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“Doesn't meet "Select Registry" standards” 2 of 5 stars
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Antietam Overlook Farm
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   4812 Porterstown Rd, PO Box 30, Keedysville, MD 21756   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Keedysville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Limerick, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Doesn't meet "Select Registry" standards”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

We recently stayed at the Overlook Farm and were looking forward to it and excited about a great stay. That quickly changed as we were greeted by the innkeeper Michelle, who - while appearing relaxed and engaging - decided to drop the "F" word within 15 minutes of our arrival. We hadn't even made it out of the greatroom yet. There's a time and place for everything - and this wasn't it. Michelle seemed extremely comfortable with us despite having known us for less than 7 minutes and honestly, I was quite surprised at some of her comments of other past guests as well as some of the language she used. ( and trust me, I'm no prude - I've heard it all).

We never had a chance to eat breakfast as each day was scheduled somewhere around 0930 - which didn't fit our schedule as we are early risers and opt to be out and about before the crowds. Staying around for a 0930 breakfast (start time), etc would certainly end up in not getting to our destination til maybe around 11AM or later. We also asked what was for breakfast and were cavalierly told - 'Oh, I don't know - I usually don't decide until that morning'. Hmmm - so much for planning. What about special needs or allergies - i wonder how folks with those concerns deal with that. Very often, when staying at a B & B, when you let the inn know you will be leaving early in the days - they try to at least have something ready for you before you head out for the day - coffee, cereal, etc OR they send you out with a 'boxed lunch' type of meal to get you through the AM. Despite advising Michelle that this would be the case with us, these options weren't discussed.

Our room was OK - nothing great. It was obviously an add-on and not original, and the craftsmanship/woodwork was certainly not professional in appearance. Mouldings, trim , etc were uneven, mismatched and somethings missing completely. Oh, and a large hole/ space in the bathroom wall. Keep in mind - my comments are based on the "select registry" status this inn likes to advertise. This was by no means a Select Registry B & B.

What about bugs ? Stinkbugs - everywhere. Michelle mentioned as she did her walk through that they had been having a problem with stink bugs and we might still see one or two. Well, she was correct - they did have a problem and we killed 53 PLUS stinkbugs in a weekend.. I personally think that's absurd and i highly doubt they have taken ANY steps to address the issue. I am very familiar with these little bugs and as per my own experience, an appt with a reliable exterminator will greatly ease this situation.

I have stayed in worse motels but not B &B's. Unfortunately, if my friends were asking about staying here - regrettably, I would not be able to provide a favorable recommendation.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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antietamoverlookfarm, Innkeeper at Antietam Overlook Farm, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
I do apoligize for your unpleasant experience. I aim for everyone that walks through our door to have a wonderful experience and to make you feel "at home". Had I known you would be leaving early, Fruit, oatmeal, juices and pastries would have been left out for you. I do this often, when I am notified of an earlier departure. As for not knowing what is for breakfast, We have a fully stocked kitchen and pantry at all times, so I do not PLAN a specific menu, until I do find who has any dietary needs, or dislikes. I ask everyone if they have special needs, vegan , vegetarian, etc. We even have gluten free items on hand. When we have a full house it is hard to please everyone, but every extra detail to make you feel special is important to us.
As for the stink bugs, we adress this issue DAILY ! We have had exterminators in , and can provide phone numbers. It is an ongoing battle, everywhere, not just here. No one dislikes them more than our staff. I do hope that there was something positive that made your stay a nice one.
I've been doing this for 4 1/2 years, and no one is more important than You and me making your stay memorable. I apoligize once again.
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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Frederick, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed our two night stay at this special inn.(beautiful views) Our room was marvelous - everything you could want and more. We enjoyed our evenings in the common room sitting in the rocking chairs, reading a good book, sipping wine provided by the inn keeper and enjoying a splendid fire. Mark, Michelle and Tina made our stay special with many refreshments available in the refrigerator to enjoy besides the wine. The food served at breakfast was special in its 'display' as well as exquisite in its taste - it was a marvelous 3 course breakfast to start the day before exploring the area around the inn. We are hikers and enjoyed the trails around the Antietam battlefield as well as a 5 mile trek to Maryland heights overlooking Harpers Ferry. (and there is so much to explore in the area)

Room Tip: Oops there is no swimming pool but the web site wont let me remove my rating
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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antietamoverlookfarm, Innkeeper at Antietam Overlook Farm, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
We are very pleased to hear you loved your stay. It makes our job not even feel like a job.
We hope you get the chance to return sometime in the near future. Visiting during the different seasons is always fun.
We love to hear that guests feel like when they are here they are entering as strangers and leaving as friends.
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a great weekend we had at this wonderful b&b. From the time we were greeted by Michelle and shown to our large, but cozy room we were in love. It was a cold day, but Michelle had a big fire going in the kitchen and starting one in the huge "family" room. Everything is done in such good taste and we immediately felt welcome. We enjoyed our evening in front of the family room fireplace, just reading or in our own room by the fireplace. The views are memorable, as is also the breakfasts and constant wine in their frig. Great little restaurants close by and a beautiful area to visit. We look forward to returning in the warmer weather!

Room Tip: Try to get the rooms with a view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Elkridge, Maryland
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118 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This is one of the best B&B we ever stayed - 5 stars all around, fireplaces in room/dining room, country room, tub, nice/delicious breakfast, breathtaking view, nice owner/innkeeper. We enjoyed watching football championship with the owner, Mark, his friends and the guests. It was like a happy family and football party even though we just met everyone. We plan to return!

Room Tip: My daughter and I stayed in the Gardenview room with king bed, fireplace, and tub.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Had a wonderful weekend here. Michelle, Mark And Tina are terrific people who make you feel like old friends. Breakfast was 3 courses of wholesome comfort food complete with dessert! The room was comfy with a screened porch n soaking tub. The sunset view from the main porch off the common room was stunning. Fridge is stocked with drinks and wine. Coffee bar was nice in the morning. Peaceful, relaxing getaway. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Avon Park, Florida
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: 4812 Porterstown Rd, PO Box 30, Keedysville, MD 21756
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Location: United States > Maryland > Keedysville
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Free Breakfast Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly )
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Keedysville
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Antietam Overlook Farm 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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