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Gettysburg Area Fine Country Home--Comfort, View, Peace

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Westminster chateau / country house description

Vista Country Home, an elegant 2- or 3-bedroom vacation rental available for the first time in Spring 2012, is the perfect site for people who love history, comfort and beautiful scenery on their vacations. It is beautiful, spacious, and perfect for small family reunions or lodging for wedding groups.
(NOTE: Vista now has a little sister--a 1-bedroom cottage nearby, perfect for honeymoon-type getaways. See VRBO.com listing #461994)

While our friends who love our American Civil War heritage find Vista especially appealing for its proximity to key historic sites, everyone will enjoy the sheer comfort, privacy, and beautiful setting Vista offers. It is an ideal spot year round for a getaway from routine, from stress, from traffic!

Beautifully landscaped with a WALLED GARDEN, a pond with FOUNTAIN, a large GAZEBO for al fresco dining, and separate BREAKFAST BALCONY, Vista assures your comfort and relaxation indoors and out. Perfect backdrop and environment for WEDDING PHOTOS!

This airy, light-filled modern home features many beautiful antiques, VAULTED CEILINGS throughout, SKYLIGHTS, and with 3 immaculate bedrooms in an unparalleled setting of country splendor.

Get there first with your companion and choose the master bedroom, with its fabulous SCROLLED OAK, 4-POSTER, ANTIQUE QUEEN-SIZE BED! Your accompanying friends will be thrilled with the 2nd bedroom, with its ANTIQUE, 4-POSTER DOUBLE BED, and the 200-year-old CHILD'S DESK they can use for writing postcards home. The extra large 3rd bedroom also has ANTIQUE 4-POSTER DOUBLE BED, and includes two pullout sofas to sleep a total of up to 5 guests.
Crib available.

Each bedroom enjoys VIEWS OF NATURE AND COUNTRY SPLENDOR from all the bedroom windows. Each bedroom has ultra-fine linens, and its own large bathroom.

The LARGE, WELL-EQUIPPED KITCHEN will delight any chef. Culinary experts and amateurs alike will appreciate the fine and plentiful tools, utensils, and cookware provided for preparing fine meals. Serve your meals with nice flatware and dishes and enjoy them outside in the gazebo, on the balcony, or in the large and elegant dining room.

The SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT DINING ROOM, with seating for 8-10 diners, and larger living room are bathed in natural light. Enormous and numerous windows open to hundreds of acres trees, fields, streams and wildflowers--all part of your own private country estate!

With Vista as your vacation base, you can EASILY DRIVE TO DOZENS OF HISTORIC SITES and some of the world's finest visitor's centers to experience history where it happened, and honor those who fought and died to make America the great nation it is today.

A mere 15-minute drive will take you to Gettysburg--to where Chamberlain stood moments before he led a bayonet charge down the slopes of Little Round Top; to Cemetery Ridge, where the rebel yell still echoes from Pickett's Confederates as they charged to the 'high water mark' of the war; to the Gettysburg Cemetery, where Lincoln delivered the most famous speech in history honoring those who gave 'the last full measure.'

Vista offers easy access to many of America's other most important historical sites, as well, including Antietam and Monocacy Battlefields, as well as cultural and recreational sites in and around Washington DC and Baltimore.

After a day of sightseeing, golf, or ANTIQUES SHOPPING in the MANY OF THE EXCELLENT ANTIQUE SHOPS in Carroll County, you can kick back at Vista. Sip a cool iced tea or glass of wine from under Vista's gazebo as steaks sizzle on the grill, and a red setting sun yields the dimming cornfields and sycamore trees to a constellation of sparkling fireflies.

Or, enjoy the Maryland traditional celebratory feast: a pot of blue crabs from Vince's Seafood, steaming in savory Old Bay seasoning, with cold bottle of delicious locally crafted beer, or a chilled glass of fresh apple cider from nearby Baugher's Orchard.

Prefer to dine out? Vista is only 3 miles from Taneytown, where you can find WORLD-CLASS DINING at the Smokehouse Restaurant, the fabulous restaurant of the delux country hotel, ANTRIM 1844 an elegant ante-bellum mansion. At the other end of the cost spectrum, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and other familiar eateries are CLOSE and offer faster food alternatives.

The larger, but still nearby towns of Gettysburg and Westminster boast wonderful small-town character in pubs, diners, and family restaurants to please any palate and any budget.

For a quiet evening at your Country Home, enjoy a movie or documentary from a large collection of Civil War DVDs on a large HD TV, which also includes cable TV viewing options.

For a quieter evening, curl up with one of the many books in the Vista library of Civil War and American fiction and history books and periodicals.

Vista also offers you WiFi for HIGH-SPEED INTERNET access. Use it to look up your Civil War ancestors, check your email, or tell your Facebook friends what a great time you are having!

