Linden Farm encompasses 1,083± acres in the heart of the picturesque Virginia Piedmont. Wide vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains fill the western viewshed, while the gently sloping land east of the farm marks the beginning of Virginia’s coastal plain. For three decades, the farm has harmonized agriculture, wildlife, and the homestead, creating a farm that’s proven yet filled with potential for the next owner.
The primary land uses on the farm are agricultural and recreational, and the fertile Davidson soils on the western portion of the farm form the foundation of the productive pastures supporting the Angus and SimAngus herd. Wildlife and hunting on the farm are outstanding, and the rolling topography, six ponds, and mixture of open pasture, and hardwood forest provide the groundwork for creating additional recreational pursuits.
The farm is thoroughly improved, starting with a beautiful, character-rich owner’s compound centered around a Georgian-style manor house built in 1930. Additional improvements include a manager’s house, tenant cottage, farm buildings, and two poultry houses. Linden’s large acreage, balanced land uses, privacy, and close proximity to Washington D.C., Richmond, and Charlottesville make it a coveted opportunity to create a lasting family retreat.
The farm has three contiguous components, each of which complements the others and contributes to a well-rounded farm that balances working lands, wildlife, and recreation.
Linden Tract: The Linden Tract comprises the farm’s western 425± acres and essentially forms the “front” of the farm. It contains the property’s main entrance, which is accessed off Clark’s Mountain Road, a quiet, paved road that is state-maintained. The entrance is marked by an impressive 4.1-acre pond, one of six on the property. Turning into the farm, the driveway travels over the pond’s dam, creating a scenic and unique entry.
The land on this tract is primarily pasture, although with its gently rolling topography, it is suitable for any number of alternate uses, including crop production, vineyards, equestrian facilities, and upland bird habitat. A focal point on this part of the farm is the 12.3-acre Brooke’s Lake. Simply put, the views throughout the Linden Tract are spectacular, and the viewshed is often described as the finest in the Rapidan River Basin. The rolling pastures, 16± acres of open water, and wide vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains rival the scenery found anywhere in central Virginia.
The manor house on the property is located here and occupies an elevated location with expansive views of the mountains and surrounding pastures. Accompanying the manor house is the guest house, carriage house, pool, and pool house. There is also a four-bedroom manager’s house and two-bedroom tenant cottage. The number of dwellings on this tract (five in total) offer turn-key availability and a multi-generational family retreat.
Clifton Tract: The Clifton Tract encompasses the core acreage that supports Linden Farm’s agriculture program, including the barns and poultry houses. It measures 139± acres and is comprised of 34± acres of open ground and pasture, 50± acres of mature hardwoods, 43± acres of nutrient bank land (see below for additional information), and 8± acres of farm structures. There is also the 4.4- acre Goose Pond which, as the name implies, has been the location of many productive hunts. The Clifton Tract can be accessed via internal farm roads or using the farm entrance off Clifton Road, which was built to accommodate large equipment and farm deliveries.
Deerwood Tract: The Deerwood Tract covers the eastern 519± acres and is where most of the farm’s wildlife pursuits are focused. In addition to the outstanding deer hunting (detailed further in the ‘Recreational Considerations’ section), there are three ponds, including a 9.75-acre pond and 2-acre pond, both of which contain shallow water and are ideally suited for waterfowl. The third pond measures just under 7 acres and has a private home site on its northern shore. Deerwood also has convenient access, including entrances off two state-maintained roads, with the potential for a third entrance off a quiet residential lane.
Around 1.3 miles of stream frontage on Mountain Run traces the farm’s southern boundary, and 218± acres of the tract have been enrolled in nutrient banking. Overall, the robust wildlife populations on this portion of the farm create a draw for all outdoor enthusiasts, not just hunters. In addition to whitetail deer, you’ll find Eastern wild turkey, bobwhite quail, bald eagles, black bears, and other species – in short, everything you’d expect to see in a thriving Virginia ecosystem.
Nutrient Bank: Approximately 298 acres of the farm are enrolled in nutrient banking, a statewide Virginia program whereby agriculture acreage is converted to forest. Once converted, the acreage must remain in trees in perpetuity. The acreage enrolled was selected both for its suitability for the program as well as secondary benefits the forested land will bring to the farm, including perpetual privacy along the property boundaries and expanded enhanced wildlife habitat.
The breakdown of nutrient bank land by tract is as follows:
- Linden Tract ~ 30 acres
- Clifton Tract ~ 50 acres
- Deerwood ~ 218 acres