On the Market: Colonial Farm Manor in Pipersville
At the heart of this estate are two attached houses dating to 1798 and 1828. Together with their outbuildings and grounds, they offer a mix of traditional character and modern style and comfort.
This particular Bucks County pleasure palace sits at some remove from the river towns and the centers of revelry such as New Hope. But it has everything those big estates and converted barns have to make for great entertaining.
It also has something else: a long history.
The house you see above is the larger of the two conjoined houses that together are known as “Double Datestone.” The name comes from the datestones located on each of the house’s two sections.
The older, two-story section bears the date 1798, though ownership of the land it sits on can be traced farther back than that. The newer, three-story wing dates to 1828, when Christian and Sarah Meyers bought the property.
This estate has seen several other additions and changes since then. Those changes have added to its beauty and utility.
Most notable are the changes made inside the house. Totally respectful of its original character, they have nonetheless turned it into a modern showpiece.
Just how modern should be evident from the photos of the various rooms. Yet they still have such traditional features as hearth fireplaces — you’ll find one of those in the living room — built-in shelves, and pumpkin pine floors.
The kitchen best shows how tradition and modernity have been blended here. Amidst the traditional farmhouse cabinetry one finds the latest restaurant-grade appliances, including a large Viking stove with double oven, and a frankly contemporary breakfast table.
One earlier alteration that’s been preserved can be found in the master bedroom: a Mercer-tile fireplace with a custom medallion at the top.
Not only does this house for sale contain plenty of room for you, your family and your various interests, it has plenty of room for help and guests. On the first floor of the main house, there’s an in-law/au pair suite with a sitting room, full bath and separate outside entrance.
And the estate also has a guest cottage. Actually, “cottage” isn’t quite the right term to describe this four-bedroom, two-story residence.
The grounds include both a landscaped garden with a hot tub and a pool with a poolside arbor and pool house. The pool house has a kitchen and bathroom, plus enough room to fit in a billiard or ping-pong table.
They also include a 17,000-square-foot barn. The original section of the barn still has its stables intact, which means you could conceivably breed horses here if you so desired. But its more recent uses have been more in keeping with the Bucks County party tradition: barn dances, roller skating, artistic endeavors.
Located on 24 acres at the end of a long, winding lane, “Double Datestone” makes an excellent private retreat for the right sort of buyer. If you’ve been looking for a place where you can relax and entertain; a place where you can invite the world in and get away from it all depending on the occasion; a place steeped in history yet totally up to date; this is the place.
THE FINE PRINT
(figures do not include guest cottage or barn)
SQUARE FEET: 4,419
SALE PRICE: $1,795,000
OTHER STUFF: This house’s sale price has been reduced twice, most recently by $200,000 on Sept. 10th.
7248 Groveland Rd., Pipersville, Pa. 18947 [Andrea Mergentime | River Valley Realty, LLC]