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

Great alternative to a downtown hotel.

5 on May 18, 2016

Beautiful home in a very peaceful setting, yet very convenient to Baltimore. I needed to go to a conference downtown and this was a perfect alternative to a hotel near the conference center. Very easy drive into town and while I was gone, my wife made herself at home and caught up on some reading on the porch, in the dining room, or under some trees. We stayed in the Blue and Gold room, which was very spacious. Ellen is a marvelous host. Several good options for dinner nearby (we opted for Matthew's 1600 about 5 minutes away).

Peaceful escape

4.8 on May 04, 2016

My stay at The Wilderness was exactly the retreat I needed. Even though I was arriving from a mere 10 minutes away, I found myself in what seemed to be a totally different world-- quiet, secluded, and peaceful. Ellen was a wonderful hostess and prepared tremendously delicious treats and breakfast. The suite was cozy, comfortable and welcoming. I am allergic to cats, but since the my rooms were spotlessly clean and completely free of any evidence of the kitties that live in the house, I had absolutely no problems with them. I truly had a lovely stay.

Perfect quiet getaway!

4.8 on May 04, 2016

The Wilderness B&B is the perfect place to escape and recharge. The house itself is very charming with period decor and windows so old the glass has waves in it. The grounds are beautiful. There is an enchanting stream to walk along just across the way, as well as hiking trails nearby. And even just sitting on the porch with a cup of tea and listening to the birds sing held tremendous charm. Ellen, the hostess, accommodated my early check in and was pleasant to be around. Plus, she made a delicious breakfast. I highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a quiet escape.

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

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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......