Located on a stretch of the sort of quaint and quiet gravel roads lined with stone walls that come straight out of historic Virginia is a 17 acre retreat, a park with its grand Colonial. The setting says serene but the house says distinctive, with an art filled interior and bold decorative finishes. This is an excellent and utterly manageable home in the heart of Virginia’s Hunt and Wine Country.Close to Middleburg and Route 66, the property has an abundance of wildlife, manicured gardens and walking and riding trails. The home features high ceilings, matched French doors, and windows everywhere to create a light, airy and open feel with custom millwork and moldings, hardwood floors and 10,400 square feet of living space. The manicured grounds provide a delightfully natural backdrop for all the rooms, from the grand entrance foyer with winding staircase, library with fireplace and wet bar, great room with windows on all sides, crystal chandelier and fireplace, and dining room also with fireplace and large enough for hosting formal gatherings of 10 or more.The adjacent kitchen is large, functional and magnificent, with 6 burner Vulcan range and double ovens, broiler and griddle, a Star grill, Mugnaini woodburning brick oven, SubZero refrigerator and freezer, twin dishwashers, and room-sized granite center island with counter seating. Open and bright with access to the outdoor spaces, the kitchen’s functionality includes restaurant capacity exhaust hood, 3 ceiling fans, a casual dining nook, built-in coffee station, and butler’s pantry.Chic continues upstairs, in a master suite with outdoor access, hardwood floors, built-in tiled headboard, walk-in closet, his and hers sections in the master bath, skylight over the jetted tub, a stone and wood shower, and sequestered laundry facilities. Three other upstairs bedrooms are just as impressive, all hardwood, all with large closets and en suite baths, and all with outside access or large windows. One of these has gorgeous custom floors, hardwood walls and ceilings, and work areas of built-in desks and fixtures. An office with its own built-ins rounds out the upstairs.Chic (and functionality) continues downstairs, with laundry, a full, custom kitchen, large bar/eating area, formal dining area, office area, spirits storage and cozy seating by a European-tiled fireplace. Read, cook, dine, work, escape, imbibe, watch flames flicker or enjoy friends.Outdoors are trees, shrubs, flowering plants and gravel paths to wander, a covered porch, stone terrace and large pavilion for dining, birding, or simply taking in sunrises or sunsets, gentle rains, snow falling on Sycamores and maples, or foxes prowling and deer stalking something tasty outside the fenced gardens.