Mt. Pleasant Township business to hold open house May 4
A former barn has been converted into a “country guest house” and will mark its opening with an open house from 1-4 p.m. May 4.
The Carriage House on Slope Hill will open its doors for visitors looking for a relaxing place to stay.
The house is a two-story frame cottage which sleeps six, located at 4184 Slope Hill Road in Mt. Pleasant Township. Decorated in cozy country style decor with touches of nostalgia, it is a welcoming place where visitors can rest comfortably and feel at home.
Three rooms downstairs include a bathroom and a full kitchen equipped with all of the essentials. A loft bedroom with twin beds and adjoining bath, and a master suite with views to the garden occupy the second story of the home.
The house has been a labor of love for owner Gladys Laick.
“I've been getting it ready for over a year, and painting a lot,” Laick said.
The building has gone through many transformations over the years, once used as a garage and barn to house farm animals. Later it was converted into an office building where Laick and her late husband, Matthew, operated their financial services business for more than 20 years.
As a child growing up in the house next door, Laick's daughter Jessica Urbanik of Latrobe has fond memories of the carriage house.
“That's where we had goats and sheep, and I remember taking them to Westmoreland County fairground exhibits,” she said.
In 2008, after her husband succumbed to an illness, the business was sold and the building set idle for some time, only used when visiting grandchildren stayed there as a special treat.
Laick said she was inspired to turn it into a country guest house by the Laurel Highlands as a gorgeous area to vacation, offering a huge assortment of activities aimed at all age levels.
Laick's son, Matt Laick of Ocean City, Md., serves as a marketer of the property. Matt Laick hopes the Carriage House will appeal to skiers traveling to neighboring ski resorts or those who are on a wine tour weekend, among other events, he said.
To reserve a spot for an upcoming visit, Laick can be reached at 724-244-5457 or online by searching “The Carriage House on Slope Hill” on booking.com.
Barbara Denning is a freelance writer.
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