Stenhuset: Stunning Historic Swedish Stonehouse Stenhuset: Stunning Historic "1877 Stone House"

  • Stenhuset - the historic Swedish stone house, built in 1877
    Stenhuset - the historic Swedish stone house, built in 1877
  • Historic Stenhuset - Dala Horse Sign - Valkömmen (Swedish for "welcome")
    Historic Stenhuset - Dala Horse Sign - Valkömmen (Swedish for "welcome")
  • Stairs with railings to this historic home's front door
    Stairs with railings to this historic home's front door
  • Front entry door and side windows - Bible verses in Old Swedish carved into stone lintels almost 150 years ago
    Front entry door and side windows - Bible verses in Old Swedish carved into stone lintels almost 150 years ago
  • Stenhuset - South Side on W. Grant St. - the large stones are the historic home while the "logs" are a new addition built to resemble an original settler's cabin
    Stenhuset - South Side on W. Grant St. - the large stones are the historic home while the "logs" are a new addition built to resemble an original settler's cabin
  • Stairs and railing to Stenhuset's Back Entry Door - this modern "log cabin" style doubles the size of the original stone structure
    Stairs and railing to Stenhuset's Back Entry Door - this modern "log cabin" style doubles the size of the original stone structure
  • Pergola over Outdoor Patio
    Pergola over Outdoor Patio
  • Outdoor Patio with table and six chairs
    Outdoor Patio with table and six chairs
  • Outhouse holds heating and A/C equipment
    Outhouse holds heating and A/C equipment
  • Main Level living area seating near front door entry - note the original, historic sandstone blocks and rebuilt windows
    Main Level living area seating near front door entry - note the original, historic sandstone blocks and rebuilt windows
  • Main level living area with "pop up" Smart TV with Hulu + Live TV (no ads) - guests can log on to their favorite streaming services in the original, historic second story in the original second story of the stone house
    Main level living area with "pop up" Smart TV with Hulu + Live TV (no ads) - guests can log on to their favorite streaming services in the original, historic second story in the original second story of the stone house
  • Seating area great for conversation and watching favorite shows on the "pop up" Smart TV in the second story of this historic stone house
    Seating area great for conversation and watching favorite shows on the "pop up" Smart TV in the second story of this historic stone house
  • Living area on second story of this historic stone house shares the Main Level with the kitchen and dining area
    Living area on second story of this historic stone house shares the Main Level with the kitchen and dining area
  • Seating near kitchen area on historic home's original second story with original plaster over the original 24-inch sandstone blocks
    Seating near kitchen area on historic home's original second story with original plaster over the original 24-inch sandstone blocks
  • Historic Stenhuset's Living Area as seen from the Upper Level Bedroom railing
    Historic Stenhuset's Living Area as seen from the Upper Level Bedroom railing
  • Main level dining area and chest that converts to queen-size Murphy bed (please let us know in advance that this Murphy bed will be used by guests)
    Main level dining area and chest that converts to queen-size Murphy bed (please let us know in advance that this Murphy bed will be used by guests)
  • Main level dining area with table for four - the table leaves can be raised for more dining surface
    Main level dining area with table for four - the table leaves can be raised for more dining surface
  • Table surface expands when leaves are ranges - seating for four, original historic plaster remains on the sandstone walls
    Table surface expands when leaves are ranges - seating for four, original historic plaster remains on the sandstone walls
  • Main level kitchen in the historic Stenhuset features full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop and convection microwave
    Main level kitchen in the historic Stenhuset features full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop and convection microwave
  • Main level dining and kitchen in historic stone house's upper level
    Main level dining and kitchen in historic stone house's upper level
  • Main level kitchen in the historic Stenhuset's upper level features distressed zinc countertops
    Main level kitchen in the historic Stenhuset's upper level features distressed zinc countertops
  • Main level kitchen on this historic home's upper level features a large porcelain sink and dishwasher cleverly disguised as a cabinet on the left
    Main level kitchen on this historic home's upper level features a large porcelain sink and dishwasher cleverly disguised as a cabinet on the left
  • Upper level kitchen features repurposed cabinetry, even a antique pie safe installed upside down on the sandstone walls
    Upper level kitchen features repurposed cabinetry, even a antique pie safe installed upside down on the sandstone walls
  • Main level lighting over this historic home's kitchen are repurposed colanders
    Main level lighting over this historic home's kitchen are repurposed colanders
  • Inside the "log cabin" addiction, guests may enter the stone house through the back entry door near a bathroom with shower and stacked washer and dryer
    Inside the "log cabin" addiction, guests may enter the stone house through the back entry door near a bathroom with shower and stacked washer and dryer
  • Full bathroom on Main Level is next to the staircase down to lower bedroom suite in this historic stone house's lower level
    Full bathroom on Main Level is next to the staircase down to lower bedroom suite in this historic stone house's lower level
  • Main level bathroom features repurposed cabinet for vanity
    Main level bathroom features repurposed cabinet for vanity
