Before settling down for a long winter's nap, it's nice to have the perfect mantle and chimney to hang those stockings and leave a plate of cookies for Santa. This week we take a look at some one-of-a-kind homes that boast fireplaces evocative of Courier and Ives.

41 Bullock Road, Chadds Ford, PA
$757,500
By the chimney with care:
We love this farmhouse, with its cedar porch and exterior, it just feels so cozy. The great room features a replica of an 1800-era stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace. More romantic fireplace goodness in the master suite, where a two-sided fireplace warms the bath and the bedroom.

974 Delchester Road, Newtown Square, PA
$8,995,000
By the chimney with care:
The main home at Delchester Farm was built in 1795, and it has been lovingly restored and expanded since then. A beautiful living room with built-in library shelving includes a traditional fireplace and gracious mantle. Fireplaces also feature in the formal dining room, the breakfast room and the master suite.

2240 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington, DE
$8,700,000
By the chimney with care:
This country estate includes 19th century detailing, which means there is a brick chimney in the study and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in a separate sitting room.

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