WOODHOME first enters the annals of Bourbon County history by 1838. Constructed by local Statesman, farmer, and Henry Clay ally, Garrett Davis (See KY Historical Marker #1886), the five-bay Georgian estate maintains many of its earliest architectural features. With a gracious façade featuring brick pilasters and Doric columns, the home pairs Federal robustness with graceful, classical elements. Later utilized as a military academy and boys’ school, the home returned to private use, christened THE LARCHES in the early 20th century by the Clay family.
The residence is noteworthy for its elegant design, thoughtfully maintained throughout the years. In a hallmark of contemporary design, the entry foyer finely displays the original staircase. On each side of the foyer, large living spaces showcase fine Zuber wallcoverings and have been respectfully updated with needed lighting. The distinguished wood-paneled study includes a fireplace and its own half bath. A Robert McMeekin addition contributes, among other features, a light-filled solarium. The matching rear staircase leads to 4 airy bedrooms with 3 baths. Accessibility was enhanced by the recently installed elevator. The well-appointed interiors feature furnishings that may be acquired separately.
The leafy grounds are characterized by privacy, as well as ancient trees & other heritage plantings. Architectural follies & romantic outbuildings dot the landscape including a dovecote, greenhouse, and preserved koi pond. A covered breezeway leads to a two-story brick garage for 3 cars. An elegant 4BR/4BA guesthouse enjoys its own two-car brick garage.
The farm’s 25 acres showcase alternating formal & natural spaces, including ideal locations for paddocks, as well as a tennis court with a footprint appropriate for a barn. Ample room exists to construct a ring or cross-country course.
Accessible by both Link Avenue & Vine Street, the property is adjoined by Claiborne Farm, a perpetually-protected greenspace. It is also only 15 miles off the interstate via the historic Paris Pike, and 18 miles to downtown Lexington. A conservation easement held by the Bluegrass Land Conservancy ensures a respectful future heritage for this Bourbon County jewel.