An 1800s Estate with an Instagram-Famous Wedding Venue
After last week’s modern hideaway listing, we’re in a country state of mind. An 1800s-era property in Whitesboro, Texas, Thornbridge Hill Estate comes complete with a 3,782-square-foot main residence and 56 acres, as well as a few potential income streams. These include nine acres of hay-producing pastures, facilities for cows and horses, and a renowned wedding venue with a chapel, reception hall, and a three-bedroom, two-bathroom guesthouse.
The current owners, Jennifer and Glen Horowitz, designed and built many of the homestead’s buildings, starting in 2017 with the main residence. The goal was to create a traditional farmhouse that effortlessly balances the rustic with the elegant. Think relaxed luxury, or as the owner summed it up, a place to wear jeans and boots, and drink from a crystal glass.
The exterior of the main house veers classic, with stone and wood cladding, and those country necessities: covered front and back porches, the latter with a fireplace and close to the lap pool. Inside, there’s more classic detailing, like a double-height formal foyer with a curved staircase and custom millwork, which segues into an open great room with vaulted ceilings. Wood beams line the ceiling, and the walls are filled with windows overlooking the property.
A soaring limestone chimney anchors the living room at one end of the main space, while at the other, a 10-foot-long island with quartz counters protects the kitchen. A statement, custom-designed hood vent hovers over the La Cornue range; other appliances are hidden behind custom cabinetry for a clean look. A nearby walk-in pantry also conceals clutter. There’s a formal dining room, as well as a cozy breakfast nook tucked into a windowed alcove, with a second fireplace.
The layout includes delightful surprises, like the double-height library with a spiral staircase, and modern conveniences like a laundry room with space for two sets of washers and dryers and built-in kennels.
The primary suite is on the main floor, with another fireplace in the bedroom and a metal-covered cast-iron soaking tub in the marble bathroom. Upstairs, find three more bedrooms, one serving multipurpose function with four custom bunk beds—each has a light, outlet, and USB port—and living space.
In the past, the property had a church on it, with baptisms performed in the spring-fed creek running through the acreage. In honor of that history, the couple built a new chapel on the same site, with crisp white siding, oversize windows, and 100-year-old pews inside. There’s also the inky-toned Osage Hall, the reception venue also affectionately referred to as the “party barn.” It has plenty of dance space, as well as a custom stone fireplace and 15-foot mantel fashioned from an Osage tree.
Once the venue opened, the owners put it on Instagram and garnered a thousands-strong following, becoming popular for private events among influencers, celebrities, and athletes—there’s even a helipad—rented for photo and film shoots, and featured in national magazines. With all that acreage, it would be easy enough for a prospective buyer to continue what’s been started, or dream up something entirely new.
Listing Fast Facts:
Address: 608 Old Center Church Rd, Whitesboro, TX 76273
Size: 5,980 square feet/7 bedroom/5.5 bath
List Date: 2/28/2023
List Price: $5,599,000
Listing Agent: Tracy Tutor and Breah Brown, Douglas Elliman Realty