While these two houses were built nearly 200 years apart, both are dripping with character and feature modern amenities. Which is your favorite?
Upstate NY: Malta, NY
This 200 year old farmhouse is more like an estate – complete with a barn, carriage house, and potting shed. I love the exposed beams and wide floorboards, but the highlights of the house are the four fireplaces in the living room, dining room and bedrooms. You’ll need the extra warmth to battle the upstate winters since this property is pretty far north of our usual territory.
At drastically different ends of the price spectrum, we have a pair of five bedroom Victorian painted ladies in Upstate New York and New England. Both have the typical charms of a large Victorian home such as sprawling porches and ornate trim.
The best part of this house in East Durham is that it comes with a bunkie that looks like a miniature doll house. Can you imagine the surprised look on your guests’ faces when they see what a charming little house they’ll inhabit for a long weekend in the country? While the interior is quite bare-bones, I would love to build out a new kitchen around the white wood plank pantry in the corner.
Upstate New York: Pine Plains, New York
Pine Plains and the surrounding area is one that I’m not very familiar with, but it is in a convenient location (just off the Taconic Parkway) for weekenders and just a short drive to Rhinebeck. I love this in-town saltbox for its bright interior and plentiful built ins. The dining room is lined with glass paned cabinets, the living room with book shelves, and there’s a great butler pantry for even more storage. The great downstairs hardwood floors are also complimented by wide pine floorboards in the upstairs bedrooms.
There is something about summer in the city that just makes you want to hightail it to the country as fast as possible. Maybe it’s the heat rising off the blacktop or a crowded subway car or the epic heatwave that’s been tormenting most of the east coast, but this week has me dreaming of open space, vegetable gardens, and swimming holes – so we’re taking a look at working farms and the beautiful historic farmhouses that accompany them.
Upstate New York: Accord, New York
While it looks like this property needs some work, it is the oldest house in Accord. And while you often see exposed brick, it’s not every day that you see the exposed walls of a stone farmhouse. The property also boasts of a wagon house, milk house and rare Dutch barn. The sale is pending, and we consider the new owner to be very fortunate to live in such a historic house.
We love the look of shingled houses. With the dark trim, as with the house in the Hudson Valley, a shingled house can take on a cabin feel, or with white-washed trim and a worn grey tint, as with the Cape house below, it feels perfectly coastal.
Upstate New York: Gardiner, NY
This shingled farmhouse, built in 1865, retains much of the original details. Check out the amazing wood plank bedroom door. While the house only has one bathroom, it’s the size of a bedroom itself! I love the large, well kept barn too.
As May comes to a close and our month of looking at amazing summer rental houses ends, we wanted to leave you with two houses near some fantastic museums celebrating American rural history that we’ve visited: The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY and the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT.
The Farmers’ Museum showcases US rural life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the Shelburne Museum is a public display of the private collections of the Havemeyer-Webb families, from folk art to Impressionist paintings. Both museums feature incredible buildings that were brought to the museums from around the northeast. In fact, we’re heading to Shelburne Museum again next Friday during our weekend in Ticonderoga.
Upstate New York: Cooperstown, NY
Boasting six bedrooms and five bathrooms, this Cooperstown farmhouse has room to spare! Invite friends and family to join you for a week of exploring the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum. Be sure to check out the Otesaga Resort and take a boat ride on the Glimmerglass Queen. For the most unique antiques I’ve ever seen, spend hours in Wood Bull Antiques just south of town (check out what our friend Katie bought during our last visit).
6 BR/5 Bath
New England: Charlotte, VT
I love this shingled cottage that’s not far from Shelburne, VT. The Shelburne Museum has incredible wares that the collector in me envies, and we hope to make it to Shelburne Farms when we visit again next Friday! The modern kitchen, with an eat-in dining area, is exactly what you want in a rental – you won’t want to go out to eat. Most of all, I’m dying to explore the loft!
2 BR + Loft + Den/1.5 Bath
Today we have two affordable cabins in the woods to share with you, and each have two bedrooms for a lovely rustic double date! Get ready to chop some firewood and get excited!
Hudson Valley: Highland, NY
This cabin has both history and land: built in 1830 and sitting on over 9 acres! They don’t show pictures of the beehive oven in the basement unfortunately, but I love the original details in the wide floorboards, closet doors and the Dutch door entrance. Even better is that while this house officially has two bedrooms, there is a studio over the garage that you could use as a bunkie.