The Carousel Farm was meant to be a retreat from the high powered and hectic lives of a New York photographer, Niko Christou, and a Manhattan attorney, David Braff.They bought the centuries old Solebury property on Mechanicsville Road in 2000 as a weekend getaway, not realizing at the time that they would someday be harvesting 15,000 lavender plants per year.Niko, born and raised in Cyprus, came to the United States some 30 years ago to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology where he majored in photography.In the late 1990s Niko and David first visited Bucks County and were inspired by the beauty and history of the area, especially its farms.“We rented a cottage on Cuttaloosa and were looking for about a year,” Niko remarks, “and the last few weeks of the rental we found this place.” But their interest in purchasing the property was hampered by their concern for its condition.Niko explains that more recently exotic animals were raised here, including elephants and giraffes, to supply Christmas show productions in New York.Working with Morie Breyer, their architectural designer and project manager, they painstakingly tore out the inside of each building and began rebuilding, bringing each structure back to its original state.“The carriage house’s interior had purple carpet and sheet rock walls covering up the original stone façade,” he describes.“It looked like a condo in Florida.” Small in square footage, but soaring in height, the renovation used the two-story feature to their advantage to create an illusion of more space.An open living room area and a kitchen space were created on the first floor, with the original stone walls as the backdrop.An architecturally sophisticated element added to this space is a floating staircase reaching up to the second floor loft bedroom.Part of the barn space functions as stalls for their animals, including horses, cows, chickens, llamas, and donkeys.Surrounded by the original stone walls and beams, this 40-foot-high rustic, open space has been appointed with an antique hand-carved pool table.With the natural spring water still trickling beneath, the temperature was kept cool, making a perfect setting for storing wine.With the three-story main house restoration, they gutted the interior, leaving only the original stone walls and slate roof.“The rolling hills are graced with old grape vines and lavender fields against a stunning backdrop of centuries-old fieldstone barns and farmhouses.Our farm, with its fieldstone farmhouse, 18th century stone barn and rolling fields seemed perfect to replicate the South of France,” Niko exclaims.In his trials he identified two English and two French varietals that could thrive in Bucks County soil and climate.In addition, they planted a wide variety of fruit trees around the property, including apples, fig, peach, pear, apricot and plum.Even with a busy retail season in the store, in the spring and summer Niko and David still make time to enjoy the landscape.Both appreciate what they have built, with a pride and fulfillment that they have preserved the land and added another dimension of beauty and function to its landscape. .
The Soothing Smells of Summer: Lavender Season is Here
Having visited Carousel Lavender Farm in mid-May (pictures below), it's hard to believe this scenery will become even more beautiful this summer!The Lavender Fields and Shop are Open every Saturday from 9 to 5 Free of Charge.Peace Valley Lavender Farm, 802 New Galena Road in Doylestown, PA. .
Carousel Farm Lavender (Mechanicsville)
The scent is intoxicating, and the purple haze against the evergreen backdrop is so picturesque for amazing photos.Every summer we enjoy a Bucks County day trip and visit Solebury Orchards (mmmm, cider doughnuts) after the lavender farm. .
A Day at Carousel Lavender Farm
Niko and his partner David bought Carousel in 2000 and spent years restoring its historic buildings, which include a spacious barn dating to 1748 and an eighteenth-century fieldstone farmhouse.Today, alpacas and Scottish highland cattle call the farm home, welcoming guests as they explore the lavender labyrinth and rolling fields of flowers.A restored corn crib is now the space where lavender oil is distilled, and an ivy-covered springhouse serves as a wine cellar, cooled by the natural spring that runs along the edge of the floor.After distillation, a "flower water" remains; this hydrosol offers a light fragrance and can be stored in the refrigerator as a refreshing facial spray for hot days. .
Yolanda Hadid Takes Farm-to-Table to a Whole New Level at Her
Last summer, Hadid chronicled her new beginnings at the farm, posting photos of herself with the horses, gardening outdoors, and otherwise leaning into her new farmer lifestyle (she also moved into an apartment in Manhattan relatively recently so that she can easily be close to her children when need be). .
Carousel Lavender Farm – janemcmaster
June 4, 2018 – I never had much desire to visit France — I believe I’m more of a fan of the Mediterranean countries, at least when I vacation in my mind — but these gorgeous photos of the French lavender fields make me want to hop a plane now. .
For sale: 3 Bucks County mansions built before 1800
Situated on more than 30 acres, the property includes a garden fit for John Adams and a barn with enough horse stalls to make George Washington proud.We love the master suite in the manor home, but the glass breakfast room is a close second.But our favorite feature might be the "secret garden" and its own tiny house enclosed by a picket fence.On paper, Holicong Springs – built in 1760 and existing originally as a stone farmhouse – sounds like it will feature lots of exposed timbers and beadboard.The property has been completely modernized inside, featuring a gourmet kitchen with appliances to match and an "entertainment barn" with its own basketball court. .