Real Estate

A Virginia Horse Farm Once Owned by Robert Duvall Is Selling for $3.7 Million

Known as Butcher's Run, the 28-acre estate has a 1820 farmhouse and an eight-stall barn.

Butcher's Run in Purcellville, Va. Photograph by Washington Fine Properties/Upward Studio.

A Virginia horse farm that’s for sale for $3.7 million was reportedly once owned by Oscar-winning actor Robert Duvall.

Duvall, who won an Academy Award for Tender Mercies and was nominated for The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, bought the 28-acre estate Butcher’s Run in the 1980s; he later named a production company he founded in 1992 Butcher’s Run Films. 

The property is just outside the historic village of Philomont, about eight miles from Middleburg in Virginia’s hunt country. 

The three-story Georgian fieldstone farmhouse was built circa 1820. It was featured in the 2001 book “Old Plantations and Historic Homes Around Middleburg, Virginia” by Audrey Windsor Bergner. 

The 5,500-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, wide plank heart pine floors, and a slate roof. 

The estate, which boasts panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling fields, has an eight-stall courtyard barn, four run-in sheds, an outdoor swimming pool with a patio, a stone carriage house, a stone spring house, a three-car garage, an exercise studio and a log cabin. 

A family of owls has taken up residence on the property among the flowering gardens and two ponds.

“Many aspects of Butcher’s Run make it extraordinary, but for me, one of the most prominent is the exceptional setting,” said listing agent Shannon Gilmore of Washington Fine Properties. “Beautifully sited, the estate sits nestled among rolling meadows surrounded by breathtaking sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains with sunsets that seem to go on forever.”

Listing: 20385 Beaverdam Bridge Rd., Purcellville, Va. 

A previous version of this article said that the house was currently owned by Robert Duvall, but he is no longer the owner. It also mentioned a 2002 Architectural Digest article, but that article was on Byrnley Farm, another farm owned by Duvall in Virginia. We regret the errors.

Kathy Orton
Home & Real Estate Editor