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Wendy Adams

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

Baltimore Retreat Guest House

18 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Arbutus Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms , 1 Bath, (sleeps 4-5)

The Guesthouse is 8 minutes to Baltimore City, BWI airport: 35 minutes to Washington, DC (by train).

This comfortable retreat property offers two levels, with a first floor bedroom. Other rooms include a kitchen, bath, great room, breakfast room, private laundry/changing room/1/2 bath for pool and outdoor use and 2nd floor loft which runs entire length of the house built from rare California Redwood. Look out from your front window to view an English formal garden and watch the sun set over the Patapsco River Valley.

The summerhouse is the perfect place to relax and watch the rain fall or the fire roar. Sit out on the back deck to see the forest and streams that run below. Our property is located in the historic town of Avalon, Maryland in Baltimore County. Ask about our seasonal specials!

Keywords: Historic Guesthouse, Gardens, Nature Retreat, Furnished Rental

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Wendy Adams (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english

About Wendy Adams

Wendy & Gene are authors, consultants, conservators, environmentalists, and interested in sustainable land, protecting wildlife and making good wine. We enjoy our special retreat property most when it is being enjoyed by others. Licensed by the State of Maryland and Baltimore County, we have provided accommodation for corporate stays, retreats, events, families (worldwide) and medical post-ops for 9 years (we are close to all of the major Baltimore hospitals). Let us welcome you for your first or a return stay. Our guests love coming back!

Wendy Adams purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Wendy Adams chose Maryland

Relaxation, retreat and renewal are the theme of this property. Plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces to host family gatherings while in town.

What makes this cottage unique

The delight of nature with the easy access to civilization. Exotic birds, bald eagles and egret complement the view of the 15,000 acres of parkland. Wildlife is everywhere. Immediate view and access to the park make this a special and safe place for the entire family. We are minutes to all major highways and Baltimore City.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks so much for use of your wonderful cottage! We loved it here. It was great for the whole family. We plan to enjoy your wine tonight for New Years.
Dec 2012
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Reviews

4.7
based on 18 traveler reviews

Baltimore Retreat Guest House
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 23 reviews
Kentucky
5

Very nice

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed here several years in a row on our annual trip to visit Camden Yards. The hot tub/spa is a hit with our kids and we love that we can bring our dogs with us. The owners are very nice and unobtrusive and we always have a nice visit. It's a hidden gem in a wooded area only 7 miles from Camden Yards.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
5

Relaxing stay in lovely surroundings

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my husband and my sister and brother and their spouses, and we had a wonderful stay! We especially enjoyed the summer house which is adjacent to the swimspa -- a lovely, rustic brick building with a fireplace, stone floor, plenty of windows, and ceiling fans to keep you cool. We ate most of our meals out there buffet-style, set up on a table made from a slab of quartz atop a brick base. The swimspa/hot tub (or cool tub, depending on what the weather dictates!) is huge, clean, and beautiful, and we spent hours in the water relaxing under the cool canopy of beech trees. The property is within a quick walk of a large park which has lots of woodland hiking/mountain biking trails. The house itself is comfortable, and while not huge, we found it just fine for 6 adults, especially because there are so many pleasant gardens and other nice spots to spend time outside. (We lucked out with fantastic weather.) Wendy and Gene are wonderful hosts; very helpful, but not intrusive. They felt like friends! Plus Gene's wine = fantastic. It's a quick trip to Baltimore and D.C. but during our stay we hardly left the place and instead had 4 days of lounging about, enjoying one another and the beauty of Avalon Cliff.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

Gene and Wendy are wonderful hosts. I was in town on business and stayed at Avalon Cliff for 3 weeks with my 2 dogs. Pet friendly!! They provided a dog bed, bowls and treats for the pups. The photos of the cottage were more than accurate and left little to the imagination. The grounds were more beautiful than expected and I knew exactly was I was getting when it came to the accommodations. The cottage felt like an "oasis in the trees". It is not the place for anyone afraid of nature and more than 4 people would be tight for the size of the cottage. Yes, there were stinkbugs but Gene warned me of that information upon my arrival and offered to remove them daily; There was not an abundance of stinkbugs. (There was also a great little hand held dirt devil to remove the ones that ventured inside at an instance). The house and linens were clean and I was able to use the private laundry facilities downstairs in the garage. The kitchen was well stocked and WIFI on site was a huge help as well. I was able to secure a dog walker (Erin with "Tails and Trails" was FANTASTIC and reasonable!) and having the park down the drive was a great convenience. The sun room was a perfect place to have the dogs during the day (no fenced area unfortunately) and the porch just off the kitchen was a great space to unwind and have breakfast. Overall, my stay was very enjoyable and I look forward to returning to Avalon Cliff next year! Thank you Gene and Wendy!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Gene and Wendy are wonderful hosts. I was in town on business and stayed at Avalon Cliff for 3 weeks with my 2 dogs. Pet friendly!! They provided a dog bed, bowls and treats for the pups. The photos of the cottage were more than accurate and left little to the imagination. The grounds were more beautiful than expected and I knew exactly was I was getting when it came to the accommodations. The cottage felt like an "oasis in the trees". It is not the place for anyone afraid of nature and more than 4 people would be tight for the size of the cottage. Yes, there were stinkbugs but Gene warned me of that information upon my arrival and offered to remove them daily; There was not an abundance of stinkbugs. (There was also a great little hand held dirt devil to remove the ones that ventured inside at an instance). The house and linens were clean and I was able to use the private laundry facilities downstairs in the garage. The kitchen was well stocked and WIFI on site was a huge help as well. I was able to secure a dog walker (Erin with "Tails and Trails" was FANTASTIC and reasonable!) and having the park down the drive was a great convenience. The sun room was a perfect place to have the dogs during the day (no fenced area unfortunately) and the porch just off the kitchen was a great space to unwind and have breakfast. Overall, my stay was very enjoyable and I look forward to returning to Avalon Cliff next year! Thank you Gene and Wendy!

