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Bruce Batten

Member since: 2011
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Gettysburg Area Fine Country Home--Comfort, View, Peace

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Taneytown holiday chateau / country house

House, 2 or 3 Bedrooms, 2 or 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-9). PRICE REDUCED! $275/DAY!

PRICE REDUCED! Now only $275/day through the end of 2016! We have lowered our price to help offset the huge new added "booking fee" that VRBO now charges YOU to book through VRBO or Homeaway. Call us directly for details and possible additional savings!!! (907) 694-5439 after noon, eastern time.

Vista Country Home, an elegant 2- or 3-bedroom vacation rental is your private BOUTIQUE COUNTRY ESTATE, the perfect site for people who love history, comfort and beautiful scenery on their vacations. It is beautiful, spacious, and perfect for small family reunions or lodging for wedding groups. Vista's special SENIOR FRIENDLY design features one-level, easy, no-stairs access to the gardens, parking, and all rooms except for the 3rd bedroom, which is downstairs, where youngsters will love having their own space!

(NOTE: Vista now has a little sister--a 1-bedroom cottage nearby, perfect for honeymoon-type getaways. See VRBO listing #461994)


--Gorgeous, gas-fired FIREPLACE in living room !!!

--New comfy wall-to-wall CARPETING in all bedrooms and living room !!!

While our friends who love our American Civil War heritage find Vista especially appealing for its proximity to key historic sites, everyone will enjoy the sheer comfort, privacy, and beautiful setting Vista offers. It is an ideal spot year round for a getaway from routine, from stress, from traffic!

Beautifully landscaped with a WALLED GARDEN, a pond with FOUNTAIN, a large GAZEBO for al fresco dining and BBQs, and separate BREAKFAST BALCONY, Vista assures your comfort and relaxation indoors and out. Perfect backdrop and environment for WEDDING PHOTOS!

This airy, light-filled modern home features many beautiful antiques, VAULTED CEILINGS throughout, SKYLIGHTS, and with 3 immaculate bedrooms in an unparalleled setting of country splendor. Unlike some other country homes, Vista has warm, cushy carpeting (new in 2016) throughout all bedrooms and the luxurious living room for added comfort.

Get there first with your companion and choose the master bedroom, with its fabulous SCROLLED OAK, 4-POSTER, ANTIQUE QUEEN-SIZE BED! Your accompanying friends will be thrilled with the 2nd bedroom, with its ANTIQUE, 4-POSTER DOUBLE BED, and the 200-year-old CHILD'S DESK they can use for writing postcards home. The extra large 3rd bedroom also has ANTIQUE 4-POSTER DOUBLE BED, and includes two pullout sofas to sleep a total of up to 5 guests.

Crib available.

Each bedroom enjoys VIEWS OF NATURE AND COUNTRY SPLENDOR from all the large bedroom windows. Each bedroom has ultra-fine linens, and its own large bathroom.

The LARGE, WELL-EQUIPPED KITCHEN will delight any chef. Culinary experts and amateurs alike will appreciate the fine and plentiful tools, utensils, and cookware provided for preparing fine meals. Serve your meals with nice flatware and dishes and enjoy them outside in the gazebo, on the balcony, or in the large and elegant dining room.

The SPACIOUS AND ELEGANT DINING ROOM, with seating for 8-10 diners, and larger living room are bathed in natural light. Enormous and numerous windows open to hundreds of acres trees, fields, streams and wildflowers--all part of your own private country estate!

With Vista as your vacation base, you can EASILY DRIVE TO DOZENS OF HISTORIC SITES and some of the world's finest visitor's centers to experience history where it happened, and honor those who fought and died to make America the great nation it is today.

A mere 15-minute drive will take you to Gettysburg--to where Chamberlain stood moments before he led a bayonet charge down the slopes of Little Round Top; to Cemetery Ridge, where the rebel yell still echoes from Pickett's Confederates as they charged to the 'high water mark' of the war; to the Gettysburg Cemetery, where Lincoln delivered the most famous speech in history honoring those who gave 'the last full measure.'

Vista offers easy access to many of America's other most important historical sites, as well, including Antietam and Monocacy Battlefields, as well as cultural and recreational sites in and around Washington DC and Baltimore.

After a day of sightseeing, golf, or ANTIQUES SHOPPING in the MANY OF THE EXCELLENT ANTIQUE SHOPS in Carroll County, you can kick back at Vista. Sip a cool iced tea or glass of wine from under Vista's gazebo as steaks sizzle on the grill, and a red setting sun yields the dimming cornfields and sycamore trees to a constellation of sparkling fireflies.

Or, enjoy the Maryland traditional celebratory feast: a pot of blue crabs from Vince's Seafood, steaming in savory Old Bay seasoning, with cold bottle of delicious locally crafted beer, or a chilled glass of fresh apple cider from nearby Baugher's Orchard.

