Foxfire Mountainside Retreat

Private Spa & Amazing Views!

Farm stay in Smithsburg, Maryland – Hosted by Chris and Emily

6 guests  |   3 bedrooms  |    5 beds  |    3.5 baths

Dedicated workspace

A room with wifi that’s well-suited for working.

Self check-in

Check yourself in with the keypad.

Chris and Emily are Superhosts!

Very experienced, highly rated Hosts.

About this space

Welcome to Foxfire Mountainside Retreat, a secluded yet convenient Zen-paradise with hot tub & breathtaking views from every room just 1.15 hrs from Baltimore/DC. The home is an 1800’s orchard house & former Civil War hospital. A “full gut” renovation was completed in 2023 to create the ultimate relaxing retreat. High-end finishes and carefully selected furniture & décor was used to create an inspirational and romantic escape from everyday life. We’ve thought of everything so you don’t have to!

The space

Large open free flowing rooms with plenty of natural light, recessed lights and nooks for relaxing. Foxfire is a “farm-style” home combines contemporary décor with modern amenities and breathtaking views. A retreat from every day life that provides all the pleasures, perks, and pampering of a resort but in a fully furnished private luxury home.

Guest access

You have full access to the house outside of the basement and housekeeping closets. Covered porch, 2 patios, 2 decks and 14 acres of meadows with editable fruit and forests to explore!

Other things to note

Every detail for a relaxing, romantic and luxury experience has been carefully considered so you don’t have to!

Where you will sleep

Bedroom 1  (Main Level) : 1 King bed

Bedroom 2  (Main Level) : 1 Queen bed

Bedroom 3  (2nd Floor) : 1 single bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 couch

Living Room: 1 sofa bed, 1 couch, 1 pack and play

Accessibility features

Laundry room, Master Bedroom and Master Bathroom

Step-free access

Once inside of home, these rooms are on the ground floor and there are no stairs, steps, or thresholds higher than 2” (5 CM) between the guest entrance and these rooms. There are a total of approximately 9 steps (across 3 sets of exterior staircases) to get into the home – most of which could be avoided by navigating via the lawn.

What Our Guests Are Saying

Wonderful Experiences at the Foxfire Mountainside Retreat

Silvano

October 2023

Our stay here was AMAZING!!! I was celebrating our anniversary and birthday. The hot tube was nice, especially when the local deer visited us. Great views of the mountains and city.

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Chris and Emily were very accommodating and helpful. We will definitely stay here again and again.


Joanna

August 2023

This property would be a gem just for the view alone, but they went above and beyond to provide so many little extra touches and amenities! Seriously, it was like a 5 star hotel meets an air bnb.

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Coffee bar, robes, soaps, s’mores- just so many more little treats and luxuries than any other air bnb I’ve ever stayed in. It had a great zen theme as well- tons of buddhas, meditation books, yoga mats- this hippy gal felt right at home ☺️


Stacia

July 2023

If you are looking for a serene getaway with beautiful views and a meticulously cared for farmhouse, this is it. Chris and Emily are the most thoughtful hosts I have encountered.

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Their communication was very clear and webpage of activities incredibly helpful. The home is lovely, clean and filled with thoughtful amenities that we loved (hello warm towels!). Great proximity to wineries (try Red Heifer!) and civil war history. We would absolutely visit again.


August

June 2023

Chris and Emily are the best hosts I’ve ever had. Their home is tranquil and even a bit high tech. You’ll enjoy it for sure. They’re very responsive and check in every day. There isn’t a lot to do in Smithsburg, but Frederick is close.

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Tip- Make sure to check that the cultural art walk in Hagerstown is open before you go – it was half closed when we got there.


Benjamin

May 2023

Beautiful house, Excellent views, and very high tech which made the house enjoyable to stay in!

Marti

May 2023

Foxfire Mountain Retreat a hidden gem. Close to Frederick, MD and Chambersburg, PA. A impeccable home inside and out. Large windows, beautiful porch, to watch evening sunsets, loved watching the deer in the field.

