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Berryville, Virginia

Since the Washington Family’s stewardship in pre-Revolutionary War times, Clifton has always been a prestigious country estate with rolling hills and captivating views that give peace and serenity to those select few that have called it home. Located in the heart of Blue Ridge Hunt territory on the north end of the Shenandoah Valley, Clifton’s historic homes and 411± acres will be sold at auction to only the 4th family of ownership in its history.

Auction Date:
Tuesday, June 3rd: 6:30 PM EST
Auction shall be held on the property.
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Information Dates:
Please join us at information dates to learn more about our unique auction process and to further explain this fine offering.

Information Days shall be held on the property.
Friday, May 9th: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 10th: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Friday, May 23rd: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 24th: 10:00am - 12:00pm

Showings and information will be available on the designated information dates. To schedule additional showings please contact Hall and Hall Auctions at 1-800-829-8747.

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Offered in cooperation with Sheridan-MacMahon & Remax Roots.


Clifton is located in Clarke County Virginia, 3 miles north of Berryville, just 60 miles west of Washington DC but worlds away from the traffic jams & high-rise buildings. Clarke County is privileged by its spectacular location. Nestled in the northern Shenandoah Valley, protected between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Allegheny Ridge, with the magnificent Shenandoah River running through it, it is known as an oasis to Washington DC and Northern Virginia residents. Clarke County also boasts a varied population of businesses, which bring a wealth of historical, cultural and social diversity, all within its borders. This planned open space community has only 14,500 residents but no shortage of activities, amenities or access to the big city. 

Area Attractions and Ammenities
Twin Oaks Tavern Winery  - 12.3 Miles
Veramar Winery  - 9 Miles
Appalachian Trail - 10.5 Miles
Shenandoah River - 8.5 Miles
Blue Ridge Hunt
Historic Harpers Ferry - 18 Miles
Washington D.C.  - 60 Miles
Dulles International Airport  - 41 Miles
…Much, Much More


Clifton is comprised of 411± acres. The farm will be offered in tracts and combinations ranging in size from 35± acres to 411± acres. 

Acreage Breakdown: 

Tract 1: 35± Acres 
Tract 2: 240± Acres
Tract 3: 80± Acres
Tract 4: 56± Acres 


Clifton Manor

  • Palladian Classical Revival Style
  • Four-over-four floor plan with 12½’ ceilings
  • 4 to 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bath
  • Library
  • Fully renovated
  • Central A/C & heat
  • Dozens of original glass windows
  • 7 fireplaces
  • 1834 Winchester style mantels
  • Heart pine floors
  • Egg and dart crown molding
  • Curved pool with waterfall edge & in-pool hot tub
  • Marble and limestone porticos
  • 11 dwelling unit rights in Clarke CO, VA

Little Clifton Manor

  • Fully renovated
  • Built in 1844
  • Stone construction
  • 3 bedrooms plus library

Farm Operation Facilities

  • Large bank barn
  • 4-stall barn with a run-in wing and drive-through corncrib
  • Farm office
  • Milking barn
  • 15-bay machine shed
  • 10-stall center aisle barn with feed and tack rooms
  • Miles of new fencing, both board and woven wire
  • New well and watering system



Clifton has played a significant role in American history for over two hundred years, and its fame derives notably from its close association with George Washington, who walked its rolling fields as a youth in the 18th century. Clifton was a Washington family tract, and the current owners are only the third family to have ever owned this historic property. Warner Washington Jr. lived in a pre-Revolutionary house on the site, which he sold to Griffin Taylor, the second family of ownership, in 1795. In 1818, Taylor left Clifton to his daughter Sarah and her husband, David Hume Allen, who completed the Georgian stucco-over brick house in 1834. Historian Samuel Kercheval described Clifton as following in the mid 1830’s.

“In the county of Clarke, David Hume Allen, Esq., has lately erected a brick dwelling on a beautiful eminence, from which there is a most enchanting view of the Blue Ridge and adjacent country. It is sixty five feet by fifty, with a splendid portico, supported by a beautiful colonnade 25 feet high of solid pine pillars…

Mr. Allen is pretty extensively engaged in the stock way. A few years ago, he at one time owned one hundred and twenty head of horses, and a large stock of improved black cattle...”

Clifton figured prominently in the history of both our nation and the State of Virginia. Senators and governors, plantation owners, musicians and artists, and horsemen and cattlemen gathered at the mansion house to share Clifton’s warm hospitality. President Tyler visited and in his honor, a new set of Clifton china was fashioned. Clifton continued as a place of importance to both combatants during the Civil War with Confederate General Stonewall Jackson quartering his cavalry in the Barracks Barn and the mansion house serving as headquarters for General John Mosby’s main Confederate army in August 1864 and later as Union General Phil Sheridan directed maneuvers in the northern Shenandoah from the farm, where he positioned his main army, writing in his memoirs of the “Clifton-Berryville advance”

Across generations the name “Clifton” has been associated with a tradition of excellence in architecture, agriculture and stewardship of the land and the time has come for a new chapter of ownership in the rich Clifton history to begin.


