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 -- but no garbage disposal, as we're on a septic system. Small bathroom with clawfoot tub and 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.
There is a small balcony overlooking a walled flower garden.
Guests will have the barn apt to themselves. They are free to roam the property, excepting farmhouse (where owners live) and closed bldgs.
Interaction with guests
We'll meet guests and show them around. Available by phone, email, text or in person if have any additional questions or needs.
Other things to note
Not suitable for children under 12. No smoking, no pets. First level is accessible for persons with limited mobility, excepting bathtub, as it is a tall, antique, ball and claw tub. Second and third floors accessible only by stairs. Heating and air conditioning in the unit have been retrofitted and are far from ideal. Be prepared to supplement with ceiling fans and woodburning fireplace.
Minimum 2-night stay on weekends and 3-night stay during the week. Longer stays of up to 1 month are permitted.
There are several pets on the property, including barn cats. Guests are free to pet the animals, but no animals are allowed in the apartment.
1. Guests are expected to be quiet and to respect the tranquillity of the farm. No music, video games, TV, or yelling outdoors.
2. Guests are free to roam the property but do so at their own risk. There are holes, rocks, snakes, poison ivy, stinging insects, etc. on the property as this is a farm. Guests may enter the buildings excepting the farmhouse (where the owners live) and closed buildings.
3. Guests must wear sensible shoes when walking the property--no heels or bare feet.
4. Guests must contact the owners asap if something in the apartment breaks or malfunctions.
5. The owners have the right of entry into the apartment in event of emergencies.
6. Guests must not collect flowers, eggs or food from the vegetable garden or food-bearing plants without permission from the owners.
7. Guests must not let the owners' animals into the apartment. You are free to pet them outside. Do not enter the cat house, as this is the barn cats' safe space. Some of the barn cats are skittish--please respect their space.
8. Park only in designated areas. Do not block the farm lane, as the owner of the surrounding farmland needs access.
9. Smoking is allowed outdoors only.
10. The Smart TV has access to digital TV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Do not charge additional viewing fees (pay per view) to our account. Guests who do so will have the fees deducted from the security deposit.
10. Do not spray perfume, incense, or air fresheners in in the apartment.
11. The owners do not provide housekeeping during the guests' stay. No food is provided.
12. Guests are asked to leave nothing behind when they leave.
13. Cancellation policy: We follow AirBnB's moderate cancellation policy for short (up to 27 nights) stays, and the Long-Term policy for longer stays.
14. Service animals: All guests with service animals must let the owners know at booking time that a service animal will be coming. The owners will remove all rugs in order to keep the apartment as allergen-free as possible. for other guests. Guests with service animals should bring pet beds or rugs, as animals are not allowed on the furniture. Animals are not allowed to roam free outdoors, but must be walked at all times on a 6' leash. Animals which prove destructive to the property, dangerous (to our cats or dogs or to us), and/or which are not housebroken will be cause to terminate the lease immediately.
Ron and Jill are DIY experts who have recently purchased an historic farm just north of Baltimore. Previously, they lived in a once-ruined fraternity house--a big city Victorian brownstone, which they restored to its previous glory and was featured in THIS OLD HOUSE magazine. Ron wrote a book about it: "From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story."
Good Contrivance Farm, Ron and Jill's latest venture, is a 501-C3 nonprofit whose mission is to promote the preservation and restoration of small family farms. Their farm (established in 1860) will be a showcase of small-scale sustainability, historic preservation, and adaptive re-use.
Ron is a well-published writer who teaches at Loyola University-Maryland. Jill is a social worker who works at Healthcare for the Homeless.
You can learn more about Ron and Jill at their website.