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Sharpsburg Retreat--civil War Home Near Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal Towpath

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4.8 / 5Exceptional
35 reviews


  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Washer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Antietam National Cemetery
    11 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Antietam National Battlefield
    2 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Shepherdstown Visitors Center
    7 min drive
  • Airport
    Hagerstown, MD (HGR-Hagerstown Regional)
    28 min drive

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  • Sharpsburg Retreat--civil War Home Near Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal Towpath

    Room Amenities

    • 1200 sq ft
    • 1 bedroom
    • 2 bathrooms
    • Sleeps 6
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About this area


Located in Sharpsburg, this vacation home is in the city center. Cress Creek Golf Club and Big Cork Vineyards are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Washington Monument State Park and Gathland State Park. Crystal Grottoes Caverns and Hagerstown Suns Municipal Stadium are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Antietam National Cemetery - 11 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Antietam National Battlefield - 2 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Shepherdstown Opera House - 7 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Rumsey Steamboat Museum - 7 min drive
  • Popular Location
    Shepherdstown Visitors Center - 7 min drive

Getting around

  • Martinsburg Station - 21 min drive
  • Hagerstown, MD (HGR-Hagerstown Regional) - 28 min drive

About this property

Sharpsburg Retreat--civil War Home Near Antietam Battlefield, C&O Canal Towpath

Antietam Guest House is a historic log and stone home in the quiet rural town of Sharpsburg, best known for its proximity to the Antietam National Battlefield, site of the famous Civil War battle. The house has three levels. Sleeping areas are on the first and third level, a total of five separate beds. Happy to answer any questions about the sleeping arrangements. Middle level has kitchen and sitting room. Bathroom with shower is on middle level. Front porch and back deck have chairs and table for outside weather times. Motion detected flood lights at back porch for nighttime security. Sharpsburg is a designated Canal Town, part of the trail experience between Georgetown and Cumberland and Pittsburg on the C&O Canal Towpath and the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. Free, unlimited Wi-Fi keeps guests connected to the unbounded internet world. Full kitchen with dishwasher. All linens supplied. Washer and drier with laundry soap. Central air conditioning and heating keep the house comfortable. A fan and ceiling fan help move air through the house. Supplemental heating systems can be turned on if the weather is frightful. Deck furniture, with umbrella, and porch seating extend the space to the outdoors, Outside lighting creates safe nighttime backyard and deck activities. Both a charcoal grill and a gas grill are at the back deck. The house accommodates seven. Beds are on the top and bottom levels. On the top level is the bedroom with a queen bed. The bedroom has a half bath. On the top level, on the landing at the top of the steps, two ottoman sleepers (twin size) add sleeping space. On the bottom level, there is a queen pull out sofa (with an inflatable pillow top) and a twin pull out sofa. The Pack 'n Play is usually set up on the landing area. Two baby gates are ready to set at the top or bottom of the stairs to keep your toddlers or dogs safe. The house is one block off Main Street, 4.1 miles from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, 10 miles from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, and 13 miles from Hagerstown, Maryland. Harpers Ferry is about 14 miles from the house. Gettsyburg National Military Park is about one hour from Sharpsburg. The house is within walking distance to casual and fine dining and the famous Nutters Ice Cream Shop.. The house is 1.7 miles from the Potomac River and the C&O Canal and towpath. Bikers have an up-hill ride from Snyders Landing to Chapline Street (1.5 miles) and a down-hill coast for the final two blocks to Antietam Guest House. The half-acre lot offers plenty of room for outside activity. The house and location are perfect for weekend getaways and family vacations. Three levels offer privacy and convenience at the same time. The downstairs level features a 'living' rock wall foundation and a 'candleplace,' the stone fireplace transformed to hold real candles for the feel of a fire and romance without ashes and soot. The cable TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs, board games, and a piano are on this level for your entertainment. Check out books and other materials from the local library using Antietam Guest House (Vernell Doyle) name. Sharpsburg is a quiet, residential town of about 700. Its location makes it a great home base for exploring the wine trails and historical sites in Western Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. In addition to the Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery, you will find the Newcomer House Visitor and Information Center, the headquarters of the Sharpsburg District Historical Society, the Pry House Field Hospital Museum of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, John Brown's headquarters at the Kennedy Farm, the Antietam Iron Works, and Ferry Hill Plantation, home of Henry Kyd Douglas, Confederate officer who 'rode with Stonewall Jackson.' Shepherdstown, WV, is filled with unique shops and outstanding restaurants. It is the home of Shepherd University and the Contemporary American Theater Festival, and a put-in spot for Potomac River activities. For those who wish to venture farther from the immediate area, several state parks on the eastern border of Washington County offer other recreational opportunities. Those who wish to shop will find Hagerstown a mecca of shopping malls and Premium Outlets easily reached from main roads and Interstate highways. Gift certificates available. Keywords: Guest House, Vacation Rental, Cottage, B&B with continental breakfast

