North River, Gloucester Waterfront

7298 Ditchley Place
Ware Neck, VA 23061

Sold CBRAR #1638436 NNAR #100087

‘Ditchley’ is one of the most incredible historic properties in Gloucester County. Exceptional 1600+’ of blue waterfront on the North River with deep water depth at the new pier, private 37 acres with great privacy and farmland, restored 1890’s residence with wonderful features inside and out, two bedroom waterfront cottage and multiple dependencies, workshops, garages make this a fabulous residence.

History of the Property:
This property has many stories to tell.  The land was originally a 1,000 acre farm in 1649. In 1815 a small home was built on the cellar with 252 acres and was called ‘Bloomsburg.’  After the owner passed away, his wife sold the home in 1863 to Professor Edwin Taliaferro.  He restored and enlarged the home, renaming it ‘Miramer’ after a clear reflection made in the blue water.  Soon after completion the home burnt down.  In 1871, John Prosser Tabb bought the remains.  He currently was the owner of ‘Elimmington’ another historic home in Gloucester County.  It is believed that Mr. Tabb built the present Ditchley onto the cellar with original sections built with mortise and peg construction.

After passing through numerous hands from 1891 through 1899, Mr. William Ashby Jones bought the home with 60 acres as his summer residence.  Described by William Ashby Jones, Jr. in his own turn of the century summer journal, “The house was a cool, roomy and comfortable residence.  There was good fishing and in the fall good shooting and it was therefore the very place to suite us.”  His father remodeled, added onto and redid outhouses and added ‘acetylene gas plant’ for light.  It is also believed that he added the two ‘Queen Anne’ sleeping porches for the better breezes.

In 1978 and home passed through another few owners until the current owner bought the property in 1988.  The current owner went into a major restoration of the home, keeping the charming historic character with the modern conveniences of today.  Materials in the home such as antique heart pine and cypress wood from old barns, Spanish cedar (also known as fools Mahogany) that weathers well for exterior work while retaining its attractive grain, sanding all the wood work throughout to take back to the original-some with 10 coats of paint.  Non of the wood was store bought lumber and all the wood was prepared onsite.  The home had weathered well throughout the years and has been well-loved.


  • Waterfront

    1678' on North River
    Just off Mobjack Bay

  • Water Depth

    5'+ MLW
    New Private Pier

  • Acreage

    37.05 Acres

  • Pool

    Diving Board

  • Guest Cottage

    Open Living & Dining Rooms
    Open Kitchen
    Insert in wood burning Fireplace
    2 Bedrooms, Bathroom
    Screened Porch

  • Outbuildings

    3 Bay Garage
    Corn Barn
    Large Workshop

  • Picturesque historic waterfront home with brick walkways leading to home

  • Wonderful view from the front porch

  • Estate size waterfront parcel with historic charm

  • Privacy with mature tree setting & wide waterfront views

  • Wide waterfront on the North River just off the Mobjack Bay

  • Pier to the residence

  • New Pier going out to deep water depth, 5'MLW+

  • Fabulous waterfront with gorgeous blue water

  • Rip Rap shoreline

  • Covered gorgeous porches circle the home

  • Gorgeous brick with circular planter and patio

  • Waterfront brick patio on the cellar side of the home

  • Waterside steps

  • Long covered porches around the home, great for entertainment or relaxing

  • Road side of the home with the unique 2nd floor conditioned sleeping porches

  • Road side of the home with there old servants quarters on the side of the main residence

  • The original servants quarters possibly dates back before the current home

  • Patio on the road side of the home off the front entrance, kitchen and a few other entrances

  • Cottage with two bedrooms, bath & an open Living Room, Dining area & kitchen plus screen porch

  • Waterfront Cottage

  • 3 Bay open garage plus multiple other dependencies including a garage with electricity

  • Corn crib has been redone with original charm

  • Private Road


  • Built


  • Square Footage


  • Foyer

    34'10 X 11'1
    Cedar lined closet

  • Parlor

    Built-in bookshelves
    Screened Porch access
    17'10 X 16'1

  • Living Room

    Center Room
    Double sided fireplace
    32'11 X 16'10

  • Dining Room

    Built in cabinetry
    21'7 X 15'9

  • Kitchen

    Large Center Island
    Dining Area
    Walk-in Pantry
    29' X 14'8

  • Appliances

    Trash Compactor
    Convection Wall Oven
    2 Microwaves
    Washer & Dryer
    Cottage: Refrigerator, Range, Washer & Dryer

