The Norman’s moved from Leesburg to rural western Loudoun County in 1999. They located this beautiful piece of property that use to be home to famous radio and television personality Arthur Godfrey from the 1940s through the 1970s. This particular property was Mr. Godfrey’s “Game Preserve” where he kept his exotic animals. The Normans found it to be the perfect place to build their home which was designed by Richard with the assistance of an architect. Built between 1998-1999, they moved in over the July Fourth holiday 1999.
The main feature of the house is the very large front porch that is over 90 feet long and 14 feet wide. It has served as the venue for seated dinners for up to 100 people and numerous receptions. The porch overlooks the rolling hills of western Loudoun and a recently planted vineyard just over the hill. The porch is lined with white rocking chairs in the center and a cozy conversation area on the east end.
The entrance foyer features a spiral staircase to the upstairs guest rooms and another stairwell that descends to “the pub” and the downstairs guest room (The Capital Room). It opens into the great room which features a massive stone fireplace towering twenty feet upward and 16 feet wide. On cold winter evenings and mornings there is always a roaring fire burning and guests are invited to cozy up on the large leather sectional that surrounds it.
The music room features a 150-year-old pump organ as well as a baby grand piano. Guests are encouraged to enjoy either. This room is also a nice place to sit and read.
The library is a warm room filled with cherry bookshelves overflowing with books on a wide variety of topics. There is a comfortable reclining chair and an overstuffed swivel chair for reading as well as a large leather ottoman in front of the fireplace. A wonderful spot to cozy up with a book on a rainy day or a cold winter evening.
The dining room is where breakfast is served every morning—unless the weather is particularly nice, then breakfast may be served on the front porch or the screen room. The dining room features a china cabinet filled with a gorgeous collection of Waterford Crystal and the walls are adorned with beautifully framed menus from some of the finest restaurants in the United States where Richard and Vickie have dined.
The pub is downstairs and it was renovated and repurposed in 2012 as a comfortable place to watch sports, have a glass of wine, a beer or a mixed drink from the fully-stocked bar. You may also enjoy playing a game of billiards, foosball, or table shuffleboard on the custom-made regulation-sized shuffleboard table. You may also enjoy perusing the collection of sports memorabilia. There is a humidor stocked with a variety of cigars for enjoyment outside by the fire pit.