Prefer to dine out? Vista is only 3 miles from Taneytown, where you can find WORLD-CLASS DINING at the Smokehouse Restaurant, the fabulous restaurant of the delux country hotel, ANTRIM 1844 an elegant ante-bellum mansion. At the other end of the cost spectrum, McDonald's, Pizza Hut and other familiar eateries are CLOSE and offer faster food alternatives.

The larger, but still nearby towns of Gettysburg and Westminster boast wonderful small-town character in pubs, diners, and family restaurants to please any palate and any budget.

For a quiet evening at your Country Home, enjoy a movie or documentary from a large collection of Civil War DVDs and other movie options on a large HD TV, which also includes cable TV viewing options.

For a quieter evening, curl up with one of the many books in the Vista library of Civil War and American fiction and history books and periodicals.

Vista also offers you WiFi for HIGH-SPEED INTERNET access. Use it to look up your Civil War ancestors, check your email, or tell your Facebook friends what a great time you are having! (Please, no movie streaming)

Check the details and photos listed elsewhere on this website to find many more appealing features of Vista Country Home.

We invite you to be our guest for an experience of comfort and learning that you will cherish and will want to share with friends and family!

Keywords: Gettysburg, Gettysburg area lodging, Country getaway, Fountain, Gazebo, Scenic, Nature views, Elegant, Luxury, Comfort, Historic location, Beautifully landscaped, Civil War, Antietam, Barbecue, Senior Friendly

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Bruce Batten (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Bruce Batten

Vista Country Home is located on Fiddler's Green, a working farm that has been in our family for 5 generations. Owner/managers are siblings Bruce, Chris and Mary Batten, who grew up playing in these creeks and fields, riding horses, milking cows, bailing hay, etc. Bruce's wife, Toni, and Chris' wife, Melissa are essential parts of our family team.

Here, where Big Pipe Creek joins Bear Branch on our property, we would wander the banks where Civil War soldiers camped the day before the battle that shaped the history of our nation. It was here we gained our appreciation of history, and the sacrifices made by our ancestors for the blessings that we enjoy today.

Chris and wife Melissa are the on-site managers who lives in the ante-bellum farmhouse nearby. Bruce and Mary divide their time between Vista and Fiddlers Green, and their other residences in Alaska.

Bruce Batten purchased this chateau / country house in 1946

Why Bruce Batten chose Maryland

Our family built Vista Country Home, designed by the award-winning, Registered Landscape Architect Chris Batten, on our family farm known as Fiddler's Green in 1990. It was originally built for and home to US Navy Capt. (ret.) Hugh N. Batten, a WWII fighter ace, and his wife 'Tommy' Batten. Both are now deceased.

This location has been a family farm for some 200 years, and looks much the same as it did 150 years ago during the Civil War, when Confederate forces invaded Maryland numerous times. Scores of battles large and small raged within short distances from this farm. Tens of thousands of soldiers marched through these fields, or camped along Pipe Creek, which runs through this property, on their way to destiny at Gettysburg. Its proximity to Gettysburg, Antietam, and other National Parks and battle grounds makes it an ideal home base for day trips to some of the world's finest battlefield visitors centers, as well as all the visitor attractions of both Baltimore and Washington D.C.

But in addition to its location in a America's historic heartland, Vista is situated among some of America's most charming countryside, small towns, and neighbor farms. We wanted to share this magical place with people who love history and this country's agarian roots.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

--Plenty of space, indoors and outside with spectacular gardens and spectacular views: hundreds of acres of your private estate!

--Gorgeous gas-fired fireplace in living room--romantic & cozy inside when it's chilly outside!

--More than 2 miles of PRIVATE trails for hiking, biking, jogging, X-C skiing, through pristine rolling countryside and woodlands, along streams.

--Modern comforts of 2 HD-TVs, DVDs, WiFi, games table, books.

--TWO outdoor patio areas, both ideal for al fresco dining, with fountain, BBQ pavillion, hacienda-style walled-in garden, lots of outdoor seating in sunshine or the shade of magnificent oaks, maples, and dozens of ornamental flowering plants and trees.

--CLOSE to great businesses & services, including supermarkets, restaurants, recreation--even two 'Dollar' stores! Also, fabulous antiques and outlet mall shopping!

--Easy access for day trips to Gettysburg, Antietam, Baltimore, Washington, and many of America's finest vistor destinations!


based on 42 traveller reviews

Gettysburg Area Fine Country Home--Comfort, View, Peace
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Very clean and comfortable! Tops!!

  • 5 of 5

Close to Gettysburg, PA. Great hub for touring and sightseeing. Extremely friendly hosts. Very accommodating. Everything you could need is available in the house!

The property is beautiful and relaxing. I recommend this location for your vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house was very nice. Just as the pictures showed.

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay. Spent one day in Gettysburg. The rest of the time was sitting outside on the patio enjoying the out doors. It was quiet and peaceful. Will keep in mind to revisit.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful long weekend at Vista Home. From the sign welcoming us upon arrival, to the house and trails to the location we had a wonderful experience.

