Firestones to Sell Newstead Farm


In a county known for its equestrian heritage, Newstead Farm is one of its most storied properties. Now, the Upperville-area estate has been placed on the market by Bertram and Diana Firestone.

The 353-acre Newstead estate built its reputation as one of North America’s top thoroughbred breeding operations in the decades after Taylor Hardin acquired the estate in the 1930s. The Firestones bought the property in 1991, moving their broodmare band operations from Catoctin Stud near Waterford and adding show horse training facilities. Newstead was home to 1980 Kentucky Derby winner Genuine Risk—the only filly to place in all three Triple Crown Races—until her death in 2008 at age 31. The estate also is the home base to Olympic Show Jumping Rider Alison Firestone Robitaille.

The property includes equestrian stables and outbuildings, a large riding arena with an advanced footing surface, a grass Grand Prix field, guest houses, tenant houses and an office. Additionally, the property boasts a certified Equine Quarantine facility.

In addition to the equestrian operations, Newstead features a 15,000-square-foot renovated 1830s stone and stucco Georgian manor house with exquisite gardens, greenhouse, ponds and a pool.

Washington Fine Properties is listing the property with an asking price of $13.5 million.

“Washington Fine Properties is extremely honored to have been chosen to represent this very important part of Virginia’s equestrian heritage,” listing agent Kathryn Harrell stated. “This extraordinary farm has captured the imagination and attention of a worldwide audience and we are excited to present it to the market.”

Newstead Farm
[Washington Fine Properties]

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