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Welbourne

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Welbourne is a Greek Revival antebellum home on 520 acres of rolling farmland in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Approach Welbourne via a gravel road flanked by 200 year old stone walls. Enter through stone gate posts topped by geese. Long straight driveway with 150 year old trees on either side ends at a grass circle in front of Greek revival main house. Two-story front porch with white columns; two single-story wings with decorative balustrades. Tan stucco is scored to look like limestone blocks. Red tin roof with attic dormer windows. Western view from front porch to field of horses. Wrap-around covered back porch with ceiling fan; views to the neglected garden with boxwoods. Main house was built between 1770 and 1870 and has been in the same family for eight generations, since 1833. Operating as a bed and breakfast since the 1930s. Faded elegance: worn oriental rugs, peeling paint, frayed silk damask curtains. Family antiques and portraits in every room. Welcoming, warm and inviting. Old Virginia. Civil War history. Literary history - F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. First floor: gracious front hall with archway and staircase; parlor with fireplace, window where Major John Pelham etched his initials in 1865; library with fireplace; music room with fireplace and piano; large bedroom with canopy bed, private bath with claw foot tub and separate entrance; small bedroom with twin beds and private bath with claw foot tub; dining room with fireplace, family portraits, silver, and china, long dining table from 1830s; 1960s dated kitchen. Second floor: four main bedrooms with canopy beds and fireplaces with private baths, two with claw foot tubs; two smaller bedrooms with twin beds that share baths with two of the large rooms. Third floor: two rooms with twin beds that share a bath; attic. Grounds: tenant house in front used to be a greenhouse; four tenant houses behind the main house, including a log cabin that dates from 1750, predating the main house; three uninhabited structures: school house, smokehouse and spring house. Farm: 500 acres of open rolling pastures, woods, streams and creeks. Views to the Blue Ridge Mountains. 90 retired horses. Barns and farm structures: carriage barn, blacksmith shop, corn crib and enormous cattle barn with cathedral-like loft. Welbourne is a National Historic Landmark and on Virginia Register of Historic Places. Historical plaque on Route 50 reads: “One mile northwest stands Welbourne (ca. 1770), which has housed members of the same family since the 1830s. It is a significant example of a late-18th-century stone farmhouse that evolved into an imposing mansion. Welbourne was the home of Col. Richard H. Dulany, C.S.A., who founded the nation’s oldest foxhunting club, (Piedmont) in 1840, and the oldest horse show (Upperville) in 1853. Visitors during the Civil War included Stuart and Mosby. In the 1930s F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe stayed at Welbourne. Each writer published a story using the house as a setting.” Thomas Wolfe wrote of Welbourne during his stay in 1934: “An air of ease and homely comfort has pervaded every line and even the somewhat rambling and haphazard changes and additions of a century of use have served only to enhance the noble dignity of the old house. The place is warm with life....and grandly, instantly familiar the moment that a stranger enters it.”

Category and style

Mansion

Georgian/Southern, Greek/Neoclassical

Parking

Private parking for 100 cars

Truck / motorhome on site parking: On property

Location details

Bedrooms:
10
Bathrooms:
8
Property size (sq ft):
10000 sq ft
Lot size:
500000 sq ft

Location Rules

No adult filming
Use of restroom(s) for a crew of 15 people or less is allowed

Amenities

Air Conditioning
Hair/Makeup area

Features

Clawfoot Bathtub
Conventional Ceiling
High Ceiling
Glass Doors
Screen Doors
Wood Doors
Circle Driveway
Gravel/Dirt Driveway
Long Driveway
Backyard
Balustrade
Barn
Columns
Front yard
Guest House
Hills
Large Grounds
Stable/Corral
Toolshed
Veranda
Walkway
Brick Fireplace
Fireplace With Mantle
Dark Wood Floor
Large Yard
Overgrown Garden
Attic
Basement
Bookcase
Closet
Crown Molding
Home Library
Piano
Dated/50's to 70's Kitchen
Front Porch
Wrap-Around Porch
Equestrian
Quarter/Half/Three-Quarter Turn Stairs
Colored Walls
White Walls
Pond/Stream/Creek
Bay or Bow Windows
Sash/Up And Down/Hung Windows
Transom Window

Crew access

Stairs
Location
Exact location provided after booking