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“Very picturesque, with a very personable innkeeper” 4 of 5 stars
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Antietam Overlook Farm
4812 Porterstown Rd, PO Box 30, Keedysville, MD 21756   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Keedysville B&B and Inns
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33 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Very picturesque, with a very personable innkeeper”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

From the moment we entered the gate and drove up the driveway, then saw the view, we could feel ourselves begin to relax. Then we met Michelle, the innkeeper, and felt even better. She is so outgoing and friendly and immediately makes you feel like a longtime friend. She showed us around the lovely home, which was beautifully decorated for the fall season. Tina, the gal responsible for keeping the place clean, was as busy as ever tidying up our room since we arrived early to take advantage of the gorgeous day. It's all about having a good time here and that we did. There were ten of us staying the last night, all different ages and backgrounds. We sat around the fire that Michelle had built, some sipping wine which is graciously provided, along with beer, soda (or pop if you're from Pittsburgh!) cider, coffee,or tea. We had a blast laughing, sharing funny stories, and just kicking back and relaxing. It was the most fun we've ever had at a bed and breakfast.

Some previous guests were put off by the stinkbugs that were quite prolific upstairs because of the warm fall weather. These guys just wanted to come in and enjoy the ambience, too. This is no fault of the innkeepers because they did everything they could to get rid of them. Once the weather gets cooler, they'll be long gone much to everyone's relief.

Michelle and Tina work very hard to prepare and serve a hearty breakfast and see that everyone is satisfied. That speaks volumes to couples like us who stay at B&Bs because they usually are so much friendlier than a hotel. Anything we needed, we just had to ask. Our room was always very clean and tidy. The towels were thick and plentiful, and the sheets soft and comfy. We both enjoyed a soak in the tub after a long day of sightseeing. Michelle's recommendations for restaurants in the area were spot on. We totally enjoyed Bistro 112 and the Press Room in Shepherdstown along with Dan's Restaurant and Tap Room in Boonsboro. Visiting Antietam Battlefield is a must and for wine lovers, Breaux Winery was very nice. Nutter's Ice Cream shop in Sharpsburg serves up the biggest cones we've ever had. Yum!

We had a lovely two-night stay in the Overlook Room. We walked around the beautiful grounds, sat in the Adirondack chairs looking out on the magnificent views, and enjoyed the company of Michelle, Tina, and the other guests. We came to relax and unwind and this B&B totally fit the bill.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are quieter and more private.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Avon Park, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Good:
We were accepted "off the street" when another reservation elsewhere went awry, the owners showing a degree of trust not often found in today's world. Free access to drinks, snacks and coffee, etc. available 'round the clock. Great views of the battlefield in the valley down below seen through that particular day's rain and fog. A nice wood fire to ward off the day's and evening's chill. Adequate, but overly herbed breakfast (to my taste preferences, anyway, and not offered a choice of preparation)

Bad:
Way too much owner/innkeeper interaction with guests that lasted into the early morning hours. No advice to some guests to tone down their long and raucous game play which lasted until we chose to retire when sound levels diminished by their moving farther from the sleeping area. I had the feeling that the owner/innkeeper overslept the next morning, as our anticipated 9:00 breakfast was finally served around 10:00, far too late if guests would happen to have plans for excursions that day. We had anticipated a quiet evening which was not to be. Our lumpy bed and low quality linens made for a restless night's sleep, as did a lack of heat through what was a chilly night and morning. (Did not want the in-room gas fireplace running through the night) No closet available in this particular room.

Ugly:
The owner asked if we had noted an odor in our room which had been noticed the past couple of days. I stated that I was aware of it. He came in, sniffed around the drains and under the tub, declared he didn't think it was septic field odor as none was found in other rooms, and then stated "It might be something dead in the walls," a non-reassuring thought from any point of view. If they were aware of this odor, the room should not have been assigned until the cause was known and removed. This was an absolute turn-off to thought of ever returning to this inn. Conversation through the evening included accounts of the owner's cat catching and crunching cardinals and rabbits, with no thought being given to the sensibilities of their guests. We were quite taken aback while realistic of animal behavior. It just seemed a subject that would be better off avoided. A final note: their decor included a toy bunny with its foot caught in a mousetrap found at the end of the couch in the great room.