The house was perfect for our family including my Dad who has some mobility limitations and uses a walker. It was well laid out, very clean and comfortable. The bird feeder and bird houses, seen from the dining room, provided great entertainment during our meals. The walking trails started right behind the house and provided for relaxing and peaceful walks both each morning and evening.

The location was perfect for us to reach Gettysburg and the Battlefield. The shops in Taneytown made replacing any item we didn't bring with us easily done.

The hosts were easy to work with and made our entire experience smooth and simple. We loved everything about Vista house and hope to be able to return soon!

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Virginia

A lovely and warm home to spend our holidays

  • 5 of 5

Our goal was to find a home to accommodate our family for a Christmas gathering. My mom is 89 and has mobility issues. We wanted her to be able to meet her first great grandchild so we needed a place that the entire family could travel to and stay together. Chris was so helpful in preparing the home and its extra safety measures for Mom...he went the extra mile even after we arrived and determined we needed more arrangements made. Thanks to him! The home was clean, spacious and just perfect for us. The property and surrounding scenery was beautiful and peaceful. Highly recommend Vista! We made many special memories there!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aurora Il

Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Vista was perfectly located for our jaunts to Gettysburg, Antietam and Fredrick. We're usually a "been there, done that" couple, but we weren't on the road for 30 minutes before we were talking about coming back in a couple of years. Loved everything about our trip, and the area. Vista will be a cherished memory for a long, long time.

Thanks, Jim and Ruth (and the pooches)

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Danbury, CT

Family retreat near Gettysburg

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Vista with our three adult children over Labor Day. The house has everything any family needs for a beautiful, private, relaxing vacation. The house is well designed for comfort and privacy and the grounds are very pretty with walking trails around the property. We visited Gettysburg and Frederick during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Perfect location for small wedding groups! Beautiful background for photos, pleasant environment for visiting friends and families.

Several gorgeous weddings have been performed on the property! Inquire for special arrangements.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Taneytown, Maryland

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall & Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
Spring & Summer
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add A$13 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee A$163 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$653
Pet Fee A$77 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

Rental includes bedding for up to 6 adults. No charge for infants. Pak'N'Play provided free if needed.

All utilities included, all linens provided.

2-BEDROOM DISCOUNT--$25/night or $125/week is DEDUCTED FROM RENT if using only 2 bedrooms.

Up to 2 adult Dogs welcome! Extra fee applies. May not be left alone on property except in proper kennel.

Wi-Fi: Free unlimited WiFi is provided at no charge!

Extra persons visiting may incur extra charges. Please inquire.

Stays of longer than 1 week or associated with onsite activities (receptions, etc.) may require larger deposit. Please inquire.

Thanksgiving and Christmas weekends require a 3-day minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Taneytown

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Large shower with bench for seated bathing
  • 3 spacious bathrooms--one for each bedroom. Two bedrooms have full baths with tub & shower. The third bedroom has no tub, but a large shower with a bench for seated bathing.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 cot , 2 sofa bed/futon , Very large: 2 sofa-beds, Full bath, TV, sleeps 5
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed , Closet, small desk, and dresser, full bath, great views!
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 cot , Huge walk-in closet, dressers, en-suite full bath, skylight
  • --Main BR has Queen size bed, a gorgeous antique oak 4-poster under a vaulted ceiling and skylight--watch moon and stars from bed! Also, private view of open fields...Very romantic! En suite private full bath. --2nd BR has antique double bed, great views of countryside. Direct access to its own shower/bathroom --Large 3rd BR is downstairs, has antique double bed, a pullout sofa that converts to a double-bed, and a pullout love-seat that converts to a single bed, for total sleeping for five (5). Dedicated full bathroom. 3rd bedroom also has large screen TV and DVD player, and a separate entrance from outside for easy move-in and move-out. Pak'N'Play is available for small children upon request, no extra charge.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 2 bicycles
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • snowboarding
  • tennis
Spectacular 360-degree hilltop views through large windows onto peaceful serenity and beauty of fields and woodlands and streams, Comfortable central heating and air, Spacious rooms with cathedral ceilings and skylights throughout, Antique furnishings include 200-year-old child’s desk and magnificent 4-poster beds, Large well-equipped Kitchen to delight a chef, Excellent for bird and wildlife watching (Baltimore Orioles and Blue Birds of happiness!), Sunny breakfast balcony, Exquisite landscaping features walled courtyard fountain and BBQ gazebo for elegant al fresco dining day or night, Senior-friendly design--no stairs inside or out in main living area! Hosts are Vista’s architect and registered nurse in nearby ante-bellum farmhouse--convenient but not too close for privacy, Located on pristine 200-year-old 100-acre family farm, Site of camping Civil War soldiers the day before the Battle of Gettysburg.