Linden Farm encompasses 470± 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 can be outstanding, and the rolling topography, two ponds, and large amount of open acreage provide the groundwork for 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 with a separate fully updated guest cottage and carriage house. Additional improvements include a manager’s house, tenant cottage, farm buildings, and two poultry houses. Linden’s 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.
*Linden Farm is contiguous to Deerwood (613 acres, link here), which is also available for purchase
Just the Facts
- 470± acres
- Owner’s compound containing 1930 Georgian-style brick house, three-bedroom carriage house, one-bedroom guest house, and pool with pool house.
- Four-bedroom manager’s house, two-bedroom tenant cottage
- Extensive opportunities for developing hunting and recreational resources
- Two ponds (4.1 acres and 12.3 acres) with productive fishing & waterfowling
- Income-producing cattle and poultry operations
- Cattle barn and working facilities, equipment barn, and workshop
- Two poultry houses and litter storage facility
- 12 minutes north of Orange, VA
- 45 minutes north of Charlottesville, VA
- 90 minutes south of Washington, D.C.
- Multiple airports within 25-90 minutes of the farm facilitate domestic, international, and private air travel (Orange County, Culpeper Regional, Charlottesville-Albemarle, Richmond International, Dulles International Airport)
- Farm is under conservation easement, further divisions and additional houses are permitted
- Contains a 30± acre nutrient bank, additional information available upon request
Linden Farm is accessed off Clark’s Mountain Road, a quiet two-lane country road. The entrance is marked by an impressive 4.1-acre pond and the driveway enters the property over the pond’s dam, creating a scenic and unique entry. From there the gravel road continues to the farm’s interior, passing the 12.3-acre Brooke’s Lake, a scenic focal point of the property.
Linden’s primary land use is cattle pasture, although its gently rolling topography is suitable for any number of alternate uses, including crop production, vineyards, equestrian facilities, and upland bird habitat. 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, two large ponds, and wide vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains rival the scenery found anywhere in central Virginia.
The manor house on the property occupies a central elevated location that provides expansive views of the mountains and surrounding landscape. Accompanying the manor house is the guest house, carriage house, and 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 the potential for a multi-generational retreat.
The barns and poultry houses lie southeast of the owner’s compound and can be accessed via internal farm roads or a separate farm entrance off Clifton Road. The agricultural improvements were all designed with efficiency in mind and are built to accommodate large equipment and farm deliveries.
Nutrient Bank: Approximately 30 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 wildlife habitat.
Linden Farm fits an ideal property profile – working lands balanced with productive wildlife habitat, excellent recreational potential, mountain views, and classic Virginia architecture. When people think of the Virginia Piedmont, they’re likely picturing Linden Farm.
One of the standout features of the farm is its convenient location and overall accessibility. The nearest towns are Orange (12 minutes away, population 4,975) and Culpeper (25 minutes away, population 18,342), which together feature a wide array of amenities. Forty-five minutes south of the farm is Charlottesville, a small, dynamic city that’s home to the University of Virginia. Richmond and Washington, D.C. are also within easy driving distance and can be reached in 90 minutes.
- Orange: 8 miles ~12 minutes
- Culpeper: 16 miles ~25 minutes
- Charlottesville: 36 miles ~50 minutes
- Richmond: 77 miles ~1 hour 25 minutes
- Washington DC: 85 miles ~1 hour 30 minutes
Options for air travel are similarly varied and convenient. Charlottesville-Albemarle is the nearest commercial airport featuring multiple daily nonstop flights to hubs throughout the eastern U.S. Richmond International Airport and Dulles International Airport can be reached in 90 minutes or less, and together offer nonstop access to 103 domestic and 52 international destinations. Private air access is also close at hand, including Orange County Airport (3,200 ft runway) and Culpeper Regional Airport (5,000 ft runway), which are 10 minutes and 25 minutes from the farm, respectively.
- Orange County Airport (OMH): 8 miles ~10 minutes
- Culpeper Regional Airport (CJR): 16 miles ~25 minutes
- Charlottesville (CHO): 26 miles ~45 minutes
- Richmond International (RIC): 85 miles ~1hour and 25 minutes
- Dulles (IAD): 72 miles ~1 hour and 30 minutes
The Piedmont region of central Virginia features an iconic pastoral landscape set against the dramatic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The rural area’s strong agricultural and sporting roots are balanced with sophisticated and engaging towns and regional cities. Together they create a distinct sense of place with a uniquely Virginian identity. In the middle of it all is Orange County and Linden Farm. The farm is surrounded by mostly large landholdings comprised of working farms and recreational and equestrian properties. The area has a rich history and the European settlement of Orange County stretches back three hundred years. James Madison’s Montpelier is located minutes from the farm and numerous Civil War battles took place nearby, including one of the war’s turning points, the Battle of the Wilderness.
