My cousin had an April Fool's Day wedding last weekend. Since the date fell at the end of my spring break, I didn't think twice about whether I'd be able to make the 6-hour drive for the wedding and immediately started looking for places where I could take the girls along with me and have a bit of a vacation.
My go to site for finding dog-friendly places with lots of character is VRBO.com, so that's exactly where I started this time. We found a few places and tried booking a place in a strange little village that had a brewery as one of it's big attractions, but those plans fell through due to the owners selling the property and not being able to transfer our reservation. Rather than rebooking through the new owners and risking a new pet policy, I kept up the search and I'm so glad we did!
I found the Dutch Country Cottage near Morgantown, PA and as soon as I read that it was a stone farmhouse from the 1700s, I was sold. I called my parents, who were going to stay with us, and made sure they were ok with a change of locations and booked the cottage.
From the moment I pulled up in front of the house, I was ready to send for Soth and move in for good. In front of the house was a huge bell--which I couldn't resist ringing--and a well that looked perfect for making wishes!
The cottage sits on 9 acres of land with a beautiful backyard that was full of some sort of little purple flowers, woods, and farmland surrounding it. I was excited the girls could have a weekend to pretend they were real farm dogs.
|The girls loved the backyard even if it rained too much to play in it much.|
There was an interesting spiral staircase inside--when I saw that, I was worried that Rye might not go upstairs since she's weird about stairs sometimes. Dogs were allowed to sleep on the bed as long as you brought your own blanket to put over the bed and I was afraid Rye would want to sleep downstairs in her crate and I'd have to sleep on the couch to keep her from crying. She loved the stairs, though, and had no trouble bounding up and down them.
I loved the colors in the kitchen with the robin's egg doors and the stone walls. There were bird feeders right outside the kitchen windows and we saw cardinals, woodpeckers, several tiny birds, and lots of squirrels.
The stone walls--which we think were the walls of the original structure with the kitchen being an add on--continued upstairs with beams on the ceiling and really cool doors into the bedroom and bathrooms. There were two bedrooms--one with one bed and one with two beds--and a huge bathroom between them.
|Rye saw the tub and had no interest in getting close for a picture.|
Another great feature of the property was a trail behind the house. It was a short little trail, but we could spend about 20 minutes just enjoying the sights and smells.
There was also a nice, long driveway that was lined with daffodils (which sadly were trampled by the rain, so I didn't get pictures) that was a nice way to extend the walk. On our first day, when we got to the bottom, an Amish horse and buggy was driving by. The girls were so interested in that! Rye was good and sat when I asked her, though. Barley refused to sit, but she was quiet and just watched--instead of barking her fool head off like she does when we see them at home.