We have stayed at The Wilderness many times as our son & his wife live nearby in Catonsville. The Wilderness is a beautiful, secluded and quiet place to stay. Ellen is always very friendly and we enjoy visiting with her. The food is delicious too! We have stayed at a few other B&Bs in the area when The Wilderness isn't available and they do not compare at all! The Wilderness is first on our list!
If you want to get away for a few days or a week from the noise of cars and people, The Wilderness is the place to go. This lovely, well-kept old home is set in the Patapsco Valley State Park where all you'll hear is the rustling of the trees and the chirping of birds. And in the morning, your host Ellen Sawaya serves up a healthy, tasty assortment of goodies for breakfast. After breakfast, go for a walk in the park or hop in your car for a short drive to Elliott City or Catonsville where you can find several lovely restaurants and shops to explore.
The Wilderness was a lovely discovery, just minutes from other destinaions and tucked away in beautiful quiet surroundings. The common rooms and bedroom suites are simply and elegant in their decor. The breakfast frittata, fresh fruit and baked breads were a delicious breakfast!
Ellen's place is a charming old homestead in a quiet area of forest, just 15 mins from the airport. She was a friendly host who baked us a lovely homemade breakfast. The only thing that I found less appealing was that all the windows in the bedrooms had been painted shut. The bathroom window could open, fortunately so air came into the room that way.
We were so pleased with our stay. Ellen is a wonderful host and chef! The home was beautiful. We enjoyed eating breakfast on the outside porch amidst many birds chirping. We would highly recommend this B and B!
The Wilderness was a wonderful experience and rather than being "Wild" it was elegant, historical,, and a truly exceptional experience. Ellen the owner, was a delight and fixed exceptional Breakfasts which I plan to copy for family and friends (she shared her recipes also!) the home is filled with lovely antiques and each has a story which Ellen relayed. it is centrally located to Baltimore and Washington and yet you feel like you are in a very private forest all to yourselves!!! we will return....Ann Rhoades
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My husband and I had an amazing stay at The Wilderness. Ellen is really friendly and super accommodating. We stayed in the Blue and Gold room. It's split into three rooms: the bedroom, a large bathroom and a large sitting room with chairs and a second twin bed. Ellen keeps delicious treats in the dining room for guests to snack on during their stay (the thin, crispy sugar cookies were my favorite). In the morning, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast, include an apple cake and a potato, egg, sausage casserole. The other guests were a real treat, too.
I spend 50+ days in hotels around the world. I hate it. Thus, I now try to seek out alternative solutions. The Wilderness exceeded my expectations on every level. It felt like I was coming home to a family members mansion, while keeping my privacy and freedom to come and go. The Wilderness is a beautiful B&B, well managed by Ellen who made me feel very welcome, the food is excellent, and made to order. I will definitely make the Wilderness my #1 choice when visiting the Baltimore area. If you like running, the Wilderness is located about a mile from the path going next to the Baltimore-Ohio railroad in Patapsco. That's a huge plus for me. Best regards, Jan G, Oslo, Norway
My husband surprised me with a stay at The Wilderness for my birthday. The house is beautiful and Ellen is wonderful. Just the history of the house alone is a great reason to stay, but she adds excellent service to make it that much better. I love this place and can't wait to stay again. I also plan to share this gem with visiting friends and family. Thank you again for a lovely weekend getaway!