Home of the Week: 38545 John Wolford Rd., Waterford | Entertainment

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Nearly 200 years of western Loudoun history is embedded in the walls of this five-bedroom, nearly-3,200-square-foot Waterford farmhouse. The home, along with the surrounding 1.6-acre property, is currently listed at $899,900.

Built in 1836 (as denoted by hand-carved markings halfway up the stone chimney), the original farmhouse was likely first owned by German settlers, Samantha Fisher said. Some of the wood floors in the home have remained since its initial construction and are reportedly from Germany’s Black Forest mountain range.

Other elements of the home’s 19th-century origins remain intact, including exposed ceiling beams of solid walnut and a wrought-iron bar above the main-level fireplace, where early settlers would hang cooking pots. However, the home is hardly lacking modern touches, as evidenced by the durable HardiePlank siding that wraps the facade, providing robust insulation.

Also on the exterior is a lengthy covered porch overlooking much of the fenced-in property; Fisher calls it “ideal for dinner parties or just reading a book.” It leads into the living room, which features the aforementioned walnut ceiling beams and stone fireplace. The latter is surrounded by a solid hardwood mantel, shelving and cabinets, all made from hand-milled cherry wood. A sitting room lies adjacent and offers outdoor access, leading to the detached two-car garage.

Home of the Week: 38545 John Wolford Rd., Waterford

Elsewhere on the main floor is the corridor-style, eat-in kitchen, with white countertops, light-colored wood cabinetry and stainless steel appliances lining two opposing walls. A small dining area sits at the edge, with windows offering a serene mealtime view of the surrounding greenery. A formal dining room adjoins the kitchen and living room and accommodates larger gatherings for more formal occasions.

The home includes the enviable feature of a main-floor owner’s suite, which boasts exposed maple ceiling beams and natural light aplenty, thanks to an abundance of windows. Several surround a sitting area at the rear of the bedroom, a visually resplendent spot to enjoy the start or end of any day in privacy. The heavily tiled en-suite bedroom includes an enclosed, walk-in shower and quaint floating shelves.

Each of the remaining four bedrooms (all of which are on the upper level) enjoy its own en-suite bath. The laundry room sits at the base of a staircase just off the kitchen, so upstairs residents or guests need only to reach the bottom of the stairs to clean their clothes. Finally, the lower level includes a final full bath as well as a wine cellar, which Fisher said can fit as many as 2,000 bottles.

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