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Charming 1880's 3 bedroom farmhouse on private 130 acre family farm

Barbara Onorato

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Barbara Onorato

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Charming 1880's 3 bedroom farmhouse on private 130 acre family farm

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


McConnellsburg House Rental Photos and Description

Welcoming cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath with pastoral and mountain views (Sleeps 6

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,

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Barbara Onorato (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 5, 2015

About Barbara Onorato

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

Why Barbara Onorato chose McConnellsburg

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Nov 2009
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Charming 1880's 3 bedroom farmhouse on private 130 acre family farm
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Langhorne, Pa., Bucks County

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

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

Langhorne, Pa.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Wonderful Property, great area!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Lovely, immaculate farmhouse with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Beautiful Serene Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Having Cynthia and her family stay on the farm solidified for us that we were right to convert the Tenant House to a vacation cottage for those needing a respite from the rush of everyday life. We were a bit concerned that, coming from so near the bustle of NYC, that they may find Big Cove Valley boring after several days but that was not the case. When not visiting the area parks they simply enjoyed spending time together, rocking on the front porch and playing in the yard. It did our hearts good to know the farm felt as special to Cynthia and her family as it does to us. When preparing the house as a rental we made the decision very early on to keep it as original as possible while still allowing modern conveniences, so we opted not to change the "old fashioned" late 1800's rim-locks still in tact on most doors. Tony removed each one, dismantled them to clean the interior locking mechanisms and replace any broken parts, and removed the years of paint build-up before re-installing them. With Cynthia's note we knew right away that they hadn't noticed the little lever at the top of the rim-lock... Pushing it it left or right will lock or unlock the door. She is right, however, about the bathroom door. With all the work we did on the house we never noticed that the more modern knob set on the bathroom door does not lock! I've added to my list of "period pieces to watch for" when we are at auctions or antique shops. I have also been watching casually for a small amount of striped fabric that will blend with the antique appliances and reproduction wallpaper of the kitchen so I can stitch a window blind for the front door. I'm excited for the challenge of designing a curtain or shade that will open wide enough to enjoy the entire view during the day, provide privacy at night, function smoothly and easily, yet feel as it is has always been there. We appreciate suggestions made by those who stay at The Tenant House; we consider each one and are able to make small changes that will enhance our future guests' precious time on the farm. The light over the bathroom sink is thanks to my own mother's suggestion - she was our very first guest and let me know straight away that her failing eyesight made it difficult to see in the mirror. We called the electrician the very next day!
Charleston, SC

Great house

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, Thanks so much for being great guests and for choosing the Tenant House for your getaway. We're happy you enjoyed the farm & the area. We'd love to have you back again. Looking forward to seeing you this spring! Barb and Tony :)
York, PA

Delighted beyond belief

  • 5 of 5

Barb and Tony are fantastic hosts, with a great eye for detail. The Tenant House is meticulously clean and utterly charming; it went far beyond what we could have expected from the description, we were delighted from the moment we opened the door. We could not have asked for anything more and had a fantastic time unplugging from our hectic lives. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone and hope to be returning ourselves.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Great Cove Golf Club
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Whitetail Ski Resort
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

From $125 Per night

McConnellsburg House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes 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.

Cancellation Policy

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McConnellsburg House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Claw foot tub with shower
  • The full bath has a clawfoot tub with shower, a mahogany sink base with porcelain sink and waterspout faucet. Fresh bath linens as well as paper products are supplied for you...
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • 3 bedrooms, each with a double bed. We provide all linens; the beds are made and the towels hang in the bath. Just arrive and enjoy! We use crisp line-dried linens when weather permits and lofty goose-down comforters on chilly winter nights. A Graco Pack-n-Play is set up and dressed upon request.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bring your horses on vacation! We now offer over-night horse stabling in our newly remodeled 1800's hand-hewn bank barn. Four large airy stalls (12x16), sliding doors, automatic waterers. Dry-lot turnout with automatic waterer and grassy paddock also available. Access to 250 acres for riding, or take a day trip to public trails at Gettysburg, Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal, etc.

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