Kentucky Derby day is nearly upon us, and as the nation’s thoughts turn to bluegrass and roses, what better time for horse lovers to consider a new spot for themselves and their favorite equines? Sit back, put on a fancy hat, pour yourself a cold Mint Julep, and take a look at some of the finest equestrian estates that our Homes of Distinction program has to offer.
You can take a journey through history at this impeccably restored estate, dating back to circa the 18th century. Modern amenities blend seamlessly with the architectural beauty and period charms of the magnificent residence and its brick-ended bank barn. Well-established gardens, an original springhouse, and an approximately two-acre pond are among the notable elements tucked away amid the 135-acre grounds, surrounded by exceptional mountain views and bountiful nature.
Magnificent views of Guilford Lake are visible from this custom-built equestrian estate, which is spread across more than 11 park-like acres. The custom-built, 3,132-square-foot home is accompanied by an award-winning, 21-stall horse barn, a heated indoor round pen with a viewing deck, indoor and outdoor arenas, three pastures, and a 6-bay garage or equipment building, close to golf courses, restaurants, and all the amenities of Guilford Lake State Park.
Nestled amid 35 acres on a hilltop, this amazing country estate offers a plethora of amenities, displaying European-style craftsmanship that includes sweeping marble corridors, a gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art baths, and two wine rooms. A two-mile walking trail runs along the perimeter of the property, which is also home to a horse stable, a pasture, a riding ring, a gazebo, a fire pit, and a pool with a fully equipped pool house.
Set back on a private road amid 31 acres, this unique and serene residence would make the perfect family compound. A huge deck surrounds an above-ground pool and a water feature, looking out across the pond and pastures beyond. The ten-stall barn provides a heated aisle, wash and tack rooms, and a loft suitable for a barn dance, not far from a fenced outdoor arena with a sand base.
Breathtaking, 180-degree views are visible from this award-winning home, which offers everything from a granite kitchen and a lower-level wet bar and wine room to a patio with a wisteria-covered pergola overlooking 96 lush, green acres. The grounds also incorporate a studio guest house, a stone-and-cedar picnic pavilion, a greenhouse, two barns, and stables with six stalls, only a stone’s throw away from Loyalhanna Creek.
Overlooking fenced pastures and the Bristol hills, this charming, four-bedroom farmhouse dating back to 1893 is perched atop 17½ bucolic acres. Its two-story barn is fitted with five stalls, four of which have direct access to pastures, as well as a hay loft, additional storage, and a basketball court on its second floor. In the summer, you can recline on the patio, gather around the fire pit, or enjoy a relaxing swim in the in-ground pool.
Presenting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this property consists of more than 100 acres on the James River, only a ten-minute drive away from Colonial Williamsburg. The grounds are already home to a 5,900-square-foot residence, a thriving equestrian center, and a detached garage with an apartment, all in a location whose importance in Virginia history is second to none.
To learn more about these and other unique Homes of Distinction offered by Howard Hanna, download a digital copy of our Homes of Distinction magazine, and for information on USDA financing to afford that rustic retreat of your dreams, take a look at our blog post explaining the different types of home loans.