By Abby Dudley | Photographs from Roger Wade and Craig Thompson


It’s known simply as “The Farm,” the 150-acre property whose name disguises its whimsical, refined design. The modesty of the name — clean and elegant — reflects the sprawling estate as a whole: unassuming despite the always beautiful, sometimes even ornate Nashville-meets-Versailles aesthetic.

The barn (or so-called) is an immaculate two stories; the greenhouse, a twinkling garden. All six structures are filled with pieces curated from around the country — the more special ones originating from Paris. It’s no accident that The Farm feels alien in Robinson Township, or that it evokes picturesque, European fantasies.

“I was originally inspired by a trip to Provence,” explains Esther Dormer, owner and visionary behind The Farm. “I loved the Old World look that I thought was timeless and yet rustic with a farm touch.” That initial inspiration has translated into a pastoral oasis for Dormer and her family, a getaway location where they can rejuvenate and reconnect. “The fresh air is invigorating,” she says of the property’s main attraction — its pastures, water features, woods, paths, hills, and orchard.

The breathtaking land is more than just a backdrop for the estate’s fastidious design — it’s the canvas upon which Dormer painted her masterpiece, and it’s evident in each style choice she made. If it’s a chandelier crystal reflecting the setting sun or a slat of original farmhouse wood in the floor, the luxurious interior achieves synchronicity with its surroundings, doubly reflecting its own environment and that of Southern France. It’s truly something to behold. The Farm is currently for sale. Contact Julie Guss at 412.726.6481 or visit ThePreferredRealty.com for more information. 

“[The Farm] is a beautiful, serene place,” says Dormer. “You can appreciate four seasons here and can easily entertain 500 people or five. Each structure adds both versatility, and a place to stay or entertain. To have such a massive piece of land that is ready to enjoy is a real luxury.”

“[The Farm] is a beautiful, serene place,” says Dormer. “You can appreciate four seasons here and can easily entertain 500 people or five. Each structure adds both versatility, and a place to stay or entertain. To have such a massive piece of land that is ready to enjoy is a real luxury.”

 “My favorite place is the upper barn. I love how the light comes in through each slat — and the massive table that was built inside the barn. It is beautiful each season.” The enormous space, with lofty ceilings and exposed rafters, has offered its versatility for both large parties and early mornings with a book.

“My favorite place is the upper barn. I love how the light comes in through each slat — and the massive table that was built inside the barn. It is beautiful each season.” The enormous space, with lofty ceilings and exposed rafters, has offered its versatility for both large parties and early mornings with a book.

 The lower barn is outfitted with oversized lanterns and renovated stalls — two horses used to live on the property (plus one potbellied pig, 18 chickens, three goats, a rooster, and two llamas!)

The lower barn is outfitted with oversized lanterns and renovated stalls — two horses used to live on the property (plus one potbellied pig, 18 chickens, three goats, a rooster, and two llamas!)

Structures throughout the vast property link its many areas, like these fire pits. Dormer adds, “Being outside creates a different kind of evening. With a fire going and some good wine, you really can’t beat it.”

Structures throughout the vast property link its many areas, like these fire pits. Dormer adds, “Being outside creates a different kind of evening. With a fire going and some good wine, you really can’t beat it.”

Functionality remains, even within the highly stylized barn. Dormer explains maintaining a rural feel, “We worked with artisans who had experience with all types of wood and concrete and so we were able to incorporate our own rustic touches.”

Functionality remains, even within the highly stylized barn. Dormer explains maintaining a rural feel, “We worked with artisans who had experience with all types of wood and concrete and so we were able to incorporate our own rustic touches.”

“I think elegance is in step with timelessness, something I strive for,” she says. “I used natural materials such as wood, old stone, concrete, leather, and even hair or hide to cover some pieces.  I think those elements give both a rustic edge and elegant feel.” From there, she chose authentic, vintage pieces to elevate the rooms.

“I think elegance is in step with timelessness, something I strive for,” she says. “I used natural materials such as wood, old stone, concrete, leather, and even hair or hide to cover some pieces.
I think those elements give both a rustic edge and elegant feel.” From there, she chose authentic, vintage pieces to elevate the rooms.

Five view houses, built with cedar from South Carolina, are scattered around the property, each offering a different, lovely perspective of the estate.

Five view houses, built with cedar from South Carolina, are scattered around the property, each offering a different, lovely perspective of the estate.

Exposed wires hang above an organic color scheme in the barn that echoes the surrounding land. “I wanted natural pieces that allowed our indoor pieces to reflect the natural outdoor spaces.”

Exposed wires hang above an organic color scheme in the barn that echoes the surrounding land. “I wanted natural pieces that allowed our indoor pieces to reflect the natural outdoor spaces.”

Dormer had a stone mason create a stone surround for the bathtub after seeing the same in a photo many years before. The result: a romantic oasis.

Dormer had a stone mason create a stone surround for the bathtub after seeing the same in a photo many years before. The result: a romantic oasis.

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