Turning off of River Road, the entrance to River Ridge Ranch is marked by an attractively landscaped ranch entrance. The paved driveway passes through an allée of maple trees and winds up the hill towards the main house. The house sits in the shade of mature hardwoods, high on a bluff above the Cowpasture River. Multiple outdoor seating areas and a swimming pool surround the house, including a stunning observation deck built out over the bluff. The deck is the perfect place to relax with family and friends while catching the cool breezes coming off the mountains and watching the river track its course hundreds of feet below. The river itself can be accessed from the house via a walking trail or by a convenient farm road that allows you to drive up to the riverbank.
A short walk from the house are a pair of guest cabins, while a slightly longer walk (or quick drive) brings you to the larger guest cottage. The ranch buildings and stable are conveniently located off of the main ranch road, which continues through the center of the property before reaching the manager's house and the ‘Garage Mahal’, a ranch building that is part car shop and part gathering place, complete with a full bar.
Beyond these buildings the property transitions from open ground to woods, the bulk of which form a 170± acre block of hardwoods. The wooded topography slowly gains elevation before reaching the top of Mike’s Ridge. At 2,060 feet, the ridge marks the high point on the property and forms the western boundary, beyond which lies the George Washington National Forest. Several miles of well-established ATV and hiking trails are spread throughout the woods and create ample opportunity for on-site recreation.
The main home on the ranch has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is also a one-bedroom, one-bathroom guest apartment with a full kitchen and separate entrance on the lower garage level. The house is sited high above the Cowpasture River, and the floorplan is laid out to capitalize on the surroundings and views. A large screened-in porch provides outdoor seating and dining and features a gas grill built into a custom stone countertop. Just to the east of the house is a swimming pool, and completing the outdoor amenities is the observation deck, which captures stunning views of the Cowpasture and the surrounding scenery.
Guest Cottages and Manager's House
Near the main house are a pair of charming guest cabins, each with a bedroom and bathroom. Only a short walk from the main house, the cabins strike an ideal balance between privacy and inclusiveness. A little bit further away is an additional guest cottage, which has a bedroom, bathroom, loft, and full kitchen. Next door to the cottage is a screened-in ‘summer bedroom’ perfect for enjoying cool mountain nights during the warmer months. The ranch also has a three-bedroom manager’s house, which like the other structures on the property, is sited in a way that makes it accessible but private.
There are two large equipment barns on the property, one of which has an attached two-bay garage with a car lift. There is also a simple but efficient 15-stall stable adjacent to the barns.
River Ridge Ranch is comprised of 370 acres, an approximate breakdown of which is:
155± Fields, paddocks, open ground
200± Wooded / timber
15± Other (buildings sites, roads, etc)
Annual property taxes are approximately $6,625.