Farmhouse Friday: A Perfectly Preserved Gem in Malvern
Look no further than Malvern for this perfectly preserved farmhouse with a great story to tell.
Dating from the 1780s, the Bodine Manor House sits pretty on Pigeon Run Farm, a country estate of nearly 14 private acres. The history behind this home is richly embedded in its structural details: from 1903 to 1912, William Bodine made a series of changes to the original farmhouse, including the addition of north and south wings that increased the living space to 4,820 square feet, as well as a full basement and stand-up attic.
In the spacious living rooms, details like chair rails, built-in cabinetry, a butler’s pantry, beamed ceilings, hand-sawn chestnut floors, and an original walk-in hearth fireplace with cooking crane and later inglenook truly stand out in a home like this one. The owners have recently completed a 20-year restoration, blending antique elements and preserving the beauty of these classic parts while also renovating for modern living. The kitchen is a great testament to this, with a plenty of granite countertop space, microwave closet, double and single sinks, custom-built cabinetry, fully updated appliances and spacious pantry with period glass-front cabinetry. Also on this floor, the private kitchen garden and screened-in porch for dining make for great entertaining spots.
Upstairs, the master suite features a covered porch that overlooks an orchard — a sweet spot for you and your partner — as well as a dressing room and an Adams-style fireplace. The three full baths are completely renovated gems that showcase marble, Italian tiles and top-of-the-line fixtures.
What’s the real showstopper, you ask? The great outdoors surrounding this stone Colonial home. The property is adorned with apple and pear trees, massive mature trees, woodlands, a stone carriage house fitted with three horse stalls and the remains of a Chester County bank barn.
THE FINE PRINT
BATHS: 3 full, 1 half
SQUARE FEET: 4,840
2168 Bodine Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355
2168 Bodine Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 [Thomas Betz | BHHS Fox and Roach]