  • Submitted: May 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lauren-we will look for your return visit next May!
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Orange County, CA
1

Owners were very nice and accommodating, but the place is old and infested with bugs.

  • 1 of 5

The owners are SUPER nice, but I am confused by the other reviews. We have stayed at other VRBO homes and I am just perplexed. It is in a nice state park. Inside is old.

Apparently, there is a stink bug problem in Maryland? But when we entered the house, there were dead bugs everywhere..... on the windowsills, stairs, carpets, lamps. Things were falling on my head. Thwey were bugs. We spent the first day of our vacation cleaning out the dead bugs. That was very frustrating b/c they were obviously EVERYWHERE.

After our daily outings, we would return to find 20-30 LIVE stink bugs in the house again. Some in the beds. Our young 3 children cried every night b/c they did not want to go in the beds and sleep. Everyday,for 6 days, we would return to find LIVE bugs crawling all around the house in our beds, food, ceiling, lamps, clothes. We would DAILY clean the house of bugs. I just couldn’t understand how we were expected to live like this.

Obviously, I gave my husband an earful when we got home. When we came home and unpacked, there were live stink bugs that had followed us home to CA.

Maybe the this cottage was better maintained in the past. Our experience was quite contrary to the other reviewers. I hope that it is brought back to its glory days.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been serving guests now for over 10 years as innkeepers. Our guests have enjoyed their stays, especially the ones who return every year. We have enjoyed being hosts and admit this is our very first bad review. It also appears that both our experience and the experience of our guests was not positive. Starting with expectations... Meeting the expectation of our guests is important, however we cannot help our guests who choose not to read our listing prior to their visit. • We are located in a forest next to parkland. Nature makes its way into our world. Certainly the issue was not to the extent mentioned in this review, however nature clearly was not the guest's goal of this visit. • As with the main house, the guesthouse was built from repurposed materials from the 1790s with wonderful inlaid wood paneling and antiques, updated with modern conveniences. It is old. In 2008 we won a heritage preservation award for which we are very proud! • We respect the privacy of our guests and will only enter the unit if requested. We hope our guests respect our property in the same regard. With this policy, we do not offer daily cleaning and laundry services for our guests during their stay. • We offer a generous allotment of internet service to equal to 4G per weekly guest stay to permit guests to keep in touch. Our recent guests: • Arrived during a heat wave and experienced bugs flying in through open doors. • Stated they were phobic about nature and so we offered removal of these specific insects after their arrival, yet they declined our offer to remove them (during any time in their stay). • Expected daily cleaning and laundry services as in a hotel. • Used more than 11G of internet downloads, exceeding the allotted amount of 4G although we alerted them after this amount had doubled; they expected this overage usage to be acceptable to us. • Left items all over the unit when departing; in the dishwasher, on the floor and surfaces; left overflowing garbage onto the floor; generally a mess, and definitely disrespecting the property. • Failed to follow instructions of leaving the property in ‘as found’ condition, rather, left the house in “filthy” condition, as stated by our external cleaning crew. As innkeepers, we respectfully request that you consider this review in the company of so many others who have recently and positively reviewed this property.
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Sunnyvale, CA
5

Beyond Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

I cannot express enough my gratitude to the owners Gene & Wendy for such a comfortable and enjoyable stay. We were there for the 2012 Junior Olympics and I was not familiar with the area at all, and to be quite honest scared to drive around in Baltimore. Gene eased my fears and helped guide me to anywhere I wanted/needed to go. He was always available when we needed him with grace and patience that was so much appreciated! The house was lovely with such character. The swimspa was clean and relaxing. The beds were comfortable, everything was clean and the gardens were lovely! It was so much more than I had anticipated and Im so glad we chose their home and no one elses for our stay in Baltimore. Thanks Gene & Wendy!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoy hosting wonderful groups such as yours-please visit us again soon!
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Map

Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Baltimore Washington Marshall Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
8 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
BWI Train Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Rt 195 and I95
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
225 Miles
Car: necessary

Overlooks parkland and river; surrounded by forest

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Rates & Availability

Arbutus Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$295
$2,700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400
Cleaning fee $200

Rates are subject to change until reservation has been confirmed by payment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Arbutus Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • River
  • Town
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Beds (1) First floor accommodation, Double Beds (2) 2nd floor, (loft is 24 feet long).
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Summerhouse, Thermospa SwimSpa, Gardens, Free Access to Parkland, Hiking, Biking, Fishing.

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