The real rock house of Hocking County Ohio

Looking for a unique getaway home?

photo courtesy of: Andy Matyac

photo courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

How about a parasitic rock house? (A house built INTO the face of a 4 story sandstone rock cliff face!)

This cabin in Ohio will soon be up for auction.

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

Here’s the story:

The main part of the hand-hewn log cabin actually dates back to the 1880’s. An ambitious couple bought the old cabin and had it dismantled and moved to the Hocking Hills. They thought it would be fun to build it into the side of a sandstone cliff.

They suffered from ill-health and eventually moved away. The cabin sat unfinished and abandoned for many years until custom builder/contractor Andy Maytac found it.

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

Maytac purchased the property and began work on the restoration and renovation of the cabin. Keeping true to the intended rock wall concept, Maytac left the bare rock face inside the home on full display.

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

Much restoration was needed, the entire roof was ripped off and re-fitted and flashed to the rock, both bathrooms were totally redone along with all three bedrooms, kitchen, living room, dining room, multiple levels of decks and of course the 200 year old logs were blasted, treated and sealed – there is not one part of this place I did not tear up or replace.

– Andy Maytac

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac Brae Loch LLC

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac Brae Loch LLC

Maytac and his team spent 4 months working on the rustic cabin, which now has the feel of a high-end home.

You can see from the after photos how the sandstone was incorporated with the modern finishes:

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

The upper level bathroom is my favorite:

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

Says Andy:

Everyone thought I was nuts when I bought it, now everyone luvs it, kinda funny huh?

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac

image courtesy of: Andy Matyac, Brae Loch LLC

We always love those kind of houses here at House Crazy!

How many people can say they have been in a shower attached to a rock millions of years old?

You can view a detailed virtual tour of the home here:

The auction of this one-of-a-kind Ohio cabin will be held on June 6th, 2013. If you are interested, please reply to this post or email me and I can put you in touch with the seller.

 

 

8 Comments

  • Kate Hall says:

    This house is gorgeous! I went to school at Ohio U., not far from this house. So cool. I love that bathroom.

  • Michele Cox says:

    This is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sharon Taylor says:

    I love almost anything that has a personal and unique, and this certainly fits the bill! We once visited a place on one of the Azore Islands that had a 400-year-old Portuguese bed and breakfast. We stayed in one of the stone ‘cabins’ that was once servants quarters. The bathroom, was built out of lava rock and even the sink was carved out of the black rock. I love places that use the elements that surround them to add character to their home! Another intriguing post Sarah!

  • Vince says:

    This house ROCKS – LOL!!

  • jene says:

    I grew up in this house. It looks good. My dad did a lot of work to it too. I miss that house.

  • jene says:

    It wasn’t abandoned. We lived there for twenty some years and my dad sold it. It was an A frame for a long time with only 2 bedrooms upstairs. He tore the roof off and rebuilt the upstairs adding a bedroom and a bathroom. You can still see the shape of the old roof in the rock.

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