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Extraordinary Location

Developing a Distinguished
Luxury Retreat

One of America’s most notable business leaders, Sheila Johnson moved her family to the Virginia countryside to enjoy its renowned equestrian lifestyle. After falling in love with the area, she purchased 340 pastoral acres in Middleburg with the intent of creating one of the nation’s finest – and most authentic – resort and residential experiences.

Formerly owned by Pamela Harriman, a diplomat and daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill, the stunning and undulating property once served as a riding backdrop for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during her frequent visits to the area.

Drawing on the architecture of her own nearby horse farm, Sheila imagined each and every Salamander detail to reflect her passion for excellence. The result: a destination rooted in history, filled with tasteful elegance.

Salamander is truly Sheila’s vision brought to life and she now invites you to share it.


A storied village founded in 1787, Middleburg has retained much of its original stone architecture and all of its charm. Known for its world-class equestrian culture, fox hunts and galas, the region has also garnered acclaim for its burgeoning vineyards, antique shops, and Gold Cup steeplechases. While today’s Middleburg boasts a bustling farmers market, dog-friendly coffee shops, chic boutiques, and art galleries, the town’s one-and-only traffic light reflects the small-town charm still beating at its heart.

Wine rolling hill vineyard rows

Wine Country

If you love wine, you’ll love Residences at Salamander’s enviable proximity to a host of award-winning wineries. Virginia is currently the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the nation and one of the top ten wine destinations in the world. At last count, sixty wineries are operating in north-central Virginia, and the Middleburg AVA (American Viticultural Area) is gaining fame for the quality of wine produced there. Viognier, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc are among the region’s most common whites, while its Cabernet Franc is consistently voted the best single-varietal red.

Wine Country is yours to explore when you become part of the Salamander family.

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Horses in stables covered in morning sunlight

Horse Country

Billed as the nation’s horse and hunt capital, Middleburg is renowned for its storied equestrian lifestyle. Breeders, polo players, and show jumpers have proclaimed it a horse-lover’s haven and despite a population of less than 900 residents, Middleburg plays host to a number of prestigious equestrian events throughout the year. One of the nation’s oldest steeplechase events, the Virginia Gold Cup annually hosts more than 65,000 spectators. The dramatic and high-stake race traditionally draws an A-List crowd and is complemented by lavish tailgates and hat contests with celebrity guest judges.

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Washington Memorial with blooming cherry blossoms

Washington, D.C.

Only an hour’s drive from Middleburg and served by two major international airports, Washington, D.C. provides a powerful lens from which to view the world. Immerse yourself in history, diversity and culture through meaningful and soul-stirring moments that can only be found in the nation’s capital, including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and World War II memorials at the National Mall, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and many of our nation’s most-recognized monuments. Considered a theater town, D.C. features world-class performances and cultural experiences on iconic stages like the Kennedy Center. And numerous professional sports teams including the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, Nationals and Football Team, ensure sports fans stay entertained throughout the year.

Guys cruising in Miglia at sunset

Getting Here

Dulles Airport, just 23 miles from Residences at Salamander, serves a host of international airlines and is a primary destination for travelers from around the world. A wide array of international flights scheduled throughout the day make the journey to or from Dulles an easy endeavor. From the airport, a brief drive of approximately 35 minutes leads directly to Salamander.

For detailed directions by car, please click here.

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