A rare opportunity to own a piece of Virginia’s history, surrounded by natural beauty and refined pursuits, on 286 acres awaits you.
800 Cobham Park, Keswick, Virginia 22947
Rarely does an opportunity present itself to acquire a genuinely extraordinary estate that seamlessly blends architectural elegance, breathtaking natural beauty, and a profound sense of history. Today, that remarkable opportunity awaits you at Cobham Park. Within 286 acres of picturesque land, Cobham Park traces its origins back to the esteemed Castle Hill land tract with a captivating tale of heritage and grandeur.
The estate’s rich history dates back to the 1850s when William Cabell Rives Jr., the second son of The Honorable William Cabell Rives, built his magnificent summer residence atop the highest peak, creating what is now known as Cobham Park. This iconic property showcases the pioneering Georgian Revival architecture and holds a distinguished place on the National Register of Historic Places.
Crafted by the English master carpenter E. S. McSparren, the home boasts remarkable features, including a captivating flying spiral staircase and resplendent woodwork. Throughout the 20th century, Cobham Park was cherished as a country retreat by the esteemed G. Freeland Peter Family, who were also owners of Tudor Place in Washington, D.C. The estate’s allure extends beyond the manor house, with enchanting formal gardens designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects. In recent years, meticulous restorations have been undertaken to preserve the gardens’ hardscapes and introduce less labor-intensive plantings, while still maintaining the spirit and beauty of the original design.
Today, this extraordinary estate offers a world of refined living. The meticulous preservation effort has safeguarded much of its original finishes, harmoniously blending them with modern updates. All electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems have been thoughtfully upgraded and integrated. Along the way, marvelous surprises awaited, such as the unearthing of the original cooking fireplace in the basement and the revelation of pristine pine boards beneath the narrow-plank floorboards.
Amidst the captivating features of Cobham Park, there is ample room for family and friends to create cherished memories together. The owner’s suite is a serene sanctuary complete with a fireplace, a luxurious bathroom, and a spacious walk-in closet. Two ensuite bedrooms on the second floor offer refined comfort, while the third floor provides two more generous bedrooms, a full bath, and a cozy sitting area.
The kitchen is a culinary masterpiece, featuring a custom Officine Gullo stove, Sub-Zero appliances, Miele steam oven and dishwasher, and exquisite Calcutta Gold Marble countertops. Its elegance and functionality make it a chef’s dream.
The basement unveils The Pub, where history blends seamlessly with modern amenities. The space preserves the original cooking fireplace and offers a fully equipped bar, den, mudroom, full bathroom, laundry room, and storage area.
Outside, the estate boasts a heated saltwater pool with an automatic cover, surrounded by a picturesque setting perfect for relaxation. The all-brick pool house has been thoughtfully renovated, providing a bathroom/laundry room, recreational area, kitchenette, outdoor shower, and more.
Adjacent to the primary residence, the Conservatory is a versatile space that can be used as an office, guest cottage, or Au Pair residence. Its stylish design features a bedroom, a modern kitchen, and multiple bathrooms across different levels. Each level boasts its own exterior entrance, ensuring privacy and convenience.
Cobham Park also offers essential farm buildings, including a cattle working facility, hay barn, chicken coop, workshop, equipment building, and the original stable. These structures have been meticulously maintained and improved to ensure functionality and aesthetics.
The estate’s location is exceptional, with Keswick Hall just five minutes away. Keswick Hall offers the 18-hole Full Cry golf course by Pete Dye, rejuvenating spa treatments, and unforgettable dining experiences by Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. The area is renowned for its vibrant equestrian scene, wineries, and cideries. Nearby Charlottesville is home to the prestigious University of Virginia, UVA hospital, delightful restaurants, and the iconic Monticello estate.
With its timeless beauty, impeccable restoration, and an array of luxurious amenities, Cobham Park stands as a testament to a bygone era, inviting you to become a part of its captivating narrative. The property is not restricted by a conservation easement; however, it would make a great candidate providing possible tax advantages to its new owner. Don’t miss your chance to own this extraordinary piece of Virginia history—Cobham Park awaits, ready to bestow its timeless allure upon you.
800 Cobham Park, Keswick, Virginia 22947, is offered at $9,995,000.
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