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Hot tub, wood burning stove, pets welcome, minutes to WISP and the lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Bring the outside in with wooded view from all windows

Relax, recover and unwind at Writers' Refuge, a beautiful secluded mountain chalet. This is a spectacular opportunity to enjoy all that Deep Creek Lake has to offer.

Whether skiing in the winter, boating in the summer or admiring the changing colors in Autumn, Deep Creek Lake has something for the whole family to enjoy. Internet access included; pets welcome.

This beautiful three-story chalet has 4 bedrooms (2 with queen beds, 1 with full bed and 1 with 2 twins and a trundle), 2 baths and is located 2 miles from Deep Creek Lake and 1.5 miles from the WISP Ski Resort entrance.

It is fully furnished inside and out with lots of quilts and very cozy furnishings. Enjoy the view overlooking the woods from the deck, relax in front of the wood-burning stove or gaze at the stars from the outdoor hot tub. Grill out and relax on the large back deck overlooking the woods.

The chalet is just minutes away from beautiful state parks, including: Deep Creek Lake Park, Swallow Falls and Herrington Manor.

Guests of Writers' Refuge have complimentary access to Deep Creek Fitness...enjoy your workout!

WIFI access is included.

More Details

Patty Brown
Member since: 2012
Speaks english, spanish, swedish, finnish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 6, 2018

About Patty Brown

We are a family of writers and communicators based in Washington DC. Mom and Dad have been journalists since the late eighties...and there is a good chance that our son will follow in the family business. Writing is what we love to do. But it is also a deadline-intensive line of business. So every chance we get, we head for Deep Creek Lake and Writers' Refuge.

Patty Brown purchased this chalet in 1999

Why Patty Brown chose McHenry

It is a chalet-style house and we fell in love with it the minute we drove up the drive way. It was off the beaten path while still being convenient to all the best the area has to offer. You are five minutes away form the the lake and the slopes. Or you can just curl up with a book in bed...or on the deck...and get lost in the rustic surroundings.

What makes this chalet unique

The chalet is completely surrounded by the woods...away from all distractions. The views are gorgeous...especially at night...especially from the hot tub when you lean your head back on a starry night.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation chalet rental in McHenry, Maryland

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Hot tub, wood burning stove, pets welcome, minutes to WISP and the lake
average rating of 4.837209 based on 43 reviews

Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time during our stay! The hot tub was relaxing after a day of hiking. Great location. Would recommend 4 wheel drive if the weather gets bad. Hope to be back!!

  • Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved my visit! This was my second trip to Writers Refuge and I couldn’t be happier. The house is so warm and cozy. Has everything you need as well as beautiful views out the many sliding glass doors. Hot tub really hits the spot after skiing all day. And the owner was so nice and responsive. Can’t wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a great time here! We spent all day snowboarding and hiking and relaxed in the hottub at night. The kitchen is very well stocked if you plan on cooking (keep an eye on the food though since there are no working smoke detectors). Wifi can be a bit weak if you have a lot of people there but cell signal is great. Unless you have four wheel drive we would not recommend taking the gravel road down to the cabin if it has snowed, park on the main street and walk down the steps. One of my friends got stuck on the gravel road but the neighbors were nice enough to come tow her out. Overall, a wonderful time! We will likely be back next year :-)

  • Submitted: 1-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful mountain escape

  • 4 of 5

The house was so nice. Rooms are well laid out and clean. We loved all the trees surrounding the house. We'd love to return. Easy quick drive to wisp made it a good spot for our ski weekend.

  • Submitted: 16-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy and convenient cabin

  • 5 of 5

Everything was just as described and we had a great snowbound weekend at Writer's Refuge. Patty was wonderful to work with and ensured we were well-taken care of - including providing a list of recommendations, thorough instructions on the house, and even checking a few days before that we had a 4 wheel drive vehicle. The beds were comfortable and the kitchen was well-stocked for all the cooking we did. The hot tub was the perfect ending to each day - we would recommend this house to anyone and hope to be back in the future

  • Submitted: 2-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful surroundings, stargazing was phenomenal

  • 5 of 5

We had everything we needed for a meaningful and memorable vacation with longtime friends! The surroundings were gorgeous with abundant fall foliage and overall serenity and seclusion. Our two dogs couldn’t get enough of the pond and grounds! The huge back deck and lower level jacuzzi provided us with pristine views of the sky and trees.

  • Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation chalet rental in McHenry, Maryland

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 4 2017 - Mar 18 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee C$166.56

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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