Photos by John Armich.
Updated 1/27/2015, 1:54pm to reflect that the neighboring Cuttalossa Farm was the former home of Daniel Garber, not the property we are profiling in this post.
Let me preface this by saying that you’re lucky I’m not in charge of running this blog because if I were you can be certain I’d have never shared this beauty with you. (And that’s saying a lot since I’m not wont to fall for homes that fall outside of a ten mile radius of Philadelphia.)
So why this budding selfishness on my part? For starters, just look at that verdurous scene! (Warning: annoying, slightly cliché hyperbole ahead.) It literally looks like an image you’d be left with after hearing the happy ending of a storybook fairytale. And guess what? In addition to the lush grounds, the interior of this stone carriage house (built in 1820, mind you) is another prize to behold: exposed stone walls, chestnut floors, hand-hewn beams, and original stable doors all merge, with what might possibly be the touch of someone with the gift of interior design, to comprise this hidden jewel of a home.
Also on the property, which the listing makes sure to mention has sheep next door (Cuttalossa Farm, the former home of artist Daniel Garber, is a neighbor!), is a stone guest house with a “sophisticated studio / home office space.” This mini gem comes with hardwood floors, high ceilings, a full bathroom and kitchen area, and sits above a 2-car garage.
TREND photos via Realtor.com
It’s better known as the Maplewood Farm Bed & Breakfast these days, but this lush 5-plus-acre Pipersville property has been around for over a century. The main floor, for instance, was constructed in 1792; while the second level was added in 1826. And if the photos are any indication of what the home is actually like in person now, it seems to have taken on that charming air historical buildings tend to acquire over time.
Character-defining features include wood-burning stove, built-in cupboards and bookcases in the main house, two-story bank barn with workshop and storage room, and a second barn with chicken coup and fenced-in pastures leading down to the Neshaminy Creek.
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TREND photo via Addison Wolfe Real Estate
Last May, we showed you our top five favorite home libraries in the Greater Philadelphia Area. This Normandy-style, Zaveta-designed residence in Doylestown was one that made the list, and also struck my fancy for its exceptional reading nooks.
To begin, there’s the cozy-looking family room with a stone wrapped fireplace (a blanket and my tattered The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky Modern Library paperback would be here) and a connected granite-island kitchen with access to one of the two elevated decks (I’d have read the Nutter legacy piece over Sunday breakfast here for sure).
Next, there’s the master bedroom, complete with walk-in closet, additional built-in storage, and an en suite bathroom, which the the listing notes “captures the spirit of 20th century Art Deco design.” There’s also a courtyard right off this bedroom. (Two words: summer. reading.)
But I’ve saved the best for last…
All TREND photos via Lisa James Otto Country Properties.
It’s been awhile since we’ve checked up on Bucks County’s Longwood Estate, a splendiferously decorated Georgian manor that swept us away a little over a year ago with its delightfully verdant grounds and attractive interior. So what is its status now?
Glad you asked! Somewhere between late 2013 and now, the home has gotten a $200,000 price cut, bringing it to $2.95 million. The circa-1765 property includes guest house, pool house, barn, and springhouse, and is in possession of a tree-lined driveway with a gated entrance.
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Update (12:15 p.m.): The family has identified the man missing the the silo collapse that occurred early Thursday morning at the Riverside Industrial Complex in Bucks County as Tony Gabriele. 6ABC spoke with his brother, who said that Gabriele “was the only person working in the silo last night, and he was supposed to get off at midnight.”
The initial discovery of the collapse was made by a police officer around 12:30 a.m., who “first believed the dust in the air was snow.” As reported earlier, the silo was used to store powdered concrete. Gabriele’s body has not yet been recovered and, given that officials do not know his exact whereabouts during the time of the collapse, he is presumed to be dead.
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Images by Lisa James Otto Country Properties via Zillow
We love to feature plenty of country farmhouses nestled in the bucolic landscape of the surrounding region. Catalpa Farm, aptly named given the Catalpa tree grove on the property, is essentially a property out of a novel: the Victorian homestead built in the 1890s, the two-story red barn and its address, sat on Apple Butter Road in Plumstead Township, has that classic Americana feel.
Seriously, a farmhouse on Apple Butter Road–are warm pies cooling on the window sill?
Smell that warm apple pie!
Will Hammerstein, grandson of songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II (he of The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and King and I fame), wants to convert his grandfather’s home in Bucks County into a museum with a 400-seat theatre called the Oscar Hammerstein II Music & Theatre Education Center. His plan also includes a parking lot that would be able to hold about “100 cars and several buses” for visitors looking to get a “classic Broadway fan experience,” according to Kathy Matheson at the Associated Press.
The property is, after all, steeped in musical history–what with Hammerstein having purchased it in 1940 and living there for twenty years. He penned many of his works there, most notably “The Sound of Music,” which was a collaboration with creative partner Richard Rodgers. Highland Farm, currently a bed & breakfast, also saw the likes of Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, West Side Story) walk through its doors as he was a friend of Hammerstein’s son.
Despite this, some residents aren’t cheering for the idea…
All TREND photos via Addison Wolfe Real Estate.
Not to be confused with the Tinicum Township south of Philadelphia, this Tinicum home, called “the Old Weaver Homestead,” is a Bucks County property through and through, and, much like the neighboring country cottage of our dreams, it’s a charming two-bedroom with a delightful interior.
Raising its appeal even further is a nearby running stream, little milk house (used as a gym), and two barns, one of which has been converted into a storage and guest apartment (first and second levels, respectively), while the other contains stalls and a greenhouse area for growing vegetables in the winter.
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Readers, prepare to fall in love.
The jewel that is this Erwinna residence has a covered bridge leading to the picket-fenced property, which–as if the cute bridge weren’t enough–includes the most picturesque stone pathway lined with trees on either side extending to the home’s entrance. There’s also a treehouse folly that makes for a wonderfully unconventional guest quarter.
Unsurprisingly, the listing states the home is the work of award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis and as such has “been featured in dozens of design, lifestyle and garden magazines.” Interior charms include a wood-burning fireplace, painted wood floors, built-ins, and French doors with access to a covered sleeping porch that overlooks the gardens and stream.
Continue reading about the kitchen and beautiful garage…
The Shady Brook Farm light show is the region’s best. | Photo via Facebook.
Can’t come to Philly this season? There’s plenty of holiday fun in the ‘burbs, too. From light shows to tea parties, you can get your fill of holiday cheer without the messy commute.
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