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
Beautiful location. Staff very friendly and helpful, breakfast wonderful! Excellent molasses cookies! Pet friendly too! Highly recommend! Had biscuits for the dog and even shared the recipe! Chestertown very close, lots of quaint shops!
We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 day stay here. We chose the Sunset Room in the guest cottage and it was the right choice for us. We didn't want to climb stairs, especially with luggage in hand, so the Sunset Room was perfect for us both. Parking almost right at the door, our own private little patio. The Sunset Room is huge. The king bed was super comfy and the sheets felt like silk. Enjoyed a leisurely soak in the deep jacuzzi tub. Breakfasts were especially delicious in the relaxed atmosphere of the enclosed porch. High tea was served from 4-5:30 with home-baked cookies and sweet breads. Danielle, the proprietor, was especially attentive to each of her guests. I enjoyed spending time on the front porch, reading in early afternoon and catching up on my iPad. The whole experience was awesome. We'll be back.
We arrived late Friday afternoon and were greeted and given a brief tour and history of the property which was absolutely lovely. We experienced a minor hiccup with our accommodations which was resolved by Danielle (the owner) in an expeditious and favorable manor. Breakfast and snacks were bountiful and delicious. All the personal touches and attention to detail by Danielle and her staff made our stay at the Brampton memorable. Would highly recommend.