Kirk Hall, circa 1860
Steeped in elegance and natural beauty, Kirk Hall is a rare slice of the history and splendor of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay country. In the village of White Stone, this early Tidewater farmhouse has an enduring and stately presence. Traced by deed to the late 18th century, both the house and dependency are enchanting examples of early Virginia architecture. The manor house exhibits characteristic rough-sawn wood siding, a gracious covered front porch, and Flemish Bond chimney.
The property is enclosed with painstakingly designed hedgerows, more formal at the entrance with London Plane trees paired with Winterberry shrubs, leading to seemingly native plantings along the boundaries. The private, tree-lined drive creates a striking allee. Featuring walled gardens, a pergola, a sundial, a croquet lawn and an herbaceous border, the grounds are reminiscent of an English country house with intimate spaces. Space to wander and relax, to share secrets, and above all to enjoy afternoon tea (or evening cocktail).
Double paneled doors with transom open to the entrance hall, revealing the elegant,walnut staircase with Virginia mahogany newel post and curved banister. Thoughtfully renovated, the interior of the home maintains its authentic character with plaster walls, aged-brick fireplaces, period mantels, heart of pine floors,classic mouldings and built-in cabinetry and bookcases. On either side of the hall are two parlors with brick fireplaces. One, more privately situated, is ideal as a study or first floor bedroom. It has access to an attractive full bath. The other opens to the dining room and a large screened porch. The perfect chef’s kitchen includes gas range, stainless steel appliances, granite counters, center island with additional sink and custom wood cabinetry.
Surrounded by windows, the sunlit, first-floor master bedroom creates a warm, inviting retreat. The luxurious master bath has a whirlpool bath and separate shower. Multiple sets of French doors stretch across the back of the house leading from the living and dining rooms and master bedroom to the brick patio, pergola, and delightful gardens. The spacious screened porch creates a wonderful outdoor room for family and entertaining. The second floor features a bright, open hall that highlights the graceful staircase. The three spacious guest bedrooms occupy corners of the house, capturing an abundance of natural light.
With woods and fields as a backdrop, the grounds are constantly animated with rabbits, deer, red foxes, hawks, cardinals and hummingbirds. Brick and pebble pathways with picket fences meander through mature trees, flowering shrubs and enchanting perennial and annual gardens. Kirk Hall is an endearing, estate-size property presenting a rare combination of history and distinctive architecture surrounded by over eight acres of exceptional outdoor wonder.
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