The Old Homestead - Charming Circa 1800 Farmhouse Looks Toward Sleepy Creek Mt

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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
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Property description

Imagine stepping back into the world of the early 19th Century. The Declaration of Independence was signed only 24 years earlier. A new homestead cabin has just been built in north-western Virginia on part of a 200 acre land grant signed by President James Monroe. This and other deeds are displayed at The Old Homestead, which is now a charming two hundred and fifteen year old farmhouse restored to its 1800s roots.

The town of Berkeley Springs, one and one-half miles away, was laid out by young George Washington. It's said that he bathed in the well-known warm springs here. His 'bath tub' is still on display in the State Park. The medicinal healing springs, originally frequented by Indian tribes, became America's first spa. The historic but operational Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park is fed by the healing waters of Warms Springs run and provides natural mineral baths and massages. Numerous private spas are also located in town. A full- sized swimming pool is part of the State Park. Free Summer concerts, sponsored by the Morgan Arts Council, are presented in the park on Saturday evenings. These attractions are just a five minute drive from the Old Homestead.

Additional rooms were added to the original house in around 1850. By the time of the Civil War, descendants of the settlers sat on the front porch and watched Confederate soldiers march toward Martinsburg. Both armies, bushwhackers, horse thieves and smugglers rode through this border area. The nearby Potomac River was the boundary between North and South and many battles took place nearby.

Now guests can relax in rockers on the shaded front porch.
The back patio and deck provide views of rolling meadows and Sleepy Creek Mountain. A comfortable hammock hangs between large trees in the yard. Enjoy wildlife drinking at the spring-fed ponds and birds flocking to the feeder. (The small ponds are a natural wildlife asset, but are unsuitable for swimming, fishing or boating.) In the modern kitchen, original rafters are exposed and half-wainscot walls are restored. The kitchen chimney contains large fossil rocks. The fireplace in the living room accommodates a built-in wood stove. A dining area overlooks the front porch. Play chess at the game table in the hall area. A full bath is to the right and the laundry room is at the opposite end of the hall.

Narrow, winding steps lead upstairs to a hallway reading area. All of the wainscot doors have been retained on the second floor. A half-bath is located to the right and a small bedroom with a single bed is to the left. The original homestead master bedroom opens off the hall. Complete with a small mantled fireplace (charming but inoperable), this room boasts some lovely antiques and a double bed. The original chair-rails have been retained here. An adjoining door leads to the back bedroom. This bedroom was known as a 'captured' room - meaning that the occupants could only enter through another room. Today, a outer door leads to the deck. This room has a queen-sized bed and ceiling fan. As it is part of the addition, the stone chimney and an area of original lap siding add interest to the room.

The surrounding area provides a wealth of activities. Cacapon State Park is 20 minutes away and offers horseback riding, boating and swimming in the lake, hiking, playgrounds, picnic areas and a golf course. Enjoy float trips, swimming, fishing, and boating on the nearby Cacapon River. Bike on the C&O Canal Towpath Rails To Trails path on the banks of the Potomac River in nearby Hancock, MD. Winter skiing and snowboarding is available at White Tail resort 45 minutes away, or at Blue Knob resort an hour and a half a away. Historic Harper's Ferry is not far. You can walk through the town and visit the Civil War museums. Another activity in Harper's Ferry is whitewater rafting or tubing on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Nearby Charles Town offers racing and slots. A new casino has opened at Rocky Gap Lodge, Flintstone, MD (near Cumberland, MD).

Keywords: Historic old farmhouse near Berkeley Springs, WV, Views of Sleepy Creek Mt., Wooded setting, rustic, rural, secluded


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Property Type

  • Farmhouse

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Children Welcome:

    Children love the Old Homestead. Many children's books, games, DVDs and tapes are available. Big hammock. Small ponds unsuitable for swimming, fishing, boating. Fish food left in kitchen. Sit on the bench and watch big koy gobble it up....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Please do not smoke anywhere inside the house. If you smoke outside, be aware of dry leaves and the danger of fires. No outside fires allowed....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Up to two well-behaved dogs are allowed with prior approval. A one time $25 fee is added for each dog. Pets must be controlled when outside. Unattended pets must be kenneled. Please bring all pet bedding. Guests will be charged for pet damages. *At booking guest must notify owner and reqest dog approval. ($25 fee per dog)...moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

    original farmhouse master bedroom (fireplace - nonworking)...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Enter from rm. 2, added about 1850, door onto deck...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    sink ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    sink ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1 on first floor; bathroom 2 on second floor.

Other Amenities

  • Spas offering massage and heated pools, etc. located in Berkeley Springs, WV. Antique shops, speciality shops and movie theater are located in Berkeley Springs. Bicycles and boats rented in Hancock, MD. Horseback riding at Cacapon State Park. The Morgan Arts Council sponsors the Ice House art gallery, gallery shows and openings and various concerts and live theater events listed on their website. ( Farmer's Market on Thursday and Sunday in Downtown Berkeley Springs (in-season)....moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of books: For both adults and children...moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room:

    chess table and 2 chairs in downstairs hall....moreless

  • Games:

    Chess table, cards, checkers, children's games....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Lots of CD's and tapes ranging from classical, opera to country music....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable...moreless

  • Stereo:

    AM/FM radio, cd and tape player...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    A few toys (wooden blocks, legos, etc.) for younger children....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Adult and children's videos ...moreless


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


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Views of Sleepy Creek Mountain...moreless

  • Resort:

