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The Old Homestead - Charming Circa 1800 Farmhouse Looks Toward Sleepy Creek Mt

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Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Farmhouse: 3 BDRs, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Imagine stepping back into the world of the early 19th Century. The Declaration of Independence was signed only 24 years earlier. A new homestead cabin has just been built in north-western Virginia on part of a 200 acre land grant signed by President James Monroe. This and other deeds are displayed at The Old Homestead, which is now a charming two hundred and fifteen year old farmhouse restored to its 1800s roots.

The town of Berkeley Springs, one and one-half miles away, was laid out by young George Washington. It's said that he bathed in the well-known warm springs here. His 'bath tub' is still on display in the State Park. The medicinal healing springs, originally frequented by Indian tribes, became America's first spa. The historic but operational Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park is fed by the healing waters of Warms Springs run and provides natural mineral baths and massages. Numerous private spas are also located in town. A full- sized swimming pool is part of the State Park. Free Summer concerts, sponsored by the Morgan Arts Council, are presented in the park on Saturday evenings. These attractions are just a five minute drive from the Old Homestead.

Additional rooms were added to the original house in around 1850. By the time of the Civil War, descendants of the settlers sat on the front porch and watched Confederate soldiers march toward Martinsburg. Both armies, bushwhackers, horse thieves and smugglers rode through this border area. The nearby Potomac River was the boundary between North and South and many battles took place nearby.

Now guests can relax in rockers on the shaded front porch.

The back patio and deck provide views of rolling meadows and Sleepy Creek Mountain. A comfortable hammock hangs between large trees in the yard. Enjoy wildlife drinking at the spring-fed ponds and birds flocking to the feeder. (The small ponds are a natural wildlife asset, but are unsuitable for swimming, fishing or boating.) In the modern kitchen, original rafters are exposed and half-wainscot walls are restored. The kitchen chimney contains large fossil rocks. The fireplace in the living room accommodates a built-in wood stove. A dining area overlooks the front porch. Play chess at the game table in the hall area. A full bath is to the right and the laundry room is at the opposite end of the hall.

Narrow, winding steps lead upstairs to a hallway reading area. All of the wainscot doors have been retained on the second floor. A half-bath is located to the right and a small bedroom with a single bed is to the left. The original homestead master bedroom opens off the hall. Complete with a small mantled fireplace (charming but inoperable), this room boasts some lovely antiques and a double bed. The original chair-rails have been retained here. An adjoining door leads to the back bedroom. This bedroom was known as a 'captured' room - meaning that the occupants could only enter through another room. Today, a outer door leads to the deck. This room has a queen-sized bed and ceiling fan. As it is part of the addition, the stone chimney and an area of original lap siding add interest to the room.

The surrounding area provides a wealth of activities. Cacapon State Park is 20 minutes away and offers horseback riding, boating and swimming in the lake, hiking, playgrounds, picnic areas and a golf course. Enjoy float trips, swimming, fishing, and boating on the nearby Cacapon River. Bike on the C&O Canal Towpath Rails To Trails path on the banks of the Potomac River in nearby Hancock, MD. Winter skiing and snowboarding is available at White Tail resort 45 minutes away, or at Blue Knob resort an hour and a half a away. Historic Harper's Ferry is not far. You can walk through the town and visit the Civil War museums. Another activity in Harper's Ferry is whitewater rafting or tubing on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Nearby Charles Town offers racing and slots. A new casino has opened at Rocky Gap Lodge, Flintstone, MD (near Cumberland, MD).

Keywords: Historic old farmhouse near Berkeley Springs, WV, Views of Sleepy Creek Mt., Wooded setting, rustic, rural, secluded

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Sally Brinkmann
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2016

About Sally Brinkmann

I'm a retired English teacher and a writer. My writing often draws on the color and history of the local area. My granddaughter helps with cleaning, yard work and the web page. She is also interested in the local history.

Sally Brinkmann purchased this farmhouse in 1975

Why Sally Brinkmann chose West Virginia

When my husband bought the Old Homestead and the farm in 1975, saplings were growing out of the windows. He renovated it, and lived there for a few years. It was rented out for many years, and slipped into a state of disrepair. In 2001, I began the second renovation, and researched its history. I found old courthouse records and deeds in both Virginia and West Virginia.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I live down the driveway from the property, so I enjoy the convenience of being located only 1.6 miles from Berkeley Springs. I often attend plays and gallery shows at the Morgan County Arts Council center, the Ice House. My family, friends, and I frequent the many restaurants in town, namely Earth Dog Cafe, The Ambrae House, The Country Inn, Panarama at the Peak, Tari's Premier Cafe and Mi Ranchito. For special occasions we go to Lot Twelve Public House. In Hancock, MD, visit Buddy Lou's Eats, Drinks and Antiques on the canal.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sally, we loved staying at your farmhouse and this poem came very easily in that special space. I'd be honored to have the poem on the Old Homestead webpage... copying the electronic version below to save you some typing.

