About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
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 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 with memory foam topper. 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. Now, an outer door leads to the deck. This room has a ceiling fan and a four-poster maple bed with new 13 inch memory foam mattress. 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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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 Berkeley Springs
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 Country Inn,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.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Very charming 200 year old home full of interesting artifacts and antiques.
It felt like you were isolated while only a few minutes from the main road. I had concern with unsafe steps from parking area to house and fly infestation. My family spent Christmas and it was like going to an old family home. Owner was very kind and generous.
Hi Doretta, I glad you liked the house and agree about the bottom stone step at entrance. We close for the season on Jan. 2, and will work on the steps in the spring. Thanks for your heads up about the flies. We've had problems in other winter seasons, but never this bad. We plan to set off several bug bombs when the place is closed down. Next winter, we'll be more pro-active. We are also considering calling in the professionals. Thanks for your help with the situation. Have a Happy New Year, Sally
What a wonderful house. Perfect for the weekend and it is so clear how everything is thought out with so much love and care.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Thanks for your review. You were great guests and I hope you'll return.
Rustic weekend retreat
Relaxing getaway in an historic cottage! Natural springs close by!
Hi Hamilton, So glad you enjoyed the weekend and got to the springs. You were great guests and I hope you visit us in the fall. Thanks, Sally
Historic cabin with big yard and pond
If you are looking to travel back in time with modern conveniences this cabin is just the right place. We have visited many times with our young children and always enjoy it.
Lisa and family, So glad you could make it back this year. Thanks for your review. Look forward to seeing you next year. Sally
Great Girls Weekend
Myself and 2 of best friends stayed at homestead this past weekend. We absolutely loved it! Great setting if you like to be slightly secluded. Just a few minutes from town. The house is charming and rustic. The pond was a nice extra. We saw fish and a ton of tadpoles. Enjoyed our wine while playing games. House was very clean and linens were nice. No complaints. Thank you for letting us stay.
Hi Amanda, So glad you all had a good weekend. I appreciated your suggestions and will work on implementation. Hope you come again. Thanks, Sally
Taste of History
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.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
- PET FEE: $25 one time fee per dog (maximum of 2 dogs) Cats are not accepted. - CANCELLATIONS: Cancel 15 days prior to arrival date for refund. NOTE: Only VRBO/HomeAway rate and deposit postings are valid. NOTE: EVENT PRICING: Nights can be added at additional cost. Some date substitutions can be made. Ask owner.