"The Nest", gorgeous 20X30 top flr furnished room w/cathedral ceiling, spruce panelling & window wall, opens to deck in canopy of trees. Private entrance, FIOS high speed internet, tv with ROKU streaming device, half bath and mini-fridge upstairs, shared kitchen/dining/laundry/shower downstairs. Surrounded by nature's beauty. 10 forested acres and large kitchen garden. Hiking, biking, fishing, boating. Easy access to historic and cultural sites in and around Washington DC.
Furnished with a queen size bed and a full size leather sleep sofa, "The Nest" accommodates a maximum of 4 guests. There is a half bath, a mini-fridge, a wall mounted flat screen tv, a coffee table and 2 side tables, an antique oak desk with glass top and chair, a large vibrator chair, dresser, bedside table, ceiling fan/heater and a/c in season. Exterior door leads to an elevated deck and exterior stairway to ground. An interior staircase, accessed through the adjacent office space, leads to a shared first floor kitchen and full bath. A full size refrigerator, pantry shelves and cabinets are reserved for guests of "The Nest". The kitchen is fully equipped w/electric range, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, tea pot, blender, rice cooker, pots and pans, tableware, and more. The cottage is the west wing of my home, connected by decking to the original "Homestead House". Also located on our 11ac. Mini-Mountain property are a gazebo, a studio/shop, a garden shed, a chicken coop, a small barn and, on the far eastern side, a Lindal Cedar Home, also occupied by family and guests. Our rooster serves as a biological alarm clock, and guardian of five egg laying hens. The cottage is situated about 400 ft above the surface of the lake. The woodland path behind the cottage follows a ridge down to the shore and ravine beside a beaver dam. No other house or man made structure is visible. The loudest noises are bird songs.
Accès des voyageurs
Privacy is valued and the structures are not visible from the public road or other properties. Off street parking is available. Sharing our private property are two family homes, the guest cottage, a craft shop, a small barn, garden shed, and picnic gazebo. My son and grandson, who live on the far side of the property, have three small dogs who are usually inside their home, but occasionally wander over for a visit. Our Mini-Mountain property abuts a 2000ac regional park with 500ac lake, and miles of hiking and biking trails. Canoes, kayaks and rowboats may be rented at the park visitor center. When she is home, Marilyn welcomes guests to visit her library/music room with grand piano, harp, wall mounted "prepared piano", large screen television, thousands of books and periodicals, instrument collection, and YOGA, Pilates, and Wii fitness programs . Guests may also enjoy the harvest of her kitchen, herb, and berry garden. Guillermo has been Marilyn's assistant and handyman for the past ten years. He works 9-5, M-F, helping to maintain and develop the family properties, and may assist our guests if needed. Christine, Marilyn's daughter-in-law, is co-host and is available to greet guests, answer questions, and assist guests when neither Marilyn nor Guillermo is free.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
Guests will be greeted upon arrival and given a short tour of the facilities either by Marilyn, her assistant Guillermo, or co-host Christine. We welcome the participation of our guests in activities taking place at the Mini-Mountain property, either in the gardens, the main deck area, or the craft shop. While respecting the privacy of our guests, we strive to be accessible and available to help out when needed.
The visitors center of Black Hills Regional Park features displays of local flora and fauna, and offers workshops, lectures, ranger led pontoon boat rides, and boat rentals. The public entrance to the park is located on Old Baltimore Rd. The Discovery Sports Center with Olympic size swimming pool, golf driving range, and more than 20 soccer fields and playgrounds is only a few miles away. There are many hiking and biking trails to explore in the village, and many more miles of rural rustic roads and trails in the surrounding upcounty area. A favorite destination for bicyclists is Sugarloaf Mountain with stops at the Sugarloaf Winery and the historic Comus Inn. Suzanna Farms on Whitegrounds Road is also a lovely spot for those who are interested in rare and unusual evergreens. The new Clarksburg Outlet Mall is located at the intersection of Clarksburg Rd and I-270, about 3 miles from our Mini-Mountain property.
Because our home is not visible from the public road, we limit arrivals after dark to no later than 10 pm so that I can meet guests at the entrance of our long gravel driveway and accompany them to their rooms. Use of illegal drugs or drunkenness are causes for immediate eviction. No smoking is permitted inside any of the structures. Airbnb guests may organize a special event or gathering only with host's written approval.
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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.