As one approaches Tolemac, you are greeted by a black-board fence that fronts Hill City Road. Hill City Road is a two-lane country road that is lightly traveled. The entrance alleyway is lined with gorgeous red maple trees that evoke feelings of quality, privacy and anticipation. The main driveway is a quarter of a mile and leads directly to the main house and stables. These structures are perfectly sited in an area that is hard to describe in words, but easily understood upon arrival. Landscaped terraces and large oak trees shade the main house while gorgeous pastures and open space flank the neighboring stables. The flow from one structure to another feels so natural and meant to be.
The flat and open space surrounding the stables includes four oversized paddocks, a large riding rink, a round pen training arena, a 5-acre pasture, and a 16-acre pasture – all of which are surrounded by beautiful fencing and access to utilities. When leaving the main house, the landscape transitions to gorgeous rolling hills and there is a four-acre lake fed by a mountain stream located nearby. These rolling hills transition from mature oak forests to well-maintained fields for cattle and wildlife. There are numerous vantage points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The farm has miles of well-maintained roads and an excellent trail system making all of the property accessible and useable.
In total, there is approximately 120 acres of open land used for wildlife, grazing, hay production, and recreation. Currently, the farm supports a herd of 35 registered Black Angus cows. All pastures on the farm have excellent water sources and Scarecorn Creek flows through the property. The farms operational structures are well situated in a location that is removed from the main house, but convenient for managing the property.
The northern portion of the property consists of a very mature tall pine forest that has been thinned to support wildlife habitat and maximum growth of these trees that are more reminiscent of a South Georgia landscape. This diversity is unique, which results in the property teeming with wildlife. While there is excellent internal access to the entire farm, this northern part of the farm has the added convenience of a second access off Jerusalem Church Road.
The farm’s operations are overseen by an ethically sound, competent and hard-working manager and you will find Tolemac to be an impeccably well-maintained property with a very diverse landscape.
Main Residence – 4,972± sq. ft.: Built in 1895, this historic farmhouse is very inviting and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home has been meticulously maintained over the years and underwent a significant renovation in 2011 to provide modern amenities, but with a huge emphasis on protecting its charm. Just to name a few items, the renovation included replacing windows, rebuilding fireplaces, installing energy efficient and clean air systems as well as professional grade Viking appliances. The floors are antique ten-inch heart-pine planks coupled with antique bricks in areas. Custom mountain stone work has been used inside the home and heavily throughout the outside living areas and surrounding landscape. The indoor-outdoor transition is very well done as the main living space opens to an inviting patio with a pavilion that includes an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Just behind the house in the courtyard sits a potting shed built completely out of mountain stone.
Horse Stables with Customized Residential Area – 6,000± sq. ft. estimated: A gorgeous architecturally designed stable sits across the courtyard from the main house and truly adds to the visual enticement of the main footprint of improvements. In 2011, this structure was completely renovated into a fully customized structure that is very well-appointed. For the animals, there are seven horse stalls, two wash bays, tack room, feedroom, kitchenette/bath with washer/dryer, multiple storage bays, and an internal water drainage system for maintenance. When needed, this equine area is heated. For the living area, there is a very handsome owner’s office with a mudroom on the main floor. Climbing a set of old English oak steps will take you to an astonishing living area that is perfect for housing family and friends. Eighteen people can sleep comfortably in three different rooms with two of the rooms having full bathrooms. The living area includes a great room with a large kitchenette, laundry room and loft. The interior includes eight-inch antique oak floors and custom milled pine board and batten walls. The stables exterior siding, doors and hardware are all custom milled with enormous attention to detail.
Greenhouse – 720+ sq. ft.: A short distance from the main house, there is a fully functional and substantial greenhouse that is landscaped with boxwoods surrounding it. A quaint potting shed sits close to the greenhouse.
Guest Cottage – 1040± sq. ft.: Located next to the equipment building, there is a fully renovated trailer that surprises everyone with how nice and cozy the inside is. It has three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, laundry room and a living room.
Equipment Buildings & Shop: This metal structure is 40’ x 90’ and 22’ tall. It serves as the farm’s primary maintenance facility and has a well-designed workshop. There are automatic garage doors on both sides allowing for heavy equipment to pull in and out with ease. On the sides of the building, there are covered areas for parking equipment and implements. There is an additional 20’ x 20’ equipment shed that connects to a fuel shed.
Deeded Acres: 397±
Total Acres: 397±
The annual property taxes for Tolemac are approximately $31,251.
The farm is an ideal candidate to be enrolled in Georgia’s Conservation Use Value Assessment Program, which allows for a reduction in property taxes for larger landowners. This is not a Conservation Easement.
There is not a Conservation Easement on the property and a new owner could realize significant tax benefits if he elected to protect the landscape in perpetuity.