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It was very clean, cozy, had everything we needed to feel at home. We traveled with our daughter and grandchildren (2 yr &7mos) the pack and play and bumbo were appreciated.
Heated bathroom floors & heated toilet seat in master bathroom!
All the little extras Chris and Emily added were perfect and appreciated . We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Y’all didn’t disappoint!


Stacy

September 2023

I can’t say enough about this home & surroundings. The home & view are stunning and the photos don’t even do it justice! The sunsets are incredible & you can see the stars & the sparkling lights of the towns below at night.

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We even were able to pick fruit from the orchard on the property! There is a rooster next door I called Rudy & I loved hearing him when relaxing outside. Don’t worry! He wont wake you! 😁 We watched a family of deer graze on the property as well, including 3 fawns. So cute!!! The home was masterfully restored & appointed and blends the 1900s orchard house with modern so well even my architect friend was impressed! You’re close to Old Town Frederick, which is a must visit (checkout Isabella’s for incredible tapas & gluten free!) & Downtown Hagerstown (a great German restaurant with lots of GF too!). Lots of wineries & breweries too (recommend Red Heifer Winery)! Patty & Chris are absolutely amazing hosts and go out of their way (even after i left and forgot meds)! A++


Steve

August 2023

We enjoyed our stay. The home was well kept and nicely designed.

Bill

July 2023

Chris and Emily went several “extra miles” to make their place extremely comfortable for us. 

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Little nice things like a glass of port waiting in the master bedroom to a hot tub ready and waiting, to a bottle of bubbly in the hallway made our stay extra nice.

We had not one single complaint. The house is very comfortable and we all caught up on our sleep in the wonderful hill country air. The furnishings in the house are very nice and add to the homey feeling of the house. Chris and Emily didn’t “cheap out” on anything including high quality paper goods and nice K-cups for our morning java. The house was spic and span clean, as were the linens. We WILL be back!


Marie April

June 2023

Don’t wait BOOK!

Sarah

May 2023

My friends and I had an amazing weekend! The home was beautiful and so comfortable. The view was gorgeous and we enjoyed sitting on the porch swing and window seat.

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The hot tub was fantastic. They had so many little details we didn’t expect but really appreciated. We had a great trip and wish we could have stayed longer! 10/10 would recommend❤️


Jaaziniah

April 2023

Absolutely Beautiful inside & out. Luxury Mountain stay with Stunning views did not disappoint, so relaxing. Chris & Emily thought of EVERYTHING you will or could need. Wonderful communication as well.

Where you’ll be

Smithsburg, Maryland, United States

Location and Property Details

We are located just 10 mins off Route 70 (30 mins west of Frederick; 10 mins east of Hagerstown), within one mile from all the necessary amenities such as a grocery store, liquor stores, several restaurants, and other retail/convenient stores. The outdoor enthusiast, birdwatcher, history buff or modern-day explorer can be entertained for days as we are just minutes from numerous hiking trails, rivers, fishing holes, ski resorts, historical sights, orchards, ice cream creameries, farmers markets and Cunningham Falls and Greenbrier State Parks.

The property sits midway up the mountain and flaunts sprawling views of the valley below and neighboring mountain range to the west. The property backs to 1000’s of acres of private and state woods and ultimately leads to the world-famous Appalachian Trail! Unwind nightly with smores by the firepit, on the elevated deck or in the porch swing under a covered porch with your favorite beverage. Guests will witness truly magnificent sunsets, gaze at the stars and admire the nightly wildlife visitors all while listening to your favorite tunes on the outdoor audio system.

