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and a beautifully carved wooden chest, originally meant for ice storage, that the owners found in England. And there are also more casual dining and entertaining areas with exposed timbers and stone walls. The traditional pub-styled area was deliberately painted off-white because that’s how a pub where people smoked for decades would look. Although there’s no smoking permitted today, the easygoing attitude of the more tobacco-tolerant past was meant to be part of the ambiance. GROUNDS The natural world was well in mind as the house was created. There’s an eye-catching whimsical square storage shed next to the potager—a garden to supply fresh vegetables and herbs to the kitchen. The late Rosemary Verey, a famed English horticulturalist, designed the potager and other gardens that surround the house. Tending them has become a passion for the owners. The 240-acre grounds, all under conservation easement, include a number of outbuildings, among them stables that the owners, who once drove horses on their six miles of trails, now rent out. Since moving in 22 years ago, the owners have keenly appreciated life on their own historic property. British troops crossed the land in 1777, heading for battle along the Brandywine, and the views the owners look out at are much the same today. In all that time, the couple have lived in a recreated piece of the Old World, built in what Europeans once called a New World. And they’ve enjoyed, literally, the best of both. ♦ PHOTOS COURTESY: JANET RUBINO, LONG AND FOSTER REAL ESTATE

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