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The Holly-n-Ivy

My great-grandmother seemed to be called Aunt Lilly by everyone.  Growing up, I always heard this room referred to as “Aunt Lilly’s room”.  She loved her dogs, and was a talented painter (check back later for a post on her paintings).  Here she is on the driveway side steps of Bayfields sometime in the 1960’s.

 

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Aunt Lilly and her beloved dogs.

I always thought Aunt Lilly’s room was the most wonderful room in the entire house. Later, when we moved into the house, we noticed that the only way to get to Aunt Lilly’s room, one must pass through another bedroom.  For a while, my daughter and her husband lived in this room and used it as a 2 room suite.  One room for the bedroom, and the other as a sitting room with a TV.  My sister’s name is Holly, and when our daughter was born on Christmas day, we named her Ivy.  My favorite Christmas storybook fairy tale was the story of Holly & Ivy, so I thought to keep with the fairytale-room-naming-theme.  I named these rooms “The Holly-n-Ivy”.

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My favorite Christmas fairy tale.

After Ivy and her husband moved, I began renting it out as a 2 room suite that sleeps up 4 people.  Since those sleeping in the queen must pass through the sitting room to come and go, I think it’s best that it be reserved by families or good friends who know each other well enough to share.  The sitting room faces the driveway and has a barnyard/dock view with a 22″ TV. The couch has been replaced with a daybed that can convert into 2 twins or one king bed.

 

The main bedroom has a memoryfoam queen mattress with a slanted ceiling, a wrap-around balcony with a view of the barnyard, dock, creek, river, beach, and Chesapeake Bay.

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Queen bed in the Holly-n-Ivy

To add comfort for our guests, in these 2 rooms we’ve installed 2 ceiling fans, bedside lamps, 4 new vinyl windows (that actually open, ha ha), a fresh coat of paint, refinished floors, and a new doorway leading out onto the balcony.

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Love Potion (Wedding) #9

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A blog about a recent Bayfields Wedding:

A special thanks to photographer Erika, and the newlyweds for sharing their photos and blog with us!  Bayfields has had many weddings here over the years(at least 9* so far)

1984 #1:  sister’s wedding 

2000 #2: my 2nd wedding

2012 #3: my daughter’s wedding

2013 #4 & #5: two guest weddings

2014 #6: one guest wedding

2015 #7,8,&9: three guest weddings

and already has several booked for 2016 and 2017!

***2017 Update***

This is the final year of weddings at Bayfields.



 

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Home Garden Home of the Week: Historic Harwood Home is Reborn After a Major Fire

Bayfields B&B Mixes Tales of Faeries, Phantoms, and Fowl

Robin Heintz Anderson's Home of the Week in Harwood. Photos By Joshua McKerrow, Staff / September 3, 2014

Robin Heintz Anderson’s Home of the Week in Harwood.

By Wendi Winters, wwinters@capgaznews.com
Photos By Joshua McKerrow

5:00 p.m. EDT, September 19, 2014 in the Capitol Gazette
Originally published in print in the Evening Capitol.

During the jaunt to the Harwood family home of Robin Heintz Anderson, it feels like an adventure awaits around the next woodland corner.

Pulling up to what appears to be the front door of the main house, we’re not sure where to look first.

There is an antique horse-drawn, open air carriage — sort of a long-ago pick-up truck. And, a prominent duck crossing sign.

Dusty is cantering about a fenced-in area. The half-Arab, half-quarter horse is followed by 8-year-olds Pixie the goat and Rosie the sheep.

They’re all show biz critters: Dusty does double-duty as a unicorn during the Maryland Faerie Festival in Darlington, (www.marylandfaeriefestival.org), while Pixie and Rose have done cameo appearances on the Animal Planet TV network.

Chickens roam their land on the grounds of Robin Heintz Anderson's Home of the Week, and bed and breakfast, in Harwood. Photos By Joshua McKerrow, Staff / September 3, 2014

Chickens roam their land on the grounds of Robin Heintz Anderson’s Home of the Week, and bed and breakfast, in Harwood.

Fluttering around outside their enclosure is one of the nine chickens. When she sees us approaching, the chicken flies over a fence into safe territory.

The fowl are enjoying their sunshine. At dusk, they get herded and locked into the henhouse. A solar-powered timer reopens the door at sunrise.

The hens lay eggs in hues of cinnamon, pale browns and blues.

