YORK, Pa. – The Haines Shoe House is now ready to be booked as a short-term vacation rental.
Over the years, the unusual house at central Pennsylvania in Hellam Township, Penn., has been a honeymoon suite, a vacation spot for elderly couples, an ice cream shop and a tourist attraction. It was built in 1948 to promote Mahlon Haines’ chain of shoe stores.
The iconic house visible from Route 30 east of York was sold to new owners in July. The news of its reopening was shared on the Shoe House’s Facebook page.
Former owner Jeff Schmuck said the Shoe House would be turned into a rental, while maintaining important artifacts, in a Facebook announcement.
The wood-frame structure, covered in stucco reinforced with wire mesh, is 25 feet high, 17 feet wide and 48 feet long.
After renovations, it is approximately 1,500 square feet and features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a living room, kitchen/dinette combination and a recreation room. There are four beds across the three rooms that sleep six.
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The rooms have been named “Shoelace Space,” “Instep Suite” and “Ankle Abode.” All rooms are filled with shoe memorabilia.
The vacation rental offers an outdoor fire pit, hot tub and a picnic area. There’s also a shoe-shaped doghouse, but four-legged friends are not allowed as guests.
Reservations can be booked via Vrbo through the end of the year. Room prices start at $269 a night.