4.8 on August 29, 2018
We are a family of three sisters and our husbands - this was our third stay at The Wilderness. We love it. We sit and visit in the living room or on the porch, take walks and enjoy nature, play cards and have breakfast in the dining room and sleep well. Ellen is a gracious host - there when we need her, but giving us lots of privacy. We highly recommend The Wilderness.
5 on July 08, 2018
We only had one night at this beautiful inn, but the owner bent over backwards to make our stay enjoyable. Arrived late evening, and then spent a relaxing morning with fresh home-baked muffins, fresh coffee, juices, yogurt, granola. Had our coffee on the screened in porch just off the kitchen, listening to the birds sing outside. This is our 2nd stay at this home and we will be back whenever we are in the Baltimore area. So relaxing!!
4.6 on July 07, 2018
Ellen, the hostess, is kind, considerate, has a nice sense of humor and cooks a delicious French Breakfast Bread Pudding, and makes a great carafe of coffee!. The house is a lovely Victorian with all that means: wide wood stairs, large rooms, beautiful wallpaper, and furnishings that took me back to my childhood. The area is tranquility itself. I dined on the screened-in back porch and watched hummingbirds, orioles, and bluejays. It was exactly what I needed. The B & B is a short drive from the center of town - about 1 - 2 miles, and about the same distance from the nearest highway I-695. The house is on a country/forest road - so it is dark. I suggest you arrive while it is still daylight and familiarize yourself with the surroundings. If peace and quiet is what you want, this is the place to find it. Enjoy.
5 on July 06, 2018
My time spent at The Wilderness was lovely despite work getting in the way the last day. I really enjoyed my time there and in the nearby city. I would highly recommend The Wilderness to anyone looking for a B&B weekend.
5 on April 11, 2018
The rooms were very nice and comfortable. The breakfast was excellent, and the area is beautiful! We stayed for 2 days and we plan on staying there again when we go back to the Baltimore area. Thank you, Ellen! You are a wonderful hostess!
5 on April 02, 2018
We return time and again. Ellen's hospitality and breakfasts can't be beat. We love the Wilderness!
5 on October 19, 2017
We had a wonderful stay at this B&B. Definitely read the email instructions about how to find the house —especially if u are arriving after dark.
4.6 on October 18, 2017
Beautiful inn with fascinating history. Professional yet cordial welcome, and very comfortable accommodations. Would definitely return there when in the area.
5 on September 27, 2017
Host Ellen is a great historian and caretaker of not only a national historic register property but of the guests she honors there.
4.8 on September 20, 2017
We spent just one night at The Wilderness but loved every minute of it. If you're planning a getaway weekend in the Baltimore area, I would highly recommend staying at this lovely B & B.
5 on September 05, 2017
We have been staying here for several years when we visit family and find it to be one of the best B&B's. The location is beautiful, it is peaceful, the rooms are lovely and clean, and the food outstanding.
3.2 on August 25, 2017
The rooms here are all suites - bedroom and sitting room. The surroundings are beautiful and soothing. Hidden near the Patapsco river near Ellicott City, it is a wonderful place to spend a few quiet days.
5 on August 09, 2017
Our family enjoyed two peaceful nights at The Wilderness surrounded by lovely gardens and birds. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting our innkeeper Ellen, and had delicious breakfasts each morning. The history of the house was very interesting and the attention to detail and authentic furnishings was amazing. The inn is close to historic Ellicott City and many other points of interest. We would highly recommend a stay at The Wilderness!
5 on August 04, 2017
If you're looking for that quiet place to spend quality time with the ones you love this is the perfect home away from home. Ellen truly makes your experience at the Wilderness a treat. She is much like her beautiful cats, (that though I'm allergic had no effect on me,) in that she will engage with you as much or little as you prefer. Waking each morning to a unbelievable delicious surprise breakfast laid out for you with such care was special. The time on the porches to enjoy the beautiful foliage and nature surrounding you is amazing. The Wilderness is packed with surprises and located within perfect distance to quaint shops and a variety of restaurants. This was the perfect get away for my girls and I as we each transition to a new chapter in our lives. Thank you, Ellen for this amazing memory! We hope to return some day.
