The lavishly appointed and beautifully appointed Fox Hill farmhouse features a 21st century mansion imported from the 18th century.
Kennett Square is better known for mushrooms than horse farms, but the riding country of Chester County surrounds it, so this Kennett Square horse farm for sale shouldn’t feel out of place for the area in general.
And even. Even though it sits in the middle of Cheshire Hunt country, the beautiful and elegant 21st century colonial mansion that serves as the heart of Fox Hill Farm seems to me to fit best about 10 miles northeast of where it turns out that.
That’s right, I said “21st century”. The owners of this fabulous farmhouse had this 18th century house imported by one of County Chester’s best-known traditional architects. And maybe I’m hairstyling on its location, because as BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors co-listing agent Stephen Gross explains, there are plenty of houses like this not so far away.
âWhen the current owners bought the property, there was a lovely old brick house here,â he explains. âThey demolished this house and then had it built. It was in 2006.
âIt was designed by Richard Buchanan of Archer & Buchanan in West Chester,â he continues. “It was designed to evoke some of the grandest homes in the greater Brandywine area, Ã la du Ponts.”
And since one of the largest houses on the Bridge, the Mansion of Longwood Gardens, is a few miles east-southeast of here, it might not really be out of place.
Buchanan brilliantly channeled this 18th-century grandeur into this house, but he gave it some twists and turns that also tie it to the colonial vernacular tradition in which renowned architects like Bognard Okie, who enlarged South Brook Farm (now Penn’s New Bolton Center) near here, worked.
As you explore the rooms of this grand estate, notice where formal elegance and more rustic simplicity blend together.
The fireplace is pure elegance with its Italian marble floor.
The music, living room and dining rooms are equally elegant, but they also have a touch of informality in their unevenly laid herringbone floors, made of oak salvaged from old French estates. Uneven planks give floors an extra texture that makes them stand out.
The formal dining room also feels exceptionally open thanks to its large windows that overlook the side and back yards.
The informality goes all the way to the vernacular in the family room, which has a plank floor of random width; soils of this type are more often found in communal farms from the beginning of the 18th century.
And the rustic farmhouse aesthetic takes precedence in the kitchen, where raw beam ceilings, farmhouse sinks, wide-plank hardwood floors, and butcher’s block countertop inserts give the space a informal atmosphere.
You will find a similar informal character in the master suite, with its clean lines, simple cross beams and oak floors.
Its bathroom has a shower, a hammam, a bathtub, two basins and two separate WC cupboards. And, of course, it has a huge walk-in closet.
There are four further bedrooms, two with en-suite bathrooms, on the second floor. The third floor contains two further bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom and the other with a powder room. If you want, you can make this your home business receptionist’s office as it is next to the home office on this floor.
âWhat you feel in this house is that each room really has its own identity, and each room really has its own atmosphere, but at the same time, it all blends in,â says co-listing agent Stewart Gross.
Yet while many rooms have a simple, rustic, and no-frills feel, this is certainly a grand estate house. This means he’s loaded with treats in his basement as well.
There you will find a games room and lounge, a gym and the Arabian Nights themed home theater you see above. The games room has patio doors which open onto a sunken garden.
You will also find a huge temperature-controlled wine cellar and a tasting room with reclaimed brick flooring.
At the back, a covered porch and an enclosed patio provide space for dining and entertaining.
The porch offers a view of the property’s pond.
To the right of the porch is a tennis court, swimming pool and gazebo.
And the horse farm is on the left. It consists of a stable of 16 stalls, an indoor arena with 11 additional stalls, an outdoor arena, a dressage ring and a cross-country course. In other words, everything you need to breed Olympic champion horses.
On second thought, maybe this Kennett Square Horse Farm for sale is exactly out of place. It’s grand, and it’s elegant, but it doesn’t go overboard like some of those homes in Radnor Hunt country do. Kudos to Archer & Buchanan for composing a wonderful modern mixtape of a traditional 18th century colonial house. Bognard Okie, whom Buchanan cites as one of his influences, would approve.
THE FINE PRINTING
SPA: 5 full, 4 half
SQUARE FEET: 7,536
SELLING PRICE: $ 6,875,900
380 Upland Rd., Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348 [Holly, Stephen and Stewart Gross | The Holly Gross Group | BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors]