A hayloft is a space above a stable or cow-shed, traditionally used for storage of hay or other fodder for the animals below. They were used mainly before the widespread use of hay bales, which allow simpler handling of bulk hay.
The hayloft would be filled with loose hay from the top of a wagon thrown up through a large door, usually some 3 metres (10 feet) or more above the ground. Cut in the floor of the hayloft were holes (sometimes with hatches), or slots, each above a hay-rack or manger in the animal housing below. The hay could then easily be thrown down through the holes to feed the animals.
Haylofts in old buildings are now generally used for other storage, or have been converted into habitable rooms.
Here at Crampton Manor, the hayloft was an area we added, and it was designed to look like a hayloft from the outside.
The Hayloft above the Main House garage has its own private entrance. The name is derived from the old hayfork, hanging outside the large window in the great room, which was used many years ago. It is a large two-room efficiency with oak hardwood floors that includes a galley kitchen and lofty great room with a ceramic tile bath behind pocket doors and a magnificent ceramic tile indoor porch.
It has a flat screen television with DVD player, radio/CD player and wireless high speed internet.
The private outside covered porch has a ceiling fan and lighting to enjoy most seasons of the year.
Enter the Hayloft indoor porch and enjoy the warmth and view. It features seating for four and a grand upright player piano with lots of piano rolls for you to play or you may wish to enjoy relaxing with the television in the armoire!
The Great Room with sleeping area - queen size bed and magnificent views!
The Galley Kitchen in The Hayloft is located in the cathedral ceiling Great Room. The center beam above holds a weathered bronze ceiling fan with hand woven wicker blades and the large windows provide a spectacular view.
The kitchen has a refrigerator and freezer with microwave and toaster oven beside the stainless steel sink. All dinnerware, glassware and silverware is provided for you to cook or relax and enjoy take-out!