5 on July 08, 2017
We had a wonderful time at the Wilderness. The house and location were lovely, and breakfast was delicious. There was also a nice walking path not far away. I am allergic to cats but had no issues at the Wilderness b/c the rooms were kept clean and cat hair free.
5 on July 07, 2017
A beautiful house, comfortable beds, lovely views, sizable bathroom - and above all, a great cook/ hostess who was caring, accommodating and very professional. We will stay here again next time we after in the area.
5 on June 18, 2017
Ellen is the perfect hostess in her beautifully restored historic home. This B&B is surrounded by gardens and wooded park with hiking trails. Along with the usual birds and squirrels, we saw a deer, a baby ground hog, a rabbit, and a vulture. Homemade breakfast was enjoyed in the screened porch watching humming birds at a feeder. If you want something different than a plain hotel, I highly recommend this B&B.
5 on May 25, 2017
This B&B has always been my favorite...Comfy, clean, the best hostess, and she makes great weekend breakfast's. If you are in the area, its worth staying here.
5 on May 17, 2017
The Wilderness is an absolute treasure! Beautiful rooms, well kept landscaping, and conveniently located. Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a uniquely vintage experience. If you're thinking about engagement, this is a great place to propose and savor the memory with an overnight stay.
5 on April 18, 2017
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!
5 on December 04, 2016
We spent 2 nights at the Wilderness, and would definitely return in the future. Ellen was a very considerate hostess, there to answer questions and show us around, but respectful of privacy as well. The house is grand and beautifully restored, with endless period details and artistic touches. The suites are roomy and comfortable, with a nice sitting area as well as an extra bed for a third person. Close to several charming towns, the location is quiet and private. Breakfasts were delicious, and Ellen even left out a selection of apertifs for our enjoyment at the end of the day. Amazing to find a place like this so close to Baltimore, for an affordable price. Can't recommend highly enough.
4.6 on December 03, 2016
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.
5 on October 26, 2016
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!
4.8 on October 24, 2016
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.
4.8 on October 12, 2016
Gracious host, peaceful setting, delicious food, and a beautiful home with lots of history--what more could you ask for?
5 on September 28, 2016
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!
5 on August 23, 2016
Had a great stay with Ellen. The breakfast were great and we enjoyed talking with her. If you have allergies or don't like cats this would not be for you.
5 on August 22, 2016
The house was beautiful and the rooms were very comfy. I would highly recommend The Wildness to anyone who is in need of a relaxing vacation.
4.4 on July 20, 2016
Though this B&B is close to cities, it feels like it's in the wilderness. Beautiful rooms, lovely gardens--a perfect retreat.
4.8 on June 19, 2016
All good, although we wished we had a way of controlling the AC in the room. Ellen was a fantastic host and made a huge effort to meet our dietary preferences.
4.6 on May 31, 2016
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
5 on May 23, 2016
The B&B was very convenient to our activities in the area. The rooms were comfortable and quiet. Ellen was a gracious hostess and very accommodating. We would definitely stay there again.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 on November 30, 2015
We greatly enjoyed our stay!
5 on September 30, 2015
Suites were spacious and clean, the food was yummy, and Ellen is delightful! I highly recommend this B &B!
5 on September 30, 2015
Enjoyed my stay very much. Pleasant surroundings, delicious food and a most gracious hostess.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
5 on November 26, 2014
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.
4.6 on November 26, 2014
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
4.0 on October 21, 2014
Excellent bed and breakfast! And the cats are a bonus! I highly recommend The Wilderness!
5 on October 12, 2014
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!
4.8 on October 09, 2014
Staying at the Wilderness is a journey back in time. A very large old summer house. A lovely place.
