What Would You Do with This Massive Kennett Square Estate?

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

We don’t know what to do with this eight-plus-acre estate in Kennett Square.

Rest assured, it’s not its acreage that’s left us puzzled – though, admittedly, its park-like grounds do give the impression of being more vast than they are since the property is surrounded by conservancy land – because we’ve seen plenty of homes sitting on similarly sized, if not larger, plots of land. Rather, it’s the custom-built mansion, which at nearly 19,000 square feet has us wondering just what the heck does one do with all that space?

Don’t get us wrong – it’s gorgeous. Luxury details abound, interior stone walls, and Brazilian cherry and oak flooring throughout…just who wouldn’t revel in a home like that?  Take for instance the two recreation spaces present in the seven-bedroom home: one on the second level, the other encompassing the entire lower level. Then there’s the two-story guest wing. Guest wing!

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Farmhouse Friday: Pastoral West Chester Gem Listed for $2.75 Million

TREND images via Zillow.com

TREND images via Zillow.com

It’s been in the hands of one family for close to a century, but now’s your chance to make it yours: Deborah’s Rock Farm in West Chester is on the market. Listed last month for a cool $2.75 million, the historic 88-acre estate claims a 9,000-square-foot stone manor home that’s been beautifully preserved and maintained, original bank barn, and tenant house. To boot, it’s got frontage on the Brandywine River and views of the Natural Lands Trust Stroud Preserve.

Like several of our farmhouse selections, Deborah’s Rock claims distinct architectural details that amplify its rustic appeal: brick-floored entrance hall, seven fireplaces, wood-burning stove, beehive oven, and a stone ha-ha wall. The country kitchen, which overlooks the gardens and Preserve, is centrally located at the core of the manor, making it easy to move between the formal dining room and family room.

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Farmhouse Friday: Dancing Deer Asks For $1.95 Million in Chester Springs

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

Mural-adorned and swathed in updates, the recently listed Dancing Deer Farm is just waiting to have all seven of its bedrooms occupied. The home, a sizable construction situated on four-plus acres in Chester County, offers over 5,400 square feet of living space, in addition to extra room in a carriage house and Pennsylvania bank barn with work space and wood shop.

Here’s the rundown on the main house:

  • Built circa 1790; includes three original fireplaces
  • Updated by Arcus Design in 1998
  • Mud room, finished lower level, laundry room with glass pocket doors
  • New cedar shake roof and Gaffney-designed patio
  • Kitchen includes Dacor and Thermador appliances, ice maker, built-in computer station
  • Bar with butler’s pantry

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Anne Coll named Chef at the Whip Tavern

whip-tavern-940Anne Coll has been named as the new executive chef of the Whip Tavern in West Marlborough, Chester County. Coll has worked for Susanna Foo at the original Walnut Street restaurant as well as Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen in Radnor. Coll also had a successful run at Meritage where she brought the Korean taco rage to Philadelphia, among other successes.

Coll was to be the chef for Foo’s return to Center City, but in taking the exec chef spot at the Whip, Coll will work much closer to her home, where she has a farm and a pet pig named Jenny.

At the Whip, Coll will work closely with Chester and Lancaster County growers to create traditional pub and local dishes. Coll starts June 8th and menu changes will follow.

Whip Tavern [Foobooz]

Victory Brewing Opens New Digs in Kennett Square

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The Downingtown-based Victory Brewing Company has officially opened Victory at Magnolia. It’s on Cypress Street in Kennett Square in a new development that’s still under construction but so far includes townhouses and apartments. The surroundings aren’t so exciting: There’s a Rite Aid on one corner; a dance academy and a dry cleaner across the street; and not too much else in the immediate vicinity. But inside the seven-barrel brewery, Victory’s president and brewmaster Bill Covaleski spoke to an opening-day crowd with plenty of enthusiasm about the future for the location, which will feature, he said, plenty of site-specific beers. In fact, Covaleski told us he might one day make a mushroom beer, though he admitted that could be a tough sell.

