|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
My father and I custom built this log house on the original spring house foundation from the early 1800's. The house is in the foot hills of the Maryland Mountains near world class golf resorts, ski resorts, shopping, antiquing, fantastic hiking, and some of the nation's most important historic battlefields. The cabin is all wood inside and out. It has a large stone fireplace, perfect for a romantic atmosphere on chilly nights, as well as a classic wood stove which can be used for cooking and baking in addition to heating the cabin. The bedrooms are actually open lofts with a catwalk connecting them to a central landing. The upstairs is open to the downstairs and leaves the cabin with a large spacious feeling. The beds are built in and each loft has a small seating area and a private balcony. There's a large deck off the back, overlooking the huge fenced yard and the neighboring horse fields.
The yard, complete with a custom dog house and play house, is perfect for children and pets. The back deck in the mornings can't be beat for sipping coffee and watching the horses as the dew burns off the fields. In the evening, the deck, with a view of the mountain skyline, is the perfect place to relax after the day's explorations.
Not only is this the perfect house for a private romantic retreat, it is the perfect launching pad for a small family or group of friends to tour the nearby battlefields, to go for hikes along the AT or through the numerous state and federal parks in the area, or to enjoy some world class golf. The cabin is very near historic battlefields such as Antietam, Monocacy, Gettysburg, and Harpers Ferry. Also nearby are gorgeous historic towns such as Boonsboro, Middletown, and Thurmont, and even downtown Frederick. Hiking trails as well as state and federal parks are everywhere.
Greenbriar State Park is great for swimming in the lake and picnics with the family. Gambrill State Park, at five minutes away, can't be beat for walking the dog with great vistas of the valley. There are at least five blazed trails of varying difficulty and length. If you like to ski, you'll find Whitetail, Liberty, and Round Top within thirty minutes drive! For golf it will be tough to choose between Beaver Creek, Musket Ridge, or Maryland National. There are great spas in nearby Middletown or Boonsboro and you can?t beat the shopping at the Hagerstown Prime Outlets, about 15 minutes away.
Come enjoy our cabin and find out all the amazing things this region has to offer. We're happy to provide tips, suggestions, and directions. We can't wait to have you stay! Kate & Joe.
PS See below the calendar for a link to more pictures. We have lots to show you.
There's a beautiful creek running through the property, as well as a small pond. Deer frequently graze in the woods around the stream.
South Mountain and others are clearly visible from the property and provide an excellent vista from the deck.
We've placed lots of good books and paperbacks in the cabin for chilling on the back deck and enjoying the peace and quiet. If you don't finish it, take it with you. If you finish one you've been enjoying (or have extras to clear out!) leave them for the next guest!
Pet Friendly: There's a LARGE fenced yard and a spring providing fresh drinking water at all times. There's also a big custom built dog house and play room for kids.
Kid Friendly: There's a playhouse in the yard and with all the fencing and decks, children can play without getting near the stream or street. It's very safe.
The house and log cabin in Middletown are nestled at the foot of South Mountain and surrounded by horse pastures and hiking trails. We spend all our time outdoors, on the trails when we are here (and not hip deep in renovations projects!) If you love being outside, enjoy visiting historic battlefields, like hiking and exploring or just going for a walk with your dogs, this is the place for you.
Kate Hopkins purchased this cabin in 2005
Joe and his father custom built this log cabin on the original spring house foundation of our historic farm. The spring is still running through the foundation and even helps to keep the house cool in the summer. The log house and our main house are located on 2.5 acres at the foot of South Mountain and surrounded by horse country, federal and state parks and historic battlefields. There’s even a creek running through the property with a bridge across to the original outhouse! We love being here and can’t wait to share it so you can all see what the mountains of Maryland have to offer.
The property is so peaceful and serene it is the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend or home base for exploring everything from the Appalachian Trail to Antietam Battlefield. The back deck in the mornings can’t be beat for sipping coffee and watching the horses as the dew burns off the fields. There’s a giant stone fireplace and a traditional wood stove for heat and atmosphere on chilly nights. The cabin is very near historic battlefields such as Antietam, Monocacy, Gettysburg, and Harpers Ferry. Also nearby are gorgeous historic towns such as Boonsboro, Middletown, and Thurmont, and even downtown Frederick. Washington DC and Baltimore are both less than an hour away and the MARC train stations in Frederick and Brunswick are both about 20 minutes away for an easy ride into DC for a day's sightseeing or work. Hiking trails, state and federal parks are everywhere. Gambrill State Park, at five minutes away, can’t be beat for walking the dog with great vistas of the valley. There are at least five blazed trails of varying difficulty and length. If you like to ski, you’ll find Whitetail, Liberty, and Round Top within thirty minutes drive!