5 on September 24, 2014
My husband and I stayed two nights at the Wilderness and had a wonderful time. The B&B is surprisingly only 15 minutes from BWI (if no traffic) and 5 minutes from historic Ellicott City. There is so much to do close by but we would have loved to just relax at the Wilderness and not go anywhere. The room was very impressive and clean. Breakfast was wonderful. We ate each morning on the screened porch watching the birds and petting the cats. Yes, we loved the cats! They made us feel right at home. We would definitely stay at the Wilderness again! Thanks Ellen.
5 on September 21, 2014
Great getaway for my family.
4.0 on September 15, 2014
We had a wonderful time at the Wilderness! Ellen was so friendly and accommodating. The breakfast was delicious. The only complaint I have is that a cat kept showing up in our room! I have no idea how it got there! Luckily, we are not allergic. Maybe that was mentioned on the website, but I don't recall it.
Yes, the kitties do love to go into the suites! I'm sorry they followed you in this past weekend. The only way to keep them out is to keep the suite door closed at all times except when entering/leaving. I'm afraid it's the only method that works consistently - they are very curious and want to go where they aren't allowed...... Cats will be cats. Thanks for providing the feedback; I will try to verbally remind guests they need to keep their door closed at all times to keep the suites cat-hair-free.
- Ellen (innkeeper)
5 on August 10, 2014
This is a perfectly lovely inn, minutes from town (shops & good restaurants) and minutes from the park with its fine walking trails. It's just 18 minutes from Columbia and a great place to stay if you're visiting people over there. The breakfasts were copious, fresh and excellent. We will definitely go back there.
5 on August 07, 2014
The Wilderness is an absolutely beautiful, tranquil place to stay! We loved chatting with Ellen and she provided excellent service during our stay. Our room was great--comfy bed, bright and sunny, and quiet. I would definitely book another stay here if I'm ever in the area again!
5 on July 19, 2014
My visit last year was for a joyous event (elementary school reunion), and I was smitten with the Wilderness at first sight. Room/bath were spotless & welcoming; breakfast with my housemates was scrumptious and pleasant. This trip, on the other hand, was a quick turnaround for family funeral. Nonetheless, Ellen was able to provide an experience that offered comfort and peace in the midst of sorrow. Sweets and cordials were offered in the evening, along with the continental breakfast for weekday guests. The Sullivan Suite felt like (my great-grandmother's) home. An HVAC issue early in the morning was resolved at once, even though it meant Ellen had to contact repairman before going to work. Home alone, I spent the hours before the funeral strolling the evocative and restful gardens. There is something special about a B&B which offers that historic feel travelers seek w/o seeming self-conscious or staged. As before, Ellen was a gracious hostess and the overall experience was perfection. Looking forward to fall, when our next reunion will afford me the opportunity to once again escape to the Wilderness.
4.6 on July 17, 2014
I loved this house and I appreciated how so much attention to detail was given in the decor to keep everything from around the same period. I enjoyed the freshness of our breakfasts and I liked how there were treats left out at night. We stayed in the Patapsco Suite and I really liked how much natural light our room had, as well.
5 on June 23, 2014
The Wilderness was an excellent choice for our recent stay in the Baltimore area. You're driving through miles and miles of highways, city, and suburbs, turn off onto a small road, and suddenly you're in the woods. It's quiet. No traffic. Almost seems like you've crossed through a portal into some other world. Ellen was a very gracious host. She got up early to make us breakfast, since we had an early departure. Our room was clean and comfortable. And we enjoyed a casual stroll through the garden.
4.8 on June 11, 2014
Beautiful home; super-comfy rooms and bed; good food; spectacular location!! Ellen was extremely friendly and helpful. All in all, a Wonderful stay at the Wilderness!! Thank you!
4.6 on June 08, 2014
We were impressed by the Old home, it smelled a little musty when we first entered, but I think old houses are like that. Our room was very spacious and had all the amenities we needed to make our stay very comfortable. We had good weather so we could enjoy an open window at night. I am not sure the home has air conditioning. The view from the porch was so nice and the breakfast was timely and good. Our host was mindful and helpful as well as kind. Great location.
