Highly regarded inn is waiting for a buyer

June 03, 2006|by PENNY GOLDSTEIN / for HomeSource

Captions for photos in HomeSource photos for Patti (editorial pages):

Inn morning room:

The Morning room is one of four dining areas on the main level. Combined, the rooms can seat about 80 persons.

Serenity Suite:

The Serenity Suite is one of the five guest rooms, each with its own bath, on the second floor. The rooms are decorated with vintage and antique furnishings, which are included in the turnkey inn sales package.


A grand chestnut staircase ascends from the entry hall to five guest rooms on the second level of The Inn at Buckeystown. The 8,400-square-foot Victorian mansion in the Frederick area was built in 1897 for Charles Keller, who owned the Keller Lime Kiln.


Inn exterior shot: The historic Inn at Buckeystown is awaiting the right buyer.

(All photos courtesy of The Inn at Buckeystown.)

This week's featured property is four miles from downtown Frederick; but a world away. The Inn at Buckeystown, a luxury B & B nestled in the historic village of Buckeystown, Md., has long been a popular getaway for those seeking a quiet romantic weekend, afternoon tea on a shady veranda, or a picturesque setting for a meeting or wedding reception. Now it may be the perfect opportunity for someone who wants to own and operate a Bed and Breakfast.

The Inn has been voted the Number One B & B in Frederick County for three consecutive years, voted in the Top 10 Most Affordable Luxury Inns by Inn Traveler Magazine, and has garnered rave reviews for its teas and vintage elegance. Innkeeper Janet Wells plans to retire and has put her establishment on the market as a turnkey B&B - complete with furnishings and equipment - although she will also consider offers to purchase it as a residence only. Either way it's a rare chance to acquire one of Frederick County's most magnificent gems.

A Victorian mansion built in 1897 for Charles Keller, who owned the Keller Lime Kiln, this 8,400-square-foot home is situated on more than two acres of lawn and garden and is richly appointed with architectural details from a bygone era. The home has a wide wraparound porch, three working fireplaces with original tile surrounds, a three-story chestnut staircase in its center hall, stained glass windows, beautiful woodwork and arched entries to several of the rooms. Mechanical systems include hot-water radiator and electric baseboard heat and central air. Guest rooms are wired for phones and DSL.

On either side of the main floor's grand center hall, the original ladies' and gentlemen's parlors, dining room, and morning room combine to comfortably accommodate about 80 guests for dining. These areas can be partitioned with pocket doors for entertaining separate groups. Lovely chandeliers, wallpaper and draperies highlight the 12-foot ceilings and crown molding. A full commercial kitchen is efficiently organized and includes a separate cold prep area and butler's pantry at the rear of the main floor.

On the second floor, a large center hall provides access to five guest rooms, each with its own bath. One room has a fireplace, another a private porch. All the rooms are beautifully decorated with vintage and antique furnishings, included in the turnkey package.

The baths have updated plumbing but retain their nostalgic charm with early 20th century tile floors and walls in great condition. Another four guest rooms on the third floor share a common area, two half-baths and a separate shower. This area is often booked by extended families or groups of friends who enjoy having the entire floor to themselves, but it could also be used as the owners' quarters.

Janet Wells says she has loved owning and operating the Inn at Buckeystown and hopes to find a buyer who shares her passion for it. She is willing to help train a new innkeeper, and the four full-time staff members and several part-time employees have expressed an interest in staying on at the Inn. This property is listed at $1,449,300 as a turnkey B&B or $1,249,300 as a residence only. Call Tracy Franck at 301-644-2610 at Jim Bass Real Estate Group, Real Estate Teams, LLC for more information or a private tour.

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