A little south of Spotsylvania Courthouse, there’s a 10-acre lot that was once part of the huge Snow Hill plantation. The property has a big, 28-year-old house and a barn that invites you to bring whatever you’ve got, horses, dogs, cars—and your family, of course, because it has all the space you’ll need.

The property is at 7411 Snow Hill Drive, in Snow Hill subdivision, just off Courthouse Road. It’s that part of Courthouse Road, on the way to Snell, that’s been somewhat less traveled since Lake Anna Parkway took away most of the through traffic.

Scott and Linda Harvey have lived here since 1999, and to say they’ve loved life here is an understatement. It’s time for them to move on, so they’ve listed the property with Kathy O’Blinsky of Long & Foster Real Estate in Fredericksburg. The asking price is $797,000.

“This is a warm home, where family memories are made,” said Linda Harvey, during a tour of the home earlier this week. “It’s one of those houses where people say, ‘Let’s have it [a party or gathering] at your house because you have so much space’. I hope whoever gets it loves it as much as we do.”

The house has 5,100 square feet on three levels and includes five bedrooms and four full bathrooms. The Harveys added the 25-foot-by-40-foot pool out back.

You might not find all the latest upgrades and finishes here, but you will find that every thing works. Scott Harvey is a certified home inspector, so he knows that a house where everything works is more attractive to buyers.

The property is almost entirely flat, which Linda Harvey says is good and practical for a horse farm. Arriving visitors are likely to pause for a moment upon turning into the driveway to take in the expansive views of grassy pastures and fenced-off areas.

Straight ahead is the farmhouse, which welcomes visitors with a wide, wraparound porch. With plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the scenery, the porch has been a family favorite from the beginning.

The main entry has an arched transom and sidelights, and opens to a generous foyer with the soaring, two-story living room to the right. It’s part of an open floor plan that lends itself well to entertaining and large family gatherings. The living room is defined partly by a grand staircase that curves from the foyer up to a second floor balcony.

To the left of the foyer is the formal dining room that features shadow box wainscoting and dentil crown molding.

Straight back is the large area that includes the eat-in kitchen and family room. The kitchen has an exposed beam coffered ceiling that lends a rustic, farmhouse feel to the space, as do the glass-front kitchen cabinets. The white tile-covered island, counters and backsplashes contrast with the black appliances. The range, flanked by counters, is situated in an arched, recessed area within a brick wall.

The wall of windows at the back of the kitchen includes a door that opens to the deck, which the Harveys expanded to provide more space for family fun.

The ample breakfast area next to the kitchen steps down into a family room that has one of the home’s two wood-burning fireplaces. It features knotty pine wainscoting that contributes to the welcome-home feel.

Also nearby is a home office surrounded by windows that provide panoramic views of the surrounding acreage.

The main level also includes a private guest or in-law suite that can be closed off from the rest of the house. It has a large bedroom and full bathroom. Direct access to the oversized and heated three-car garage is at this end of the house as well.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, including the master suite with fireplace and outdoor balcony access, and two secondary bedrooms that share a full bath. The large master bathroom has a dual vanity, jetted tub and separate shower. Also part of the master suite is a sunroom that Linda Harvey said she’s used as a home office and as a sunny place to keep plants. Having the laundry machines on the second floor has been handy as well, she said.

The well-equipped basement has a large recreation room with wet bar and space for game tables and a home theater area. There’s a bedroom and full bathroom down here, as well as a hobby room, and storage and utility rooms. A second stairway provides direct access to the garage and yard.

The house might provide plenty of square footage, but it’s outdoors where the pool, barn and 10 acres of space are. Adjacent to the rear deck is the pool, surrounded by a concrete deck and enclosed by iron fencing.

A short walk away is the barn, which was originally built as a six-stall stable with wash room and tack room. The barn is designed to allow hay to be dropped from the loft directly into the horse stalls.

The Harveys more than doubled the barn space with an addition that provided space for Linda Harvey’s dog kennel. Though it has served that purpose well, it was built with large overhead doors and could hold several automobiles instead. The space is heated and cooled.

Fenced areas large and small are designed for dressage and jumping or just to keep horses corralled. The white, split-rail fencing is vinyl-clad and maintenance-free.

“This is a place for people who love the outdoors and animals,” Linda Harvey said. “I’ve kept horses, dogs, rabbits, goats and cats here, and there’s plenty of room for all of them.”

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406

ramrhine@freelancestar.com

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