My husband and I just finished a two-night stay at Antrim 1844. We were there during the week when schools were closed for spring break. They offered a voucher through Living Social for the off-season (it expired 3/31).
I wanted to stay in the mansion, since the weather was not yet very warm. We had the Boyd room, on the second floor of the Mansion. The room was lovely and was well laid out and equipped. On the website, the wallpaper looks a bit overdone, but we found the room to be attractive, due in part to the very high ceilings and two huge windows overlooking the gardens. There is a wood-burning fireplace, which we enjoyed. There is a huge maple bed with a pineapple finial, a writing desk, two cozy chairs, and a closet/wardrobe. The lighting is all from desk or table lamps (this was the one suggestion we had for an upgrade; the lighting was a bit dim in the evening for reading). The rooms in the mansion do not have phones or TV's, as some of the other rooms in other buildings do. The windows have shutters that are very cool and also very effective in keeping the room snug at night. The bathroom in the Boyd room is adequate. It contains one of several antique claw-footed bathtubs on the property, with a shower. The shower is interesting but it takes a little getting used to, and it would not work well for someone who was not nimble enough to climb in and out. They provide nice bathrobes and other amenities. There was wireless internet in the Mansion.
Each morning, coffee, muffins and fruit arrive around 8:00 on a tray left right outside the door. From 8:30 - 10:00, they serve a nice breakfast in the Smokehouse restaurant. Breakfast choices included a fruit bowl, granola with milk, or a full country breakfast. The full breakfast was a huge serving: scrambled eggs, bacon or ham, a yummy potato casserole, and a belgian waffle or french toast. The tables are set with orange juice in goblets and they bring around croissants and coffee.
Antrim also serves afternoon tea at 4:00, with a nice variety of teas and both sweet and savory treats.
We also chose to eat dinner at the restaurant one evening. It is a prix fixe menu ($69.00 per person) with six courses. Prior to dinner, they serve cocktails and hors d'oevres in the drawing rooms. When it is time for dinner, you start with an amuse bouche (a tasty mini-appetizer), followed by a soup or other appetizer (I had a duck terrine; my husband had a very tasty soup, a mussels veloute). They serve a salad and intermezzo, and then the main course (there were about six choices). My husband had filet of beef and I enjoyed salmon. The service is extremely smooth and attentive, although the pace of the meal is leisurely. We were there about a hour and 45 minutes for the whole dinner experience.
The grounds of the property are lovely, even though not much was yet in bloom. There are a few small shops in Taneytown but not much to do in town. It is not far to Gettysburg. This time, we drove to New Oxford PA to visit more antique shops, also to Hanover PA & Westminster MD.
The entire visit was lovely and the level of service is impeccable. My husband did not even notice the absence of the television. We would recommend Antrim to couples looking for a nice retreat.