  • Main level bathroom door and vanity is just a few steps and a few stairs from the living area and kitchen
    Main level bathroom door and vanity is just a few steps and a few stairs from the living area and kitchen
  • Main Level Bathroom offers an oval shower
    Main Level Bathroom offers an oval shower
  • Washer and dryer are include laundry detergent and cleaners with a laundry sink on the lower left
    Washer and dryer are include laundry detergent and cleaners with a laundry sink on the lower left
  • Main level screen door hides stacked washer and dryer
    Main level screen door hides stacked washer and dryer
  • Laundry sink lies underneath stairs to the Upper Level Bedroom
    Laundry sink lies underneath stairs to the Upper Level Bedroom
  • Original plaster over the staircase to the Lower Level Bedroom was discovered on this historic home's sandstone walls
    Original plaster over the staircase to the Lower Level Bedroom was discovered on this historic home's sandstone walls
  • Stairs lead to this Lower Level Bedroom in this historic stone house
    Stairs lead to this Lower Level Bedroom in this historic stone house
  • Lower Level Bedroom Suite with king-size Casper mattress - the original floor was dug down 16 inches to create sufficient headroom in this historic stone house
    Lower Level Bedroom Suite with king-size Casper mattress - the original floor was dug down 16 inches to create sufficient headroom in this historic stone house
  • Lower Level Bedroom Suite: Historic antique Armoires and Smart TV with Hulu + Live TV (no ads) - the field of flowers is actually the TV!
    Lower Level Bedroom Suite: Historic antique Armoires and Smart TV with Hulu + Live TV (no ads) - the field of flowers is actually the TV!
  • Lower Level Bedroom Suite features a sitting area with exposed sandstone blocks mined from a nearby quarry almost 150 years ago
    Lower Level Bedroom Suite features a sitting area with exposed sandstone blocks mined from a nearby quarry almost 150 years ago
  • Lower Level Bedroom Suite: Vanity and Shower - the original historic window is covered by the bathroom mirror
    Lower Level Bedroom Suite: Vanity and Shower - the original historic window is covered by the bathroom mirror
  • Lower Level: Bedroom Suite features a vanity and low-flow toilet with sliding door provides privacy
    Lower Level: Bedroom Suite features a vanity and low-flow toilet with sliding door provides privacy
  • Staircase to Upper Level Bedroom is built into the "log cabin" addition
    Staircase to Upper Level Bedroom is built into the "log cabin" addition
  • Staircase to Upper Level Bedroom is located in the "log cabin" addition
    Staircase to Upper Level Bedroom is located in the "log cabin" addition
  • Upper Level Bedroom with king-size Casper mattress and Smart TV with Hulu + Live TV (no ads). - guests can log on to their favorite streaming services
    Upper Level Bedroom with king-size Casper mattress and Smart TV with Hulu + Live TV (no ads). - guests can log on to their favorite streaming services
  • Upper Bedroom features a king-size Casper Mattress and seating area with a railing that looks down into the living area on the stone house's upper level
    Upper Bedroom features a king-size Casper Mattress and seating area with a railing that looks down into the living area on the stone house's upper level
  • Upper Level Bedroom seating area opens to the living area on the historic house main level just past railing
    Upper Level Bedroom seating area opens to the living area on the historic house main level just past railing
  • Upper Level Bedroom closet is at the top of the stairs in the "log cabin" addition
    Upper Level Bedroom closet is at the top of the stairs in the "log cabin" addition
  • Upper Level Bedroom with oval shower and vanity installed in antique two-drawer dresser
    Upper Level Bedroom with oval shower and vanity installed in antique two-drawer dresser
  • Upper Level Bedroom with vanity and low-flow toilet
    Upper Level Bedroom with vanity and low-flow toilet
  • Historic Stenhuset: Over 150 years ago, Swedish stonemasons chiseled John 3:16 in Old Swedish into a stone lintel over the front door on the stone house
    Historic Stenhuset: Over 150 years ago, Swedish stonemasons chiseled John 3:16 in Old Swedish into a stone lintel over the front door on the stone house
  • Historic Stenhuset: on the north side of the historic stone house, this stone lintel displays "1877," the year this historic house was built by Swedish stonemasons over 150 years ago
    Historic Stenhuset: on the north side of the historic stone house, this stone lintel displays "1877," the year this historic house was built by Swedish stonemasons over 150 years ago
  • Historic Stenhuset: Stone Lintel - Scrollwork created by artistic stonemasons
    Historic Stenhuset: Stone Lintel - Scrollwork created by artistic stonemasons
  • Historic Stenhuset: Cornerstone with petroglyph of a church, perhaps the one that was originally across the street
    Historic Stenhuset: Cornerstone with petroglyph of a church, perhaps the one that was originally across the street
  • Historic Stenhuset: Cornerstone carved with bouquet of flowers, demonstrating the artistry of the Swedish stone masons
    Historic Stenhuset: Cornerstone carved with bouquet of flowers, demonstrating the artistry of the Swedish stone masons
2 Bedrooms • 3 Baths • Sleeps 5-6
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At the intersection of yesterday and today lies the unapologetically unique and Stenhuset. Meaning “Stone House'' in Swedish, Stenhuset is bursting with modern-day amenities, while retaining its historic 19th-century charm. Built in 1877 by Swedish stonemasons, this historic home embraces its Swedish heritage, as does Lindsborg itself, with celebrations of all kinds: Hyllningsfest, Midsummer, even a Swedish Luau in January! Throughout the year, Lindsborg finds many reasons to celebrate, so celebrate with us!

