Large 20x20 rm in main floor of cottage on 10+ acres of private forest backing to 500ac lake and 2000ac regional park. Wifi and fiber optic internet service. Netflix free movies. Off street parking. Share kitchen, laundry, dining room, shower.
The cottage is situated on 10+ acres of privately owned forest known as The Mini-Mountain, that backs to a 500ac lake stocked with bass and tiger muskie. Only 35 miles from the hustle and bustle of the nation's capital, the loudest noises here are bird songs.
The 20X22 bed/sitting room is furnished with teak queen size bed (with feather comforter and heated mattress pad), dresser, bookshelves and tables, a flat screen digital tv with ROKU box for streaming, a black leather queen size sofa bed, a 3 tier electric organ, quality art work, a desk, several chairs, and a lacquered coffee table with intricate inlays.
Environmental control is assured by dimmer controls for the many recessed halogen lights, individual controls for air conditioning, and rheostat knob controls for each of the several electric (oil filled) baseboard heating units. The large walk-through closet provides plentiful storage space for clothing and other personal items.
From the private bed/sitting room one enters the shared dining and laundry areas, and on through the kitchen and bath areas to a cedar deck. There are separate refrigerator and pantry areas for the downstairs guest(s) and the upstairs guest(s)
The refrigerator is stocked with breakfast supplies for short term guests. Tableware, linens, toiletries, and cooking equipment are provided for the convenience of all of our guests. Storage cabinets for food supplies are assigned to long term guests.
Guests in the ground level guest room share the kitchen, laundry, dining room, and shower with guest(s) in the 2nd floor suite. Second floor guest room is equipped with half bath.
Off street parking is available on site.
Host shares her extensive library and grand piano in the adjacent homestead house upon request.
Interaction with guests
Guests will be greeted upon arrival by Marilyn or her assistant, and given a brief tour of the property. Marilyn retains a library/music room in the adjacent "Homestead House" and a studio in the mill shop. She is frequently on site assisting with remodeling of the Homestead House interior or working in the herb gardens. Her assistant works from 9-5, M-F, to help maintain and develop the family properties, and can answer questions or provide assistance if Marilyn is not available.
Other things to note
The "MiniMountain" is not a grand estate, but rather a rustic retreat from the noise, congestion, and stresses of urban life. Gardens, woodlands, and structures are maintained without toxic chemicals by one handyman, Marilyn, and the occassional guest who enjoys gardening or crafting. While the property abounds with birds, squirrels, deer and other wildlife and native plants, guests should not expect a manicured suburban lawn. The hot tub on deck is not operational at this time.
The cottage is not set up to accommodate pets.
No drugs, heavy drinking, or illegal activities are permitted.
Guests are expected to clean up after using the shared kitchen, laundry, dining room or bath facilities, and to store their personal supplies in the assigned cabinets.
As with all properties in old Boyds, this residence is served by well and septic. Guests need to consider the load on the well pump, and avoid using the clothes washer at the same time as the shower and dishwasher. Use only septic safe toilet paper provided by host, and take care not to allow food particles to enter sink drains.
Garbage bags are to be deposited in the large blue containers, and recyclables in the small blue bins located behind the cedar knee wall bordering the deck.
Do not overload the clothes washer. If in doubt, it is best to do two loads rather than one. Be careful to lower the washing machine lid carefully. Dropping it has caused breakage several times in the past.
Guests who are staying for a week or more should use the spray clorox solution stored in the cabinet under the sink to remove any residue or mildew that may accumulate on the bathtub, tile, or shower curtain.
Do not use china, glassware, and pottery in the glass cabinets on the east side of the dining room. Tableware for tenant use is stored in the upper cabinets and drawers that line the wall shared with the kitchen.
Quiet hours begin at 10 pm.
Special events, parties, or other
gatherings are permitted only with host approval. Special fees may apply
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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.