About the property
- House1200 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum StayNone
House, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 7, 1/2 acre yard, laundry, free parking, dog friendly
Antietam Guest House is a historic log and stone home in the quiet rural town of Sharpsburg, best known for its proximity to the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the famous Civil War battle. The house has three levels. Sleeping areas are on the first and third level, a total of five separate beds. Happy to answer any questions about the sleeping arrangements. Middle level has kitchen and sitting room. Bathroom with shower is on middle level. Front porch and back deck have chairs and table for outside weather times. Motion detected flood lights at back porch for nighttime security.
Sharpsburg is a designated Canal Town, part of the trail experience between Georgetown and Cumberland and Pittsburg on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.
Free, unlimited Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the unbounded internet world. Full kitchen with dishwasher. All linens supplied. Washer and drier with laundry soap. Central air conditioning and heating keep the house comfortable. A fan and ceiling fan help move air through the house. Supplemental heating systems can be turned on if the weather is frightful.
Deck furniture, with umbrella, and porch seating extend the space to the outdoors, Outside lighting creates safe nighttime backyard and deck activities. Both a charcoal grill and a gas grill are at the back deck.
The house accommodates seven. Beds are on the top and bottom levels. On the top level is the bedroom with a queen bed. The bedroom has a half bath. On the top level, on the landing at the top of the steps, two ottoman sleepers (twin size) add sleeping space. On the bottom level, there is a queen pull out sofa (with an inflatable pillow top) and a twin pull out sofa. The Pack 'n Play is usually set up on the landing area. Two baby gates are ready to set at the top or bottom of the stairs to keep your toddlers or dogs safe.
The house is one block off Main Street, 4.1 miles from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 10 miles from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and 13 miles from Hagerstown, Maryland. Harpers Ferry is about 14 miles from the house. Gettsyburg National Military Park is about one hour from Sharpsburg.
The house is within walking distance to casual and fine dining and the famous Nutters Ice Cream Shop.. The house is 1.7 miles from the Potomac River and the C&O Canal and towpath. Bikers have an up-hill ride from Snyders Landing to Chapline Street (1.5 miles) and a down-hill coast for the final two blocks to Antietam Guest House. The half-acre lot offers plenty of room for outside activity.
The house and location are perfect for weekend getaways and family vacations. Three levels offer privacy and convenience at the same time. The downstairs level features a 'living' rock wall foundation and a 'candleplace,' the stone fireplace transformed to hold real candles for the feel of a fire and romance without ashes and soot. The cable TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, board games, and a piano are on this level for your entertainment. Check out books and other materials from the local library using
Antietam Guest House (Vernell Doyle) name.
Sharpsburg is a quiet, residential town of about 700. Its location makes it a great home base for exploring the wine trails and historical sites in Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
In addition to the Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery, you will find the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center, the headquarters of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, John Brown's headquarters at the Kennedy Farm, the Antietam Iron Works, and Ferry Hill Plantation, home of Henry Kyd Douglas, Confederate officer who 'rode with Stonewall Jackson.'
Shepherdstown, WV, is filled with unique shops and outstanding restaurants. It is the home of Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and a put-in spot for Potomac River activities.
For those who wish to venture farther from the immediate area, several state parks on the eastern border of Washington County offer other recreational opportunities. Those who wish to shop will find Hagerstown a mecca of shopping malls and Premium Outlets easily reached from main roads and Interstate highways.
Gift certificates available.
Keywords: Guest House, Vacation Rental, Cottage, B&B with continental breakfast
Tim and Vernell Doyle
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Tim and Vernell Doyle
Tim and Vernell are both retired. He worked as a newspaper journalist; she worked as a teacher, the last 23 years in adult education. Vernell is the current president of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society; she and Tim are National Park volunteers helping at the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center. They are also Certified Travel Advisers for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground national heritage area. We have just published 'Sharpsburg,' a volume in the Images of America Series. Copies of the book are available from us or at businesses in Sharpsburg. We'll be glad to sign the book for you.
