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

Lovettsville, VA, USA
  • Cottage800 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

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,



Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin

Member Since 2009
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within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 15, 2018
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 Brunswick

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.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa in living room (1)


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Mountain View
              • Rural
              • Water View


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Laundry Soap
                          • Activities Guide
                          • Alarm Clock
                          • Basic Soaps
                          • Bottled Water
                          • Broadband Access
                          • Ceiling Fans
                          • Clothes Dryer
                          • Filtered Water
                          • Fireplace
                            Electric "wood stove"
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                          • Internet
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • 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


                              • Microwave
                              • 4 Ring Stove
                              • Coffee Maker
                                Single-serve Keurig coffee maker (fully stocked). Regular coffee maker also available.
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                                The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, pots and pans, glassware, etc. The refrigerator is kept stocked with breakfast foods for our guests.
                              • Catering Available
                                As a seasonal wedding/event venue (May, June, September and October) we know many local caterers who can provide food for our cottage guests' meals or celebrations. Ask for list.
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                                Breakfast foods supplied.
                              • Refrigerator
                                Full-size fridge.
                              • Stove
                                Gas range, full-size oven
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 4 people


                                      • Books
                                        Take-one-leave-one library!
                                      • CD Player
                                      • DVD Player
                                        Good selection of movies to watch!
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                      • Television
                                        Satellite DirectTV (including sports channels)
                                      • VCR
                                      • Video Library


                                          • Bicycles
                                          • Child's Swing
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                          • Gazebo
                                          • Kayak / Canoe
                                          • Lawn / Garden
                                          • Outdoor Grill
                                          • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                          • Wood Deck


                                              • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                              • wheelchair accessible
                                                The Milk Cottage is all on one level. There is one step down from the front door, which is accessible with a portable ramp that we have available.


                                                  • pond
                                                  • autumn foliage
                                                  • forests
                                                  • library
                                                  • live theater
                                                  • museums
                                                  • churches
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • winery tours
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • outlet shopping
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • gambling casinos
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cross country skiing
                                                              • equestrian events
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • rafting
                                                              • skiing
                                                              • spelunking
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water tubing
                                                              • whitewater rafting


                                                                  • 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!

                                                                    32 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Perfect Fall Weekend Getaway

                                                                    Kathleen L.

                                                                    Stayed with our 2 children, they used the sofa bed and we stayed in the bedroom. The Milk Cottage was clean, cozy and very comfortable. Breakfast at the garden table an extra treat. The farm property is lovely, the owners welcoming and the location was close to lots of places we enjoyed. The night stars were beautiful too! We will be back!

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you, Kathleen, for taking the time to review your stay at the Milk Cottage. We really enjoyed meeting you and your family and are happy that you found much to see and enjoy both on the farm and in the surrounding area. As we discussed, there is far more to see and do in our area than a weekend permits, so we look forward to your next visit!

                                                                    Excellent get away

                                                                    cate b.Dallas, TX

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thanks so much, Cate. We enjoyed having you here and we hope you will visit again soon!

                                                                    Disappointed to say the least

                                                                    Ashley O.

                                                                    We were very excited to stay here based on the reviews of other guests, but our excitement was short lived. We only had 2 washcloths and the bed was hard as a rock. I phoned the next morning & asked for more washcloths and was told that they would be brought to us sometime during the day. When we returned from a day of sightseeing in 90+ degree weather there was a note telling us it was our responsibility to wash our own linens while we were there.

                                                                    So, I had to wash clothes every day so we could take showers. When you're paying $186 a night, I would think at least a few days of wash clothes would not be too much to ask; even a $60 a night motel would provide you with that.

                                                                    There is mold in the bathroom, cobwebs on the walls and the bushes out front are so overgrown it was hard to make it through the door without picking up a few bugs. After 4 days without a good night's sleep and my daily laundry routine, it was good to get home. I would not recommend.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Very sorry for your disappointment, Ashley. We attribute the problem to perhaps misunderstanding the difference between a vacation-rental farmstay and a hotel. Most folks take advantage of the washer and dryer in the cottage. The bathroom was cleaned just before your arrival, and I am not sure where you saw mold or cobwebs, but perhaps I missed something in doing the cleaning and will look more closely in the future. The bush in front (called Harry Lauder`s Walking Stick) is indeed a fast grower that we cut back annually in the spring, but we will watch it more carefully in mid-season. We are surprised by the comment about the bed, as we have had no prior complaints (and some compliments) about the somewhat-firm mattress. I do hope you had an opportunity to walk around the farm and enjoy its beauty as well as the sheep and llamas and the vineyard, and also to take advantage of all that our area offers in the way of recreation, history and other amenities.

                                                                    Wonderful, Quiet and Relaxing

                                                                    Calvin H.Summerville, SC

                                                                    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.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Comfortable Stay at Incredible Location

                                                                    Garrett B.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    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!

                                                                    Serene, fun getaway.

                                                                    Diana W.

                                                                    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!!


                                                                    Lovettsville, VA, USA

                                                                    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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                                                                    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.

                                                                    32 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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