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Vintage Schoolhouse Loft with High Ceilings and Historic Charm!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Spend the night at this newly renovated four-room schoolhouse

*Update for Summer 2018*--The Schoolhouse is now entirely private exclusively for VRBO guests! You'll have the place to yourself during your stay! Book now!

For those wanting to stay at The Schoolhouse but are looking for a cheaper nightly rate, please head to my Airbnb listing! Search Airbnb for "Vintage Schoolhouse Loft w/Private Entrance & Bath" and you should find the property. I also have a lot more reviews of The Schoolhouse on Airbnb.

*privacy is not guaranteed for those who book on Airbnb, hence the lower price!*

Recently renovated schoolhouse with lots of vintage charm! You'll be staying in a former large (24 x 30 ft) classroom. Come stay in a one of a kind local landmark. All are welcome! Great for families, couples, or singles looking for a unique experience. Easily accessible from Interstate 81 or Route 54. Very close to Jim Thorpe and many outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, swimming, hunting and golfing.

The space

The schoolhouse was built in the early 1900s. Grades 1 - 8 occupied the four classrooms, with two grades to each of the four classrooms. Many of the old architectural details remain, including the grand staircase, double door foyer entryway, and original millwork. The windows are over 90 inches tall, providing light to all the rooms throughout the day. This is a unique space -- don't miss your chance to experience such a wonderful rural retreat!

Guest access

Your bedroom has a TV with Apple TV & Hulu. I provide a coffee maker, gas stove, microwave, and plenty of plates, utensils, etc. There is also an outdoor deck for lounging.

The Setup

The Schoolhouse is two levels. The downstairs level is the guest area containing a single bedroom, the guest bathroom, and kitchen. The upstairs level is private. The guest room has one queen bed and two twin beds. The total area of the downstairs level is about 1,800 sq ft.

In the colder months (October-May), the kitchen is heated by a coal stove. This stove needs to be tended to once a day for about 10 minutes. If I am in the area, I take care of the stove. If I am away, my co-host will come through the second entrance and tend to the stove once a day. Please don't be alarmed!

Also, I am happy to give directions/recommendations and point out areas or attractions of interest!

Other things to note

I have a cat who lives in the schoolhouse. She is very curious but usually prefers to keep her distance from guests. She has food, water and a litter box upstairs so all of her needs are taken care of!

Usually AT&T cell service works well here, but other carriers may be spotty.

Although there is no air conditioning in the Schoolhouse, the high ceilings help keep the house temperature relatively cool in the summer. There are also two ceiling fans in the guest room to help circulate cool air.

More Details

Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2018

About Maria

I'm an artist living and working in Brooklyn and rural Pennsylvania. Originally from San Francisco, I've lived all over, including Boston, Venice, and Doha Qatar.

Maria purchased this house in 2016

Why Maria chose Barnesville

I bought this house as a retreat for myself and as a studio to make my artwork in. Along the way, I've also learned so much about rural Pennsylvania's culture, including the Eastern European food and the history of the Coal Region. I hope all my guests will enjoy this house as much as I do!

What makes this house unique

The architectural details, the high ceilings, and the large windows are such unique monuments to the time period that this building was built in. It's a kind of space which one rarely sees in modern times.


Barnesville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 20
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Guests who book instantly may have their reservation cancelled if their ratings are three stars or below, or have more than one negative review.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Claw foot tub and washer dryer in bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Vintage Schoolhouse Loft with High Ceilings and Historic Charm!
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Amazing unique one of a kind place for a country get away. Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

I cant say enough good things about this place. It was so much better then a hotel stay in terms of experience. We stayed for a long weekend and spent time nearby at the state park with a lake just five minutes away and at Jim Thorpe where we could have spent a lot more time if we had it. We made some great meals in the well stocked kitchen and watched movies and slept in. The history of the place is fascinating and the renovation is well done. We were concerned that no AC would be a problem but it wasn't. We loved the fast internet and the stereo with echo dot for convenience filling the kitchen dining space with great music. Little conveniences like bandaids in the bathroom (not sharing why we needed them.) So much was thought out. The rooms are large and well decorated in a sort of modern/creative look. We met Maria and she was lovely and her art hanging around the place, id have loved to see more of it. She has visited every restaurant in about a half hour drive and gives a personal review of each one in her welcome book, which we found very helpful, and tried two places and both were great. We took Maria up on her offer and requested privacy which she accommodated us on. The grass needed to be mowed, but who cares we are on vacation in the country... Highly recommend this beautiful spot! Would be glad to come back some day.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Gem

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. First surprise was the hill into the village after being on the I-81. Loved it . It was like going into a completely new world. Second surprise was how charming the schoolhouse was. Pictures didn't do it justice. The big windows were awesome as my husband is legally blind and I Cross stitch. Day lighting is the best. Thank you Maria. We are sorry we didn't get the chance to meet you. Never did get the TV to work. Shows my tech abilities - None!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Barbara, I'm so glad you loved your stay at the Schoolhouse! I will certainly make sure to write clearer TV instructions for those who are less technically inclined haha! Please come back again anytime!
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Welcoming, immaculate, and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a refreshing change from hotels and cluttered homes. A real retreat close to everything a person could want. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.