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Winery For Sale – Beloved Local Business Seeks New Ownership

You could say that the story of Dry Mill Winery is as long as the history of wine in Virginia. European colonists were already planting vineyards in 16th century. By the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson, one of the greatest patrons of wine in the United States, had established two vineyards in his south orchard at Monticello. In the early 1900s, Charlottesville's Monticello Wine Company was so well regarded that the city declared itself "the Capital of the Wine Belt in Virginia".


The Opportunity - Winery For Sale


But in fact, Virginia's hot humid summers proved challenging to viticulture over the years. Black rot and the root louse phylloxera savaged vineyards planted with classic European grape varieties. It is only within the past 20 years that growers successfully adapted, learning to cultivate French hybrids and American varietals that spawned a game-changing revolution for Virginia wine. Virginia now ranks 5th in the US for both bearing acreage and grape production. Loudoun County, just west of Washington D.C., is one of the counties at the heart of this turnaround.


A Labor of Love


In the 1980s, a growing number of for-profit and non-profit organizations were established to help promote Virginia wine. A few prescient individuals could see the opportunity that Virginia wine presented. One of these far-sighted individuals was a man by the name of Dean Vanhuss. Dean began growing grapes in Loudoun in the late 1990s. After retiring from a career in Northern Virginia's "Tech Corridor", Dean turned his full attention to a lifelong dream of making wine. With his wife Nancy and his daughter Michelle Pizarello, Dean set about finding the perfect place to make wine and share it with the public.

In 2009, with the help of local Realtor, Kelly Gaitten, Dean & Nancy acquired 9 gorgeous, rolling acres just west of Historic Downtown Leesburg, Loudoun's county seat. The site had a history of it's own and enormous potential as winery. The first job was to renovate the old barn previously used by the Loudoun Hunt.


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The Renovation


The old barn was sturdy, but was truly nothing more than an old horse barn. Dean, Nancy & Michelle carefully restored the structure, reusing nearly all of the original wood. Their goal to was to preserve the character of the building and give their winery a rustic and authentic feel. Exposed wooden beams, a tin roof, wall sconces and a fireplace transformed the old horse stalls into a warm and cozy tasting room. The original large wooden storm shutters now slide past the winery’s French doors, inviting visitors inside. The outside patio seats up to thirty people for wine tasting and light fare. The old hay loft is now a spacious meeting room featuring two balconies that overlook the property.

While some vines have been planted on the lower level of the property, the full potential of the 9 acre lot has yet to be realized. Dean continued to produce most of the grapes for Dry Mill’s many award winning wines at Short Hill Vineyards, Dean & Nancy’s home in nearby Lovettsville. Standing on the balcony looking up the steep slope, it’s easy to imagine the property fully planted like a hillside vineyard in Provence or Napa Valley.


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Ten years later Dean & Nancy have accomplished nearly everything they set out to do. They’ve won dozens and dozens of awards for their wine. They created a thriving business with a loyal following and a reputation for quality. They made hundreds if not thousands of new friends from all around the world. They’ve made continuous investment in a facility that will hopefully continue as a winery, or take on a new life as something more. They’ve chosen the time to hand over stewardship of this property and this business to the next owners. Even more, they’ve created a large surplus inventory of wine that could be transferred to the new ownership as part of the sale.

Dean & Nancy would very much like to be hand’s on during the transition and assist the new owners as they take over. With access to their experience and expertise, it’s entirely reasonable that someone without prior winery management experience could sustain and grow the business.


The Return of the Hunt


Among the many satisfying moments along the way was the return of the Loudoun Hunt to their old barn. It was a great day at the winery, and seeing members of the hunt in their traditional garb reminds us of the history and tradition of this place.


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Are You The One?


Someone will read this blog post and feel a stirring of the heart. Someone will read this and see the hand of fate pointing them down a road they’ve longed to travel. If you are that person, please, pick up the phone and call or text Kelly at 703-966-7036. It’s time to start the next chapter of your life, and the realization of your dreams. All reasonable offers considered. The owners are looking for “the right buyer”, not just the highest bidder.

For more information, view the full MLS Listing here: 18195 Dry Mill Road, Leesburg, Virginia


Video Overview of the Property – Winery For Sale




Could It Be Something Else?


