Antietam Guest House is a historic log and stone home in the quiet rural town of Sharpsburg, best known for its proximity to the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the famous Civil War battle. The house has three levels. Sleeping areas are on the first and third level, a total of five separate beds. Happy to answer any questions about the sleeping arrangements. Middle level has kitchen and sitting room. Bathroom with shower is on middle level. Front porch and back deck have chairs and table for outside weather times. Motion detected flood lights at back porch for nighttime security.
Sharpsburg is a designated Canal Town, part of the trail experience between Georgetown and Cumberland and Pittsburg on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.
Free, unlimited Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the unbounded internet world. Full kitchen with dishwasher. All linens supplied. Washer and drier with laundry soap. Central air conditioning and heating keep the house comfortable. A fan and ceiling fan help move air through the house. Supplemental heating systems can be turned on if the weather is frightful.
Deck furniture, with umbrella, and porch seating extend the space to the outdoors, Outside lighting creates safe nighttime backyard and deck activities. Both a charcoal grill and a gas grill are at the back deck.
The house accommodates seven. Beds are on the top and bottom levels. On the top level is the bedroom with a queen bed. The bedroom has a half bath. On the top level, on the landing at the top of the steps, two ottoman sleepers (twin size) add sleeping space. On the bottom level, there is a queen pull out sofa (with an inflatable pillow top) and a twin pull out sofa. The Pack 'n Play is usually set up on the landing area. Two baby gates are ready to set at the top or bottom of the stairs to keep your toddlers or dogs safe.
The house is one block off Main Street, 4.1 miles from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 10 miles from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and 13 miles from Hagerstown, Maryland. Harpers Ferry is about 14 miles from the house. Gettsyburg National Military Park is about one hour from Sharpsburg.
The house is within walking distance to casual and fine dining and the famous Nutters Ice Cream Shop.. The house is 1.7 miles from the Potomac River and the C&O Canal and towpath. Bikers have an up-hill ride from Snyders Landing to Chapline Street (1.5 miles) and a down-hill coast for the final two blocks to Antietam Guest House. The half-acre lot offers plenty of room for outside activity.
The house and location are perfect for weekend getaways and family vacations. Three levels offer privacy and convenience at the same time. The downstairs level features a 'living' rock wall foundation and a 'candleplace,' the stone fireplace transformed to hold real candles for the feel of a fire and romance without ashes and soot. The cable TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, board games, and a piano are on this level for your entertainment. Check out books and other materials from the local library using
Antietam Guest House (Vernell Doyle) name.
Sharpsburg is a quiet, residential town of about 700. Its location makes it a great home base for exploring the wine trails and historical sites in Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.
In addition to the Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery, you will find the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center, the headquarters of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, John Brown's headquarters at the Kennedy Farm, the Antietam Iron Works, and Ferry Hill Plantation, home of Henry Kyd Douglas, Confederate officer who 'rode with Stonewall Jackson.'
Shepherdstown, WV, is filled with unique shops and outstanding restaurants. It is the home of Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and a put-in spot for Potomac River activities.
For those who wish to venture farther from the immediate area, several state parks on the eastern border of Washington County offer other recreational opportunities. Those who wish to shop will find Hagerstown a mecca of shopping malls and Premium Outlets easily reached from main roads and Interstate highways.
Gift certificates available. call 301 992 9767.
Keywords: Guest House, Vacation Rental, Cottage, B&B with continental breakfast
Tim and Vernell are both retired. He worked as a newspaper journalist; she worked as a teacher, the last 23 years in adult education. Vernell is the current president of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society; she and Tim are National Park volunteers helping at the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center. They are also Certified Travel Advisers for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground national heritage area.
We have just published 'Sharpsburg,' a volume in the Images of America Series. Copies of the book are available from us or at businesses in Sharpsburg. We'll be glad to sign the book for you.
Tim Doyle and Vernell Doyle purchased this house in 2006
We bought this wonderful little house in 2006 for several reasons. We wanted to preserve it and share it with others. We enjoy meeting our guests when they come to Sharpsburg to explore its place in history, to enjoy the area, to celebrate special occasions with friends and family. or simply to get-away.
Our guests and their dogs enjoy Antietam National Battlefield and its trails, exploring the town founded in 1763 with many of the homes and churches dating from the 1800s. They love the ice cream at Nutters and the restaurant and bar at Benders Public House. Outdoors folks appreciate being near the Appalachian Trail, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, which offer hiking, biking, and water fun for canoeing and tubing. The house is a perfect home base for Civil War enthusiasts who can visit the other battlefields within one hour's drive of Sharpsburg. The Sharpsburg Historical Society is happy to help researchers with their family history. The town fills with visitors for the Memorial Day Parade and program and for the Illumination at the Antietam National Battlefield in December. At other times of the year, the town is quiet and ready to welcome its visitors. The house is convenient, private, and quiet. Dogs are welcome to stay, no charge for children, and the whole house is for your party alone.
