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Private 1860's 3 Bedroom Home on 130 Acre Family Cattle Farm

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The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm

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Last updated: 12/09/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Welcoming cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath with pastoral and mountain views (Sleeps 6

After four years of restoration, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm is available for our guests to enjoy. Step back in time in this charming home located on our family-operated Black Angus cattle farm. Originally built in the 1860s for the resident tenant farmer and his family, the house has been lovingly restored to the 1930s era. Enjoy cooking breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen, with it's 1935 monitor top refrigerator and restored 1911 cast iron & chrome electric range on cabriole legs. Use the 1920's oak-cabinet wall telephone with hand-held receiver and brass bells for free local calls. Modern amenities include central heat and air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet access and cable television with built-in DVD player and a selection of DVDs.

Slow down a bit, relax, read a book or visit with friends while sitting in the rocking chairs on the broad front porch. The enclosed back porch overlooks a meadow and pasture area and has seating for two - a great place to read in the morning or sip a cup of tea while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Great Cove valley.


Each of the three bedrooms has a double bed and is decorated with antiques. We provide all linens - the beds are made and ready for you to snuggle in. We use crisp line-dried linens when weather permits, and the beds are dressed with high-loft goose-down comforters on chilly winter nights. In the bathroom you'll find fresh towels, a mahogany sink base with a French waterspout faucet, and a claw-foot bathtub with shower.

We invite you to stroll the grounds, explore the farm's 130 acres, and enjoy the fresh country air. Walk our private lane or make use of the two picnic areas on the farm. Ask to feed the dozens of golden trout that call our limestone springhouse and spring waters home. A romantic retreat or great vacation get-away, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm awaits you and your family. Come and enjoy.

Keywords: House, cottage, private home, farmhouse, historic, get-away, romantic, family,
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+1 (571) 215-3900 (Virginia, USA)

Owner

Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/09/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    well-behaved children are always welcome...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Shady Spring Farm is a non-smoking property...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    due to the historic nature of the home we can not accept pets...moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 double

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  • 3 bedrooms, each with an antique double bed located on the second floor. New pillow-top mattresses. We provide all linens; the beds are made and the towels hang in the bath. Just arrive and enjoy! We use crisp line-dried linens when weather permits and lofty goose-down comforters on chilly winter nights. A Graco Pack-n-Play is set up and dressed upon request. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

    Claw foot tub with shower...moreless

  • The full bath has a clawfoot tub with shower, a mahogany sink base with porcelain sink and waterspout faucet. Fresh bath linens as well as paper products are supplied for you... ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Bring your horses on vacation! We now offer over-night horse stabling in our newly remodeled 1800's hand-hewn bank barn. Four large airy stalls (12x16), sliding doors, automatic waterers. Dry-lot turnout with automatic waterer and grassy paddock also available. Access to 250 acres for riding, or take a day trip to public trails at Gettysburg, Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal, etc. The farm may be available for small events and weddings on a seasonal basis. Please inquire if interested. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    flat-screen tv with built-in DVD player...moreless

  • Toys:

    nostalgic toys - marble race, Tinkertoys, Pick Up Sticks, antique doll cradle with "humpback" teddy bear, plus decks of cards, board games...moreless

  • Video Library:

    DVD collection with appx 50 titles...moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Autumn Foliage
  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View:

    nestled in the Great Cove valley of Fulton County, PA just four miles south of McConnellsburg...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Most comfortable for four but will seat 6. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    central heat and air conditioning...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat - you control the thermostat...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    bed and bath linens provided, crisp line-dried linens when weather permits and lofty down comforters for long winter nights...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    private paved circular drive...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    ample parking on the farm for horse trailers, rvs, boats or trailers...moreless

  • Telephone:

    working 1920s oak wall telephone for local & long distance calling...moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    The washer and dryer are located in the basement, along with a second modern fridge/freezer if needed for overflow....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    high-speed wireless internet access included...moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    Both a coffee maker for larger brews and a Keurig for single cups. We provide starter coffees and teas....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Place settings for 6 guests....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Second modern refridgerator/freezer combo in basement for overflow...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    with fully restored antique appliances and microwave...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    coffee, teas, sugar & some spices, oil/vinegar, individual jellies & syrup, ketchup/mustard and coffee creamers...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Fully restored 1935 GE monitor top refrigerator in the kitchen. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Restored 1911 cast-iron & chrome Moffat Electra range with electric oven...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Restored 1938 Sunbeam toaster - although it doesn't pop-up when done it was marketed as "keeping your toast warm until you want it". Use our modern wide-slot toaster for bagels and thicker breads....moreless

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    There is a charcoal grill at the Tenant House and two outdoor picnic areas on the farm, one by the Tenant House and one in a small group of trees on the lane beyond the barn ...moreless

  • Ski & Snowboard:

    30 minutes to Whitetail Ski Resort for skiing, tubing and snowboarding. Gear is available rental at the resort....moreless

 

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$125
$650 $1,895

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $13 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 6%

Notes:

Maximum of 6 guests. 4pm check-in and 11am check-out unless prior arrangements are made.

Visa, Master Card and Discover, check and cash accepted when booking with us directly. We do not charge a service fee when you deal directly with us.

In the case of a cancellation the deposit may be applied to a future stay.

Please contact us for last minute stays of a single night.

