This extraordinary and delightful property does not conform easily to constrainable limitations. The Hut is anything but a hut and anything but droll. Playful asides and follies, gargoyles, bottle-bottom windows and Asian art and antiques merge with the restraint of ornamentation proscribed by classical Italian renaissance architecture.
The original Hut was an attractive, very simple and somewhat rustic-structure surrounded by beautiful oak trees. It was beloved by the Archbolds, as was Hillandale, and sentiment favored retaining the character of each with new construction. The challenge was to blend two patently different styles of architecture into one harmonious whole, because, while Hillandale was a Tuscan Renaissance-style palazzo, The Hut was a mid-twentieth century American contemporary. Of greater necessity perhaps, were the quantities of centuries-old furniture and tapestries, fine paintings, objects of art, and delicate pipe organ that would be transferred from the Hillandale house to The Hut. That initial renovation, made in the 70’s, was directed by John Archbold and designed by the Middleburg Architect, William B. Dew. Aside from his work on The Hut, Dew shaped many other noted Middleburg buildings including the restoration of the Red Fox Inn.