Anyone who has been in the process of buying a home knows that, often, there are some "No's" before you find that "Yes". And sometimes it takes a little bit of imagination and creativity (and good contractors!) in order to reveal the hidden gem that you want to call your home. When the current owners of Brandybend Farm first looked at the property, they instantly recognized the farm's underlying beauty and realized all they had to do was to give it some polish to really make it shine.
"There were so many things to like: a small farm on the Brandywine Creek; a charming stone farmhouse; a large stone bank barn with a stunning floor to ceiling fireplace. You can’t just build a property like that. It takes, quite literally, centuries for a house to earn the sort of history that Brandybend has," said the owner. "The beauty of the barn really spoke for itself even before we did anything, but we had to give it a good polish to bring out its full potential."
"Since the stone and fireplace are really the feature elements, I think the repointing may have made the biggest difference. We also hired Terrain at Styers to transform the patio area behind the barn with retaining walls, large stone steps, and flower beds."
Fortunately, they had little issues to speak of in the renovation process as everything progressed smoothly. "We hired an amazing interior designer named Wendy Danziger who helped us find the most wonderful contractors in our area. Based on previous experiences in cities like DC and NYC, we were actually a little bit surprised by the excellent experience we had with every one of our contractors in Chester County. Everyone was so friendly, and even made us feel welcome in the community right away."
The owners, a young couple who bought Brandybend Farm as their first home and who are now looking to move to a bigger home, are certain that whoever takes over Brandybend Farm after them will be very happy there. "Situated behind the historic village of Marshallton, on a hill overlooking a quiet bend in the Brandywine for which it got its name, Brandybend is truly a piece of history. There are many beautiful homes in Chester County, but there is something special about that piece of land that makes you want to just take a deep breath and relax. It’s a beautiful, peaceful spot."
See the before and after pictures of Brandybend Farm below, and if you wish to learn more about the property, click here: