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Charming Circa 1800 Farmhouse Looks Toward Sleepy Creek Mt.

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Last updated: 07/27/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Berkeley Springs farmhouse 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 old two hundred and twelve 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

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • 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

              • 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

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                twenty-one...moreless

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

              • Bedroom 1: 1 twin/ single

                ...moreless

              • 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.

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Pantry Items:

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

              • Dining:

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

              • Kitchen:

                fully equipped...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                6...moreless

              • Stove
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Microwave
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Refrigerator
              • Oven
              • Seating for 6 people

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided:

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

              • Wood Stove:

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

              • Living Room seats 8:

                fireplace with wood stove insert and fan...moreless

              • Heating:

                Electric baseboard heat in each room....moreless

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

              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 rented in Hancock, MD. 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. (macicehouse.org)....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Games:

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

                  • Game Room:

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

                  • Books:

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

                  • Video Library:

                    Adult and children's videos ...moreless

                  • Stereo:

                    radio, cd and tape player...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable:

                    Basic cable...moreless

                  • DVD Player
                  • Television
                  • Music Library
                  • Toys
                  • VCR
                  • CD Player

                  Communications

                      Pool & Spa

                      • Communal Pool:

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

                      • Hot Tub:

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

                      Outdoor Features

                      • 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

                      • Boat:

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

                      • Golf:

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

                      • Tennis:

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

                      • Balcony:

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

                      • Ski & Snowboard:

                        White Tail Resort, Mercersburg, PA...moreless

                      Theme

                      • Away From It All
                      • Family
                      • Historic
                      • Romantic
                      • Spa
                      • Tourist Attractions

                      Location & View

                      • Resort:

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

                      • Village:

                        1 and 1/2 miles east of Berkeley Springs, WV ...moreless

                      • Mountain View:

                        Views of Sleepy Creek Mountain...moreless

                      • Water View:

                        2 ponds where wildlife drink...moreless

                      Activities

                      • Restaurants
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Laundromat
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Medical Services
                      • Fitness Center
                      • Water Tubing
                      • Swimming
                      • Hiking
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Tennis
                      • Cycling
                      • Cross Country Skiing
                      • Skiing
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Kayaking
                      • Golf
                      • Basketball Court
                      • Fishing
                      • Freshwater Fishing
                      • Rafting
                      • Snowboarding
                      • Walking
                      • Wildlife Viewing
                      • Live Theater
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Museums
                      • Cinemas
                      • Churches
                      • Library
                      • Playground
                      • Recreation Center
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Bird Watching
                      • Gambling Casinos
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Miniature Golf
                      • Shopping
                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Antiquing
                      • Sledding
                      • Eco Tourism
                      • Rock Climbing
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Labor Day
                      Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2014
                      3 night min stay

                      $525
                      flat fee
                      Apple Butter Festival
                      Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2014
                      3 night min stay

                      $525
                      flat fee
                      Thanksgiving
                      Nov 27 - Nov 29, 2014
                      3 night min stay

                      $525
                      flat fee
                      Christmas
                      Dec 24 - Dec 25, 2014
                      2 night min stay

                      $350
                      flat fee
                      New Year's
                      Dec 31 - Jan 1, 2015
                      2 night min stay

                      $350
                      flat fee
                      My Standard Rate
                      1 night min stay
                      $150 $170
                      Fri, Sat, Sun
                      $900

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Pet Fee $25 + tax
                      • Tax Rate 10%

                      Notes:

                      - One night stay: a cleaning fee of $50 will be added.

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

                      NOTE: Only VRBO/HomeAway rate and deposit postings are valid.

                      NOTE: EVENT PRICING: Nights can be added at additional cost. Some date substitutions can be made. Ask owner.


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                      Last updated: 07/27/2014
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                      Location

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

                      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.


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                      Speaks: english

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                      Photos

                      • The Old Homestead

                        The Old Homestead

                      • Front yard

                        Front yard

                      • Kitchen

                        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

                        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, July 25, 2014

                      $150 - $170 per night (USD)
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                      3 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

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