Workaday life is full of other people: crowded elevators and lines at Wawa and traffic jams and SEPTA buses. So it’s perfectly normal to dream of strolling over a bridge on rolling green hills, passing by friendly horses, stopping at a springhouse, and turning rocks over in a sunlit stream. All of which is possible for the owner of New Hope’s Gateshead Farm.
First, the main residence. The 19th century stone farmhouse offers more than 8,000 square feet for six bedrooms and six full bathrooms. The updated interior manages to blend cozy details like stone walls, fireplaces and exposed beams with modern amenities and finishes. The home evokes the sense that you could take a nap on a window bench and wake up convinced you were at Pemberley.
The house is chock full of charm, but the real jewel in the property is, well, the property itself. In addition to the farmhouse, Gateshead includes nearly 43 acres of land where you will find rolling fields, a stream with a darling bridge, and a pond.
The land also includes a fair share of external structures, including a springhouse that's been converted to an art studio (the listing mentions you might want to turn it into a guest cottage); a second "studio building"; and a stone bank barn with 20 stalls, two tack rooms and two apartments. For further equestrian pursuits, there are both indoor and outdoor riding rings, and 14 fenced pastures.
There is also an outdoor pool with a cabana. For when you tire of refreshing yourself at the stream. Or the pond.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 8,137
Lot: 42.33 acres
Price: $8.875 million
Gateshead Farm: 6312 Meetinghouse Rd., New Hope, PA
Listing: 6312 Meetinghouse Rd., New Hope, PA 18938