The SpaceThe guest house offers second story living in a unique woodland setting.
The flat is a large, stylishly furnished apartment with all the comforts and conveniences you’d expect. The contemporary design has a vaulted ceiling and 20-ft high windows with a spectacular unobstructed view of the forested hillside below. Features include: a new queen-sized bed, ample seating, a bistro table with settings for two, internet, and a big screen HD television with streaming Roku service. If you’re lucky you just may see our resident red fox or pileated woodpecker.
You enter the house via a private patio within the large fenced yard and pool. The patio includes rocking chairs to lull away the hours with a good book and a cup of Joe or glass of wine. Just off the patio, is your private full bathroom complete with hair dryer and a changing room should you decide to take advantage of the heated swimming pool. You’re welcome to use the available charcoal grill should the mood strike you.
Just past the patio is the kitchenette complete with a Starbucks Verismo coffee system, microwave oven, toaster, and refrigerator and the stairway to the apartment above.
Although an easy drive to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, BWI airport, and Annapolis, you’ll feel a world away. Our location is ideal for those that want city access but to also want to feel “away from it all.” Come and enjoy this welcome respite to refresh the soul for singles, couples, families, or even traveling equestrians. Note: the house is not handicap accessible. You access the flat via a long stairway so we don't recommend booking here if you have mobility issues. Guest AccessYou reach the guest house by driving up the hill (don’t worry, it’s paved!), past the main house to enter our private gravel road to the left of the house. You continue along that road to the back of the house and park underneath the carport, and voila – you have arrived! You enter the gate to get to the guest house. We will give you the access code to unlock the door to the apartment once your reservation is confirmed. Interaction with GuestsWe live in the main house year round along with our dogs, Beau & Belle, and are generally available if needed. We enjoy meeting our guests and are happy to make suggestions about dining or other needs during your stay. But, if peace and solitude is what you seek, you couldn’t make a better choice. The NeighborhoodOur home is perched on a wooded hillside in a rural community of farms and horse barns. We are within a short hike of Schooley Mill Park and a short drive to Patuxent Branch Trail. Highland has strong agrarian roots that trace back to the 1700s, and remains a showcase of family farms. If you are traveling with your horse, let us know, and we can recommend overnight boarding options nearby. We are very lucky to have an excellent well stocked local market, Boarman's Old Fashioned Country Meat & Grocery, and a first rate sit-down restaurant, the Twist & Turn Tavern within a 5 minute drive. For good vegan fare, we recommend, the Great Sage - Organic Green Cuisine. And if during your visit you need a good laundry service, we highly recommend the Highland Cleaners for dry cleaning laundry services. Getting AroundGetting to and around Highland takes wheels, this is the country after all! The most popular destination:
•BWI (30 min drive): MD 108 W towards Clarksville, then MD 32 E to 295 N
•Downtown Baltimore (40 min drive): MD108 W towards Clarksville, then 32 E to I-95N to I-395 to Baltimore
•Washington Union Station (65 min drive): MD108 W towards Clarksville, then I-95S towards Washington, DC
•New Carrollton Metro Station (40 min drive): MD108 W towards Clarksville, then MD-32E to I-95S to I495E to New Carrollton
*Laurel MARC Train Station (20 min drive): MD108 W to 216 heading east to Laurel Other Things to NoteWe have many delightful features but the guest house doesn't have a washer and dryer, nor a full kitchen. The bathroom is downstairs off of the patio, so you'll be taking the stairs to use it. Also we have dogs who occasionally bark at a squirrels or a passing deer. During hunting season, you may hear the occasional gun shot or two -- but don't worry, the local hunters are careful and they're not on the property. Finally, although the setting is quiet and very private, during swimming season you'll be sharing the pool with us so no skinny dipping!