About this listing
Our "Lavender Room" has high ceilings, glistening woodwork, polished old wood floors, two door-size windows, a full size bed with bed warmer, vintage handpainted furniture, smart tv, WIFI, internet service, shared luxury bath, 2nd bath av, MARC train
The Boyd-Maughlin House is the last vestige of "Bonnie Brae", the farm of Col. James Boyd, a Scottish immigrant for whom our village is named, and contractor for the Metropolitan branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad built shortly after the Civil War. A lovely Victorian gentleman's cottage, it inspires the Boyd-Dereggi family's intimate chamber music event and country craft projects that recall the generous hospitality for which Col. Boyd is remembered.
We have a total of four beautiful guest bedrooms, a large and a small on the north side of the house and another large and small on the south side. No more than two of the bedrooms are rented at the same time. The large "Lavender Room" in on the south side of the historic home.
The "Lavender Room" is furnished with a full size bed with programmable bed warmer for ultimate comfort in cold weather, and air conditioning and ceiling fan in warm weather. Two vintage dressers with bookshelves, a desk with chair, and a small table, hand painted by Mini-Mountain Artisans, an upholstered chair with adjacent reading lamp, and a flat screen digital smart television equipped for streaming, complete the furnishings.
A luxury bathroom centrally located off the hallway between the four bedrooms, is shared. A second bath with clawfoot tub and shower on the main floor is available if needed.
All of the rooms have high ceilings, two door size windows, polished wood floors, glistening white woodwork, high speed fiber optic internet service, WIFI, flat screen digital "smart" televisions, reading chair, desk, vintage furnishings hand painted by Mini-Mountain Artisans, ceiling fans, air conditioner, lamp and other accessories.
We are centrally located to most major attractions in the Mid-Atlantic Region and, having lived here for more than 40 years, I enjoy providing my guests with information about both well known sites of interest and the less traveled. In addition to the many museums of our nation's capital, historic Frederick, Harpers Ferry, Mount Vernon, Gettysburg, Baltimore, and Annapolis are all within an hour's drive from Boyds.
Guests may walk to the MARC platform, and take a passenger train to and from Union Station in Washington DC and points in between, Monday through Friday, mornings and evenings. Schedule and ticket prices for MARC's Brunswick Line are available online.
A continental breakfast buffet with pastries, fresh fruit, boiled eggs, cheese and cereal is served on French Havilland of Limoges china in the formal dining room exclusively to airbnb guests. For other meals, guests are welcome to share the country kitchen. The library, with its outstanding book collection and large screen television, is available for the enjoyment of our guests. The music room, including a Bechstein grand piano and 1926 Gulbransen player piano with 50 sing- along rolls, is available for guests from 7pm until 9pm, or during daytime hours when not otherwise scheduled. Guests are welcome to enjoy our small pool, basketball pad, and barbeque pavilion during warm weather months. A two person kayak, paddleboat, fishing gear and life jackets are available for rent. All anglers must have a Maryland fishing license, and all private boats must have a park permit attached. Sledding down the several hills on our lawn is a favorite activity when there is adequate snow. Sleds are available on site.
Personal laundry service and custom tours are available. Special fees apply.
All guests are greeted upon arrival either by me or by my assistant, and are provided with an entry key and a brief tour of the premises. I host occasional cultural soirees in the parlour, dining room, and library to which house guests are welcome to attend if they wish. My private quarters are located in a south wing addition to the historic house.
The Boyd-Maughlin House marks the beginning of the town's historic district. Boyds, a "Home in the Country", is a village on the edge of Montgomery County's vast agricultural reserve with rolling hills and beautiful vistas. Within the boundaries of Boyds, there is substantially more parkland and open space than either commercial or residential property. Rural rustic roads, the 505ac Little Seneca Lake, the 2000ac. Black Hill Regional Park, the Discovery Sports Center, Soccerplex, nearby farms, and our own expansive lawn offer excellent opportunities for bicycling, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, birding, basketball, sledding and horseback riding. Although the loudest noises one hears are bird songs, and the stars at night are bright above, Boyds is only a five or ten minute drive away from shopping centers, movie theaters, restaurants, medical center, a regional arts center, public library and other urban amenities.
The MARC commuter train platform and country store are a short walk from the Boyd-Maughlin House. The post office is across the street. A private vehicle is necessary for weekend excursions, for destinations outside the route of the train or metro, and local transportation. Free off street parking is provided on site for our guests
For safety reasons, the fireplace in the living room is fueled by propane not wood, and the faux fireplace in the Rosemary Room is electric. The house is not handicap accessible. There are six steps leading up to the front entry porch, and all rental bedrooms are on the second floor and accessed by a central staircase. Pool and picnic pavilion are available only in late spring, summer, and early autumn.
Bechstein grand piano and 1929 Gulbransen player piano, large screen tv and book/music library, kitchen, dining rm, shallow swimming pool, wisteria covered picnic pavilion w/gas grill, front porch with rocking chairs and game table, sleds and other recreational equipment. Laundry service, bicycles, canoe, kayak, rowboat, pedal boat available on site (special fees apply).
Marilyn resides in a south wing to the historic house. Either she or her assistant will greet guests upon arrival and provide a brief tour of property.
Guests are welcome to share the country kitchen, music/parlor room, library, covered front porch, and picnic pavilion. A canoe
Interaction with Guests
Either Marilyn or her assistant personally greet guests upon arrival and provide a short tour of the house. Guests may share the country kitchen but are expected to clean up after each use. Marilyn is usually in the house or garden, and may be contacted on her cellular phone if away from the property.
Boyd is a Victorian village with more parkland, water, and green space than either residential or commercial properties. Boating, fishing, hiking, birding, horseback riding, and bicycling are popular activities. Boyds is located within an hour's drive of the many cultural and historical sites in Washington, Baltimore, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Alexandria, Annapolis, Catoctin Mountain Park (site of Camp David) and more.
A private vehicle is needed for local transportation. The MARC commuter train offers service to and from Union Station in Washington DC, and points in between, in the morninig and evening, Monday through Friday. The train platform is within walking distance of our residence.
Other Things to Note
Guests are encouraged to observe quiet hours after 9pm on weekdays and 10pm on weekends. All guest rooms are equipped with wifi, hi speed internet, flat screen tvs with FIOS service and a roku box for streaming movies and other special programs. The books, computer, wifi printer, and large screen television in the library are available also for guest use. The picnic pavilion, gas grill, and small swimming pool are also available , weather permitting. Board games, badminton, croquet, basketball, and horseshoes are available anytime, but must be returned to their proper place after use. Canoe, rowboat, pedal boat, kayak, fishing gear and bicycles are available with advance notice. A fishing license is required for all anglers over 12 years of age. Liability waivers apply.
The Boyd-Maughlin House has been restored during the past fifteen years by my family at considerable expense, and we enjoy sharing it with others who value historic preservation, excellent craftsmanship, and objects that tell a story.
No smoking is permitted inside the residence or any of the outbuildings.