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The Old Homestead - Charming Circa 1800 Farmhouse Looks Toward Sleepy Creek Mt

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse: 3 BDRs, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

Imagine stepping back into the world of the early 19th Century. The Declaration of Independence was signed only 24 years earlier. A new homestead cabin has just been built in north-western Virginia on part of a 200 acre land grant signed by President James Monroe. This and other deeds are displayed at The Old Homestead, which is now a charming two hundred and fifteen year old farmhouse restored to its 1800s roots.

The town of Berkeley Springs, one and one-half miles away, was laid out by young George Washington. It's said that he bathed in the well-known warm springs here. His 'bath tub' is still on display in the State Park. The medicinal healing springs, originally frequented by Indian tribes, became America's first spa. The historic but operational Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park is fed by the healing waters of Warms Springs run and provides natural mineral baths and massages. Numerous private spas are also located in town. A full- sized swimming pool is part of the State Park. Free Summer concerts, sponsored by the Morgan Arts Council, are presented in the park on Saturday evenings. These attractions are just a five minute drive from the Old Homestead.

Additional rooms were added to the original house in around 1850. By the time of the Civil War, descendants of the settlers sat on the front porch and watched Confederate soldiers march toward Martinsburg. Both armies, bushwhackers, horse thieves and smugglers rode through this border area. The nearby Potomac River was the boundary between North and South and many battles took place nearby.

Now guests can relax on the shaded front porch.

The back patio and deck provide views of rolling meadows and Sleepy Creek Mountain. A comfortable hammock hangs between large trees in the yard. Enjoy wildlife drinking at the spring-fed ponds and birds flocking to the feeder. (The small ponds are a natural wildlife asset, but are unsuitable for swimming, fishing or boating.) In the modern kitchen, original rafters are exposed and half-wainscot walls are restored. The kitchen chimney contains large fossil rocks. The fireplace in the living room accommodates a built-in wood stove. A dining area overlooks the front porch. Play chess at the game table in the hall area. A full bath is to the right and the laundry room is at the opposite end of the hall.

Narrow, winding steps lead upstairs to a hallway reading area. All of the wainscot doors have been retained on the second floor. A half-bath is located to the right and a small bedroom with a single bed is to the left. The original homestead master bedroom opens off the hall. Complete with a small mantled fireplace (charming but inoperable), this room boasts some lovely antiques and a double bed with memory foam topper. The original chair-rails have been retained here. An adjoining door leads to the back bedroom. This bedroom was known as a 'captured' room - meaning that the occupants could only enter through another room. Now, an outer door leads to the deck. This room has a ceiling fan and a four-poster maple bed with new 13 inch memory foam mattress. As it is part of the addition, the stone chimney and an area of original lap siding add interest to the room.

The surrounding area provides a wealth of activities. Cacapon State Park is 20 minutes away and offers horseback riding, boating and swimming in the lake, hiking, playgrounds, picnic areas and a golf course. Enjoy float trips, swimming, fishing, and boating on the nearby Cacapon River. Bike on the C&O Canal Towpath Rails To Trails path on the banks of the Potomac River in nearby Hancock, MD. Winter skiing and snowboarding is available at White Tail resort 45 minutes away, or at Blue Knob resort an hour and a half a away. Historic Harper's Ferry is not far. You can walk through the town and visit the Civil War museums. Another activity in Harper's Ferry is whitewater rafting or tubing on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. Nearby Charles Town offers racing and slots. A new casino has opened at Rocky Gap Lodge, Flintstone, MD (near Cumberland, MD).

Keywords: Historic old farmhouse near Berkeley Springs, WV, Views of Sleepy Creek Mt., Wooded setting, rustic, rural, secluded

More Details

Sally Brinkmann
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
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Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Sally Brinkmann

I'm a retired English teacher and a writer. My writing often draws on the color and history of the local area. My granddaughter helps with cleaning, yard work and the web page. She is also interested in the local history.

Sally Brinkmann purchased this farmhouse in 1975

Why Sally Brinkmann chose Berkeley Springs

When my husband bought the Old Homestead and the farm in 1975, saplings were growing out of the windows. He renovated it, and lived there for a few years. It was rented out for many years, and slipped into a state of disrepair. In 2001, I began the second renovation, and researched its history. I found old courthouse records and deeds in both Virginia and West Virginia.

What makes this farmhouse unique

I live down the driveway from the property, so I enjoy the convenience of being located only 1.6 miles from Berkeley Springs. I often attend plays and gallery shows at the Morgan County Arts Council center, the Ice House. My family, friends, and I frequent the many restaurants in town, namely Earth Dog Cafe, The Country Inn,Tari's Premier Cafe and Mi Ranchito. For special occasions we go to Lot Twelve Public House. In Hancock, MD, visit Buddy Lou's Eats, Drinks and Antiques on the canal.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sally, we loved staying at your farmhouse and this poem came very easily in that special space. I'd be honored to have the poem on the Old Homestead webpage... copying the electronic version below to save you some typing.

Thank you for liking my poem!