The food menu is finely tuned for “beer enjoyment,” he said, and made from the freshest local ingredients—including, of course, plenty of mushrooms. The chef comes to the 220-seat restaurant from Victory’s Downingtown location, and is relishing this opportunity to create a new menu.
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Farmhouse Friday: Who Wouldn’t Love This Indoor Sunroom Pool?

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Malvern

Is it just us or are most of the Farmhouse Friday homes we feature charmingly old constructions (with the exception of this mind-blowing gem, of course) that have been restored and renovated for modern living? Because we just gotta say…we love them all!

Today’s pick comes at us from Malvern and the year 1789. It’s had renovation work and additions tacked onto it throughout the years (1928, 1988, and 2011), and comes with random-width hardwood flooring and fireplaces. Among our favorite rooms are the great room with its wood-beamed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling bookcase surrounding an over-sized fireplace, and breakfast room added in 2011 with radiant heat flooring and access to a sunroom with a low-maintenance indoor pool enclosed by glass doors. (Uh, yes please.)

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Jaw Dropper of the Week: “Carpe Diem” Estate Gets Land and Price Cut

Exterior shot of Carpe Diem.

Exterior shot of Carpe Diem.

Where do we even start? “Carpe Diem,” formerly going for $3.5 million, is one of those places that seems like it must be experienced as opposed to talked/written about. It’d be like coming back from Great Adventure (which might be harder to get to if you aren’t taking a car) and having your words fall short when trying to explain all the fun that’s to be had there.

That’s kind of the situation with this resort-style home, but we’ll try our best. For starters, there’s an an indoor pool that’s open year round, home theater, a, quote, “professionally outfitted” gym, and a step-down billiard room with fireplace and back deck access. There’s more cool stuff inside, but we want to get to our favorite part: outside, the property has a grotto with waterfalls, as well as a pond! Interestingly enough, the property has gotten a price and land cut since we last featured it on this very blog. Formerly paired with 34-acres, you now get only 6.3-acres, although four additional 6 to 7-acre parcels are available for purchase.

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Farmhouse Friday: Your Personal Retirement Retreat Is On Two Acres in Chester County

TREND photos via Listhub / James A Cochrane Inc.

TREND photos via Listhub / James A Cochrane Inc.

It would surely do just as well for a family with kids still living at home given its proximity to the vaunted Downingtown School District, but its small town ties (it’s situated between Glenmoore and Honey Brook) and on-site workshop make us think it’s more of an ideal haven for a retiree wishing to hone woodworking skills they never got around to developing.

And guess what? In spite of its age (it was built circa 1807), listing agent Bill Cochrane tells us it’s been fully restored, so there’s no need to fret over updates. Notable features include a wide-front porch, living room stone fireplace, renovated master bathroom, and a kitchen with Rutt custom cabinets, Corian counters, tile backsplash, and another stone fireplace.

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Farmhouse Friday: Clocktower Farm Is Back On the Market!

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach-Wayne

Similarly to the Spruce Street home we wrote about yesterday, we covered this farmhouse property when it was first listed in April for $1,995,000. After being delisted in January, the home has reappeared on the market, this time for $1,499,000. Will it get any takers this time around? We should note Clocktower Farm is highly esteemed, as one user made clear in a comment left on our previous post:

The Clock Tower property and home is absolutely amazing. I have been fortunate to visit many times to swim in the salted pool and attend a very fun Halloween Party. The restoration looks fabulous. The Clock Tower is very cool to climb to the top and see all of Apple Brook Country Club. This beautiful Historic home is a must see property.

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Main Line Monday: Your Future Family Compound Includes a Bocce Court

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach - Malvern.

TREND photos via BHHS Fox & Roach – Malvern.

You wouldn’t know it by just looking, but Zillow informs us the main house on this Chester County family compound is actually a farmhouse built circa 1800! Its up to date look is of course thanks to a renovation that left it with an open floor plan and gourmet kitchen with center island, soapstone counters, stainless steel appliances, and custom cabinetry.

Other features of note in the main home include wide-plank hardwood floors, crown molding, several fireplaces, a terrace accessible dining room, and a breakfast room with skylights.

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