Tatetuck Farm, an iconic equestrian estate, has been in the same family for 60 years. It was acquired by a breeder of thoroughbreds as an ideal venue for the mares to foal. Beyond that it has historical and architectural significance and at 219 acres is one of the most expansive properties ever available in Washington. The property is located on both the east and west sides of a scenic, quiet road. There are 165 acres (2 parcels) on the east; 54 (2 parcels) on the west.
Originally known as the Mitchell Farm it was owned by a very prominent and wealthy family who were early settlers in Washington. The land was farmed by several generations of Mitchells into the 20th century. The main house was built around 1790 by Simeon Mitchell, who was born in Washington in 1757 and served in the Revolutionary War. When his son married in 1809 he gave the house to him and 2 maple trees were planted to signify it was a “bride house”. One of those maples remains.
The house is considered to be one of the finest Federal style Colonials in Washington. It has been impeccably maintained and although it has been expanded the architectural integrity has been preserved. Noteworthy are the Corinthian columns on the portico, the leaded tracery transom above the front door, 12 over 12 window sashes. Interiors feature wideboard floors, wainscoting, paneled walls, and 4 fireplaces. There are 5 bedrooms, one is on the main floor with an en suite bath. From the stone terrace one overlooks the spectacular grounds that include stone and rail fencing, gardens, pool, pond, pastures, unspoiled woodlands.
The pool, uniquely shaped as a quadrant, has a pool house with a kitchenette and changing rooms.
A 2-bedroom guest house has a finished basement and garage.
Three horse barns, with a combined total of 18 stalls, are surrounded by 10s of acres of verdant pastures and a riding ring. There are about 80 acres of woodlands. Some of the land (131 acres) has been put in a conservation easement for the Steep Rock Association.
On the west side of the road are 2 houses and a large 15-stall barn. Both houses have 2 bedrooms and can be used as rental properties, caretaker or guest houses.
Most of this land abuts the Hidden Valley portion of the Steep Rock Land Trust.
Tatetuck Farm evokes a grace and gentility mostly associated with a time gone by. One is embraced by the peacefulness here. It is a haven from a world that moves too fast, with too much noise, with too little time to enjoy simple pleasures.