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Barn Apt on Tranquil Historic Farm--Amazing Views

Bedrooms 1
Separate WCs1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful, spacious loft-style apartment in barn on historic farm.

Beautiful, spacious loft-style apartment in barn on historic farm 25 miles northwest of Baltimore. Quiet, lovely, and peaceful, surrounded on all sides by farmland in conservation. Perfect for a relaxing, tranquil getaway, but within easy commute to Baltimore metro area.

A spacious loft style apartment with a large open living room, dining area & kitchen on the first level. Wood burning stove in LR, with wood provided by the hosts. Radiant heat on first floor and 2 ceiling fans. Modern kitchen with stainless stove, fridge, and dishwasher, including microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker -- but no garbage disposal, as we're on a septic system. Main bathroom on ground level has been recently upgraded with tub and new tile, etc. Bathroom has stackable W&D on first floor. Library in 2nd floor loft area. Bedroom with antique double bed and 1/2 bath on 3rd floor. Bedroom has wall unit AC/heater. There is a small balcony overlooking a walled flower garden.

This is the ideal get-away for a weekend or a few weeks. You'll see no neighbors, wake up to the sun rising over the rolling fields, sip your coffee at the table on the balcony--with great views to the surrounding 100 acres--relax on the cozy couch and (on a cold day) watch the fire roaring in the wood stove (unlimited fire wood provided free), take a break to watch the birds from the huge wall of windows, spend a couple of hours browsing through the library on the second level, where you'll find all kinds of great books, then pop a DVD into the player downstairs and watch a classic movie--selected from the large in-house DVD selection--or stream a movie from the free wi-fi.  And, if you want a little exercise, walk the grounds, where you'll find all kinds of natural treasures: a huge array of flowers and plants and some old trees of historic proportions, including one of the biggest beech trees in the state.

Our 6-acre farm is just at the outer reaches of the NW Baltimore suburbs, in northern Reisterstown. The town of Reisterstown, 4 miles away, has an historic downtown. Westminster, 8 miles north, has a larger historic downtown and is home to McDaniel College. Both towns have nice restaurants and other local attractions. Just south of Reisterstown are Owings Mills, Pikesville, and Towson, large metropolitan suburbs of Baltimore. All have a large variety of restaurants and shopping. Owings Mills has a subway station (only 15 min away) that travels into downtown Baltimore. We are only about 20-25 min from Pimlico racetrack in NW Baltimore. We are just 35 miles south of Gettysburg and many Pennsylvania attractions, including historic sites, orchards, parks, antiques, flea markets, and local ice cream. We will provide guests with an extensive list of local resources and favorite food stops.

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Ron Tanner
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Ron Tanner

Ron and Jill are DIY experts and dedicated preservationists. In 2015, they bought Good Contrivance Farm, a neglected historic family farm that had been owned by the same family for 5 generations.

Since then, they have been restoring the farm to its former glory (it hadn't been altered since 1959) and they have created a 501 C3 non-profit whose mission is to promote the preservation and restoration of historic family farms.

You can find out more about their project at their website historicfarm (dot) org.

Ron Tanner purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Ron Tanner chose Reisterstown

We were looking for an historic family farm with a cool old house and cool old buildings--because, not only are we history buffs and nature lovers but we're also DIY experts who love a big project. And we got a big project here because the farm--which had been in the same family for five generations--had not been touched since 1959. We've been working non-stop to bring the farm back to its original splendor and then some.

What makes this apartment unique

Good Contrivance Farm has the benefit of being throughly historic, with most of its original buildings, and thoroughly beautiful, surrounded by 100 acres of conserved land. The barn apartment showcases an eclectic mix of old and new.

The 6-acre core of the property has beautiful plantings, huge old trees, and splendid views. The farm has plenty of places to sit in leisure and lots of places to walk. We have two large fields, a country lane, a formal garden, and many little pockets of natural beauty. It's a fabulous place to relax and settle into country life.