Check the details and photos listed elsewhere on this website to find many more appealing features of Vista Country Home.

We invite you to be our guest for an experience of comfort and learning that you will cherish and will want to share with friends and family!



Keywords: Gettysburg, Gettysburg area lodging, Country getaway, Fountain, Gazebo, Scenic, Nature views, Elegant, Luxury, Comfort, Historic location, Beautifully landscaped, Civil War, Antietam, Barbecue, Senior Friendly

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 1400 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Youngsters are welcome. Vista is located on a 100-acre farm, with creeks, fields, and woodlands to explore. Very large 3rd bedroom has room to spread out. Lots of games available. A popular Paintball park is 5 min away!...moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Up to 2, adult (1 year or older) housebroken dogs welcome, on approval. Additional $45 each. Sorry, no cats or other pets....moreless

          • Wheelchair Accessible:

            Designed to be senior-friendly. No stairs in house or garden or parking area, except to optional 3rd bedroom!...moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Minimum age for responsible member of rental party is 30 years old....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking is permissible outside only....moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 9-10

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Convertible bed(s)

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          • Queen size Bed (1) Gorgeous antique oak 4-poster in Main BR under vaulted ceiling and skylight--watch moon and stars from bed! Also, private view of open fields...Very romantic!, Double Bed in 2nd bedroom, a large 3rd BR has a double bed, a queen-size pullout sofa and a pullout love-seat which makes into a single bed. - total sleeping for five (5). Baby Pack and Play is available upon request, no extra charge. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1

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          • Bathroom 2

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          • Bathroom 3

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          • 3 spacious bathrooms--one for each bedroom. 2 are full baths with tub & shower. The third has no tub, but a large shower with a bench for seated bathing....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Stove, oven, microwave, coffeemaker, lots of cooking and serving utensils, plates and flatware for at least 8--the works!...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Nice settings for up to 8 diners...moreless

          • Dishwasher:

            New dishwasher in 2012....moreless

          • Catering Available:

            Inquire with hosts....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Very well equipped....moreless

          • Oven
          • Ice Maker
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 8 people

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            Central Air Conditioning--4 season climate control for entire house. No window units to block the view! Roof overhangs and shade trees help and there is usually a breeze up on the Vista ridge....moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Your private, safe parking area is large enough for multiple vehicles, and very close to the building with no stairs in between. Moving luggage and supplies from car to house is a breeze!...moreless

          • Heating:

            Vista Country Home is cozy in winter and cooler months! Passive solar heat and superior insulation add warmth in cool months and a modern heat pump adds any additional warmth needed....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Large, exquisite living room features game table, lots of comfy seating, piano, HDTV & spectacular 360-degree views of coutryside...See why it's called 'Vista!'...moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Fine, high thread count sheets and pillow cases, worthy of the finest hotels....moreless

          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

            Large, safe private parking area offers ample space for large vehicles....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Conveniently located adjacent to kitchen...moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Complete bath linens for all bathrooms...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Adjacent to kitchen...moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Hair Dryer
          • Parking

          Other Amenities

              • Spectacular 360-degree hilltop views through large windows onto peaceful serenity and beauty of fields and woodlands and streams, Comfortable central heating and air, Spacious rooms with cathedral ceilings and skylights throughout, Antique furnishings include 200-year-old child’s desk and magnificent 4-poster beds, Large well-equipped Kitchen to delight a chef, Excellent for bird and wildlife watching (Baltimore Orioles and Blue Birds of happiness!), Sunny breakfast balcony, Exquisite landscaping features walled courtyard fountain and BBQ gazebo for elegant al fresco dining day or night, Senior-friendly design--no stairs inside or out in main living area! Hosts are Vista’s architect and registered nurse in nearby ante-bellum farmhouse--convenient but not too close for privacy, Located on pristine 200-year-old 100-acre family farm, Site of camping Civil War soldiers the day before the Battle of Gettysburg....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Video Library:

                Excellent collection of Civil War and history-related fiction and documentary DVDs....moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Large flat screen HD TV in living room with cable TV, plus DVD and VCR player....moreless

              • Television:

                Large flat screen HD TV in living room with cable TV, plus DVD and VCR player....moreless

              • Game Room:

                Game table in living room seats 4 for bridge, board games, etc....moreless

              • Books:

                Excellent collection of Civil War and history-related fiction....moreless

              • Music Library:

                Some fun classic pop and swing-era music tapes and CDs...moreless

              • Stereo:

                Collection of great CDs for many moods!...moreless

              • Games:

                From cards to board games....moreless

              • Toys:

                Available upon request...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • CD Player
              • VCR
              • Piano

              Communications

              • Broadband Access:

                Wireless WiFi is fast 4G Verizon system, good throughout the house. Two gigabytes of data usage is allowed each guest group. More data can be purchased on request at $15 per gig. ...moreless

