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

TREND images via Realtor.com

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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Ezra Duker Departs Mainland Inn

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Photo via Mainland Inn

Chef Ezra Duker is leaving his post as chef less than six months after Harleysville’s Mainland Inn opened. Duker was called a “rising star chef to watch” in Craig LaBan’s recent three-bell review of the Mainland Inn.

Quarry Hill Farm and Mainland Inn proprietor Sloane Six said “we are thankful to Duker for his efforts in bringing this concept to fruition, creating a beautiful menu. We wish him success as he continues to pursue his culinary career.”

Taking over for Duker will be Brett Romberg, who worked with the opening chef in developing the menu, training the staff.

Duker, who is an alum of the French Laundry and Morimoto Napa, will oversee his final service on Saturday, June 6th.

Mainland Inn [Foobooz]

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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Three Bells for Mainland Inn

Courtesy the Mainland Inn

Courtesy the Mainland Inn

Craig LaBan finds a much needed wake up to the farm-to-table trope at chef Ezra Duker’s Mainland Inn in Harleysville. La Ban finds lots to praise in Duker’s use of Quarry Hill Farm, the farm two miles away that is owned by Sloane Six, who also owns Mainland.

The extraordinary lamb dish, meanwhile, was a snapshot of two farmyard generations on one plate. A roulade made from a yearling, its braised neck meat shaped into a disk glazed coal-black with olive puree, anchored one end, while the long bones of two amazingly tender chops from a milk-fed baby arced over a spring montage of new onions, favas, and a salsa verde piquant with sorrel and boquerones.

Three Bells – Excellent

Mainland Inn: Direct from the farm, with flair and flavor [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mainland Inn [Foobooz]

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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Brittingham Hosts Their Annual Patio Party

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Photo by Courtney Apple

 

Add this to your list of summer outside venues: Brittingham’s in Lafayette Hill is opening their outdoor patios this Saturday, April 25.

The restaurant is throwing their second annual patio party, with BBQ sandwiches and specially priced drinks. Seamus McGroary is performing live beginning at 6 p.m., followed by the Secret Service.

The party begins at 4 p.m. and there is a $10 cover at the door. The restaurant has two outdoor areas with fire pits and bars.

Brittingham’s [Official]

Questlove Sends Instagram Love to Bullied MontCo Youth

TK | Photo from Instagram

Dominic Zaffino | Photo from Instagram

Yesterday afternoon, after being bullied at school for months for being too short, 10-year-old Hatfield youth Dominic Zaffino decided to take to Instagram to respond to his name-callers. He posted a message explaining that his growth was stunted because he had gone through 3-and-a-half years of chemo at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to fight—and defeat—cancer. His heartbreaking rebuttal to his bullies read as follows:

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Update: William Penn Inn in Wynnewood Plans Get Conditional Hearing

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William Penn Inn c. 1875 | Image courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society

So what ever happened to the William Penn Inn in Wynnewood? Last we heard, it had been saved from the clasps of demolition thanks to an agreement of sale between Rayer Builders and William Inn Partners LLC, a partnership that ensured the new development proposal for the parcel it sits on would, unlike the first one, preserve the historic structure.

Well, readers, we got an update. According to the Main Line Times’ Cheryl Alison, attorneys for the dual developers had a conditional use hearing earlier this week. They presented the developers’ project as having crucial “need for setback and impervious surface relief” if the building is to be preserved. Plans include converting it into three condos, as well as adding new homes on three new lots. Read more »

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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Savona’s Month-Long Anniversary Celebration

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Savona, at 100 Old Gulph Road in Gulph Mills, is celebrating its 18th anniversary by introducing a new happy hour food and drink menu and offering specials all month.

The new happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. All cocktails, beer and glasses of wine are half off. The snack menu offers mini pizzas for $8, antipasti for $7, and crostini for $5.

Check out the happy hour menu and more anniversary plans »

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