The cost of all this: $230.00 including tax, money that would have been better spent elsewhere.

It was an unusual B&B experience by any standard, certainly not up toe Select Registry expectations.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Nice place, good location, nice rooms. But 2 issues. I agree with one of the other reviews about the timing of breakfast. 9AM is a little late for those that would get going a little earlier. I prefer an earlier time and/or a range of times. And it didn't get started until 9:15. The bigger problem was an issue they were having with bugs. They mentioned, but downplayed it. It was a bigger issue. And bugs are one thing I am not interested in dealing with when staying in an inn or hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My wife and I had stayed here once while dating and chose to return and spend our 1st anniversary here as well. Best decision we could have made! This place has it all: breathtaking views for miles, delicious/creative breakfasts, charming rooms, romantic sunsets (from the outdoor hot tub or garden-side benches), and -- best of all -- a staff that will leave you feeling COMPLETELY taken care of. Michelle, Tina and Mark provide the perfect balance of world-class service, down-to-earth warmth and friendliness and that all-important "they've thought of everything" feeling. Their attention to detail is impeccable -- handwritten notes, tailored breakfast ingredients, hand-ironed bed sheets, big fluffy towels, a huge selection of complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-), flashlights to explore the property or simply make your way to the hot tub at 3am, thoughtful suggestions for what to do in the area, manicured landscaping, and the list goes on...

You really should stay 2 or more nights to fully enjoy everything offered by this B&B and what surrounds it. If you choose to stay on-property the entire time, there's plenty to do and it doesn't get any more calm, peaceful or relaxing than this. If you venture out, you can do like us and enjoy biking along the C&O canal and through charming little towns, touring historic Antietam, Shephardstown and Haper's Ferry, visiting local shops (where the shop owners are all super friendly), and dining at some fun and tasty spots.

We had an amazing weekend here and their long list of favorable reviews are well-deserved. Thanks Michelle, Tina and Mark, for making our 1st anniversary so fun and memorable. We'll see you again and look forward to sending more friends and family up your way.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reston, Virginia
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Antietam Overlook Farm is a luxurious way-station for you and your loved ones to stay, sigh at the view and just get away from whatever is ailing you.

We came in a family group and stayed in three of the rooms. We were catered to and pampered. We were treated like family. They even let us cook in their kitchen and serve a meal we procured from the farmer's market.

Our youngest stayed in the hot tub most of the time. Other enjoyed chess and other games in the large living room.

Breakfast was generous and tasty. The rooms were wonderfully appointed and comfortable.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we are already contemplating a return. We liked it that much.

Room Tip: Talk to the innkeepers about what's important to you. A view? A bathtub? Then have them choose.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bergen County NJ
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Antietam Overlook Farm is everything the previous reviews said...Great location, rustic charm, comfortable,friendly staff and generous amenities, but a couple of things leave a sour taste in my mouth. The first is the breakfast. We were told 9ish, which is late for those of us who like to get up early and go, but we could live with that except by 9:30 there wasn't any indication that we would have breakfast anytime soon.All the guests were left waiting in the great room. We were finally served and breakfast service was over about an hour later. Way too late.
The second thing really bothers me. I have been to inns and b&bs where there is an envelope discreetly left if one wishes to leave a gratuity and I do so if I feel the service is exceptional. Here there was an envelope which asks us to remember the housekeeper, breakfast server and chefs/innkeeper. It says that gratuities are a substantial part of their income. Really? Shouldn't the innkeeper pay them a decent wage so that they do not have to ask their guests for money? Include a service charge if you must, but don't ask me to provide for their income.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, New Hampshire
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights and greatly enjoyed the great breakfast, views, and location of this most beautiful farm. I would have given a higher grade but a few things needed to be corrected. First they have free drinks but the gin was empty and I reminded them about it and it was not filled for 2 days. The abundant bird feeders were also empty and the windows in our room would not stay up. I tried to get something to keep the windows open and failed. The screened in porch was a great hit and it let in fresh air so we did not need the AC. I would try to get the upstairs room because if your below; you can hear foot steps.

Room Tip: Get the upstairs room if you do not like to hear people above you.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4812 Porterstown Rd, PO Box 30, Keedysville, MD 21756
Location: United States > Maryland > Keedysville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Keedysville

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