The Old Homestead

boards made of trees long dead

surround me

with the craftsmanship

of people long dead

board by board

they built this house

maybe with the help of friends

who are also long dead

and then there was a child

born in the room where I sleep

maybe the mother lived

or maybe she fell into a forever sleep

and maybe that child thrived

or maybe it was the fourth child

of the house who lived only to age three

others survived

and the family grew enough

to add a wing another bedroom for more kin

who lived closer together then

slept bundled two or three in one bed

and though the children played all around the house

in the trees and pond and with the animals

that frequent this land

the birds the deer the small critters in between

and the adults spent most of their day out of doors too

with raising livestock and milking riches from the earth

all the people of this place gathered in the evening

in the one room that runs through

the foundational floor of this house and

someone played music

and someone else would read

as another mended clothes and sheets

and stories lived in this house

until one candle was done and the utter darkness

called each one to sleep earlier

than we visitors with our electricity

earlier to rise too as each rushed to care

for some morning chore

before gathering together to eat

and it would be the mother who prepared this food

because the man's hands and back would be needed elsewhere

to chop the wood or prep the tiller or check on the animals

the children should have gathered and fed before they

were loosed to their pens to do what animals do

it would have been a simpler life

and i don't want to romanticize the blisters and callouses away

or the potential violence of man to animals and even smaller human beings

but the labor of life would have kept most souls focused

on what had to be done

and the smaller pockets of time to throw rocks into the pond

or sit in the middle of a grove of trees

or study the deer who came to browze on new growth leaves

at the edge of your land

must have felt a more concentrated relief or joy from all the rest

Thanks, Nina (Contact Sally to see remainder of poem)
Oct 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Berkeley Springs

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • City Centre ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , sink
  • Bathroom 1 on first floor; bathroom 2 on second floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 single bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , original farmhouse master bedroom (fireplace - nonworking)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , Enter from rm. 2, added about 1850, door onto deck
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Spas offering massage and heated pools, etc. located in Berkeley Springs, WV. Antique shops, speciality shops and movie theater are located in Berkeley Springs. Bicycles and boats rented in Hancock, MD. Horseback riding at Cacapon State Park. The Morgan Arts Council sponsors the Ice House art gallery, gallery shows and openings and various concerts and live theater events listed on their website. ( Farmer's Market on Thursday and Sunday in Downtown Berkeley Springs (in-season).


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The Old Homestead - Charming Circa 1800 Farmhouse Looks Toward Sleepy Creek Mt
average rating of 4.803571 based on 63 reviews
Clarksburg, WV

Very charming 200 year old home full of interesting artifacts and antiques.

  • 3 of 5

It felt like you were isolated while only a few minutes from the main road. I had concern with unsafe steps from parking area to house and fly infestation. My family spent Christmas and it was like going to an old family home. Owner was very kind and generous.

  • Review Submitted: 30/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Doretta, I glad you liked the house and agree about the bottom stone step at entrance. We close for the season on Jan. 2, and will work on the steps in the spring. Thanks for your heads up about the flies. We've had problems in other winter seasons, but never this bad. We plan to set off several bug bombs when the place is closed down. Next winter, we'll be more pro-active. We are also considering calling in the professionals. Thanks for your help with the situation. Have a Happy New Year, Sally
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house. Perfect for the weekend and it is so clear how everything is thought out with so much love and care.

Thank you for sharing it with us.


  • Review Submitted: 13/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. You were great guests and I hope you'll return.
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Rustic weekend retreat

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing getaway in an historic cottage! Natural springs close by!

  • Review Submitted: 06/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Hamilton, So glad you enjoyed the weekend and got to the springs. You were great guests and I hope you visit us in the fall. Thanks, Sally
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Historic cabin with big yard and pond

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to travel back in time with modern conveniences this cabin is just the right place. We have visited many times with our young children and always enjoy it.

  • Review Submitted: 14/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa and family, So glad you could make it back this year. Thanks for your review. Look forward to seeing you next year. Sally
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Great Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

Myself and 2 of best friends stayed at homestead this past weekend. We absolutely loved it! Great setting if you like to be slightly secluded. Just a few minutes from town. The house is charming and rustic. The pond was a nice extra. We saw fish and a ton of tadpoles. Enjoyed our wine while playing games. House was very clean and linens were nice. No complaints. Thank you for letting us stay.

  • Review Submitted: 30/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Amanda, So glad you all had a good weekend. I appreciated your suggestions and will work on implementation. Hope you come again. Thanks, Sally
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Catonsville, MD

Taste of History

  • 5 of 5

The home is lovely and so tastefully decorated, you can sense the history of the home and property. We loved visiting the pond and it was great to have a mowed path. We enjoyed coffee on the porch daily while the dogs sat with us and the kids played in the yard. We had our own little Thanksgiving and found the kitchen and dining perfect for a feast of 4! The home is close to the main-town-area of Berkeley Springs which we enjoy visiting to walk for the day or an evening meal. The movies, books, and games provided were the perfect entertainment while we were in the cabin....the "chess corner" was perfect. It was so nice to have linens and towels provided and to have a washer/dryer. The home/cabin is perfect as long as the adults and children are comfortable navigating the (steeper) stairs that are in so many of these historical homes, we had no problem at all and consider it a neat feature. Sally responded to emails throughout our stay when we had little questions, she was gracious and kind.

  • Review Submitted: 27/11/2016
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Dulles, Wash., D.C.; BWI, Baltimore, MD
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Berkeley Springs, WV
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Cacapon State Park, The Woods, Hedgesville, WV
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Martinsburg, WV
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Rt 522
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Berkeley Springs, WV
Nearest Ski
28 Miles
White Tail Ski Resort, Mercersberg, PA
Car: recommended

The Apple Butter Arts and Crafts Festival held in Berkeley Springs State Park the second weekend of October.

Racetrack and casino at Charlestown, WV. Casino at Rocky Gap State Park near Cumberland, MD.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$33.6
Damage Deposit AU$201.58

- PET FEE: $25 one time fee per dog (maximum of 2 dogs) Cats are not accepted.
- CANCELLATIONS: Cancel 15 days prior to arrival date for refund.
NOTE: Only VRBO/HomeAway rate and deposit postings are valid.
NOTE: EVENT PRICING: Nights can be added at additional cost. Some date substitutions can be made. Ask owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.