At the same time, Good Contrivance Farm is incredibly close to major shopping, highways, restaurants, and local attractions. It offers you the best of both worlds: you can use the Farm as a base to explore historic sites like Gettysburg (35 miles north), the big city sights of Baltimore (24 miles south), local farmers' markets and fairs, not to mention some of the best antiquing in the nation. Ron and Jill will provide you with all the insider info. and recommendations.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Reisterstown in Carroll County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Full bathroom--all new--on first level. Bathroom has tub with shower, its own high-powered heater, as well as a washer and dryer.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom is on the third level. This is where the air conditioner is located (a split system); also a heater. The bedroom has a half bath (toilet and sink). The bed is a double, with a lovely antique frame.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Barn Apt on Tranquil Historic Farm--Amazing Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Bolton, CT USA


  • 5 of 5

Was the perfect place for us. 20 minutes from the children and grandchildren and a beautiful retreat when we had a little time to ourselves . Plenty of room and privacy. Kitchen very well equipped and plenty of books and magazines to read including one by Ron which we both read and loved. Bedroom views were awesome with the full moon shining in and sunrises to awaken us. Our only regret is that even with a ten day stay we didn't have enough time there. Ron met us when we arrived with homemade cookies and the whole experience was welcoming and friendly. The surrounding farm fields offered beautiful views and lighting and you felt far removed from the bustle of city life but close enough to get there when desired. It was a step back in time with all of the amenities of modern day.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Belissimo's, Full Moon Pub and Grill
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
River Downs
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Owings Mills Metro
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Highway 795 to 695
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
many are nearby
Car: necessary

We are located in the heart of Maryland's horse country--rolling hills and gorgeous farmland. You'll find apple orchards and pumpkin patches in the fall, peach orchards and strawberry fields in the summer. All kinds of country attractions include local dairies with homemade ice cream; farmers' markets; county fairs; bingo at the local firehouse; a vintage roller skating rink; flea markets; historic villages ; scenic drives; farm stands beside the road; horseback riding; historic houses; and much more.

But wait: there are also city attractions nearby. Baltimore is a short 24-mile drive south. And Washington D.C. is 50 miles. Take a day trip to the nation's capital to visit the Smithsonian, the African American museum, the National Gallery, the monuments on the mall, the Native American museum, and fabulous neighborhoods, such as Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle.

You could spend three days just seeing the sights in Baltimore. Drive down at 9:00 in the morning (after the commuter traffic has waned) and arrive at 9:30 or so. Visit the renowned National Aquarium, the historic Flag House, the African American museum, Little Italy, and Fells Point (the oldest neighborhood on the water). That's one busy morning!

Lunch at a bistro in mid-town, then climb to the top of the oldest monument to Washington--the first Washington monument--and check out the great city view. Then visit the world famous Walter's Art Gallery, and the stunning Peabody Library. Sit in historic Mt. Vernon square and admire the city mansions. Then catch an early supper at one of the many, highly-rated farm-to-table restaurants. And then catch a play--Baltimore has a vibrant small theater scene (five theaters to choose from). How's that for a busy day?

Ron and Jill can customize a Baltimore tour to suit your tastes--they know all the hideaways and hot spots.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Damage Insurance £44.47

Maximum Occupancy: A maximum of 4 persons may sleep on the premises.

Guests may use the premises only as lodging; they are not to have parties, gatherings or events on the property. Nor may guests invite visitors to the property.

Children under 12 are not permitted, due to safety hazards inside and outside the apartment.

No smoking is allowed inside the apartment, inside the barn or inside any building on the property. Smoking is allowed 10 feet or more from the door of barn.

Parking is allowed only in designated areas, including in the parking area between the house and the barn, and on the ramp to the barn.

The guests are invited to walk the property, excepting the areas close to the house (where the owners reside). Guests are not to enter any buildings other than the barn, except by permission. Access is not allowed onto the surrounding farmland (outside the fence) as it is a separately-owned property.

Guests may not pick or gather fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, or flowers without permission.

The owners’ dogs and barn cats may be petted outside, but must not be let into the apartment.

No pets are allowed. If you have a service animal, please contact us for terms.

This is a quiet farm and must be respected as such.

The owners have right of entry at any time to inspect the apartment property due to emergency, suspected emergency, needed repairs, utility outages, and/or suspected violation of the lease by the guest.

The guests shall take good care of the premises and its appliances and furnishings, and shall maintain them in good order and condition, ordinary wear and tear excepted.

Guests are permitted to use Wifi within the legal limits of the law. Guests are not permitted to use the Wifi or TV to view or download illegal materials. The TV is a Smart TV, and guests are allowed to use our Netflix account for viewing of regular programming. Guests may use their own Amazon Prime, Hulu, or other accounts on the Smart TV.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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