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.
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!
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.