October 6, 2017

Preservation Personals: Pennsylvania Farmhouse Seeks Nature-Loving Owner

  • By: Nicholas Som

If you’re looking for a secluded country house to better connect with nature, look no further—I’m the property for you. With nearly 24 acres of pristine land in Pennsylvania’s scenic Catoctin Mountains, on the border of Michaux State Forest, I put the “great” in “great outdoors.”

I was first built in 1920, but two major renovations in the years since have transformed me into the gorgeous estate I am today. My first remodeling came in the 1980s from an industrialist seeking a peaceful, wooded house far away from the bustle of everyday life.

However, I didn’t truly come into my own until my second renovation in 2009. My former owner loved all forms of wildlife, and wanted to turn my grounds into something of a vista for native deer, turkey, guineas, and rabbits. Hunting is prohibited on my property, and a strict 10-year preservation plan was implemented to ensure that only indigenous animals could roam my fields.

Meanwhile, my interior reflects my former owner’s vision for a “classic deer camp with a ‘green’ twist.” My spacious, wood-paneled living room exudes rustic charm, and my historically inspired kitchen comes with its original wood-burning stove and a fresh spring water source. Upstairs, my two master suites and two double bedrooms are positively luxurious.

If you ever feel compelled to leave my sprawling grounds (unlikely, of course), I’m just an hour and a half drive from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. In other words, I’m the perfect blend of accessibility and peaceful remoteness.

Whether you’d prefer to utilize me as a woodland retreat, hunting lodge, or bed-and-breakfast, my natural splendors are sure to wow any guest. Learn more about me here.

The exterior of a Pennsylvania Farm House

photo by: Gary Gestson

120 Snyder's Hollow Lane, Fairfield, Pennsylvania 17320.

The living room of a Pennsylvania Farm House.

photo by: Gary Gestson

My wood-paneled living room prominently features a cozy log fireplace.

The kitchen of a Pennsylvania Farm House.

photo by: Gary Gestson

It'll be hard to resist cooking at home in my colorful, historically inspired kitchen.

Nicholas Som is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. He enjoys museums of all kinds, Philadelphia sports, and tracking down great restaurants.


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