Paradise on a 118-acre family compound in a pastoral corner of Malvern. “Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go …”
That’s what third-generation children sang as they headed to the family compound at Hailand Farm for yet another family reunion joining 40-plus guests for Thanksgiving dinner. The lyrics to the classic “New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving Day” were literally true for the lucky grandchildren who lived on an adjacent property and grew up exploring the rolling, picture-perfect landscape—a bit of paradise in northern Chester County.
Hailand Farm—a play on the Hebrew word “hai” meaning life and pronounced like Highland Avenue, their former address—has been transformed over the 40-plus years the property was owned by the same family. The original 1836 stately manor house built by the Young family was expanded in the 1970s and ‘80s with sun-lit spaces providing modern amenities, including a glass-walled great room and convenient first-floor master suite, both designed by notable Philadelphia architect Vincent Kling (of Penn Center, Love Park and Lankenau Hospital fame).
Surrounded by conserved properties that protect the serenity of this open space area, Hailand Farm is comprised of two tax parcels (49 and 69 acres) with subdivision possibilities, and is yet to reap the benefits of being placed in conservancy. The property includes significant outbuildings—a three-bedroom, two-bath caretakers cottage; separate office building with potential as a guest cottage; 12-stall barn with tack room and storage; three-car garage with heated machine shop; additional storage garage; plus a springhouse, pool cabana and greenhouse.
But what makes this such a singular property is the land itself and panoramic views from large windows, wooden decks and brick patios—of lush, gently rolling hills with acres of open green space where horses graze contentedly in their paddocks.
The north view is punctuated by a pristine, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-designed spring-fed pond, with dock and center island, topped by a tree that’s illuminated at night. Other mature trees dot the property, including towering evergreens, regal cedars, a spectacular weeping beech, plus apple and other fruit trees in a small orchard.
The Main House
Although mere minutes from the PA Turnpike, the main house is set off a quiet stretch of Charlestown Road and reached by a long curving driveway, past the barn, riding ring and garages. Full of old-world charm befitting its 19th-century origins as evidenced by a datestone, the home boasts a grand center, front-to-back hallway flanked by formal living room (also front-to-back and with two fireplaces) and dining room (with built-ins and fireplace), both with original random-width oak floors.
Tucked in a quiet corner, a book-lover’s dream library has custom built-in shelves on every wall. And a spacious walk-in coat closet—as big as the coatroom at some restaurants—demonstrates that this home is also party-ready.
A large gourmet kitchen, with Viking stove, center cooktop island, built-in refrigerator, triple basin sink and cabinets galore, is accented by an exposed wooden beam and herring-bone patterned floor. The adjacent breakfast area, with stairs to the second floor, opens through a wall of sliding doors to the landscaped brick patio. Views to the pond and almost-Olympic-length swimming pool make this a perfect spot to linger over morning coffee.
Modern additions to the first floor are a master suite and great room. The convenient and airy first-floor master suite’s vaulted ceiling and views of the pond and gardens create a private haven. An updated luxurious bath completes the space.
Perhaps the most spectacular feature of this unique home is the stunning 32-by-25-foot great room with beamed cathedral ceiling. A massive fireplace, separate copper-topped bar, several seating areas and two walls of windows with 180-degree views make this a gathering spot for groups both big and small. Towering plants, currently including a tall ficus and a ten-foot bougainvillea, bring the outside in, even during the coldest months. The landscaped decks beckon you outside to enjoy the pond and pool views and sounds from the tennis court.
The second master suite sits above the formal living room and enjoys double fireplaces, sitting area, walk-in closet, cedar closet, custom moldings and cabinets, and sunlight through windows on three sides of the large bedroom. The spacious, two-part master bath has a seated vanity, endless mirrors and storage, plus soaking tub beneath a beautiful stained glass window. A secret hide-away room—with lounging area, skylight and fridge—is a perfect retreat for insomniacs or visiting grandchildren. Three additional bedrooms and two baths complete the second floor, while two more bedrooms and full bath round out the third floor.
This extraordinary retreat is ready to host its next generations of family gatherings.
For more information about this unique property on 118 acres in Malvern, offered at $8,000,000, contact Karen Nader, 484-888-5597, or Laird Bunch, 302-275-0869, at Brandywine Fine Properties Sotheby’s International Realty; BFPSIR.com.