Off to the left, beyond a small barn, is a long dock, stretching into the West River. Lying in the water, next to the pier, are nine flats, each containing 750 oysters. For several years, the family raises the bivalves, which filter the nearby water. Then, the home’s residents and guests eat them and start anew with a fresh set of spat.

On the other side of the house, a large in-ground pool invitingly glistens. Along the wide waterfront are a couple outdoor sets of tables and chairs.

The view is worth a long drink.

The 13-acre property has a long, curved waterfront overlooking the mouth of the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. Far across the water is the Eastern Shore. Closer in and to the right is the Galesville shoreline.

Then, we turn around.

There’s a front door. It’s facing the water.

A historic owner

“When the house was built in 1921, the only way to reach the house was by water,” said Robin Heintz Anderson. She is the caretaker of the property and residence owned by her mother Shirley Heintz, who lives in a nearby house.

The five-bedroom, three-bath house was built by the late Charles Carroll Glover, president of Riggs Bank in the late 1800s. He was involved in the establishment of the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. His land holdings included most of what is now Chevy Chase.

The house, on what was then a property of more than 200-acres, was intended as a summer cottage with views of Galesville, Tenthouse and Popham creeks, the West River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Today, it is often used as a film location by The Weather Channel.

Yet, Glover’s wife wasn’t impressed with the rural property. Livestock apparently wandered the grounds. Glover had fencing put up around the house, but that failed to satisfy her. She decided it was too remote, too far away from D.C. society.

For a while, it served as a retreat house for an order of nuns.

Anderson’s grandfather, William Heintz, had watched from afar as the house was being constructed and occasionally hunted squirrels on the property.

He had sailed to Galesville aboard the steamboat Emma Giles in the early part of the 20th century and raised his family in the small bay-side town.

In the 1940s, after Glover’s death in 1936, his estate was broken into five to seven-acre lots and sold off.

Heintz purchased the 13-acre parcel containing the main house, and in 1946 put his own touches on the residence, including the addition of a glass and steel greenhouse. His wife, May Heintz, loved the place. The couple won numerous awards in sailboat races on the nearby waters.

Heintz also turned the third floor servants’ quarters into extra bedrooms for his growing family.

When his daughter-in-law Shirley Heintz arrived at the property years later, she was startled.

“I heard it was on the water, but here was all of this water. This beautiful view, the West River,” Heintz said. “It was so long ago, there were still oyster shells along the sides of the roadway.”

William Heintz made a few changes to the house. He made the entry on the rear of the house the main entry as it faced the road — cars had replaced boats as the major mode of transportation. He removed the main floor’s pocket doors — what ironically is a major trend today had gone out of style then.

The kitchen was reconfigured. A hall doorway was closed off and a corner cabinet or bowfat, also known as a buffet, was moved from the kitchen and placed in a dining room corner.

The house has been the site of fires in the kitchen and living room.

The most recent fire, Feb. 19, 2011, was a two-alarm blaze that brought fire equipment from Annapolis, Waugh Chapel, West Annapolis, Galesville, Woodland Beach, Harwood, Jones Road, North Beach and Upper Marlboro to the scene. The equipment formed nearly a mile-long string down the roadway. Since no hydrants were in the area, a fire boat motored to the site.

It was 14 months before the house passed inspection and its residents could return.

During that period, more subtle changes were made to the house. The floors were refinished throughout the house. All the walls received a new coat of paint. A second door to the upstairs porch was added.

In the kitchen, three layers of linoleum were peeled away to reveal the heart of pine flooring. The original butler’s pantry, which had been turned into a laundry room, was restored.

Invited and uninvited guests

What the fire didn’t destroy were the periodic, inexplicable appearances of ghostly apparitions. Some say a mysterious white dog has been spotted scooting in and out of upstairs rooms. Pictures drop off walls and mantels, even when no wind is stirring, nor any windows open. A grandfather clock will suddenly start chiming. A vintage music box began blaring three days after its original owner passed away. Visitors have spotted an elderly woman, who resembles William Heintz’s sister Lily, sitting in a room.

During a taping of A&E’s pilot episode of its series, “Possessed,” the production staff realized a volume of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Possessed” had been taken from the shelf of the home’s library and placed prominently on an end table. Next to a vintage rotary phone.

Spooky.

A medium called in by the family heard children playing in a hidden room behind a closet — the Heintz family had not disclosed the old crawl space to the medium before her surprising pronouncement.