Due to the historic nature of the house and the sensitivities of some of our guests we can not accept pets.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 12/09/2016
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Location

1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Great Cove Golf Club
16 Miles
Nearest Ski
Whitetail Ski Resort

Car: Necessary

Local fairs and festivals:

2nd full weekend in June-The Strawberry Festival

2nd full week in August - the Fulton County Fair (Sun 8/14- Sat 8/20/2016)

3rd full weekend in October- Fulton Fall Folk Festival (Fri 10/21- Sun 10/23/2016)

Parks & recreation: Cowan's Gap State Park, Raystown Lake, C&O Canal (20 mins to 1 hr 10 mins)

Golfing: Great Cove Golf Course, 2 miles or Whitetail Golf Course

Civil War Attractions: Gettysburg Battlefield, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg MD, Harrisburg Civil War Museum (all within 1 hour drive, Harper's Ferry WV is a 2 hr drive)

Live Theatres/Movie Halls: Historic Star Theatre in Mercersburg PA and in Berkeley Springs WV, Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia, Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg (20 mins to 1 hr drive)

Caves & Caverns: Visit Lincoln Caverns or explore Penns Cave by boat (1 to 2 hrs away)

Hang gliding & parasailing: We are located just four miles south of popular jump point 'The Pulpit' (aka Lookout Point) in McConnellsburg

Universities & Academies: Mercersburg Academy, 20 mins, Wilson College is 45 mins, Shippensburg University is 1 hr, Penn State Main is 1.5 hrs

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: While on the farm there are endless things to do... repairing and maintaining buildings, upkeeping fences and keeping the grass and weeds in check. We're kept company by our dog Max, a fantastic little rescue dog who absolutely loves having the run of the farm. When there is a little spare time we enjoy riding our horses, two of whom are rescues as well. The farm is a treasure: it has been in my husband's family since 1922. We are compelled to share it with others. Hence, The Tenant House was born.

Why the Owner Chose Big Cove Tannery, PA, USA:
While growing up Tony spent his summers here 'helping' to tend the cows, the chickens and the sheep. After 63 years of farming Tony's grandparents were thinking of retiring. Tony and I were looking to purchase a historical property near Gettysburg - our favorite weekend getaway. The timing couldn't have been better, his grandparents didn't want the farm to be developed and our goal was to restore an old property. One year later we signed the paperwork and purchased the family farm that has been in Tony's family since 1922.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Shady Spring Farm feels far removed from the busy I-95 corridor where we travel to our jobs. While it sounds a bit cliche, life on the farm slows down. Every season brings new sights and new scents. Early spring sees daffodils and crocus emerge from thawing ground. April into May is calving season when 80 or so black angus calves are born. May is the first cutting of hay and the blooming of tiger lilies around the springhouse. The warm nights in late June and early July are lit with thousands of fireflies. For two years now we've had both bald eagles and golden eagles visit the farm in the month of July - soaring over the field behind the farmhouse. August is lazy, it seems even the trout in the springhouse take it easy. Every season brings it's own wonder. When Tony wants to play a little golf he heads to the Great Cove Golf Course, just two miles from the farm. Whitetail Ski Resort (with snow tubing!) and historic Berkeley Springs, WV are within 30 minutes. One can enjoy a trolley ride at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in nearby Rockhill Furnace. When in the mood for outlet shopping we have two choices within an hour - Prime Outlets in Hagerstown MD and the outlet center in Gettysburg, PA. Two battlefields are within an hour, Gettysburg and Antietam, and we enjoy visiting both.


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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/09/2016

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Photos

  • The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm

    The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm

  • Charming 1930's farmhouse kitchen with restored 1935 GE monitor top refrigerator

    Charming 1930's farmhouse kitchen with restored 1935 GE monitor top refrigerator

  • Watch the sun rise from the green room, with farm views to the east and south

    Watch the sun rise from the green room, with farm views to the east and south

  • Relax on the broad front porch

    Relax on the broad front porch

  • Great views from every window... the view from the back porch in late winter

    Great views from every window... the view from the back porch in late winter

  • As a storm rolls in

    As a storm rolls in

  • Sunrise over the Tenant House

    Sunrise over the Tenant House

  • Ghost in the morning mist - an Arabian endurance horse who overnighted with us

    Ghost in the morning mist - an Arabian endurance horse who overnighted with us

  • Let it snow!

    Let it snow!

  • Enjoy preparing meals on the fully restored 1911 Moffat's Electra range

    Enjoy preparing meals on the fully restored 1911 Moffat's Electra range

  • 1930's living room with plantation desk and 3 piece parlor suite

    1930's living room with plantation desk and 3 piece parlor suite

  • The blue bedroom has long farmland views to the south, west and north

    The blue bedroom has long farmland views to the south, west and north

  • The limestone springhouse for which the farm is named

    The limestone springhouse for which the farm is named

  • Angus and Black Baldies on a warm spring day

    Angus and Black Baldies on a warm spring day

  • An escapee calf behind the Tenant House

    An escapee calf behind the Tenant House

  • Nearby Cowan's Gap State Park with boat rentals, beach area, walking trails and picnic sites

    Nearby Cowan's Gap State Park with boat rentals, beach area, walking trails and picnic sites

  • Enjoy your holidays on the farm

    Enjoy your holidays on the farm

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Friday, December 09, 2016

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