The SpaceAs mentioned in the summary, this house was built in the 1860's. It was built before indoor plumbing or electricity, though I'm proud to say we now offer both! The space is a bit unusual, but the bedrooms are very large, the bathroom is clean and has plenty of room to move around. There are several places to relax whether it's in the country style kitchen, living room or on the front porch.
There is high-speed wireless internet, but no cable or satellite TV. The accommodations are not fancy or modern, but they are clean, and the road is quiet aside from the occasional passing horse and buggy. There is one dog that shares the space who is very well trained, quiet, and respectful with humans. He doesn't love other dogs, but he will share his house with them as well.
While the house sits on two acres, it is attached to a 60 acre farm with horses, cattle, and sheep. You can walk to the back of our property and get a glimpse of the horses in the evening and if you'd like I'm happy to walk you down to meet them in person. For safety reasons, I require to be present when visiting the large animals, but you're welcome to otherwise enjoy from a distance.
The house does NOT have central air conditioning, but there are AC units in each bedroom during warmer months and one downstairs so it stays nice and cool even in the summer. In the winter it stays pretty cozy and warm with oil heat, though I can wheel in a space heater if you'd like your bedroom a little warmer. Guest AccessYou have access to pretty much the entire house except the other bedroom (which is across the hall). It's a small, quirky old house, but it has a nice, big eat-in kitchen, a comfy living room, a large bathroom, and a great porch out front perfect for a morning coffee, an evening drink, or just eating outside.
There is a small library as well and you're welcome to peruse the shelves, just be prepared for a lot of sci-fi, fantasy and non-fiction books. I'm happy to give a recommendation!
If you need to do laundry, there's a great washer and dryer in the mud room and you're welcome to use the available detergent as well!
Everything in the kitchen is available for use if you like to cook and if you need help finding something, just let me know. I'm happy to share staples (milk, butter, sugar, etc) to save you on shopping. There's breakfast tea available in the morning, chamomile available at night, and Keurig coffee maker if you'd like to bring some K-cups of your own. Interaction with GuestsI work six days a week, but I work on the same farm attached to the house with flexible hours. I'm never more than a text away and if you're up for a cup of tea around 7:30-8:30 in the morning, I'm happy to share!
Beyond this, I tend to keep to myself but I'm happy to point you in the right direction for shopping or food, etc. I can offer somewhat unusual tales of riding wild horses in the world's longest horse race across Mongolia if given a nudge, though it's on you once I get started.
My office is in the space you have to walk through to reach the bathroom. I will often be sitting here working or relaxing. I'm not trying to be rude if I don't seem to have time to talk. It often means I'm just working or involved in something that requires my full attention. The NeighborhoodStaying in my house you'll find you are situated on a pretty quiet and rural street. The neighbors across the street, next door, and around the corner are Amish. They are lovely people, polite, kind, and often selling veggies or flowers if you have a desire for such things, but please respect their privacy and refrain from taking pictures where their faces are visible. I'm happy to answer any questions I can about their culture during your stay.
If you sit on our porch long enough or drive down the road, you're bound to see some buggies or carts go by. There is a country store a mile down the road with a deli, small kitchen, convenience and hardware store, and a great pizza place caddycorner to it. Otherwise, do not expect major shopping or restaurants close by. Oxford is just a 10-15 minute drive away however with a few stores and restaurants, and Lancaster is about 35 minutes away. Kennet Square is 30 minutes away as well and has some upscale dining as well as local attractions like Longwood Garden. Getting AroundThere is NO public transportation, so make sure you bring or rent a car! There is an Enterprise about 7 miles away. Other Things to NoteThere is one dog on the property that lives in the house. He does go to work with me during the day and is rarely left alone. I guarantee the house will be freshly vacuumed and you'll have freshly laundered linens on the bed, but please understand dogs shed and it's very difficult to keep things perfect at all times.
If interested in bringing your pet, please contact me in advance as there is an additional fee.