Category Archives: Gardens

It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Lisburne!

December 2018 is here and we have had a light dusting of Winter White in preparation for the Christmas and Holiday Season.  Lisburne is shown here in her Winter finery, ready for you to come and see what makes this property so very special.  It is an icon, owned by a wonderful family with deep philanthropic roots in the Gloucester and Newport News Communities.  They have called this wonderful 70+ acre estate their home for over 50 years.  With that said, they are offering it for purchase so that a new steward can step up to care for this crown jewel in the years to come.

If you are searching for a Historic, Waterfront and Equestrian Property minutes from Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg this is the property for you.  As a spectacular waterfront property it is around the corner from a world class Yacht Center and Marina…Minutes from a serene and breathtaking historic Episcopal Church which makes it ideal for use as a wedding, reception and special event venue.  It can also be used as B & B, Farm, Winery and a host of other uses.  Please contact me today and arrange your showing of this rare and remarkable property.  All offers will be welcomed and considered!  I can be reached by email at or by phone at 804-445-5500.

A Country Place Era Historic Waterfront Home on Tappahannock’s famed Gold Coast!

Enfield Circa 1938 is a warm, welcoming and elegantly appointed Riverfront Retreat, beautifully sited above the Rappahannock River on Tappahannock’s famed Gold Coast! Sweeping Riverfront Views can be yours in every direction with a vast protected landscape across the Rappahannock.  Offered for Purchase at $839,000! Please click the link below for additional listing information!

Property features include: a lovely entrance hall, hardwood floors throughout, magnificent moldings, high ceilings, spacious rooms, river facing large eat-in kitchen with granite counter-tops, dedicated laundry / utility room, formal dining and living rooms, handsome paneled library/office, den with fireplace, outdoor patios with brick pathways, first floor bedroom, two wood burning and one gas fireplace, 4 full baths in the main house, basement, pier, partially covered dock, workshop, garden shed, two car garage with guest apartment and full bath, stately magnolias, mature boxwood, glorious gardens, numerous outbuildings and a multitude of outdoor living spaces.  Stunning Waterfront and Serene Garden views from every room provide interest throughout the year.

The offering of Enfield presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase your own “Country Place Era” waterfront retreat!  Designed by Edward Sinnott a well known Richmond Architect in 1938.  Subsequent Additions by Clarence W. Huff, Jr. and others.  A fabulous kitchen addition was added in recent years with sweeping and serene views of the Rappahannock River just above Tappahannock.

Shown by appointment only.  24 Hours notice required to show.  Listing agent must be present for showings. Please contact agent, Karin Andrews – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Towne Realty at 804-445-5500 or via email at  Listing Agent is local.

Tappahannock’s Gold Coast

Rappahannock River and the Gold Coast!
Glorious Gardens

Gloucester Daffodil Festival April 1 & 2, 2017

Join us in Gloucester this weekend for the Daffodil Festival.  Below are links to two articles I have written on Gloucester County, Virginia.  One is of the Daffodils of Gloucester and the other is the History of Gloucester County, Virginia from Pocohontas, to the battle of the hook, to T.C.Walker to Augustine Washington thru to the present day.  It is part of the Gloucester County Visitors Guide and was first published in The House and Home Magazine.

The_Daffodils_of_Gloucester from House and Home

SOLD – Update!!!! Mansfield also known as 8493 Freewelcome Lane Dutton, VA – A Piankatank River Sanctuary!

Offered at $990,000, this property Fronts on the Piankatank River between Dutton & Holland Point, and adjoins my recently sold listing of Carousel, which closed on January 30, 2017. 

This graciously appointed and comfortable luxury riverfront home is ideal for long weekends or retreats with ample room for extended family and friends.  It is beautifully sited with panoramic views of the Piankatank River, Dancers Creek with  deep protected water.

This lovely home is casually elegant with beautiful crown moldings,  beautiful light fixtures and high ceilings throughout.  This home has great presence with loads of living and entertaining space on three levels, including a fabulous finished walk-out basement, spacious first floor master suite, grand entrance foyer, formal & breakfast dining rooms, large gourmet kitchen, great room w/ wood burning fireplace, wet bar on two levels  & a handsome paneled library.

