Mansion of the Week!

Mansion of the Week!

Tipahato is a historically significant Arts and Crafts estate perched atop a hill with exceptional views over the endless countryside. It was designed by architect James Woltz in 1902 and is near Camp David in the northernmost peak of Maryland in Cascade. It was built for Katherine Augusta Taylor who, it is speculated, might have been related to Col. Walter Herron Taylor, an aide-de-camp to General Robert E. Lee. General Lee built a house there after his retreat from Gettysburg, now the Cascade Inn Bed & Breakfast. Katherine lived at Tipahato with her invalid sister until her death in 1940. She is buried in the cemetery at the church next door and has the only tombstone that faces the house. From the time of her death until 1997 the house fell under various ownerships and fell into disrepair from neglect. George Drastal and his wife immediately saw the architectural excellence and historical value of the home, purchased it and began the detailed and painstaking restoration to bring it back to its former glory.

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From its 9-acre hilltop, the mansion stands majestically with its clean lines and natural wood tones that blend so well into the landscape. If you arrive in spring, the lovely landscaped lawn will be carpeted with more than a thousand Siberian wood quill and hundreds of daffodils turning the hill to technicolor. The front porch runs the length of the house and is deep enough to house cars underneath, giving an amazing amount of covered outdoor living space with prime views. Inside the 6,000sf mansion the clean Arts & Crafts lines are continued where the beauty of the wood and millwork are highlighted. Designed in the foursquare plan, the four rooms off the central 11’ foyer include the living room, music room, dining room and kitchen, all measuring approximately 20-by-22-feet. All rooms except the kitchen have cove ceilings. The second floor, accessed by a 4’ wide staircase, has bedrooms, library and office. The third floor has six additional rooms. The walkout basement is accessed by a staircase and has been used as a restoration workshop and a stained glass studio. There are several outbuildings including a semi-circular structure half under ground that maintains a year-round temperature of 55 degrees. Another building serves as a storage shed and there is a pump house on top of the hill that provides well water.

Stunning historical hilltop retreat near Camp David. Priced at $1,199,0000.

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