Vista Country Home, an elegant 2- or 3-bedroom vacation rental available for the first time in Spring 2012, is the perfect site for people who love history, comfort and beautiful scenery on their vacations. It is beautiful, spacious, and perfect for small family reunions or lodging for wedding groups.
(NOTE: Vista now has a little sister--a 1-bedroom cottage nearby, perfect for honeymoon-type getaways. See VRBO.com listing #461944)
While our friends who love our American Civil War heritage find Vista especially appealing for its proximity to key historic sites, everyone will enjoy the sheer comfort, privacy, and beautiful setting Vista offers. It is an ideal spot year round for a getaway from routine, from stress, from traffic!
Beautifully landscaped with a WALLED GARDEN, a pond with FOUNTAIN, a large GAZEBO for al fresco dining, and separate BREAKFAST BALCONY, Vista assures your comfort and relaxation indoors and out. Perfect backdrop and environment for WEDDING PHOTOS!
This airy, light-filled modern home features many beautiful antiques, VAULTED CEILINGS throughout, SKYLIGHTS, and with 3 immaculate bedrooms in an unparalleled setting of country splendor.
Get there first with your companion and choose the master bedroom, with its fabulous SCROLLED OAK, 4-POSTER, ANTIQUE QUEEN-SIZE BED! Your accompanying friends will be thrilled with the 2nd bedroom, with its ANTIQUE, 4-POSTER DOUBLE BED, and the 200-year-old CHILD'S DESK they can use for writing postcards home. The extra large 3rd bedroom also has ANTIQUE 4-POSTER DOUBLE BED, and includes two pullout sofas to sleep a total of up to 5 guests.
Each bedroom enjoys VIEWS OF NATURE AND COUNTRY SPLENDOR from all the bedroom windows. Each bedroom has ultra-fine linens, and its own large bathroom.
The LARGE, WELL-EQUIPPED KITCHEN will delight any chef. Culinary experts and amateurs alike will appreciate the fine and plentiful tools, utensils, and cookware provided for preparing fine meals. Serve your meals with nice flatware and dishes and enjoy them outside in the gazebo, on the balcony, or in the large and elegant dining room.
The SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT DINING ROOM, with seating for 8-10 diners, and larger living room are bathed in natural light. Enormous and numerous windows open to hundreds of acres trees, fields, streams and wildflowers--all part of your own private country estate!
With Vista as your vacation base, you can EASILY DRIVE TO DOZENS OF HISTORIC SITES and some of the world's finest visitor's centers to experience history where it happened, and honor those who fought and died to make America the great nation it is today.
A mere 15-minute drive will take you to Gettysburg--to where Chamberlain stood moments before he led a bayonet charge down the slopes of Little Round Top; to Cemetery Ridge, where the rebel yell still echoes from Pickett's Confederates as they charged to the 'high water mark' of the war; to the Gettysburg Cemetery, where Lincoln delivered the most famous speech in history honoring those who gave 'the last full measure.'
Vista offers easy access to many of America's other most important historical sites, as well, including Antietam and Monocacy Battlefields, as well as cultural and recreational sites in and around Washington DC and Baltimore.
After a day of sightseeing, golf, or ANTIQUES SHOPPING in the MANY OF THE EXCELLENT ANTIQUE SHOPS in Carroll County, you can kick back at Vista. Sip a cool iced tea or glass of wine from under Vista's gazebo as steaks sizzle on the grill, and a red setting sun yields the dimming cornfields and sycamore trees to a constellation of sparkling fireflies.
Or, enjoy the Maryland traditional celebratory feast: a pot of blue crabs from Vince's Seafood, steaming in savory Old Bay seasoning, with cold bottle of delicious locally crafted beer, or a chilled glass of fresh apple cider from nearby Baugher's Orchard.
Prefer to dine out? Vista is only 3 miles from Taneytown, where you can find WORLD-CLASS DINING at the Smokehouse Restaurant, the fabulous restaurant of the delux country hotel, ANTRIM 1844 an elegant ante-bellum mansion. At the other end of the cost spectrum, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and other familiar eateries are CLOSE and offer faster food alternatives.
The larger, but still nearby towns of Gettysburg and Westminster boast wonderful small-town character in pubs, diners, and family restaurants to please any palate and any budget.
For a quiet evening at your Country Home, enjoy a movie or documentary from a large collection of Civil War DVDs on a large HD TV, which also includes cable TV viewing options.
For a quieter evening, curl up with one of the many books in the Vista library of Civil War and American fiction and history books and periodicals.
Vista also offers you WiFi for HIGH-SPEED INTERNET access. Use it to look up your Civil War ancestors, check your email, or tell your Facebook friends what a great time you are having!
Check the details and photos listed elsewhere on this website to find many more appealing features of Vista Country Home.
We invite you to be our guest for an experience of comfort and learning that you will cherish and will want to share with friends and family!
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Vista is located on Fiddler's Green, a working farm that has been in our family for 5 generations. Owner/managers are siblings Bruce, Chris and Mary Batten, who grew up playing in these creeks and fields, riding horses, milking cows, bailing hay, etc. Bruce's wife, Toni, and Chris' wife, Melissa are essential parts of our family team.
Here, where Big Pipe Creek flows through our property, we would wander the banks where Civil War soldiers camped the day before the battle that shaped the history of our nation. It was here we gained our appreciation of history, and the sacrifices made by our ancestors for the blessings that we enjoy today.
Chris and wife Melissa are the on-site managers who lives in the ante-bellum farmhouse nearby. Bruce and Mary divide their time between Vista and Fiddlers Green, and their homes in Alaska.
Our family built Vista Country Home, designed by Registered Lansdscape architect Chris Batten, on our family farm known as Fiddler's Green in 1990. It was originally home to US Navy Capt. (ret.) Hugh N. Batten, a WWII fighter ace, and his wife 'Tommy' Batten. Both are now deceased.
This location has been a family farm for some 200 years, and looks much the same as it did 150 years ago during the Civil War, when Confederate forces invaded Maryland numerous times. Scores of battles large and small raged within short distances from this farm. Tens of thousands of soldiers marched through these fields, or camped along Pipe Creek, which runs through this property, on their way to destiny at Gettysburg. Its proximity to Gettysburg, Antietam, and other battle grounds makes it an ideal home base for day trips to some of the world's finest battlefield visitors centers, as well as all the visitor attractions of both Baltimore and Washington D.C.
But in addition to its location in a America's historic heartland, Vista is situated among some of America's most charming countryside, small towns, and neighbor farms. We wanted to share this magical place with people who love history and this country's agarian roots.