The Wilderness

2 Thistle Rd. , Catonsville, MD 21228 USA (Show map)


Not your average B&B – Welcome to The Wilderness! Surrounded by woodland tracts of The Patapsco Valley State Park, this Victorian era summer mansion has been restored to its country manor atmosphere, and offers unequaled peace and privacy. 215+ years of history await you at The Wilderness – an historic preservation and hospitality award winning B&B providing suites for discriminating guests. Large rooms, comfy beds, fabulous baked goods and nearly total seclusion give guests the sense of “being somewhere totally different”, although only minutes from historic Ellicott City and Catonsville, and only 15 minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Wilderness is like no other B&B in the area - Come out for a visit and get lost in your dreams!



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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Wonderful stay at the Wilderness in December

5 on December 27, 2015

While visiting family in the area, it was very convenient. The suite we stayed in was very comfortable and quiet. Our host was very friendly and helpful.

Happy Guests at The Wilderness!

4.6 on December 03, 2015

Gracious and comfortable surroundings, a warm and welcoming hostess, and ultra comfortable beds made for a delightful stay at The Wilderness. Did I forget to say breakfast was DELICIOUS? One minor suggestion - a couple more lights for bedtime reading.

Lovely and quiet!

5 on November 30, 2015

We greatly enjoyed our stay!

Excellent visit!

5 on September 30, 2015

Suites were spacious and clean, the food was yummy, and Ellen is delightful! I highly recommend this B &B!

The Wilderness

5 on September 30, 2015

Enjoyed my stay very much. Pleasant surroundings, delicious food and a most gracious hostess.

Love The Wilderness

5 on June 01, 2015

We have stayed at The Wilderness on more than one occasion. It is a great property. The house is really neat and the location is very secluded but still close to local attractions. We will continue to stay there every time we come back to Baltimore.

A great, relaxing getaway!

4.8 on April 22, 2015

The accomodations were very comfortable. We had a nice dining experience in the morning. Place was clean and Ellen was a nice hostess

Wonderful weekend stay

5 on December 18, 2014

We had stayed at the Wilderness about a year and a half ago and were wondering if it would be as good this time. Well it was even nicer. It is such a relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful house. Ellen is soooo pleasant and helpful and just makes it relaxing. It is very clean and cannot think of anything to improve on. I look forward to staying there whenever I visit my son.

Best B&B we've ever stayed in!

5 on December 15, 2014

Lovely rooms in a beautiful location, great food, and lots to see and do in the area. We've been staying here for several years when visiting our family and have never been disappointed.

Perfect weekend getaway

4.2 on December 10, 2014

We stayed in the blue and gold room. The room is large and feels luxurious. Every furniture piece has a function. It is obvious that Ellen, the hostess, has a passion for historical houses and decoration. Ellen accommodated my wife's request for a vegan breakfast, which was set up in a large elegant dining room. She even baked vegan cookies for us. The house sits on a two acre wooded secluded lot, five minutes driving from Ellicott City and a short drive from Baltimore. Perfect weekend getaway.

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Rooms & Rates

The Dugan Suite

The Dugan Suite is a family-friendly suite with a main bedroom (queen size bed) and a 2nd bedroom (which includes a twin bed). The possibility of an additional twin/camp bed is available for those families requiring 2 single beds in the secondary bedroom. The rooms are spacious, filled with antiques and all have views of the extensive woods and gardens surrounding the house. The private bath is large and directly off of the main bedroom.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

The Sullivan Suite

The Sullivan Suite is is a light and airy room filled with early 20th century furniture and a queen sized bed. There is a sitting room and private bath in this suite. The sitting room will accommodate an inflatable twin sized bed if necessary (for children). The room has lovely views of the yard from each window, and a charming bay window in the sitting room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

The Blue and Gold Suite

The Blue and Gold Suite is a family friendly suite with a primary bedroom (w/queen sized bed) and a larger secondary bedroom with a twin bed and option for an additional inflatable twin bed. The suite has 6 large windows that provide lovely views of the yard and surrounding woods. The private bath is a large, with a tub/shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $160 - $160

The Patapsco Suite

The Patapsco Suite is on the 1st floor, and easily accessible for those who cannot climb steps. It has a sitting room and a private bath, although the private bath is across the hallway. This suite has a full bed, and the option for an inflatable twin size bed if needed for a child. It has lovely views of the surrounding yard and forest from it's 4 large windows. The bathroom, although across the hall, is the most impressive in the house. double occupany single night - $150/night. 2+ nights $140/night. single occupany single night - $140/night, 2+ nights $130/night additional person $35/night

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $150

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Location Type

Countryside, Secluded


Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington) 8 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 95 - off on Rte 195 West toward Catonsville. Follow signs for North Rolling Rd (Rte 166 North). Stay on this approx 3 miles - deadends into Rte 144 Frederick Rd. Turn left on Rte 144 and go through next traffic light (Candle Light Inn will be on your left as you go through the light). Half mile down on your left is Thistle Rd. - directly before Dimitri's Grill - turn left and The Wilderness is one half mile back on the right - #2 Thistle Rd. (large white victorian on hill).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Baltimore, Catonsville Community College, Washington, DC, Johns Hopkins University and Hospital, University of Maryland at Baltimore City, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Computer, Copier, Desk, Fireplace, Ironing Board, Library, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer , screened in porch for breakfast and afternoon tea, locked storage for bicycles, table/floor fans in suites

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Hairdryer, Radio, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Hiking trails, Mountain Bike trails

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  • Check In:: 3pm or after
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only in driveway/yard away from house
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited some flexibility, speak to owner
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: first night
  • Cancellations: We require 14 days notice to cancel without charge. If less notice is given, the entire stay will be charged unless the suite can be rented. A refund will be pro-rated according to the ability to rent the suite for the same period of time.



Ellen Sawaya

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About the innkeepers

Gardening, baking, art and architecture, travel, meeting people.

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  • Time Served: 8am - 10am
  • Serving Location: screened porch weather permitting, , Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , gluten-free or other restrictions with advance notice.

Signature Dish

Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake
Bittersweet chocolate and raspberry merge in a wickedly dense and wonderfully fruity, very dark chocolate cake. It's frequently requested by returning guests - and often sliced at breakfast, too......