I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Experiences and Inspirations make life. In my quest of finding inspirational places to travel to, places to stay in, places to experience, I found myself fantasizing about vintage spaces. How would a century old building be to live in? Would it whisper stories to me while I sleep? Would its many marks tell me about the generations and families that it has housed? What would living in a non-hotel vintage building be like? I don’t know yet, but here’s a list of vintage places I want to befriend.
1. A charming windmill in France
Built in the 1780s, this windmill has worked for more than a century and was abandoned. It became the meeting point of many lovers. Recently restored to the idea of keeping the romance, the mill has a comfortable and original furnishings including the first level a kitchen, second bedroom with a double bed and the third living room with sofa bed for two people, the crowned with an open to amateur astronomers and those who just like to contemplate the countryside, sunsets and stars panoramic terrace.
2. Sweet 1920’s House Close to Yale
Just a block from the water: Lovely house with a nice back yard and veggie garden, welcoming front porch, and a great kitchen. (Two Wolf stoves, Miele dishwasher, microwave.) Upstairs are two bedrooms–the master with a king bed and the front room with a twin and a fold-out queen-sized futon–and a full bath with a shower. Downstairs is a couch (which can sleep one more if needed) and a full bath with a soaking tub.
3. Vintage caravan / Gypsy Wagon, take a pick !
Chez Shea, a glamping site in Ireland offers accommodation and breakfast in a 1979 vintage caravan and gypsy wagon. There are two of these – both have been carefully restored, featuring very different vintage interiors. Now who wouldn’t want to experience this in their lifetime?
4. 15th Century Feudal Castle
Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle is a 15th century fortified tower house. Originally added to the existing castle of 1220, it was built in 1480 to provide the Hackett family with a safe and private accommodation apart from the older castle. The Hacketts were ousted from the then Hackett Castle in 1655 by a small Parliamentarian force, due to their support for the Catholic Confederation of Kilkenny. It fell into ruin in the 18th Century. Lovingly restored by us between 1999 and 2009, it is now available for you to enjoy. The entire top story is now being offered for Bed & Breakfast.
5. A 200 Year Old Church
A protected building and national monument, Bookeen Hall is a former Church of Ireland Chapel built in 1808. Part of the Dunsandle estate, the church was used for services by the estate’s Church of Ireland congregation. Built in stone, the rectangular hall with its large gothic windows and solid bell-tower can be seen across fields and woodland, making it a distinctive and well known local landmark.
It was deconsecrated in 1920 and exactly 200 years after it was built it was given a new lease of life and converted into a two bedroom home.
Inside the interiors are bright, open and contemporary. The church has a large open plan living /dining room and two bedrooms. The guest bedroom available to visitors has access to its own bell tower/reading room with great views of the surrounding countryside and private bathroom complete with claw-foot bathtub.
Bookeen Hall is situated on the edge of Dunsandle wood which has some great walking and running routes, which your hosts, both keen runners, would be happy to show you. Quiet and peaceful, it is surrounded by woodland, and fields full of cattle and sheep.
Hope you’re inspired as much as I am !