2 bdrm ground floor furnished apt in private woodland setting adjacent to 2000ac regional park and 500ac lake. Entry painting of forest reflections. Living rm w/media wall, kitchen/dining rm, pantry, laundry, bath w/large ceramic shower, private entrance, off street parking, wifi/FIOS high speed internet, tv w/Netflix+, AC, baseboard heat. Quiet, safe and private. Hiking trails, great fishing, birding, herb garden, chickens, canoes, 3 mi. to I-270, MARC train/Brunswick Line to Washington DC.
The apt is on the lower level of what was my family's "homestead house" in a small village of northern Montgomery County, only about 40 miles from the White House and the hustle and bustle of our nation's capitol. Windows and doors open to a small patio and picnic/hammock area, with views of forest and lake. Our guests enjoy unspoiled natural beauty and plentiful wildlife, hiking, fishing, boating, or just relaxing and recovering from the stresses of everyday life. The residence is not visible from the public road. Free off street parking in designated areas. Fully furnished 1) a large bedroom with queen size bed (programmable mattress pad warmer), ceiling fan, desk and chair, large mirrored dresser and closet, 2) a second slightly smaller bedroom with full size rosewood bed, dresser, and desk, 3) a full bath with large ceramic tile shower, 4) kitchen and dining area, pantry, laundry and 5) a living rm with sofa bed and media wall, ac and baseboard heating. Private entrance. An automobile is necessary for local travel, but the MARC commuter train platform, Brunswick Line, is about a mile down the road, and provides service to and from DC and points in between both in the morning and the evening. The Shady Grove Metro station is about a 15 minute drive, has plenty of parking available, and subway service every few minutes from early morning until 11 pm. Long term guests may use host's membership to upscale Healthtrax gym with pool, basketball, handball, classes, personal trainers, full range of fitness equipment, $25/mth fee, 5 minute drive.
Host shares her extensive library and music room when she is on site and if the spaces are not otherwise scheduled. Chickens, herb and berry garden, and craft studio are also on the grounds.
Interaction with guests
Either I or my assistant are usually on site, either working in the herb gardens, crafting products from the bounty, feeding the chickens, or maintaining the structures. If not on site, guests may contact us by cell phone.
Other things to note
This property is not set up to accommodate pets.
Illegal drugs or excessive drinking are not allowed and are grounds for eviction. No smoking permitted inside any structure. Quiet hours after 10 pm.
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.