EXPLORE THE PROPERTY

THE ESTATE AT RIVER RUN 

A LOOK INSIDE

The grand foyer welcomes each guest with its many outstanding features. The entry boasts a pair of curved stairways which rise from either side of the marble foyer leading to the ornately detailed balcony with the Loft Gallery. A pair of Waterford-styled chandeliers with antique Straus crystals, the “Casino Rose” marble tile floor , columns with 23-carat gold leaf Corinthian capitals, block egg-and-dart crown molding, and dramatic double-door entry into the Cameo Ballroom all contribute to the breathtaking first look as you enter the Estate.

If one looks closely, one may spot a design theme throughout the house of the oak leaf and acorn, which Mr. Massey used as a symbol for himself. The plaster cornice features this oak leaf and acorn detail and the custom-designed, hand-printed damask wallpaper features both the leaf and acorn motif as well as Mr. Massey's initials, “WBM”, as the central focus of the design. The upholstered cornices in the grand entry hall were drawn directly from Mrs. Saunders's imagination but have all the style and elegance of the 18th century.

Dine like royalty in the beautifully appointed Dining Room containing original furnishings including the custom hand-carved table.

Enjoy a game of billiards with friends in the Woodhaven Billiard Lounge, complete with a billiards table, custom mantle, pub table, and beautiful outdoor views. Formerly Mr. Massey's office and study, the intricately carved wooden creates a stately and warm environment for relaxation and enjoyment.

Or relax in the Foxhaven Room - one of Mr. Massey's favorite spots in the house! Connected to the Brick Terrace, the Foxhaven is a great space to lounge, host an intimate meal, or host a bar serving an indoor/outdoor event.

Wedgewood Ballroom

This two-story ballroom, named after fine European China, has a certain air of charm and grandeur that is sure to translate to any occasion. There are countless features to catch one's eye, from the ornate ceiling, offset by the palate of "river" blues and contrasting neutral accents, to the handmade spiral staircase, which is perfect for a grand entrance. The double-height ballroom also features a musicians’ gallery running around 3 sides of the room and an extravagant oak spiral staircase.

 The magnificent fireplace is framed by marble once owned by English royalty and the larger-than-life crystal chandelier suspended above the room was custom-designed for the property, directly contrasting the beautiful monochromatic ceiling. With breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the James River, the Wedgewood Ballroom invites you to share one of life's most precious moments with a backdrop almost as spectacular as the cause for the celebration itself!

Cameo Ballroom

The Cameo Ballroom is the perfect spot for indoor events that seek to kindle a sense of intimacy and warmth and has a fabulous natural daylight for daytime celebrations! Architecturally, the three double doorways across the back of this space create an effortless indoor-outdoor transition to the terrace, and the natural color palette is preferred by planners as it creates an elegant, understated backdrop for small events, or a beautiful pass through during an indoor/outdoor event.

The “Drawing Room,” later named the Cameo Ballroom, has an elaborate hand-molded plaster ceiling in the grand 18th century English style. The design features acanthus leaf scrolls as well as griffins and other faces hidden within the overall arrangement. Although no longer present in the room, the original decor included an enormous, custom-carved wool rug that was a direct reflection of the plaster ceiling above.

Marble Foyer

Other Spaces

The Main Floor

The Primary Suite

With two elegant full bathrooms and spectacular river views from every window, this space is perfect for you and your closest friends to prepare for your special day and sip mimosas. The expansive suite completely alleviates the panic of getting ready on the morning-of usually incites, with plenty of space for showering, storing clothes, styling hair, and applying makeup.  

Guest Room Floor

Green Garden Suite

The botanically designed Green Garden Suite is reminiscent of an upscale southern resort. Complete with an ensuite bath designed in compliment to the bedroom space and a gorgeous soaking tub, along with a clean wall of white woodwork, bold green wallpaper, and antique furniture, the bedroom is great for additional getting ready space for you and your family. 

Lavender Orient Suite

Artfully appointed with asian antiques, the Lavender Orient Suite is another great space for hosting your family and wedding party members for getting ready. The ensuite bathroom boasts vintage gold Sherle Wagner faucets, sinks, and shower fixtures and provides yet another space for privacy and comfort while preparing for your event.

Tuscan Ballroom

Travel down to the ground floor of the estate and become enveloped by the warmth and comfort of the Tuscan Ballroom's brick walls and stone fireplaces. It is the perfect location for a grand dinner for your wedding or special event. A generous, well lit built in wooden bar allows for service from multiple sides, ensuring that every guest at your event feels welcome and attended to. The cozy wine cellar helps this room feel like you have been transported to Tuscany. The room is skirted by four large individual restrooms, and the virgin heart pine floors make it the perfect location for dancing the night away.

Ground Floor

Bluestone Terrace

Many paths cross at the Bluestone Terrace. The sheer scale of the Estate is exceptional on the lower terrace. Encompassed by sculpted boxwoods, white river rock, ornamental grasses, and landscape lighting, this space is a flawless marriage of man-made and natural environments. The bluestone is clean and continuous throughout the terrace; as well as the adjacent sidewalks. From this terrace, one is treated to enchanting views of the James River that provoke unmatched feelings of privacy and tranquility, perfect for a ceremony, outdoor cocktail hour, or dinner.

Front Lawn

Our front lawn is inviting and charming, featuring exquisite new lamposts, the intricately redone stone fountain, and the mansion as a grandiose-architectural backdrop. The scale and symmetry of this space, as well as the relaxing ambiance of the fountain, greet guests as they approach The Estate. In the daylight, the lush grass and carefully fashioned boxwoods create a formidable frame for the lavish estate. In the evenings, the lawn lights up in an astonishing display of light, courtesy of the oak trees' up-lighting system, that ensures the property remains just as established and dignified no matter what time of the day.

Poolside

This area is absolutely magical - the waterside experience parallel to the James River is second to none. The trees, sky, and natural surroundings, are spectacular. With an an elaborate restroom, and a beautiful rich wood built-in bar just inside the marble, Jeffersonian pool-house, this spot also is perfect for a cocktail hour, pool party, or rehearsal dinner.

Brick Terrace

The upper brick terrace offers suburb views of the estate and surrounding landscapes. The limestone balustrade and opens to a double curved staircase to the lower terrace. The curved brick staircase with a custom-forged iron railing makes for a grand entrance unlike any other. Flowing seamlessly from the main floor, this space is ideal for indoor-outdoor cocktail hours, or more intimate wedding ceremonies.

Exterior

Oak Grove

Crafted with the property's original custom scrolled iron gate topper, the Oak Grove's handcrafted arbor provides a stunning backdrop for your ceremony. With a perfectly placed landscaping stone path, a raised platform,  and inviting shade from the trees, the Oak Grove sets
 the scene for a special ceremony to share with your friends and families. 

Summer Court

The Summer Court, formerly the tennis court, is an expansive piece of land with a beautiful view of the Pool House and the James River. The covered viewing shed is the perfect location for the bar service for your evening or a lounge for your guests to enjoy while they watch your dance moves! This space is an excellent option to place a large tent for a covered ceremony, reception, or event.