Wyndmoor, PA’s Historic Guildford on 18 Acres Reduced to $8.9M
$8,900,000 | Built c.1925 | 20,159 Sq. Ft. | 7 Beds | 7.5+ Baths | 18.3 Acres
8500 Flourtown Avenue, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, United States, 19038
Enter through towering iron gates into what very well may be one of America’s finest private properties. The historic property was recently reduced to $8.9 million. It’s known as Guildford and was built with 16th century English Tudor architectural elements imported from Guildford, England. Carried from England in dozens of ship containers, this spectacular 21,000 square foot residence took nearly a decade to complete. European craftsmen were brought in to reassemble the home under the supervision of architect Robert McGoodwin, protégé of Horace Trumbauer. It was built for industrialist George W. Elkins over a period of ten years and remains as grand today as it did the day it was finished. Generously proportioned rooms, high ceilings and an axial layout make this home perfect for gracious entertaining as well as an elegant, cozy and welcoming home for family and friends.
The grounds extend over 18 acres with period English style gardens, woodland paths and sweeping rolling vistas from the western terrace perfecting the illusion of the English countryside and inspire the feeling of being transported to another place and time. The historic interiors include a vast entry hall with 12th century slab stone flooring from England’s Warwick Pirory, a richly carved oak entry door, a library known as “Pope’s Parlor” panelled in 16th century cedar, a formal dining hall with 18th century honey-toned pine panelling and an expansive formal living room from the demolished Cassiobury Hall, former home of the 2nd Earl of Essex, Robert Devereux. There are seven bedrooms, seven full and five partial bathrooms including a large master suite with sitting room, two full bathrooms, two walk-in closets and a dressing area. All systems and mechanicals have been updated, there are nine zones of heating and cooling, thirteen working fireplaces, a four vehicle garage, two elevators and a wine cellar located in the home’s original art and silver vault. The property includes a gunite pool and spa, terraced amphitheatre bordered by blooming dogwood, sunken and terraced English style gardens, an event lawn ample for a tent accommodating 350 people and a charming thunder shelter with fireplace. You will not find a more intriguing private residence with a history such as this at this price-point. Guildford has been reduced to $8.9 million and is listed with Kurfiss | Sotheby’s International Realty. Photography by Michael Hirsch and Travis Mark. Videography by Michael Hirsch.