Nestled amidst the idyllic hills of Great Falls, Virginia, Wildersmoor House is a masterpiece of old-world craftsmanship and modern convenience. Encompassing a vast 17.3 acres of secured land, the estate provides a unique blend of privacy and accessibility. Although a mere 25-minute drive from Reagan National and Dulles International airports, Wildersmoor House transports you to a sanctuary of unmatched tranquility, seclusion, quality, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
As you pass through the stately front gates, one embarks on a breathtaking, leaf-canopied sweeping driveway that culminates in a circular motor court. The stunning facade exudes an air of timeless elegance, featuring oversized handmade bricks, gracefully arched transoms, ornate cast stone cornices and columns, and grand gothic windows. Crowning the exterior is a Vermont grey slate roof, adding to the high-quality material palette. Adhering to the architectural principle of appropriate scale, the exterior's harmonious proportions serve as a fitting introduction to a residence encompassing approximately 27,000 square feet of meticulously designed interior space — a true emblem of refined living.
Upon stepping onto the sweeping portico, one is welcomed by an imposing arched door meticulously crafted from Honduran mahogany, which leads into the stately reception hall. With its vaulted ceilings and trio of pointed windows featuring ¾-inch muntins, the home's dedication to quality and attention to detail is immediately evident. Luxurious French limestone floors, complemented by vix blue stone and Jerusalem gold accents, bask in the abundance of natural light that permeates. At the heart of the central foyer, a graceful cascading staircase adorned with custom Elizabeth Eakins and Hokanson carpets serves as a functional masterpiece. An octagonal skylight crowns the rotunda, inviting ethereal light to fill the space and casting an enchanting aura over the foyer.
The main level radiates venerable grandeur, characterized by soaring 12-foot ceilings and wide plank solid cherry wood floors, enriched with custom inlays of bubinga, American holly, and sapele pommele woods, which ensure a seamless flow throughout. Classical proportions define the formal spaces, such as the embassy-sized living room, which is elegantly adorned with Schonbek fixtures. A sophisticated gentleman's library showcases coffered ceilings, backlit displays, and book-matched burr elm, while the formal dining room is graced with an illuminated cove ceiling and a handcarved limestone fireplace. The chef's kitchen, conceived in a unique circular layout by British designer Johnny Grey, conveys superlative Sub-Zero and Viking appliances. The level is further elevated by an extraordinary swimming pavilion, enveloped within an Athenian solarium, with French doors inviting the natural beauty of the outdoors inside. A bubbling spa anchors the end of the full-sized pool, offering a view of the serene lake beyond and creating a tranquil oasis open to natural sunlight while remaining securely enclosed.
Encompassing the entire rear of the second level is the magnificent primary suite. The bedroom provides panoramic views of the cherry tree line below, while a dual indoor-outdoor fireplace is bordered by private terraces. Two separate baths feature gracious steam showers and large spa tubs. One comprises of gorgeous kashmir white stone, while the other is clad in elegant kirkstone. Each bath has a designated dressing room, complete with extensive built-ins for optimal organization. Luxurious underfloor heating and heated towel rails heighten the spa-like experience. The secondary bedrooms are equally generous, featuring integrated built-ins, fireplaces, and ensuite marble baths.
The lower level, located above ground level, boasts abundant natural light, rendering it an ideal space for hosting distinguished gatherings. Adorned with exquisite details, the space includes a formal paneled billiards room featuring three-quarter height wainscoting and an oversized fireplace. A fully equipped wet bar crafted from solid heart of pine wood, and a walk-in, temperature-controlled wine cellar, which is accessed through yet another Honduran mahogany arched door, are situated adjacent to the billiards room. The private screening room, replete with blackout curtains and surround sound, as well as the comprehensive fitness center with a full sauna, offer additional amenities for indulgent living. The lower level is further complemented by a full self-contained apartment, perfectly suited for an au pair, complete with direct outdoor access, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, and an ensuite bedroom.
The expansive grounds offer a haven where residents can luxuriate in the exquisite natural beauty of their surroundings. Mature plantings and a nod to the iconic steps of architect Edwin Lutyens instill a sense of peace, while the tranquil, park-like ambiance is both soothing and rejuvenating. At the heart of the estate is a man-made ¼-acre lake, featuring a whimsical fountain, dock, and playful koi fish. Through diligent legal efforts, a conservation easement has been established, affording additional protections to the natural landscape. In addition to the property's impressive array of features, the estate's vast and unprecedented 17.3-acre expanses offer unparalleled opportunity for further amenities. The sheer scale of the land provides abundant space for additional outdoor features such a tennis court, basketball court, and even an additional swimming pool. The expansive acreage presents an exciting canvas for future additions and customized features, tailored to the discerning owner's preferences.
Furthermore, the property offers excellent equestrian facilities, artfully designed to provide the ultimate in luxury and comfort for equine enthusiasts. The beautifully constructed stables, feature six stalls, a sand training arena, and three pastures linked to a protective run-in shed. Ample equipment storage and parking space ensure that all your needs are met to enjoy your passion for horses, while a dedicated stable manager ensures that the facilities are impeccably maintained day in and day out. Beyond the property, rare access to the expanse of Great Falls and Rivers Bend state parks provides exceptional trail riding opportunities.
Equipped with a range of modern features and systems, the estate was designed to maximize conveniences and contemporary amenities. The property is supported with an elevator, a whole-house generator, 36-zone irrigation system, three central vac systems, and a 16-zone HVAC. Power drapes in seven rooms and three laundry facilities add to the home's functionality. The estate also features 11 masonry fireplaces, five chimneys, and 12 garage spaces. The garage includes a state-of-the-art woodworking workshop crafted from reclaimed heart pine and hosts its own half bath. The property's audio-visual capabilities are equally impressive. The lighting control system was recently upgraded with the installation of a $260,000 Lutron system comprising 197 keypads, ethernet wiring throughout the home, and over 100 integrated speakers concealed behind plaster-finished walls.
Wildersmoor House stands alone in its unrivaled combination of seclusion, quality, equestrian facilities, and acreage. Tucked away within its own private oasis, the home provides a true escape without sacrificing proximity to the vibrant heart of Washington, DC. This rare offering presents the opportunity to experience ultimate seclusion and serenity, all while being moments away from the cultural and political epicenter of the country.