Long & Foster’s Pam Diemer exclusively listed 40-acre estate
A 40-acre riverfront estate in Hanover County, Va., formerly the home of Harwood and Louise Cochrane, noted Richmond philanthropists, is now being offered for sale by Long & Foster Real Estate. Nestled in a tranquil setting on the South Anna River, the estate is located at 12428 Walnut Hill Drive in Rockville, Va. The property is exclusively listed by Pam Diemer, a sales associate with Long & Foster’s Tuckahoe office in Richmond, Va.
“Walnut Hill is a magnificent estate with suburban convenience in southwestern Hanover County—a rare find in this region of central Virginia,” said Diemer. “With superb pastoral views, expansive rooms, important millwork and gorgeous grounds, the property offers so very much. Walnut Hill provides both fine craftsmanship and modern amenities for the discerning buyer.”
The five-bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom brick manor house with slate roof was built in 1954 for the Cochranes and was their home for more than 50 years. It has been renovated by the current owners and features 10’ ceilings, heart pine floors and elaborate millwork, including reclaimed mantels, reeded pilasters, wainscoting, chair rails and fanlights from Long Branch Plantation, circa 1816, of Halifax County, Va.
The entry hall with magnificent stairway opens into the living room, which features a fireplace with brick hearth and surround as well as detailed hand carved woodwork. The elegant formal dining room and morning room both showcase similar fine woodwork and cabinetry. The mahogany paneled library has its own brick fireplace with marble surround and includes a full bathroom and closet. The main floor also features a comfortable family room with wet bar and icemaker, as well as a new kitchen and butler’s pantry with Italian green granite and high-end appliances. A renovated powder room completes the home’s first floor. The two-car garage attaches to the house and offers entrance to a secondary staircase to the upstairs.
On the second floor, the spacious master suite provides complete comfort with 9’ ceilings, a brick fireplace with 1816 mantle, a luxurious Carrara marble bathroom and a large dressing room. The remaining family bedrooms feature renovated en-suite marble bathrooms. On the lower level, the estate offers a generous paneled recreation room featuring a brick fireplace as well as a wine room and a renovated half bath.
A spacious cottage to the west of the main house offers a private living area for guests or in-laws with two-bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room and garage. The 40 acres include pasture, farmland and woods while approximately 3 acres of the grounds are encompassed by brick walks, mature trees, boxwood and a tapestry of gardens featuring antique stone statuary and benches. A cobblestone storehouse with slate roof, a greenhouse, a gunite swimming pool and a stone fireplace with BBQ complete the outdoor amenities. Additionally, over 750 feet of frontage along the peaceful, meandering South Anna River and the nearby 1-acre fishing pond provide a quiet private retreat. Bridle trails sit adjacent to the estate.