Today was Mark's last day with his employer of the last ten years. He has taken a new position in senior management in a small community bank about 45 minutes from here, and begins the new job on Tuesday. We are excited, and a bit nervous, albeit appropriately so, about what the future holds for our family and Mark's new career. I was curious to see where Mark would be working in Charlotte County. Although Phenix, Virginia, is only 45 minutes from our home, I am completely unfamiliar with that part of Southern Virginia. At least I was until two days ago. I picked Courtland up from school on Wednesday, asked her if she wanted to go for a drive, she said yes, and so we took an inpromptu drive through the meandering country roads, by glorious green fields that stretched for miles, into the middle of nowhere, and wound up here. Here. I have never wanted to live in the country, but if I did decided to move to the middle of nowhere, it would be here.
This deep front porch is absolutely dreamy, and the back porch, too. I would spend long, lazy days here, with a glass on lemonade in hand. I can picture the tables covered in sweet floral print cloths, topped with trays of sweet tea, surrounded by geraniums and ferns. There is no cell service, so I would have to talk to my neighbors in person, while we rock back and forth on the porch swing, sweet tea in hand.
Then there is the English basement, the herringbone brick patio, and the oh-so-sweet tire swing. Sure I could have a tire swing at home, but I can't get these rolling hills and country road in the backdrop.
I told Mark we should buy this house. I know it is a long way from town, but it is only 15 minutes from The Bank of Charlotte County's headquarters in Phenix. It is 25 minutes to Halifax County High School and not much further to Farmville. Plus, the thought of living that far from town is strangely sort of appealing. I do love people, and I would really miss entertaining, but I have whipped up a solution for that. I would offer our home as a retreat, turn it into a Bed and Breakfast, and I would cater small events at the house, like bridal showers and tea parties. I could offer packages to include local winery and history tours, and would blog about how you can come here to take a step back in time - Modern life in a two hundred year old plantation home on ten acres in rural Southern Virginia.
What do you think? Have I gone mad, or does living on a two hundred year old plantation 20 minutes from town sound strangely appealing to you, too? ps Look at this picture and tell me the first thing that needs to be done, right after taking down this hornet nest. This porch ceiling needs a fresh coat of paint. I am already thinking of shades of blue to complement this beautiful Virginia sky.
This house is Sylvan Hill Plantation, located in Saxe, Virginia, and it just so happens to be for sale. There are pictures of the interior on several real estate websites. The electrical, plumbing, and interior have been completely refurbished, and the house comes furnished with period furnishings. I have looked at the house twice, but haven't been inside yet. I'm a little afraid to. I might not want to leave. Wish us luck as we venture toward the future and our new career and life in Charlotte County. Until next time, I'll be dreaming of porch swings, rolling fields, country roads, freshly squeezed lemonade, and endless Southern hospitality.
Southern Virginia Mom