Tim and Vernell Doyle purchased this House in 2006
Why Tim and Vernell Doyle chose Sharpsburg
We bought this wonderful little house in 2006 for several reasons. We wanted to preserve it and share it with others. We enjoy meeting our guests when they come to Sharpsburg to explore its place in history, to enjoy the area, to celebrate special occasions with friends and family. or simply to get-away.
What makes this House unique
Our guests and their dogs enjoy Antietam National Battlefield and its trails, exploring the town founded in 1763 with many of the homes and churches dating from the 1800s. They love the ice cream at Nutters and the restaurant and bar at Benders Public House. Outdoors folks appreciate being near the Appalachian Trail, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, which offer hiking, biking, and water fun for canoeing and tubing. The house is a perfect home base for Civil War enthusiasts who can visit the other battlefields within one hour's drive of Sharpsburg. The Sharpsburg Historical Society is happy to help researchers with their family history. The town fills with visitors for the Memorial Day Parade and program and for the Illumination at the Antietam National Battlefield in December. At other times of the year, the town is quiet and ready to welcome its visitors. The house is convenient, private, and quiet. Dogs are welcome to stay, no charge for children, and the whole house is for your party alone. Gift certificates available, no extra charge.
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Enjoyed staying in this historic home with its authentic and quirky details. The location is very convenient for visiting the Antietam Battlefield, Shepherdstown, and walking to town. The log walls and dug out basement enhanced the feeling of staying in a special place. Having outdoor space is a real plus. Juice, croissants, coffee, tea, etc. are provided which is a lovely touch. The only negative comments I can make is on the amount of furniture, magazines, books, dishes, etc. It is quite cluttered which, in my opinion, takes away from the historic beauty of the home which has been finished beautifully. Kudos to the owners in attempting to anticipate every need of a guest but I think less would make the home more inviting. I do believe the linens could use an update.
Perfect place to stay
The home was great and in a perfect place to stay and visit all the historic sights in the surrounding area. I really loved the rock wall in the foundation on the lower level.
Old and charming
Very peaceful and serene...
Nice location to experience history, the Antietam battle, Harper's Ferry, Shepardstown.
Quiet place, stairs could be challenging for some. Bob Murphy of RCM Tours provided a great civil war battle tour of the entire area.
Thanks for mentioning the stairs as a challenge. We specify in our description that the house is not handicapped accessible, three levels and two sets of stairs. The 1856 house has stairs typical of the time, meaning narrower treads than are now the norm. People had smaller feet back then. We always caution our guests to be careful on the stairs and to always hold the railing. Reinforcement of that instruction is much appreciated.
I'd do it all over again
Superb setting with a historic vibe. Great location in village and close to everything. Loved the back porch, well maintained grill and back yard setting.
Slept like babies in this quiet house.
Perfect getaway for history buffs.
Beautiful historic house with lots of quirky charm. Close to Antietam battlefield and several quaint communities.
Contact the Hagerstown Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau for up-to-the minute activities and for our phone numbers . For bikers leaving the C&O Canal Towpath at Snyders Landing, the road to Chapline Street is an up-hill ride, about 1.5 milesh. The last two blocks on Chapline Street to Antietam Guest House give you a free down-hill coast; Premium Outlets shopping 12 miles north; Appalachian Trail is five miles east. Shepherd University, three miles to the south, offers many activities (sports events, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and a great cafeteria). Visitor and information centers at Antietam National Battlefield (Route 65) and the Newcomer House (MD 34, Sharpsburg East Main Street). Antique shopping in Hagerstown. Art Museum and City Park for summer time concerts Sunday evenings. Winery Trail throughout Washington County. Sharpsburg Historical Society for family and town research.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
No charge for children, defined as dependents who have not finished high school. $10 per dog per day. 7th day free.