5453 York Road, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Offered outside the Paxson family for only the second time since 1680, this 75+ acre estate
was part of the Colonial province of Pennsylvania. The property began with a stone
settler’s cottageand grew to include a c. 1700 stone manor house with later additions, a carriage
house, barns, workshops and extensive stables used by the former owner for her champion
thoroughbred-breeding facilities until 2000. Well hidden behind a long, ivy-covered stone wall, the
main house, outbuildings and the surrounding preserved countryside feel like an English estate.
Built in three sections dating to 1700, 1739 and 1938, the main house is approximately 8, 601 square feet.
Outside, the stone has been carefully repointed. Inside, every piece of millwork and moldings, the pocket doors,
locks and hardware and the plaster walls are as fresh as they were in the 18th century. There are 10 fireplaces,
high ceilings and a bounty of tall sash windows for great natural light. Its wide main entry hall is flanked by
an intimate, formal reception room; the hunt room with walk-in fireplace and superb views; and an expansive
formal living roomthat accommodates multiple seating areas and accesses a large rear patio.
Throughout its history, this home has hostedgrand-scale events. An addition completed in
1938 contains an exquisite formal, mansion-sized dining room with a hand-painted ceiling and tall Jefferson
windows with stunning views. Serving this area is a butler’s pantryand a true commercial-grade kitchen.
Above are 2 floors of private quarters along with a library. There are 10 bedrooms,including 2 main suites,
and 7 full baths, plus 2 half baths. The carriage house is updated to offer complete, character-filledliving spaces
with storage below. There are 3 barns with 14 stalls total, a workshop and storage space galore.
Land has been organically maintained. Enchanting on a misty morning and as the dew sets at night,
Elm Grove is a prime property ready to add a new chapter to its long and storied history.