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High Meadows Vineyard Inn & Carriage House


Scottsville, VA   Offered for sale at $695,000
 

High Meadows Vineyard Inn & Carriage House circa 1832 is two separate homes on 13 acres made new again through an EXTENSIVE renovation. Completely remodeled turnkey bed and breakfast, wedding destination with vineyard or main home with cottage. The possibilities for this property are endless! Carriage House (built 1990) offers separate living or additional revenue stream. The 17-room inn mixes the Federalist style and the Victorian style of a later owner who built a large addition to the house in 1882. The 17 rooms are tastefully furnished and decorated including five guest rooms -- and two suites in the Carriage House. A commercial kitchen, several dining rooms, gym and vineyard round out this tranquil step back into yesteryear.

High Meadows, known originally as Fairview, made Peter White’s family happy. They built the original one-and-a-half story brick house built between 1831 and 1832. “In the 1850s, White was a man of above average means, typical of the small farmer
or merchant,” a 1986 nomination of property to the National Register of Historical Places states. “It is possible he was a merchant or professional since he owned a building in the town of Scottsville in the 1850s, had income other than from farming, owned a little land and few slaves.”

The property fell to White’s wife, Elizabeth, upon his death in 1865 or 1866. Elizabeth White owned the property until 1882 when she sold it to Charles B. Harris, whose family moved to Scottsville from Pennsylvania prior to the Civil War to run a
mercantile store.Rather than tear down the older 1832 White house, Harris built a new stucco and brick house next to it and connected the two buildings together to form one home.
Rather than connecting the two buildings with a hyphen hall, which would have given the joined buildings an H shape, Harris built a hallway that ran the length of the buildings and connected them seamlessly in a “longitudinal passage.”
It is the only building of its age in Virginia to feature two homes joined in such a way, according to the historic nomination.

Fairview remained in the Harris family until 1920 when L.L. Hayman acquired the property, subdivided it into several parcels and renamed it High Meadows. “The Melton family acquired the property in 1943 where it remained until purchased in 1985 by Peter and Jae Sushka. The Sushkas saw a chance for a vineyard on the p operty and planted vines of Pinot noir at the advice of renowned local winemaker Gabriele Rausse. They later added a restaurant, which received excellent reviews.They added a few outbuildings and increased the number of rooms for rent. When his wife was sent to serve overseas, he welcomed some financial partners into the
business and started a kitchen internship with Johnson-Wales University culinary school in the Tidewater area. “It was magical,” Sushka said. “We had a lot of weddings and we even had two babies born in the inn.” In 2007, Sushka’s partners decided to leave the business and leased the property and business to Cynthia and Nancy Bruce. The mother-daughter management team, made some repairs, redecorated, closed the restaurant and turned the home into a respected bed and breakfast. In 2016, Cynthia Bruce ran the inn through the spring graduation season for local high schools and the University of Virginia. And then she closed the inn.

The inn features five guest rooms and five bathrooms in the main house, and two guest rooms and two baths in the cottage with a kitchenette. It has one commercial kitchen, a couple of dining rooms and owner’s quarters. It consists of a 1 1/2-story brick dwelling built in 1822, and a two-story, 1883 stucco brick section. The 1883 addition more than tripled the size of the original dwelling and is connected by a framed single-story passage which runs between and the length of both
sections. The inn features five guest rooms and five bathrooms in the main house, and two
guest rooms and two baths in the cottage with a kitchenette. It



Property Details
  • Former Inn
  • 7 Guest Rooms
  • 7 Guest Room Baths
  • Has Owner's Quarters
  • Built in 1822
  • Last Renovated in 2017
  • Lot is 13 Acres
  • Photo Gallery
Financial Details
  • Offered for sale at $695,000
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