Timber Frame Homes in Trumansburg, New York
Deep in New York’s Finger Lakes region, the historic village of Trumansburg is beloved for many things: rolling vineyards, hiking trails, quaint antique shops, and, among locals, majestic Woodhouse timber-frame homes.
It started with one home: Woodhouse CEO Patrick “Pat” Seaman’s father, Tom, who built a 4,800-square-foot colonial lake cottage long before Pat owned the company. Within the year, Tom’s close family friend bought and built his own Woodhouse home. Soon other neighbors were building their own dream timber-frame homes in Trumansburg. Today, more than 30 Woodhouse timber-frame homes dot the shores of Seneca and Cayuga Lakes.
Visit this tiny enclave of Woodhouse timber-frame homes in Trumansburg and then drive the 90 minutes to Mansfield, PA to tour Woodhouse’s campus. There, you can browse Trumansburg timber-frame home plans, meet designers, and witness the timber-cutting factory in full production swing.
Ready to build your own dream timber frame? Start your home-building journey right. Tour the Finger Lakes, visit Woodhouse timber-frame homes in the wild, and then experience the dream for yourself. Tuck in for a good night’s rest at the Woodhouse guest cottage, a stone root cellar turned cozy timber frame cabin.
Things to do in the Finger Lakes region:
Hike: Stroll .75 miles along Taughannock Falls State Park’s Taughannock Creek to ooh and aww at the park’s namesake waterfall and its 215 feet of cascading water. Hiking boots optional.
Sip: Savor award-winning wines and stunning waterfall views on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, a 36-year-old wine trail that features tastings at Swedish Hill Winery, and Six Mile Creek Vineyard & Distillery, among others. Still thirsty? The Seneca Lake Wine Trail features a pitstop at the Caywood Vineyards where you can taste ports and sherries in a restored 1800s Woodhouse timber-frame barn.
Eat: Indulge in farm-to-table fare and (more) good wine at the Hazelnut Kitchen. Local’s tip: Order the house-made charcuterie and cheese board. It comes with local fruit mostarda and pretzel bread for the perfect ratio of sweet to salty.
Sleep: Tuck in at the luxury Inn at Gothic Eve. The deluxe spa offers therapeutic massage, a state-of-the-art sauna, and an oxygen bar.x