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Oak Spring Dairy: 156 Acres

8360 Oak Spring Road Upperville, VA 20184
$4,950,000

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Oak Spring Dairy is an idyllic 156-acre Northern Virginia hunt country property consisting of three houses with 9 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 3 half baths and a converted dairy complex. It was a part of the Mellon estate located near the charming villages of Upperville and Middleburg.  Following Mrs. Mellon’s death in 2014, the estate was divided into several parcels with a major portion held in trust by the Oak Spring Garden Foundation.

Adjacent to the Foundation, with natural springs, sprawling meadows and mature woods, Oak Spring Dairy abounds with wildlife—bald eagles, great blue herons, foxes, deer, bees, butterflies, birds and more. Bordered by historic Goose Creek, it is an enchanting enclave anchored by a 19th Century log cabin restored by the Mellons for their friend, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

In addition to the log cabin, there are numerous farm outbuildings (barns, silos, spring houses) and two other dwellings—the historic pre-Revolutionary War Woolf’s Mill House and the Hill House.  The property is under a Virginia Outdoor Foundation (VOF) easement that specifically provides that, in addition to the three existing “secondary dwellings”, the owners have the “right to construct one principal dwelling.”

To protect against the possibility of any view-obstructing construction on neighboring properties, the current owners acquired 38 additional acres to their original acquisition, thereby assuring protection of the spectacular panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It is a sanctuary “ . . . set in one of the most tranquil and beguilingly beautiful landscapes of Northern Virginia.”  (The Gardens of Bunny Mellon).

Oak Spring Dairy has been given new life by the current owners who have honored the Mellon legacy with a similar passion to preserve the natural state of the Virginia landscape.  They have carefully and purposefully renovated each of the three existing dwellings and the two connected buildings that once housed the dairy.

The two-bedroom, one full bath, two half baths log cabin has six fireplaces, custom pocket doors, screens and shutters.  “Bunny Mellon touches” inside the log cabin reflect her legendary preference for faux-painted floors, custom kitchen cabinetry and concealed nautical-style storage spaces inspired by memories of sailing with her father. Hand-painted, custom tiles made in Florence, are used throughout the cabin.  While dining outside on the flagstone terrace, one will notice that the gutters and downspouts are made of stainless steel, faux-painted to match the trim around the doors and windows. The log cabin has a new cedar shake roof and new HVAC system.

The site of the historically significant Woolf’s Mill was expertly excavated and the Mellons donated the unusual “tub wheel” to the Smithsonian. Sited above the mill is the Woolf’s Mill House, which was once occupied by Frank Marion Woolf, one of the celebrated Mosby’s Rangers.  Two millstones remain that serve as doorsteps on the exterior of the house.  Major restorations have been made. It is a comfortable two-bedroom house, with four fireplaces, two and a half baths, upgraded systems, and an outdoor shower.  Importantly, the foundation of the house was excavated, parged and the surrounding grounds re-graded to provide correct drainage.  The house has a new cedar shake roof, new mini-split AC and a new propane boiler.

In 1985, the stone bank barn, milking parlor and cheese house were completed.  So what does one do with a milking parlor and cheese house, both of which were laden with stalls, plastic walls suitable for power-washing sanitation, stainless steel vats and piping for moving fresh milk?

It is transformed into an exceptional gathering place for friends and family, with two full Waterworks baths, radiant-heated floors, laundry room, refreshment center, ice-maker, beverage refrigerator, bedroom and art studio.  Stalls, milking and cheese-making equipment were removed and the original character of the facility was maintained by retaining such features as the concrete floors and stainless steel stairs.

The milking parlor and the cheese house are connected by a covered breezeway, a comfortable and inviting space for relaxation, reading and refreshments.

The upper level of the cheese house serves as a light-filled art studio, the walls of which are covered with blue and white hand painted custom-made Florentine tiles that could not be reproduced. When cheese-making equipment was removed, several holes were left in the tiles. Determined to keep, the tiles, the holes are concealed by unique ceramic birds, butterflies and bees especially created for the studio walls by local artist Joan Gardiner.

The third dwelling, Hill House, is a four-bedroom residence with stunning mountain views. The Mellons acquired the iconic Sears Roebuck house in the 1950’s.  It has been completely renovated with new appliances, floors, updated baths, and a new propane boiler.

Very little at Oak Spring Dairy has gone untouched.  Meticulous care has been taken to upgrade electrical systems, septic, drain fields, roofs. Even the banks of Goose Creek have been restored and stabilized.

Still – in the words of Mrs. Mellon, “…nothing should be noticed.”

The dairy farm and all of the properties that were a part of the Mellon estate are under VOF conservation easements and foxhunting easements.

One would be hard-pressed to find a property more immersed in history and tradition, more exquisitely cared for, in a setting unlike anything else in this venerated part of Virginia.

Detail

  • Property ID
    186363
  • 9
    Bedrooms
  • 8.5
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    6807814 sqft
  • Lot Size
    156 acres
  • Log Cabin
    Style
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    Year Built
    1800

Updated on October 21, 2019 at 7:47 am

Address

  • Address: 8360 Oak Spring Road Upperville, VA 20184
  • City: Upperville
  • State/county: Virginia
  • Zip/Postal Code: 20184
  • Country: United States

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Cricket Bedford
  • Cricket Bedford
  • Thomas & Talbot Real Estate
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  • (540) 229-3201
  • (540) 687-6500
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