Welcoming cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath with pastoral and mountain views (Sleeps 6
About Barbara Onorato
While on the farm there are endless things to do... repairing and maintaining buildings, upkeeping fences and keeping the grass and weeds in check. We're kept company by our dog Max, a fantastic little rescue dog who absolutely loves having the run of the farm. When there is a little spare time we enjoy riding our horses, two of whom are rescues as well. The farm is a treasure: it has been in my husband's family since 1922. We are compelled to share it with others. Hence, The Tenant House was born.
Barbara Onorato purchased this House in 2004
Why Barbara Onorato chose McConnellsburg
While growing up Tony spent his summers here 'helping' to tend the cows, the chickens and the sheep. After 63 years of farming Tony's grandparents were thinking of retiring. Tony and I were looking to purchase a historical property near Gettysburg - our favorite weekend getaway. The timing couldn't have been better, his grandparents didn't want the farm to be developed and our goal was to restore an old property. One year later we signed the paperwork and purchased the family farm that has been in Tony's family since 1922.
What makes this House unique
Shady Spring Farm feels far removed from the busy I-95 corridor where we travel to our jobs. While it sounds a bit cliche, life on the farm slows down. Every season brings new sights and new scents. Early spring sees daffodils and crocus emerge from thawing ground. April into May is calving season when 80 or so black angus calves are born. May is the first cutting of hay and the blooming of tiger lilies around the springhouse. The warm nights in late June and early July are lit with thousands of fireflies. For two years now we've had both bald eagles and golden eagles visit the farm in the month of July - soaring over the field behind the farmhouse. August is lazy, it seems even the trout in the springhouse take it easy. Every season brings it's own wonder. When Tony wants to play a little golf he heads to the Great Cove Golf Course, just two miles from the farm. Whitetail Ski Resort (with snow tubing!) and historic Berkeley Springs, WV are within 30 minutes. One can enjoy a trolley ride at the Rockhill Trolley Museum in nearby Rockhill Furnace. When in the mood for outlet shopping we have two choices within an hour - Prime Outlets in Hagerstown MD and the outlet center in Gettysburg, PA. Two battlefields are within an hour, Gettysburg and Antietam, and we enjoy visiting both.
Contact us for venue rental information.
Shady Spring Farm is a non-smoking property
well-behaved children are always welcome
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
beautiful house with all the comforts of modern accommodations but with a splash of vintage enjoyment !! Owners have decorated this home beautifully. The house is absolutely immaculate. and the views are spectacular. Thoroughly enjoyed sitting on the front porch in the morning sipping coffee watching the cows , sheep, horses craze . Owners are very accommodating and helpful. Will most certainly come back when in need of a quiet retreat in the mountains !
Peaceful getaway for writers or artists
A great bargain, especially since it’s less than 2 hours from DC. Antique writing desk is perfect for a writer’s retreat - whether you’re writing the Great American novel or a stack of Christmas cards.
Beautiful and quiet farm house
Overall, I was extremely impressed with The Tenant House. It was immaculate and beautifully furnished. A friend and I stayed at the Tenant House, and the kitchen had everything that we needed so we saved money by cooking all of our meals there. The countryside was beautiful and quiet, and each night I slept like a baby. This house was a nice central point to visit local state parks. (My goal for this trip was hiking and kayaking.) I would definitely recommend the Tenant House. I also found Barb to be easy to communicate with, and the check-in process was very convenient.
The farm house was great! Will definitely come back again!
Barb and Tony went above and beyond as hosts. The house had everything you'd need; appliances, utensils, linens, games, movies and was immaculate to boot. It was decorated beautifully and the views we're phoenominal. We loved exploring the grounds and enjoyed ourselves immensely. The kiddos were fascinated with the old fashioned toys and farm life. We hope to be back soon, best of luck on the stone house renovation.
Very well restored and clean
While we did not have more than one night at the Tenant Farm, we found it in spotless condition and beautifully restored with lots of historic details. The kitchen -- especially the stove -- was delightful to use. We enjoyed the cozy living room and the comfortable beds. Barbara and Tony were very attentive about staying in touch and welcoming us. Would definitely recommend this property.
Local fairs and festivals:
2nd full weekend in June-The Strawberry Festival
2nd full week in August - the Fulton County Fair (Sun 8/14- Sat 8/20/2016)
3rd full weekend in October- Fulton Fall Folk Festival (Fri 10/21- Sun 10/23/2016)
Parks & recreation: Cowan's Gap State Park, Raystown Lake, C&O Canal (20 mins to 1 hr 10 mins)
Golfing: Great Cove Golf Course, 2 miles or Whitetail Golf Course
Civil War Attractions: Gettysburg Battlefield, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg MD, Harrisburg Civil War Museum (all within 1 hour drive, Harper's Ferry WV is a 2 hr drive)
Live Theatres/Movie Halls: Historic Star Theatre in Mercersburg PA and in Berkeley Springs WV, Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia, Majestic Theatre in Gettysburg (20 mins to 1 hr drive)
Caves & Caverns: Visit Lincoln Caverns or explore Penns Cave by boat (1 to 2 hrs away)
Hang gliding & parasailing: We are located just four miles south of popular jump point 'The Pulpit' (aka Lookout Point) in McConnellsburg
Universities & Academies: Mercersburg Academy, 20 mins, Wilson College is 45 mins, Shippensburg University is 1 hr, Penn State Main is 1.5 hrs