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The setting and wildlife

The 14 acres promotes exploration of a diverse landscape of open pasture, a traditional yard, conservation Pinetree forest and hardwood forest. Foxfire is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species. Fox, deer, wild turkeys, black bear, coyotes, hawks, owls and baldheaded eagles are commonly spotted from inside of the house. Additionally, the property is home to numerous edible fruit and nut trees, berries, asparagus, grapes, and even legendary paw paw trees and morel mushrooms. Guests are welcome to harvest ripened edible fruits, nuts and plants sparingly and at their own risk; hunting is not permitted and will result in punishment by law enforcement.

Historical home

The home is late 1800’s orchard house that was recently renovated from top to bottom with an extreme attention to detail, high-end finishes and designed to enhance natural light throughout the day and to blend outdoor and indoor spaces. Décor and furniture were hand-selected to create a relaxing, inspirational and romantic escape from everyday life.

The main level consists of:

Two large bedrooms with ensuite baths off each. The master bedroom has king size Sleep Number bed with two skylights above for star gazing, 2 closets, 6-drawer dresser, fireplace, a smart TV and sliding glass door that leads to the back deck. The spa-like master bath ensuite, has a dual vanity, heated ceramic floors, heated bidet-style commode, essential oils diffuser, and a massive 4’x6’, 3-headed shower containing a Bluetooth speaker light and 6’ wide window that opens to the back yard. The second bedroom on the first floor contains queen size Sleep Number bed, one closet, a smart TV, and an ensuite bath with heated ceramic floors, a tub/shower combo, commode, and single vanity. All beds have higher-end Egyptian cotton sheets, foam and feather pillows and duvets, side tables with alarm clocks, salt lamps and USB plugs. Each guest will have plush cotton bathrobes, oversized bathroom towels and extra-large towels for the hot tub. Each bathroom contains shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, hand/body lotion, cotton pads, cotton swabs and makeup removing towels.

A large, well-appointed chef style kitchen containing both cocktail and coffee bars and a skylight! Plenty of counter space and 42” cherry cabinets, a large sink, dishwasher, two ovens, a gas range, a large island with seating, French door refrigerator with icemaker and separate beverage fridge. Kitchen contains higher-end appliances and cookware, dishes for 8, spices, and large handcrafted black walnut (tree harvested from property) farmhouse table with seating for 8. A sliding glass door with sandwiched between two large windows leads out large front deck and opens the kitchen and living room to incredible views and natural light throughout the entire day. See guidebook for a full inventory of kitchen equipment. Hosts provides initial dish soap, hand soap, dishwasher soap, laundry soap, coffee (K cups), coffee filters (drip coffeemaker) tea, sugar and creamer cups.

The large living room contains hand crafted stone fireplace from stones gathered amongst the property, a pellet stove, couch with full size pullout bed, a loveseat large smart TV with Bose surround sound and Blu-ray player, and a large window seat to enjoy the view/sunset from within doors. Living room leads out to the covered porch with 2 person west-facing porch swing.

Remainder of the main level is comprised by a laundry/mudroom with contains full size washer/dryer, iron/ironing board and utility sink and an elegant half bath with vestal sink.

The second level:

The second level is one large multipurpose room with some of the best views in the house; it was designed to stimulate your inner-creative self! It contains a funky-shaped roof architecture, 2 skylights and original hardwood pine floor boards, a full bath (shower), a single Sleep Number bed, loveseat, Smart TV, fireplace, an oversized plush chair with single pullout bed (reading nook), a game area, library, yoga equipment and electric standing desk with two large monitors and comfortable office chair.

Outdoor spaces

Outdoor spaces surround all 4 sides of the house with lighting and a high-end audio system in each: The front outdoor spaces were designed to maximize the amazing view and contains three separate sections: large deck with seating for 8, patio table umbrella with solar lighting, a gas grill, and a separate seating conversation table for two. The deck leads down to a lower river-rock patio area with propane firepit and comfortable seating for 6; and leads around to a covered porch on the left side of the house with a two-person porch swing.

