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NEW! Cozy 3 BR Getaway Cottage at WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

Three bedrooms, full kitchen, living/dining room, sleeps up to 6

The Shepherd's Cottage at WeatherLea Farm sleeps up to six guests in a master bedroom with queen bed, a double bedroom and a third bedroom with single-size trundle bed that sleeps 2 when open. Includes a well-equipped, all-new gourmet kitchen and breakfast nook, and a dining table that seats 6, as well as one full bath with new tub and shower. An outside rear deck offers grilling and al fresco dining.

Ideal for a weekend or longer vacation for families with children; bride's and bridesmaids' pre-wedding hangout; writer's retreat; visits to Loudoun wineries, breweries and farm-to-table restaurants; Civil War historic site visits; Appalachian Trail hikers and C&O Canal Towpath bicyclists.

For larger groups, the Shepherd's Cottage can be paired with the adjacent Milk Cottage, which sleeps up to 4. WeatherLea's historic barn serves as a marvelous venue for weddings, family reunions and other gatherings between early May and late October.

WeatherLea's 28 acres of pastures, meadows, lawns and vineyard offer pleasant walks and places to sit and enjoy the outdoors and the view of the nearby Short Hills. The Potomac River is only a half-mile away.

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Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2017

About Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin

Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin are active retirees from careers in international development and environmental policy, now focusing their time and energy on their historic farm, where they raise sheep and llamas, grow wine grapes and host weddings and overnight guests. They love to share their property with guests from all over the U.S. and overseas.

Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin purchased this cottage in 1992

Why Pamela and Malcolm Baldwin chose Northern Virginia

The Shepherd's Cottage and its companion the Milk Cottage -- both part of beautiful WeatherLea Farm and Vineyard in Lovettsvillle, VA -- combine the best of vacation rental and bed-and-breakfast accommodations for families, couples and small groups of any age. Our location is unbeatable for a wide variety of sights and activities -- historic, recreational, rural and epicurean -- while also offering easy access to Washington DC and Baltimore, MD. We have also been a favorite place for writers to work in peace and quiet while taking advantage of our internet connections. We recently served as the location for an independent film, and for a renowned group of artists who painted our outstanding landscapes during the autumn season. Both cottages also serve as refuges for brides, grooms and their families during weddings held here at WeatherLea between May and October.

What makes this cottage unique

Having lived abroad for a number of years, the Baldwins especially enjoy hosting international guests!

Our location is ideal for an amazing array of historic sites, recreational opportunities, and great food and wine.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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NEW! Cozy 3 BR Getaway Cottage at WeatherLea Farm & Vineyard
average rating of 4.75 based on 8 reviews

Amazing place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed three nights in this beautiful cottage, located on Weatherlea farm! When we arrived, the breakfast goodies (meat, eggs, whole milk, yogurt and more) were SO appreciated and delicious. This home had more than enough room for my husband and I, along with my two children, to spread out. And the farm was so fun to explore! We had a nightly walk down to visit the sheep and llamas, which was their favorite part of our day. They are still talking about it! This property is incredibly close to the Maryland line, and just across the river lays lots of fun stuff to check out. There is even a cool coffee shop in a converted church! Breweries, wineries, restaurants- all close-by!

We took day trips to Gettysburg and DC and both were about an hour away. The cottage was just wonderful and the owner's hospitality out of this world. We will absolutely be back again!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stephanie and Justin,, we're so glad you enjoyed your stay at WeatherLea and were able to take advantage of some of the fun and interesting things to see and do in our area. We'd love to see you here again...there's much more to see! Thank you for your kind words; we do our best to make our guests feel truly at home while they are here. Best, Pamela
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Baltimore, MD, USA

What an awesome 27th Birthday Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 5 friends shared this wonderful cottage for the weekend. Everything that we needed was there! A Grill, cleaning supplies, the towels and linens were better than mine at home also the waters in the bedroom came in handy in the morning! Pam was so inviting and their farm and vineyard is just gorgeous. This was a fantastic getaway from the city for the weekend. They are close to everything, the wineries, downtown harpers ferry -- we did a white water tubing adventure that was only 10 minutes away. We will definitely be back for an extended weekend. We watched Malcom feed the llamas! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much, Andrew! We so appreciate your kind words AND the wonderful job you guys did in leaving the cottage immaculate. Malcolm and I were very happy when the Saturday morning rain let up just in time for you to enjoy your tubing adventure. And a belated happy birthday to you -- we didn't know about that! Do come back and try the nearby rafting, hiking, zip-lining and all the other fun things to do in our area, plus some local fine wining and dining for your next special occasion.
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Cozy Cottage worthy of 4 1/2 stars!

