Guests are regularly inspired to remark that they have felt at home since the moment they entered the Buck’s County manor that is the heart of Oakland Farm. Much to the owners’ delight it affirms that the comprehensive renovation and expansion of the residence in 2000 achieved a spacious elegance that is at once heart-warming and intimate.
Grandeur is seen coupled with ease from every perspective. Beginning at its country lane setting, pin oaks line the long drive winding deep into the property’s 13 farm-assessed acres. At its apex, a circular courtyard introduces the residence and its engaging accompaniment of resort-style amenities. The home’s varied roof heights and fieldstone and clapboard siding are classic Buck’s County design. Included in its 20-room count are seven bedrooms and an in-law/guest apartment. There are also eight full and two half baths.
Appointments including raised-panel wainscoting, detailed moldings, a wood-burning fireplace, oak floors and 4/6 windows adorn the home’s formal rooms. Mahogany paneling envelops the library with built-in bookcases. French doors open from the living room to the sunroom with three walls of windows providing views to acres of undisturbed rolling meadows. Casual gatherings, large and small, can delight in the open kitchen/family room accompanied by a billiard room, fully equipped wet bar and each with fireplace. Designed by a professional chef the kitchen combines inviting aesthetics with superb performance. Pine cabinetry in contrasting tones, professional appliances, granite countertops, island with breakfast bar seating, planning center, oak floor and if “nothin’ says lovin’ like something from the oven”, this home can say it best. There is a full featured baking kitchen! Also located on the first level is the exercise room and well-planned service area with spacious laundry, mudroom and generous storage.
Six of the home’s bedrooms are located upstairs of the main level. In the master suite an imposing Palladian window and vaulted ceiling add dramatic impact to the master bedchamber as do four walk-in closets. The suite also includes an extravagant master bath and sitting room. Three en-suite bedrooms with walk in closets and two bedrooms with shared bath complete this level.
A flexible layout offers a number of uses on the home’s lower level. Currently the arrangement includes a recreation and crafts room, den, kitchen and bath.
Expanded in 2000 to four-car capacity, the garage’s upper level was also raised to allow for a one bedroom apartment with kitchen, living and dining rooms. Constructed with a private entrance, the apartment can also be accessed by elevator from the garage.
Adding yet another dimension to Oakland Farm are its recreational amenities. From the columned porch, at the rear of the home, the view is to the paver patio with fire pit. The pool and spa with full southern exposure languish in a landscaped frame punctuated with arbors. To its right the tennis court will also serve for basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball. A pool house with kitchenette and bath adjoins the residence.