A great place to relax at the end of the day.
Oldeststone Farm, WV (rear corner)
Hosted by John
John is the host.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
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A real farm-stay just an hour and a half from Washington DC!

The space

"Back 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 (URL HIDDEN) 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:
Tubing, Canoeing
Whitewater Rafting
Horseback Riding
Charles Town Racing & Casino
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Antietam Battlefield
Antique Stores
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.

Guest access

You may access the kitchen and are welcome to use the pots/pans/dishes, etc.
Indoor communal dining area
Front porch
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.


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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 1PM

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!

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Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house


2 nights minimum stay

6 Reviews

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Robert Und Gitti User ProfileRobert Und Gitti is a superhost.
October 2017
Had a great time at the farm. Our boy (1,5y) loved it. You stay really close with the animals. Had a nice chat in the evening when we had BBQ together. Thanks for the good time we had .

Megan User Profile
May 2017
My girlfriend (from whose account this review is being posted) and I had just hiked a stretch of the Appalachian Trail and decided to seek out a way to better experience the beauty of the rolling hills and farmlands surrounding the historic town of Harper's Ferry. We couldn't have gotten luckier than to book a couple nights on John's farm. The farm and house are just as described, though the place must be experienced to be believed. The entire farm is teeming with life that flows from without the house to within. The house has been cleverly divided into two areas. One in which animals are allowed and mud on the floor is nothing to fuss about, and the other is for people only, kick your shoes off before entering please. Adorable, friendly pigs in the kitchen? Yep. Solitude in the very clean bedrooms? Whenever you want it. A designer's aesthetic threads the entire property. Nature does what it does, and John arranges it to make every corner a Pinterest worthy picture. Most impressive, is the fact that none of the property is off limits. Want to go in the chicken coop? Go for it. Want to walk through the field of horses? That's what it's there for. We spent two days wandering the 40 acre property with our new found canine buddies, Diva, Ashton, and Clover. We walked through fields of horses, cows, sheep, peacocks, goats, chickens, pigs, and more, down by the stream, into the woods, every point offering a fresh, fantastic view. Along with all of this, John and Nate were gracious hosts. Going out of there way to make our experience a good one. John sought to change his life by moving from the city to the country. For a couple days we got to be the beneficiaries of his journey. What a terrific time.

Lisa User Profile
October 2016
(Sorry this duplicates what I wrote for our other room!) This was the perfect weekend getaway to forget about the world. John is easy to reach and good about getting back in touch via the airbnb site, email, text, and mobile, no matter when we contacted him. People are around (Nate the farm manager, John, and various other friends and employees), but I never felt crowded or hovered over. The farm couldn't be more beautiful, and the sounds of the farm animals was a pleasant change from city life. I loved being able to talk with the folks who live on and visit the farm, use the kitchen and living room, and then get my privacy and solitude when I wanted it in my room. The beds were so cozy with lofty featherbeds and soothing linen sheets and just the right amount of pillow-ness. And it's close enough to be easy to get to local stuff to do but still feels like a world away from home.

Claire User Profile
May 2016
Oldestone Farm is a slice of heaven on Earth. The house is beautiful, situated on a hill atop 50 acres of farmland. The inside is beautifully appointed, and had everything we could want out of a home-away-front-home. We lucked out showing up during "baby season," as the farm was crawling with puppies, kittens, piglets, and more! We fell so in love with the farm that we cancelled our second-day plans in Harpers Ferry to hang around and help on the property. While John was away for the weekend (though always easily accessible by phone), we were greeted by Nate and Ashli, the farm caretakers, and immediately made to feel a part of the family. They were truly the most gracious, helpful, and wonderful hosts. We hope to make it out again very soon to see how Lady Godiva grows, how the garden comes in, and to see Ashli and Nate (and drink his coffee) most of all!

Erika User Profile
July 2013
We had a great stay with John and his family. We were able to bring our dog, who enjoyed meeting lots of new farm friends. John was very welcoming, showing us around the farm, and letting us use his kitchen and grill throughout the weekend. He also gave us great recommendations for restaurants and local activities. The rooms are luxurious, and the bed was very comfortable. We stayed in the height of summer, so John provided us with fans, which worked great. We would definitely consider visiting again to experience farm life in all the various seasons.

Rob User Profile
March 2013
Oldeststone farm is quite the rustic menagerie and we had great fun meeting all the inhabitants. John was a stellar host, laid back but attentive if required. While the rusticness should be taken literally (read: be prepared to rough it a little), the farm makes for an excellent antidote to city life and Alyssa and I look forward to revisiting in warmer times.

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Charles Town, West Virginia, United StatesJoined in July 2012
John User Profile

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.

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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