Hot House: ‘Stone Hall’ Farm, 13941 Cuba Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Federal style stone manor house, circa 1740, with wood and shingle roof. Seven bedrooms, 8 baths (6 full, 2 half), over 9,354 sq. ft. and 4 levels. Well-maintained and renovated, with significant architectural detail intact. Six fireplaces, chestnut -paneled great room with hand-hewed beamed and vaulted ceiling, brick and wide plank flooring, deep recessed windows, gourmet kitchen with breakfast room, dining room with fireplace, main floor bedroom, master bedroom with two attached baths, spa/separate glass shower, french doors w/pond views. Large sleeping porch, central a/c. Carriage house with bluestone patio, detached 3 car garage, 3 bedroom tenant house, 8-stall red bank barn on 78 acres: $12.5 million.
What: Once part of a 4,200 acre land patent purchased by William Nicholson (1719), this farm was later owned by Thomas Gist, a colonel in the Baltimore Militia during the Revolutionary War. Stone Hall’s present owner is the Goetze family, heirs to the Goetze Candy Company, makers of still-popular ‘Caramel Cremes’, ‘Cow’s Tales’ and ‘Dum-Dums’. The house was built in four sections (see Wiki entry). The oldest section was built around 1740. Built in fieldstone, it was the manor house for the entire parcel. Around 1790, the larger, two-and-a-half story, gabled north wing and south wing were added. At this point it would have been one of the largest homes in Maryland, second only to Hampton Manor. Finally in 1930, a third addition was made. The basement is partially finished. The Goetzes have been there for a long time, and they’ve been good stewards. The house is a stalwart. It is in great shape, with fences in good repair and well-manicured grounds. Other than some technology updates (a guess) and some paint, it’s good to go for another hundred years.
Where: Take Exit 20B off 83N (Shawan Road West). After a mile, take a right onto Cuba Road. House is about a mile from the turn. It’s just a few minutes to the Hunt Valley Mall, with its awe-inspiring Wegmans. The Oregon Grill and the Manor Tavern are the closest places for a night out. Great access to downtown, about 25 minutes via I-83S.
Why: You like the Worthington Valley lifestyle, and love the historical aspect of the house.
Why Not: Pool (fountain?) looks dated and is oddly sited on front lawn. Also, the farm is on the edge of the valley. True equestrians will want to be closer to the heart of the hunt.
Would Suit: Horse fanciers, subscribers to Modern Farmer.
NB: The 78 acres are spectacularly beautiful Maryland countryside. “Majestic” is not an overstatement.
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