June 20, 2021


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Ligonier boutique hotel Thistledown at Seger Dwelling for sale at $1.795 million

If you aspiration of owning a historic smaller-town inn (and have a several bucks in...

If you aspiration of owning a historic smaller-town inn (and have a several bucks in your pocket), there is a Ligonier house waiting around for you.

Thistledown at Seger Household, just two blocks from the Diamond, is on the marketplace for $1.795 million.

There are 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms in the Victorian edifice, clad in red Lake Superior sandstone, with yet another guest suite in the adjacent carriage house. Just one of the suites in the most important developing is handicapped obtainable.

The boutique lodge was created in 1915 as a home for coal and timber baron John Seger and his loved ones.

It has initial woodwork and three sets of what are imagined to be Tiffany stained-glass home windows. There are six working fireplaces, every single with initial, one of a kind tile work from American Encaustic Tiling Co. in Ohio, and a roof of inexperienced Ludowici terra cotta tile.

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Thistledown at Seger Home, a boutique hotel in Ligonier, is stated for sale at $1.795 million.


The making has an first dumbwaiter, kitchen services, an elevator and modern heating and cooling programs. The initial ground consists of a large lounge and area ideal for a cafe or other retail business enterprise.

It is been quietly stated for sale considering that final summer season with Pennsylvania Industrial True Estate Inc. House owners Adam and Michelle Gardner of Latrobe say they are not in a terrific hurry to promote but will be completely ready to transfer on when a customer arrives together.


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Adam and Michelle Gardner, entrepreneurs of Thistledown at Seger House in Ligonier.


“This has been a excellent experience, but now looks like the correct time to go it on,” Michelle Gardner mentioned. “We’re fast paced with other points.”

The couple moved to Latrobe from Ligonier in 2019 to be closer to their two youngsters, a person in college or university and a person a increasing junior at Kiski Prep. They also personal BattleZone Latrobe and GOG Paintball in Loyalhanna.

‘We’re getting it’

The Gardners purchased the Thistledown residence in early 2013 from Excela Overall health, which had applied it as a surgical heart.

The Seger spouse and children marketed it to the Allegheny County Sisters Of Charity in the mid-1940s for use as a healthcare facility. About two a long time later, it was bought by Helen Newlin McGinnis and renamed McGinnis Hospital.

It was acquired in the 1980s by Westmoreland Clinic, which later on merged into the Excela Overall health technique, and operated as a surgical middle until eventually 2011.

“Even when it was nonetheless a surgical treatment, I’d drive by and glimpse at it and speculate what it was like when it was a home, and think how stunning it was,” Michelle stated. “I’d say, if it at any time goes for sale, we’re shopping for it.”


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Thistledown at Seger Property has three sets of stained glass panels, believed to be Tiffany.


When it did go on the industry, she considered of it as a location to move her business enterprise, Bo Peep Yarn Shop, from its location on the Diamond.

“We weren’t thinking of producing it an inn. I did not know what we’d do with rest of the room,” she claimed.

The pair toured the residence, which was detailed at about $600,000, Adam Gardner stated.

“(Excela) finally acquired to the level of expressing, just please make an present,” he said.

“So we acquired it and claimed, now what?” Michelle said.

They compensated $265,000, “but we have likely put 6 occasions that a lot into it,” she additional.

Tasteful update

The notion for the boutique lodge took condition as the few begun removing the professional medical centre features from the setting up.

“We did a great deal of the demolition and then recognized we had a major venture listed here,” Adam mentioned.

Some attributes, like the tilework, fireplaces, entrance home windows, woodwork in the foyer and the stained-glass home windows, were being in comparatively good form. But the roof leaked, and the plumbing and electrical systems needed an overhaul.

The Gardners entrusted substantially of the work to Bloxdorf Contracting of Mahaffey, Clearfield County.

“They were being capable to give the making a quite tasteful update, while sustaining the historic integrity,” Michelle claimed.

Renovations took about 9 months, finishing in September 2013. The Gardners actually welcomed their very first friends in August, a female from Alabama in city for a rug-hooking workshop and her partner.

“We experienced one particular place all set, and they have been our guinea pigs,” Michelle said.


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A mild-filled guest home at Thistledown at Seger Home in Ligonier.


The inn commonly is busy from Might as a result of October and again around the holiday seasons, the Gardners claimed. Enterprise was gradual in the course of the pandemic, but summertime bookings are choosing up.

Though Michelle no extended operates the yarn store, Bee Sort Winery even now has a retail outlet at Thistledown. The to start with-floor cafe area formerly occupied by Myriam’s Table is offered for lease.

In addition to getting detailed with the realty organization, Thistledown is featured on the feeling-centered real estate website captivatinghomes.com and shortly will be highlighted on circaoldhouses.com, a curated historic home marketplace.

“This is possibly someone’s dream,” Adam said.

“It’s great for someone who loves Hallmark videos,” Michelle added.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Evaluate staff author. You can call Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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