Welcome to 10324 Achnacarry Drive, Gordonsville, VA
The Somerset area of Orange County, VA has long been known for its historic estates. Alexander Cameron, a wealthy 19th century tobacco baron, chose an elevated site in the Southwest Mountains to build his family retreat. He saw the magnificent and extraordinary nature of this location, offering breathtaking panoramic views to the east, south and west. To the east, is a historic view described as Jefferson’s Sea, where you can see as far as your eyes will allow, like from Jefferson’s Monticello. To the south, Peter Jefferson Mountain is clearly visible even on a cloudy day, and to the west are the magnificent Blue Ridge. Cameron’s original Victorian manor burned in the 1920′s but the extraordinary building site remains, along with 4 original dependencies (converted to comfortable homes), two hand-made post and beam chestnut barns, the remains of a stone greenhouse, and more.
The Carriage House is a 19th Century dependency, now a comfortable residence of 1750 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. 23′x20′ great room with exposed beams, original hand-made windows on 3 sides. The Grooms House is a 19th Century Victorian cottage with modern addition. 1600 square feet, with 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. Charming and cozy, with gardens, views, decks, and privacy. The Cook’s House is a Restored 19th Century cottage with modern addition. 725 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, large living room, ample kitchen, 2 decks. Guest Cottage is Early 20th Century, built for Alexander Cameron’s daughter. 1200 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, currently undergoing restoration.
There are two lovely and architecturally significant 19th century barns. One, a 3-story hillside barn with stone foundation and new roof; the other is a 2-story loft barn. Both show intricate Victorian detailing not often seen on farm buildings, and feature extensive chestnut and heart pine lumber, with mortise and tenon construction. Located on a National Scenic Byway, historic Cameron Lodge consists of 66 acres of rolling pasture, hardwood forests, 27 natural springs that feed a water tower and 3 reservoirs. There are horse trails to James Madison’s Montpelier, boxwood gardens, stone terraces, brick walks, acres of wild raspberries, and specimen trees including Ginkgo and Osage Orange. It also was the site of a Civil War encampment and engagement.
With fertile Davidson Loam soil, southern exposure, and abundant natural water, Cameron Lodge lends itself to a variety of agricultural pursuits, from organic grazing to viticulture. Surrounded by large farms and historic estates, Cameron Lodge has not been placed in Conservation Easement, and could offer that opportunity. Conveniently located minutes from Gordonsville. Once a bustling railroad town, today Gordonsville is filled with charming shops and restaurants. Charlottesville and the University of Virginia are 30 minutes south, and the nearby Charlottesville Airport offers connections to several major hubs.
Offered at: $1,795,000
* 7 Bedrooms * 5 Full Baths * Approx Living Space 5,275 Sq Ft * Metal Roof * Heat Pump * Wood Stove * Guest House * Horse Permitted * Barn * Porch *
Photos by Andrew Shurtleff