Absolutely. For sentimental reasons, the owners would love to transition the property to someone who shares their love of wine and wine-making. That being said, this is an incredible venue, close to Historic Downtown Leesburg, near the Washington & Old Dominion Bike Trail, with a large parking lot and spacious grounds. The facility might work as a restaurant, a venue for weddings & events, a brewery, or any one of the new “agri-tourism” businesses springing up all over Loudoun. All scenarios subject to consideration of current zoning ordinances and other relevant regulation.

COMING SOON in HAMILTON – Francis Farm – Pond, Pool, Main Level Master Suite Offered at $1,150,000

This lovely home on Francis Farm Place in Hamilton will be on the market on or about October 2nd. The home features a pond with a private dock, a swimming pool and terraced gardens. Spacious front and back porches. There are 5 bedrooms on 3 finished levels, including a main floor master bedroom. High-speed Xfinity broadband internet available. Garage parking for 4 cars. Offered at $1,150,000. Geese sold separately.


The geese are not actually for sale. This large flock of Canadian honkers just decided to show up for the photo shoot.



Drone photography & video by Loudoun Digital.

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Top 10 Things That are Great About Living in Farmington On The Green

Coming Soon on Curtis Court in Farmington On The Green

Farmington On The Green is a great neighborhood and homes here only become available once in awhile. Here’s your latest opportunity to join one of Purcellville’s most in-demand communities. Offered at $765,00, this home features 4 bedrooms, 3|1 baths on 1.95 acres.

Front Close Up of 36782 Curtis Court in Farmington On The Green

Farmington On The Green is a neighborhood of about 75 homes near the Town of Purcellville in Northern, Virginia. The name, “On The Green” refers to the community’s proximity to Loudoun Golf & Country Club. The back nine of Loudoun Golf & Country Club runs along the eastern border of the neighborhood. A number of homes back directly to holes #12, #13 and #14.

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For many years, Farmington On The Green, known as “the FOG” by locals, has been one of the most in-demand neighborhoods in the county. Why? What’s so great about life in “the FOG”? Here’s a Top Ten to help you understand why those of us who live here love it so much…

#1 – Living on the Golf Course


An aerial overhead photo of the club house and putting green at Loudoun Golf & Country Club
The clubhouse and practice putting green.

Loudoun Golf & Country Club is one of the best kept secrets in golf here in Northern Virginia. Built in 1927, the 18 hole course offers a unique layout. It’s playable for golfers at any level, but infinitely challenging even for more talented players. Over the past several years, LGCC has been in the midst of a major renovation of the golf course. The result is 18 impeccably maintained greens in a natural setting, that’s very walkable. “The Club” is not affiliated with the neighborhood in any official way, but 30-50% of neighborhood residents are members.

Loudoun Golf & Country Club is a unique community unto itself. It’s unassuming, uniformly friendly and welcoming. Membership dues are among the lowest in the Washington DC region. The saying goes, “We put the COUNTRY in country club.” This isn’t a hoidy-toidy, richy-rich club of snobs. This is a club your whole family belongs to, taking advantage of the swimming pool, an active tennis community and simply one of the best golf courses in the area. There are tournaments and events throughout the year, and the club house is a place where friends gather for good food, drink and merriment. A typical Friday evening will find you and about 50 of your neighbors on the patio, enjoying dinner, watching golfers come up the 9th fairway, with live local music. Residents of Farmington On The Green can walk home, or take a golf cart for safety or convenience.

#2 – Living Next Door to Franklin Park


On the western side of the neighborhood is Franklin Park, a regional park in the western portion of Loudoun County. The 200 acre park includes:

  • 3.5 mile walking / horseback riding trail
  • Outdoor pool and “Sprayground”
  • Playground
  • 2 Lighted Tennis Courts
  • Beach Volleyball Court
  • Rugby / Football / Soccer / Lacrosse fields
  • An 18 hole Disc Golf Course
  • Baseball / Softball Fields
  • Equestrian Ring & Corrals
  • In-line Hockey Rink
  • Fishing – Catch & Release Pond

Programs & special events include:

  • Dog Swim
  • Trout Fishing Derby
  • 4th of July Fireworks – One of the best displays in the county
  • Summer Camps

Also on the property is the Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, a venue for live music and other entertainment.

Franklin Park is just a tremendous resource, a place where any kid could grow up, never running out of things to do. The park grounds are immaculate with no litter. It’s a safe and family friendly environment.

A picture of the public swimming pool at Franklin Park in Purcellville.
The swimming pool at Franklin Park.

