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 confections and cultural events produced by the Boyd-DeReggi family for the enjoyment of their guests and neighbors, and recalls the generous hospitality for which Col. Boyd is remembered.
We have a total of four quality airbnb bedrooms, a large and a small on the north side of the house and another large and small on the south side. 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. Marilyn serves a continental buffet breakfast to guests whose stay is two weeks or less. Guests with a longer tenure 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. The loudest noises one normally hears are bird songs and an occasional passing train. Boating and fishing on the 500+ac. lake, and hiking, birding, horseback riding, and bicycling on the many trails and rural rustic roads 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 without cost for the guest use, whenever that space is not rented by an overnight guest. The picnic pavilion, gas grill, and small swimming pool are available for use by guests without cost, 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 may be rented by the hour or day. A fishing license is required for all anglers over 12 years of age. Liability waivers and special fees 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.
My week spent in Boyds was very comfortable and pleasant. Marilyn was most gracious and hospitable. The accommodations were historic, but very comfortable. The electric mattress warmer came in very handy when the white snow covered the landscape!
Marilyn shared her love of the community with me, even introducing me to a local artist whose pictures I had admired. I came and went through the back door and kitchen, just as I would have at home, and brewed my own coffee any time of the day I felt that need.
The train running through the quiet little historic town seemed to turn up the volume of its whistle at night, which awakened me the first night. But from then on, it was never an issue.
The grounds are expansive and beautiful with snow! Marilyn said the lake behind her home has lots of fish, but I did not try my luck.
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I live in the small village of Boyds, Maryland, less than forty miles from the White House and the hustle and bustle of our nation's capital, on the shores of Little Seneca Lake and Black Hill Regional Park where the loudest noises are bird songs. My family and I are private curators of an historic park property, the "Boyd-Maughlin House", an 1870's gentleman's cottage that we restored during the past twenty years, and that I now manage as a B&B and cultural arts venue. We are within easy walking distance of the MARC commuter train platform, with service to and from Washington. In addition to the museums and concert halls of Washington, our guests enjoy excursions to the Amish country of Pennsylvania, Harpers Ferry West Virginia, Baltimore, Frederick and Annapolis Maryland, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Virginia, and many other cultural and historical sites of the Mid-Atlantic Region, all within an hour's drive. They also appreciate quiet time relaxing on the lake and observing the abundant wildlife while paddling one our kayaks or canoes.
I am a retired university professor, arts administrator, and professional singer who championed the works of living composers, and am just now beginning to teach piano and voice again after years of caring for loved ones who suffered debilitating illnesses. I was a founder of Strathmore Hall Arts Center and Foundation, InterArts Projects, the DeReggi InterArt Ensemble, and the Sistrum New Music Ensemble, and was honored with the Rufus Putnam Endowed Chair at Ohio University. As a vocalist, composer, and instrumentalist, I performed throughout the United States and Europe. I studied music in Paris, my husband was a Frenchman from the Cote d'Azur, and my son-in-law from Normandy, so I quite naturally love to travel to that part of the world. I share ownership of Boyd Bluff Farm in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, and reunite with my extended family there from time to time. When our own three children had become adults, my husband and I became surrogate parents of 4 children from Bali, and I co-directed the Bali in Boyds project and the Whratnala Balinese Gamelan over a period of six years. I have not yet traveled to Bali, but that is on my Bucket List. My husband, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, passed away in 2006. He was the best person I ever knew. After his death, I couldn't make music but found solace in the cultivation of heirloom vegetables and herbs and now grow more than 150 varieties, using the harvest in my kitchen and in my studio. Our two sons and our daughter grew up in Boyds and all live within a mile of me, together with their spouses and our eight grandchildren. They each contribute unique talents and skills to our Mini-Mountain Enterprises, and keep the sun shining even on the darkest days. As a family, we enjoy sharing our homes and doing whatever we can to make our guests' visits memorable and enjoyable. Life is good.