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Round Cove

$7,900,000 Sherwood, TN 2,192± Deeded Acres

Executive Summary

Situated on the northern side of the Tennessee-Alabama state line, Round Cove is a stunning 2,192± acres on the Cumberland Plateau near the town of Winchester, Tennessee. The property boasts an exceptionally well built main home with amazing Appalachia views overlooking the valley below known as Round Cove. Uniquely, this property encompasses the entire northern two miles of Round Cove and all of the towering ridges surrounding this vast landscape. The privacy is unrivaled and the seclusion for wildlife to thrive in abundance is immense. Adding to this expansive landscape are 74,000± acres of adjacent protected lands that include Bear Hollow Wildlife Management Area and Skyline WMA. Built in 2005 with a major addition and renovation completed in 2016, the main home is ~5,475 sq. ft. and made entirely out of America woods much of which was custom milled onsite. There isn’t a piece of sheetrock in the entire place! Round Cove is self-sufficient and totally off the grid. The property is very well maintained with an impressive road system and an intensely dedicated wildlife management program.

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General Description

The property has a three-mile deeded gravel driveway through Bear Hollow WMA that is very well maintained. There is a shared gate with the WMA off TN-16 and then a private gate upon entering the property three miles down the gravel driveway. Once on the property, you travel a quarter of a mile to arrive at the main house. All of the property’s structures are located near one another on top of the mountain. The main home and guest house sit on the bluff with incredible views overlooking Round Cove and the surrounding mountains. A few hundred yards from the main home is a 1-acre mountain pond with a Cypress post and beam pavilion. The pond is used regularly for fishing and a summertime swimming hole. Also located next to the main home is an organic garden with garden shed and chicken coop. There are ~70 acres on top of the mountain.

The property then descends to the valley below. Even with sections of considerable slope, the internal road system is very impressive making nearly all of the property accessible. As you move down the mountain’s side, there are secondary roads that extend along the benches typically taking you to a wildlife food plot. The valley land consists of ~300 acres and just rolls along for two miles transitioning from one well maintained food plot to another that all vary in size and offer a countless number of hunting locations and opportunities. There are 40-acres of food plots all managed in well-established clover stands. There are a total of 18 very nice box blinds of which 13 are on the ground and 5 are elevated. Plus, there are tons of ladder stands scattered around the property.

Noteworthy is that the property encompasses both sides of the mountain surrounding Round Cove giving an owner complete privacy and the ability to manage this property with no concern of outside or neighborly influences.

Broker's Comments

Round Cove is a very unusual place to find in the southeast in that it is extremely private, secluded and off the grid. Yet, it is rather convenient to several nice towns and cities. Having tens of thousands of contiguous and protected acres is a rare situation. In addition, the main house is incredible and its bluff location offers the most gorgeous views not found with other properties. Round Cove is a great fit for the person or family looking for a really well done, turnkey property that offers lots of privacy and excellent outdoor recreation.

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Location

Round Cove is located a short distance south of Sewanee on the Cumberland Plateau with a valley address of Huntland, but a more accurately described location would be Sherwood, Tennessee. The property’s southern border rests on the Alabama state line. A scenic mountain route along TN-16 leads you to the property’s main drive, which is a three-mile deeded road through Bear Hollow Wildlife Management Area. Bear Hollow along with Skyline WMA surround much of the property creating a 74,000-acre corridor of protected lands.
For private aviation, the Winchester Municipal Airport is only 20 minutes away, which has a 5,000-foot runway.

  • Winchester, TN - 20 minutes
  • Sewanee, TN - 35 minutes 
  • Huntsville, AL - 1 hour 
  • Chattanooga, TN - 1.30 hours 
  • Nashville, TN - 1.75 hours

Locale

Walls of Jericho and Bear Hollow Mountain WMA and Skyline WMA: Round Cove abuts 8,900 acres of state protected land in Tennessee and 65,000 contiguous acres in Alabama, offering a much broader landscape to explore outside of Round Cove. Bear Hollow offers a number of incredible geological features with it’s most notable being The Walls of Jericho - a large bowl-shaped amphitheater embedded in limestone with Turkey Creek draining through it. This unique water feature and surrounding land offer a number of great hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities. 

Tims Ford Lake: Only 30 minutes from Round Cove, Tims Ford Lake is remarkably picturesque and truly one of Tennessee’s most inviting bodies of water. Surrounded by Tims Ford State Park, the reservoir offers the owner of Round Cove very convenient access to boating and lake activities if so desired. The lake is also renowned for excellent bass fishing. There is a marina on the lake. The State Park is also home to a spectacular Bear Trace golf course.

Sewanee, TN: Home to The University of the South, Sewanee is located only thirty minutes from Round Cove. A large part of this quaint town is influenced by the University’s beautiful campus. “Downtown” Sewanee offers a collection of charming shops and some of the best dining in Middle Tennessee. Many of the town’s 2,300 residents are teachers and artists, creating a lively community that highly values the arts and education. Sewanee is also host to a number of outdoor activities.