              • Internet:

                Wireless WiFi is fast 4G Verizon system, good throughout the house. One gigabyte of data usage is allowed per week. More data can be purchased on request at $20 per gig. ...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                Wireless WiFi is fast 4G Verizon system, good throughout the house. One gigabyte of data usage is allowed per week. More data can be purchased on request at $20 per gig...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Deck / Patio:

                FABULOUS patio with exquisite landscaping, a pond, a covered gazebo, 2 sets of outdoor table & chairs, all surrounded by a lovely low wall that allows you to view surrouding countryside--fields, streams, woodlands-- from the heights of Vista as you dine or sip your favorite beverage...moreless

              • Gazebo:

                With outdoor table and chairs, festive colorful lighting--perfect to make every day a special occasion!...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Spectacular landscaping is Vista's finest feature. Enjoy your private, walled-in garden day or night....moreless

              • Balcony:

                Gorgeous view of your private country estate, with table and chairs for dining or cool drinks!...moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                Custom gazebo adjacent to fountain, close to kitchen door for dining in shaded comfort!...moreless

              • Bicycles:

                Available on request--more than 2 miles of PRIVATE hiking/biking trails on the property...moreless

              • Golf:

                Several excellent courses short drive away...moreless

              • Tennis:

                Courts in nearby Taneytown & Westminster...moreless

              • Porch / Veranda:

                Spectacular view of your private estate!...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Gas grill provided for BBQs!...moreless

              • Wood Deck
              • Outdoor Grill Gas

              Theme

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

              Location & View

                  • Mountain View:

                    Splendid rolling hills of Maryland countryside, including fields, forests, and streams. ...moreless

                  Activities

                  • Restaurants
                  • Hiking
                  • Fishing
                  • Cross Country Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Skiing
                  • Snowboarding
                  • Tennis
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • Medical Services
                  • Shopping
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Sledding
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Arboretum
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Pond
                  • Library
                  • Forests
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Zoo
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Cinemas
                  • Museums
                  • Golf
                  • Cycling
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Spring & Summer
                  Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay
                  $300
                  $1,500 $4,500

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

                  Fall & Winter
                  Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  $300
                  $1,350 $3,500

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  $300
                  $1,500 $4,500
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Pet Fee $45 + tax
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
                  • Cleaning fee $100 + tax
                  • Tax Rate 6%

                  Notes:

                  2-BEDROOM DISCOUNT--$25 per night is DEDUCTED FROM RENT if using only 2 bedrooms.

                  4-DAY DISCOUNT--$100 cleaning fee WAIVED for 4+ nights!

                  More than 6 people: $25/person

                  Dogs welcome! $45/dog. May not be left alone on property except in proper kennel.

                  1 Gig internet data per week free. Excess data charged at $20/gig.

                  Extra persons visiting may incur extra charges. Please inquire.


                  Cancellation policy:

                  Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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                  Location

                  Car: Necessary

                  Perfect location for small wedding groups! Beautiful background for photos, pleasant environment for visiting friends and families.

                  Several gorgeous weddings have been performed on the property! Inquire for special arrangements.

                   

                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 1946

                  About the owner: Vista Country Home is located on Fiddler's Green, a working farm that has been in our family for 5 generations. Owner/managers are siblings Bruce, Chris and Mary Batten, who grew up playing in these creeks and fields, riding horses, milking cows, bailing hay, etc. Bruce's wife, Toni, and Chris' wife, Melissa are essential parts of our family team. Here, where Big Pipe Creek joins Bear Branch on our property, we would wander the banks where Civil War soldiers camped the day before the battle that shaped the history of our nation. It was here we gained our appreciation of history, and the sacrifices made by our ancestors for the blessings that we enjoy today. Chris and wife Melissa are the on-site managers who lives in the ante-bellum farmhouse nearby. Bruce and Mary divide their time between Vista and Fiddlers Green, and their other residences in Alaska.