This cabin exceeded our expectations in it's charm and rustic, but comfortable amenities. We spent the first hour just exploring the house and letting the dogs run in the fenced in yard. We easily started a fire with the wood provided and had the whole cabin toasty within an hour. We loved so much of this cabin from the aesthetics, the well equipped kitchen, the decorations, comfortable furniture, beautiful views (they let the horses across the creek out to graze at 5 PM each day), the fenced in yard, the pile of VHS and DirecTv (with HBO), the location and more. Some caveats: for new couples you may find the intimate nature of the cabin a little uncomfortable when nature calls. You can hear everything that is happening in the bathroom from any location on the first floor. I had assumed that the fenced in yard was attached to the house, but you have to walk the dogs on leash to the fenced in area (which the dogs LOVED, by the way). Lastly, I had assumed that the cabin was secluded in the woods but it is pretty close to the main road (you can hear the cars but can't really see them) which didn't affect the ambiance of the cabin once we were inside, but was a concern for the dogs in case they wandered to the road.
I hope to come back to the cabin and find more gems like this on VRBO.
Our host/hostess was easily contacted for questions we had and replied promptly. Cabin was neat, clean. Over all a good experience! Yes, the cold weather gave us the winter getaway we sought. I thought of trying to make off w/ the cook stove. Didn't fit in my luggage however. Liked that the place had a bit of history.....a springhouse in past which cabin replaced. Spring still under cabin.
I traveled here with my girlfriend for a short weekend trip prior to the holidays. The area is quiet and secluded, but within driving distance of anything major you may need during your stay. Kate was prompt in contacting us about information related to the cabin along with leaving us alone while we were there.
If you thoroughly read through their description of the property I would say everything we expected was present upon our arrival. There is a main house close to the cabin but is unnoticeable during our stay.
Only issue a few reviewers seemed to mention was the steep steps to the loft area. This is somewhat true but is more than doable for active individuals.
Some pros would be that that the did not charge extra for wood, have a really great VHS collection for 80s and 90s lovers, and although they have a high deposit prior to the visit over 95% was refunded.
Would recommend to couples of all ages. Wonderful stay!
Thank you for the weekend in the cabin, we really enjoyed the cozy accommodations. The bathroom, kitchen and bedroom loft all just the right size for a family of four. We are used to camping and know how to make the most out of a small area and are also thankful to have access to outdoors area. Our two (small) dogs thoroughly enjoyed frolicking in the yard after a long car ride. They were sad to be back in their apartment here in the city and keep asking to go back to the spacious yard.
I like the deck off the back, it is a nice retreat onto itself, escaping the activities that were going on inside. I could unplug from the TV and electronics and listen to the babbling brook and horses in the distance, and with the surrounding fields and rural setting it was a relaxing change from city life. This trip, we did not explore any of the local scene (Middletown), but will definitely come back.
After visiting Gettysburg, we drove into Annapolis on Saturday, and Washington DC on Sunday, so this location fit into our plans great. We did not use the wood stove, but did use the fireplace both nights mostly for ambiance as the daytime temperatures where in the 60s, and the loft area where we slept, stayed warm during our stay.
If there are any cons, I would say after our weekend we all had a smell of campfire. The stairs to the loft has the pitch of a “ships ladder” and is a steep. But overall there is enough space that we were not on top of each other (four of us) and the surrounding countryside is very beautiful. The owners are very accommodating, and we will return.
My husband and I and two small dogs stayed for 17 days and loved it! Do not count on your GPS to find the location. We were just around the corner but very lost! Kate was available and helped us right away.The description of the property and the amenities are as described.The property was clean and well maintained. We used the location to go to Gettysburg and Antietam battle fields, but we also went into Fredrick and to the local wineries. For wifi we went to either the Boonsboro public library or to the one in Middletown. We also used The Main Cup in Middletown as a regular stop...breakfast, lunch, dinner, wifi. We truly enjoyed our stay.
I must say we completely enjoyed our stay at this location. My boyfriend and I are in the hospitality industry so were constantly at work. This was the perfect getaway for us. It was very peaceful and relaxing. I was able to paint and he was able to play his guitar comfortably with no interruptions. The property is beautiful and intimate. It waa very clean and neat with candles laying throughout the living room. We planned on doing nothing while on this getaway but we did managed to visit the creamery which was cute. Safeway was minutes away which was great. I would definitely recommend this to others. Thank you for the stay :)
Middletown Maryland: ten Minutes from Antietam, close to Myersville, MD
Other Activities: Skiing, Snowmobiling, Shopping, Kayaking, Health/Beauty Spa, Miniature Golf, Boating, Basketball Court, Wildlife Viewing
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
July 4th Holiday
Jul 1 2015 - Jul 8 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200.00|
|housekeeping & linens||$75.00|
Minimum stay on HOLIDAY WEEKENDS is THREE NIGHTS. Discounts for stays of 7 or more nights available for rentals other than Saturday to Saturday.
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