“Magical” is a word that describes this remarkable historic property, hidden away on nearly 2 lush acres of private oasis in the Glen Mills/Cheyney region of the Delaware Valley. A rare find, this Tudor Revival marvel dates to the foundations of a circa 1835 Summer Cottage, known as the “William Hannum Cheyney House.” It was significantly remodeled in the Tudor style in the 1930s, when the façade was reconstructed & barn wood from a Brinton family property was incorporated into the home. The Garage/Studio was constructed at this time. Encountering this retreat from our hectic times transports one to Merrie Ole England, w its half timbering, patterned brickwork, high pitched roof, chimney pots, shingle siding & casement windows w diamond shaped leaded glass windows. This section of Thornbury Twp boasts many fine historic buildings of character, nature preserves/trails & an old-world country ambience. There is easy access to downtown West Chester & Media, as well as shopping areas, Riddle & Chester County Hospitals, Rts 1, 352 & 476, Ridley Creek State Park, Tyler Arboretum & Philadelphia Airport, & the quality West Chester Area School District. This 3200 SF plus home has 6 BRs and 3 FBs plus PWDR RM. After enjoying the remarkable period façade, enter through the main door to the warm interior w its handsome hardwood floors throughout, antique beamed ceilings, custom built-ins & magnificently crafted wrought iron spiral staircase. The Dining Room to the left has a half-bricked wall, wood surround & wood burning stove. Notice the splendid leaded glass windows! The recent owners spent many years enjoying late nights entertaining by candlelight. To the right is a classic Den with built-ins & fireplace. The generously sized Living Room is magnificent w fireplace, PWDR RM, windows overlooking the rear woods & two sets of French doors which open to the stone patio over a bubbling stream. Notice the rustic stone bridge, surrounded by rhododendrons, which leads to the old wood garden shed. The Main floor is completed by a country Kitchen & a Breakfast Room w Laundry & access to the rear parking area. The spiral stairs lead to the 2nd Floor with a large Hall, 4 BRs & a Hall Bath. One BR has its own Fireplace, & the Master has its own Bath. The 3rd Floor is surprisingly large due to the rear Shed Dormer. It has an office space on the Hall, 2 BRs & Bath w shower. This historic home has numerous closets for storage. The 1930s Garage/Studio, which has parking in the front, has been used as a workshop for many years. It presently has garage parking for one car, but its shop area can be restored as an additional parking bay. There is additional ample parking next to & behind the house. The “William Hannum Cheyney House” is a Class 2 Historic Resource w the Thornbury Twp Historical Commission, which requires reviews for exterior alterations. It is eligible for Class 1 & potentially the National Register of Historic Places. Historic resources in the twp may carry with them potential for additional uses in the zoning code w conditional use approvals. Interested buyers should consult the zoning code & do their due diligence w the zoning depart. In the same family of artists for nearly 60 years, this is not just a building but a labor of love. This is a work of art, from the character of the house to its fern covered woods, waterfalls, front yard covered in gardens, & magnificent specimen trees & flowering bushes. This is a place that stimulates the imagination & attests to the beauty of creation. One could imagine a Jane Austen, JRR Tolkien or Beatrix Potter being at home in this setting while creating their literary worlds. It’s time for the new owners to move into this historic treasure & continue a noble tradition of being good stewards & curators so this gem will continue to grace this region for generations to come. Is that person you?
Updated on August 23, 2021 at 6:12 pm