Quintessential Southern Estate
Horse Branch Hall is true example of a southern paradise. Offering more than 6.8 acres in Historic Camden, +/-8700 sq.ft main house with 7 bedrooms, 3 bedroom guest house, pool house, turn-key equestrian facilities, plus a prime location to Camden's Hunt Country and downtown.
Horse Branch Hall is fully restored and in pristine condition, while preserving its historic integrity. Dating back to the Civil War times, this home was (and still is) the grand setting of numerous Galas, foxhunting events, holiday parties, and most importantly, a home to families who have raised their children on these wonderful grounds.
+/-8700 sq. ft.
5 full baths and 1 half bath
Barn and Stables
The Barn is estimated to have been built around the turn of the century and was originally a polo horse barn. Extensive work was done to restore the walls, ceilings and stable itself to bring it back to useful life. A large hay loft could easily be converted into additional living quarters. Two paddocks, which can be connected or separated, provide ample room for 2-4 horses. A back gated entrance to Dicey Creek Road offers easy access to Camden's Hunt Country located just down the road.
Horse Branch Hall was built in 1840 by Isabella Scotia McRae. Over the years it has been maintained and updated by various owners including members of the Benjamin Paint Co family in the early 1900’s. It is built in the traditional four over four style (4 rooms on each floor) and, based on stories and early photos, it is believed that the first floor was open on the sides for horses and buggies to go through the lower floor. Only in the early 1900’s was the first floor completely enclosed. Most of the construction appears to be of heartwood pine including the siding, columns, floors.
The brick was made at the historic Kershaw brick works (and you will notice the Kershaw Company branded into bricks on the exposed kitchen wall!) Ceilings are 14’ on the main floor (second floor), and 12’ downstairs. Originally the entrance was the formal staircase on the front of the home which enters on the second floor balcony.
Renovations and Additional Information
• Camden's National Register Historic District
• Brick pathways and patios
• 2 fountains in front yard plus fountain in pool
• Zoning is 'Estate Residential'
• Qualifies for Bed and Breakfast licensing
• All buildings and grounds have been consistently maintained by full time caretaker and house keeper
• Land is placed in an easement with historical society and may not be subdivided
• Irrigation to both paddocks
• Private service entrance on both Kirkwood Lane and Dicey Creek Road
• Formal brick gated entrance off Kirkwood Lane
• Security gate on Dicey Creek Road entrance
• Back entrance is a shared easement road
• Additional 2 acre adjoining land may be available for purchase
HVAC: All new HVAC system was added on the main house in 2020, removed from the roof, and relocated to a side service yard. The main house has a 3-zone modern, gas furnace and A/C system (one unit per floor). The main cottage has HVAC system with gas furnace that was installed around 2016. The office and small cottage both have wall mounted A/C and heat units. In addition to the normal HVAC units in the main house, the house also has a fully refurbished steam boiler system. A high efficiency gas boiler in 2009 and refurbished most of the homes’ radiators (boiler expected life is 30 years). It can be used on very cold weeks as an alternative to the normal gas fired furnaces or in lieu of that system.
Paint: The exterior of main house was repainted in 2019. Guest house and barn were painted 2014. Current owners worked with designer and either repainted or installed luxury wall paper throughout the interior of main house in 2021-2022.
Roof: Main house has a standing seam metal roof installed in 2005 and is expected to last 35-50 years. The shingled roof on main cottage, garage apt. and office were all replaced in between 2015-2020.
Water: In 2018 City of Camden installed a new PVC waterline down Kirkwood Lane as part of the move to underground utilities. In 2019 a new PVC water line was installed from street cut off to back of main house (down left hand driveway) – eliminating the older metal line that ran up the front yard terraces. Water pressure is solid and all buildings are on city water. The grounds, fountains, and pool are on an underground groundwater pump – which runs an irrigation system that waters most zones from paddocks to front yard (3 timers).
Pool: All new components were installed on the inground gunnite pool in 2021. It pool itself was completely relined in 2017 with a new gunnite lining. All pumps and motors are maintained weekly.
Tree and TOPO: Full tree and topo survey as well as land survey was conducted in 2020 and available to new owners.
Outdoor Game court / Lighting: Old clay tennis court was removed and sodded. Perfect for volleyball, horse jumps, party area. The existing overhead lights remain and used for night use. The lights work well, and with fencing could serve as an outdoor horse arena.
Kitchen improvements: The kitchen was updated in 2016 with a new Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch double ovens, and a Kitchen Aide stand-alone icemaker in the butler’s pantry.
Electric: Current owners had all wiring inspected and any needed improvements done in 2020. All knob and tube wiring was removed or abandoned throughout the years.