Farmhouse Friday: Trunnel Hyll, New Hope’s Coolest Barn Reconstruction

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Ah, Trunnel Hyll. How exactly did this stand-out residence in the middle of New Hope come to be, you ask? Well, according to the listing, Worthington Construction is responsible for this neat fusion of period barn structures. (And you know we love country-style renovations!)

The property’s unique architecture is one thing, but the fact of the matter is it was also constructed, wherever possible, with natural and energy-efficient products and systems. The home features, for example, a state of the art geothermal heating and cooling system, which essentially lowers the cost of winter heating and summer cooling for you. Pretty sweet, right?

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Farmhouse Friday: 165-Year-Old Eye Candy in Montgomery County For Sale

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TREND images via Realtor.com

Should my dream of living in a trinity house with five canines come to naught, here’s my alternative: living in a farmhouse-style home by the sea. More specifically, a seaside house inspired by the interior of this landlocked charmer near Pottstown.

Among its features luring me out of my self-imagined city slicker mold are original old blank hardwood floors (they’re throughout, save for the kitchen and dining area where there’s slate flooring), dining room tin ceiling, and a superbly adorable black wood-burning stove. It also has fireplaces, all of which are in working condition.

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Farmhouse Friday: Secluded Summer Haven in West Chester

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Today of all days–thus far anyway–should remind you of the the “urban heat island” effect, wherein cities experience more heat than less populated satellite areas. With that in mind, consider this 20-plus-acre West Chester property, on the market for $998,000.

First thing’s first: it’s a horse farm! It claims a 5-stall barn, pastures, and a five-bedroom farmhouse. The property is protected by the Natural Lands Trust, but can be subdivided. Interior notes in the residence include a fully finished basement with guest room, kitchen with granite tops, and a first-level bedroom perfect for office use.

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Farmhouse Friday: This Doylestown Barn House Will Blow Your Mind

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TREND images via Zillow.com

Maybe it’s the fact that I watch back-to-back episodes of Game of Thrones online rather than as they air, but certain parts of this reclaimed barn structure in Bucks County give me the impression of being a modern-day manse straight out of the Seven Kingdoms. (It’s likely just those cool light fixtures in the living room though.)

Situated on 11.7 acres, the house offers 7,200 square feet and four bedrooms. Temperature-wise, there’s geothermal heating and cooling to keep it in check (not to mention the low energy costs). But its mouthwatering look? That was born out of the marriage between its rustic features of days past and more recently appointed contemporary details. All in all, a unique property with rooms we can’t stop revisiting (photos below).

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Farmhouse Friday: Your Personal “Writer’s Retreat”-Style Home Awaits in Montco

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TREND images via Realtor.com

We’re going old school with this week’s farmhouse pick and we think you’ll love it: a three-acre property with a classic fieldstone farmhouse, bank barn, carriage house, and four-car garage. It’s being sold with 66 years remaining on a “100-year ground lease of additional 5.7-acre horse pasture owned by the township.”

Even better, it has a professional office with exposed beams, antique wood stove, and an enclosed spiral staircase leading up to loft designed for additional desk space. Hmm…isn’t it time you got started on that novel?

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Farmhouse Friday: Kimberton Country Spread With Views of French Creek

Now that's a fireplace. | Images by TREND via

Now that’s a fireplace. | Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Collegeville

Let’s head out to Chester County just west of Phoenixville for a moment to check in on a property that looks to be the quintessential farmhouse. The home dates back 269 years (!) and was later expanded to give it more space and a covered patio. We can imagine catching many a firefly on its 2.70-acres of land.

Don’t let the age fool you, it has all those much-needed modern amenities that you’ll need, including two-zone air conditioning, an in-ground pool in the yard and a workout room in the barn. Features like the two wood burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, exposed beams, farmhouse tub and dual-horse stalls in the barn call back to its workmanlike past. In other words: this place has kept it real after all these years. Read more »

Farmhouse Friday: Nine-Bedroom in Montco Includes Expanded Master Suite

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Blue Bell

TREND images via BHHS Fox & Roach-Blue Bell

It dates back to 1829, but much of this 7,100-plus-square-foot residence has been reconfigured and expanded over time. Its latest update? What had formerly been two bedrooms has now been remodeled into a master suite with sitting area, full bathroom, and a balcony porch that overlooks the grounds with its coy pond and property-surrounding stone walls.

Deep-silled windows, millwork, and refinished hardwood floors are part of the home’s interior, along with a gourmet eat-in kitchen with soap stone counters, solid wood cabinetry, and stone backsplash. Top of the line stainless steel appliances are mainstays of the kitchen, which also boasts exposed beams and a breakfast area with an electric fireplace. (Side note: There are a total of eight fireplaces in the home.) There’s also a library and family room with French doors leading out to the covered brick patio.

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Farmhouse Friday: There Is a Llama House and Two-Acre Pond at Twin Silo Farm

All photos by Juan Vidal

All photos by Juan Vidal

Well that does it, we’ve seen it all now.

To speak the truth, we can’t believe it didn’t come to our attention before when we first wrote about Twin Silo Farm. Sure, it has a full-scale hedge maze, two-acre pond with a fountain, and a “resort-like” pool and spa–but a llama house? And not just your average run-of-the-mill llama barn, but one designed in the style of Polish country homes. How do we respond to this? More importantly, how do we respond to this: “[it] is now a gorgeous home to the beautiful white swans.” Oh, swans now? Next it will be geeps.

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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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Farmhouse Friday: You Have to See This Fully Renovated Gentleman’s Farm in Malvern

It’s Friday, meaning we can rejoice for the coming weekend and today’s magnificent farmhouse pick! Today’s country-living estate? A Malvern gentleman’s farm that’s just a stone’s throw from magnificent Radnor Hunt. “Truly a lifestyle property,” the listing calls it.

Inside, the fully renovated home has had almost everything newly installed: hardwood floors, carpeting, light fixtures, appliances, windows, HVAC, and septic. The detail that’s sure to benefit from oncoming hot weather is the eat-in kitchen with a breakfast room opening onto a deck. Meanwhile, the raised stone hearth and gas fireplace in the family room might sound like the spot to be in colder months. Great room-wise, the room lives up to its name with an expansive vaulted ceiling , as well as a fireplace and mudroom.

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