This delicious property is tucked away in a bucolic corner of Bucks County. Surrounded by 80 acres of protected woodland divided by Rapp Creek, limestone cliffs, fresh air, and plenty of peace and quiet, this home offers much more than a place to live; it offers a lifestyle.
Enter the property from a country road, and follow the drive as it winds down through a glade and over the creek on a lovely wooden bridge. The drive curves back up an incline to the home, which overlooks the creek, cliffs, and an expanse of lawns and acres of woods. The 12 acres surrounding the home have been extensively and professionally landscaped to include various specimen trees, including red maples, paper bark birches, and several types of evergreens. Several perennial gardens provide color throughout the summer, and a flowery scent fills the air.
The home was built on the site of an old farmhouse. A hand pump and cold cellar from that original structure still are located in the side yard. One of the gardens is built into the hillside. Designed to resemble an old European grotto, it contains a stone fountain and benches and is overflowing with graceful, green fern. Graveled paths meander around the property; one leads up the creek to a small waterfall.
The front patio garden is terraced with stone walls and welcomes visitors to the home with an array of bright blooms. Adjacent to this garden, and up several railroad-tie steps, the freeform built in pool, complete with spa and waterfall waits to help you relax on a warm summer afternoon. The pool house is built to resemble a farm’s out building, with stone walls and a cedar shake roof. A rear patio of brick and slate spreads out off the kitchen, sunroom, and master bedroom.
The house was custom built in 1987 in a creamy tan stucco and cedar clapboard siding. The current owners added a cedar shake roof over part of the home, and a burgundy tin roof over another section, to match the burgundy trim of the doors. Cottage-like in its appearance, the home serenely occupies its natural setting.
The ambiance of the home is eclectic. Contemporary in its layout, with angles and stairways and so many windows, the beautiful natural setting is fully reflected in the interior. Yet, the design also feels comfortably settled—a mix of old and new provides a classic appeal.
Most of the floors in the home are hardwood, some of random width dark pine and others of oak. Deep windows in the dining room, bead-board doors with wrought iron fixtures throughout the home; floor-to-ceiling shelving in the office and hallway; custom millwork in every room; palladium windows—in some rooms, combined with other windows to cover nearly whole walls; and other touches, like a Mission-style front door, recessed lighting; and Victorian closet door with beveled glass panels surprise at nearly every turn.
A study, den, or office is located off the dining room. A large wood-burning fireplace with a Mercer tile surround is one of the room’s focal points. Another is the oversized bay window that overlooks the creek and long window seat. Two walls of shelves provide more than ample space for even the most avid book collector. A ceiling open to the roofline with open beams adds a finishing touch.
On the other side of the dining room a spacious kitchen with custom cabinets in a glazed, ivory antiquing, SubZero refrigerator, Viking, six-burner gas range, and breakfast nook is comfortable and functional. The floor has been recently upgraded to a Marmoleum brand flooring, which is a cushioned linoleum with laser-cut inlays. Granite and wood counters, recessed lighting and a double, stainless sink finish off the kitchen.
Off the kitchen, French doors stand open to an interior balcony with a wrought iron and oak railing overlooking the sunken living room. This inviting space includes a wall of windows and a long window seat in which to relax and listen to the creek gurgling below. Another set of glass doors leads to the sunroom—perhaps the most inviting room in a house full of them.
The sunroom has walls of windows that can be changed to screens in the summer months, and in the winter, the room is warmed by radiant heat under the slate flooring and a wood-burning stove. This is the perfect room in which to watch the seasons change. The peaked ceiling and open beams and dark wood cabinets and walls give a sense of vacationing in a cabin deep in the Maine woods.
On the opposite side of the kitchen, a long hallway contains a full bath with large closet and a wall of shelves and a large mudroom with access to the side yard. The master suite is located down several steps at the end of this hallway. A high ceiling, windows in three walls, and access to the rear garden patio make this room special. A comfortable bathroom includes a Kohler jetted tub, two large windows, a built-in custom vanity/sink area and a large water closet.
Two bedrooms and a full hall bath are found on the second level. These additional bedrooms are bright and cozy, with dormer windows offering stunning views of the woods and gardens.
A large guesthouse and separate two-car garage is located down the hill, far enough away from the main house to provide privacy. This home has a first floor master bedroom and laundry, large living room, kitchen and a screened porch that stretches the width of the house and offers a spectacular view of a large pond. The second level has a long balcony and lots of storage under the eaves, as well as a room perfect for another bedroom, office, playroom, or studio space.
This home and property, which is more like a placid, private park in the woods, must be seen to be fully appreciated.