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JFK's 39-acre vacation home goes up for sale for $5.95m

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The Kennedy's country pile has gone on the market for $5.95 million - almost half of its asking price when it first went on sale in 2013.

Known as Wexford, the four-bedroom, five-bathroom ranch house sits on 166 acres in the rolling hills of Middleburg, Virginia, and was completed in 1963 as a retreat for the presidential couple and their two children, John Jr and Caroline.

Sadly, the family would only get to spend three weekends together at the house before John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jackie Kennedy would sell the property just a year later.

The vacation home was put on sale by its current owners three years ago with an eye-watering $10.995million price tag. 

But the house failed to sell. Now it's back on sale for nearly half that figure at $5.95 million 






A slice of Camelot: John F. Kennedy's former vacation home has gone on the market for $5.95 million







A man's home is his castle: The four-story home was built in 1962 by the Kennedys. JFK was linked to Camelot by Jackie in an interview shortly after his death







Debate or dining? Could this have been the table where Ronald Reagan practiced for debates against President Jimmy Carter during his stay at the Kennedy's former home







Leisurely pace of life: The Kennedy's former estate has a large patio, a swimming Maryland pool table movers and tennis courts







Rolling hills of Virginia: The four bedroom place comes with 166 acres of land - and stunning views over the green fields







A family ride: Jackie Kennedy, pictured at the estate with her son John and daughter Caroline, was very keen on horses and built a stables at their vacation home


Jackie and John F. Kennedy lived in a number of homes together throughout the years, including several townhouses in Georgetown, an estate in McLean, Virginia, and their beach property in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

But Wexford is the only residence they personally designed together, building it from scratch to be their ideal family retreat.






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Surrounded by forest, it was the perfect place for the Kennedy children to play and for Jackie to ride her horses - though according to The Kennedy White House: Family Life and Pictures, 1961-1963, JFK himself preferred staying at Camp David.

Jackie Kennedy had convinced the late president to build the 166-acre summer retreat in 1962, wanting something more secluded and closer to Washington than their other vacation spot in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.  














Cozy and inviting: The one-story ranch has plenty of rooms for entertaining - most of which come with their own fireplaces







A home fit for a president: The First Lady was involved in the entire planning of the estate and had been delighted with the results







Light and airy:  The stunning living room, designed by Jackie, was only enjoyed by the Kennedy family a few times before JFK was shot to death by Lee Harvey Oswald in November 1963







Plenty of storage: The estate, which was built for $127,000 and paid for by John F. Kennedy's father, has lots of book cases and built in closets


The First Lady was involved in the entire planning of the estate - which she named Wexford in reference to JFK's Irish heritage. It was paid for by JFK's father Joe Kennedy Sr, Forbes reports. 



Later residents included Ronald Reagan and his wife, who leased the property during his 1980 presidential campaign.

Jackie was said to have been delighted with the final results, telling the estate agents: 'You have done the most fantastic job and everyone agrees that house is really a dream. 

'One could not wish for anything more perfect—if only we could live in it all year long! And Jack loves it,' she added in a letter to the agents.

She reportedly hired a White House decorator to help with the home's interior design. 











Jackie Kennedy was famously keen on horses and Wexford comes with its own stables and numerous riding trails around its 166 acres. Her daughter Caroline would often ride her pony Macaroni around the vacation home.








Feminine touch: The estate, at 1666 Hatchers Mill Road in Marshall, Virginia, still boasts a few reminders of its presidential pedigree







Political royalty: The Kennedys aren't the only political family to have stayed in the four-bedroom property in Middleburg, Virginia - the Reagans also visited







 A home from home: The Kennedy's had wanted somewhere peaceful, and private to vacation - that was still close to Washington D.C.  







A room with a view: One of the bedrooms looks out across the 166 acres of Virginia ponds and fields







Old meets new: The half a century-old property has been fitted with a brand new, modern kitchen







The Wexford: The First Lady was involved in the entire planning of the estate which she named Wexford in reference to JFK's Irish heritage

















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They purchased the property from a local farmer for $26,000, and it was intended to be their weekend home and an alternative to Camp David.

In reality, though, the Kennedy family only visited Wexford a few times all together before tragedy struck when JFK was assassinated in November 1963.

After her husband's death, Jackie and her children visited the property one more time before selling it in November 1964 for $225,000.

But the estate, at 1666 Hatchers Mill Road in Marshall, Virginia, still boasts a few reminders of its presidential pedigree.

Other indicators include the underground bomb shelter, the walled compound and a 'secret' studio above the garage.  



Camelot is famously associated with the late President thanks to skillful media manipulation by Jacqueline Kennedy following her husband's death. 








Knock, knock: The yellow, one-story ranch, which has an unusual animal shaped door knocker, is on the market for $5.95m







Acres of space: The house, which features 166 acres of land, is being brought to market by Thomas & Talbot Real Estate







Fancy a swim? Former president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, also stayed at the property on a number of occasions in 1980 during a break from the campaign trail - perhaps enjoying the serene setting







The house on the hill: Today, buyers don't have to be an American president to stay at the one-story ranch with its picturesque setting. Anyone with a spare $5.95 million is able to buy a slice of history


In an interview shortly after he was assassinated she referred to her husband's love of the musical 'Camelot' and told the interviewer, 'there'll never be another Camelot again...' inextricably linking her husband's administration to the Arthurian legend. 

The Kennedys aren't the only political family to have stayed in the four-bedroom property in Middleburg, Virginia.

Former president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, and their adopted dog Klondike, also stayed at the property on a number of occasions in 1980 during a break from the campaign trail. 

He reportedly used his time at the estate to prepare for debates against President Jimmy Carter.

Today, buyers don't have to be an American president to stay at the one-story ranch. Anyone with a spare $5.95 million is able to buy a slice of history.

The home, which has increased in price 40 fold since it was  built for $127,000 - paid for by JFK's father - sits with a view across the rolling Virginia hills and with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.

Wexford also features plenty of leisure activities, with a pool, tennis courts, lakes and a backyard patio.

The building itself is yellow, in stucco-style, with four bedrooms. The home has plenty of entertaining space, while the house features multiple fireplaces and lots of storage space in built-in cabinets and bookcases.

The house is being brought to market by Thomas & Talbot Real Estate for $5.95 million.






Giddy up! Jackie was an equestrian who would often explore the riding trails around the estate with her children 















Over the moon: Jackie was delighted with her home and had written to the developers praising the work















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