Winchester, TN: Just 20 minutes from Round Cove is the historic town of Winchester. The historic square has been well preserved, offering a glimpse into a prior time of small American town. Winchester’s variety of shops, restaurants, and local art makes it the perfect place to stop when traveling to and from the property. The town also has Winchester Municipal Airport, which boasts a 5,000-foot runway and is ideal for private aviation.

Climate

Lying within the humid subtropical zone of the United States, the area offers a mild, pleasant climate and four distinct seasons. Spring arrives in March with mild days and cool nights, and by late May temperatures have warmed up considerably to herald warm summer days. On average, July is the warmest month of the year. The summer months tend to receive more precipitation than other times of the year, and the area has an average annual rainfall of 60 inches. Fall is marked by mild-to-warm days and cooler nights. Winter is usually mild, with the coldest days featuring lows around freezing and highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Snow occurs periodically, with an average annual accumulation of approximately four inches. 

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Acreage (Deeded & Leased)

Deeded Acres: 2,192±

Total Acres: 2,192±

* All acreages are approximations.

Improvements

Main House (~5,475 sq. ft.):
This gorgeous home presides over Round Cove resting on the eastern brow of Bald Mountain. The views are amazing and the sunrises are out of this world. Constructed in 2005 with a major addition and renovations completed in 2016, this tasteful six bedroom, four-and-one-half bathroom residence is perfect for hosting family and friends. Mornings and evenings are best spent on the enormous back decks and covered porches, which take full advantage of the views. Coming from a timber background, the owners of this house paid incredible attention to the woodwork and materials used throughout the house. The house is entirely made of solid American hardwoods inside and outside. There is not a single piece of sheetrock in the house! Pecky cypress is a staple throughout the home along with wide plank white oak floors. There is a custom-built kitchen and a large stone fireplace.

The house is completely off the grid and powered by two 30kw diesel generators (one serving as the backup). Just below the house is a limestone spring providing the home’s water, which is filtrated through a commercial system. There are two geothermal systems for heating and cooling.

The house is designed to be a very comfortable living space for a small family, but to also have the ability to host a larger group of friends if so desired.

Guest House (~650 sq. ft.):
Located two hundred yards south of the main residence is the guest house, which also sits on the brow taking full advantage of the magnificent views. It includes one bedroom and one bathroom with a common living area and kitchenette. It provides the perfect accommodation for a guest requiring privacy and comfort. 

Other Structures: 
The property also includes an equipment shed, hi-fenced garden and garden shed, dog kennel, chicken coop, and a pavilion on the lake.

Taxes

The annual property taxes for Round Cove are approximately $13,600.

Much of the property is enrolled in Tennessee’s Green Belt Program. The Green Belt program allows certain land to be taxed on its present use instead of market value. The law is designed to preserve farm and forest land for valuable food and fiber and to maintain open space for public enjoyment by easing some of the burden of property taxes. The law limits the amount of land that qualifies for greenbelt to 1,500 acres per owner per county. 

Green Belt is not a perpetual conservation easement. It is a program that helps large landowners pay reasonable property taxes.

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Recreational Considerations

The most consummate of outdoorsmen will be thoroughly entertained by the turkey and deer hunting opportunities provided by the peaks and valleys of Round Cove. 

Deer Hunting: Round Cove has been actively managed for trophy deer for over 15 years. In the opinion of many, it offers some of the finest deer hunting, especially for trophy deer, in this part of Tennessee. It is known that big deer thrive in secluded and remote locations where longevity is a luxury and the norm. The topography of Round Cove and the surrounding expansive landscape provide this safe haven for big deer and Round Cove is large enough to manage and keep these bucks on your property year after year. There are 40-acres of food plots all managed in well-established clover stands. There are a total of 18 very nice shooting houses of which 13 are on the ground and 5 are elevated. Plus, there are tons of ladder stands scattered around the property.

Turkey Hunting: Round Cove’s population of wild turkeys will rival any place in the southeast. Routinely, the spring turkey season produces a harvest of 20+ gobblers at Round Cove. The habitat is ideal for turkeys and the clover fields pull and concentrate turkeys from a large surrounding area. An owner can expect to hear several birds gobbling each spring morning and to have lots of room and locations to chase these challenging birds.

Pond: There is a one-acre pond with a Cypress post and beam pavilion. This is the perfect mountain watering hole that is used regularly during the summer as a place to cookout and take a swim. It also offers some nice fishing.

Other Recreation: Round Cove has a very well-kept and impressive trail system that provides both function and entertainment. The ranging topography creates a wildly entertaining biking experience, providing you with rewarding climbs, blistering descents, and relaxing flats. ATVs thrive here and the miles of trails offer excitement and diversity of terrain. Hiking through the property will inspire frequent stops as you pass gorgeous vistas and unique landscapes. 

For the green thumb in the family, there is an appropriately hi-fenced garden with several raised beds and a garden shed.

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