Wedding venue, vineyard planned for River Run Manor

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The 16,000-square-foot River Run Manor went under contract earlier this month. (Photos courtesy CVRMLS)

The prospective buyers of one of the region’s largest and highest-priced residential listings have wedding bells and vino in mind for the 60-acre riverside estate.

A permit application filed with Goochland County reveals plans for a wedding venue and vineyard at River Run Manor, the 16,000-square-foot mansion owned by members of Richmond’s Massey family that went under contract this month after five years on the market.

The application was submitted by River Run Manor LLC, an entity registered with the State Corporation Commission by Andrew Moody, a tax preparer and real estate agent based in Blackstone. He and his wife, Kim Moody, run wedding-planning company Kim Moody Design, which has a Richmond location it relocated last fall that it shares with the couple’s Trend clothing and gift store.

Kim Moody Design and Trend moved from Carytown to River Road Shopping Center II last fall. (Mike Platania)

The application, which the Moodys submitted in late March, states the LLC will purchase River Run Manor if the county awards a conditional-use permit to allow it to be used as a wedding and event venue. A statement of intent signed by the couple said they would use their experience in event planning “to create a luxury event space that will become a major player in the Virginia wedding market.”

It goes on to say a “very prestigious, established” Virginia winery would operate a tasting room on site and eventually establish a vineyard on the property. The specific winery is not named. Overnight lodging to accommodate events also is planned for the home, which totals eight bedrooms and 11½ bathrooms.

Reached last week, Kim Moody provided a statement on behalf of the LLC, which she described as a group of investors of which she and her husband are a part.

“We are excited about the possibility of what we should have to offer this fall at River Run Manor, but there’s a long road ahead through the planning and zoning process,” the statement said.

A community meeting on the permit request is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday at River Run Manor, which is located in Maidens at 2421 River Road West. The request is slated to go before the Goochland Planning Commission at its Aug. 1 meeting.

River Run Manor can accommodate seating for over 400 people on both levels.

The application said the mansion can accommodate seating for 240 people on the main level and 285 on the lower level. No additions or modifications are planned for the building, and the vineyard operation is projected to be three to five years out. Additional parking is planned, but no other immediate new construction is proposed.

Sale pending

First listed in 2014 with an asking price of $7.9 million, the estate was reduced in price over the years and was tagged at $3 million when it went under contract June 3. Bo Steele, who took over the listing last year with fellow Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty agent Debbie Gibbs, said they were working to close on the sale by the end of July.

A purchase price has not been disclosed. The latest county assessment valued the property at $5.28 million.

Built as a residence in the mid-1980s, River Run Manor was the home of the late William B. Massey, a longtime Richmond coal executive whose grandfather founded A.T. Massey Coal Co., more recently known as Massey Energy.

The property is now owned by Massey’s four children – William B. Massey Jr., Mark Thomas Massey, Morgan Massey Bartolini and Anne Massey – who inherited it when he died in March 2014.

The mansion includes a marble-floored foyer with a double curved staircase.

Constructed by Taylor & Parrish, the Georgian Revival-style home includes a marble-floored foyer with double curved staircase, a ballroom, a lower-level rec room with wine cellar and an upper-level terrace overlooking the James River. The interior is accented with 18-foot columns and chandeliers, and the property includes a pool, pool house, tennis court and four-car garage.

If converted to an event venue, River Run Manor would join another multimillion-dollar residence that has been adapted for other uses. The 33,000-square-foot Dover Hall, also located in Goochland, has hosted events since it was sold for $5 million in 2013. The English Tudor-style mansion on 55 acres added a bed-and-breakfast concept to its offerings last year.

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Looking at the view from above: They might want to consider purchasing the properties across the river in Powhatan in order to preserve the photogenic views.