I found the house for me! When can I move in?
This isn’t your everyday adorable little rental house. Little sweet stone house in the woods. The little stone Lime Kiln House.
The house was occupied by the Master of the Middleburg Hunt. This means unfortunately, that he’s well connected in the community. My friends encourage me, "make a proposal the owner can’t refuse!"
We laugh at the slimmest of possibilities.
We’re touring some of the farms in hunt country: Middleburg and Upperville, Virginia. It’s gorgeous and hard country all at once. Rolling hills, pastures with stacked wooden fences. Stone walls broken only by the low-set jumps for horse and rider to cross. Rivers cutting through low mountain passes. Old brick and stone buildings that were built with a confident grandeur that has been lost over the generations.
It’s hard because the history that created this landscape is harsh. The battles that were won and lost and the blood that flowed, the race for control and power in this region is palpable still in its extreme wealth and beauty; in the rolling fields of Appomattox and tucked in the pass at Harper's Ferry.
I want to see the region as an adult. My teenage eyes roll, recalling a visit on the college tour route. In the days when I believed that Washington & Lee was the astute institution for me - after all, it feels just like my high school. Others seemed to think that the women’s colleges of Sweet Briar and Hollins would provide me with a more supportive learning environment. In the end it was none of them, but the allure of the place and my own equestrian background, in addition to the great incentive to visit friends, led me to be curious about the place.
We want to see a little of all of it and my friends graciously give me the tour, though they have been many times.
Lyme Kiln House
No need for explanation.
Where can I get one?
The art of Virginia fences!
Meeting Secretariat’s brother
Above the Shenandoah River