Winterham Plantation – Amelia, VA

11441 Grub Hill Church Rd.
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MLS #1701459
Contact nameMilton Gary Hadfield
Contact phone804-516-6407
Year built1855
Architectural Styles Italianate
StatusMove-in Ready
Home area6,200 sqft
Lot Area14.6 acres
Half Baths1


Winterham: A Rare, Meticulously Renovated and Updated National Register Home Near Richmond, VA

Winterham is a new home in an old shell, with all modern amenities. It is vastly superior to new construction. We began with an architectural gem, a magnificent, Italianate plantation home built Ca. 1855 by a cousin of Thomas Jefferson. It had been completely gutted, revealing the massive, well preserved and beautifully crafted framing and poplar siding. Exceptional insulation techniques were used in the walls. New plumbing and electrical wiring were installed throughout. The floors are refinished heart pine. We chose lead-coated copper for the new roof. We raised the entire building and excavated a >2,000 sq. ft. lower level with a walk-out “Garden Terrace.” In the process, we replaced the 12’ x 12’ base plate beams with newly milled salt-treated ones, waterproofed the new foundation, installed French drains, then added Brazilian walnut flooring. No expense has been spared in the restoration. An enduring preservation was our goal.

INDOORS: The historic manor home consists of two floors with high ceilings. On the main floor, there are four major 16’ x 20’ rooms: a parlor, library, dining room and gourmet kitchen with gorgeous maple glass-front cabinets. A pantry/laundry room adjoins the kitchen. There is a spacious center hall and an ingenious cross-hall stairwell. Finally, there is a powder room and an office. The original covered porches adjoining the parlor and library are accessed through window/doors as at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. These are operated by simply raising and storing the double hung sashes in channels in the wall and opening the double “jib” door gates below. There are two other covered entry porches, and a new 10’ x 30’ covered veranda at the rear, overlooking the lake. There are four fireplaces equipped for gas logs on this floor.

Upstairs, there are four spacious 16’ x 20’ bedrooms. The two adjoining bedrooms at the rear form the luxury “Jefferson Suite.” The elegant en suite bathroom features an “Ultramasseur Air-jet Tub,” a double shower/steam room, twin pedestal sinks and a French bidet. The two front rooms, the “New Market Cadet Room” and the “Princess Amelia Room,” have en suite bathrooms with showers. Remote controlled, glass-enclosed, vented gas inserts were installed in all the bedroom fireplaces.

The new “Garden Terrace” lower level consists of two units: The larger family suite (>1,500 sq. ft.) has a large family room, a kitchenette, a full bath, a mechanical/storage room and two bedrooms (or alternately, multipurpose spaces, e.g. recreation room) connected by a double set of French doors. These rooms lead to a covered brick-lined patio. The smaller unit (@500 sq. ft.) is a generous studio apartment (innkeeper’s quarters) with a full kitchen and bath and a private entrance. The large window wells, French doors, nine-foot ceilings and Brazilian walnut floors make for a surprising and inviting light-filled Garden Terrace level. The larger unit could also serve as business space and the studio could house live-in helpers or family members.

OUTDOORS: A delightful (honeymoon) guest cottage and spa near the manor house adds almost 500 more feet of living space. It provides a luxurious self-contained steam room/shower with vertical body massage. The private porch provides a closer lake view. A corner restroom opening onto the entry deck accommodates event guests. An informal 28’ wide x 22’ deep two-bay garage provides shelter for cars and equipment.

Winterham lies on about 15 acres. The spectacular world class views are the delight of photographers. Specimen trees, boxwood and crape myrtles enhance the grounds. There are several outdoor living spaces with hardscaped terraces, walkways, a graceful fountain and a gazebo. Winterham overlooks >300 acres of carefully tended Watkins Nursery plantings, on rolling hills, and a 15-acre lake. Across the road, there are 400 acres of pine forest and a picturesque, non-working dairy barn with silos, owned by Anderson Lumber Co. These are longstanding family enterprises that buffer the property.

For outdoor events, there is an elegant 40’ x 60’ (2,400 sq. ft.) tent platform consisting of a ten-foot wide periphery of Pennsylvania blue stone pavers surrounding a 20’ x 40’ Brazilian walnut dance floor. A graceful metal filigree “Versailles Pavilion” is one of several ceremony sites. A large lighted parking area lies beyond a new shed to store event furnishings.

HISTORY: Winterham served as a Confederate hospital during General Lee’s April, 1865 retreat from Petersburg. The Civil War’s last major battles were fought in Amelia County, at Sailor’s Creek, where a new visitors’ center helps tell the story. Thomas Garland Jefferson, a son of the original owner, and namesake of the President, was one of 10 VMI cadets who gave their lives at the Battle of New Market. Winterham is a rare Virginia Jefferson family manor home, listed on the National and State historic registers of historic places. It was featured in the premier “Home” supplement issue of Richmond Magazine (2005).

GENERAL: With @ 6,700 sq. ft. of carefully planned living space, Winterham offers unique flexibility and uncommonly generous spaces, adaptable for many uses. We opened it to the public in 2003 as an upscale Bed and Breakfast/Wedding and Event venue which can accommodate 22 overnight guests. It has received rave reviews by tourists and wedding parties alike. Winterham would also make an ideal family residence or could be adapted for institutional use.

Winterham is surprisingly close to Richmond. In short order, one can be liberated from the crowded city to enjoy a peaceful rural setting. Event guests and tourists love to visit the country and relax in our elegant and comfortable antebellum manor home. It has been a favorite country retreat for Civil War buffs, VMI alumni, government officials and military brass. Foreign and American tourists have delighted in Winterham’s hospitality and superb southern country breakfasts. Brides and Grooms share their praises for Winterham and the memories created while enjoying a unique destination wedding at Winterham.

Contact Gary Hadfield at (804) 516-6407,



Additional Buildings / Amenities

  • Barn/Stable
  • Carriage House
  • Dock/Pier
  • Finished Basement
  • Gazebo
  • Greenhouse
  • Guest Cottage