Perched 100' above the Rappahannock River that winds its way through the valley below, renowned landscape architect Richard Arentz found a 70-acre dream site that inspired an amazing home. Windows overlooking the lush foliage outside surround the...
Perched 100' above the Rappahannock River that winds its way through the valley below, renowned landscape architect Richard Arentz found a 70-acre dream site that inspired an amazing home.
Windows overlooking the lush foliage outside surround the living room on three sides, while cantilevered oak stairs in the entry gallery provide a sculptural presence in the space that graciously unites the east and west gardens. A massive Shenandoah stone wall — a visual continuation of the stone outside — divides the open floor plan and maintains a connection from the 6,500 square foot main house to the 1,250 square foot guest house. The kitchen was designed to conceal many of its functional appliances in a library-like fashion and acts as a center for casual entertaining.
Running Cedar's main house draws inspiration from simple farm buildings in the vicinity. The design is one room deep yet gracious in its flow from one room to the next. Its three-stories house four bedrooms and provide sprawling spaces for entertaining and others for intimate gatherings. An open courtyard connects to the guesthouse with a vine-covered pergola overhead — it's the perfect spot for summer buffets al fresco.
The swimming pool, guesthouse, and main residence flank a boxwood-edged west lawn. Verdant lawns enhanced by extensive four season landscaping abounds, including the property's namesake groundcover, Running Cedar. The thoughtful combination of perennials and annuals bloom throughout the growing season in whites, yellows, oranges and salmons. Water features echo the sound of the river below.
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