Kitchenette with deep sink, basic pantry supplies including tea and coffee, tableware, copper counter top  Upholstered reading chair beside desk, library shelving and storage cabinets.  Door leads to laundry, foyer, and exit door.
Cozy furnished studio on 20 acres backs to lake
Cozy furnished studio on 20 acres backs to lake

Entire home/apt

1 guest

Studio

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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.

The space

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.

Guest access

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.


The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Cleaning Fee: 26
Security Deposit: 130
Weekly Discount: 10%
Weekend Price: 78 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 single bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

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.

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - There is a rooster and several hens on the property. If you do not appreciate the biological alarm clock, close the windows and turn on the a/c.
Some spaces are shared - Kitchen, dining room, laundry, and shower are shared. The 2nd fl unit has 1/2 bath only.
Amenity limitations - This property is served by well and septic. Water quality excellent.

Cancellations

Strict

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.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Ben User Profile
July 2017
Stayed a week for business. The owners of the farmhouse were lively, warm and friendly folks. The suite in the cellar ended up not meeting my needs, Marilyn was responsive to my concerns and I found lodging elsewhere.

Alex User Profile
July 2017
I stayed here for 6 nights while I was doing some filming in the area. It was the perfect place for one person to stay while getting some work done. Marilyn was a fantastic host, who went out of her way to accommodate a late check-in on account of my plane being delayed. Her son who lives upstairs with his family are all very welcoming... they cooked me a delicious breakfast! I wish I had more time to be social during my stay as they are very generous hosts. In saying that, they left me up to my own devices so I could get on with my work which was great.

Evgeny User Profile
June 2017
Nice basement, close tolake

Lisa User Profile
June 2017
Marilyn, John & Christine were a delight to stay with. I loved the privacy of having a studio basement suite, but having people just upstairs if I needed anything. They were very accommodating for my late check-in and came out to greet me personally to walk me through the amenities. They went over and above and set me up with breakfast foods, coffee and tea, a selection of DVD movies, personal hygiene items - very sweet! The room is cozy and perfect for one person with a kitchenette and en-suite bathroom. I'm a big hiker and loved that the trail for Ten Mile Creek was very close by - a "must" if you want a picturesque walk! Although the place is quiet in a residential community, the major highways weren't that far away and easy to get to. As it is a basement suite (there are windows so you don't feel closed in at all), the room does stay chilly, so bring a sweater for the evenings. I would definitely stay with them again!

Emily User Profile
July 2016
Airbnb, I did not stay at this location. I was not available last minute due to a broken AC unit. I was offered a different rental that is rented out full time w/ one room left available for Airbnb guests private use. The main issue I had was that the cleaning for the shared space (kitchen, dining rm and bath) appears to be left up to the full time tenant. The bath tub and shower were gross, kitchen none too clean. It would be helpful to have a cleaning service in between Airbnb rentals if the host is not able to clean.
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.
Response from Marilyn:
This was Emily's first airbnb stay, and it is evident from her critical and inaccurate review that she neither understands nor appreciates the fact that she is renting a space in a private residence. When the air conditioning system at my family's farmhouse broke down in the middle of a summer heat wave, I offered her lodging in a beautiful furnished bedroom in my woodland cottage about a mile down the road on the other side of the lake, at the same cost as she was charged for the farm studio, although the airbnb listed price for the cottage suite is higher. The 20'x20' cottage bedroom has a queen size bed, real leather sofa, quality artworks, office area, walk-through closet, Scandinavian teak furnishings, upholstered wingback reading chair, Australian cypress hardwood floors, large windows and plentiful programmable lighting, ac and heating. It is beautiful, meticulously maintained, and has been very popular with our guests. So it is also with the shared dining area, laundry, kitchen and shower. I personally clean each of my airbnb rooms and all shared spaces prior to the arrival of any guest. In this case, I thoroughly cleaned the tub/shower, toilet, sink, and ceramic floor with clorox and "bubbles", laundered the white rugs, towels, and turkish bathrobe, and can certify that all were hygienic at the beginning of her four day visit. In addition, I provided a supply of large Parisian quality croissants, coffee, milk, fresh fruit, fresh eggs, yogurt, cereal, and additional pastries. Emily stated that she needed privacy and quiet, and asked not to be disturbed. Respectful of her wishes, I did not re-enter the suite during her tenure, but informed her that I was working in the adjacent building and that she could text me if she needed anything. My tenant in the second floor cottage room reserved that space for a month, and he has been a most gracious guest. As a former marine, he is extremely neat and tidy. Any user of the shared spaces is responsible for cleaning up after himself. During the three years that I have been an Airbnb host, this is the first time that a guest departed without leaving a note or saying good bye. I recognize that it is not possible to please everyone all the time, but this was a disappointing experience for me, and a hurtful one. Please note that this review refers to the woodland cottage suite and not for the farm studio.
July 2016

Jonas User Profile
June 2016
Marilyn was a great host and the lodgings were wonderful. She actually offered us the option of an alternative rental (she has several available) for no extra charge when we arrived. Marilyn was full of amazing stories, both about her long family history in Boyds and her amazing background as a musician and artist. She was constantly cheerful and very helpful in answering our questions about places to hike and to visit in the area. She even stocked the kitchen with complementary breakfast items and coffee!

Carla User Profile
May 2016
I had a lovely time on the farm in Boyds! Marilyn told me before the trip that her daughter and son-in-law would be at the house in her stead, and they were terrific. Incredibly interesting people who gave me space but were definitely up for conversation if you were in the mood. The efficiency has a separate set of stairs that take you down to a private space with everything you need. There may be some food in the fridge and basic condiments, etc., but bring your own coffee and whatever else you'll need. I drove out to Germantown, about 15 minutes away from the house, and stocked up on what I needed. There is also a small grocery just a minute or so from the house. All in all, a great stay with kind and interesting people. I'm a city rat, so living on a farm with farm-y things was a real treat. I wish I'd had more time to explore!

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Boyds, Maryland, United StatesJoined in October 2013
Marilyn User ProfileMarilyn is a superhost.

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.

Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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