4.4 on May 28, 2014
We stayed here for two nights - super easy base-of-operations for going into downtown Baltimore and also seems to be surrounded by some really cute small towns and rural areas. I wish we had had more time to explore. Ellen was great - amazing breakfasts and great conversation with other guests. I highly recommend.
5 on May 22, 2014
Don't usually enjoy B&Bs - just not my thing. But really was wonderful!! The room was large with a sitting room and ensuite, welcoming to children, beautiful location and the food was great.
4.2 on May 22, 2014
Ellen was a charming hostess. Our stay was pleasant and held delightful surprises, like cordials available in the evenings and chocolates next the beds. Spacious rooms with antique furniture. Our 9 year old son couldn't understand why anyone would want to stay in a hotel if you could stay at the Wilderness.
4.4 on May 08, 2014
I've stayed at numerous b&bs around North America, and The Wilderness is the second best of all the bunch. Ellen is a terrific and very accommodating hostess. One of our party has celiac disease, and Ellen was gracious enough to supply not only gluten-free breakfast options, but also to bake up some gluten-free peanut butter cookies as one of her afternoon treats. Cat lovers will be pleased to make the acquaintance of the sociable household cats. People allergic to cats will be pleased to know that none of the cats are allowed into the private rooms. One of our party is allergic to cats, and had no significant trouble from cat dander. (However, pollen was plentiful in the region, so be aware of environmental problems.) My favorite part of the inn was the screened back porch, providing sunshine, fresh air, and plenty of bird watching opportunities with three separate feeders around the porch. So peaceful and pleasant! I highly recommend The Wilderness.
5 on April 25, 2014
My fiance and I stayed at The Wilderness while in town visiting family. It was a beautiful place to stay, with a large suite (the Sullivan Suite), and amazing breakfast cooked by Ellen who owns the place. Would definitely recommend!
5 on March 13, 2014
all items to be reviewed were class A. had a good nite sleep and good conversation at breakfast
4.4 on February 20, 2014
Excellent B&B. Lots of wildlife. We saw a small heard of 6 deer, an owl, dozens of birds. The rooms were clean, large, homey, each with their own sitting room and bathroom. Service was great. Great location only 10-15 min from Baltimore and a better value than any of the hotels in the area. Great hot breakfast, scrambled eggs, sausage, fruit bowl, muffins. I don't know why anyone would want to stay in a hotel when you could have an room with sitting room, private bath, hot homemade breakfast (not the powdered eggs buffet style), wildlife, and so close to the city! Great place, excellent value!
4.4 on December 28, 2013
My husband and I stayed in the Sullivan room for one night. We were really impressed with the Wildnerness! It's a beautiful old home that the owner has decorated to maintain the historic feel. It has lots of unique touches, but isn't tacky or overdone. Our suite was spacious and comfortable with a bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom. Breakfast was delicious, and the owner was incredibly accommodating, preparing a hot breakfast an hour earlier than planned to meet our schedule.
5 on November 06, 2013
Stunning surroundings (early November), well-thought out details in lovely rooms, beautifully laid-out home--there's a lot of common space so you feel like the place is yours to wander. A wrap-around porch, a back screened-in porch beckon you outdoors. Slept so comfortably. Scrumptious breakfast (I went back for thirds). Kind, knowledgeable hostess, and CATS! I did not want to leave. I'd definitely go again and hopefully for a longer stay next time. Thank you, Ellen!
5 on November 02, 2013
The house and grounds are immaculately maintained, with a fascinating history which the owner shared with us. Wooded walking trails at Patapsco State Park are nearby; also, lots of restaurants and a great wine store within a couple of miles. We would highly recommend this B and B.
5 on October 23, 2013
My family was all very pleased with the accomadations at the Wilderness B&B.
