My family drove past the Castle 3 years ago while visiting the Cumberland and Frostburg areas. I said "What's that?" and when I found out (I think by doing an internet search after we returned home) it was a bed and breakfast, decided I wanted to stay there someday. The time finally came this year!
The occasion was my birthday, and it was an overnight getaway with my husband. From some of the reviews here, I was a little worried what we might find. But I adored the place.
Yes, it is a little run-down on the outside - there are areas of broken tiles on the patio, cracks in the mortar, missing piers in the stone railings surround the patios. I found it charming, but I can see how others might not. Our room, however, was gorgeous, and I can't imagine anyone thinking differently - we stayed in the Ramsey room, with a king-sized bed, 2 rugs on the floor, luxuriously decorated, bathroom with shower stall (no tub), 8' tall windows with one looking back into the garden area (the other window's view was not as nice, looking onto the roof of the patio below and a tree that looked dead; though to the far right you could see some of the nearby mountains) . I liked that there was no TV in the room and poor cell phone reception didn't bother me at all - it WAS supposed to be a 'getaway,' after all. My sole complaint with the room is that unfortunately the window air conditioner (which we needed the night we were there) kept the shutters on that window from being fully closed, and consequently the sun woke me up earlier in the morning than I would have preferred. Would have easily been taken care of if I had remembered to pack my sleep mask.
We arrived in the late afternoon, around 4:30 PM. We walked in, and Tony walked out of the kitchen area and greeted us. He gave us a short tour of the formal dining room (where breakfast is served) & the parlor (where guests are free to hang out, relax, converse, etc) on the ground floor and then the library (which houses the only TV in the place, a small selection of DVD's, some reading material (books and magazines) and some board games) and the self-serve 'kitchette' (for after-hour snack attacks; includes a coffee maker, microwave and microwave popcorn, and other assorted snacks) on the second floor. The guest rooms are also on the second floor, so at this point we were shown ours and given the keys to the room and the front door (locked after about 6:30 PM, so late arrivals should make arrangements ahead of time). After we had a short conversation with Tony about our dinner plans, we did not see the owners again until the next morning. We ate a picnic dinner that we had brought with us on the patio, wandered the garden and grounds, and retired early.
The next morning, we met Judi. She asked if we wanted to eat in the dining room, or outside on the patio. Walking outside, it was a gorgeous, low-humidity morning, and so we elected to eat outside. We were offered tea, coffee, or juice (orange or cranberry) to drink and then fruit as the first course. The main course, cooked by Tony, was a delightful stack of heart-shaped pancakes with a sunny-side up egg in between two of them and 2 strips of bacon in between another two. After breakfast, we packed up, but couldn't find the owners to say goodbye and I felt kinda weird about leaving without saying something (Judi had asked at breakfast if we wanted the room put on the credit card we had reserved with, so we were OK in that regard). Luckily, we did see Tony on the way out working on the grounds, and were able to thank him for making our stay very nice, indeed.
I don't know if we'll ever make a trip back to this area, as there are SOOOO many places on our list of things to see, but I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Historic Castle in the Western Maryland Mountains. 1840 circa Castle on four acres sourrounded by stone walls. Six guestrooms inside and caretaker cottage on Castle grounds. Full served breakfast, afternoon teas and turndown with chocolates Near cross country skiing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Castle b&b
- The Castle Hotel Mount Savage