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Its current owners like to call it “an oasis of calm” and by the looks of it, it might in fact be a fitting moniker: Windhorse Farm is a unique compound nestled privately on a plot in Ottsville, Bucks County. It consists of several buildings, one of which is an 18th-century stone farmhouse with period bedrooms, original random-width floors, and more.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the details each building has to offer, shall we?
- The farmhouse – As we just mentioned, its got original flooring and sleeping quarters reminiscent of its charming past. In addition to this, though, the residence boasts open beams, deep sill windows, and two walk-in fireplaces. The kitchen even vaunts a neat restaurant-style stove and broiler alongside a cozy sitting area.
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Typically, when we feature a farmhouse that was built in the ’70s, it’s usually a near-ancient (for America’s standards) abode from the 1770’s or 1870’s with ties to William Penn or even George Washington.
However, we’ve got a real treat today, as we get all groovy with this spectacular new school farmhouse estate in New Hope, constructed in 1979!
It may have been built in the 1970’s, but this home offers an authentic rustic aesthetic with a ton of contemporary amenities. A few can’t-miss features include rough cuts beams, romantic fireplaces (including a stunning 30-footer in the living room) and gorgeous antique floors. The modern flair comes through with floor-to-ceiling windows and high-end appliances in the gourmet kitchen.
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Mouthwatering would be an understatement. See, while its classic fieldstone manor home remains a work in progress (needs a little TLC), the outbuildings at Black Walnut Farm more than make up for it. As a whole, the estate, around since 1743, sits atop 72 preserved acres and includes lawn irrigation and central security. Here’s what it offers:
- Single-bedroom guest house – This puppy has been expanded and boasts pine board floors, exposed beams, designer décor, and a stone interior archway. The kitchen, outfitted with SubZero and Asko appliances, has a vaulted ceiling and honed limestone counters. Its porch has Brazilian Ipe decking and is accessed by French doors.
- Restored bank barn – Dubbed the “prize” of the property, the barn comes with beautifully pointed stone and has a massive French door entry. The space is viable as a gym, office, or entertaining area. Bonus: there’s a secure “secret” vault for wine collections, plus the entry-level parking court includes two heated garage bays.
- Carriage house – A studio apartment with a full marble shower can be found here, so it’s perfect as a guest quarters or digs for your oldest. Includes two garage bays.
- Others cool features: Log cabin, pool, shooting range, and pond.
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Before we start, can we just comment on how cute the name is? Turns out Swingtail Farm, a 33-acre residential estate surrounded by an additional 30,000 acres of conserved Cheshire Hunt Country space, has quite the suitable title: it claims an eight-stall barn, four sizable pastures, all of which are fenced, and has access to a panoply of riding trails. Lots of swinging horse tails ’round there for sure!
On the homo sapiens side of things, the main house has television and music rooms, with the former boasting a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace like the family room. High ceilings (the master suite boasts a vaulted one) and views of the enclosing woods are throughout. Outside are a machine shed and garage with an overhead apartment, plus, in-ground pool, which from this angle makes the home look more resort-y than sporty. Specs and photos below.
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We never forgot the old Belgrave Farm estate in Newtown Square, what with it being a thirty-six acre expanse with the Ridley Creek stream running through it and all. (Even has a pond and waterfall, y’all!) But last we wrote about it, the lush property was listed for a whopping $7.95 million, a fact we have now discovered has changed.
Reduced to $7.65 million this past spring, we’re guessing the rustic Chester County residence will grab the attention of a slightly larger pool of would-be homebuyers. Fortunately for them, it’s doubtless they’ll be disappointed: a long tree-lined driveway leads up to the restored 200-year-old stone farmhouse, which vaunts some newer addition from Peter Zimmerman Architects. The house overlooks the street and coms with a barn nestled nearby.
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This one is pretty straightforward.
If you’re looking for a massive equestrian estate with multiple antique outbuildings, a plethora of pastures (17 in all) and paddocks and a handful of top-of-the-line equestrian facilities, then look no further than Honey Brook’s Whitewall Farm in the northwestern edge of Chester County.
The estate is accessed via private entrance and features a main house with all the trappings of a classic farmhouse from the mid-to-late 1700s, including of four bedrooms, four fireplaces, gorgeous (and original) hardwood floors and deep sill windows. There is also a large in-ground pool out back, which must a great place to cool off after a hard days work tending to the horses and the surrounding 33-acres of land.
The spacious stable was built in 2007 and includes 27 large stalls, a large tack room, and office and a feed room. But it’s not just the homestead and the stables, oh no sir-ree. The rest of the farm includes the following buildings:
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One of the cool things about having to write about remarkable properties in the Greater Philadelphia region is that we’re always discovering neat places we might have never otherwise known existed. Pheasant Hill Farm, a verdant 47-acre estate in Bucks County, is one such property that’s got us a feeling a teensy tiny bit like Hiram Bingham.
Situated just above the historic Carversville village in Solebury Township, the bucolic residence wows from the get-go by way of its dramatic (and woods-enclosed) fence-lined drive. At its end, the lane reaches Pheasant Hill, which resembles, as the listing puts it, “a small English village” thanks to a series of gardens, lawns, and a cluster of rustic outbuildings. Actually, one of these frame and stone buildings dates as far back as 1704, as public records show this to be one of the earliest settlements in the community.
The main house, a stone country residence built in the 18th century and expanded over time in five sections, is home to open beams, pine flooring, and hand-forged hardware. Deep-set windows and hand stenciling decorate almost every room and the current owners, who restored the property’s fieldstone barn, have a museum-like collection of early Americana in the home, including colonial baskets, china, kitchen utensils, and toys.
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We don’t know if it’s the hangover from Popeadelphia or the driving rain Philly has experienced towards the end of this week, but this pastoral home in Pottstown is making us long for a good old-fashioned frolic through the sun-kissed fields of Chester County. Don’t you agree?
The historic farm estate dates back to the 1780’s, and has managed to really pull off that romantic old world aesthetic that you’re really looking for in a country home. One one hand, there is the gorgeous stone facade, manicured gardens, a fresh-water pond, multiple pastures and beautiful horse barn. On the other, you have new amenities like the master bedroom, which has a wood burning fireplace and Jacuzzi tub, and an expansive eat-in kitchen with custom walnut cabinets.
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Looking to buy a historic gentleman’s farm in the New Hope area? Well, friend, you’re in luck. Fairfield, a 24-acre estate in Solebury Township, just hit the market.
Chances are good that if you have been looking for something labeled a gentleman’s farm, be it for a weekend retreat or your permanent residence, then you probably won’t have an issues forking over the $2.65 million list price for this wonderful home.
Here are the all the luxurious details.
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Loft laden and timber adorned is how this Hopewell, New Jersey residence, originally a hay barn dating back to the 1700s, comes at us today. It’s an artful home, what with its conversion having kept beautiful elements of its rich agricultural past, which includes a stint as a dairy farm prior to making the switch, according to a property spokesperson.
Situated on a nearly 10-acre expanse, the property encompasses pastures, woods, a natural pond, and most notably, gardens recently accepted into the Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. (Sorry, guys! You’ll have to click on the listing to see shots of those.) Inside, the home’s stone and timber-exposed Great Room claims almost thirty feet to the peaked roof. The surrounding lofts here were built using beams from either side of the room.
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