This sure was fun to look at! And what a beautiful job on the restoration of this magnificent estate! Monticola was built in 1852 for Daniel James Hartsook, a planter, merchant and banker. In 1865 Union Troops raided Monticola, but left it undamaged. In 1887 Emil Otto Nolting purchased the estate and made some changes to the home. The house remained in the Nolting family into the 20th century. It changed hands several times after that. It was recently restored by Countryside Homecrafters. There are six outbuildings, including the original smokehouse. There is a 810 square foot guest cottage. This is a gated property. Located high above the James River in Howardsville, Virginia. Four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. $4,991,808
From the listing:
Monticola is a fully restored pre-Civil War Greek Revival plantation on 292 acres high above the James River in Howardsville, Virginia. Located in the beautiful county Of Albemarle, Monticola, was built in the 1850s for Daniel James Hartsook, a merchant, banker and planter. In 1865, Union troops raided Howardsville and Monticola, but left the mansion undamaged. In 1887, Emil Otto Nolting purchased the estate. Nolting modified the portico and added a semicircular porch at the rear of the house. Monticola remained in the Nolting family into the twentieth century. The estate changed hands several times since then. The home has since been lovingly restored by Countryside HomeCrafters and is now on the market for $4,991,808.
Entering the home via the beautiful portico, you will find yourself facing the original staircase with a simple, yet stunning wooden banister and heart pine flooring. On the main floor, the central hall leads to a formal double parlor with original pocket doors. Each room has a large fireplace, original heart pine floor and welcomes in each and every visitor.
From atop the cupola, one can see miles of mountains and skyline, and 360 degree views of the property.
The home features eleven 18×18 rooms including: four bedrooms, 3.5 baths (master has dual sinks, jetted tub, oversized tile shower), 12 fireplaces, office, billiard room, entertainment room with wet bar (ice maker, wine cooler, dishwasher and sink), double-parlor (LR & DR) with pocket doors, kitchen, family room, laundry room, mud room, storage area, walk-up attic, cupola and pantry with dumbwaiter. The grounds include: 6 outbuildings including original smokehouse, a 810 SF cottage that could be turned into guest house, office, studio, etc. Also features in-ground pool, and gated entrance.
Call 540-470-7579 for more information and to schedule a showing of this historic home.
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