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Modernized historic farmhouse in Virginia: Snowy Owl Farm

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Originally constructed in 1730, this modernized historic farmhouse property was renovated by architect Mark Turner and designer Cortney Bishop, located in Round Hill, Virginia. Entitled “Snowy Owl Farm”, the Russell family purchased the property back in 2013. There was a perk that came with the purchase of the land, George Washington’s fathers original gravestone! The new homeowners requested to keep the historic structure of the farm, yet make renovations that would cater to modern day living. If you notice, the outside facade is a combination of an old log cabin and stone farmhouse. A glass entry unites the two original structures, giving it a modern update.

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The farmhouse can be best described as vintage historic charm, modernized. The designer created a design masterpiece, inspired by the property’s history and organic textures. According to their website, “Snowy Owl Farm is special piece of property with historical charm and original structures. Virginia couple Beth and Randy Russell blended modern and antebellum to create the ultimate weekend escape for their three kids, two dogs… and a dozen alpacas!

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This modernized historic farmhouse is family’s ultimate weekend escape, as they were looking to develop a deeper connection with the land. They found it just forty-five minutes west of their suburban Washington, D.C., home. Farming was already in the family’s roots: Beth migrated to D.C. from rural southern Indiana, and Randy, a farm lobbyist and former chief of staff for Ronald Reagan’s agriculture secretary, hails from sod-busting Midwestern homesteaders.

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What We Love: This farmhouse is a magical place, a place where family can come together and enjoy country life and all that it has to offer. With plenty of indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces, historical charm… and alpacas! An earthy interior palette of slate, wood and plaster lends an organic aesthetic to the spaces. There is a perfect balance of historic preservation and a clean-lined, contemporary feel.

Readers, we would love to hear your thoughts on this amazing farmhouse renovation… please share with us in the comments below!

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Where the original grain silo once stood, a shiny brand new one was constructed. It is now used as an entertaining space, spread out over four levels. This will contain a whiskey room, a spa and guest sleeping quarters. A bridge connects the silo to the farm’s nineteenth-century barn, which the homeowners are having transformed into another gathering spot.

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Photos: Courtesy of Courtney Bishop Design

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