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Contemplative Schoolhouse

1420 Little Conestoga Road, Glenmoore, , 19343 , Property Website Dated Posted: May 15, 2018


Circa 1867

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About This Old House

Expect the unexpected in this incomparable home that creates a feeling of openness and connection to the outdoors. It is much more than the sum of its parts. Situated on 3.7 acres of semi-rural wooded property adjacent to a 30-acre nature preserve that will protect your views in perpetuity. The historic stone 1867 Lincoln School is combined with a 3000 ft contemporary addition (1998) creating 4200 sq ft of living space. At the front door, you enter a quiet and serene space with wonderful views through the house to the woods beyond. The open plan has a dining/living/kitchen suite, 3 bedroom suites, and office/creative areas. Transformed into a ‘great room’, the original school has old pine flooring and desk-screw marks, 11ft ceilings and teacher’s dais; deep-set oversized windows connect the indoors to the outdoors. The kitchen design allows the chef to be part of conversation in the “main” living space. Generous custom white cabinets blend into the surrounding walls. The hand-painted tiles inspired by Majolica patterns and the cherry counters stand out. Passing through an 18th century barn-beam arch, you find the new two-story addition with a sunroom and 2 window-walls open to full views of the outside: the large 25 foot curved deck, luxuriously planted English gardens and the surrounding woods. There is radiant in-floor heating throughout the addition; all areas have built-in cabinets and shelving. Walking up the sculptural cherry steps and pass the beautiful railing you find the star of the house: the Master Bedroom suite! Floor-to-ceiling windows allow spectacular views of the gardens and woods to greet you each morning. The moonlight streams in each evening; each season brings new views. An ensuite bath has a large soaking tub, bidet and dual sinks and shower. There is also a 2-part 20 ft walk in closet with loads of hanging and storage space. The 2nd floor level has 2 additional bedroom suites and full bath. Just as the interior spaces surprise and delight you at every turn, the surrounding exteriors are stunning & thoughtfully designed. To create a separation from the roadway, the landscape plan incorporates mature perennials and gardens. A contemplative Zen garden & walkway are carved into the woods in the rear garden. There is an attached 500 sq ft workshop/workout room. This is truly a home for a discerning buyer looking for a rare opportunity to own a home designed to incorporate nature in a thoughtful way. When you see it, you will want it.

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