This Fauquier Co. estate has a storybook mansion — and massive acreage in the Virginia countryside

This Fauquier Co. estate has a storybook mansion — and massive acreage in the Virginia countryside

One of the largest estates in the Virginia countryside, complete with a 20,000-square-foot French-inspired mansion and 2,000 acres, remains in search of the right buyer.

The Cove, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Hume, has been on the market for more than seven years — it was listed for nearly $24 million in 2014, according to a Wall Street Journal article at the time.

Now priced at $19.5 million, the property at 12410 Cove Lane has seen some interest from buyers looking to create a family compound, according to listing agent Kathryn Harrell of Washington Fine Properties, who is working with Robert Hryniewicki, Adam Rackliffe and Christopher Leary of HRL Partners of WFP to sell the home.

“It’s ideal for people seeking privacy, because not only is it 2,000 acres, but the way it’s situated, you basically own everything you see,” she said. “You own up to the top of the mountain ranges around the property, so it’s super, super private.”

Harrell also positions the property, which has two ponds and its own 12-acre lake, as a private resort.

“There are miles of trails — you can just go there and lose yourself,” she said.

Inside the French- and Georgian-style home, there is a gym, steam room, 3,500-bottle wine cellar and tasting room and a home theater. There is also an outdoor pool and spa that looks out to the mountains, a carriage house and garage that can fit nine cars.

The home, which was built in 2002 and is owned by Willam G. Nesbitt, according to Fauquier County property records, has eight bedrooms, seven bathrooms and four half-bathrooms, 10 fireplaces, a two-story library with a two-sided fireplace that also opens to an in-house bar and an elevator.

The 2,000-acre property is split up between 17 tax parcels, and thus offers the opportunity for additional construction, Harrell said. Another option is the land could be put into a conservation easement and yield tax benefits for a buyer.

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