Gastronomic Idyll — Barley Sheaf Farm, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

NJWILDBEAUTY readers shared the magic of Carousel Lavender Farm, [‘in’ Mechanicsburg, PA, just east of Doylestown.] That enchanted visit was immediately followed by unexpected delights at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm,.  Located on the south side of 202 beyond Lahaska, when aiming for Doylestown, the word ‘Farm’ may be the greatest understatement, restaurant-and-setting-wise, I have encountered.       [http://www.barleysheaf.com/]

“Les Deux Carolines” – Carolyn Yoder and Carolyn Edelmann at Brunch at Barley Sheaf, by Jeanette Hooban

Author, editor, Carolyn Yoder, reads us the storied past of the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, at the close of our exquisite meal.

Jeanette's Breakfast, Barley Sheaf, by Jeanette Hooban

Jeanette’s Breakfast, Barley Sheaf, by Jeanette Hooban

This capacious room recreates our combined favorite European experiences, especially France, but also the best of the English countryside.

Everything was flawless, especially their food, as you can see.  We were given a superbly attuned waitress, who surpassed herself with each encounter.  She heard me wonder if one could have the (complimentary) mimosa without the orange juice.  This luminous libation instantly materialized.

All afternoon, generosity was the watchword.  Graciousness abounded.  Everyone there was surrounded by excellence, granted the rarest gift of timelessness.

Barley Sheaf Farm Main Building by cfe

Barley Sheaf Farm Main Building by cfe

No, this is not the Loire Valley.  We were eating inside that white sun porch, gazing into gardens that could be Villandry in miniature.  Beyond that, a pool beckons.  Throughout the grounds, guests strolled, readying for a country wedding about to unfold.  Butterflies danced among their healthy flowers.  Photographs later revealed fish and frogs among the lotus blossoms.  No, I am not making this up.

The history of the Inn is threaded with the most famous visitors of the “New Hope Colony” of songwriters, authors, wits, the Algonquin Round Table crowd, in the heyday of that artful county in which we spent our afternoon.  We feasted in the former home of George S. Kaufman, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, including the first for a play.  Ask to read the history, as Carolyn Yoder did.  That electrifying era spun into life around us, in the stillness of the sunlit room.  It’s a boost to one’s own creativity to be there.

Barley Sheaf Farm Grounds with Pool by cfe

Barley Sheaf Farm Grounds with Pool by cfe

White arches welcome to the generous pool.

Happy Tiger Swallowtail Brunch cfe

Happy Tiger Swallowtail Brunch cfe

Ready for the Country Wedding, cfe

Ready for the Country Wedding, cfe

Contented Fish in Lotus Pond cfe

Contented Fish in Lotus Pond cfe

Can You Find the F rog, Lotus Pond, Barley Sheaf, cfe

Can You Find the F rog, Lotus Pond, Barley Sheaf, cfe

Barley Sheaf Motif on Balcony cfe

Barley Sheaf Motif on Balcony cfe

Carolyn Yoder Explores Barley Sheaf Gardens cfe

Carolyn Yoder Explores Barley Sheaf Gardens cfe

Villandry-in-Pennsylvania cfe

Villandry-in-Pennsylvania cfe

Versailles in Bucks County Pennsylvania cfe

Versailles in Bucks County Pennsylvania cfe

Idyllic Barley Sheaf Bridge cfe

Idyllic Barley Sheaf Bridge cfe

Ready to Grill, Barley Sheaf cfe

Ready to Grill, Barley Sheaf cfe

Historic Outbuilding cfe

Historic Outbuilding cfe

Timeless Dining Room, as Brunch Ends cfe

Timeless Dining Room, as Brunch Ends cfe

Contented Guests at Leisure at Barley Sheaf -- Carolyn Yoder and Jeanette Hooban cfe

Contented Guests at Leisure at Barley Sheaf — Carolyn Yoder and Jeanette Hooban cfe

I wish it were not true, that a picture is worth 10,000 words.  But the mere word, ‘timeless’, does not convince you of our idyll.  I hope you experience it in the above scenes.

One of the frequent guests, Dorothy Parker, was famous for answering her telephone (the heavy dangly black sit-on-the-table with rotary dial one) with, “What fresh hell is this?”  I am often tempted to do likewise.

At The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, though, the phrase must be revised:

“What Fresh Heaven Is This?”

“Fresh Heaven” at The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm, by Jeanette Hooban

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8 thoughts on “Gastronomic Idyll — Barley Sheaf Farm, Bucks County, Pennsylvania

  1. I’m hungry! Ready for my after lunch meander through the farm. Enjoyed this virtual vacation. Thank you, Carolyns and Jeanette!

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    • Linda, this is very much a you and Richard sort of place — one can STAY there… we couldn’t see rooms because of wedding guests filling the place for that day and night I am NOT kidding re idyll we thought we stepped through a time warp like Wizard of Oz when it turned from black and white to color o brave new world that hath such beauty in it! Thanks for commenting blessings c

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