Be Still My History Geek / Horse Crazy /Hamilton-Loving Heart. I Hath Found the Holy Land, and it’s in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Once in a blue moon, I come across a property that has so much awesome, I just sit and seethe and then cry at my desk that I decided to write about horses on the internet for a living instead of becoming some sort of angry efficient banker or genius inventor or one of those Wall Street guys that tanked the economy and got away with it. NOW IS A TERRIBLE TIME TO REALIZE I DON’T JUST HAVE $1.8 MILLION JUST LAYING AROUND.
I’m sorry I yelled. I just love everything about this property so much. This is normally where I’d insert a bunch of those crying emojis, but I’m a “journalist” who uses “words”, so just picture a nice petite lady in her thirties weeping into her coffee cup on a snowy day in Utah. (I’m not actually petite, but this is my fantasy, so boom.)
There are so many enchanting details about this property. First off, there are NUMEROUS 18th century details in the home and outside that showcase the incredible early American history of the area. It’s like living in the Hamilton musical. The completely updated, utterly romantic homestead was originally built in 1730, and the original hearth is still the centerpiece of the home. There’s a garden shed outside that’s also 18th century, made from handhewn boards and in great condition.
Secondly, the farm is situated on 11 of the most pristine, pastoral acres you can imagine. Flanked by thick and ancient woods, there are numerous top quality paddocks on the property, one of which is up to snuff for stallion turnout. There’s a massive outdoor polo field where you could train on the turf in the discipline of your choice. It’s the sort of setting where you can’t help but pursue the highest, greatest, noblest version of your craft because of your surroundings. It’s that beautiful.
The equine facilities are a classical and charming stucco exterior. The interior facilities are not over-the top, just incredibly practical, beautiful, and ergonomic. They spend their money on all the right things. The stalls are currently structured to be oversized stalls, but with a little effort could transition from a eight big stalls to 17 moderate stalls. The barn features heated Nelson automatic waterers, heavy duty partitions, anti-cast stall door exits, rubber mats., wide brick and cement aisle/grooming areas, indoor wash stall, outdoor wash stalls, two heated tack rooms, a bathroom, 2nd floor Observation Lounge, blanket storage room, laundry room and feed room.
The indoor arena is equally practical with thoughtful details like sloped kickboards, sliding windows, mirrors, good lighting, and impeccable construction and footing. There is also an attached apartment for workers or guests.
The residence is just so swoony. I can’t stop with the swooning. Normally it’s the horse facilities that get me with these weekly columns, but in this property, you’re getting all the boxes checked on the horse side, and a historic dream home on the human side. That kitchen? The historic woodwork and beaming? The beautiful rustic windows and two-foot-thick walls? One of a kind. Add to this that your quaint little working horse farm is just a few minutes from the artsy and “free-thinking” town of New Hope, Pennsylvania and I’m just falling all over myself. Someone get me a chair and a sip of medicinal brandy.
The property has had $1 million in improvements made to it recently and was appraised in 2010 for $2.5 million, but the owners are eager to sell, and this dream farm can be yours (or mine, if I can just figure out how many of my organs I can sell on the blackmarket and still be alive to enjoy my new farm) for $1.8 million.
You can find out more at the property’s original listing at CS Horse Properties.