Forty-five minutes south of Linden Farm is Charlottesville, a lively university town with vibrant music, art, and food & wine scenes. The countryside between the farm and Charlottesville is a mixture of traditional working lands, sporting properties, country estates, and vineyards. It’s an area that checks all the boxes often requested by our clients – rural, scenic, engaging, and easily accessible by car and plane.
Ninety minutes away, our nation’s capital provides an excellent counterpoint to the farm’s rural setting. In recent years Washington, D.C. has gained a reputation as being far more than a government town and is widely recognized as a vibrant city, business center, and cultural destination.
Central Virginia enjoys an agreeable four-season climate. Summers are warm and humid, and average temperatures in July and August are in the upper 80s and low 90s. Winter temps are generally in the 40s, although they frequently dip lower for short periods in January and February.
Spring and fall showcase Virginia at its best, and the brilliantly green countryside in May and stunning foliage of October are hard to compete with. During these seasons temperatures consistently reach the 70s during the daytime and cool off into the 50s at night. Average annual rainfall is 43 inches and average annual snowfall is 19 inches.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
An approximate breakdown of the acreage and land uses is as follows:
- Fields and Pastures ~ 312 acres
- Forest (mixed hardwoods) ~ 85 acres
- Ponds ~ 16 acres
- Other (building sites, roads, etc) ~ 20 acres
- Nutrient Bank ~ 30 acres
- Total ~ 470 acres
The centerpiece of the residential improvements is the owner’s compound, which is anchored by a beautiful Georgian-style manor house. The house was built in 1930 and its traditional design is perfectly scaled to merge with the landscape. The house requires renovation but has been stripped down to the studs and readied for construction. It’s a rare opportunity to update and personalize a classic home without the surprises that often accompany historic renovations. Adjacent to the main house is the three-bedroom carriage house and the one-bedroom guest cottage. Both are fully updated and tastefully appointed and allow a new owner to enjoy the farm on Day One of ownership. Completing the owner’s compound is a superb pool and pool house with hardscaped outdoor living spaces.
Housing for farm staff includes the recently updated four-bedroom manager’s house known as Linden Inn, and a two-bedroom tenant cottage known as the Gate House. The Linden Inn’s renovation in 2021 makes it well-suited for immediate use as an additional guest house.
The agricultural aspects of Linden are well-improved. There are 280± acres of fenced pasture, all of which have automatic waterers. Four of the pastures have access to three covered, concrete feed bunkers. The farm shop area includes a cattle barn and working facilities, heated workshop, equipment barn, and a bunker silo. Adjacent to the farm shop are two 50’ x 674’ poultry houses and a separate litter storage facility.
Annual property taxes are approximately $15,540.
Linden Farm has a history of excellent dove hunting, as well as quality opportunities to pursue whitetail deer and eastern wild turkeys. For 30 years, the farm has been carefully managed to promote robust wildlife populations alongside a successful agricultural operation, and the results are enviable. The waterfowl hunting on Brooke’s Lake can be highly productive, and there is lots of potential to further develop waterfowl habitat. The farm is on the western edge of the Atlantic flyway, and proximity to Lake Anna and Lake Orange provide a steady influx of waterfowl in the winter months. Ducks regularly seen on the farm include wood sucks, mallards, gadwalls, black ducks, and pintails.
Beyond hunting, Linden’s two ponds provide fishing, kayaking, and all-around family recreation. There are farm roads throughout the property and significant opportunities exist to create an accompanying trail network for hiking, running, horseback riding, mountain biking, and ATV use. The diversity of the topography and land features also make for an excellent sporting clays course.
Lastly, while there are currently no horses on the farm, Linden has been home to hunter/jumpers and quarter horses in the past, and the acreage is ideal for equestrian activities. Central Virginia is known as horse country for good reason, and there are best-in-class resources nearby for developing and maintaining equestrian properties. The farm is on the border of the Keswick Hunt and the Bull Run Hunt, and both have fox hunted on the property in recent years. A highlight of Linden’s history was hosting a large-scale cavalry demonstration that featured over 300 horses engaging in multiple events.
Agriculture has played a significant role on the farm over the past thirty years. Cattle continue to be at the center of this, with a focus on bred heifers and cattle genetics. The operation and management are highly regarded, and Linden’s bred heifers are sold up and down the East Coast to a carefully developed group of top buyers.
In addition to cattle, the farm has two poultry houses where domestic hen turkeys are raised for premium fresh turkey markets in the East. The houses produce competitive flocks and generate meaningful net annual income. An added efficiency for the rest of the farm is the reliable production of fertilizer as a by-product of the turkey operation.
The farm has earned a reputation for being at the forefront of best management practices and is an excellent example of how working lands can be effectively balanced with conservation goals. Linden has been recognized on several occasions for its conservation practices, in particular, its successful development of projects on the property to demonstrate how to operate a cattle and poultry operation while generating cleaner waters to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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