                  Why the Owner Chose Westminster:
                  Our family built Vista Country Home, designed by Registered Lansdscape architect Chris Batten, on our family farm known as Fiddler's Green in 1990. It was originally home to US Navy Capt. (ret.) Hugh N. Batten, a WWII fighter ace, and his wife 'Tommy' Batten. Both are now deceased. This location has been a family farm for some 200 years, and looks much the same as it did 150 years ago during the Civil War, when Confederate forces invaded Maryland numerous times. Scores of battles large and small raged within short distances from this farm. Tens of thousands of soldiers marched through these fields, or camped along Pipe Creek, which runs through this property, on their way to destiny at Gettysburg. Its proximity to Gettysburg, Antietam, and other battle grounds makes it an ideal home base for day trips to some of the world's finest battlefield visitors centers, as well as all the visitor attractions of both Baltimore and Washington D.C. But in addition to its location in a America's historic heartland, Vista is situated among some of America's most charming countryside, small towns, and neighbor farms. We wanted to share this magical place with people who love history and this country's agarian roots.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
                  --Plenty of space, indoors and outside with spectacular gardens and spectacular views: hundreds of acres of your private estate! --More than 2 miles of PRIVATE trails for hiking, biking, jogging, X-C skiing, through pristine rolling countryside and woodlands, along streams. --Modern comforts of 2 HD-TVs, DVDs, WiFi, games table, books, and even a full-sized console piano for sing-alongs! --TWO oudoor patio areas, both ideal for al fresco dining, with fountain, BBQ pavilion, hacienda-style walled-in garden, lots of outdoor seating in sunshine or the shade of magnificent oaks, maples, and dozens of ornamental flowering plants and trees. --CLOSE to great businesses & services, including supermarkets, restaurants, recreation--even two 'Doallar' stores! Also, fabulous antiques and outlet mall shopping! --Easy access for day trips to Gettysburg, Antietam, Baltimore, Washington, and many of America's finest vistor destinations!


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                  Photos

                  • View as you approach Vista Country Home

                    View as you approach Vista Country Home

                  • Vista entrance, w/gazebo (left), garden wall, cool arboreal canopy

                    Vista entrance, w/gazebo (left), garden wall, cool arboreal canopy

                  • Lrg 2nd BR enjoys gorgeous views of trees, fields, wildlife...not neighbors!

                    Lrg 2nd BR enjoys gorgeous views of trees, fields, wildlife...not neighbors!

                  • Lrg living room, with piano, game table, many windows for your Vistas!

                    Lrg living room, with piano, game table, many windows for your Vistas!

                  • Vista's numerous Blue Birds will bring happiness to your dining room window.

                    Vista's numerous Blue Birds will bring happiness to your dining room window.

                  • Kitchen window rewards your chef with view of dining patio, fountain, flowers.

                    Kitchen window rewards your chef with view of dining patio, fountain, flowers.

                  • One Vista summer view--cornfields--with hosts' antebellum farmhouse in distance.

                    One Vista summer view--cornfields--with hosts' antebellum farmhouse in distance.

                  • Vista's arboreal cloak weaves oak, maple, and cedar into a rainbow of fall color

                    Vista's arboreal cloak weaves oak, maple, and cedar into a rainbow of fall color

                  • Bear Branch, 1 of 2 creeks on Vista property, splendid wildlife habitat & hiking

                    Bear Branch, 1 of 2 creeks on Vista property, splendid wildlife habitat & hiking

                  • A branch near Vista's creek gnawed by beavers...watch for them on your hikes!

                    A branch near Vista's creek gnawed by beavers...watch for them on your hikes!

                  • Winter snow brings peace, solace, to cozy Vista.  Cross country ski heaven!

                    Winter snow brings peace, solace, to cozy Vista. Cross country ski heaven!

                  • Hacienda-style garden, with fountain, gazebo, ideal for outside BBQ and dining.

                    Hacienda-style garden, with fountain, gazebo, ideal for outside BBQ and dining.

                  • Main BR  with beautiful antiques: 4-poster bed, bedstands, and wash stand.

                    Main BR with beautiful antiques: 4-poster bed, bedstands, and wash stand.

                  • 3rd BR, showing doublebed & 1 of 2 pullout sofas.  Sleep up to 5. Crib available

                    3rd BR, showing doublebed & 1 of 2 pullout sofas. Sleep up to 5. Crib available

                  • Large dining area--antique table and chairs, fabulous countryside views.

                    Large dining area--antique table and chairs, fabulous countryside views.

                  • Large kitchen to delight any chef, w/oven, microwave, dishwshr...views of garden

                    Large kitchen to delight any chef, w/oven, microwave, dishwshr...views of garden

                  • Wildflowers seen from breakfast balcony and DR window. Birdfeeder draws birds.

                    Wildflowers seen from breakfast balcony and DR window. Birdfeeder draws birds.

                  • Wheat wraps Vista's panorama in a breath-taking blanket of gold

                    Wheat wraps Vista's panorama in a breath-taking blanket of gold

                  • Vista in fall. Brilliant landscaping, trees, paint palette of seasonal color

                    Vista in fall. Brilliant landscaping, trees, paint palette of seasonal color

                  • Hiking along Vista's creeks, watch for Heronymous, a 4-foot Great Blue Heron.

                    Hiking along Vista's creeks, watch for Heronymous, a 4-foot Great Blue Heron.

                  • Winter at Vista--a beautiful setting for family gatherings, winter holidays!

                    Winter at Vista--a beautiful setting for family gatherings, winter holidays!

                  • Award-winning landscaping keeps Vista gardens beautiful throughout the seasons.

                    Award-winning landscaping keeps Vista gardens beautiful throughout the seasons.

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