Carya Collis: Beautiful 103 Acre Homestead in Red House VA

Red House, VA


812 Kemps Farm Ln
Red House, VA  23963
Charlotte County


Live auction held at:
Appomattox Inn & Suites
447 Old Courthouse Rd
Appomattox, VA 24522
Online and phone bidding also available


Latin for "Hickory Hill," Carya Collis embodies the essence of rural living. It's more than just a property; its a serene country escape; a cherished legacy; a place for generations to call home. Carya Collis offers a lifestyle of self-reliance and tranquility. From the abundant wildlife to the fenced pastures, stocked pond, and thriving gardens complete with raised vegetable beds, fruit trees, nut groves, berry patches, and herb & tea gardens - every element is thoughtfully designed to support a life lived close to nature. Yet, its allure extends beyond the practical with stone pathways and grassy paths that wind through lush and colorful flower beds, leading to hidden treasures like secluded benches, garden retreats, a stone fire pit, or a rocky stream. Carya Collis isn't just a property; it's a sanctuary - a place to savor the rewards of labor and, in the evening, unwind with a glass of iced tea on the porch, watching the setting sun paint the sky over your fields.

  • Updated, restored, and expanded 1850 Civil War era farmhouse combines the best of country charm and modern convenience.
    • 2,771 sq.ft., 4BR, 2.5BA
    • Significant updates and renovations throughout including electrical, plumbing, and insulation
      • Major remodel in 2000 included raising the house, adding a basement, replacing old foundation with new solid concrete block foundation (original foundation stones used as façade), modern kitchen, and luxurious master bedroom suite
      • Updated 400 amp electric w/ solar panel support and generator backup ready. Includes new wiring throughout with an abundance of outlets (rare in old homes)
      • New plumbing throughout
      • New insulation throughout
      • New windows
      • New HVAC.  Upstairs HVAC provided by (2) mini splits new in Fall of 2022 (transferable warranty)
      • New roof 2015
    • New kitchen renovation in 2019 with granite counters, butcher block island, 3 ovens, dual fuel cook top, copper sink, and recessed lighting
    • Open floor plan with plenty of large windows and natural light
    • Breakfast nook overlooking the gardens
    • Spacious living room is open to the kitchen and dining areas with double door access to the backyard making it ideal for entertaining
    • Beautiful library complete with a cozy fireplace is the perfect spot for relaxation
    • Full country front porch for beautiful sunset evenings and a pergola covered deck off the dining room
  • 2-Car Detached Garage
  • Guest Cottage
    • 1,000 sq.ft., 2BR 1BA
    • Full kitchen with new stove and refrigerator
    • New roof in 2015
    • New A/C in 2022
    • Comes fully furnished!
  • Bring the horses!
    • 1-stall horse barn
    • 2-stall run-in shed
    • Fenced pastures and corals
  • Over 45 acres of tillable land
  • Historic buildings in excellent condition
    • Log Cabin - original one room log cabin (early 1800s) near Little Bear Creek would make excellent cottage or studio
    • Tobacco Barns - (2) restored & (1) unrestored
    • Original hand dug well (now ornamental)
  • Gardener's Dream!
    • Extensive ornamentals and edibles
    • Green house
    • Potting shed
    • Raised bed vegetable gardens
    • Herb and tea garden under kitchen window
    • Enchanting flower gardens
    • Berry bushes
    • Orchard with fruit and nut trees
    • Extensive patios, walkways, and hardscape
    • Beautiful variety of native trees including oak, walnut, cedar, maple, and one of the largest holly trees in Virginia
  • Solar Power
    • Two banks of 12 panels (24 panels total) producing 12.480 kw
    • Used to reduce electric bill
    • Installed in 2017 as a $60k upgrade
    • 25 yr warranty on panels
    • 20 yr warranty on inverter
    • Expandable
  • Stocked pond with dock
  • Scenic frontage on Little Bear Creek
  • High speed internet available


  • Tract 1: 44.306 acres with the home and facilities (Charlotte County tax map # 7-A-8)
  • Tract 2: 58.62 acres with pond (Charlotte County tax map #s 7-A-8A and 7-A-1H)


  • Sunday, May 19 from 1-3PM
  • Sunday, May 26 from 1-3PM
  • Wednesday,  May 29 from 4-6PM
  • Sunday, June 2 from 1-3PM
  • Thursday, June 6 from 3-6PM
  • Private tours may be available other days by appointment. Call 434-847-7741
  • Property is occupied and cannot be seen from the road.  Do not preview without an appointment.


  • From Appomattox: Take Red House Rd / 727S 11mi to Red House. LEFT on Rolling Hill Rd. 0.7mi to LEFT on Bear Creek Rd. 1.2mi to RIGHT on Kemp Farm Ln. Continue to end.
  • From Farmville: US-460W 14mi to LEFT on Piney Ridge Rd (628) at Exxon. 1.8mi to RIGHT on Little Cub Rd (629). 2.5mi to LEFT on Old Evergreen Rd (630). 1.7mi to RIGHT on Wheelers Spring Rd (638). 1.5mi to LEFT on Bear Creek Rd. 2.5mi to LEFT on Kemp Farm Ln. Continue to end.


2% commission available. Call or email for registration form.


10% deposit due day of sale by cash or good check. 5% buyer's premium. High bid subject to approval by Seller.  Balance due on or about 30 days.  Click on "Terms" tab for full terms and conditions.


Mike Torrence
Torrence, Read, & Forehand Auctions
101 Annjo Ct, Forest, VA 24551
(434) 847-7741 Office
(434) 660-5159 Mobile

812 Kemp Farm Ln, Red House, VA (Charlotte County)

Auction Site: Appomattox Inn & Suites, 447 Old Court House Rd, Appomattox, VA

Terms: Property sells "AS-IS" without warranties of any kind. Potential Buyers must perform such independent investigations with respect to the Property as they deem necessary to verify information provided by Auction Company.

Warranty: All information provided by Auction Company is deemed reliable but is not warranted. The information provided by the Auction Company is subject to verification by all parties relying on it. No liability for its accuracy, error or omission is assumed by the Auction Company.

Title: Seller will convey title by General Warranty Deed free and clear of all liens.

Registration: Bids will be accepted only from registered bidders. On-site registration begins at 11:30AM day of sale. See listing for auction location. You may also pre-register on our website or phone app.  Deadline for phone and online bidding registration is 6PM EST on the day prior to the auction. A valid form of identification (i.e. driver's license) may be required to register onsite or online.

Online Bidding: Online bidding is available for your convenience. However, due to the technical nature of online bidding, bidder acknowledges that this service may or may not function correctly the day of the auction. Torrence, Read, & Forehand Auctions will not be responsible for missed bids from any source. Online bidders who desire to make certain their bid is acknowledged should use the prebidding function and leave their maximum bid 24 hours before the auction begins. Winning bidders will be notified by email and/or phone and receive instructions for signing the Contract of Purchase (must be returned within 24 hours) and submitting the Deposit (see below).

Announcements: Announcements made on day of sale take precedence over all prior communications, both verbal and written, concerning the sale of the Property.

Approval: High bid(s) subject to approval by Seller.

Buyer's Premium: A 5% buyer's premium will be added to the high bid to determine the final sales price.

Deposit: Deposit equal to 10% of final contract price (bid price plus buyer's premium) due day of sale by cash or good check. Online bidders may overnight deposit or wire transfer funds so it is received within 2 business days.

Closing: Balance of Purchase Price shall be due at closing on or about 30 days after the sale.

Agency: The auction company and its representatives represent the sellers.