Gift certificates available, no extra charge.
We stayed at the Antietam Guest House to experience the illumination of 23,000 candles honoring the soldiers killed, injured, or missing on that terrible day on the Antietam battlefield. It was a very moving experience. The guest house was a perfect location to be involved in the events and the hosts had it well supplied. On Saturday morning we had a private tour by Bob Murphy of RCM History tours that added greatly to our experience. He is knowledgeable and brings the battle to life explaining how the troops arrival affected the small town prior, during, and after the battle. We had a full weekend of Civil War experiences.
Very cozy, cute, historical home with everything you need to stay in or venture out and about. Loved it. Thanks
This is our second trip to the Sharpsburg area and to stay at the Antietam house. Love the location. The house has all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Love the historic charm this house offers, so cozy yet roomy. I could write a book about all the things I love about visiting here!
Tim and Vernell have thought of everything needed for our stay. Thanks again and we will definitely be back again sooner then later next time!
Karen and Bob Malloy
My family and I stayed at the Antietam Guest House for one night with our dog. Tim and Vernell provided us with a lot of helpful information about the house and were always quick to respond to my emails. When we arrived, we were surprised to find that they had provided some bagels, jams, and juice for our breakfast the following morning.
The house itself is beautiful. We spent a lovely evening on the main floor catching up, using the huge book of local menus to order dinner, flipping through the books and articles the hosts have on the local history. As we paged through one book about Sharpsburg, we realized that Tim and Vernell had written it! It's the perfect place for Civil War buffs and people who just want to learn more about the area.
The full bathroom was very spacious and clean with many fresh towels available. The basement/street-level floor was also very comfortable. The upstairs bedroom and landing was nicely laid out and quite cozy. We would have loved to make more use of the deck, but it rained the evening that we were in Sharpsburg, and we had to be up early the next day for the race. Our dog loved roaming around the backyard though.
Following our return home, I got a call from Vernell mentioning that she had kept an eye out for us at the race and would be sending us a couple of things that we had left behind.
I would recommend this home to almost any group. The only exception I would make is for anyone who has trouble getting up and down stairs, as the steps are a bit shallow and steep––just like any home of its age. The location is terrific, and the interior of the house will make you feel quite comfortable. I wish we could've stayed for a few more days to enjoy it a bit more. The owners are very organized and kind. They seem focused on providing an easy and comfortable experience for all of their guests.
We recently visited the area to explore the Antietam National Battlefield and ride the C&O canal tow path.
This was a comfortable and convenient base of operations for our stay. Both the Antietam Battlefield and tow path access are just minutes away.
We were out of the house way more than at it, but found it quite comfortable, quiet, and a delightful place to stay. Morning coffee on the porch, before heading out on our day's mission, was a great way to start the day. And though we never cooked meals there, the kitchen was well appointed to do so.
Nutters ice cream is a short walk, Burkholders Baked Goods is in town and worth a visit for a little "something sweet" to start the day, and just across the river in Sheperdstown are as many dining choices as you could ask for.
We also took the train into DC for a day, - plenty of parking at the Brunswick train station, and only about a 20 minute drive.
A delightful area to explore - and this is a fine place to stay smack dab in the middle of it all!
Booking this property was straightforward with all communication being quick and easy, including a change to our dates - thank you Vernell. Finding the property was straightforward and our stay was enjoyable. We liked the open plan layout of the main floor, but we didn't really use the lower floor - it did seem quite dark and a little less welcoming. If you like your privacy be aware the bathroom opens directly off the main living area. There was lots of local information available, as well as games, books and magazines. Also a starter breakfast pack - thanks again. We loved Nutters ice cream - as did many locals! I needed more time to try other flavours. We also ate at Captain Benders tavern and had good food and service. There is a lot to see in the area - particularly if you are interested in the civil war. We were a little disappointed in the C&O canal - we hadn't realised it was completely disused and dry (although there is a small section with water at Williamsport). Harpers Ferry is definitely worth a visit, and we also caught a concert at the Western Maryland Blues Fest in Hagerstown. Overall a successful trip
Contact the Convention and Visitors Bureau for up-to-the minute activities. For bikers leaving the C&O Canal Towpath at Snyders Landing, the road to Chapline Street is an up-hill ride, about 1.5 milesh. The last two blocks on Chapline Street to Antietam Guest House give you a free down-hill coast; Premium Outlets shopping 12 miles north; Appalachian Trail is five miles east. Shepherd University, three miles to the south, offers many activities (sports events, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and a great cafeteria). Visitor and information centers at Antietam National Battlefield (Route 65) and the Newcomer House (MD 34, Sharpsburg East Main Street). Antique shopping in Hagerstown. Art Museum and City Park for summer time concerts Sunday evenings. Winery Trail throughout Washington County. Sharpsburg Historical Society for family and town research.
|Pet Fee||$10 + Tax|
No charge for children, defined as dependents who have not finished high school. $10 per dog per day. 7th day free.