Despite — or because of — the home’s history, it is a popular B & B, known as Bayfields Bed & Breakfast, with Airbnb, (http://www.Bayfields.org).

Robin Heintz Anderson is the innkeeper.

Robin Heintz Anderson, with her dog Petey, in her Home of the Week, and bed and breakfast, in Harwood.

Robin Heintz Anderson, with her dog Petey, in her Home of the Week, and bed and breakfast, in Harwood.

Visitors are greeted by an excited Petey aka Bad Dog Pete, an 8-year old canine ball of fur. He wears a vest advising: “NO, it’s not okay to let me jump up on you. NO JUMPING.”

From the roadside doorway, one can look straight down the hallway to the waterside doorway. The handsome wooden staircase, which spirals upward to the third floor, faces the water. To the right is the dining room, kitchen, and the greenhouse. On the left is the living room, a library and a screened-in covered porch.

In the library are vintage photos of the Emma Giles, family sailboats and an ancestor, George Heintz Jr., a fencing champion in the late 19th century. Mounted on wooden plaques are half-models of favorite sailing vessels.

The floor-to-ceiling bookshelves contain at least two sets of vintage encyclopedias. Remember those? Plus, a lot of tempting, classic novels. Anderson noted the older books survived the fire with the least amount of damage, just a hint of smokiness when one thumbs through the pages.

During the post-fire renovations, workers uncovered a brick flue in the library, on the reverse side of the living room fireplace. Anderson insisted it be left uncovered, giving the room a less formal look.

In the new bathroom adjacent to the library, Anderson maintained the vintage feel of the house. The lower walls are sheathed in white beadboard. The floors feature a basket weave tile pattern, typical of popular 1920s tile work. The enamel sink has a déjà vu look.

An eye-catcher in the living room — a comfortable space — was Anderson’s collection of empty, antique wooden frames, stacked against a wall. Eerie, yet cool.

A long, wide, screened in porch, reached through the living room, runs along a quarter of the home’s water side.

On the opposite side of the house is the greenhouse, which, in addition to plants, has a hot tub and a cedar sauna cabinet for two.

Upstairs, the B&B rooms have been named for children’s stories and faerie tales. In each room, the book that inspired its name is placed prominently for their guests’ enjoyment. The Holly ‘n’ Ivy is a two bedroom unit on the second floor. A large bed is placed in one room, and a smaller room is the sitting room. It has a day bed that can convert to a couch. It is used by couples who bring their children with them. Also on that floor is the Blue Willow with its companion book, “The Legend of the Blue Willow.”

Anderson’s room is on this floor, too. The orange-and-cream patterned

spread, piled high with pillows, and flanked by drape-laden windows, mirrors the warm, deep red color of the wood floor.

On the third floor, Rapunzel is the name of one guest room, Hansel and Gretel, with two single beds, is the other.

There was a wicked witch in both of those stories.

But, she’s nowhere to be seen in this magical manor.

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Croquet on the Bay

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In the garage was an old forgotten croquet set. Covered in dust, its many colors were nearly indistinguishable. We cleaned up all the pieces to find a variety of colors. The storage rack was missing only one ball, probably chewed by the blades of a hungry lawnmower long ago. Aside from a few missing wickets(probably also lost to a lawnmower), it was almost complete although one of the remaining balls looked as though it may have been used as a dog toy.

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Thankfully there was a freshly mowed flat area that had seen many ball games of soccer, lacrosse, softball, and volleyball. There were many picnics with egg tosses, three legged races, tug of war, horse shoes, badminton, and obstacle courses, but I cannot remember ever having the croquet game set up here. This was a great spot for the croquet game, smooth, flat, and the view was perfect. There were 4 of us, the day was not too hot, and we had access to a phone to Google up the rules to set up for an official traditional game of croquet.

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Of course, it was important to hydrate with a pitcher of iced tea at the end of the game as we sat and studied the course for our next round.

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Butterflies Love the Dog Days of Summer

Butterfly at Bayfields

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on the Tiger Lilies at Bayfields

The lilies are extra beautiful at Bayfields this year. The butterflies are really enjoying them. May Heintz planted these flower beds of Tiger Lilies and Day Lilies here,  in the late 1940s.

We get lovely Chesapeake Bay breezes, to keep the lilies and the butterflies cool and comfortable, even in the Dog Days of Summer. Dog Days refer to the  the hot sultry weather that we have in July and August. The Romans associated the hot weather with the star Sirius. They considered Sirius to be the “Dog Star” because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog).

