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The Milk Cottage on Historic Farm in D.C.'S Wine Country

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 1 Queen Bedroom, 1 Sleep Sofa, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

We are conveniently located just outside of Lovettsville in Loudoun County, at the northern tip of Virginia -- less than a mile from the Potomac River and only six miles from the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah rivers at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.

Once a milking parlor for dairy cows, the Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm has been completely refurbished as a charming and cozy one-bedroom cottage with a full kitchen and bath and a large living/dining room with a convertible sofa bed to sleep 2. The cottage is furnished with attractive and comfortable antiques and art. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything guests need to prepare meals, and breakfast foods are provided as part of the rental. Guests enjoy visiting our wine grape vineyard (sometimes helping with the harvest if their visit coincides) and seeing our flock of llamas and sheep, including spring lambs. Viognier and Cabernet Franc wines made from WeatherLea grapes are available locally, and wool products from our sheep are available for purchase on the farm. The Milk Cottage at WeatherLea Farm is an ideal spot year-round for a unique farmstay experience! We are also a wedding venue in May-June and Sept-Oct; the cottage is used by wedding parties, and by other guests when no wedding is scheduled.

Surrounded by historic farm buildings that include a 1794 log and frame farmhouse and a circa 1900 barn, as well as a stunning landscape including a pond and lovely gardens and trees, the cottage also offers close proximity to many historic points of interest -- especially the Civil War sites within the 'Journey Through Hallowed Ground' historic corridor, including Antietam Battlefield, Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg (only a 45-minute drive). Visitors also have easy access to sightseeing and business in Washington D.C. by way of a commuter train that can be boarded only a mile away. For hikers, bicyclists, rafters, birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts, nearby attractions include the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the C&O Canal Towpath, the Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Both fine dining and casual restaurants are nearby, and the historic towns of Leesburg, VA and Frederick, MD -- both of which offer an abundance of antique shops and art galleries, as well as restaurants, movies and entertainment -- are both about 15 miles away. Loudoun County, known as 'D.C.'s Wine Country,' includes over 30 wineries open for wine-tasting and purchase. And for equestrians and racing afficionados, we are about 25 miles from Middleburg, VA -- a Mecca for steeplechase races and fox hunting -- and 12 miles from the Charlestown, WV thoroughbred racetrack. Popular seasonal events in the area include the Waterford Craft Fair and the Loudoun Farm Tour in October, a number of equestrian events in Leesburg and Middleburg between May and October, and the county fairs of Loudoun in Virginia and Frederick in Maryland.

Owners Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin live in the main farmhouse and are always ready to assist guests and suggest activities, points of interest and good food and wine.

Keywords: Cottage,Farmstay,Vineyard,Sheep,History,Weddings,

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More Details

Owner
Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

About Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin

Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin are a couple in very active retirement from careers in international development and environmental law. We have lived and worked abroad and enjoy receiving guests from all over the world. We work hard on our farm tending our vineyard and our flock of sheep and llamas, and hosting weddings and events as well as overnight guests. We are deeply involved in Loudoun County efforts to preserve farmland and the historic and natural heritage of our area, while promoting the the rural economy, including tourism and the arts. We work to make our farm-based 'wool, wine, weddings and weekends' businesses as green as possible. Malcolm serves on the board of the Piedmont Environmental Council, and WeatherLea Farm has been permanently protected by a conservation easement under the stewardship of the Land Trust of Virginia.

Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin chose Northern Virginia

We explored Loudoun County and purchased our farm while living overseas, seeing all its wonderful amenities, nearby attractions and possibilities (as described in our property description). We also recognized the great potential of the cottage, first using it as a long-term rental property and more recently as a facility for short-term vacation and rental.

What makes this cottage unique

We offer unusual variety of experience, both rural and urban. Guests may explore a working farm that combines a boutique wine grape vineyard and pastures with peacefully grazing sheep and llamas with guest hospitality and a unique wedding/event space in our classic barn. The cottage is very comfortable, attractive and convenient, and WeatherLea Farm as a whole offers a wonderfully restorative country experience in a beautiful setting with friendly hosts. And just beyond our property lies a whole world of history, nature, adventure, antiquing and more...including immediate proximity to the MARC commuter train, providing easy access to the sights of Washington D.C.

