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Rare 6A Equestrian Estate in the heart of Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania

Blue Bell, Montgomery County , Pennsylvania

uncovered arena • hay barn • fenced • 1 barn with 8 stalls • 2 Run-in stalls

Property description

For those who appreciate timeless traditional elegance, Penlyn Farm combines a classic, refined approach to living with all of the conveniences of modern life. Nestled on 6+ acres in highly desirable Gwynedd Valley and in the award winning Wissahickon School District, this equestrian estate was designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Edmund B. Gilchrist. The stately manor home has retained many of it’s beautiful original details without sacrificing modern amenities like central air conditioning, a newer gourmet kitchen and updated bathrooms. Built in 1939 for E. George Lavino, a Philadelphia Industrialist, the property has only witnessed 2 owners in 82 years. The residence boasts 7 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, 2 half baths, a linen room, a cedar room, a butler’s kitchen, a trophy room along with the other standard rooms found in a home with over 6000+ square feet of living space. Completing this equestrian estate is a renovated bank barn for horses, a regulation dressage ring, and post and rail fenced pastures. When entering the oversized foyer you will instantly be drawn to the details in this house: high ceilings, the rich patina on the hardwood floors, a grand staircase, strategic room layouts, superb classic woodworking, detailed moldings, decorative fireplaces, gorgeous light and bathroom fixtures, and doors and windows arranged to enhance your view of the bucolic grounds. Much like many houses found in Chestnut Hill and the Mt. Airy sections of Philadelphia that Gilchrist designed, he created rooms with beautiful windows and French doors to bring in natural light and nature from every angle. Gilchrist used exterior metals and metal designs to enhance his exterior architectural revival styles. This property is a 1 of kind estate, created specifically for entertaining and relaxing. The grounds are park-like with mature hardwood trees, scenic views and a gazebo for summer outside parties. Come and see the magic for yourself. If you have always wanted to bring your horses home, this is a horse enthusiast’s dream. Eight big matted box stalls, a feed room, a tack room, a H/C wash stall with heat lamps, a large lighted outdoor ring, ten grass or “dry” pasture choices and run-in sheds complete the equestrian side of the property. Hacking out to two local indoor rings, Horseways trails, Wissahickon Watershed trails, and Pennlyn Woods, is as simple as ride out and ride in. Preserving the privacy and peaceful enjoyment of nature's undisturbed beauty on this estate is a Conservation Easement. Location, location, location: this property is close to so many amenities it is too numerous to mention all of them. A sampling of the surrounding area: Bluestone, Cedarbrook and Blue Bell Country Clubs, Germantown Academy, Gwynedd Mercy Academy, Ambler and local favorite restaurants, Gwynedd Valley Septa R5 train line to Center City, Wings Field, Routes 309, 476, 202, Starbucks, Trader Joe's and so much more. This is an opportunity to purchase 1 of the most beautiful, classic, manageable estates in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania!


Home Features

  • Designed in 1939 by renowned Philadelphia architect Edmund Gilchrist
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Large 2nd kitchen
  • 9+ ft ceilings
  • Large bowed windows
  • Double French doors
  • Natural light and views from every window
  • Custom detailed mill work throughout the home
  • Balcony off the primary bedroom
  • 4 marbled fireplaces
  • 2 car heated garage
  • Copper roof
  • Iron work details on exterior of home

Lot Features

  • 6+ Acres in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania
  • Large stone Gazebo
  • Fire pit
  • Covered porch
  • Mature trees
  • Stream
  • Breautiful views
  • Separate driveways for the house and barn

Horse Facility Features

  • Large lighted riding arena
  • Renovated stone bank barn
  • 8 large matted box stalls
  • Hot and cold water wash stall with heat lamps
  • Tack room
  • Feed room
  • Washer hookup
  • Hay loft with large storage area
  • 10 pastures; combination of dry and grass pastures
  • Post and rail fencing


  • 2.7 miles to schools
  • 28.6 miles to airports
  • 6 miles to hospitals
  • 2.5 miles to shopping
  • .5 miles to trails

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890 Lantern Ln, Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania


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