The Milk Cottage on Historic Farm in D.C.'S Wine Country

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The Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm and Vineyard


Last updated: 11/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

We are conveniently located just outside of Lovettsville in Loudoun County, at the northern tip of Virginia -- less than a mile from the Potomac River and only six miles from the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah rivers at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

Once a milking parlor for dairy cows, the Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm has been completely refurbished as a charming and cozy one-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen and bath and a large living/dining room with a convertible sofa bed to sleep 2. The cottage is furnished with attractive and comfortable antiques and art. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything guests need to prepare meals, and breakfast foods are provided as part of the rental. Guests enjoy visiting our wine grape vineyard (sometimes helping with the harvest if their visit coincides) and seeing our flock of llamas and sheep, including spring lambs. Viognier and Cabernet Franc wines made from WeatherLea grapes are available locally, and wool products from our sheep are available for purchase on the farm. The Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm is an ideal spot year-round for a unique farmstay experience! We are also a wedding venue in May-June and Sept-Oct; the cottage is used by wedding parties, and by other guests when no wedding is scheduled.

Surrounded by historic farm buildings that include a 1794 log and frame farmhouse and a circa 1900 barn, as well as a stunning landscape including a pond and lovely gardens and trees, the cottage also offers close proximity to many historic points of interest -- especially the Civil War sites within the 'Journey Through Hallowed Ground' historic corridor, including Antietam Battlefield, Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg (only a 45-minute drive). Visitors also have easy access to sightseeing and business in Washington D.C. by way of a commuter train that can be boarded only a mile away. For hikers, bicyclists, rafters, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts, nearby attractions include the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the C&O Canal Towpath, the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Both fine dining and casual restaurants are nearby, and the historic towns of Leesburg, VA and Frederick, MD -- both of which offer an abundance of antique shops and art galleries, as well as restaurants, movies and entertainment -- are both about 15 miles away. Loudoun County, known as 'D.C.'s Wine Country,' includes over 30 wineries open for wine-tasting and purchase. And for equestrians and racing afficionados, we are about 25 miles from Middleburg, VA -- a Mecca for steeplechase races and fox hunting -- and 12 miles from the Charlestown, WV thoroughbred racetrack. Popular seasonal events in the area include the Waterford Craft Fair and the Loudoun Farm Tour in October, a number of equestrian events in Leesburg and Middleburg between May and October, and the county fairs of Loudoun in Virginia and Frederick in Maryland.

Owners Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin live in the main farmhouse and are always ready to assist guests and suggest activities, points of interest and good food and wine.

Keywords: Cottage,Farmstay,Vineyard,Sheep,History,Weddings,


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 800 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Bed And Breakfast
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guest House


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Sorry, but our two Border Collies think they own the place! They are very people....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The Milk Cottage is all on one level. There is one step down from the front door, which is accessible with a portable ramp that we have available....moreless

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We operate as both a bed-and-breakfast and a vacation rental, accepting reservations from two nights to 30 days. We provision the kitchen refrigerator with breakfast foods that guests can prepare in the cottage kitchen. We are a wonderful getaway in all seasons! Children are very welcome, but couples seeking a romantic escape will also found the Milk Cottage delightful!...moreless


  • Books:

    Take-one-leave-one library!...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    Good selection of movies to watch!...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television:

    Satellite DirectTV (including sports channels)...moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing
  • Whitewater Rafting


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Electric "wood stove"...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available:

    As a seasonal wedding/event venue (May, June, September and October) we know many local caterers who can provide food for our cottage guests' meals or celebrations. Ask for list....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Single-serve Keurig coffee maker (fully stocked). Regular coffee maker also available....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, pots and pans, glassware, etc. The refrigerator is kept stocked with breakfast foods for our guests....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven


  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


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  • Tax Rate 13%


Cancellation policy: Deposit will be returned, less 10% and any taxes already remitted to applicable government authorities, provided cancellation is 30 days or more in advance.

