At last summer is officially here! Have you hammered down your vacation plans? Or do you prefer to wing it and escape for spur-of-the-moment adventures? Either way, you’ll love this round-up of old stone vacation homes and cottages. If your travels take you to New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia or Ohio this summer, you’re in luck!
French Huguenot-Style Farmhouse
New Paltz, New York
Best feature: The historic four-bedroom home
is bordered by 6,400 acres of the forests, streams and lakes of the Mohonk Preserve, designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the “Earth’s Last Great Places.”
Horse Farm in Lancaster County Amish Country
This expansive farmhouse is situated on a immaculate 50-acre working horse farm
Vacation Stay in the Shenandoah Valley
This stately home’s
two-foot-thick walls and period furnishings make you feel far away from life’s hustle and bustle.
Stone Schoolhouse Near a Scenic River
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Age: Circa 1800s
Best Feature: This cozy cabin is situated in the Olentangy Scenic River corridor and is surrounded by the Seymour Woods Nature Preserve. A picture-perfect romantic getaway!
We don’t often dedicate an entire post to one stone home, but this sweet Hudson River Valley property tugged at our very heartstrings.
The circa-1750 Colonial-era stone farmhouse, located in the historic village of Saugerties, is presently for sale. Before you scoff at the price, take note: You get the home, nestled on a gently sloping piece of land, a circa-1800s barn, a lovely bit of meadow, a few more outbuildings (chicken coop included!) and almost 70 acres of lush farmland (right in the middle of which once existed a major Indian path to the Woodstock valley).
The structure itself is described as in “poor condition,” but we’re certain that it could spring back to life with the tender touch of a caring owner. Just another run-down, run-of-the-mill farmhouse? We think not. In the 2005 Town of Saugerties Historical Resources Survey, experts noted, “This house can be directly compared to vernacular farmhouses of Northern Europe. Its builders and the first farmers to till this land may have been among the earliest permanent settlers of Saugerties. To find an early structure this historically intact is an extreme rarity and this house deserves separate, comprehensive study and protection.”
Don’t have the cash to snatch up this historic gem but interested in seeing more of the Hudson River Valley and its concentration of old stone homes? This map will help you see the coolest stone homes the area has to offer.