After four years of restoration, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm is now available for our guests to enjoy. Step back in time in this charming 1880s home located on Shady Spring Farm, a family-operated Black Angus cattle farm. Originally built in the 1880s for the resident tenant farmer and his family, this home has been lovingly restored to the 1930s era. Enjoy cooking breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen, home to an original 1935 monitor top refrigerator and a 1911 cast iron and chrome electric range on cabriole legs. The oak-cabinet telephone with hand-held receiver and brass bells is available for local calls.
Relax, read a book, or visit with friends while sitting in oak 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. Crisp line-dried linens will be provided when weather permits, and high-loft goose-down comforters will be available on chilly winter nights. The bathroom with a mahogany sink base and French waterspout faucet has a full size bathtub and 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,
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 two dogs, Otis and Max. Otis is our 14 year old pug and Max is 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.
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.