Entrance foyer features a black & white marble floor juxtaposed by an ethereally soft palate. Grand staircase ascends to the 2nd floor level featuring a spacious wrap-around gallery, reading nook w/ built-ins, 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths & 2nd floor entertainment room w/ wet bar. Bright & visually stunning interiors are refreshing with views from virtually every room of the waterfront & grounds. Georgian Revival Elements add presence to this well built & beautifully maintained riverfront home. Lovely moldings, arched doorways, Spanish mahogany built-ins & hardwood floors. Pier, dock, boat-lift & more. Gated entrance with true presence. Absolutely lovely grounds. 5 acres of mature trees & gardens

Floor Plans and Survey Plat Available.  19 rooms.  Interior and exterior living areas.  Outdoor deck, patios, hot tub and second floor porch with balcony.  Contact me at 804-445-5500 to arrange a showing.  Qualified buyers only.

Major Price Reduction!!!! from $4,995,000 to $3,995,000 One of the Remaining GREAT River Estates in the Chesapeake Bay Region of Virginia!

Carousel – one of the very last of the GREAT RIVER ESTATES from the Country Place Era – Still remaining in Virginia has been reduced from $4,995,000 to $3,995,000. 40.63 acres on the deep, pristine waters of the Piankatank River.  The cleanest and one of the most scenic rivers in Virginia!  Located at 8495 Freewelcome Lane, Dutton Virginia, 23050.  Make an offer!  Carousel must be experienced!  Gardens by Charles Gillette.  Designed by Clarence Huff in 1938.  Exquisite, Stately with a great country club feel.  Casual Elegance without equal. Contact me, Karin Andrews at 804-445-5500 to show.  Qualified buyers only.

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Just one of many reasons why Virginia is for Lovers.
Just one of many reasons why Virginia is for Lovers.

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Two Adjoining Waterfront Estate Properties in Gloucester – SOLD UPDATE!!!!!

These properties have been purchased.  If I can help you to find your dream property anywhere in Virginia or accomplish your selling goals, please feel free to contact me at :


The current offering of Carousel located at 8495 Freewelcome Lane and Mansfield on the Piankatank at 8493 Freewelcome Lane – Dutton, Virginia creates the opportunity to own two distinct neighboring properties,  on the Middle Peninsula, in the Chesapeake Bay Region of Virginia just above the Mathews County Line.

Carousel priced at  $2,995,000  is set on 40.63 acres fronting on the Piankatank River!   Carousel occupies a commanding presence above the Piankatank with superior elevation and breathtaking views and vistas.

The 10,000 sq. ft. 23 room great house is actually the original 1938 Manor House and a luxurious 3 story addition, completed in 2007,  These two homes are connected by a curved Hyphen that unites these two homes so beautifully.  It is a center hub of activity for both homes and boasts a Lux Club Style Wet Bar with views toward the Gillette Walled Garden and the  spectacular waterfront!

Add to all of this smart home technology,  geothermal heating and cooling, state of the art security systems, superior elevation, a world-class pier and covered dock with lifts fit for a Hinckley Picnic, with an additional boat slip with lift can accommodate a fairly good-sized fishing boat.  (The current owners had a 22′ Regulator for the smaller slip).  2 Jet Ski lifts and an additional yacht slip create the ultimate mooring, on deep protected water.

Twice featured on the Historic Garden Week in Virginia (Gloucester/Mathews) Tour in 2001 and 2010, Carousel also features a lovely walled garden by Charles Gillette, Manor house designed by Clarence Wright Huff, World Class Tennis Courts, walking or riding trails, acres and acres of glorious gardens, rare trees, Glass English Greenhouse, indoor/outdoor sound systems,  whole house generator, in-ground irrigation, in-ground salt pool and spa, four seasons porch, attached and detached garages, world-class temperature controlled wine cellars, elevator, 2 gourmet and 2 service kitchens, grand halls, exquisite finishes, fixtures and moldings, 2 first floor master-suites, cedar lined closets, 5 working fireplaces and so much more.

