WHAT IS a “perfume bar?” The only way this chickie is going to find out is to visit Hye Land House, one of the stately treasures on this year’s Potomac Country House Tour, the 59th edition taking place this weekend–Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015.
Hye Land House also features, on its lower level, an array of mannequins modeling ballgowns worn at Washington formal affairs. There’s also a Lebanese living room and a two-story family room.
Another luxury property on the tour is the Villa dei Leoni, a recently renovated home set on 10 acres. The exuberance and craftsmanship of the furnishings mark the presence of Francesco Moron’s concept of “luxury furniture.” The Veneto-born craftsman and his family have been creating pieces for demanding customers, including, back in the 1980s, the Kremlin and, today, Russian entrepreneurs and oligarchs.
And don’t miss the pet room with its doggie shower!
Rounding out the tour’s offerings are the English Manor Country House, with its breathtaking landscape, and the Holiday Carriage House. The latter is a family guest house but also home to Linda Hobbins’s wonderful Custom Wreaths of Potomac.
All proceeds from the house tour help fund mostly local programs addressing homelessness, hunger, children and women’s issues, and elderly care. Day-of tickets are $40 and can be purchased at St. Francis Episcopal Church and at each of the houses. For more information, go here. Tickets are $40 and are good for both Saturday and Sunday, for one visit to each house. St. Francis will host boutiques featuring gifts, home decor, accessories and more, both days. Custom Wreaths will be available at the Holiday Carriage House.
59th Potomac Country House Tour, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 10033 River Road, Potomac, Maryland, 20854; Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015. More information, go to potomaccountryhousetour.org.