversaw the restoration and decoration of the property.
The owner’s moving on now, to someplace a little smaller than the 110-acre estate with 10 buildings, and to a place that doesn’t need renovations or restorations. The house was recently open for a garden tour, and thousands of people stopped in to see it, perhaps getting a last look at this amazing house and its beautiful rooms.
Thanks to Keith MacKay and to the WSJ for the images!