Sunday, 01 May 2016 14:06

Whitewall Farm

Written by  Laurel Anderson

Turnkey equestrian estate with 27-stall barn, indoor and outdoor arenas on 33 acres in Honey Brook

 

Whitewall Farm - view from streetHorse lovers naturally gravitate to Chester County, long known for its equestrian heritage. From nationally recognized events—The Devon Horse Show, Plantation Field Three-Day Event—to community shows—Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show, Devon Fall Classic—our area is home to Olympic-caliber equestrian competitors, weekend fox hunters, polo players, pony club families and other members of the horsy set.

So it’s fitting that tucked in the northwest corner of Chester County, in Honey Brook, is a world-class equestrian estate, rivaling any in other horse-meccas such as Wellington, Florida.

Near Struble Lake, Brandywine Creek and historic Isabella Furnace is Whitewall Farm. Or for locavores, it’s two miles from Wyebrook Farm’s market and café, the place that most recently put Honey Brook on the map.

Encompassing 33 flat, fenced acres, Whitewall Farm has everything a trainer or serious rider could dream of—all in turnkey condition in a pastoral setting. Because the property is under conservation easement with Chadds Ford-based North American Land Trust, with neighboring properties similarly protected—over 25 percent of the township is protected in perpetuity—this corner of Chester County will retain the privacy and viewscape it enjoys today.

 

A Stable with 27 Stalls

Why build a stable with 27 stalls? Because you have 45 horses.

That was the situation when the current owners bought Whitewall Farm in 2007. They proceeded to create a premier equestrian estate around the historic stone farmhouse. While they updated the 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-plus-bathroom home (more on that later), these horse lovers transformed the equestrian facilities.

Now, there’s much more than just eight stalls in two shed rows and a two-level, antique stone bank barn on the farm. Currently used for storing hay and equipment, that gorgeous old bank barn can be converted into a party barn, indoor basketball court or put to other uses.

In 2007, the owners built—and continuously updated—a stunning, custom-designed, 8,800-square-foot barn with 27 additional stalls, each with water, electricity, grooming box and window for ventilation. There’d be pillow mints, if that were done for horses. The barn also houses a large tack room, office, feed room, two washing stalls and hay storage on the second level.

Outdoor and indoor areas were added, both with euro-felt footing, making the indoor ring virtually dust-free. The fenced, 100-by-240-foot outdoor area has jumps and is adjacent to a circular pen with screening and rubber flooring.

Describing the 100-by-200-foot Coverall indoor arena doesn’t do it justice—it’s a cathedral to riding with its peaked roof, though some may envision the perfect venue for a concert, wedding or indoor soccer game. Constructed of a translucent material and no internal supports, the arena enjoys natural light so no need for overhead lighting—a great cost savings—and it has no hard surfaces for sound to echo. It’s a quiet, dust-free oasis. A heated observation booth provides a perfect vantage point to watch the action.

The grounds also include 17 fenced pastures, 12 with run-in sheds.

 

Whitewall Farm - historic farmhouse - view from aboveHistoric Farmhouse

As meticulously maintained as the new construction, the charming historic main house was built in several sections, two with date stones marked 1741 and 1809. The oldest section houses the living room, with master bedroom above, and retains distinctive period details—original oak floors, deep sills, exposed beams, walk-in fireplace with cooking crane—yet feels modern with high ceilings and gracious dimensions.

Enjoying a surprising open flow that’s perfect for entertaining, the living room opens to the spacious family room, with a convenient wet bar, highlighted by an exposed stone wall. The adjacent exercise/sunroom is brightened by walls of windows and French doors to the patio, hot tub and pool area.

In the 1809 section is the large dining room, with another of the four fireplaces, more original wood floors, built-in cupboard and south-facing windows. The efficient kitchen combines granite counters and modern appliances with period charm, like pegged oak floors.

Down the hall are a powder room, mudroom with access to the one-car garage, laundry room, and full bath, with separate shower, perfect when guests come in from the pool.

Four bedrooms and three baths fill the second level. The large master suite boasts oak floors, a fireplace and three closets in the bedroom, separate his-and-her bathrooms, a dressing/sitting room with more closets, and a covered balcony overlooking the pool and stables. Pull-down stairs lead to a finished space, perfect for a sewing room or private studio.

Other bedrooms include many closets and special details, like built-in bunk beds. The final bedroom with en suite bath—guest room or au pair’s room—has four closets, plus a storage closet, and stairs to the ground level.

 

On the Grounds

The grounds boast an apple orchard, grape vines and numerous mature specimen trees. Three outbuildings add more charm. A stone summer kitchen, with a beamed ceiling and walls of windows, is a perfect home office or studio. Once a pump house, the garden shed makes an ideal potting shed. And the original springhouse awaits the needs of its next owners.

A three-bedroom, brick tenant house provides a convenient home for an on-site caretaker or horse trainer.

Whitewall Farm, a turnkey 33-acre equestrian estate in Honey Brook is offered at $2,775,000. For more information, contact Stephen Gross at the Holly Gross Group, 610-431-1100 (office), 484-883-0681 (cell); HollyGross.com.