Jackie Kennedy spent her childhood in Virginia, so when it came time to create her ideal getaway spot, she looked to Virginia’s horse country. She designed a five-bedroom house surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Middleburg, Virginia, and built it as a quiet retreat from the Washington political scene. She named the home Wexford, after the Irish county that JFK’s family left in the mid-19th century to follow their American dream, and she absolutely loved the place. Now, JFK and Jackie’s Virginia vacation home can be yours for $3.99 million.
Jackie loved Wexford because she designed it herself. She drew up the plans, using the old-school version of Pinterest and tearing out inspiring pictures from Maison & Jardin and Better Homes & Gardens and modeling the kitchen after the one in her mother’s house. When she finished her sketches, she brought in local architect Keith Williams to draw up the final plans for the home.
The result is a ranch-style home with five-bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, a flagstone terrace that runs along the living room and dining room, tennis courts, and a pool and gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the 166-acre estate. As Jackie was an avid equestrian who spent summers riding horses at her grandparents’ farm in the Hamptons, the property also features gated pastures and horse stables.
JFK and Jackie weren’t the only presidential couple to stay at Wexford. Soon after Ronald Reagan was elected to office, he rented the home as a base of operations while he prepared to become president.
According to Architectural Digest, who got a rare peek into the farm back in 2015, JFK was not a fan of the retreat. In fact, he “reportedly didn’t like the place at all.” Jackie, though, adored it.
“The house may not be perfectly proportioned, but it has everything,” she wrote in one of her journals documenting the home’s construction. “All the places we need to get away from each other. So husband can have meetings. Children watch TV. Wife paint or work at desk. Nurse have own room. Help a place to sit. All things so much bigger houses don’t have. I think it’s brilliant!”
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