About this listing
A real farm stay just about an hour from DC!
"Upstairs, rear 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.
This room- the "rear room" is the smallest, but also happens to be the quietest. The sounds of the roosters crowing at dawn is less audible in here.
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.
Indoor 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. Due to work and school schedules, on Fridays check-in time is generally 6pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, we can accommodate guests earlier.
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!
What a neat place to spend Memorial Day weekend! Hard to believe we could enter this completely different world just an hour outside of DC. We brought our dog who got along fine with John's 3 dogs, and, until he chased the chickens, enjoyed off leash privileges romping around the farm. John was so laid back about everything, his response to the chicken chasing fiasco when we had our dog back on leash was "well you can try again later." He even offered to watch our dog if we wanted to do any activities where we couldn't bring the dog with us. We spent 2 nights here and stayed in the rear bedroom on the first floor. Our bed was made up with the same linen Restoration Hardware sheets we use at home so we very comfy. Speaking of Restoration Hardware, you'll see it throughout the house from the lighting fixtures to the furniture & everywhere you look there are fresh wild flowers and each scene is just begging to be shot for a magazine spread. The one full bath has a copper tub which was described in the listing as only a soaking tub, so we were pleasantly surprised to find it had since been outfitted with a shower head. From piglets in the mudroom to 10 day old puppies and chicks, etc. in the dining room to emus, horses, cows, chickens, guineas, pigeons, peacocks, turkeys, a goat, sheep, parrots, cats, etc. outside, you'll see all manner of animals. You'll definitely hear some of these animals early in the morning as is to be expected on a farm. We enjoyed coffee, freshly laid eggs, & grape tomatoes from the garden our last morning there. Only 18 minutes from historic Harper's Ferry, we spent our 1st day hiking in the National Park overlooking the Potomac, swimming in the Shenandoah, walking around the quaint town, and attending the ghost tour at night. We were able to get a parking spot ($10) right in town at the Amtrak station (which has a bathroom few ppl seem to know about) before 9:30 am, but we saw it quickly fill up by around 10 so if you go later in the day plan to park far away and use the shuttles (which don't allow dogs). But one of the most fascinating aspects of our stay was just sitting around the big dining table outside in the back of John's house and chatting with him and a couple of other guests - I'm sure we only caught a tiny glimpse of his interesting life that evening.
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My husband and I live in DC. After reading an article about urban living causing anxiety, we decided to escape the city for a weekend. Oldeststone Farm was the perfect place for that escape! Everywhere you look is a different kind of animal and the setting is stunning. The accommodations are very comfortable and John makes you feel right at home. It's a farm so you will hear animals from our room, you will get dirty and might bring back a stink bug or two, but as long as you know that going in, I can't recommend this place enough. It's such a treat getting to share in the farm experience for a weekend (and hopefully more to come).
We loved our stay here. It's only an hour from DC but feels like an entirely different world. John was a generous and gracious host who left us fresh eggs and coffee in the morning, and pointed us to some of the best antiquing in the area. My favorite part of our stay was sitting on his dreamy porch and watching the farm animals in the morning. You definitely must love cats and dogs to stay here. Our bed was ridiculously comfortable and we slept better than we have in weeks.
Our room got quite cold at night, but it was nothing a few extra layers couldn't help. Also note that there isn't a shower, just a copper soaking tub (a plus in my book, but not everyone's cup of tea, I realize).
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About the Host, John
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.