Eastern Tiger Swallowtails have a dark morph in addition to the common yellow form. The black form is always female. Click here to see pictures of different kinds of Swallowtails.

Photo Credit: Keri Budd
Guitar cover of Heart’s Dog and Butterfly on my video: Mark Budd

Come travel to see us at Bayfields, a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay.

~Holly

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Hansel and Gretel

As children, while visiting with our grandparents, we'd go up to the 3rd floor to look in the costume trunk.

As children, while visiting with our grandparents, we’d go up to the 3rd floor to look in the costume trunk.

The Hansel and Gretel was the second room in Bayfields to get a name.  My brother’s bunk beds came to me years ago, adorned with goofy stickers (Wacky Packages Topps bubblegum stickers) that looked like they were straight out of Mad Magazine.  I liked the warped sense of humor of the stickers, many were spoofs on advertisements from that era, and I can almost hear my brothers chuckling as they placed each new one up on their headboards.

The room in which I assembled the bunk beds is also on the 3rd floor, opposite from the Rapunzel. I remember playing there with my siblings, digging through an old trunk filled with costumes, masks, and hats.  Later, my own kids would climb up there for games of Hide and Seek, or to play Sardines(reverse hide and seek).  The thought of playful siblings makes me think of Hansel and Gretel, giving me the idea for it’s name.  I should clarify that although both Hansel & Gretel(as well as Rapunzel) were stories of captive children, you will not be captive, only captivated:

For the view from the Hansel -n- Gretel, through the newly installed vinyl window overlooks the beach, kayaks, dock, flagpole, and the balcony off the two rooms below.  You can see both the creek, river, and bay from this one little window.

I decorated the room with some old children’s books, a collection of ancient post cards, wooden carvings of my grandfather and his uncle, plus a handmade U.S.A. wooden wall puzzle that can be taken down to play with.  Each bed has a two new pillows, matching plaid blue/green down comforters, and the assortment of unusual stickers(since this post, we’ve replaced the bunk beds with one twin maple bed, and one full memory foam maple bed).

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Hansel-n-gretel

To add comfort for our guests, in this room we’ve installed a lighted ceiling fan, extra outlets, as well as one outlet with USB ports for charging your portable electronics.  The high speed internet is available even on the top floor, making it easy to remain connected.  We refinished the hardwood floors, and gave the room a coat of paint.  Each bed has it’s own lamp for night time reading.

Click here if you would like to reserve a room.

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The Salamanders Know Spring Is Here

Favorite Signs of Spring

One of my favorite signs of spring is discovering amphibian eggs, whether they be frog, toad, or salamander. I was very happy when we found salamanders and their eggs while opening the fish pond at Bayfields.

Eggs of the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

Eggs of the Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

We discovered three Spotted Salamanders, (Ambystoma maculatum).

 Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

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(Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

Each one has a unique spot pattern.

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

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(Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

Spotted Salamander 3.
(Ambystoma maculatum) found in the fish pond at Bayfields, April 5, 2013

We let them go, back into the pond.  They are active at night.  After the salamanders are done with breeding and egg laying, they will return to their underground burrows in the woods.  The eggs will hatch in May-June, with feathery gills, and no hind limbs.  The new generation of spotted salamanders will leave the pond in August or September, travel back to their forest home, and get there spots soon after.

You can learn more about the Spotted Salamander at the Maryland Department Of Natural Resources page, and the Towson University Herpetology page for the Spotted Salamander.

~Holly

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay. Make your reservations to travel to visit us!  You can learn more, and make your reservations, with bnb, here.

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Rapunzel had a room with a view.

Bayfields guest rooms have storybook names and we include a copy of the matching story in each room.

Bayfields guest rooms have storybook names and we include a copy of the matching story in each room.

My grandparents often enjoyed weekend guests here at Bayfields because it’s a lovely place, a peaceful retreat, and a beautiful getaway spot.  Upon moving back home, I’m inclined to agree.  I’ve had visitors from as far north as Watertown, New York, as far west as San Francisco, California, and as far south as Orlando, Florida.

One such weekend, I gave up the master bedroom to a visiting couple and I stayed on the 3rd floor.  At that time, I had cast and crutches, so as I crawled on hands and knees to the very top floor, I envisioned myself climbing to the top of Rapunzel’s tall tower.  With a leg in a cast, depending how I felt those days, I was either the witch or the princess.  Of course, as soon as I would lay back in the bed, far from the noises of the rest of the world, I certainly felt like a princess, resting on her pile of mattresses high above the kingdom.

