About this listing
A real farm stay about an hour outside of DC!
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.
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. Because of work and school schedules, 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 absolutely 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!
Certainly an interesting experience, you need to be an animal person to enjoy your stay. We never met John, but the farm caretakers were very nice and welcoming, we enjoyed some fun kitchen conversations with them!
Pros: super friendly hosts, pretty location, full kitchen for cooking and storing our stuff, well decorated and very comfortable rooms with high end linens, and interacting/watching an entertaining and often goofy array of farm animals.
Cons: no AC - it was a bit hot and stuffy in our rooms, except for an outdoor table there was no spot other than our rooms to hang out in and read, the outdoor table was too hot in the direct sun in the middle of the day (there is an indoor dining room area with big gorgeous table, but the litter or kittens, unfriendly parrot and chicks under a heat lamp made it a little crowded and hot since we couldn't open the door lest kittens escape). Also, it is a no kidding shared bathroom which was easy for our stay as there were no other guests outside of our group, but would have been a bit weird if there had been.
A working farm indeed! Probably not the best fit for my my husband and our baby daughter, especially because our little one was having some issues and we had forgotten our baby monitor. The shared bath was not ideal for us nor was the lighting set up in the bedroom. I also thought breakfast was included but must have read the profile incorrectly. That said, John and his kids were phenomenal. The animals were loud but adorable. The host was also very gracious about helping us with our daughter's need to get back home.
My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at John's farm. Not only were John and his family (to include the dogs)gracious and friendly hosts who made us feel at home as soon as we pulled in, they have every animal you could think of keeping us busy and laughing all day, with plenty of space to run around or sneak away for a good book, and comfortable accommodations far beyond what you would expect on a farm. Also, his place is close to Harpers Ferry for fun family activities at River Riders. We will definitely go back!
We really had a magical time on your farm! My kids (ages 8 and 10) will never forget their time with the animals-- particularly the puppies, but also feeding the baby goats, petting the horses, feeding the pigs, collecting quail eggs (the list goes on and on). We all loved how open John was -- he showed us around and we had free reign to explore as we wished. The fires in the fire pit each night, watching the moon rise and checking out the constellations also were highlights. We felt welcome and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Taking the bunk room (accommodating 6 of us) was perfect for my group.
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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.