Ernst Brothers partnered with John Wolstenholme (Wolstenholme Architects, Doylestown) to bring the farmhouse into the 21st century with new life as a handsome, classically appointed guest house for the 30-acre property’s new owners.
Less than a mile and a half from the Delaware River as the hawk flies, a stone farmhouse looks southeast from its protected setting against a wooded embankment. An old deed, certain features and recent research dates the core of the now-5900sf home to 1736, while subsequent expansion and modernization have altered it considerably.
By removing all but the most appealing or necessary portions of the structure, the architect was able to creatively reduce the square footage to just shy of the 2500sf township zoning ordinance limit for a “guest house.” This adaptation allows the owners to build another, larger home on the parcel in the near future—and preserve what remains of the historic structure that originally anchored this former farmland property.
Architect/Designer: Wolstenholme Associates
Size: 2,500 sf.
Location: New Hope, PA
Completion Date: December 2017