Rapunzel, the 3rd floor guest room at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, showing off it's red and white theme, has a warm glow at dusk.

Rapunzel, the 3rd floor guest room at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, showing off it’s red and white theme, has a warm glow at dusk.

The view from up there is like no other in the house; the beckoning pool, my childhood home next door, the field where summer games were played, where horses sometimes graze, view overlooking my grandmother’s once prize-winning flower garden, plus a sparkly glimpse of  the Chesapeake Bay.  Even after the guests were gone and I had the house to myself again, that summer I’d often sneak up there to get away for a while. A secret nook, a private tower.  The name Rapunzel seemed fitting for our first official guest room.

During the holidays, it was exciting to have the entire stairway twinkling with lights.  Bayfields Bed and Breakfast has two guestrooms on the 3rd floor.

During the holidays, it was exciting to have the entire stairway twinkling with lights. Bayfields Bed and Breakfast has two guestrooms on the 3rd floor.

Bayfields has 5 bedrooms, the Rapunzel is the only bedroom with a view of the pool, garden, game field, pasture...

Bayfields has 5 bedrooms, the Rapunzel is the only bedroom with a view of the pool, garden, game field, pasture…

From the Rapunzel, the 3rd floor guest room at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, looking down the hallway to Hansel and Gretel, the other 3rd floor guest room.  The cat you see on the floor is Kiki, our elusive cat, who only shows up when we have guests.

From the Rapunzel, the 3rd floor guest room at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, looking down the hallway to Hansel and Gretel, the other 3rd floor guest room. The cat you see on the floor is Kiki, our elusive cat, who only shows up when we have guests.

The park-like setting of Bayfields Bed and Breakfast is so peaceful and quiet.  The two Arabian horses(Dusty and Sweetie) enjoy the golden morning sunlight as they snack in a nearby field.

The park-like setting of Bayfields Bed and Breakfast is so peaceful and quiet. The two Arabian horses(Dusty and Sweetie) enjoy the golden morning sunlight as they snack in a nearby field.

Rapunzel, the 3rd floor guest room at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, showing off it's red and white theme.

Rapunzel, the 3rd floor guest room at Bayfields Bed and Breakfast, showing off it’s red and white theme.

To make this room more restful and inviting to guests, I added a Sealy® memory foam mattress.  We installed a new ceiling fan/light fixture, plus extra outlets. The hardwood floors were refinished and the walls were painted.  I discovered two mismatched white dressers from other parts of the house, plus an old red table I found tucked away deep in a closet.  I painted the dresser knobs red to match the table, and without leaving the house, I found a burgundy carpet, red lamp, white night stand, red flowerpot, and a white bookshelf, creating a cosy uncluttered feel with a red and white theme.  As we know that there’s nothing more comforting than a fresh set of sheets and towels, so between guests, we launder each room separately, using the sanitize feature on both washer and dryer.

Click here if you’d like to reserve a room.

-Robin Heintz Anderson

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Reforestation on the Shore of the West River

Acorns started in my greenhouse under the tangerine tree.

Acorns under the tangerine tree.

Yesterday it was cold and windy, as my cousin and I scurried around like squirrels gathering acorns from the large white and red oaks at Bayfields.  The acorns are already starting to sprout, sending their tap root deep into the cold ground, long before the new green leaves unfurl in the spring.

Today I planted 136 acorns, in flats, in my sun warmed greenhouse, under the tangerine tree.  We will transplant them to Bayfields when the weather warms, because we are reforesting a lot of the lawn.

It will be like our own arboretum!  I can make a tree map.

-Holly Heintz Budd

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay. You can learn more, and make your reservations here.

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Thankful that Wind and Water Passed Us By This Time

High water before and during Super Storm Sandy at Bayfields on the West River

High water before and during Super Storm Sandy at Bayfields on the West River

Super Storm Sandy did not cause major harm to Bayfields.  No damaging winds. The tides no more than 2 foot above normal. Wish Sandy was as kind to New Jersey and New York.

-Holly Heintz Budd

Bayfields is a bed and breakfast on the West River, in Maryland, with a great view of the Chesapeake Bay.

You can learn more, and make your reservations here.

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