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Last updated: 11/23/2015
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Dulles International (IAD)
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Brunswick, MD
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-70 at Frederick, MD
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Market Table Bistro, Patowmack Farm, Andy's

Car: Necessary

Civil War Sightseeing, Vineyard & Winery Visits, Close to Appalachian Trail, C&O Canal National Park, Antietam Battlefield, Charlestown WV Race Track, Shepherdstown, WV Summer Theater Festival (July), Waterford Fair (October), .


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin are a couple in very active retirement from careers in international development and environmental law. We have lived and worked abroad and enjoy receiving guests from all over the world. We work hard on our farm tending our vineyard and our flock of sheep and llamas, and hosting weddings and events as well as overnight guests. We are deeply involved in Loudoun County efforts to preserve farmland and the historic and natural heritage of our area, while promoting the the rural economy, including tourism and the arts. We work to make our farm-based 'wool, wine, weddings and weekends' businesses as green as possible. Malcolm serves on the board of the Piedmont Environmental Council, and WeatherLea Farm has been permanently protected by a conservation easement under the stewardship of the Land Trust of Virginia.

Why the Owner Chose Lovettsville:
We explored Loudoun County and purchased our farm while living overseas, seeing all its wonderful amenities, nearby attractions and possibilities (as described in our property description). We also recognized the great potential of the cottage, first using it as a long-term rental property and more recently as a facility for short-term vacation and rental.

The Unique Benefits at this Bed And Breakfast:
We offer unusual variety of experience, both rural and urban. Guests may explore a working farm that combines a boutique wine grape vineyard and pastures with peacefully grazing sheep and llamas with guest hospitality and a unique wedding/event space in our classic barn. The cottage is very comfortable, attractive and convenient, and WeatherLea Farm as a whole offers a wonderfully restorative country experience in a beautiful setting with friendly hosts. And just beyond our property lies a whole world of history, nature, adventure, antiquing and more...including immediate proximity to the MARC commuter train, providing easy access to the sights of Washington D.C.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm and Vineyard

    The Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm and Vineyard

  • Fully-Equipped Kitchen

    Fully-Equipped Kitchen

  • Full Bath with Tub and Shower

    Full Bath with Tub and Shower

  • WeatherLea Farm Pond in Spring

    WeatherLea Farm Pond in Spring

  • Haying Time at WeatherLea Farm

    Haying Time at WeatherLea Farm

  • WeatherLea Barn in Springtime

    WeatherLea Barn in Springtime

  • Spring lambs and moms

    Spring lambs and moms

  • Weatherlea Farm Lane in the Spring...

    Weatherlea Farm Lane in the Spring...

  • The pond in early morning, seen from the deck of the main house.

    The pond in early morning, seen from the deck of the main house.

  • Betsy, a Merino mom, and her Merino-Romney baby.

    Betsy, a Merino mom, and her Merino-Romney baby.

  • Dinner and dancing in the barn!

    Dinner and dancing in the barn!

  • Living/Dining Area with HD Satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet and Sofa-Bed

    Living/Dining Area with HD Satellite TV and Wi-Fi Internet and Sofa-Bed

  • Bedroom with Queen-Size Bed

    Bedroom with Queen-Size Bed

  • WeatherLea Farm Pond in Black & White

    WeatherLea Farm Pond in Black & White

  • Ripening Cabernet Franc Grapes at WeatherLea Vineyard

    Ripening Cabernet Franc Grapes at WeatherLea Vineyard

  • WeatherLea Farm Sheep in Lambing Season

    WeatherLea Farm Sheep in Lambing Season

  • Winter Wonderland!

    Winter Wonderland!

  • ...and in the fall!

    ...and in the fall!

  • Delivering our grapes to North Gate Winery!

    Delivering our grapes to North Gate Winery!

  • Ready for the ceremony...

    Ready for the ceremony...

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This listing was first published here in 2009.

Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015

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