This charming studio is designed for an individual who values privacy, security, simple comforts, and a country village life style, but with easy access to urban amenities. Rolling hills back to forest, trails and lake. Easy auto access to I-270 and less than a mile from MARC train platform w/commuter service to and from Washington and points in-between, including NIH. Great for biking, fishing, birding, and hiking. WIFI, high speed internet service, off street parking, and utilities included.
Private entrance, fully furnished small living/sleeping area, bath, and kitchen. There is no separate bedroom. Twin bed w/heated mattress pad, feather comforter, plump pillows, quality linens, 2 desks and chairs, WIFI, flat screen tv with DVD slot and ROKU box for streaming, DVD movie library, upholstered reading chair, pop-up dining table, closet, shelves, cabinets. Ceramic tile floor with radiant heat and a/c. Utilities included. Shared laundry. Free off street parking. Basic toiletries and kitchen supplies are provided, including coffee, tea and healthy breakfast for first day or two of visit. 20 acres of rolling hills and private woodlands back to a 500ac lake and 2000ac regional park. Studio is accessed from kitchen garden down several steps, through door to foyer and adjacent laundry, to key-lock entry door. In the photo, there is a window at the head of the single brass bed. The bottom of that window is at ground level. The studio is very popular with guests who travel light, who value privacy and independence, who enjoy a casual country lifestyle, and fuss-free move-in/move-out.
Guests are welcome to participate in host family activities including occasional bonfires, movies projected on the farmhouse wall, care of chickens and calves, seasonal deer hunting (license required), gardening, cook outs, covered dish picnics, and any current construction project.!As longtime residents of Boyds, your hosts enjoy sharing information about nearby historic, cultural and recreational sites and activities.
Interaction with guests
Please call or text to confirm your arrival time so that we can arrange to be on site to greet you and give you a tour of the property. We respect your privacy but strive to be accessible for assistance when needed.
Other things to note
The farm backs to Little Seneca Lake, the largest body of water in the Washington Metropolitan Area other than the Potomac River. Fishing, hiking, bicycling, and birding are popular activities. Canoes, kayaks, some sailboats, and boats with electric motors are permitted on the lake, but no gas motors. Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats can be rented at the
Black Hills park visitor center. The Discovery Sports Center, with more than 20 soccer fields, a fanciful childrens' playground, a driving range, Olympic size indoor pool and more, is less than 5 miles away. Sugarloaf Mountain park, Sugarloaf Winery, and the historic Comus Inn restaurant are less than 10 miles away, a great bike ride or drive through the rolling hills and rustic roads of the county's agricultural preserve. Historic Frederick, with its many fine restaurants and lively arts scene is 15 miles away, and well worth the drive. We are located approximately 35 miles from the White House, so both our family and guests frequently enjoy the museums and special events for n our nation's capital.
Breakfast supplies are provided for the first couple days of visit only.
The studio is partially below grade and is accessed via several steps down to a foyer/laundry area, and then to the studio's private entry door. The large window near the head of the bed is on ground level.
There is plentiful lighting to allow maximum environmental control.
A/C is available if desired.
TV comes with ROKU streaming device (Netflix+) and DVD library with DVD insert slot.
WIFI with high speed internet service.
Full private bath with tub/shower.
A few chickens, two bull calves, and a senior French Mastiff dog are residents of the farm.
No drugs, excessive drinking, or illegal activities are permitted. Special events, parties or other gatherings are permitted only with host approval. Special fees may apply.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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I live in the small village of Boyds, Maryland, less than forty miles from the White House and the hustle and bustle of our nation's capital, on the shores of Little Seneca Lake and Black Hill Regional Park, where I offer travelers a variety of accommodations in family owned properties. I am a retired university professor, arts administrator, and professional musician who performed internationally and championed the works of living composers. After a hiatus of almost 25 years during which I cared for loved ones who suffered debilitating illnesses, I am now beginning to compose again and to teach piano and voice in my home studio. I was a founder of Strathmore Hall Arts Center and Foundation, InterArts Projects, the DeReggi InterArt Ensemble, and the Sistrum New Music Ensemble, and was honored with the Rufus Putnam Endowed Chair at Ohio University. As a vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist, I received hundreds of grants and commissions, and performed at festivals and concert halls both in the United States and Europe. I studied music in Paris, my husband was a Frenchman from the Cote d'Azur, and my son-in-law is from Normandy, so I quite naturally love to travel to that part of the world. I share ownership of the Boyd Bluff Farm in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, and reunite with my extended family there from time to time. When our own three children had reached adulthood, my husband and I became surrogate parents of four children from Bali, and I co-directed the Bali in Boyds project and the Whratnala Gamelan over a period of six years. I have not yet traveled to Bali, but that is on my 'Bucket List'. My husband, a research physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for more than thirty years, passed away in 2006. He was the best person I ever knew, and the love of my life. Immediately following his death, I was unable create music or art but found solace in the cultivation of native plants, heirloom vegetables and herbs. At one time, I grew more than 100 varieties of herbs, and am just now beginning to resurrect the garden and to craft products from its bounty. Our two sons and our daughter grew up in Boyds, where they and their families have remained to date, all living within a mile or two from me. Each family member contributes his or her unique talent and skill to our Mini-Mountain Enterprises. We enjoy sharing our homes and doing whatever we can to make our guests' visits memorable and enjoyable. In addition to enjoying the peace and quiet of country life, fishing and boating on the lake, hiking the many trails, and observing the plentiful wildlife, many of my guests visit the monuments, museums and concert halls of Washington DC, nearby state and national parks, and he many historical and cultural sites in the Mid-Atlantic Region, all within an hours' drive, including Gettysburg and the Amish country of Pennsylvania, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, Baltimore, Frederick and Annapolis in Maryland, or Alexandria and Mount Vernon in Virginia.
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