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Blue Ridge Summit Retreat

11644 Furnace Road, Blue Ridge Summit, , 17214 Property Website Date Posted: May 2, 2018


Kris & Steve Southworth

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m: 240-566-8614

Circa 1900

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Take a step back in time in the quiet mountain town of Blue Ridge Summit located just over the Maryland line in Pennsylvania. Once known as a resort town at the turn of the century, people from DC and Baltimore flocked here by train to escape urban life, as well as the summer heat, because the fresh mountain air here is 10° cooler. All of the grand hotels that once housed the many visitors have burned down, but the charming homes, which the wealthy owned as weekend retreats or were used as small hotels or boarding houses, still remain.
This circa 1900 board and batten mountain lodge, was once part of one of the many camps in the area, where scout or church groups would enjoy their summers. The main house great room once served as the dining/gathering hall—fun to imagine the bustle of children lining long tables, eating and laughing by a roaring fire in the massive stone fireplace!
This truly unique property has been lovingly restored to be a most inviting home with the quality and style of a bygone era. If you prefer all things bright, shiny and new, this is not the place for you. Rather this property was born of simpler times, so all the remodeling was designed with an appealing (and sometimes quirky) vintage style. The original (small) kitchen was turned into a laundry room/pantry and the dining room was turned into a welcoming kitchen. It was designed to be very functional with mostly repurposed items—from the real wood cabinets to the appliances to the lighting—with plenty of room to gather around a table and share a home-cooked meal.
Both bathrooms were renovated to look like they’ve been there all along, One featuring wainscoting, an antique dry sink as the cabinet, the original claw foot tub was restored and vintage style shower plumbing was added. The master bath boasts a lovely sink cabinet with granite counter, repurposed arts & crafts oak storage cabinet, tile shower and tile floor reminiscent of yesteryear.
There is another two-story outbuilding, which has also been renovated, surrounded by a lovely brick courtyard, edged with beds that bloom from spring to summer with colorful flowers. The lower level is a workshop/storage area, and another surprise awaits upstairs… a sweet, versatile space that could be used for an office, fitness room, studio, guest house—plenty of options. Telecommute or start that novel you’ve been wanting to write in peace and quiet overlooking the mountains!
You will also find a hidden gem nestled in the woods a short stroll from the front door. Step back in time as you enter the restored log cabin, complete with a handsome stone fireplace, sleeping loft, and many interesting details. Your own “private camp” includes a one-of-a-kind outhouse with a hand washing station and composting toilet! The cabin is often enjoyed these days for year round poker nights. It’s also a wonderful place to gather around a blazing bonfire in the stone pit…making smores…telling stories…laughing with family and friends.
Other desirable features of this property include 13+ quiet acres of trees and privacy, a mud room, 2 dog doors that lead to a fenced in area (never have to rush home to let the dog out again!), a laundry room with more cabinets, counter, sink and second refrigerator, and a library/office with built in shelving. And the second story is unfinished attic space offering the possibility of adding more large rooms. Outdoors there is a garage, and gardeners will love the raised beds, many perennial beds and a great little greenhouse—complete with electricity.
Even though it feels far removed from civilization, it is just 6 minutes to shopping (Walmart & Lowes) restaurants and more. 15 min. to Gettysburg; 40 min. to downtown Frederick; 60+ min. to DC and Baltimore. Also 10 minutes from Ski Liberty, several golf courses, state parks and the Appalachian Trail.
Just imagine yourself relaxing here on the picturesque porch enjoying the cool mountain breeze or being “cozied up” as the snowflakes fall, next to a blazing fire from the huge stone fireplace in the spacious, welcoming great room—both with a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be the next owner of this fabulous, private retreat—enjoyed year round or as a weekend escape. It is the best of Blue Ridge Summit…simple…living.
(***Note: This property currently says \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”Not For Sale\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” on Zillow, but if it is active on this website, it is for sale.)

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