Beautiful, spacious loft-style apartment in barn on historic farm.
About Ron Tanner
Ron and Jill are DIY experts and dedicated preservationists. In 2015, they bought Good Contrivance Farm, a neglected historic family farm that had been owned by the same family for 5 generations. Since then, they have been restoring the farm to its former glory (it hadn't been altered since 1959) and they have created a 501 C3 non-profit whose mission is to promote the preservation and restoration of historic family farms.
Ron Tanner purchased this Apartment in 2015
Why Ron Tanner chose Reisterstown
We were looking for an historic family farm with a cool old house and cool old buildings--because, not only are we history buffs and nature lovers but we're also DIY experts who love a big project. And we got a big project here because the farm--which had been in the same family for five generations--had not been touched since 1959. We've been working non-stop to bring the farm back to its original splendor and then some.
What makes this Apartment unique
Good Contrivance Farm has the benefit of being throughly historic, with most of its original buildings, and thoroughly beautiful, surrounded by 100 acres of conserved land. The barn apartment showcases an eclectic mix of old and new. The 6-acre core of the property has beautiful plantings, huge old trees, and splendid views. The farm has plenty of places to sit in leisure and lots of places to walk. We have two large fields, a country lane, a formal garden, and many little pockets of natural beauty. It's a fabulous place to relax and settle into country life. At the same time, Good Contrivance Farm is incredibly close to major shopping, highways, restaurants, and local attractions. It offers you the best of both worlds: you can use the Farm as a base to explore historic sites like Gettysburg (35 miles north), the big city sights of Baltimore (24 miles south), local farmers' markets and fairs, not to mention some of the best antiquing in the nation. Ron and Jill will provide you with all the insider info. and recommendations.
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The apartment is an absolutely wonderful retreat with all the amenities you could really possibly need. The owners were friendly but respected your privacy, the apartment itself is even better in person, and the back deck was a great place to read. Would absolutely recommend.
The Triplets Birthday Weekend
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property. We were there for our grandsons birthday weekend. The owners were attentive to our every need before arriving, answering any questions and helping out with whatever we needed. They were even gracious enough to allow us to enter the property earlier than expected, which was really appreciated as we had traveled from Savannah, GA. All the amenities were sufficient, not luxury, and it was perfect for our us. The apartment is not air conditioned in itself, but the master bedroom on the third floor does have an air conditioner that kept it nice for sleeping.
The property owners were there to help, but not smothering. Very gracious and kind, they are constantly improving and renovating the property repurposing materials, it is refreshing to see.
We made our meals in house and the kitchen had everything we needed to do that. Including coffee maker, water purifier, full size fridge and all the pots and pans you could imagine. It was perfect as we don’t like eating at Restaurants when traveling; we prefer to make our own meals.
The master bedroom had a twin size bed which was a little too soft and small for our liking, but it didn’t hinder our sleep. After spending a day with the triplets, it was a welcome sight. The master bedroom is on the third floor and has a half bath and air conditioner.
The living room / kitchen area has TV with Netflix (that's all we really needed) and local channels. There were a plethora of books to peruse and some interesting articles around the apartment.
The surrounding areas for activity; we hiked at Liberty Reservoir about every day, taking new paths and adventures. If you are really adventurous and into walking, we recommend the Liberty Dam Road walk. We parked at the entrance (Liberty Dam Rd & Wards Chapel Rd) and walked to the dam (there is a road that you can drive to the dam), which has some amazing views. It is a 1.8 mile walk and somewhat challenging for experienced walkers.
In the mornings we would watch deer meandering across the fields from the back porch while having our coffee. It is very quiet both at night and in the morning.
Thank you Mr. Ron and Miss Jill for the beautiful place and stay.
Relaxing and peaceful.
My husband and I live on 12 acres in the country in Alabama and just don't like the hustle and bustle of city life, so whenever we travel, we prefer to stay outside the city.
