Laurey W. Glenn/ styling Todd Childs
Don’t let the proper facade fool you. the best way to explore this Virginia homestead is on an off-road vehicle with an 11-year-old boy as your driver. Buckle up, put on a helmet, and let your tour guide show off a few tricks along the way. This is life at Cat Rock Mountain, where getting muddy isn’t just allowed, it’s required; where sophisticated never means stuffy; and where family time is the greatest luxury of all.
Off the Beaten Path
Maryland residents Rick and Belinda Scherr explored the back roads of Virginia in search of the perfect property. “Once we got stuck on a logging road, suburbanites in our Land Cruiser,” Rick says, laughing at the memory.
Now, he and the couple’s children―Jocey, 23; Caity, 19; Will, 14; and Ben, 11―are off-road experts. On a ride through the wooded mountainside at the back of the house, Ben points out the sights. There’s the old barn that Rick is fixing up. There’s the “bear” tree, the bark of which looks like enormous claws have torn it. There’s a 1-acre pond for swimming and fishing. Then come the massive dirt piles. “Want to try a few jumps?” Ben asks.
“And really,” you ask yourself, “why not?”