Utterly charming and with a one-of-a-kind vibe, the Stenhuset house is the ideal accommodation for travelers who choose the road less taken. History buffs will swoon over its intricate period details. Stenhuset is proudly listed on Atlas Obscura! Designed by Victoria Freeman, Stenhuset was awarded a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

As you approach this most unique property with its 24-inch-thick stone walls (think of a small castle), you may notice inscriptions in the three stone lintels over the front door and two windows. In 1877 stonemasons chiseled Bible verses in Old Swedish into three stone lintels above the front door and two side windows.

Enter the front door and find yourself falling back into history! The open concept, yet cozy, great room oozes with the welcoming charm of yesteryear with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, and hand-hewn wood floors.

A colorful and eclectic kitchen provides all the modern amenities for today’s travelers, including a 4-burner cooktop, convection oven/microwave, coffee maker and coffee grinder too. You’ll find both the refrigerator and the dishwasher hidden behind unusual repurposed cabinetry.

The living/dining area offers a cozy table for two or more, period furnishings, and a pop-up Smart TV to stream all your favorite shows with the included Gigabit-speed WiFi - we provide Hulu+Live TV with no ads. A nearby chest of drawers cleverly conceals a Murphy bed.

Towards the back door of the home on this first level is a bath with an oval step-in shower and simply stunning multi-colored hand-hewn wood floors. The stacked washer/dryer is just steps away, smartly hidden behind a screen door.