Mansfield adjoins Carousel and is set on 5 scenic acres with its own gated entrance, mature plantings, gardens, lovely waterfront and a three story manor home with full walk up attic with its own staircase and a walk out basement.  Lots of living space on the Basement, First and Second Floor Levels.  Ideal Executive or Family Retreat.

Contact me today to arrange your showing of one or both of these two stunning properties.

Just one of many reasons why Virginia is for Lovers.
Just one of many reasons why Virginia is for Lovers.

Glorious water frontage.
Carousel’s waterfront from the air. Note Tennis Courts, Main House, accessory buildings and more.

Resort Feel.
The ultimate resort atmosphere with every conceivable amenity. A family, corporate or executive compound with attention to every detail.


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In ground salt pool with stunning views of the Piankatank River, beyond. Minutes to Urbanna, Virginia, White Stone, Irvington, Deltaville, Mathews and the open waters of the Chesapeake Bay by boat.

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Entertain family, friends and associates here! Outdoor Kitchen and Bar! Everything you need is here, at Carousel.

Waterside of the great manor house.

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A covered dock with 2 boat slips and lifts…fit for a Hinckley Picnic River Yacht. Separate Yacht slip, floating dock, low maintenance pier and 2 jet ski slips with lifts.


Master Bedroom 1st Fl
Luxurious retreat…like the finest chocolate….One of Two First Floor Master Suites.

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new wing center hall

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Wine Cellar
Another view of the world class wine cellar. Separate wine kitchen is the next room over. A stunning space with old world opulence. Table seats 12 comfortably.

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tennis gazebo
Tennis Anyone…on world class courts!

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Carousel front of house best
A partial view of the original 1938 portion of this glorious Tidewater Cape designed by Clarence Wright Huff, with gardens by Charles Gillette. A separate detached Garage is in the foreground. This photo taken in Spring.


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Breakfast Porch at Carousel - Dutton Virginia. On the Deep and Pristine Piankatank - minutes to the Bay.
Breakfast Porch at Carousel – Dutton Virginia. On the Deep and Pristine Piankatank – minutes to the Bay.

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Carousel and Mansfield – side by side – THE ULTIMATE WATERFRONT COMPOUND! Luxury Awaits you.

Commanding Presence on the Piankatank River - High Elevation
Commanding Presence on the Piankatank River – High Elevation

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40.63 Acres + 5 Adjoining acres = almost 46 acres of the ultimate escape. The center portion of this photo is Carousel, her lands and waterfront. Mansfield is toward the right.

Glorious Walled Garden by Charles Gillette at Carousel!

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Rivers of Daffodils at Carousel!

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The Brick Gated Entrance at Carousel!

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Mansfield on the Piankatank as seen from the pier at Carousel.

The gated entrance at Mansfield. Offered at $1,379,000.00. Call today to arrange your showing. Make an offer!

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Landscaped grounds at Mansfield, which adjoins Carousel.

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View of the Piankatank from the Great Room at Mansfield.

Front View
Very traditional front view of Mansfield.

Carousel and Mansfield from the air.

Carousel Craun from the water daffodils closeup front porch

8493 Freewelcome Lane, Dutton, VA is located in Gloucester County, VA just minutes to Mathews Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay
8493 Freewelcome Lane, Dutton, VA is located in Gloucester County, VA just minutes to Mathews Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay

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Breathtaking 93+ Acre Waterfront Oasis – Northern Neck of Virginia


Charlton Hill and The Cottage at Charlton Hill are part of  a captivating waterfront oasis set high above Piscataway Creek, in Essex County, Virginia.  Just 3 minutes to downtown Historic Tappahannock and one of the warmest and most welcoming communities in Virginia.    Although not technically the Northern Neck, it is in close proximity to the Northern Neck, which lies just across the beautiful Rappahannock River.



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Waterfowl, Wildlife, Mesmerizing Sunrises & Sunsets, flora and fauna of every sort, as well as beautifully orchestrated gardens which frame the view of Piscataway Creek.  This property seems more reminiscent of the South Carolina low country than a high bluff overlooking a glorious waterway.