5 on October 15, 2013
Very nice a beautiful setting.
3.2 on October 07, 2013
A nicely restored Victorian estate tucked into the woods, just a stone's throw from historic Ellicott City.
4.8 on October 07, 2013
My husband and I were visiting relatives in Catonsville. The Wilderness was a much more convenient location than hotels in Baltimore or near the airport. Our suite (Sullivan) was large, bright, and much more comfortable than typical hotels. The bed was extremely comfortable. The bath modern and clean. Great water pressure (not something you always find in older B & B's). The historic house is charming. Breakfast on the porch was a delight. The property makes you feel as if you are "away from it all" amid the tall pine trees - even though you are just minutes from town. The innkeeper, Ellen, is gracious and accommodating. We will definitely stay here again on our next visit.
4.6 on September 23, 2013
The house is absolutely beautiful and impeccably decorated. The ownee is very sweet and an excellent cook as well! The house cats are too cute with quirky personalities. You will love your stay here! As per old homes though, outlets are a littke hard to find in the rooms.
5 on September 23, 2013
We completely enjoyed our stay. We felt so much at home and Ellen was a wonderful Innkeeper. Breakfast was delicious! Our rooms were large and roomy. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were soft and clean. She has spared nothing in decorating the Inn and her taste is of the highest quality. Even the cats showed a charming quality. Loved it totally.
3.4 on September 15, 2013
beautiful setting peaceful comfortable beds and pillows closet in Sullivan Suite needs to be refurbished
4.8 on September 12, 2013
Close to Baltimore but definitely in the "country", the Wilderness proved to be a beautiful, idyllic place to get away from day to day concerns. The house is both historic and well furnished and the guest rooms (or rather suites) spacious and very comfortable. The owner, Ellen, is a gracious hostess and talented chef! Breakfast was delicious and filling. As our travels bring us to Baltimore, the Wilderness will be where we hope to stay.
5 on September 11, 2013
My sister and I stayed just a night at The Wilderness last weekend and it was perfect. It was exactly what we were looking for, and exactly as shown on the website. The mansion is beautiful and the history is facinating. Ellicott City, a very short distance away, was perfect for walking around, dining, and shopping. We wanted an escape from big city life for a relaxing yet active weekend and with the state park so close we got just that. We did a little hiking, a little running, and had a picnic in the park. Ellen is a great hostess and the breakfast she made was delicious. My sister and I sat on the porch drinking coffee for an hour after the meal and it was perhaps the best part of the weekend. We watched birds fly around while overlooking the garden. I will recommend The Wilderness to friends and return myself.
5 on September 06, 2013
My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at "the Wilderness". To be able to stay in a place that is so beautiful, personal and well cared for is a treat. Our hostess Ellen is a warm and caring woman that is nice to be around as well as being a fine baker and cook. Lots of space in our suite, a comfortable porch to feel at home in and delicious breakfast to start the day. Could not ask for more!
4.6 on September 04, 2013
We stayed here for a couple of nights for our Wedding Anniversary. It was an absolutely tremendous place, nestled in the woods and pretty "remote". Rooms were great, patio outside was a nice place to hang out, gorgeous grounds with lots of wildlife, butterflies, hummingbirds, and quite serene. Would not, and will not, hesitate to stay here again. It was a great getaway, and one jillion times better than staying at a regular hotel for what we wanted.
4.6 on August 02, 2013
We stayed at the Wilderness to celebrate a wedding anniversary last year, and liked it so much that we celebrated this year's anniversary there, as well. The home is a beautifully restored, very old estate bordering on the state park ... a more beautiful and peaceful setting would be hard to imagine.
