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FIDELIO The Plains, Virginia, USA


When Ludwig van Beethoven composed the opera Fidelio, he felt that the piece unfolded as a testament to his artistry. Similarly, the architecture and landscapes of the estate “Fidelio� form an exceptional composition of refinement and tranquility. From the sumptuous Villa to the exquisite pool and spa pavilion, from formal to natural landscapes, every detail adds depth and refinement. The property is designed as a complete work of art, one that compliments the extraordinary lives inspired to embrace these extraordinary spaces.

The Living Room

THE VILLA The Villa is a masterful expression of timeless neoclassical architecture. Set amid rolling hills of the Virginia Hunt Country, this residence combines expansive indoor and outdoor formal entertaining spaces with informal areas and provides every comfort and convenience. The reception gallery with vaulted ceilings and limestone floors sets the stage for a lavish interior designed to showcase art. Finely proportioned rooms feature lighting and extensive wall space. Meticulous detailing includes imported fifteenth to seventeenth century fireplace mantelpieces, the finest millwork, antique reclaimed hardwood floors, hand-painted coffered and vaulted ceilings and frescos. These form a museum-quality backdrop affording optimal display opportunities for the most discriminating collector. In addition, twelve pairs of French doors open onto the loggia and courtyard providing seamless access from every main level room. This is an ideal floor plan for personal enjoyment as well as for entertaining on the grandest scale.

A variety of elevations, paths, specimen plantings and water features adorn the lush formal east gardens.

The kitchen is the heart of the east wing. It adjoins the family and informal dining rooms and features a breakfast bar. With nearly thirty feet of marble counter-tops as well as a catering entrance and every professional quality appliance, the kitchen inspires fine meals and gatherings. A climatized wine cellar, located on the lower level, is an added amenity. Throughout the Villa, panoramic views of formal gardens, ornamental and flowering trees, meadows and the natural landscape beyond, enhance the magic of Fidelio.

The informal dining room, family room and kitchen open onto the loggia and form the heart of the east wing.

Flowering Cherry orchards and stacked-stone walls grace Fidelio.

The master suite features every comfort to ensure privacy and luxury. The sitting room, with a hand-painted coffered ceiling and elegant matching chandelier and sconces, introduces the retreat while the master bedroom beyond, with east and west terraces, clerestory windows, two dressing rooms and two discreet full bathrooms, completes this private domain. In total, there are six bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms in the Villa. A mahogany-paneled elevator and three stairways provide access to the upper level where the master suite and four additional bedrooms are located. A private guest bedroom and en-suite full bathroom, presently serving as a salon, are found on the main level. The second level also includes a gourmet kitchenette, laundry facilities and abundant storage.

The Master Suite features an elegant sitting room with exquisite fireplace. There are also east and west terraces.










A picturesque stream flows through the property. Beyond is the Estate Office and Studio.

THE ESTATE OFFICE AND STUDIO Constructed in 2003, the estate office and studio features a grand double staircase, imported Italian limestone and antique reclaimed oak floors that match those in the Villa, and 12-foot ceilings on both levels. There are built-in media and security systems as well as two half bathrooms, two kitchenettes, ample storage and a motor court for ten vehicles.

THE STONE COTTAGE Sited on a knoll with views of the estate’s stream and

STUDIO II Presently serving as an artist’s studio and equipped with a security system,

stone spring house, this self-contained and fully renovated three bedroom, two bathroom cottage features a full kitchen with breakfast bar and laundry facilities. Media and security systems add comfort and convenience.

full bathroom and darkroom, this expansive space, with over thirteen foot ceilings, is located on the lower level of the stone cottage. A paved drive leads to its entry. Other possible uses for this handsome amenity include an equestrian center or a multi-car garage for the collector.

THE GARAGE Located in the east wing of the Villa, the secure, fully finished three-

TECHNOLOGY Many buildings on the estate include media and entertainment

car garage is separately zoned for heating and air conditioning. In addition to the two bays, it offers a tile floor, Sub-Zero freezer and a sink for easy clean up.

systems. Fidelio also features state-of-the-art security systems, including front gate video surveillance. The property includes a 35-kW generator and water filtration and storage systems. The property was designed to be self-sustaining.


THE GUEST HOUSE The one bedroom guest house features a step-down

THE SPA Adjacent to the swimming pool, this generous space may serve as a fitness

THE TENNIS COURT Lighted for evening play, the Flex Court Tennis Court

but below the sight line, the swimming pool pavilion includes the guest house, spa and tennis court, and is the nexus for summer activity at Fidelio. Measuring 40’ x 16’, the opalescent mosaic tile pool is a dazzling focal point. The pergola features a Viking professional line grill.

center or dance studio. Equipped with a dry sauna, steam room, full bathroom with shower, and laundry facilities, the spa also includes indoor and outdoor media for sound and video.

living room with vaulted ceilings and a fireplace plus a spacious, full kitchen with breakfast bar. Multiple sets of French doors lead to the pool and spa. Views of the surrounding meadows add to the sense of repose.

features an all-weather surface that drains quickly, and shock-absorbing suspended surfaces for high performance. The USTA regulation court is sited near the swimming pool and spa pavilion. A stone wall frames the viewing area from which to observe match play.

THE LOCATION Two miles from Middleburg and less than six miles from the village of The Plains, Fidelio is located in one of the most sought after areas of the Virginia Hunt Country. The property extends over 61 acres within the territory of the Orange County Hunt, and includes stacked-stone walls, bridges and paths, and a meandering stream with waterfalls. The estate offers every luxury as well as security, privacy and tranquility. There is easy access to Dulles International Airport and the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

Christopher D. Ritzert Vice President +1 202 256 9241

Christie Weiss Vice President

+1 202 256 0105 TTR Sotheby’s International Realty 1206 30th Street, N.W. Washington, District of Columbia, 20007, USA +1 202 333 1212

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