A Tour of the Countryside in the Brandywine Valley


600 Hickory Hill Rd., Chadds Ford

Every home has a story. From new construction residences and country retreats to antique landmarks, a home is a piece of living history that preserves remnants of its past. The Chester County area is steeped with history, art and culture.

We came across several farms and unique properties that exude charm and design on our tour of the countryside.


600 Hickory Hill, Chadds Ford – kitchen

The homes throughout Chester County are all very different, yet commonly share one binding chapter in each of their stories— The Veale Family made a clear connection to the elegance and style combined with architect Wayne Simpsons vision to capture the rustic feeling of the home with New York Loft stylings.

The countryside is dotted with hidden gems such as The Farm at Doe Run, where you can find award winning cheeses, fresh micro greens and vegetables. The original Doe Run Inn (circa 1741), was moved off the road in the late 1960s. The Doe Run Village Historic District was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Take a hike in the Laurels and then stop by The Whip Tavern for a pint by the fire while enjoying some bangers and mash.

Kennett Square is known for its rich historical heritage, and it has a great number of old buildings and museums that provide a comprehensive account of its illustrious history. Longwood Gardens, Winterthur Museum and the Brandywine River Museum are all within a 15 mile radius.

The charming and historic town of Kennett Square offers much needed retail therapy and more. Lately, the tree-lined streets are bustling with activity. Restaurants and coffee shops such as Talula’s Table and Philter offer cozy atmospheres for breakfast meetings or lunch with the girls. Shop all things beauty, skincare and more at Houppette.

For the latest trends and classic styles in fashion and accessories, stop by No. 109 Shop. If you have an upcoming event, a trip to Blown Away: Dry Bar and Salon is a must. Finish the day at Victory for local and fresh pub fair. Make sure to stop in Terrain for some holiday shopping and inspiration.

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Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

The Brandywine Valley Wine Trail, which is one of the most famous wine trails in the country. Along this trail, you can visit eight of the finest wineries in the region, each of which has its own unique selection of wines.


Carroll Ivy Laurence is a contributor to TSD who also owns and manages Social Stylate, a creative marketing boutique.

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