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.