The right side of the house contains a brick patio with an aging built-in stone BBQ (currently non-functional) and patio table that seats 4. The brick patio connects to the back oversized deck with a 6-person jetted hot tub, an outdoor shower, two lounge chairs and a two-person breakfast table. There is plenty of parking for up to 5 cars; also, numerous outbuildings on the property which are not accessible by guests.

It is important to understand that this is a rural property nestled in the woods on the side of a mountain. While it is extremely beautiful, peaceful and tranquil, there are some considerations we like our guests to be aware of prior to booking: 1) the initial assent of the paved driveway is steep making it difficult/impossible to drive up immediately after snowfall; we do have a plowing service under contract to plow and salt within 24 hours of snowfall but under certain conditions the driveway may still not be accessible without four-wheel drive; in such cases guests may need to consolidate to one vehicle, park at the bottom of the driveway and walk up approximately 100 yards to the house. 2) This is a 130+ year old house surrounded by a lot of open land/forests and several active farms and orchards. Therefore, you should anticipate a lot of wildlife; some dangerous like bears, coyotes, hornets, rattle snakes and copperheads and some not; you are encouraged stay away from the wildlife and take the proper safety precautions. Additionally, you will likely hear farm animals like roosters and gunnies and rarely experience farm smells outdoors. During certain times of the year lady bugs, stink bugs, fly’s, and honeybees are out in full force and often find their way indoors. We have routine pest control and a professional cleaning service, but it is common to experience living and dead bugs inside the property around the windows, especially on the 2nd floor. Brooms and vacuums are provided so guests can clean them up. 3) Cell service can be spotty in and around the area; we do have high-speed business grade internet that is reliable. 4) Being on the side of the mountain, weather conditions can change rapidly, and strong winds can be experienced; this will result in patio furniture from being turned upside down, occasional short power outages (clocks needing reset), the sound of wind hitting the house/house making creaking sounds, and some rooms of the house being less temperature controlled than others. 5) We are on a well and septic system; the well water has been tested and is of exceptional quality, but guests need to be considerate of water usage and what they are flushing down the toilets/putting into the drains to ensure they are not damaging the septic system. 6) Security: we have a security system, but it is not in use. Also, we have cameras on the outside of the house so that we can monitor the condition of the property and weather; there are no cameras inside of the house and we are compliant Air BNB/Verbo regulations. We truly believe these “disclaimers” help to enhance the rural retreat experience of this property but want to set proper expectations of what they may experience. to our guest that have less experiences in rural mountain and farm style properties. If you have any questions, concerns or would like clarity on any of these items, please contact us ahead of booking your reservation.

Getting Around

The property is just off of a snow emergency route but is up a long steep driveway that can be difficult to access in the winter. There is plenty of free parking and space to enjoy yourself. Outside of hiking around the property, you will need to anticipate driving to your destinations. Public transportation is limited and there are no sidewalks to walk to the area’s amenities. Please see the land plat under pictures of this listing so that you can stay on the property and be respectful of our neighbors.

Amenities

All the comforts of home and more

Self check-in

Check yourself in with the keypad.

Office / Internet

A room with a door and wifi that’s well-suited for working.

We are Superhosts

Chris and Emily are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.

Accessibility

Laundry room – Step-free access
The room is on the ground floor or accessible by a lift or ramp, and there are no stairs, steps, or thresholds higher than 2 inches (5 centimeters) between the guest entrance and the room.

Scenic Views

  • Garden View
  • Mountain View
  • Park View
  • Resort View

Bathroom Features

  • Bathtub
  • Hair Dryer
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Hot Water

 

Toiletries

  • Cleaning Products
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Body Soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Soap

Bedrooms

  • Hangers
  • Bed Linens (Egyption Cotton)
  • Extra Pillos and Blankets
  • Room-darkening Shades
  • Closet & Dresser

Laundry

  • Free Washer
  • Free Dryer
  • Towels and Sheets
  • Iron

Entertainment

  • Ethernet Connection
  • 55″ HDTV with Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Fire TV, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Roku
  • Bose Sound System with Bluetooth and Aux
  • Books and Reading Material

