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

TREND images via Realtor.com

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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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: Charmingly Rustic Find in Bucks County

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

TREND images via Addison Wolfe Real Estate / Listhub

Golly, Tinicum Township is just a treasure trove of delightful abodes, isn’t it?

Case in point, Wildcat Farm. It’s kind of like one of those country-style properties that’ll use every single one of its inviting features–like say, twelve acres that encompass a converted cookhouse and rustic outbuilding, as this one has–to charm the dollar right out of your wallet. Oh, we know what you’re up to, Wildcat…

No, but really. We like it a lot, not least for its materials which consist of stone, stucco, and log, the latter being most evident in the 18th-century family room (and a bit in the bathroom and bedrooms directly above it!). Interior details include wainscoting, polished pumpkin pine floors, fireplaces, and a modern kitchen. An in-ground pool and barn, currently used for storage and, is also on the premises.

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Farmhouse Friday: Stone Beauty in Buckingham Township

Photos via Kurfiss Sotheby's International Realty

Photos via Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Wow. We’ve spotted yet another 18th-century property that’s been saved from ruin.

According to its listing, this one was historically restored by the current owner who happens to be an architect. Originally built in 1752 and with an 1850 addition, the process took, understandably, over five years to complete! Unfortunately, the original stone dairy barn is no longer there, but here are a few things the the 5-acre residence offers that has us going ga-ga over it:

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Farmhouse Friday: Lane’s End Farm Gets Second Price Cut

Photos by Herb Engelsberg | Courtesy of Michael Sivel/The Sivel Group

Photos by Herb Engelsberg | Courtesy of Michael Sivel/The Sivel Group

Once again on the Property circuit, Lane’s End Farm has been spotted with a second price cut. Not for lacking of anything to say, but we decided to dig around a bit to see if there was anything we had missed in the previous times we’ve covered it, and get this: it’s minutes from the historic William Penn Inn, where Penn would stay when visiting Quaker friends in the area. (The building recently celebrated its 300th anniversary!) Moreover, despite its private and seemingly rural surroundings, the property is actually just a short drive from the North Wales business district.

It does certainly preserve its secluded vibe though. Situated within 234 acres of nature preserve, the 18.57 acre property has a long, tree-lined drive putting the road and the residence a good distance from each other. Various buildings make up the property, including a renovated manor house, stone barn, two cottages, and multiple garages. The first of these has had a mudroom and laundry added, while its kitchen has been updated with radiant heated floors, marble center island, and commercial Wolf range with double ovens and custom hood. A morning room with fireplace adjoins the kitchen.

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