Wine Room Enhances Taste of a Colonial Classic


The custom-built wine tasting room at this Franconia fine home would serve as the perfect place to savor Virginia Wine Month. Located on Waterlily Court, the house is listed at $1,149,000.

This Colonial brick luxury residence is ideal for entertaining visitors at any time of year. Located in a cul-de-sac of brick Colonial homes beneath mature trees, it follows the modern fashion of blending the classic symmetrical Colonial style with a convenient contemporary open, flowing floor plan.

MAIN FLOOR: Beyond the authentic 18th-century exterior, the living and dining rooms are open to the two-story entrance hall, with its two-sided winding wooden stairway. Hardwood floors continue throughout the main floor. The living and dining rooms also carry out the historical theme with their full-length mullioned front windows and crown molding. Pillars frame the living room, while the dining room is adorned with wainscoting beneath a traditional chandelier.

Behind the dining room, the other side of the stairway faces the breakfast nook. It is also a sunroom, thanks to its wall of mullioned bay windows. They face the towering trees in the 1.17-acre rear lot and the woods beyond. The breakfast nook adjoins the screened porch, where a glass door leads to the deck. Its bird feeder has been attracting plenty of feathered friends this fall, and they will undoubtedly be pleased to realize that it will remain with the home.

The sunroom-breakfast nook is also open to the kitchen, with its 42-inch maple cabinets, stainless steel appliances and granite counters, including the breakfast bar and desk. The adjoining laundry room includes an entrance to the front-loading three-car garage.

On the right, the kitchen faces the rear family room, with its fireplace and wall of mullioned windows. A bay window brightens the office beside it, conveniently located next to the powder room at the end of the entrance hall.

SECOND FLOOR: Overlooking the foyer, the upper hallway provides three steps leading up to the rear master suite. The bedroom stands beneath coffered ceilings and provides another expansive wooded view. Pillars frame the sitting area leading to the private spa, with its hot tub and wall of bay windows. The sitting area also stands beside the master bath, which boasts a corner tub beneath its own expansive windows, a separate glass-enclosed shower and two separate vanities with sinks.

Occupying the right side of this story, two other bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bath between them. Across the hall, a front suite provides its own full bath. The bedrooms feature luxurious carpeting.

LOWER LEVEL: An additional bedroom and bath appear on the lower level. The carpeted entertainment room leads to an exercise center with bay windows above a tile floor. The entertainment center also adjoins the outdoor pool, with its hot tub and patio.

The most memorable feature of all may be the custom wine tasting room. Protected by a suitably cool temperature, wooden wine racks cover three walls. Granite counters enrich both the wet bar with its sink and the barrel that has been transformed into a practical but picturesque wine tasting table suitable for toasting Virginia Wine Month or any other occasion.

Location: Waterlily Court, Franconia 22310
Price: $1,149,000
Taxes: $8,777
Contact: Steve Sherman, Sherman Properties, 703-971-7700
Built: 2002
Style: Red-brick Colonial
Square footage: 6,000
Lot size: 1.17 acres
Bedrooms: 5
Baths: 4.5
Stories: 3
Parking: 3-car front-loading garage
Fireplaces: 1