  • 4 of 5

The Sheperds Cottage is set on a beautiful sheep farm in wine country. It is perfect for two couples or as in our case, girls weekend! Filled with old world charm, the cottage has a very nicely equipped kitchen that was perfect for cooking breakfast each morning with the provisions Pamela graciously stocked! The dining area table seats 6 and allowed us to play games each evening comfortably. The cottage has wi-fi as well as cable tv so you can stay in touch with the outside world. We were a party of 3 so we each had our own room but there is only one bathroom so sharing is a must. The area is beautiful and the wineries were fantastic! We all agreed we would return in a heartbeat! Thank you Pamela and Malcolm for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas

Memorable Stay over Memorial Day Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Our family with two boys (10 and 5) were fortunate enough to find this beautiful gem in Lovettsville, VA over Memorial Day weekend. The cottage is recently updated with plethora of high quality towels and linens. The ample sundries of food were perfect for morning breakfast on the porch and we enjoyed the opportunity to sample the local wines which we do not see much of in Dallas. We stopped at Sunset Hills vineyard but would have loved to have visited more, time permitting. The highlights of the stay for our boys were watching the sheep being fed with Pamela and Malcolm's grandkids. who were about the same age. For us adults, there was noting more peaceful than walking through the property and especially the vineyards. This was an area of the country we were not familiar with and will certainly back. The weather cooperated and we went tubing down the local river through River Riders and toured Harper's Ferry. Dining was done locally at Market Table Bistro in town and another at Harper's Ferry at a charming casual restaurant, The Canal House Cafe (BYOB). Had we stayed another night we would certainly liked to have grilled out on cottage patio BBQ. Thank you for a memorable stay!!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and Beautiful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Our family with two boys (10 and 5) were fortunate enough to find this beautiful gem in Lovettsville over Memorial Day Weekend. The cottage is recently updated with a plethora of high quality towels and linens. The ample sundries of food were perfect for our morning breakfasts on the porch and we enjoyed the opportunity to sample the local wine....which we don't see much of in Dallas. We stopped at Sunset Hills Vineyard but would have loved to have visited more, time permitting. The highlight of the stay for our boys was watching the sheep being fed and playing with Pamela and Malcolm's grandkids who were about the same age. For us adults, there was nothing more peaceful than walking though the property and especially the vineyard. This was an area of country we were not familiar with and will certainly be back. The weather cooperated and we went tubing down the local river and toured Harper's Ferry. Dining was done locally, one night at Farm to Table Bistro right in town and another in Harper's Ferry at a charming restaurant Canal House Cafe (BYOB). Had we stayed another night we certainly would have like to grill out on cottage patio on their BBQ. Thank you for a memorable stay!!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Shepherd's Cottage. The cottage was the perfect size and had all of the amenities of home with beautiful, peaceful surroundings. We woke up both mornings and enjoyed some delicious treats that Pamela and Malcolm left for us, while we sipped coffee on the back deck. It was a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the spring weather. We also loved how close the location is to activities in the area. There are great restaurants, vineyards, shopping, and quaint historic towns just around the corner. Pamela and Malcolm are wonderful hosts!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Dulles International (IAD) - 30 miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Mad Dog BrewPub, Lovettsville -- 2 miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
White's Ferry across Potomac, Leesburg, VA
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Purcellville Country Club
Nearest Train
1 Miles
MARC Commuter Train to DC --
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest interstate is I-70/270
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Market Table Bistro, Lovettsville
Car: necessary

We are ideally located for visitors with a wide variety of interests -- history, nature and wildlife, agriculture, bicycling, running and biking, fresh and local food and wine (as well as craft beers), painting and drawing, or just chilling out in our cottage with a good book or movie. (We keep a collection of books and DVDs in our cottages).

For Civil War buffs, we are a short drive from the battlefields of Antietam, Manassas, Monocacy, South Mountain and Ball's Bluff; even Gettysburg is only an hour's drive away. Civil War battle reenactments occur from time to time at all these battlefields. Harper's Ferry, WV -- the site of John Brown's raid -- is 10 miles away at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Lovettsville itself was a key border town, as a majority of its residents voted against secession and a number of its young men fought for the Union as part of the Independent Loudoun Virginia Rangers.

We are also only 8 miles from the historic village of Waterford, founded by Quakers, whose residents also voted against secession and served as an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, the fabulous Waterford Craft Fair and Homes Tour on the first weekend of October brings thousands of visitors from all over the U.S.

Lovettsville hosts two fun festivals each year -- MayFest and Oktoberfest; Brunswick hosts Railroad Days in October.

Several vendors at Harper's Ferry offer rafting, kayaking, canoeing and inner-tubing on both the Potomac and the Shenandoah.


Rates & Availability

Lovettsville Cottage Rental Rates

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Cleaning fee $25
Tax Rate 13.0%

Cancellation policy: A full refund, less 10% and any taxes already remitted to state and local authorities, will be made if cancellation is no less than 30 days in advance.

50% due upon booking; second 50% due one week before arrival in most cases. For weekend rentals, second payment may be made upon arrival.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Lovettsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Towels, hair dryer and all bath amenities are supplied for our guests.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom has a queen-size bed. Bedroom #2 has a double bed, and bedroom #3 has a twin trundle bed. Each room accommodates two persons; the cottage as a whole sleeps six.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
We are actually a hybrid accommodation, suitable as a vacation rental but also a B&B -- we provision breakfast foods in the refrigerator for guests to enjoy (and cook, in the case of eggs, bacon and sausage) for the first 1-2 mornings. Guests may bring in and prepare food for all other meals in the fully-equipped kitchen. We are also appropriately described as a "farmstay" accommodation, since observation of the sheep, llamas and vineyard are part of the experience!

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