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Property manager

Tim and Vernell Doyle

Speaks English



Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM

Special check-in instructions

Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets allowed
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Property payment types


Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A car is required for transportation to and from this property.

Property is also known as

  • Retreat--civil War Home Antietam Battlefield C&O Canal Towpath
  • Retreat--civil War Home Antietam Battlefield C&O Canal Towpath

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 queen bed

Other sleeping area 1

1 queen bed, 3 twin/single beds

Property amenities


  • Close to skiing


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room
  • Dining room


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Music library
  • Games
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In the city center
  • In a rural location

Things to do

  • Kayaking, rafting, and mountain biking nearby


  • Sleeps 6
  • Unit size: 1200 sq ft (111 sq m)

Nearby things to do


The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
  • Rafting nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Cross-country skiing nearby


5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor

5/5 Excellent

Very charming home decorated beautifully to the period. The owners thought of just about everything

Great! A true getaway! Back to a simpler and kinder way of life.

5/5 Excellent


We had a wonderful time at the Antietam Guest House. The house was amazing and quaint. It had all the comforts of home and more. Looking forward to returning soon ! Great place to stay. Thank you

5/5 Excellent

Relaxing Historic Home

We had a lot of fun during our stay at the Antietam Guest House! The property was easy to find, check-in was a breeze, and the house and grounds were even more charming than described. I imagine a couple or a smaller family would be most comfortable here, there is one large bed and then twin beds/pull-out couch. The queen bed is very comfortable and there were lots of extra pillows. There is a ton of seating on the main floor and in the lower den/living room. The kitchen is well-equipped if you are planning to cook, and there is a small dishwasher. Tim and Vernell left some items for breakfast and some ice/condiments in the fridge and freezer which was such a nice touch. There is a lot to read and poke around in around the cottage, books and games and interesting maps galore! We would have been very happy even if we were stuck inside the whole time, but we did get out and walk with our dog around the little town. Nutters Ice Cream is a MUST! The little tavern is great for lunch and dinner as well. There’s not much there but it’s all you would need for a weekend. There is a small grocery store with a small restaurant inside up the road from the cottage as well if you need extra groceries. The ONLY tip I have for guests is to be aware that while there is A/C it is not super powerful. We turned the bedroom unit on right when we got in and kept the door closed to make sure that room was cool at least, but it was a hot weekend and everywhere was still a little warm. A fan may be good if you a really sensitive to heat. It is such an old house that I appreciated any A/C at all, so this is just a heads up to guests and not a comment toward the thoughtful hosts! All in all, wonderful place to relax and a good home base for exploring. We enjoyed hiking the nearby Maryland Heights Trail and sampling the local fare at Harpers Ferry Brewing Company, as well as doing the driving tour of Antietam. We are already planning a trip back!

4/5 Good

Historic house in Sharpsburg

A wonderful historic house with just about everything you could want. Kitchen was fully equipped. Plenty of reading material and games. There’s even a piano on the lower level. They provided a water bowl for our dog who enjoyed himself in the backyard and on walks through town. We plan to stay there again.

5/5 Excellent

Ideal -- in the best and worst of times!

This little house is a treasure -- sitting right on the edge of a historic Civil War town and amidst the history of Antietam. And the house itself is filled with a lot of that history. We had horrendous weather the first couple of days but were so cozied up in this charming setting, drawn to the many books and warm surroundings, it was almost difficult to get out once the weather cleared up. The house itself lacked nothing we needed -- the Doyles have thought of everything and are ready to respond to the silliest questions. What a blessing! One might find the narrow stairs a tad daunting, but once you've done them a couple of times, you feel like you could've survived the 19th century. And we could only imagine the fun of being their in warmer, drier weather -- to enjoy the back yard and grill, and to walk and bicycle all over town and the surrounding sights. It was just what we needed in the midst of winter.

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