Charlton Hill is set on 91.3 Waterfront Acres which includes a very handsome 3,843 square foot home with a Lux Uptown Lodge Feel.  Virtually every room features breathtaking views of the waterfront and gardens.  An in-ground pool, pool house, glorious gardens, rare trees, detached garage with spacious office, pier / dock ( with over 1 mile of water frontage and two duck blinds) sets the stage for the ultimate, secluded waterfront retreat!

If  the “Garden and Gun” lifestyle and a rare “Town and Country” Retreat are on your Must Buy list…Look no further than Charlton Hill!  Call or Text me Today to arrange a showing!




THE COTTAGE AT CHARLTON HILL (Offered at $299,000.00) is set on 3 waterfront acres and also overlooks Piscataway Creek.  This all brick cottage possesses boat loads of charm and makes a wonderful guest house for the Main House, nearby.  Both are offered Separately or Together – for purchase.  The photos below are part of The Cottage at Charlton Hill. Like what you see?  Make an offer!


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A charming kitchenette in the Cottage.

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Charlton Hill, Tappahannock, Virginia – 91.3+ Waterfront Acres on Piscataway Creek with over 1.5 miles of Shoreline and Tidal Marsh.

This 91.3+ acre waterfront estate is sited on a grand peninsula, overlooking the pristine waters of Piscataway Creek, as it winds its way toward the Rappahannock River.  This truly private retreat features over 1.5 miles of water frontage, two duck blinds, pier, dock, gardens, in ground pool, pool house, generator, workshop and possible guest house.

This very handsome property features stunning waterfront views from every window. This extremely rare offering possesses real Town and Country appeal. Essex County, Virginia is home to some of the most notable sporting and waterfowl properties on the entire East Coast, not to mention a regional airport nearby, world class resorts, marinas, historic sites, fine dining, antiquing, day spas, art galleries, sporting goods, boutiques, shopping, golf, farmers markets, charming historic small towns and more within 10 – 45 minutes.

Convenient to Richmond, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg and Washington D.C.

A truly RARE OFFERING at $1,100,000 U.S. Dollars!

Contact Karin Andrews at or for details or to arrange a showing.

A handsome waterfront retreat for the avid waterfowl enthusiast.  Duck Blinds, fantastic fishing, deep water.
A handsome waterfront retreat for the avid waterfowl enthusiast. Duck Blinds, fantastic fishing, deep water.


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Merry Point Circa 1767- Lancaster County, VA

On a high promontory overlooking the gloriously stunning Corrotoman River stands Merry Point House – Circa 1767 with later additions and dependencies.  These are my personal photos that I have retained ownership of.  They were taken for the previous listing agent who asked me to photograph this property.   As Merry Point is such a rare and remarkable property, I agreed to photograph it, with the intent of doing everything I can to help procure a purchaser and steward, who will carry on the legacy of this serenely captivating historic estate.  This is  simply the loveliest of properties, encompassing over 14 acres with superior elevation above the beautiful and sailboat depth Corrotoman River, in Lancaster County, Virginia.    If you are reading this and have a realtor already, in another part of Virginia, I would still be delighted to assist you with the blessing and referral of your realtor.

As a professional photographer, I am also, often asked by other Estate Brokers to photograph their properties because of my attention to detail, architectural knowledge, artful eye and expertise regarding Historic and Estate Properties and their buyers.

As a Licensed Realtor in Virginia, Specializing in Historic, Waterfront, Equestrian and Estate Properties, throughout Virginia, I would be delighted to arrange a showing for you with the listing agent.  Merry Point encompasses 14 pastoral acres, main house, guest house, garage, herb gardens, magnolias, dogwoods, towering trees, pier, dock, woodland gardens, trails and much more offered at $995,000.

Please feel free to contact me by email at, or by phone (804) 445-5500, for further information.

All photos by Karin Andrews Copyright  2015, all rights reserved.


Charming Colonial Tidewatere Cape
1 River Facing Side

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