In Biwabik, Minnesota stands this adorable former hay barn.
Dating back 1935, the barn has been extensively remodeled and is now used as a vacation rental.
The Green Gate Barn is actually one of two vacation rentals on a private 13 acre farmstead north of Duluth near the Canadian border.
The beautifully converted barn has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and all the 21st century amenities you could want.
The 1,250 square foot interior is rustic-chic with muted neutrals throughout.
The builders did a really clever thing with the round silo space:
The upper level is accessed by a gorgeous curved staircase fabricated from locally salvaged maple.
Upstairs in the silo room is the spectacular round master bathroom:
In a second bathroom, the barn theme continues with hay loft doors:
The Green Gate Barn pictured below during a Minnesota winter:
It’s pretty and peaceful no matter what the season…. but I think I prefer the summer scenery
I saw these intriguing photos doing the rounds on the internet and I had to look into them.
Here’s the back-story:
After a French World War 1 soldier was killed on the battlefield, his grief-stricken parents preserved his room exactly the way it was on the day he left for war. As a memorial to their fallen son, they kept the room in that state the entire time they owned the house. When they sold their house in 1935, they wrote a clause into the deed which stipulated the room must remain untouched for the next 500 years. Owners from that time on have honored their request.
The legality/viability of the clause is questionable, but wouldn’t it be amazing if it could be upheld for five centuries?
*** Today’s post is written and compiled by guest writer Kurt Jacobson. House Crazy Sarah is on vacation. Just kidding. She’s still here, working hard at her day job.
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey first began buying property in Hawaii on the advice of her personal trainer Bob Greene. Today, she is the proud owner of a former ranch-turned 21st century farmhouse on a moss-covered hillside on the east side of Maui in addition to several other parcels of land. In a blog for the Huffington Post last year, she said that the first morning she woke up in the house after working on its renovation for three years, her heart swelled with gratitude as she looked out of the window at the green meadow and the ocean just beyond it. For Oprah, the Maui farmhouse is her ‘sacred space’ and the one place she can always go to when she wants ‘stillness’. The US First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly celebrated her 50th birthday here this year.
Photos: Seen on Oprah.com
Famous Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is the proud owner of two gorgeous linked villas – Villa Flower and Villa Serene – on the scenic islands of Antigua. Entirely furnished with pieces from the Armani fashion line, this dramatic cliffside vacation home offers stunning views of the ocean from all the rooms and has several living and relaxation areas.
I’ve got a fun one for you today…
Ever wanted to live in a former prison? Yeah me too. Here’s your chance!
Located in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, this old place was used as the Carbon County Prison from 1871 to 1995. It was purchased privately in 1995 and then opened as tourist attraction – which it still is today. But the jail museum is currently up for sale so it could be your personal fun house for $750,000.
The old stone prison actually has the original warden’s quarters intact with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms so you could potentially live there.
Have a look at the main cell block: