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Mountaintop breezes!--Amazing view central to Many battlefields

Bedrooms 3
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

3 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Sleeps 5-6

Enjoy our our charming stone and shingle cottage perched the side of a mountain overlooking the Catoctin Mountain Valley for a get away! It is located only 12 minutes from great skiing at Ski Liberty in the former resort of Blue Ridge Summit , Pa. which was founded as a vacation site for nearby DC and Baltimore families, although many came from as far away as NY because the train went there. It is 5 miles or so from the famous Camp David. It is less than one mile from the Appalacian Trail. It is located in the area of Lee's retreat and the Battle of Montery Pass. It is 22 minutes to Gettysburg.. 1/2 hour to Monocacy, and about the same to Sharpsburg and Antietam. !!! The cottage has 2 large bedrooms upstairs(1 king- the other two twins that make a king on the second floor,) and a double bedroom on the first floor. Each bedroom has a bath. There is a living room , kitchen, dining room and small den. The deck is the best part! The large doors looking onto the expanse of the valley are an important feature of the house. We enjoy dining under the umbrella on the deck, sometimes cooking on the small grill. Our garden is very relaxing and has a fire pit for chilly evenings. We also have a small outdoor hot tub. Our little private lane makes the home a small enchanting estate with the feeling that you are far , far away in another place. The houses on the lane are all second homes for Washington families , except for one full time (house with the snow plow). It is extremely relaxing and we enjoy reading, walking up and down the lane, and just hanging out although we do go to Gettysburg to the movies and to Hagerstown to the Outlet Malls and amazing antique stores. Our favorite restaurants are the Cash town Inn (gourmet in the country) and the Carriage House in Emmitsburg (best crab cakes anywhere~) The local golf course is one of the oldest in America and is a challenge because of its wildness! . The Y in Wayneboro has very reasonable short term memberships for gym and pool . The Battle of Montery Pass and Lee's Retreat from Gettysburg were just around the corner. See North South Magazine, Feb. 27 2010!!!

Susan Lloyd
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About Susan Lloyd

My husband and I live in Washington and for 30 some years have enjoyed coming to Blue Ridge Summit for the immediate relaxation in another world from the city. The area is steeped in Civil War history . It is beautiful in all seasons... Leaves changing in the fall.. In the winter Ski LIBERTY is 12 minutes. The summer is delightful and spring is awesome. We have made friends there and like to relax at the cottage. Now that the children are grown we want to travel more and thus decided to share our spot !

Susan Lloyd purchased this estate in 1999

Why Susan Lloyd chose Pennsylvania


There are many beautiful historic homes in Blue Ridge Summit, but we think ours has the best view and the feel that you could be in another country in such a short time. The privacy is terrific, yet there are families nearby. We love the casual decor and easy living.

What makes this estate unique

Live in your own private world... a true vacation. Feel miles away yet have shopping and things nearby. View thousands of acres as your own from this mountain lodge.

Robert E. Lee and Custer tied their horses (Traveler and ?) to the tree in our neighbors yard as they stopped in the retreat from Gettysburg. The Battle of Montery Pass was fought just around the corner from our house. Here is what one blogger has to say about it. You can veiw the whole article in North South Magazine of Feb. 27, 2010 which has the map with our street!!!


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Mountaintop breezes!--Amazing view central to Many battlefields
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews
Landgraaf, NL

Roomy, comfortable house in the mountains

  • 3 of 5

My family stayed at this house for a month in October and November. It is a very comfortable house with beautiful views. It was a trip back to the 50's but everything worked ok. Modern appliances and an entertainment system were available. The freight trains passing by next to the house were an unusual attraction and let you know you weren't as isolated as you might think. We enjoyed our stay on the mountaintop with the deer grazing in the backyard.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Yes, the cottage is located in a truly idyllic and poetic scene with the beautiful mountain, sky , sun and moon. Many guests return just for that and its extreme coziness. We have tried to keep it's " country" feeling to get that sense of being in another time and place for which many weekenders and travelers are searching .
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Amazing Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

The mountain views are so amazing from every window in the house... the house.. I mean WOW, it was warm and inviting and was so much more that I could ever imagine. There is so much to do and no need to leave the house. Hot tub, fireplace, outside fire pit.. just to name a few. I will definatley stay here again! Thank you

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing remarks and for being such a wonderful guest. It is always a nice surprise to return to the cottage and find a thoughtful thank you note such as yours!!! We were so glad to learn that it worked out so well and that you enjoyed your days there. Hopefully you shall return one day!
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Clean, comfortable cottage with breathtaking views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over Memorial Day weekend. The property was clean, comfortable, with all the comforts of home and more. Each bedroom has its own full bath, everything you would need to be comfortable in the kitchen, duck with incredible Mountain View's, games, bicycles, and a hot tub. The house's location is at the end of a quiet street. He owners provide a welcome packet with loads of information on the house, the area, things to do, day trips, and area attractions. My family had a wonderful time I would definitely love to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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South Florida

Charming home rental

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. The view is spectacular at any time of the day. We enjoyed touring around to some of the many Civil War sites and historic towns which are nearby , and it was interesting to read the owner's notes about the retreat from Gettysburg through the local area. Susan is a pleasure to deal with and let us know she was available to handle any issues that might arise. None did arise, but it was good to know she would help if needed. It was a

a charming place for us to rent. If we are in this area again, we will certainly be staying in this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tampa, Florida

Family week on Blue Ridge

  • 5 of 5

Great location. We visited DC, Harpers Ferry, and Gettysburg while we were here. This was a great time to spend with the family. The cottage was clean and the view was beautiful. We had a relaxing week and will highly consider coming back the next time we want to visit the area. Thanks Susan!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much appreciate your kind remarks. Yes... please visit again!!!
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Annapolis, MD

Great views, cozy, close to Skiing

  • 3 of 5

Our Family of 4 (2 teenage girls) rented this house for a weekend away to ski and relax. Positives: The views from the family room and the 2 bedrooms upstairs were spectacular; The wood burning fireplace was very cozy and a great place to hang out after a long day of skiing; The hot tub was nice too! A few notes - the kitchen and common areas were a bit cluttered which made it hard to find counterspace to cook, room to store our groceries and a place to store our winter gear.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad these visitors enjoyed their stay. We will "de-clutter" a bit and appreciate the comment!
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Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Local club
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Blue Ridge Restaurant
Nearest Ski
12 Miles
Ski Liberty
Car: necessary

Fall leaves with 30 miles of views ... central to many battlefields. . Fall foliage and orange sunrises on our mountain are two more reasons to visit the cottage. We have the best beautiful mountain vista within 50 miles. Blue Ridge Summit is an historic area which was frequented by vacationers at the turn of the 20th century due to the cool mountain air. There are many surviving homes from this era, along with important civil war sites. Robert E. Lee and Traveler retreated along the road we live on, and the Battle of Monterey Pass was fought nearby. The retreat from Gettysburg by a portion of Lees troops also too place along our road. It is about 17 miles to Gettysburg... a 20 minute or so drive from our home. Our home is a great outpost for students of the Civil War but becuase it is in a resort town has another dimension. On the way to Gettysburg one passes Ski Liberty and the Carroll County Golf Course. Waynesboro Penn. and Mercersburg where Whitetail Ski resort is located is the other direction. The Duchess of Windsor was born in Blue Ridge Summit on the same site that Civil War troops later camped. The little 'Montery' Club golf course is open to the public and is only several blocks from out house. (It is $10 to play and if it is closed slide the moneh through the mail slot!). The house is close enough

to DC and Baltimore(one hour , 15 min) for day excursions to museums there, etc. One can drive through Emmitsburg, Md, home of the Mother Seton Shrine and Basilica. The Mount Saint Mary's University is there and there is an interesting film on its founding. There is a wonderful zoo on Rt. 15 in Thurmont which is about 15 minutes away (not sure if open in the winter) Great for all ages! Shopping is really great at the Hagarstown Mall and the Gettysburg Gateway Mall . Antiquing is also fun at Beaver Creek Antique Mall and Antique Crossroads..about 25 min. Fly fishing is availalbe in Beaver Creek (20 min) Visit Antietam, Sharpsburg, and Monacacy battle sites also only about 25 min. away.


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Jan 4 2017 - Mar 21 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning $75
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a $75 charge towards the cleaning!

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Blue Ridge Summit Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Three full baths
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Two huge bedrooms on second floor with private baths One small bedroom on first floor with bath Beds as follows: two twins which make a king, a king, and a double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis

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