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Stafford home is a handsome replica of a Colonial Georgian home.

 Gothic flourishes accent the Palladian window on the upper-level balcony of the Holles' Hartwood home.
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Date published: 11/9/2012


The story of this home and its setting has only begun. The 10.5-acre wooded lot includes a significant portion of Lake Maria, a large pond named for the wife of Walden 10 developer Joseph Winslow. The property has 1,000 feet of frontage on the pond, which has a path leading to it and along it from the house. There is the occasional bench to take in the bucolic setting, and a cute little humpback bridge along the way.

The floor plan designed by Holle, who is described by his wife as "a magician with space," is at once open, spacious and cozy. Sight lines run from one end of the house to the other, and from back to front.

Guests are welcomed into a two-story foyer and are ushered into a two-story great room that is rimmed at the second level with a balcony lined with bookshelves on two sides.

The large central room holds both the living and dining rooms, the latter positioned within a half-turret-style wall of windows that overlook Lake Maria a couple of hundred feet away.

To the left of the main living area are a study and the eat-in kitchen. The study, currently a TV room, could easily convert to a dining room given its proximity to the kitchen.

Cherry cabinetry, modern black appliances and Corian countertops make up the kitchen, which includes a cooktop island with serving bar. There's plenty of room for informal dining in the breakfast area, which also overlooks the lake. An interesting architectural touch is a pass-through to the main living area that can be sealed off with mirrored doors.

On the opposite side of the house is the main level master suite. Closet and storage space abound here. The master bedroom and bath are bisected by a hallway that leads to the large screened porch, one of three porch levels.


A staircase leading upstairs from the foyer lands in a seating area, flanked by library shelving, that takes advantage of the second-story Palladian window offering a view of the treed front yard.

There are four secondary bedrooms up here, each pair sharing a full bathroom. One of the bedrooms is currently an office that holds Holle's architectural drawing table.

The attic can be accessed in one of two ways, up a spiral staircase, or through a ceiling opening that's equipped with a pulley to raise large items easily.

The bedrooms on the west side have sliding-door access to the rooftop porch, which provides a bird's-eye view of the surroundings and is done in maintenance-free Trex flooring and vinyl-clad railings.

Basement space is divided between the drive-under two-car garage, and a substantial recreation area with a wet bar that can be configured in any number of ways. The space includes a half-bathroom, laundry room and access to a covered patio.

Each level of the home has a gas fireplace. The house has a 400-amp electrical system, a whole house generator, dual water heaters and a replacement multi-zone HVAC system that was installed in 2006.

Richard Amrhine: 540/374-5406
Email: ramrhine@freelancestar.com

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