Last week, while New York was in the midst of the polar vortex, I found myself once again longing for a fireplace. I imagined the little stone house in Surrey, England where Kate Winslet’s character lived in the movie The Holiday (sorry male readers — this is a chick-flick reference!). A quaint stone cottage, it’s a quintessential, cozy “winter house,” complete with fireplaces in nearly every room, interior stone walls, and rustic wood beam ceilings. With no plans to move to the English countryside (sadly), I was delighted to find these ten amazing stone houses for sale across the U.S. (Click on the top photo of each listing to be taken to the listing site).
4 River Road, Ellicott City, MD
This looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. The charming flowers boxes, stepped-stone entrance, winding walkways, and view of a small rushing river — can’t you just imagine your fairy godmother feeling right at home here?
3729 Lower Saucon Rd, Hellertown, PA 18055
The original plaque announcing this home’s erection in 1833 is still affixed to one of its 28-inch thick stone walls. One of the other three structures on the 10-acre site, the original settlers’ house with 38-inch stone walls, dates back to the late 1700’s. The buildings were constructed by a Moravian master journeyman for William Riegel, a member of the family that founded Riegelsville, Pennsylvania. A 2012 restoration left no detail behind — from Turkish travertine floors in the kitchen to an historic porcelain claw-foot tub in the bathroom.
735 Byers Road, Chester Springs, PA
Pennsylvania is chock full of stone beauties, but this masterpiece is most certainly not your average little cottage. The main house dates back to 1760, with additions built in 1850 and 1960. With protected views of the adjacent 15-acre pond, as well as equestrian yards and a barn, a silo, and a lap pool, this is an historic oasis for a true nature lover.
451 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA
Another regal estate, this California home was built in 1912. The outdoor vaulted stone walkways are reminiscent of Italian ruins, and the grounds of a French country palace. Inside, modern amenities like a gym (yes, an actual gymnasium) are juxtaposed with original, exposed stone details.
42 Barnes Road, Washington, CT
Cuteness alert! The facade of this 1885 house is playful with shapes — a triangular pediment, a small, round rose window, rectangular windows, and an arched entryway. The climbing ivy completes the whole adorable picture.
T433 Williamsburg, PA
Sitting on 11 acres, this c. 1766 limestone house comes with a barn spring house, summer kitchen, smoke house and an original, restored log cabin! I choose this one for the fixer-uppers among us — the stone house is a shell only and is seeking restoration. What a reward that would be though, as this whole property is downright stunning!
550 E Brubaker Valley Rd, Lititz, PA
I love everything about this little jewel box, which is know as the Swiss Bank Farm House and was constructed c. 1750 using a combination of log and stone. The setting is simply bucolic. Really, how adorable is this house? Right out of a fairy tale, inside and out.
619 Lawrenceville Road, Princeton, NJ
Located in my home state, this c. 1811 stone and clapboard manor house is a picture-perfect stone-ette (don’t you get a feminine feel here?). The site is part of the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Historic District, as it was originally “Worth’s Mill,” of Joseph Worth, one of the earliest European settlers to this area. The mill operated from 1714-1914. History oozes everywhere here from the hand-blown glass windows to the exposed interior wooden beams and trusses.
40905 Stumptown Road, Waterford, VA
405 Boyd Avenue, Martinsburg, WV
Built in 1745, this is an oldie but a goodie. Known as Aspen Hall or the Edward Beesen House, it is the oldest house in the city of Martinsburg. Mr. Beesen, a wealthy Quaker, built the Georgian-style block of the house. Around 1900, Victorian details were added. Also on the property is the blockhouse of Mendenhall’s Fort, built around 1755 by John Mendenhall, Beesen’s brother-in-law. The fort was erected during the French and Indian War and was traversed several times by Colonel George Washington.
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AUTHOR DANA SCHULZ
Dana Schulz is a writer and lover of urban exploration, culinary history, and, most of all, old houses. Her dream home would have a wrap-around porch to host dinner parties featuring tasty treats prepared in her vintage kitchen, complete with a farmhouse sink, retro refrigerator, and collection of milk glass containers.