We stayed May 3rd to May 9th. We were having a family reunion in Maryland and decided to stay a whole week to make it a sight-seeing vacay to D.C. Every single night we looked forward to coming back to this nice, renovated barn. This was SO much better than a hotel. We had everything we needed plus privacy.....no late night hotel door slams or listening to arguments through the walls. Nothing to keep us from sleeping through the night.
I have a bulging disc in my lower back so most beds in hotels and even in rental houses hurt me. Not here! The bed is so soft, I didn't hurt at all. Every night I was comfortable and had a good night's sleep, and woke up each morning without ANY back pain. It is a bit too bouncy for my liking but that's probably because I have a memory foam bed at home and not used to moving like that.
We stopped at the local grocery store and bought a few supplies like eggs, butter, bread, milk, etc. so we had breakfast there every morning and headed off to visit the capitol, the memorials and museums in D.C. After all the rushing and running around in the city, dodging people left and right, coming back to this barn was an absolute reprieve. It's so quiet there and so pretty to look around and see nothing but fields and trees and the lovely cats wandering around the property. Especially the adorable orange tabby - so curious and such a sweet face! We truly felt at home here. The owners were busy doing their own thing around the property and we were gone all day, so the only times we saw them were when we first arrived (Ron showed us around, gave us the key, then gave us our privacy) and the night before we left for just a few moments to say goodbye and thank him for a great stay. I really regret not having the time to walk around the property - it really is a beautiful place. I hope to come back here.....if for no other reason than to walk the property and pet the cats. Oh! And the cutie-patootie "guarding" Basset Hounds, too! Seriously, we enjoyed every moment being here.
Wonderful, tranquil location, the apartment was clean and inviting.
We enjoyed the character of the barn, the vast library of books, and visitation of some friendly cats. We took a three mile stroll in the woods in the liberty reservoir nearby and used the kitchen to fix our meals. We would not hesitate to return for another stay...would be even better for three nights!
Cozy, peaceful getaway. Everything I could have asked for! Highly recommend!!
The owners are very sweet and completely mind their own business. Any questions I had were answered right away. The property is an adorable little farm with their own organic vegetable garden they let me harvest out of. I stayed here for a month and it was everything I needed. The barn has been renovated beautifully but still with a very welcomed cozy feel. I really enjoyed my stay and would absolutely stay here again.
Most relaxing and comfortable home away from home!
We will definitely always stay here when we are in the area. Our first choice!
We are located in the heart of Maryland's horse country--rolling hills and gorgeous farmland. You'll find apple orchards and pumpkin patches in the fall, peach orchards and strawberry fields in the summer. All kinds of country attractions include local dairies with homemade ice cream; farmers' markets; county fairs; bingo at the local firehouse; a vintage roller skating rink; flea markets; historic villages ; scenic drives; farm stands beside the road; horseback riding; historic houses; and much more.
But wait: there are also city attractions nearby. Baltimore is a short 24-mile drive south. And Washington D.C. is 50 miles. Take a day trip to the nation's capital to visit the Smithsonian, the African American museum, the National Gallery, the monuments on the mall, the Native American museum, and fabulous neighborhoods, such as Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle.
You could spend three days just seeing the sights in Baltimore. Drive down at 9:00 in the morning (after the commuter traffic has waned) and arrive at 9:30 or so. Visit the renowned National Aquarium, the historic Flag House, the African American museum, Little Italy, and Fells Point (the oldest neighborhood on the water). That's one busy morning!
Lunch at a bistro in mid-town, then climb to the top of the oldest monument to Washington--the first Washington monument--and check out the great city view. Then visit the world famous Walter's Art Gallery, and the stunning Peabody Library. Sit in historic Mt. Vernon square and admire the city mansions. Then catch an early supper at one of the many, highly-rated farm-to-table restaurants. And then catch a play--Baltimore has a vibrant small theater scene (five theaters to choose from). How's that for a busy day?
Ron and Jill can customize a Baltimore tour to suit your tastes--they know all the hideaways and hot spots.