  • Bedrooms

    4 Total Bedrooms
    Two Ensuite Bedrooms
    Two Queen Anne Sleeping Porches
    20'11 X 17'7
    19'8 X 11'1
    17'6 X 15'8
    17'6 X 15'8

  • Bathrooms

    Two Powder Rooms
    Two Full Baths
    *One Ensuite Bedroom needs a shower installed

  • Screen Porch

  • Storage Room

    Outdoor Access
    Off Living Room
    17'2 X 6'

  • Special Features

    10' Ceilings
    Heart Pine Floors
    Glass/Wood Doors
    Unique Moldings
    6 Fireplace (3 of which are on either side)

  • Welcome in from the road entrance into the oversized foyer area

  • The foyer looks directly to the waterfront and is the width of the home

  • Foyer sitting area off the waterside entrance with beautiful wood & glass doors plus screen porch access

  • Foyer view is delightful with wide water views

  • The waterside foyer with the formal dining room on the left side

  • Elegant foyer with center Fireplace leading between foyer & the Parlor

  • Other view of the foyer fireplace leading into the parlor

  • Open staircase in the foyer with a cedar lined coat closet

  • Leading from the foyer into the parlor

  • Inviting waterfront parlor with built-in bookshelves

  • The Parlor with the other side of the fireplace

  • Parlor fireplace encircled in marble & gorgeous mantle

  • Parlor fireplace

  • The exquisite glass & wooden doors leading from the parlor out to the screen porch

  • Open & feel the waterfront breezes

  • Time for entertaining!

  • You & your guests will love to partake in relaxing, dining & enjoying this lovely screen porch

  • Screen Porch with the beautiful wooden floors & tongue & grove ceiling

  • Formal waterfront Dining Room between the Kitchen & the foyer

  • One room deep with great light & views

  • Lovely curved walkways & curved built-in shelves & cabinets

  • Fireplace in the formal dining room

  • Great sized Kitchen with large center island & wonderful views!

  • There is a walk-in pantry, laundry room & powder room just off the large kitchen room

  • What a view to dine too! Informal dining area in the kitchen plus a sitting area

  • Living room separated with center fireplace. Powder Room & storage room off to the side

  • On the other side of the Living Room fireplace with other fireplace & area to sit

  • Center Fireplace in the Living Room

  • The detail is so lovely with encircled in marble & the wooden mantle.

  • Powder Room just off the Living Room with Storage Room on the side having outdoor access

  • Beautiful craftsmanship & detail on the staircase

  • Upstairs landing area

  • Built-in Storage plus hall large closet in the landing area between the four bedrooms

  • Master Bedroom with fireplace

  • Master Bedroom's fireplace

  • Master Bedroom's full bathroom with walk-in closet

  • Master Bathroom with fireplace

  • Attached to the master is a Queen Anne sleeping porch all conditioned with exceptional woodwork detail

  • Exceptional detail throughout the master bedroom's sleeping porch

  • Fabulous waterfront guest room

  • Guest Room's fireplace

  • Your guests will be most impressed with these wide waterfront views

  • Hall bathroom with bathtub/shower in a prime location for guest rooms 1 & 2

  • Hall guest bathroom

  • Guest room two with amazing views

  • Ensuite guest room three with fireplace & 2nd Queen Anne sleeping porch

  • Guest room three has private fireplace

  • Guest Room three's entrance into the 2nd queen anne sleeping porch

  • Guest Room's three bathroom with large closet. The current bathroom can accommodate a shower/tub

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Gloucester County

Gloucester is a diverse county, with lovely waterfront, rural farmlands, and all the conveniences you need along the Route 17 corridor. It covers 288 square miles, with 70 square miles of water. The current population is approximately 36,000. Located on the Chesapeake Bay, Gloucester has five rivers – the North, Ware, Severn, York, and Piankatank. These wonderful waterways offer terrific fishing, boating, kayaking, and are home to many vacation cottages as well as prestigious estates.

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