Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:26

Huntview Farm

Written by  Laurel Anderson

A cozy “hunting box” in Radnor Hunt Country, perfect for lifelong riders and even those who aren’t riders … yet.

 

Huntview FarmIf location-location-location stills holds true, then Huntview Farm gets a blue ribbon. Set in Radnor Hunt Country and custom crafted by its only owner, a Master of Fox Hunting and teacher of Foxhunting 101, the farm is the perfect starting point for equestrian adventures. Take a short ride with your kids to Radnor Hunt Pony Club, have a staging area for foxhunting with friends, or use it as home base for trail riding on one of the best trail systems in Chester County.

And the property offers additional welcome amenities. The level four-plus-acre lot with fenced pastures provides ample space for building a jumping or dressage ring for future Devon stars. The charming house has hosted more than its share of hunt brunches for hungry returning riders—whether victorious from the hunt (or more accurately, the chase, since the fox is run to ground) or merely invigorated by the adventure. And the proximity to the 55-acre Ashbridge Preserve, just across the road, means endless entertainment on miles of trails there and on the many nearby conserved properties that allow riders to roam.

The main residence at Huntview Farm is a cozy, functional home for owners who are more likely outside riding the many trails in Willistown Township than spending time indoors—essentially a “hunting box” for shelter. And even if you’re not the sort to spend most waking hours with horses, that may just be because you’re not a rider … yet.

Not a Rider … Yet

Even if the equestrian life is not in your history or DNA, Huntview Farm may change that. The easy access to some of the most appealing riding trails and hunting clubs may tempt even the most reluctant tenderfoot. And the three-stall barn begs to have horses—your own or horses that board in exchange for riding lessons. Or choose fox following—to assist the riders—rather than fox hunting as your new country pastime.

Of course there’s always the option of transforming the three-stall barn—with tack room, hayloft, tractor space and center aisle—into a party barn, guest cottage or she shed (the feminine equivalent of a man cave). Or perhaps an art studio or home office?

Proximity to Ashbridge Preserve holds further opportunities to enjoy the lifestyle of Willistown Township—where you’ll see bumper stickers saying “Slow Down in Willistown.” Home to a branch of Ridley Creek, with miles of nature trails, plus woodlands, wetlands and wildflower meadows, the preserve is a birder’s paradise and nature lover’s nirvana. The peaceful splendor of Ashbridge Preserve is your other yard.

The Main House

Huntview Farm Living Room - image of a fireplace.Flanked by towering holly trees and marked with a brass horse-head knocker and kickplate, the 1970s Colonial-style stone and old school stucco home’s entrance leads to a grand two-story foyer with curved hardwood staircase and a Palladian window.

The formal living and dining rooms are to the left and right, both right-sized for carefree living. Large windows grace both rooms—a bay window in the dining room and windows on three sides in the living room, catching the sunrise and reflecting off the dentil molding. Throughout the day the sun fills the most-used rooms—great room, breakfast room and master bedroom—with their southern exposures.

Anchored by a stone fireplace with wood mantle and raised hearth, the inviting great room boasts several built-ins, currently displaying silver cups and horse show ribbons. Doors to the fenced pool and brick patio and a cozy wet bar at the far end of the great room invite two different forms of entertainment.

Another favorite space is the updated kitchen, with stainless steel appliances, cherry cabinets and granite countertops, plus center island. Truly the heart of the home, the kitchen runs from the front to the back of the house, with a sunny breakfast room overlooking the pool and pastures.

A laundry room, mechanical room and renovated powder room—with more cherry cabinets, granite counters, plus foxhunting motif wallpaper—round out the indoor space. An open-air breezeway porch, complete with swing, leads to the oversized two-car garage, with workbench.

Upstairs includes four bedrooms and two baths. The sunny master suite—with two closets and updated en suite bath—is enhanced by a private, south-facing balcony overlooking the property, perfect for morning coffee or sunset cocktails. The remaining bedrooms and a new bath line the hallway.

A comfortable second home during the foxhunting and equestrian seasons or the core residence prime for further expansion, Huntview Farm offers options to its next owners.

This four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home, with pool, garage and barn, on four-plus acres in Radnor Hunt County is close to West Chester and the Main Line. Offered for $880,000 with financing options available. For more information, contact Missy Schwartz at Fox & Roach / BHHS /Luxury Homes /Devon, 610-651-2700; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 330WyllpenDrive.com.