Family Room

  • Pack ’n play/Travel crib
  • Booster Seat 
  • High Chair
  • Board Games

Heating & Cooling

  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Heating & AC – Split Ductless System
  • Indoor Fireplace (electric)
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Portable Fans
  • Central Heat
  • Portable Heaters

 

Home Safety

  • Smoke Alarm
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit

Parking & Facilities

  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Private Hot Tub

Services

  • Luggage Dropoff Allowed
  • Self Check-in
  • Keypad
  • Cleaning Available During Stay

Location Features

  • Private Entrance
  • Landromat Nearby 

Kitchen

  • Kitchen Space for Cooking
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Pots and Pans
  • Oil, Salt & Pepper
  • Dishes and Silverware
  • Freezer
  • Mini Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Stainless Steel Gas Stove
  • Stainless Steel Double Oven
  • Hot Water Kettle

Kitchen (Additional)

  • Coffee Maker (drip, espresso, french press, Keurig)
  • Wine Glasses
  • Toaster
  • Baking Sheet
  • Blender
  • BBQ Grill & Utensils (charcoal, skewers etc)
  • Dining Table
  • Coffee

Security Cameras

Cameras are on the exterior of the property only and are in place to enable our ability to remotely monitor the weather conditions, wildlife, grass/snow and security. There are no interior cameras or cameras that have views of the hot tub/outdoor shower.

Specific camera views can be seen in our guest agreement upon booking.

Outdoor Space

  • Very Private 14 Acre Property W/ Amazing Views
  • Sunken Hot Tub, Seats 6
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Bluetooth Audio Speakers
  • 2 Private Patios
  • 2 Private Decks
  • Covered Porch W/ Porch Swing
  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • BBQ Grill
  • Sun Loungers
  • Private Backyard with Grass (not fully fenced in)

Things to Know

Please read this section before your stay

House Rules

You’ll be staying in someone’s home, so please treat it with care and respect.

Checking in and out
Check-in after 4:00 PM
Checkout before 12:00 PM
Self check-in with keypad

During your stay
6 guests maximum
No pets
Quiet hours: 10:00 PM – 7:00 AM
No parties or events
No commercial photography
No smoking

IMPORTANT:
“Guest must complete rental agreement within 48 hours after booking. We may also require a credit card for security deposit hold. A message will be sent to you with a link to complete the form.

Before you leave
Gather used towels
Throw trash away
Turn things off
Lock up

Additional requests
Ensure all remote controls are returned to the proper area (2 on wall in kitchen, 3 in living room, 3 in bedroom next to laundry, 5 in master bed, 1 in master bath, 5 on 2nd level. Check each room to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Cancellation policy
Add your trip dates to get the cancellation details for this stay.

Safety & Property

Avoid surprises by looking over these important details about your Host’s property.

Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
“Hot tub is just outside of the master suite, sunken into a deck; it has a cover but there is no fence, gate or locks on it.”

May encounter potentially dangerous animal
“We are in the mountains and in the country! You can anticipate all kind of wildlife – everything from daily visits from deer, turkeys eagles and fox to the occasional appearance from beers, coyotes and snakes. However, if you exercise commons sense you have nothing to worry about. ”

Security camera/recording device
“Cameras are on the exterior of the property only and are in place to enable our ability to remotely monitor the weather conditions, wildlife, grass/snow and security. There are no interior cameras or cameras that have views of the hot tub/outdoor shower. ”

“Specific camera views can be seen in our guest agreement upon booking.”

Carbon monoxide alarm installed
“Each floor has a dedicated hardwired CO2 alarm. ”

Smoke alarm installed
“Hard wired smoke detectors in each bedroom and on common areas of each level are present. ”

Must climb stairs
“Guests should anticipate climbing 6-8 stairs to enter the property; once inside stairs will not need to be climbed unless you wish to access the 2nd story (multi-purpose room/3rd bedroom and 3rd full bath)”

 

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