The Brampton Inn
What We Love
- Elegant brick mansion and 20-acre grounds date back to 1860
- Cottages tucked away deep within the property offer absolute privacy
- Afternoon tea features ample treats, like quiche, angel food cake with berries, and mini cupcakes.
- The inn can arrange biking and kayak trips nearby
What To Know
- The inn is tailor-made for romantic getaways but might not be the best for families
- You’ll need a car to get around; parking on-site is free
- Rooms and cottages are all decorated a bit differently
- While the inn has flat-screen TVs with DVD players, there is no cable
- Pets are not permitted
Across Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore, Chestertown, Maryland, has a small-town charm and a long-reaching history possible only on the East Coast. Formerly an important port, Chestertown is the kind of place where locals mingle at the artisan farmers market on Saturday mornings and show up in droves to the tea party parade every spring.
As you wend your way along the tree-lined drive toward the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn, any city stress you might still be feeling will melt away: This 20-acre estate offers a perfect country idyll. Swiss-born owner Danielle Hascom has restored a 8,500-square-foot mansion with colonial-style furnishings, family antiques and knockabout pieces that retain the spot’s 19th-century feel.
The inn is made up of seven guestrooms in the main house and five free-standing cottages. Every room is a bit different; the Green Room, for instance, has Oriental rugs and a four-poster bed, plus a potbelly fireplace. A benefit of staying here is your proximity to the kitchen — the resident baker might just let you sample her test cakes, cookies and muffins.
For ultimate romance, book one of the secluded cottages. The Sunset Cottage has cherrywood floors, views of the gardens and a wood-burning fireplace; the Sunrise has a fireplace and a whirlpool tub big enough for two.
Life at the inn revolves around the morning breakfast spread, which includes selections like waffles with strawberries from the inn’s gardens, or an omelet of heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese. Afterward, guests usually explore historic Chestertown’s indie bookstores and galleries. Feeling a hunger pang? The inn has you covered. Return in time for afternoon tea, when you can nosh on oatmeal-coconut cookies, tea cakes and homemade spiced nuts.
How to Get There
My husband and I spent a spring weekend at Brampton Inn to celebrate our anniversary, and it was heavenly. We'd never been to Chestertown before, so it was fun to explore the area, but we also loved the charm and peacefulness of the inn itself.
The inn was fully occupied that weekend, but our room (a two-floor suite connected to the main house) felt totally private and quiet. Our room consisted of a downstairs sitting area and an upstairs bedroom and bathroom. Everything was very clean and well kept.
Breakfasts at the inn were incredible. The dining room is spacious and appears to be a relatively new (or newly remodeled) addition to the building. Delicious house-made pastries awaited us at the table each morning, and a server was right there to take our drink orders. Each day, there was a savory entree and a sweet entree to choose from, and you could also opt for yogurt, eggs your way, or something else. I enjoyed eggs benedict my first morning and the asparagus omelette the second morning.
Brampton also offers afternoon tea each day, which includes sweet and savory snacks, tea, coffee, iced tea, and lemonade. We really enjoyed taking our tea out to the wraparound porch and enjoying the breeze.
You can't really walk anywhere from the inn, but it's a very close drive to Chestertown proper, so we went there for dinner both nights and for the farmer's market Saturday morning. There are several wineries and breweries in the area (we had a nice tasting at Crow Vineyard) and you can easily reach many Eastern Shore destinations (we only ventured as far as Rock Hall and the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge).
We loved the accommodations, food, staff, and area, so I have no doubt we'll be visiting Brampton Inn again.
We had an awesome time at the Brampton Inn. The room was wonderful. Staff was very attentive. The breakfasts were to die for....not to mention the pastries! Thank you so much for a memorable 28th anniversary! We WILL see you again!
Another lovely time at Brampton - great staff, delicious food and beautiful surroundings. It is the perfect spot to relax and savor life. We are so grateful we found it many years ago and can return several times each year.
My spouse and I enjoyed our stay. The staff was very welcoming and friendly, our room was spacious and clean, and the breakfasts were wonderful - I felt spoiled throughout my visit! I would definitely recommend this gorgeous B&B, and look forward to a return visit someday soon.
My wife and I had a great weekend stay at the Brampton Inn. we stayed in the Blue Room and it was extremely pleasant. The breakfasts were exceptional with efficient and cheerful service. The afternoon tea was a real treat. The cake and cookies prepared on site were so good.
The Brampton is a great base to explore the Chestertown/ Rock Hall area.