Delchester Farm, Willistown Chester County

 

 

Panoramic views surround a gracious home and equestrian barns at Chester County’s Delchester Farm. First constructed by one of the financiers of the Revolutionary War, this country retreat was later expanded by renowned architects Willing, Sims, and Talbutt and extensively renovated in the last 20 years.

 

Built in 1795, the traditional Pennsylvania fieldstone bank barn retains its charm yet has been updated to equip the estate for competitive equine training, fox hunting, or pleasure riding.

 

This first-rate facility includes an outdoor sand dressage ringturnout sheds; a 13-stall barn, a finished tack room, a heated wash stall, and a groom’s apartment. A large hay shed and tool building stand nearby.

 

 

 

Full-grown trees and mature landscaping contribute to the restful feel of the domestic portion of this property.

 

 

The well maintained estate, with its elegant home, stone-and-wood barns and a guest cottage, exists within a landscape of quiet beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The layout of the grounds:

 

 

This and surrounding properties totaling nearly 5,000 acres in Willistown Township are under conservation easements. The 24 acres of Delchester Farm have transferred ownership just twice in 100 years.

 

 

 

A closer look at the structures:

 

 

The adjacent 27 acre parcel is in conservancy and is restricted to the construction of one Primary Residence.

 

 

The wider surrounding land is also under a Brandywine Conservancy Easement which restricts development

 

From the Brandywine Conservancy Easement Document:

 

 

 

Outdoor entertaining spaces include multiple bluestone patios, both covered and uncovered; grassy terraces, and a recently renovated oval swimming pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior Spaces of the Main House:

 

 

The spacious kitchen has a French country feel, with cream-colored woodwork, lighter wide-plank hardwood floors, coffered ceilings, an arched window and set of French doors, an enormous black granite island, and ten-foot ceilings that continue throughout the home.

 

 

High-end appliances include a six-burner Viking stove, glass Traulsen refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and convection oven.

 

The far end of the kitchen serves as a family room alongside a fieldstone fireplace that contains its own small window.

 

 

 

 

The master suite has an arched ceiling, intricately carved marble fireplace, built-in entertainment center, and French doors to a private balcony with attractive ironwork.

 

 

 

Elegant his-and-hers master bathrooms include a freestanding oval tub, dressing table with built-ins, a gas fireplace, and large open shower. A dressing room, linen room, cedar closet, office, and multi-purpose room complete the second floor.