#3 Close to the Town of Purcellville


Purcellville is simply a classic American small town. It used to be one of the last stops on the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad. In the 19th & 20th century, families would escape the heat of summer in Washington D.C., by heading west to rural Loudoun County. Purcellville was a farming community. The town has preserved that feeling of quaint simplicity, despite it’s growth as a suburb of the District.

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N. 21st in “Downtown” Purcellville

Purcellville still isn’t quite big enough that we have a Home Depot (go to Nichol’s Hardware instead) or a Walmart (go to Leesburg). But we have great local restaurants like Magnolia’s at the Mill or Finn Thai, as well as many local wineries, breweries and distilleries.

Purcellville conducts a number of parades through the year and in the fall, the entire town becomes a giant flea market during the annual Purcellville Tag Sale.

#4 Not in the Town of Purcellville


Although it’s great to live close to Purcellville, there are a couple of big benefits to being outside the town limits. We don’t pay any extra town taxes, and we don’t pay for town water and sewer. The savings is significant!

#5 High Speed Internet is Available in Farmington On The Green


Unlike some other rural communities in Western Loudoun, all the major carriers are here, including Verizon FIOS and Comcast. This makes working from home a lot easier.

#6 Places to Walk Your Dog (or Yourself) or Run or Bicycle


If you’re a walker, runner or cyclist you’ll be thrilled with many options on paths. Many of us walk on the golf course when the golfers aren’t out there. Franklin Park has a 3.5 mile perimeter trail that includes some challenging hills. The neighborhood itself offers ~5 miles of beautifully paved roads.   To the south, along Tranquility Road, an old gravel road winds past Otium Cellar Winery and Tranquilty Farm back through hundreds of acres of farmland. You can truly go as far as your legs will take you.

Picture of a Belgian Sheepdog named Tegan walking on a golf course.
The 12th green at Loudoun Golf & Country Club.

#7 – Wildlife


Between the golf course, the park, common areas throughout the neighborhood and adjacent farmland, there’s quite a bit of open space that provides habitat for all manner of wildlife. Deer are  abundant in the neighborhood. Rabbits, raccoons, possum, skunk and snakes are all quite common. Wild turkeys and foxes can be seen throughout the neighborhood. This black bear came up on our deck for the bird feeder suet.  Bird seed is ok but suet will attract the bears. Better to leave that down.

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Our Nest cam spotted this bear on the back deck in October 2018. Steve in this frame doing a bear reenactment.

#8 – Natural Beauty


Farmington On The Green was built starting back in the 1980s. Even from the earliest days, homeowner’s planted flowering trees, Cleveland Pears, Kwanzan Cherry’s, Flowering Crab Apples, Star Magnolias. In Spring when these trees are in bloom the neighborhood seems frosted in cotton candy. The community was built around open spaces that have been preserved as meadows. In the summer a slight breeze makes waves across fields of waist high grass.

Wide Aerial View of Farmington On The Green
Wide Aerial View of Farmington On The Green in Early Spring
Steve & Kelly's House on Pinehurst Court in Spring
Steve & Kelly’s House on Pinehurst Court in Spring

#9 – Community – The People of Farmington On The Green


For many years there has been a great sense of community here. People look out for one another and go the extra mile to be a good neighbor. Folks come out to help when there’s a tree down after a storm. We share tools and equipment. We find lost dogs and check on each other. There’s a very active Facebook page where people share information and connect with each other. The people here are just wonderful and go out of their way to welcome new neighbors.

#10 – We Like to Party!


There are two big events throughout the year, attended by most of the neighborhood. Oktoberfest is the Fall potluck. At Christmas time, an annual party is hosted, usually at the same home each year. Throughout the year, smaller informal gatherings are conducted.

Lakepoint in Round Hill – Home for Sale

The second largest body of water in Loudoun County is Sleeter Lake in Round Hill, Virginia. The community of Lakepoint in Round Hill is nestled on the eastern shore of this 90 acre lake. Residents enjoy waterfront views, abundant wildlife and activities including kayaking, paddleboarding and fishing.

Satellite View of Lakepoint in Round Hill VA

Nearby parks including Sleeter Lake Park and Franklin Park offer hiking, horseback riding, a performing arts center, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts and even full size outdoor hockey rink.

Image of Front of House at 17662 Cleveland Park Drive in Round Hill, Virginia

This home, at 17662 Cleveland Park Drive in Lakepoint features the popular “Mosby” floor plan.

A Picture of the Deck at 16662 Cleveland Park Drive, Round Hill Virginia

The kitchen features granite counter tops. The breakfast room bumps out and overlooks back yard and a spacious deck.

