Anne 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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Provided that you and your future spouse are into the idea of a simple, super low-key, family-only shindig for your big day, we think this home’s snug little concert hall would be a fitting venue. It’s got the added bonus of a sizable commercial kitchen, wet bars, and two offices with a sitting area (the bride’s temporary dressing room?). That, or maybe we should leave the wedding suggestions to Philadelphia Wedding, eh?
But back to Property-talk… Believe it or not, that section of the property is actually a totally rebuilt barn with wide-planked wood floors, walls of windows, and stone walls and pillars. The main house has also been renovated, but if you must know, the original portion of the home was built in 1731 according to the listing. Down in the walk-out basement, there’s a family room, game room, additional bedroom, and, a room with rounded stone walls that could be a potential wine cellar.
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Illustration by Danny Hellman; photograph by Christopher Leaman
The allegations were shocking: mass killings of dogs, sadists abusing innocent creatures, maimed and ill animals suffering in squalor. They surfaced repeatedly on Facebook, on websites with names like Justice for Chester County Animals, and in mainstream publications like the Inquirer and the Delaware County Daily Times.
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Property-heads who’ve been with us since the blog’s early days might be excited to here this: we’re bringing back Farmhouse Friday! And what better home to start with than this charming 19th century farmhouse that’s about an hour or so away from the city.
Situated on 10-plus acres, the entire property consists of the original farmhouse and an addition built in 1999, detached 3-car garage with workspace loft, renovated 5-stall barn with office and laundry room, and finally, a 2,000-square-foot guest house offering a full kitchen, dining room, living room, decks, and 2-3 bedrooms.
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