Farmhouse Friday: A Perfectly Preserved Gem in Malvern

Built in the 1780s, expanded in the early 1900s by William Bodine and updated very recently, this home exudes history while providing modern comfort.

2168 Bodine Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via BHHS Fox and Roach

2168 Bodine Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 | TREND images via BHHS Fox and Roach

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

BEDS: 4

BATHS: 3 full, 1 half

SQUARE FEET: 4,840

PRICE: $1,395,000





 

2168 Bodine Rd., Malvern, Pa. 19355 [Thomas Betz | BHHS Fox and Roach]