A picture of the kitchen at 17662 Cleveland Park Drive in Round Hill, Virginia

The upper level master suite has cathedral ceilings and a spa bath, along with two roomy walk in closets.

The Town of Round Hill is in Loudoun County, about 10 miles west of Leesburg on Route 7, about 25 minutes from Dulles International Airport. Shopping, dining and more are close by in the adjacent Town of Purcellville. Round Hill is in the heart of Northern Virginia Wine Country, nearby vineyards include Otium Cellars and Bogati Winery.

Round Hill got it’s name for being located two miles northeast of a 910 foot hill used during the Civil War as a signal post by both Confederate & Union Troops.

Sleeter Lake in Round Hill Virginia

Aerial View of Sleeter Lake and Lakepoint in Round Hill Virginia

View the full MLS Listing: 17662 Cleveland Park Drive, Round Hill Virginia 20141

COMING SOON – Home for Sale in Beacon Hill — Near Leesburg, Virginia

Home For Sale in Beacon Hill - Front View

Stunning Williamsburg Colonial inspired home sited atop the ridge with 360 degree mountain views and incredible sunset and sunrises. This home has a traditional floor plan with formal rooms and large kitchen that make this house cozy yet perfect for entertaining and large gatherings. The dining room can handle seating for 20. Meticulously kept inside and out, there is a kitchen garden in the back yard with whimsical picket fencing and hobbyist’s collection of specimen tree and shrub plantings on this almost 8 acre property. The original owner has done many recent updates including roof, HVAC, water softener, kitchen appliances and more. Recently painted neutral interior and refinished hard wood flooring give the home fresh appeal. Beautiful crown mouldings, shadow boxing and ceiling mill work. Lovely built-in cabinetry and stone wood burning fireplace in the family room, plus gas fireplaces in the living room and master bedroom.

The sun room is the perfect place for morning coffee. The library has French doors for privacy and lots of light. Four roomy bedrooms upstairs. The master suite has a sitting room, spa bath and 2 large walk-in closets. The guest bedroom has en-suite bath and overlooks the front of the house with the incredible views and sunsets over the neighboring pond. The 3rd and fourth bedrooms are connected by a Jack and Jill bath and both have equally amazing views. The lower level has a large recreation room and full bath. The basement walks out level on the side and has plenty of unfinished areas that could easily be finished to your liking. Beacon Hill encompasses 1,100 acres and was the home to 1950’s Radio personality, Arthur Godfrey. Set on the rolling terrain of Catoctin Mountain and surrounded by horse farms and open spaces. There is no HOA here on the Paeonian Springs side of Beacon Hill. Well located, with easy access to Routes 7, 9 and the Bypass. The Marc Train station to Washington, D. C. is about 20 minutes away. Dulles International Airport about 25 minutes and Washington, D.C about 40 Miles by car. Near schools, shopping, antiques stores, wineries and more.

Home For Sale in Beacon Hill - Rear View

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Luxury Townhouse for Sale in River Creek

This townhouse for sale in River Creek overlooks the signature 15th hole along the banks of the Potomac River. The “Blue Ridge” floor plan by Mitchell & Best is the largest model in the community, featuring a 3 car garage and private roof deck.

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Townhouse for Sale in River Creek: Offering 5,428 square feet of finished living space and 4 bedrooms on 3 finished levels, you’ll have more than enough room for the entire family. Don’t forget the private rooftop deck with seasonal views of the Potomac River and River Creek Club golf course.

Open Concept Kitchen & Family Room

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The elegant master suite features a two-sided fireplace with sitting room.

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Lower Level

The fully finished lower level has 16-foot ceilings. The bar has granite counters, plenty of cabinet space, a sink, and a refrigerator. The family room in the lower level has a gas fireplace and opens to the billiard area. The billiard area/4th bedroom has a full bath adjacent. Walk out the back door to a fully enclosed screened porch overlooking the private wooded common area.

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Here’s a long view of the 15th hole at River Creek along the banks of the mighty Potomac River.

The Signature 15th Hole at River Creek Club Along the Banks of the Potomac River

View of the Clubhouse at River Creek Club

Enjoy all the amenities of the River Creek Club, including the 18 hole championship golf course, an active tennis community, swimming, fitness center and fine dining, all within the exclusive gated River Creek On the Potomac community.


