Thursday, August 17, 2017  

Lisburne: Jewel of the Chesapeake Bay


Gloucester, Virginia is home to many historic homes, but there is one in particular that greets you like a family heirloom….with the presence of an icon yet with understated elegance that is like no other, a pearl in the midst of the ordinary. The moment you drive into the magical entrance road you feel as if you have entered another century, while passing between pastures with white fences on your right hand, historic cottages dotted in the landscape, and rows of crepe myrtles on your left; and then a mysterious long drive way, taking you straight through magnificent formal gardens, towards the main house of the historic Lisburne estate.
The 8600 sq.ft 1810 plantation manor is the most stunning historic property in the area. The exterior is striking with its original colonial -revival style detailing, its imposing chimneys; the graceful manner in which the East and North wings have been added on to the original main house, the slate roofs, lovely cedar siding, surrounded by terraces, and enchanted gardens with endless rows of ancient boxwoods, roses, azaleas, and waterfront gardens with small pavilions on a scale unsurpassed in this area. Even the pool and tennis pavilions fit organically into this scenery of nature and historic outbuildings, embellishing the atmosphere of intimacy and authenticity.
Wait till you walk up the steps leading to the front hall and step inside! Every space in this exquisite house breathes history and elegance, but also warmth with the lovely raised panel walls, original heart pine floors and doors, the 10 working fire places, and the endless windows with views on the gardens and the shimmering waters of Vaughans Creek. You wander from the grand hall with its long stairway to the formal living room with its raised panel walls, grand fire place with marble surround to the formal dining room with the same intimate décor and beyond to the cozy country kitchen with its beamed ceiling and woodstove. Or you go straight from the hall through an antechamber to the magnificent library with its hardwood floors, large fireplace, and 18th century pine raised panel walls.
Upstairs you can choose between any of the four magnificent bedrooms, be it the West, East or Master, all with plenty of windows, heart pine floors, and large fireplaces, built-in book or display cases. The third floor leads to more bedrooms. And let’s not forget the English basement with its paneled study and cozily beamed living room.
All modern amenities have been woven seamlessly into this interior, just as the gardens surround the house seamlessly. And this is what makes Lisburne so special: everything, the outside and the inside, fits together into one beautiful whole.
Lisburne is for sale. For information please call Neena Rodgers, or Diana Burton