A real farm stay just about an hour outside of DC
"Front Corner Room"
Oldeststone Farm offers up to 4 rooms each with a queen size bed, plus a "kids loft" with bunk beds in it. Each queen room is $125 per night. The kids loft pricing varies on the number of guests.
Built in 1734, Oldeststone Farm is the oldest house in the Shenandoah Valley. Situated on 46 lush acres, we have every animal under the sun! Pigs, sheep, horses, miniature horses, cows, parrots- even peacocks!
Be prepared for a real farm experience. The house is rustic, sometimes muddy, and sometimes has a wayward dog passing through. A chicken has been known to wander in. But the guest rooms - where no animals are allowed- are beautifully appointed with lush linens and antiques. Everything is simple, just like in the "old days." John, the owner, is an interior-designer-turned-farmer, so gorgeous little details abound throughout the house. Beautiful, but rustic. Shabby, but chic!
The house is made of stone, and to that end, it's like sleeping in a cave...it's cool in the summer except on the hottest of days. It is not currently air conditioned. In the fall and winter, a fire-effect space heater warms the room quickly.
All rooms are shared bath.
John will be happy to give you a quick tour of the farm and introduce you to some of the resident animals, and you may even be able to pet one or two. The highlight is watching the sun go down as the two male peacocks take their evening strut across the grounds.
The house sleeps around 20, and even has a "kids loft," with a sitting area and 3 bunkbeds. If your party is large, there will be room for you. Ask about whole-house rental or accommodations for your large party. We're also happy to accommodate small groups too.
VERY convenient to all Harpers Ferry and Charles Town has to offer:
Charles Town Racing & Casino
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Historic towns- Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Charles Town.
But you may never want to leave the farm!
You are welcome to bring food to cook for any of your meals. We've got an indoor dining room as well as an outdoor eating area, full kitchen and outdoor grill.
ASK US about booking a massage here at the farm, or having us prepare a beautiful meal for you, outside, al fresco.
You may access the kitchen and are welcome to use the pots/pans/dishes, etc.
Communal dining area.
Back outdoor dining area.
The Living Room MAY OR MAY NOT be accessible depending on our guest situation.
Interaction with Guests
I spend most of my day out working on the farm, but I have made some very good friends by getting to know my guests in the evening. We can spend time together or not, depending on your style. I'll be in and out all day, and we'll probably run into each other in the kitchen at night.
I have kids so you'll see them around, too.
Other Things to Note
Check in times vary and we cannot guarantee an early check-in. On Fridays, check-in time is generally 6pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, we can accommodate guests earlier.
Please understand that while we LOVE being hosts and meeting new people this way, we do have real lives outside this venture. And that's the difference between AirBnB and a traditional hotel. We're not inn-keepers, so we can't cater to everyone's desires, unfortunately. We'll do our best, though!
In the area where only the guest rooms and living room are: no food allowed and only clear liquids please. Kindly do not bring food or drinks into the living room or guest rooms. There is lots of light colored furniture and we want to keep the upholstery clean. But, you are absolutely welcome to enjoy these things in the enormous communal eating area, the kitchen, or the porches.
Also, no animals allowed in the area where the living room and guest rooms are. There are hundreds of animals on the property, but even they have places that are "off limits." Pets staying with us will be given fine accommodation in our bunk room downstairs. Also, there are farm dogs wandering freely throughout the property, so if your dog does not play well with others, this may not be the place for him.
Please do not wander the farm without asking John first. He'll point out the places you are free to roam. Gates can be left open easily and animals can get loose quickly. Also, not all animals are friendly, so do not just walk up to them. John is happy to make "introductions" to the animals!
A very nice place to stay, especially if one wants a rustic farm experience. Animals (dogs, pigs, chickens...) galore, which along with the beautiful old house make it a unique spot. Our two young children, in particular, had a fabulous time, and John and his children were very welcoming.
My partner and I had a lovely time at John's farm. John was welcoming, kind, and a very fun host. We had full run of the kitchen when we could coordinate with the other families staying simultaneously. The outdoor seating areas are wonderful. The grounds are beautifully overgrown, and there are nooks and crannies to explore everywhere. The animals are all friendly, the labs and kitties especially. We were both hoping for a quiet time away, but alas, staying on a working farm alongside families with young children is not quite. The other families and young children were unexpected, but kind, and lovely to get to know. Nonetheless, it was an amazing experience and we'd both go back to stay with John in a heartbeat.
Oldeststone Farm is such an enchanting place! I celebrated my birthday with a small group, cooking, exploring and laughing. It was a lovely evening. Shera was a great host in John's absence. The bedrooms are beautiful and cozy. The grounds hold more animals than I could list here. (Peacocks! Emus!) Being a city girl (and even with Shera's warnings) it took me a moment to adjust to the "farm" part of farm house. Some areas are indoor/outdoor, but the charm is realized soon enough. A beautiful place to stay, explore, learn and relax. I wish we could have stayed longer!
John was/is terrific, as is his very cool farm - a 'little Eden' with interiors that could be in a Restoration Hardware promo . . . bright, engaging host whom I now consider a friend
We had a great time staying here! We were in town for a wedding about 30 minutes away and we wanted a memorable experience for my small family. My son absolutely loved the animals on the property, and the host, John was nothing but accommodating! I would recommend Oldeststone Farm absolutely.
Our family enjoyed our stay at John's. It was fun to be greeted by friendly dogs and see all the array of animals including white peacocks...and to be woken up by their noises. Our bedroom was tastefully furnished and decorated...but we most of all appreciated the extremely comfortable bed...and the unique nature of bathing in a copper bath! The surrounding countryside is beautiful. Although John was obviously busy he took time to make good restaurant recommendations, which was great.
Wonderful house out on the farm. Absolutely amazing collection of animals, we had fun sitting by the fence and watching goats, cows, horses, and plenty of others. John is an extremely welcoming host. The location is great; close to attractions in Charles Town and Harper's Ferry. Just look at the pictures, the house is as amazing as it seems.
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In 2011 I sold everything I owned to finally realize my lifelong dream of owning a farm. I'm a single dad with 3 kids, who split their time between the farm and DC. I always wanted to be surrounded by kids and animals- and now I am! I work probably 14 hours a day getting this place up, running, and sustainable. I'm up with the sun and having a glass of wine on the porch at sunset.
This is a working farm: with all the good and the bad. We've got all different types of animals: cows, pigs, sheep, horses, miniature horses, chickens, geese, ducks- even peacocks! Here you can get pretty close to the animals and most are very gentle. We've also got a few rowdy farm dogs, we get muddy and dirty, the roosters crow in the morning and you might find yourself stepping over a "cow patty" or three. Be prepared to get in touch with where our food comes from: its a real as it gets at Oldeststone Farm. I'm trying to run this place like it was in the days it was built.
In my "former life" I was an interior decorator, catering to high-end clients in Washington DC. So you'll find plenty of beautiful details in every corner of this home. It's rustic but beautiful.