|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
After four years of restoration, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm is available for our guests to enjoy. Step back in time in this charming home located on our family-operated Black Angus cattle farm. Originally built in the 1880s for the resident tenant farmer and his family, the house has been lovingly restored to the 1930s era. Enjoy cooking breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen, with it's 1935 monitor top refrigerator and restored 1911 cast iron & chrome electric range on cabriole legs. Use the 1920's oak-cabinet wall telephone with hand-held receiver and brass bells for free local calls. Modern amenities include central heat and air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet access and cable television with built-in DVD player and a selection of DVDs.
Slow down a bit, relax, read a book or visit with friends while sitting in the rocking chairs on the broad front porch. The enclosed back porch overlooks a meadow and pasture area and has seating for two - a great place to read in the morning or sip a cup of tea while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Great Cove valley.
Each of the three bedrooms has a double bed and is decorated with antiques. We provide all linens - the beds are made and ready for you to snuggle in. We use crisp line-dried linens when weather permits, and the beds are dressed with high-loft goose-down comforters on chilly winter nights. In the bathroom you'll find fresh towels, a mahogany sink base with a French waterspout faucet, and a claw-foot bathtub with shower.
We invite you to stroll the grounds, explore the farm's 130 acres, and enjoy the fresh country air. Walk our private lane or make use of the two picnic areas on the farm. Ask to feed the dozens of golden trout that call our limestone springhouse and spring waters home. A romantic retreat or great vacation get-away, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm awaits you and your family. Come and enjoy.
Keywords: House, cottage, private home, farmhouse, historic, get-away, romantic, family,
While on the farm there are endless things to do... repairing and maintaining buildings, upkeeping fences and keeping the grass and weeds in check. We're kept company by our dog Max, a fantastic little rescue dog who absolutely loves having the run of the farm. When there is a little spare time we enjoy riding our horses, two of whom are rescues as well. The farm is a treasure; in my husband's family since 1922. We are compelled to share it with others. Hence, The Tenant House was born.
Barbara Onorato purchased this house in 2004
While growing up Tony spent his summers here 'helping' to tend the cows, the chickens and the sheep. After 63 years of farming Tony's grandparents were thinking of retiring. Tony and I were looking to purchase a historical property near Gettysburg - our favorite weekend getaway. The timing couldn't have been better, his grandparents didn't want the farm to be developed and our goal was to restore an old property. One year later we signed the paperwork and purchased the family farm that has been in Tony's family since 1922.
Shady Spring Farm feels far removed from the busy I-95 corridor where we travel to our jobs. While it sounds a bit cliche, life on the farm slows down. Every season brings new sights and new scents. Early spring brings daffodils and crocus. April into May is calving season when 80 or so black angus calves are born. May is the first cutting of hay and the blooming of tiger lilies around the springhouse. The warm nights in late June are lit with thousands of fireflies. For two years now we've had both bald eagles and golden eagles visit the farm in the month of July - soaring over the field behind the farmhouse. August is lazy, it seems even the trout in the springhouse take it easy. Every season brings it's own wonder. When Tony wants to play a little golf he heads to the Great Cove Golf Course, just two miles from the farm. Whitetail Ski Resort (with snow tubing!) and historic Berkeley Springs, WV are within 30 minutes. East Broad Top Railroad offers rides on restored steam engines, and one can enjoy a trolley ride at the Old Tyme Trolley Museum nearby. When in the mood for outlet shopping we have two choices within an hour - Prime Outlets in Hagerstown MD and the outlet center in Gettysburg, PA. Two battlefields are within an hour, Gettysburg and Antietam, and we enjoy visiting both.
Thank you so much for your warm hospitality. The Tenant House is wonderful. We loved your place and hope to return. The area around your farm is so breathtakingly beautiful. We feel deeply refreshed.
We enjoyed the quality of the renovation and the attention to detail in every room of the house. The cleaneliness is exceptional and all furnishings are of high quality. Thank you Barbara for this experience!
Hélène and Marc
We have stayed at the Tenant House many times. We have stayed at properties in Pennsylvania, New England, Canada, Alaska, and the Mid West. As far as Gracious and Accommodating hosts Barb and Tony are the best!!
Ed & June
The house is beautiful, nicely remodeled and in a beautiful setting. The house has everything your need to make the stay easy and enjoyable. The area is peaceful and serene with the house being completely surrounded by beautiful farms. The trip to the small nearby town is quick with a very nice large grocery store where you can purchase anything you may need. The owners were very considerate and Barbara was very helpful with information about the surrounding area and Big Valley. The stay was very nice and we would love to stay again for a longer visit!
This is an extremely clean, well maintained farmhouse with lovely, interesting antique items throughout. I enjoyed cooking a full meal for my family of 4 in the
1911 restored oven! Everything you need is supplied - and stored in the house neatly and cleanly. Barbara is a pleasure to work with - very responsive and helpful. I highly recommend this farmhouse rental!
My sister and I along with our three kids all enjoyed a beautiful 11 nights and day at this beautiful serene home. We enjoyed the panoramic views/ the farm animals and wild life/ the quietness with the sound of the relaxing stream. A magical show of lighting bugs everywhere that made it look like a show of fairies. We enjoyed the National Parks that were VERY close by. The Supermarket and town is also less than 15 minutes away. The sheeps entertained us with all their different pitches and they say much more than BAAAA. Three beautiful horses galloped everyday for are view right across the porch which had such beautiful breezes....the early mist that makes the mountains look even higher and we also got to enjoy a double rainbow that went above the house. There is just soooooo much to say on how much we LOVED this location and when I got to meet Barb she greeted me with a friendly and welcoming hug as well as delicious truffles. The girls did not want to leave and on the day it left it was a gloomy day which matched our emotions on having to depart from this serene haven. The only thing I would mention is that locks would be great in the bedrooms and bathroom. And I shade in the entrance door but besides that the beds are HUGE where I needed a step to climb onto and felt wonderful.
Just stayed for the weekend but the house was wonderful for our ski weekend. A great place to enjoy relaxing after a day on the slope. My husband is already talking about coming back in the spring so we could enjoy the quaint town nearby. Thanks again!
Local Festivals: Fulton County Heritage Days
Celebrates The 150th Anniversary of the Last Confederate Bivouac is held the 2nd full weekend in June and the Fulton Fall Folk Festival is the 3rd full weekend in October
Parks & recreation: Cowan's Gap State Park, Raystown Lake, C&O Canal
Golfing: Great Cove Golf Course, 2 miles or Whitetail Golf Course
Civil War Attractions: Gettysburg Battlefield, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg MD, Harrisburg Civil War Museum all within 1 hour drive, Harper's Ferry is a 2 hr drive
Live Theatres/Movie Halls: Star Theatre in Mercersburg PA and in Berkeley Springs WV, Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia, Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg, 20 mins to 1 hr drive
Caves & Caverns: visit Lincoln Caverns or explore Penns Cave by boat
Hang gliding & parasailing: We are located just four miles south of popular jump point 'The Pulpit' (aka Lookout Point) in McConnellsburg
Universities & Academies: Mercersburg Academy, 20 mins, Wilson College is 45 mins, Shippensburg University is 1 hr, Penn State Main is 1.5 hrs
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest|
Maximum of 6 guests. 3pm check-in and 11am check-out unless prior arrangements are made.
Visa, Master Card and Discover, check and cash accepted.
In the case of a cancellation the deposit may be applied to a future stay.
Please contact us for last minute stays of a single night.
Due to the historic nature of the house and the sensitivities of some of our guests we can not accept pets.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.