Iconic Jacob Hayes House, c.1841, meticulously renovated and re-imagined by its current owner, is an exquisite amalgamation of gracious historic spaces and architectural details – old-growth hard wood floors, 6 fireplaces, 10′ ceilings, curved plaster walls, deep window sills, pocket doors – artfully combined with an expansive, open-concept kitchen/family room/sun room, modern amenities and fully updated infrastructure. This singular homestead is situated on 4.5 acres in highly coveted Unionville Chadds Ford SD, includes frontage on the Brandywine Creek and is within walking distance to Cheslen Preserve (1282 acres) yet is also conveniently located just 30 minutes from Wilmington and the Northeast train corridor to NYC, Philadelphia and Washington, making escape from the city to the country an easy proposition. The home is also within close proximity to the charming village of Marshallton, and a mere 15 minutes to West Chester, Unionville and Kennett Square. No expense was spared in the re-creation of this exceptional historic home. The pristine exterior is ornamented with period iron work on the front porch, beautifully detailed exterior woodwork, gorgeous copper roofing on the sun room and porch roofs and cedar shake on the main roof – every side of this home’s exterior is loaded with aesthetic interest. Enter the home via the formal center hall, with stunning old growth quarter-sawn oak floors, built- ins, a sweeping staircase under which a powder room is cleverly concealed, and a rear door that leads to one of three covered porches. The light-filled center hall opens to four of the gracious main level rooms, all with soaring 10′ ceilings. Pass through a pair of Pay Master doors into the sun room, illuminated by a wall of windows and french doors that access a lovely garden patio. The sun room shares its flood of natural light with the adjacent, spacious family room, with curved plaster columns and a wood burning fireplace, that is wide open to the stunning kitchen – an absolutely fabulous configuration of rooms for every gathering of friends and family, large or small scale. The classic white kitchen is contrasted with, and anchored by, a generous, single slab, soapstone island, along with soap stone counters and sink. Propane cooking, a pot-filler spigot, wall oven and micro and integrated dishwasher and refrigerator will thrill the cooks in the family! A pair of french doors in the kitchen leads to one of the three lovely covered porches that is perfectly sized for outdoor family dining. Completing this wing of the home is a full bath with shower, along with a mudroom with back stairs, bench storage, lots of closet space, a utility sink – all with radiant heat floors, and access to the rear covered porch. The gorgeous formal living and dining rooms, both part of the home’s original 1841 structure, each have fireplaces (wood burning in the living room) 10′ ceilings, built-ins, french doors and windowed pocket doors that either join the rooms or separate them for ultimate entertaining flexibility. Ascend the formal staircase to the second floor landing, a perfect venue for displaying artwork. The phenomenal master suite includes a windowed, walk-in closet with ample built in storage, a stunning bathroom with Japanese soaking tub, a private and peaceful bedroom retreat with a gas fireplace that adjoins the lovely sitting room/nursery, also with gas fireplace. Three amply-sized bedrooms – one with gas fireplace, one with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams, one with window seat framed by built ins – are located down the hall, along with a full bath. Even more living and entertaining space can be found in the fully finished basement, with wet bar, exposed stone walls, radiant heated floors, lots of built-in wine storage and outside Bilco access. This phenomenal property also includes a small barn building with full loft, water, electric and room for 1 or 2 horses! A magical, one of a kind property awaits its lucky new owner!