Introducing 226 Wardour Drive, Annapolis Maryland
This incomparable Georgian style estate is ideally sited in coveted Wardour on the Severn, conveniently located in close proximity to Historic Downtown Annapolis. Overlooking the Severn River, with extraordinary views from every angle, the residence is created for gracious living and waterfront entertaining.
Built in 1906, this 5,000 square foot home has been sensitively renovated with modern amenities and technologies, while maintaining and respecting the original character and charm.
Relaxation in Every Room
Notable features include a serene master retreat with waterside balcony, mahogany dressing room and updated spa bathroom with marble throughout, a separate in-law or guest suite, generously proportioned living spaces, well-appointed gourmet kitchen, a refined mahogany library, and waterside brick patio porch.
Michael H. Cook, one of the current homeowners, says that the kitchen has been a non distracting area for their family to congregate after a day of work or school. “It’s a really nice space to sit, talk, have a casual dinner or a morning place for coffee and catch up on the news on the concealed television,” he says.
The more formal dining room has remarkable views of the Severn River and is a great place for intimate or larger dinner parties with friends and relatives. “The French doors all open up to the protected outside porch,” says Cook, “turning it into an outdoor dinner party.”
The mahogany library is a great spot to relax and read next to the English wood burning fireplace.
“It is my early morning spot to read the Wall Street Journal, catch up on overnight business news before heading off to the office,” says Cook. “Wonderful place for family to gather in the evening to watch a movie or just relax and read.”
The master bedroom suite is appointed with a large mahogany his and hers dressing and closet area nestled between the spacious bedroom and newly renovated bathroom.
The picturesque waterfront grounds are perfect for entertaining and leisure, complete with two-hundred-eighty-foot deep water pier complete with two boat lifts, 100′ slip featuring dock station with water, lighting and electric service.
“The waterside porch has both privacy from neighbors and a fantastic view of the Seven River- a great place to watch the crew teams from St. John’s and Naval academy practicing in the morning, sailing regattas on weekends or just a very quiet place to read the Wall Street Journal over coffee in the morning or a quiet spot for evening cocktails,” says Cook.
This exquisite, private estate affords easy walking access to West Annapolis with its boutique shops and fine dining, or pilot your yacht to explore Eastern Shore highlights on the Chesapeake Bay.
Deep American Neighborhood Roots
Originally named “Norwood’s Recovery” in 1686, there were several name changes until the community was named after Wardour castle, birthplace of Ann Arundell, wife of Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. It reminded her of her childhood home in the peaceful Wiltshire countryside.
Two sisters, Katherine and Elizabeth Giddings, inherited the property in 1884. Though square street grids were popular at the time, Elizabeth’s chief concern was preserving the existing trees and complimenting the natural contours of the land.
To achieve this, she hired Frederick Law Olmsted, popularly considered to be the father of American landscape architecture, and designer on numerous projects including Central Park.
As you stroll through the open green oasis and meandering roads of waterfront Wardour, you will see why Olmsted’s work has attracted residents that have stayed for generations.
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