View the full MRIS listing here: 18215 Cypress Point Terrace, Leesburg Virginia 20176

Love River Creek? Here’s another great home in River Creek with full golf course and river views: 18184 Shinniecock Hills Place, Leesburg Virginia 20176

Coming Soon in the Village of Bluemont

Originally built in 1905, this grand Victorian in the heart of “downtown” Bluemont looks great in every season. There are three bedrooms each with large closets, and three bathrooms including a full bath on the main level. It’s next door to the E.E. Lake General Store. The home has been lovingly preserved, restored and improved. Offered at $549,900.

Front View of 18339 Railroad Street in Bluemont Virginia

Pink Crepe Myrtle in Bloom at 18339 Railroad Street in the Village of BluemontThe pink crepe myrtle provides bold color even in the heat of late summer. Soon it will be time for the famous Bluemont Fair.

A Snowy View of the Home at 18339 Railroad Street in the Village of Bluemont, VirginiaA good day to fire up the wood stove and stay cozy inside.

“Naked Ladies” in bloom off the back patio.

Lilac in bloom at 18339 Railroad Street in Bluemont, VirginiaLilac fills the air with fragrance on a warm spring day in the Village of Bluemont.

Hostas in Bloom at 18339 Railroad Street in the Historic Village of Bluemont VirginiaThese giant hostas by the back patio are fragrant when blooming. One of two garden sheds is pictured in the background.

Pink Dogwood in Bloom at 18339 Railroad Street in the Historic Village of Bluemont, VirginiaBeautiful pink dogwood in bloom in Spring.


36335 Silcott Meadow Place, Purcellville Virginia

Luxury Living in Western Loudoun

This 4 bedroom home on 3+ acres near downtown Purcellville has it all — gourmet kitchen, swimming pool, media room, home gym, fully finished lower level and stunning master suite with coffee bar. Offered at $1,119,900

36335 Silcott Meadow Place, Purcellville Virginia

36335 Silcott Meadow Place - Rear View with Swimming Pool

The Foyer at 36335 Silcott Meadow Place in Purcellville, Virgnia

A View of the Kitchen at 36335 Silcott Meadow Place

The Master Bath at 36335 Silcott Meadow Place

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Formal Dining Room

Formal Dining Room

Breakfast Nook

Breakfast Nook

Home Gym

Home Gym

Lower Level Rec Room

Lower Level Rec Room

Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool

Rear Patio

Back Patio

Swimming Pool at Night

Swimming Pool & Spa


Aerial Shot from Rear Looking North


37210 Devon Wick Lane – Coming Soon Near Middleburg, Virginia

Country Estate in the Heart of Virginia’s Hunt Country

This elegant country estate in the rolling hills of Western Loudoun County is right in the heart of Hunt Country. The all brick home features nearly 9,000 square feet of finished space on three levels. The main floor master suite is one of six bedrooms and offers a gas fireplace and spa bath. A dramatic stone fireplace is the centerpiece of the two-story family room.


Available for showings beginning  Saturday, January 25th. Call Kelly at 703-966-7036 for more information!



Mountain Retreat in Winchester, Virginia

Living in Western Loudoun, we still see quite a bit of wildlife. Deer, foxes, raccoons, skunk and possum are all very common. Just last year we had a large black bear on the back deck. It’s a rare treat to discover a native animal that I’ve never seen before. That’s just what happened at my new listing in Winchester. Have you ever seen one of these before? Probably not.

Fisher Cat

Meet the “Fisher” or “Fisher Cat”, a relative of the weasel and mink. Fishers are a fierce predator found in forests. Once trapped for fur, they were driven to the brink of extinction in the US. However they were reintroduced in some areas and welcomed for their unique ability to prey on porcupines.

So, where was this exotic specimen discovered? On a 28+ acre lot in the town of Cross Junction, just north of Winchester, Virginia — about an hour west of Dulles International Airport.

In addition to exotic wildlife, the property offers sincere privacy and serene mountain views.

The house features 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths, a roomy kitchen with island seating and a separate dining area. The large family room has a wood stove. There’s a separate living room with a wood burning fireplace and large picture windows.

The property might be suitable as a hunting cabin or weekend getaway. Or, just a few minutes from Winchester, perhaps this is your everyday private retreat.

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Kitchen Sink

Living Room

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Would you like to REALLY get away from it all? Would you like to escape the traffic and noise of the suburbs and see real wild life? Come visit 281 Dry Creek Lane! Even as autumn winds into winter, it’s a fun drive into the countryside with spectacular views.

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