Gench House

The Gench House was once the hub of a small family farm owned by Frederick Charles “Fritz” Gench (1927-2010). In 1986 Gench finally accepted Ed Lowe’s offer to buy the property. For a time in the 1990s, the foundation used one of the outbuildings as a plant nursery to supplement the landscaping department. Hay, harvested from the surrounding fields, was stored in the sturdy old barn.

Once owned by the Casterline brothers, the house is the oldest of the guest houses. In the early 1990s the iconic farmhouse underwent a major renovation under the direction of Ed and Darlene Lowe. With three bedrooms and two baths, the furnishings include a combination of new wicker mixed with vintage pieces, hand-made quilts, and comfy cushions. Rocking chairs invite visitors to “come on and sit a spell” on the front porch and enjoy the quiet peacefulness of the country. In the early morning or evening, it’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of white-tail deer, sand hill cranes, wild turkeys, fox or raccoons in the field and amongst the native grasses and flowers that surround the house.