Under the eaves of ancient oaks in the heart of beautiful North Florida sits a property steeped in history, as unique and rare as it is lovely. Belle Grove Estate rests on the picturesque banks of Hickstown Marsh near Madison, FL, surrounded by giant live oaks and timber. Here early Americans thrived, wars were fought, bootleggers preserved their heritage, locals enjoy the bounty of wildlife and adventure the marsh and woodlands provides, and friends and families congregate to celebrate momentous occasions in this special place. The focal point of Belle Grove is the bright, classic Southern estate home. The house, built in 1898, was originally constructed in downtown Madison, FL, where it served as an event and gathering space for the community. In the late 1980’s, it was professionally relocated to its current location on the private, manicured grounds of 157 +/- acres west of town. The estate was completely renovated in 2020 with an eye toward preserving and enhancing the historical and architectural significance of the house, while modernizing key systems and components. It is now a 4-bedroom, 2-full + 2-half bath, 3,845 sq. ft. (h/c) home with formal dining and seating areas, lounges, upgraded kitchen, and large open and screened porches. It is being offered FULLY FURNISHED.* The home is perfect for a single-family residence or a gathering and event space. The house was literally made for entertaining, and the recent updates make this one of the most attractive and functional historic homes available. With the included period furniture and art, it is move-in ready. No estate is complete without plenty of storage, and Belle Grove is no exception. Beside the house sits a 2,160 sq. ft. 4-bay Morton Building built in 2010 on concrete slab, with two stories of storage and a freight elevator to assist with loading the upper level. The building comes with a 48 HP Ford 3600 tractor and implements included in the sale. Also on-site is an additional 1,760 sq. ft. home. It is a 3/2 updated and in great condition perfect for an on-site groundkeeper, guests, additional family member home, or as the home base/office for an event space operation. The property surrounding the house and landscaped grounds is 157 acres +/- of mature pine timber professionally managed with prescribed fire, along with natural hardwood, cypress, and part of Hixtown Marsh. The property has a well-maintained private boat launch not far from the house that gives access to nearly 200 acres of marshland full of ducks, fish, and excellent for airboating. Once out in the marsh one can get a glimpse of what Old Florida was truly like, surrounded by ancient cypress with wildlife and nature all around. Back on land, the woods provide excellent hunting opportunities for deer and turkey, and plenty of trails for walking, horseback riding or ATV rides. The area is known for its supply of historical artifacts; a walk through the woods could produce an arrowhead, old moonshine still, clay turpentine pot and a host of other remnants of generations past. Properties with the level of aesthetic quality and historical value of Belle Grove Estate are rare indeed.
Listing courtesy of Southeastern Land Group, LLC.