The Hillside Schoolhouse, a classic one-room schoolhouse from the 1800s, was lovingly restored and converted into a boutique inn in Lumberland, New York.
It’s on the market, and the listing says:
Combining historic charm with contemporary flair this extremely cool, eclectic home landmarked as Hillside Schoolhouse, was built in 1893, served as a one-room schoolhouse until 1949, then was transformed into a Gospel Chapel for the next 50 years. Now, lovingly restored, it is a stunning, unique residence.
Currently operating as a boutique inn, it is offered completely furnished with distinctive handcrafted pieces custom made for the home and many restored vintage and salvaged items.
The Hillside Schoolhouse was built in 1893. The house has the original stately double doors from the 1800s. You’ll also find the original hardwood floors, slate chalkboards, and a bell tower with a cast iron bell. The ceilings are 16 feet high on the first floor.
The inn’s proprietor is Bronson Bigelow, “a woodworker and craftsman who designs bespoke pieces and reimagines and restores salvaged and vintage finds.”
According to the inn’s website:
After 10 years of practicing law, Bronson, with his wife and two English Bulldogs, traded life in New York City for a simpler life in the country. After a year of restoration and renovation, Bronson opened the doors to Hillside Schoolhouse in the summer of 2013. The Schoolhouse also serves as a showroom for his work, including a 13-foot custom dining table, up-cycled antique iceboxes, and handcrafted coffee and accent tables.
The Belfry is a spacious guest suite situated beneath the Schoolhouse bell tower, which has been restored and enclosed in glass, affording guests an exclusive view of the original cast iron school bell.
The second story rooms were finished in 2013.
The schoolhouse sits on a one-acre property about 90 miles from NYC. It has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,500 square feet.
I can almost picture Laura Ingalls running up to the school with her braids flying, can’t you? 🙂
For photos and information about Hillside Schoolhouse,
check the listing and Hillside Schoolhouse Inn.