Set on 36.68 acres in Solebury, Long Willow Farm is a world unto itself where Bucks County tradition meets fresh, custom construction, all in a private, rolling setting with a main residence, converted barn residence, guest house, saltwater pool, pond, open field and mature woodlands. Set back a long driveway, the c. 1788 stone house with several additions was most recently expanded and updated in 2009 to become a 6,200-square-foot residence. In 2013, the property’s bank barn was enlarged and converted into stunning living space complete with elevator and top-grade custom finishes on all levels. The renovation and expansion of both structures was overseen by architect Lynn Taylor and project manager Cara Smith with construction by builder Eric Greb. The property is a fun gathering place for family and friends offering seclusion and plenty of space to roam.
A Writer's Retreat
Once a working farm and later home to notable writer and playwright John Hess, the property still bears evidence of its agricultural past with its springhouse, corn crib, outbuildings, pond and hay fields. Trails run through the woods for a country stroll or adventurous mountain biker. As a bonus, the property is in Act 319 with a conservation easement held by the Aquetong Valley Association and the Natural Lands Trust, keeping taxes manageable.
The main house is stone and frame and balances old and new construction, including such modern conveniences as efficient geothermal heating and cooling and a backup generator that covers both the house and barn. This home is a mix of character-filled historical spaces showcasing fireplaces, built-ins, deep windowsills and freshly refinished wood floors with newer rooms designed for today’s needs, almost all with pristine hardwood floors, pocket doors, custom millwork and moldings, radiant heat in many areas and exceptional natural light. Of note, a spacious, almost square formal dining room connects to the cook’s kitchen with skylit vaulted ceiling. There, a new Wolf pro-grade 6-burner/griddle cooktop, Viking double wall ovens, wine chiller, an island with prep sink, walk-in pantry and soapstone countertops create a highly functional workspace. A breakfast bar divides the kitchen from the family room, an airy, light-filled space with sliding doors to a slate veranda overlooking the in-ground, saltwater pool. The adjacent entry from a pergola-covered patio connects the old and new parts of the house. Nearby is a full bath showcasing beautiful Peace Valley Pottery tile. This is a convenient rest stop for guests coming in from outside entertainment areas. Off the entry hall, a dramatic two-story library takes you back into the historical part of the house. This fascinating room, complete with curved custom stairwell to a loft catwalk lined in custom cabinetry, big stone fireplace, dumbwaiter and Dutch door to the front patio, is a great “hangout” while enjoying the Sunday paper or board games. A tavern room with wet bar, wood-burning fireplace and wall of built-ins is just down the hall. As a bonus, the newer section of the first floor also contains a space that can serve as a very comfortable in-law or au pair suite or a media room. A deck off this area affords pleasant views. A bonus room finished in Mercer tile can serve a variety of purposes.
Additional private quarters are upstairs with a main suite featuring a gas fireplace, exposed stone wall and large bath with a “tea for two” bathtub with shower, custom vanity, heated towel rack to go with radiant floor heat and a walk-in closet with California Closets built-ins. The second floor includes three additional bedrooms sharing an updated hall bath again with radiant heat. The third floor can house a fifth bedroom and has a full bath in addition to storage. For outdoor enjoyment and entertainment, choose from a number of patios, including one with a bog pond designed to welcome frogs and toads, a custom “playground” for children, easy-care perennial gardens, the pool area and the paddleboat-friendly pond, which also happens to be an excellent fishing spot. There’s simply no shortage of recreation space indoors or out at Long Willow Farm.
The Barn House
The converted bank barn offers additional, beautifully finished living quarters perfectly suited to all ages as it includes an elevator for the first and second floors. Top-grade craftsmanship is evident throughout this spectacular home where touches of the building’s original structure are married with all-new construction. The main entry with brick floor opens to an open, airy central living area with reclaimed, wide-plank floors, a stone fireplace, built-in cabinetry, wood box with outside access for refilling, and a corner window that embraces breathtaking country views. An exposed stone wall adds texture to the dining area, a space that is open to the well-designed, well-outfitted full kitchen with island. A custom-built stairwell steps down to a screened porch with fan or leads up to two expansive bedrooms, a hall bath and plenty of storage. The master bedroom suite is presently on the main living level and also is generously scaled to accommodate a sitting area with fireplace, two walk-in closets with built-ins and a luxe bath that is fully wheelchair accessible. An office with built-ins, laundry room and powder room are also on the first level. Five zones of geothermal heating/cooling keep the barn comfortable. There is three-car garage parking on the barn’s lower level, plus storage.
As a family retreat or gathering place for friends, Long Willow Farm is a superb option in Solebury Township. So private yet just a few minutes’ drive to New Hope/Lambertville, stores, schools and other everyday destinations. Also convenient to Princeton, Doylestown and the Route 202 corridor into New Jersey.