Home of the Week: Stunning Colonial Manor on Ten Picturesque Acres
From Amy Cherry-Taylor
“We never saw land like that for sale and just had to act,” reflects the original owners of 24374 Oak Meadow Lane. And now, approximately 18 years after purchasing their dreamy acreage and building a stunning southern colonial manor home from scratch, it’s time for a new owner to take the reins of this spectacular estate. In total, it spans 10 picturesque acres. The estate is surrounded by trees in which Hazel Run quietly runs through them and the Rapidan River is just through its protected southern edge.
Before zooming in on the all-brick, meticulously crafted principal residence, let’s check out the land. A 1,000-plus foot paved driveway with brick columns at its entry culminates in a circle out front as well as a massive parking pad in the rear. Within its yard, the 30×50-foot wooden and totally wired barn captivates your attention, complete with concrete flooring, motion sensing security lighting and more. This would be a perfect space to convert for your livestock! Additional exterior highlights include its large sport-type pool (new filter installed this summer!), an outdoor fireplace with antique timber mantle and the two-tiered rear deck leading down to the pool. A custom motorized awning covering the rear deck was installed in 2019. The three-car, rear-load garage has arched windows, its own split-HVAC system and plenty of shelving/storage options.
Out front, its porch stretches approximately 54 feet! Heading inside the brick beauty, 4,400 finished square feet, three bedrooms and 3.5 baths await. At first glance, you can tell this is quality at its finest from its parlor room-like grand foyer with pocket door. Among the home’s core elements are all-brick construction (including coined corners and jack arches at all windows), white oak hardwood floors and 10-foot ceilings. The stunning oak front door alone cost more than $15,000 to handcraft! Anchoring the main level is its great room. Stretching more than 400 square feet, it includes a wall of atrium doors, marble clad Menoda fireplace and a built-in bookcase. The formal dining room is nearly equal in size and features custom black walnut cabinetry running the length of one wall, leaded glass doors and granite countertops for serving. The kitchen has a Dacor stainless steel dual oven, range with hood, granite countertops and high-grade cabinets. The refrigerator and dishwasher are less than two years old. Rounding out the main level are a large library with oak French doors and bookcases galore, laundry room, mud room, second office and let’s certainly not forget… the main level primary suite! With atrium doors to the back deck and pool, a tiered ceiling and Victorian gas fireplace and enormous primary closet, will you ever want to leave your bedroom? The ensuite, marble-draped bath has a glass-enclosed shower with seat as well as a soaking tub. Up the oak staircase, there’s a balcony greeting you at the top. In total there are two bedrooms, a bonus storage room (may be a bedroom!). Each bedroom has its own dedicated bath with marble floors and upgraded fixtures. The unfinished walk-out basement spans 3,250 square feet and is loaded with potential. It currently has a commode, laundry sink and its walk-out exit is wide. Core component-wise, the home has a less-than-one-year-old 80-gallon hot water heater, dual heat pumps (one replaced last year!) and a whole-house 20KW Generac generator.
While emitting elegance and privacy, 24374 Oak Meadow Lane is just minutes from so many local amenities. The dining, shopping and grocery options along Route 3 are less than 20 minutes southeast, Interstate 95 (Route 3) is within 25 minutes and Downtown Fredericksburg is less than 30 minutes. For any nature lover, equestrian enthusiast or seeker of privacy, this is an absolute must-see.