Inside an Amish “Barn Home” (17 Photos)

We’ve seen a number of examples of Amish “shop homes”, but I believe this is the first “barn home” I’ve come across online. Here’s the key bit from the listing: “The barn and house were built as one unit, having the three bedroom home on the east side of this large building.” You can see the layout from the exterior photo here, with the home bit on the right side:

So as you might imagine this is a very “rustic” property even for an Amish home. The interior reflects that as well, with very rough unfinished walls and ceiling throughout most of the home section:

So this is something I’ve only rarely if ever seen before, but I guess it’s a logical variant of the shop home. Though, living in such close proximity to animals 24/7 might be a different experience than only having, say, dormant furniture-crafting equipment in the adjacent space.

The home is located in Fillmore, New York (Allegany County). Here’s the full property description:

On the picturesque hill tops near Centerville, is a charming nearly new built Amish farm waiting for you bordering State land. Largely operational as a hay and pasture farm, this property is ready to move into, and will include the wood stove and water heater. Three bedrooms and an operational bathroom are home for a young family, and have made this a cozy place to raise their children. The barn and house were built as one unit, having the three bedroom home on the east side of this large building.

1750 square feet have been dedicated to the residence while the remaining building is home to horses and cows. The barn has 8 single stalls, 4 box stalls, 4 calf stalls all on a poured concrete floor with sliders at both ends. Water is plumbed to the barn, and the hay mow above is just as large as the main barn foot print.

– Amish farm – 52′ x 36′ Barn – 52′ x 36′ Hay mow – 12′ x 36′ lean to – 16′ x 32′ lean to – 1750 sqft home – 3 bedrooms – bathroom – 16′ x 64′ residence – 20′ x 16′ mudroom entrance – 36′ x 42′ Shop – Electric on the property – Well – Septic – GMO’s convey – Taxes $2,818 – Road frontage 2428 feet. – 2.04 miles south of Centerville, NY – 6.5 miles SE of Freedom, NY – 12 miles SE of Arcade, NY – Close to Rushford lake – Borders Swift Hill State Forest (1,569 acres) – Cuba Rushford Schools – Sold AS IS.

More from inside. That’s a clock I could read even if I’d forgotten to put in my contacts:

Cook stove with wheelbarrow wood supply:

On the left foreground we see a safe, and quite a collection of pens:


More bedrooms. Not sure what’s on the wall chart:

Curious what book that might be:

The single bathroom:

Barn with buggy shelter:

Beautiful-looking property:

Here are a couple of the “specs diagrams”, one showing the property dimensions, and another I hadn’t seen included in these listings before, a soil report:

So with this property you’re getting a good chunk of land, 42.5 acres to be precise. And what is the price?

This barn home is up for sale now at $219,000. If you’re interested, the listing agent is Paul Vaicunas of Whitetail Properties Real Estate.

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    9 Comments

    1. nice home

      actually its a nice home and gives me ideas of how to do mine when i retire soon.

    2. David Stear

      Knotty Pine

      I guess one would have to like the roughhewn/knotty pine look fairly well since there is a lot of it. For me personally, a little goes a long way. It appears as though the ceilings could be of plywood. There’s no accounting for taste I guess; it wouldn’t be my first choice for interior decor, but if one likes it then I say go for it. I am not sure I would pay $219,000. Am I correct in assuming that you live practically right next to the animals in the barn as opposed to a detached farmhouse? Does the barn “odor” seep into the living areas for the human owners? I’d be concerned about insects and other types of bugs too. Do the Amish ever use exterminators to keep the bugs under control?

      1. That’s what it seems like going by the description. I haven’t heard of Amish using exterminators, though some certainly use a lot of fly tape! That and purple martins, which Amish encourage by having martin houses, help keep the flying bugs down at least.

    3. Margaret

      Smell and hay

      I suppose if you cleaned the barn a couple three times a day you’d hold down on the smell. But then I do therapy time with horses a couple times a week. I don’t really smell anything. I know of a stud farm in KY that has their stallion complex on the other side of offices…and no there was no smell.

      But then the sound of horses crunching hay is very soothing to me. I’d say it depends on your sensitivity, likes and dislikes.

      The ONLY part I HATE and I mean TRULY HATE is having a hay loft in the barn. Yes, your hay needs to be protected from the elements. But hay catches fire so damn easily. The hay barn needs to be a totally separate unit.

      1. David Stear

        The house/barn

        I had no idea about the hay except I had a vague idea that it must be kept dry, sort of like “make hay while the sun shines”. I have heard that silos are very dangerous in that if you fall into one (at the top) it can be like quicksand and you’ll suffocate although I’m not exactly sure of what silage is composed. Maybe that’s just a myth (??), but perhaps someone might be able to verify that.

    4. Jerome McAndrew

      Centerville Amish / Barn House

      Hi i live down the road from this farm. The amish here are the Delaware amish very nice people.

      1. Interesting to hear about the origins of this community, I knew little about them. I’ve got some Delaware Amish friends who live in Virginia, very nice folks as well.

        1. Mary

          Know this family?

          Do you know any Detweilers from the Amish who live (lived) in Delaware? There were in 14 siblings in the family. Thank you for writing all of the informative articles!

    5. Sue

      I grew up on a dairy farm. You grow accustomed to the smells. It’s “Country Perfume”. I’d be concerned about hay allergies, though.