Guestbook comments from the owner

One of THE BEST places we've stayed. See you again in June. We can't wait!
Apr 2010
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Amenities

Lovettsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa in living room (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
We operate as both a bed-and-breakfast and a vacation rental, accepting reservations from two nights to 30 days. We provision the kitchen refrigerator with breakfast foods that guests can prepare in the cottage kitchen. We are a wonderful getaway in all seasons! Children are very welcome, but couples seeking a romantic escape will also found the Milk Cottage delightful!

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The Milk Cottage on Historic Farm in D.C.'S Wine Country
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 31 reviews
Dallas, TX
5

Excellent get away

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two nights in July. It was wonderful! I loved the creatures that were on the property like Llamas and Sheep and pups - but especially the human comforts of the cottage. Very unique and well appointed. Owner's were kind and helpful - too many great restaurants and shops and activities to list. Hope to return soon and stay longer - the barn is magical with the stringed lights.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Cate. We enjoyed having you here and we hope you will visit again soon!
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Summerville, SC
5

Wonderful, Quiet and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in many HomeAway/NRBO places in many parts of the country and Caribbean. Milk Cottage is the best equipped we have ever seen. The hosts had wonderful items in the fridge for us. I only wish we had more time to spend on the farm. Thanks much.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! I really enjoyed meeting you and hearing of your memories about living in our area when it was sleepy and entirely rural. We hope you will stay at the Milk Cottage again whenever you return to visit your family in our area.
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5

Comfortable Stay at Incredible Location

  • 5 of 5

The Milk Cottage was an amazing place to stay during our trip! We hiked around Harpers Ferry which was just a short drive away from the property. Pamela and Malcolm were such amazing hosts, and we wished we had more time to just stay and chat! My girlfriend was absolutely in love with the lambs and sheep on the surrounding farm. I could not recommend this place enough for someone looking to have a lovely, quiet place to stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Garrett, for your enthusiastic response to our cottage and farm. I am happy, too, that you were able to take advantage of our location close to Harper`s Ferry and the Appalachian Trail. We hope to see you here again!
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5

Serene, fun getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful secluded cottage with perfect night skies. Only 5 minutes to a C&O Canal trail head and the bike path to Harpers Ferry. Only 45 minutes from Dulles area. Perfect stay. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A Perfect Getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

A very calming and relaxing cottage. Malcolm and Pam made us feel at home with the exceptional clean cottage in a pastoral setting.

It was wonderful watching the sheep and the Llamas going about their business.

Very close to the C&O canal where we enjoyed a wonderful day of biking to Harper's Ferry.

Even a rainy day proved to be relaxing as we enjoyed the Charles Town sights and sounds.

We WILL return, and we would recommend this setting to all who wish to get away and enjoy a setting that is out of this world!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Relaxing days in the Milk Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful relaxing time at the Milk Cottage on WheatherLea Farm. It was our first stay and it hit the description about the farm in all points. We enjoyed the large and lovingly kept farm. Pamela and Malcom are great Hosts. The farm is close to Lovettsville where you find some restaurants. We can totally recommend the Milk Cottage if you are looking for some calm and relaxing days. Yvonne & Michael, Germany

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Dulles International (IAD)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Smoketown Brewery
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
White's Ferry across the Potomac, VA to MD
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Brunswick, MD
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
I-70 at Frederick, MD
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Market Table Bistro, Patowmack Farm, Andy's
Nearest Point of Interest
Leesburg, VA
Nearest Point of Interest
Frederick, MD
Nearest Point of Interest
Waterford, VA
Nearest Point of Interest
Harper's Ferry, West Virginia
Nearest Point of Interest
Lovettsville, VA
Nearest Point of Interest
Antietam Battlefield
Car: necessary

Civil War Sightseeing, Winery & Brewery Visits, Close to Appalachian Trail, C&O Canal National Park, Antietam Battlefield, Charlestown WV Race Track, Shepherdstown, WV Summer Theater Festival (July), Waterford Fair (October), .

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Rates & Availability

Lovettsville Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
$175
$1,000
$3,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$150
$900
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation policy: Deposit will be returned, less 10% and any taxes already remitted to applicable government authorities, provided cancellation is 30 days or more in advance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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