Stonehouse Preserve features multiple access points along Ware Creek Road, Croaker Road, and Sycamore Landing Road, all of which are quiet, paved, state-maintained roads. The property has easy access to Interstate 64, one of the main travel corridors in Virginia. However, even with its accessible location, one of Stonehouse’s most noticeable attributes is how quickly the surrounding world is left behind as you approach and enter the property.
The property itself is comprised of two contiguous tracts – the 395± acre ‘Riverfront Tract’ and the 2,371± acre ‘Stonehouse Tract’. The aptly named Riverfront Tract has one mile of frontage on the York River, and its western boundary is formed by Ware Creek. The tract features end-of-the-road privacy, which is further enhanced by the neighboring Ware Creek Wildlife Management Area and the protected viewshed that it creates. Meanwhile, the Stonehouse Tract encompasses the heart of the property, and its western boundary is marked by Ware Creek and Frances Swamp. Several additional, smaller creeks weave through this portion of the land, including Cow Swamp, which serves as the foundation of a wildlife-rich sanctuary in the center of the property.
Miles of well-maintained roads and trails connect the various corners of Stonehouse. The majority of these can accommodate four-wheel drive vehicles, and all are readily accessible on ATV’s. The utility and recreational potential of the road network is hard to overstate, and it is a tremendous asset.
A less tangible but very important aspect of Stonehouse Preserve is its flexibility. The property is well suited to a variety of uses and ownership scenarios, which could range from a hunting retreat to a small-scale conservation community. This is both attractive to a potential buyer, as well as reassuring to a future owner who one day may wish to bring in an investment partner, build a family compound, or partially develop and sell a portion of the property they are not utilizing.
The property has an extensive and well-maintained road system, making the land and varied terrain easy to navigate. Beyond the roads, the property is a relatively blank canvas with endless opportunity for further improvements.
The land features a surprising amount of topographical variety for this part of Virginia, and long steady ridges contrast with steep hillsides and multiple small creeks. The acreage is almost entirely wooded, and the timber stands are comprised of a mixture of hardwoods (primarily red oak, white oak, and poplar) and pines. The age of the timber varies throughout the property. The rolling and somewhat rugged topography gives the land a very private, secluded feeling and makes it feel larger than its already substantial acreage.
The water frontage at Stonehouse is noteworthy, with a mile of shoreline on the York River and more than four and a half miles of winding frontage on Ware Creek. Both waterways, in particular Ware Creek and its numerous tributaries, are flanked by grassland marshes, which are rich with wildlife and create incredibly scenic viewsheds.
Annual property taxes were approximately $38,021 in 2021.