This ol’ barn: Tuck in for the night
Get a quaint taste of simple life on the farm— without all the work.
Renting rustic, historic barns in West Virginia’s rolling hills is a vacation you won’t soon forget. Check out these 4 quaint and cozy hideaways:
Get a serious down-on-the-farm experience on a real working farm. You’ll sleep next door to pygmy goats, chickens, peacocks, a rooster and a welcoming hound dog named Bubba Lou. The owner has ear plugs for any early morning cocka-doodle-dooing— she also warns that the peacocks may enjoy roosting on your roof.
This rural refuge is the perfect place to unplug. Tucked into a tiny den among vivid greenery and wildflowers, you’ll be off the grid while you rejuvenate. There’s no cable or cell service at the barn, but there is a TV and DVD player, if you want to go old school.
The barn is not heated or insulated, so spring and fall nights can get chilly. We can’t think of anything more perfect for a warm, quiet summer night, though.
2. Barn with Inn Bed & Breakfast
Highland Springs Farm innkeepers Harry Sanford and Chatman Neely preach land conservation, love for animals and farm-to-table foods.
What will you find on their 34-acre playground? Vegetables, flowers, a butterfly garden, hay fields, a swimming pond, a fishing pond, an inground pool, freshwater springs and 2 glorious outdoor showers. And yes, you can take part in all of the above.
You can tuck into the Barn Loft, an old storage area for hay that has been renovated with cozy radiant-heated floors, rustic furnishings, skylights and stained-glass sconces. This is no psuedo farm experience, either. From the large window, you can wave to your livestock friends below.
Another option is their Barn Stall. No, you won’t be sleeping in a bed of hay. You’ll enjoy a private master bath, a front porch, radiant-heated floors and a customized platform bed. You’ll practically get to sleep with your barnyard buddies; be sure to say goodnight through the interior window.
3. Lost River Barn
Lost River is a great place to get lost in nature. Just make sure to find your way back to the Lost River Barn after a long day of adventuring.
This giant chestnut oak beam barn was built in the 30s, and used up until the 80s. It now houses 5 bedrooms, 3.5 and 2 bubbly jacuzzi tubs. It sleeps a whopping 19 people— and well-behaved dogs are even welcome to join their favorite humans!
This barn certainly isn’t in the 30s anymore! Enjoy the common area, complete with a cozy gas fireplace, iPod dock, cable and WiFi. Grab a movie from the collection and melt into the puffy sectional, or take a nap in the sun room. There’s really no wrong way to unwind at the Lost River Barn.
4. The Barn Loft
Sitting behind a main house just minutes from the New River Gorge National Park, The Barn Loft is “an upgrade from camping on the ground.” This charming 2-story barn is the perfect nest for a couples retreat or to rest after a day of adventure. It’s even within walking distance of downtown!
A 2nd-floor swinging door is the perfect place to dangle your feet out and stargaze. The cozy hideaway, tucked into the top floor of a red barn, is fully furnished— including a kitchen table for 4!
Charming touches include globe string lights inside and out, comfy white bedding and a sheer mosquito net draping the bed. Enjoy the comfort of indoor plumbing (bathrooms are in the main house) and a roof over your head as you fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up to sun beaming through rustic wooden slats.
This post was last updated on October 19, 2017