Thank you for liking my poem!



The Old Homestead

boards made of trees long dead

surround me

with the craftsmanship

of people long dead

board by board

they built this house

maybe with the help of friends

who are also long dead

and then there was a child

born in the room where I sleep

maybe the mother lived

or maybe she fell into a forever sleep

and maybe that child thrived

or maybe it was the fourth child

of the house who lived only to age three

others survived

and the family grew enough

to add a wing another bedroom for more kin

who lived closer together then

slept bundled two or three in one bed

and though the children played all around the house

in the trees and pond and with the animals

that frequent this land

the birds the deer the small critters in between

and the adults spent most of their day out of doors too

with raising livestock and milking riches from the earth

all the people of this place gathered in the evening

in the one room that runs through

the foundational floor of this house and

someone played music

and someone else would read

as another mended clothes and sheets

and stories lived in this house

until one candle was done and the utter darkness

called each one to sleep earlier

than we visitors with our electricity

earlier to rise too as each rushed to care

for some morning chore

before gathering together to eat

and it would be the mother who prepared this food

because the man's hands and back would be needed elsewhere

to chop the wood or prep the tiller or check on the animals

the children should have gathered and fed before they

were loosed to their pens to do what animals do

it would have been a simpler life

and i don't want to romanticize the blisters and callouses away

or the potential violence of man to animals and even smaller human beings

but the labor of life would have kept most souls focused

on what had to be done

and the smaller pockets of time to throw rocks into the pond

or sit in the middle of a grove of trees

or study the deer who came to browze on new growth leaves

at the edge of your land

must have felt a more concentrated relief or joy from all the rest

Thanks, Nina (Contact Sally to see remainder of poem)
Oct 2014
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Old Homestead - Charming Circa 1800 Farmhouse Looks Toward Sleepy Creek Mt
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 58 reviews

Taste of History

  • 5 of 5

The home is lovely and so tastefully decorated, you can sense the history of the home and property. We loved visiting the pond and it was great to have a mowed path. We enjoyed coffee on the porch daily while the dogs sat with us and the kids played in the yard. We had our own little Thanksgiving and found the kitchen and dining perfect for a feast of 4! The home is close to the main-town-area of Berkeley Springs which we enjoy visiting to walk for the day or an evening meal. The movies, books, and games provided were the perfect entertainment while we were in the cabin....the "chess corner" was perfect. It was so nice to have linens and towels provided and to have a washer/dryer. The home/cabin is perfect as long as the adults and children are comfortable navigating the (steeper) stairs that are in so many of these historical homes, we had no problem at all and consider it a neat feature. Sally responded to emails throughout our stay when we had little questions, she was gracious and kind.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The County Home

  • 4 of 5

The home was clean with a well equipped kitchen. The mattresses were soso. Free internet and limited channel selection on the rather smallish tv. TVs are cheap and ESPN should be standard. Do not sleep walk because the doorways are low. Bumping your head is very likely. The location is nice and this property should be enjoyed for anyone wanting a nice quiet weekend. Im not complaining at all, its an old farmhouse with charm and not a boring hotel room. I would stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Andy, Thanks for your review. I've considered a larger TV, but this would require removing it from the antique cupboard which conceals it and putting it in a prominent spot in the living room - detracting from the 1800s charm. I am looking into an Apple box or something similar to acquire more channels. Hope you visit soon again, Sally
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Unique property!

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable old house close by to Berkeley Springs is an excellent home base while touring the area. Everything was clean and well stocked. Enjoyed having the option to bring our pup along, too.

Would recommend to anyone except those with mobility problems - the stairs to the bedrooms are steep and narrow. Strong wifi but tv channels are very limited.

