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This elegantly-homey renovated farmhouse is situated on 142 acres of peaceful mountains and quiet beauty in Monroe VA. Graciously-sized rooms with beautiful woodwork have views out all the windows. Use it as a primary residence, or weekend retreat, return it to a working farm, wedding venue or B&B; your family will find plenty to do at the end of the pretty ride home: soak in the views on the wrap-around front porch, swim in the pool, walk the dogs over your land, hunt, ride ATV trails, watch wildlife, read by the fire in the cozy library, put up your harvest in the canning kitchen. Outbuildings include tractor shed, stall and barn. sheds, paddock and the restored original log cabin nestled on High Peak Mountain, the area of Monacan Indians' ancestral home. All systems are in good working order. Fields in land use keep the taxes very low. The property has completed the approval process with Amherst County to be used as a wedding venue/B&B/VRBO: Heart of High Peak.
Recapping some of the attractions of “Heart of High Peak”
1) Even the drive to High Peak Farm is alluring. But as you drive up the lane and approach this property, you are struck by the ambiance and the feeling of history and the well-lived life in this place. Framed as it is by Tobacco Row Mountain, there is privacy and peace and quiet beauty here.
2) It is a natural habitat for wildlife and birds.
3) Sunrises and sunsets are an exhilarating experience at High Peak. The stars are so bright and beautiful in this country setting and often the sun and the moon share the sky in the mornings and evenings.
4) Although it rightly retains its charm as a century old farmhouse, the structure was carefully restored and has been lovingly maintained in excellent working condition for modern convenience. All the working systems of the house are updated with superior materials as needed, such as the roof, new water heater, heating and cooling systems, whole house water filter, updated bathrooms with new sinks and toilets, etc. High speed internet is supplied with WiFi and a satellite dish.
5) The custom gunite pool has a new liner. The two- story barn is equipped with power and water for use with animals, a workshop, extra storage, square- dancing or a fabulous painting studio! :) The other outbuildings provide storage for outside tools, equipment and pool equipment and a horse stall and tractor shed.
6) The graciously proportioned Living Room and Dining Room are both set off with lovely wainscoting and crown molding and have access to the peaceful wrap- around front porch with a wonderful view of the restored front fields and the winding road to the house. Each window in the house affords a delightful view all around the property.
7) High Peak is resplendent in each unique season of the year. The big country kitchen has a sunny bay window for watching the birds and the changing seasons. The fabulous Aga stove keeps the ovens and the kettle always warm, as well as providing heat to the entire downstairs. In the event of a power outage, the Aga will still operate and keep the house warm. Economical propane gas supplies both the Aga and other appliances and mechanical systems.
The canning kitchen creates an additional hardworking space and the summer oven. The washer and dryer, and an extra freezer is here, along with the enviable triple
sink which makes it easy to put up your summer produce.
8) The Library is a large but cozy room with a working fireplace, bright windows and a bank of bookshelves to house all of your favorites. Located adjacent to the downstairs full bath, it can easily be used as a main floor bedroom if that should ever be needed.
9) Upstairs has 4+ large bedrooms and can be divided into two spaces separated by a lockable door; each with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath and its own access to downstairs: the front staircase has a nice landing by the front door with a porthole window and a stained glass window at the top; the spiral back staircase (and the kitchen cabinets) are built from wood grown and milled right on the property.
A bonus is a walk-up attic with great and easily accessible storage, and generous insulation.
10) The 200 year old restored log cabin is a lovely spot to retreat to when a person wants to read, think, write or just take a little time to be in the woods and revel in the view from the porch. With a small kitchen and bathroom, electricity and water, it is equipped for a comfortable stay.
11) If you choose to continue the mutually beneficial and proven system, you can do almost no maintenance on the farm, leaving you time to enjoy and relax. One
group of neighbors barters cutting grass, etc, for hunting rights in the fall. Morris Orchards fertilizes the front fields and takes the hay, maintaining the farm in “land use” status, which keeps the taxes very low.
There is also a forestry plan in place with Amherst County.
12) You can do as much or as little as you want to do at High Peak Farm; you can relax and do almost nothing. Or you can swim, hike, hunt, garden, or ride ATV trails on your mountain. You can visit nearby cities or vineyards, visit historical sites, ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, go to theatres or museums or so many other things.
13) There are many ways you can use the property to bring you income: because it is a popular tourist area you can rent the property while you aren’t using it yourself (and you have a near neighbor who knows the place very well to help keep an eye on things); rent out fields to grow crops such as hemp or hops; rent it for events such as weddings, retreats, festivals, or harvest timber in a few more years.
Susan Murray Keller Williams