    Rocky Gap State Park Near Cumberland, MD offers lake and casino....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Dining:

    Drop-leaf table in kitchen; can seat 4 or more. Larger table in living room; seats 6....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window air conditioning units...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    located in utility room...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Rankin's Health & Fitness Center located in Berkeley Springs....moreless

  • Heating:

    Electric baseboard heat in each room....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi Fi available...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Bed linens located in bedroom (No. 3) closet. Towels, etc. located in downstairs bathroom closet. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    fireplace with wood stove insert and fan...moreless

  • Parking:

    Large parking area....moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided:

    Extra towels in downstairs bathroom closet....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    located in utility room...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    Wood stove is a fireplace insert and has a fan. Wood is stacked on back patio....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items:

    Coffee filters, a few herbs/spices, salt/pepper, paper towels, dish detergent, scrubbies...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Lounge chairs and small table. Steps down to patio...moreless

  • Bicycles:

    Bikes can be rented in Hancock, MD. There are no bikes at the Old Homestead....moreless

  • Boat:

    Potomac River, Hancock,MD, Cacapon River, Great Cacapon, WV. Boats can be rented....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Glass table and 4 chairs...moreless

  • Golf:

    Cacapon State Park, Morgan Co., WV and The Woods Resort, Hedgesville, WV...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Potomac River, Hancock, MD, Cacapon River, Great Cacapon, WV Potomac River, Hancock, MD; Cacapon River, Great Cacapon, WV. Boats can be rented. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Porch: rockers...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    gas grill on patio...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    White Tail Resort, Mercersburg, PA...moreless

  • Tennis:

    free courts in Berkeley Springs, Cacapon State Park, Morgan Co., WV ...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV...moreless

  • Hot Tub:

    spas in Bekeley Springs, WV (1.6 miles)...moreless



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Dec 24 - Dec 26, 2015
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Dec 31 - Jan 2, 2016
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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $150
  • Pet Fee $25 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%


- ONE NIGHT ONLY RENTAL: a cleaning fee of $60 will be added.

- PET FEE: $25 one time fee per dog (maximum of 2 dogs)

- CANCELLATIONS: Cancel 15 days prior to arrival date for refund.

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100 Miles
Nearest Airport
Dulles, Wash., D.C.; BWI, Baltimore, MD
1.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Berkeley Springs, WV
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
Cacapon State Park, WV, The Woods, Hedgesville, WV
25 Miles
Nearest Train
Martinsburg, WV
1.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rt 522
1.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Berkeley Springs, WV
28 Miles
Nearest Ski
White Tail Ski Resort, Mercersberg, PA

The Apple Butter Arts and Crafts Festival held in Berkeley Springs State Park the second weekend of October.

Racetrack and casino at Charlestown, WV. Casino at Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, MD.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1975

About the owner: I'm a retired English teacher and a writer. My writing often draws on the color and history of the local area. My granddaughter helps with cleaning, yard work and the web page. She is also interested in the local history.

Why the Owner Chose Berkeley Springs:
When my husband bought the Old Homestead and the farm in 1975, saplings were growing out of the windows. He renovated it, and lived there for a few years. It was rented out for many years, and slipped into a state of disrepair. In 2001, I began the second renovation, and researched its history. I found old courthouse records and deeds in both Virginia and West Virginia.

The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
I live down the driveway from the property, so I enjoy the convenience of being located only 1.6 miles from Berkeley Springs. I often attend plays and gallery shows at the Morgan County Arts Council center, the Ice House. My family, friends, and I frequent the many restaurants in town, namely Earth Dog Cafe, The Ambrae House, The Country Inn, Panarama at the Peak, Tari's Premier Cafe and Mi Ranchito. For special occasions we go to Lot Twelve Public House. In Hancock, MD, visit Buddy Lou's Eats, Drinks and Antiques on the canal.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • The Old Homestead

    The Old Homestead

  • Front yard

    Front yard

  • Kitchen


  • Living room

    Living room

  • Upstairs hall

    Upstairs hall

  • Bedroom two

    Bedroom two

  • Upstairs deck off bedroom 3

    Upstairs deck off bedroom 3

  • Back patio and deck

    Back patio and deck

  • Pond below house. Home of giant koi. (fish food provided)

    Pond below house. Home of giant koi. (fish food provided)

  • Buried treasure found around the Old Homestead.  Can you find the old bullet?

    Buried treasure found around the Old Homestead. Can you find the old bullet?

  • Farmer's Market open Thursday and Sunday in season.

    Farmer's Market open Thursday and Sunday in season.

  • Berkeley Castle overlooking the town of Berkeley Springs

    Berkeley Castle overlooking the town of Berkeley Springs

  • Front porch

    Front porch

  • Kitchen


  • Living room

    Living room

  • Bedroom 1

    Bedroom 1

  • Original Homestead  Bedroom, Bedroom 2

    Original Homestead Bedroom, Bedroom 2

  • Bedroom 3, enter through bedroom 2 or through outer door to deck

    Bedroom 3, enter through bedroom 2 or through outer door to deck

  • West side of house

    West side of house

  • Hammock for relaxing in the shade

    Hammock for relaxing in the shade

  • Pond and mountain view

    Pond and mountain view

  • Playing in the 'runs' - a part of the Springs in town park

    Playing in the 'runs' - a part of the Springs in town park

  • Museum of the Berkeley Springs in town park

    Museum of the Berkeley Springs in town park

  • Shops on Fairfax Street

    Shops on Fairfax Street

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This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, November 13, 2015

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