"Spring into Action" with a trip to "Trailside Farm" in bucolic Birchrunville. This idyllic farmstead first conveyed in 1790 from Thos. Willig, a Phila. gentleman to John Thomas, Yeoman of Vincent Township, was once part of a 184 acre tract. Built in 1793, Jacob Heffelfinger enlarged the home in the mid 1800s. Throughout its colorful history it has been a dairy, horse & tobacco farm as well as the swimming hole for generations of Chester Springs residents. Local lore suggests that the property was once part of a hippie commune where "au naturel" swimming was a common occurrence. Today this Gentleman's Farm is comprised of a 3 story stone manor home, 6000 sq. ft. stone & cedar bank barn w/silo, stone springhouse & stocked spring fed pond. Upon entering the home, you are instantly taken with the easy marriage of historic charm & contemporary amenities. Random width flrs t/o the front parlor (currently study/library), dining rm w/ornamental fplc, quaint powder rm tucked under the stairs & spacious farmhouse kit which features: wht. cabinets, Beurre Blanc granite w/ 10" backsplash, stainless steel appliances incl. Jenn-Air dual convection & gas range, pot filler, Bosch d/w & warming drawer, GE energy star fridge, custom pantry drawers, barn wood open shelving & vintage glass front cabinet. Gather at the over-sized scallop shaped island, in front of the walk in fireplace (w/original crane) or charming built in window seat overlooking herb garden. Expansive great room w/paneled fp, slate flooring & picture window overlook the scenic pond & stone springhouse. Ascending the front or back stairs, the 2nd floor is comprised of the main br. w/walk in closet & en-suite bath, large 2nd br w/walk in closet, hall bth w/vintage claw foot tub, vanity & original chimney cupboard & the laundry/sewing rm. The 3rd flr. features 4 additional bedrooms.(2 w/ original Bible closets) as well as an additional hall bath. The lower level features mechanical & tool/wood shop, original summer kit. w/ 2nd walk-in fp, & lastly an all purpose room w/full back wall of windows, antique brick flrs & o/e to back yard. Recently renovated bank barn features newer siding, metal roof & gutters, foundation wall, large windows, sliding barn doors & custom center doors designed to house larger farm equipment or recreational vehicles. The lower level of the barn provides covered parking & possible animal care. This home features multi-zoned heating & a fully installed 9K watt generator.
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