As you descend the stairs to the lower level, you will be greeted by an original plaster wall with original, intact stencils. Continue on to a large bedroom suite with a king size Casper mattress and separate private seating area, complete with side table for your book or to charge your device. This suite has plenty of space for all your belongings and features a Smart TV. The en suite bath features an upcycled dresser as the vanity and another oval walk-in shower.

The second bedroom suite is nestled upstairs in the loft, also offering a king-size Casper mattress. A spacious seating area overlooks the first floor of the home, with a sofa and a chair and ottoman.

Each of the two ensuite baths features an upcycled dresser as the vanity with a semi-circular walk-in shower in one and a commode in the other.

While decorated in the grandmillenial style, the all-electric Stenhuset defines carbon-free sustainability. The original 24-inch-stone walls efficiently keep the outdoor temperatures where they belong – outdoors. The interior is heated and cooled with high-efficiency electric heat pumps, often called minisplits. Water for the showers, sinks and laundry is warmed with electric water heaters, again integrated with heat pumps. Appliances are Energy Star cerftified and plumbing fixtures minimize water consumption. The “cedar split” shingles on the roof were formed from recycled milk jugs. And if you drive and arrive with an electric vehicle, we can provide an EV charger with advance notice.

On a pleasant day or evening, enjoy your time outdoors over a cup of coffee, glass or wine, or a full meal at the teak dining table for 6 under a hand-hewn pergola.

Prior to arrival, guests are provided with an entry code that will unlock the front and back doors. Be sure to lock the doors each time you leave Stenhuset.

Contact information is provided near the telephone. Our intent is to leave guests alone to enjoy Lindsborg and central Kansas, unless you really need us.

Lindsborg, Kansas is an artist community that embraces its unique spin on all things Swedish. Guests visit Lindsborg for its festivals, shopping along Main Street and art museums, including the Sandzen Gallery (America's Van Gogh). Coronado Heights (a "castle" built by the Works Progress Administration during the Depression) is a popular destination for picnics and to soak in the view of farmlands and prairie. Larger cities of Salina and McPherson are a short drive away. Another destination is the Hutchinson’s Cosmosphere, the largest collection of Russian and American space memorabilia outside of the Smithsonian - including the Apollo 13 capsule Odyssey.

Guests drive to this destination. Lindsborg is located about 4 miles west of I-135. The closest airport is Salina Municipal Airport (SLN), approximately 20 miles away. The Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita (ICT) is approximately 80 miles away.

Guests communicate with our local property manager by phone or text. The property manager can meet the guests for a tour of the property. If guests are arriving very late in the day, we can provide an orientation video.

Property Type Earthhouse
Accommodation Entire Home
Check-In A keypad is available 24 hours a day to provide entry for guests
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Not suitable for infants
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 21
Setting & View
  • Town
General
  • Internet
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wifi
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Basic Soaps
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Lock On Bedroom Door
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Free Internet
  • Body Soap
  • Clothing Storage (closet or wardrobe)
Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Pots & Pans
  • Dining Table
  • Baking Sheet
  • Coffee
  • Wine Glasses
Bathrooms 3 Baths
  • Upper Level Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
  • Main Level Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
  • Lower Level Bathroom – Shower, Toilet
Sleeping Arrangements 2 Bedrooms, sleeps 5-6
  • Upper Level Bedroom – 1 King bed
  • Lower Level Bedroom – 1 King bed
  • Dining Area – 1 Murphy Bed/Cot, 2 Floor Mattress's
Entertainment
  • Television
  • Satellite/Cable
  • Smart TV
Family
  • Babysitter Recommendations
  • Pack N Play/Travel Crib
  • Room Darkening Shades
Outdoor
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Private Yard
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Outdoor Seating
Vehicles
  • Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Free Parking On Premises
Theme
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
Attractions
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Museums
  • Zoo
Leisure
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
Safety
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Deadbolt Lock
  • Emergency Exit Route
  • Fire Emergency Contact
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Medical Emergency Contact
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Police Emergency Contact
  • Smoke Detector
  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices
  • Cleaning Disinfection
  • Common Surface Disinfectant Cleaned
  • Cleaning Products
Expectations
  • Requires Stairs