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Private 1860's 3 bedroom home on 130 acre family cattle farm

Bedrooms 3
Space 102 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Welcoming cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath with pastoral and mountain views (Sleeps 6

After four years of restoration, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm is available for our guests to enjoy. Step back in time in this charming home located on our family-operated Black Angus cattle farm. Originally built in the 1860s for the resident tenant farmer and his family, the house has been lovingly restored to the 1930s era. Enjoy cooking breakfast in the farmhouse kitchen, with it's 1935 monitor top refrigerator and restored 1911 cast iron & chrome electric range on cabriole legs. Use the 1920's oak-cabinet wall telephone with hand-held receiver and brass bells for free local calls. Modern amenities include central heat and air conditioning, high-speed wireless internet access and cable television with built-in DVD player and a selection of DVDs.

Slow down a bit, relax, read a book or visit with friends while sitting in the rocking chairs on the broad front porch. The enclosed back porch overlooks a meadow and pasture area and has seating for two - a great place to read in the morning or sip a cup of tea while taking in the beautiful scenery of the Great Cove valley.

Each of the three bedrooms has a double bed and is decorated with antiques. We provide all linens - the beds are made and ready for you to snuggle in. We use crisp line-dried linens when weather permits, and the beds are dressed with high-loft goose-down comforters on chilly winter nights. In the bathroom you'll find fresh towels, a mahogany sink base with a French waterspout faucet, and a claw-foot bathtub with shower.

We invite you to stroll the grounds, explore the farm's 130 acres, and enjoy the fresh country air. Walk our private lane or make use of the two picnic areas on the farm. Ask to feed the dozens of golden trout that call our limestone springhouse and spring waters home. A romantic retreat or great vacation get-away, The Tenant House at Shady Spring Farm awaits you and your family. Come and enjoy.

Keywords: House, cottage, private home, farmhouse, historic, get-away, romantic, family,

More Details

Barbara Onorato
Member since: 2008
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

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 Pennsylvania

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for your warm hospitality. The Tenant House is wonderful. We loved your place and hope to return. The area around your farm is so breathtakingly beautiful. We feel deeply refreshed.
Nov 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Big Cove Tannery

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 102 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Claw foot tub with shower
  • The full bath has a clawfoot tub with shower, a mahogany sink base with porcelain sink and waterspout faucet. Fresh bath linens as well as paper products are supplied for you...
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
  • 3 bedrooms, each with an antique double bed located on the second floor. New pillow-top mattresses. We provide all linens; the beds are made and the towels hang in the bath. Just arrive and enjoy! We use crisp line-dried linens when weather permits and lofty goose-down comforters on chilly winter nights. A Graco Pack-n-Play is set up and dressed upon request.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bring your horses on vacation! We now offer over-night horse stabling in our newly remodeled 1800's hand-hewn bank barn. Four large airy stalls (12x16), sliding doors, automatic waterers. Dry-lot turnout with automatic waterer and grassy paddock also available. Access to 250 acres for riding, or take a day trip to public trails at Gettysburg, Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal, etc. The farm may be available for small events and weddings on a seasonal basis. Please inquire if interested.


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Private 1860's 3 bedroom home on 130 acre family cattle farm
average rating of 4.9772725 based on 54 reviews

Lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable, clean, beautiful and relaxing! Good for small kids too

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What an Awesome Little Place!

  • 5 of 5

We rented here for two nights to be closer to Whitetail for snowboarding. The place is modest on the outside, but very very nice on the inside, with so many old items but yet with the more modern requirements--a perfect balance. We greatly appreciate our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC, USA

Wonderful New Years Eve with family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at this property! It was impeccably clean and provided a nice relaxing spot to ring in the new year. Will hopefully be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the most beautiful places I have been to in all my life

  • 5 of 5

A charming, cozy farm home from an earlier era with the modern necessities of cable and wifi. Tranquil land off the beaten path surrounded by nature and farms. Pure, peaceful beauty. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pittsburgh, PA

A Step Back in Time

  • 5 of 5

The Tenant House met all of my expectations and more. It is such a charming place to step back in time. It brought back so many memories of spending time at my grandparents farm house. The place is immaculate and so many working antiques that make you feel that you have stepped back in time. We spent our evenings rocking on the rocking chairs on the front porch watching the beautiful sunset while listening to mother nature all around us. From the sheep, to the cows and horses and the sounds of the birds it was so peaceful. We spent the nights playing games and laughing in the kitchen on the restored farm table. I would recommend this place to anyone. We had such a fabulous time and there is so much to see and do around the area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This home was everything and more. If you like stepping back in time, this is the place to go. It brought back so many memories of my grandparents farm. The place is immaculate and the landscape around the place is so peaceful. Definitely a well kept secret.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Great Cove Golf Club
Nearest Ski
16 Miles
Whitetail Ski Resort
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Big Cove Tannery

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$17 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%

Maximum of 6 guests. 4pm check-in and 11am check-out unless prior arrangements are made.
Visa, Master Card and Discover, check and cash accepted when booking with us directly. We do not charge a service fee when you deal directly with us.
In the case of a cancellation the deposit may be applied to a future stay.
Please contact us for last minute stays of a single night.
Due to the historic nature of the house and the sensitivities of some of our guests we can not accept pets.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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