Our client had grown up in Provence, and asked for a French style home that would comfortably fit the Virginia farm country she had come to love. Perched on a knoll bordering a grove of deciduous trees along the banks of the Rappahannock River, the house is patterned after a 17th century French stable building to accommodate the owner’s equestrian lifestyle.
The house is only one room deep, allowing country breezes to pass through the pairs of French doors that open onto a pebbled courtyard. The hammered-iron pergola is covered with a bamboo shade and flowered wisteria to provide for a cool outdoor living space. The home’s exterior is a local fieldstone that is roughly buttered with lime mortar, a technique used occasionally on old farm buildings in Virginia’s piedmont.