Ate at Lot 12 both nights we were in town. Very good food, service, and ambiance. Be sure to take a drive and visit the Paw Paw Tunnel for an interesting walk.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you liked the Old Homestead. I agree that the Paw Paw tunnel should not be missed. Thanks for your suggestion regarding the TV. Right now we're looking into an Apple box or a smilar device so that we can expand viewing availability Hope you return to the Old Homestead soon. Sally
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Historical and Very Relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were searching for a comfortable Appalachian farmhouse to stay in for a few days in West Virginia, and the Old Homestead fit the bill perfectly. We were pleased that the house had modern conveniences, yet retained enough of it's historical flair to keep it very interesting and unique. Sally did a great job in renovating this place and provided plenty of information on the history of the families and the structure. My husband and I are very interested in antique furniture and historical architecture, so this was perfect for us!

I especially enjoyed feeding the fish in the pond and watching the birds at the feeder in the backyard. We were even visited by a cute little nuthatch, much to my husband's delight! There were plenty of acres on the property to wander around on and the path down to the pond made it super easy to access.

The farmhouse is pretty close to town, so it was easy to shoot down the hill to the springs and the shops. We were pleasantly surprised by the water in the springs. My husband was very skeptical, but we could tell it made our skin softer. We had to take some home for a keepsake! There are plenty of quaint little shops in town to check out and everyone in town was really friendly and welcoming.

Sally was very responsive throughout the whole process and very patient with us. Even when I was sending her silly questions through email and calling her up when we couldn't find the driveway. We had a great time and can't wait to come back to visit again. Thank you so much for your hospitality!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Suzanne, Thanks again for such a wonderful review. You were also great guests! It's beautiful here in the fall and fun to sit in front of the wood stove. Do hope you can return soon. Sally
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Historic and Tranquil Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Old Homestead for a quiet weekend. We were looking for a nice old Appalachian farmhouse, and we definitely found a gem in this place! The house is super comfortable with all the amenities you would need for a comfortable stay. I was really impressed with the variety of books and games provided. Feeding the fish in the pond and watching the birds in the backyard were an extra treat. We even saw a cute little nuthatch which is my husband's favorite bird.

The property is really close to town, so we were able to enjoy the springs and all the quaint little shops in town. We had WAY too much fun shopping in town.

Sally is a very kind and patient woman and she was very helpful when I had questions and when we had issues finding the property. We can't wait to stay here again! Thanks so much :)

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Suzanne, Thanks for your very nice review. I'm so glad you had a good weekend. My family and I enjoyed your husband's drawings of the castle, the Old Homestead and George Washington he left in the guest book. Hope to see you soon again. Sally
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Nice, relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of friends from DC who rented the house for the weekend. It is close to the center of town, but still very quiet and relaxing in the evenings. The kitchen has everything you need to cook, the beds are comfortable, and we felt right at home. We loved being able to stay in such a historic place! I would just caution that with 6 people, we did run out of water for showering (something Sally did warn us about) and we also think the tree nearest to the house could be pruned because it hangs over the top deck and makes it a bit cramped. Otherwise, everything was great.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Becky, So glad you and your friends enjoyed your time at the Old Homestead. Thanks for mentioning the tree spreading over the deck. I've been debating wheather the extra shade it provides is worth keeping those branches - now they will be trimmed. So sorry about the water problem. Yesterday I contacted a plumber and found that the well pump was not working properly. Today the well pump is being replaced, so this problem should be dealt with. Hope you come again. Thanks, Sally
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Dulles, Wash., D.C.; BWI, Baltimore, MD
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Berkeley Springs, WV
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cacapon State Park, The Woods, Hedgesville, WV
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Martinsburg, WV
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Rt 522
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Berkeley Springs, WV
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
White Tail Ski Resort, Mercersberg, PA
Car: recommended

The Apple Butter Arts and Crafts Festival held in Berkeley Springs State Park the second weekend of October.

Racetrack and casino at Charlestown, WV. Casino at Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, MD.


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Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

- PET FEE: $25 one time fee per dog (maximum of 2 dogs)
- CANCELLATIONS: Cancel 15 days prior to arrival date for refund.
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Berkeley Springs Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink
  • Bathroom 1 on first floor; bathroom 2 on second floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , original farmhouse master bedroom (fireplace - nonworking)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Enter from rm. 2, added about 1850, door onto deck
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Spas offering massage and heated pools, etc. located in Berkeley Springs, WV. Antique shops, speciality shops and movie theater are located in Berkeley Springs. Bicycles and boats rented in Hancock, MD. Horseback riding at Cacapon State Park. The Morgan Arts Council sponsors the Ice House art gallery, gallery shows and openings and various concerts and live theater events listed on their website. ( Farmer's Market on Thursday and Sunday in Downtown Berkeley Springs (in-season).

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