Splendiferous Interiors: Creative Decor Refreshes 18th Century Longwood Estate
As if the exterior of this property weren’t enough — lush wooded grounds with an uncommonly beautiful pool — the interior of the home is rather fabulous as well. It’s not just the structure of the house, which is unique, that stands out — it’s the decor too. These listings photos are a welcome change from blandly staged rooms devoid of personality.
The creative juxtapositions include Shaker-style chairs in the dining room with contemporary lighting above the table; a reclaimed-wood-style island against smooth, dark floors in the kitchen; an old oil painting above a fireplace in a room with mid-century modern chairs; and a brass chandelier with delicate fabric lampshades in a sleek white bathroom.
As for the house itself, the Georgian-style manor, named Longwood, was built in 1763 and then expanded and renovated three times — twice in the 19th century. An old colonial “keeping room” — the one room in a house with heat — has been converted to a formal dining room but still retains a large fireplace. There’s also a fireplace in the library as well as one in the “main suite” — which also happens to have a false bookcase that’s actually a door to a hidden staircase. Gallery below the house specs.
THE FINE PRINT
Square feet: 4,600
Extra space: Pool house; garage with caretaker quarters
Price: $3.15 million
Listing: 2660 N. Sugan Rd, New Hope, PA [Kurfiss Sotheby’s]