Terms and Conditions

  • The property will be offered in individual Tracts and Combinations
  • 10% of total Contract Price will be due immediately upon closing of the Auction as earnest money.
  • A 10% Buyer’s Premium will be added to final Bid Price(s) to determine total Contract Price.
  • Closing shall take place on approximately July 1st, 2014. Possession delivered upon closing subject to existing leases. 
The Facts: 
  • 411± Acres
  • Rich in American History
  • 1 Hour to D.C.
  • Easily accessed from Route 7
  • Blue Ridge Hunt Territory
  • Shenandoah Valley
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains 
Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Berstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources. Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek, Dan Bergstrom or Brant Marsh at (406) 656-7500 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Tina Hamm or Scott Moran • (406) 656-7500 
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882
J.T. Holt • (806) 698-6884

Broker Participation: 

A commission will be paid according to the broker participation guidelines to any properly licensed broker who registers a successful Buyer, who closes on a tract/combination. Broker registration forms are available upon request. Forms must be completed and returned no later than Monday, June 2nd at 12 pm MDT.




Upon having a substantive discussion about a specific property or properties with an actual or prospective buyer or seller who is not the client of the licensee and who is not represented by another licensee, a licensee shall disclose any broker relationship the licensee has with another party to the transaction. Further, except as provided in Virginia Code § 54.1-2139, 54.1-2139.1, 54.1-2139.2, or 54.1-2139.3, such disclosure shall be made in writing at the earliest practical time, but in no event later than the time when specific real estate assistance is first provided. Such disclosure may be given in combination with other disclosures or provided with other information, but if so, the disclosure must be conspicuous, printed in bold lettering, all capitals, underlined, or within a separate box. Real estate licensees in Virginia are required by law to make prompt written disclosure of any brokerage relationship to members of the public who are unrepresented. Licensees must also make written disclosures and obtain timely written consents from their clients before entering into other brokerage relationships. If a licensee's relationship to a client or customer changes, the licensee shall disclose that fact in writing to all clients and customers already involved in the specific contemplated transaction. Copies of any disclosures relative to fully executed purchase contracts shall be kept by the licensee for a period of three years as proof of having made such disclosure, whether or not such disclosure is acknowledged in writing by the party to whom such disclosure was shown or given.

"Brokerage relationship" means the contractual relationship between a client and a real estate licensee who has been engaged by such client for the purpose of procuring a seller, buyer, option, tenant, or landlord ready, able, and willing to sell, buy, option, exchange or rent real estate on behalf of a client.
"Client" means a person who has entered into a brokerage relationship with a licensee.

"Customer" means a person who has not entered into a brokerage relationship with a licensee but for whom a licensee performs ministerial acts in a real estate transaction. Unless a licensee enters into a brokerage relationship with such person, it shall be presumed that such person is a customer of the licensee rather than a client.

"Ministerial acts" means those routine acts, which a licensee can perform for a person, which do not involve discretion or the exercise of the licensee's own judgment.

Forms of Client Representation:
"Standard agent" means a licensee who acts for or represents a client in an agency relationship. A standard agent shall have certain obligations to his client and any additional obligations agreed to by the parties in the brokerage agreement. A standard agent must disclose his client relationship whenever dealing with an unrepresented party. A standard agent is also allowed to assist an unrepresented party with ministerial duties.

“Limited-service agent” performs limited services, which include only those services requested by the client. In effect, it’s taking the list of everything a Standard agent does and subtracting duties that the client isn’t interested in. It requires a written brokerage agreement that meets the following criteria: (1) It discloses that the licensee is acting as a limited services representative; (2) It provides a list of the specific services that the licensee will provide to the client; (3) It provides a list of the specific statutory duties of a standard agent that the limited-services representative will not provide the client; (4) It includes this language (or its equivalent): By entering into this brokerage agreement, the undersigned do hereby acknowledge their informed consent to the limited service representation by the licensee and do further acknowledge that neither the other party to the transaction nor any real estate licensee representing the other party is under any legal obligation to assist the undersigned with the performance of any duties and responsibilities of the undersigned not performed by the limited service representative.

“Independent contractor” (also known as non-agent) is created by a written brokerage agreement that specifically states that the real estate licensee is acting as an independent contractor and not as an agent. The agreement must also state the obligations an independent contractor has, and which have been agreed to by the parties. An independent contractor relationship is entered into when a licensee is acting as either a designated agent or a dual agent. A “designated agency” is when a principal or supervising broker assigns different licensees within the firm to represent exclusively the seller and buyer. A “dual agent” is a licensee who has a brokerage relationship with both seller and buyer in the same real estate transaction. Dual agency comes with significant limitations to the services a licensee is legally allowed to provide either client. Licensees must provide clients with new, specific language that clearly explains these limitations. These limitations are called “enhanced disclosures.” For example, dual agents are prohibited from advising either party as to the merits of specific terms, offers, or counteroffers; dual agents can’t advise a buyer client about the suitability of the property or its condition (except the disclosures required by law for seller representatives); and dual agents can’t advise either party in any dispute that might later arise relating to the transaction. In dual agency both clients receive a reduced service level.

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.