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Derry Farm

Ridgeland, South Carolina

A RURAL SPORTING PRESERVE located between Savannah and Charleston, the centerpiece of this property is a circa 1914 farmhouse that was relocated to the site, uninhabitable when discovered but possessing an innate history that would add an immediate and authentic patina to the estate. The humble and ordinary structure, now named The Langford House to commemorate the family that originally inhabited it, was transformed into a gracious Lowcountry home. From its deep, front porch, The Langford House looks across the lake to a hunting lodge, a cane mill, and two bunkhouses. The agrarian-inspired structures are reminiscent of an old South Carolina farmstead and provide accommodations for guests and visiting hunters. From its origins as 1,000 acres of slash pine and one lone Live Oak, this property is now a thriving landscape and habitat thanks to the stewardship of its owners.

~ Palladio Award ~
Interior Design: Ruthie Edwards ~ Landscape Architecture: Hooten Land Design ~ Builder: Willis Sinclair Homes
Photography: Emily J. Followill & Richard Leo Johnson

THE RURAL SITE PRESENTED A BLANK CANVAS. A newly created pond became a key element of the site design,
providing subtle separation between the main house and its ancillary buildings, thus creating an appropriate sense of hierarchy.

The Langford House

A 1914 CENTER HALL FARMHOUSE was moved to the site and given new life as a traditional, Lowcountry raised cottage. An addition encircles the home, left open on the front and sides to function as deep, sheltered porches and enclosed in the back to enlarge the living space.

NEWLY ADDED SPACE AT THE REAR OF THE FARMHOUSE is wrapped with windows, suggesting it was once a porch that was later enclosed.

THE CENTER HALL reveals a staircase built to replicate the original. A doorway at the end of the hall leads into the glass-enclosed sunroom.
The interior transoms and side-lights mimic the front door, giving the impression that this was once the back entry of the home.

ON THE UPPER FLOOR, new materials were custom milled to match the profiles of the home’s
early twentieth century woodwork and artfully finished to emulate the patina of their elder cousins.

ACROSS THE POND FROM THE LANGFORD HOUSE sits an enclave of rustic,
tin-roofed structures, utilitarian in form but designed for hospitality and entertaining.


VISITORS OVERNIGHT IN THE BUNKIES, one room cottages made of primitive materials.

CANTILEVERED OVER THE POND, The Hunting Lodge was designed to resemble an old waterside, cotton warehouse.
Unlike the Langford House with its innate sense of history, this new building captures the passage of time through
the use of simple materials, hand-distressed finishes, and the impression that it was re-purposed over the years.