5 on June 12, 2013
Many B&B's offer superior facilities, friendly and accommodating hosts, and excellent, if not gourmet, breakfasts. Virtually all B&B's, to my mind can be nit-picked, whether fairly or not. Ellen Sawaya and The Wilderness will always stand head and shoulders above the rest in our view because of her more than accommodating cheerfulness and willingness to work with us during a trying time when our son was undergoing serious surgery. Yes, the facilities were far above par, the food service more than met our needs, and the amenities were well laid and thought out. Our thanks and appreciation to Ellen, who made our stay a bright spot in an otherwise difficult trip. Thank you, Ellen, and you can bet your bottom bippie we'll return for second helpings not only of your bright and pleasant companionship, but the delicious cakes and homemade breads you leave out for your travel, and in our case, life weary guests.
4.0 on June 12, 2013
We very much enjoyed our visit to the Wilderness, everything was just lovely.
4.2 on June 12, 2013
Thangs to Ellen Sawaya, we had a lovely stay in her old lovingly restored former country manor. A positive experience beyond the usual.
5 on June 08, 2013
We had a lovely time during our stay at the Wilderness B&B. Ellen was a hostess, lovely to talk to and a pleasure to deal with. The breakfasts were wonderful. The rooms were beautiful and everything we needed was provided for us. My favorite "room" was the porch...it was so relaxing to sit out on the porch and listen to the variety of birds and look at the beautiful settin. Can't wait to visit my son so we can stay at the Wilderness again.
4.4 on June 03, 2013
This is great older home with a very personable owner. So much better than any hotel I though about going to. The cake is delicious and was very nice surprise. Thank you for sharing your home
5 on June 02, 2013
This is a lovely old house with large rooms, very comfortable beds, delicious breakfasts, and a very hospitable hostess. I recommend it.
5 on May 22, 2013
The room was huge, the house was, clean, the food was delicious and our hostess was friendly and efficient. We will be back.
5 on May 15, 2013
The Wilderness is a very cool 18th/19th century home located about 10 minutes west of Baltimore City proper. I took my wife and 5-year-old daughter there for a night, mostly because my wife and I are always hunting for a place to get away. We usually wouldn't bring our daughter along to a place like this, but the chips fell where they did, and actually I'm glad she got to experience the place. The house and grounds are very appealing visually, and because the house is utterly surrounded by the dense woods of Patapsco State Park, we felt much further from home than we actually were (we live 5 min away). And although the house itself is more-or-less period furnished, it's never oppressive--in other words, this is a house that wants to be enjoyed, not gawked at like some untouchable snapshot of a bygone era. The photos on the site represent the place well, although the rooms were MUCH larger than I expected. For me, the ultimate test of a place like this is how well I sleep. You can be at the greatest place on earth, but if you can't sleep, it's not a good time. I can honestly say that I slept as well here as I do at home, which is a rare and wonderful thing. The beds are comfortable and the rooms reasonably-well appointed, and the owner (Ellen) I'm sure would do anything to make sure you were comfortable. Breakfast was really good - my only regret is that my appetite wasn't bigger! My daughter liked playing with the cats, who were very friendly, and she also I think liked the dollhouse like qualities of the house. She also liked wandering around the grounds and checking out the wildlife. One thing I would recommend: if you bring a young child or you're the type that likes to watch TV for relaxation, bring a portable DVD player with you because there's no cable TV here (and there shouldn't be), although there is wifi Internet. We do this automatically when we travel, mostly for my daughter. Overall a great time, highly recommended.
5 on January 23, 2013
LOVED this place!!! The owner/hostess was so generous with her home, we felt as though it was ours. The breakfasts were delicious and healthy and on the day we left she evven made us a go-to breakfast!! The propertyt is amazing so historic and set in the most beautiful forrest setting. The wildlife and views were a treat every day. Hope we can return again very soon.
4.4 on December 03, 2012
The house is beautiful, with huge suites, large windows, etc. Our hostess was very friendly and a very good cook - the orange chocolate cake in the afternoon was a particular treat. She made our 9-year-old son very welcome as well. The location is great for hiking and visiting Ellicott City. We enjoyed our visit and hope to return.
4.8 on November 09, 2012
The Wilderness was a very special experience for my wife's birthday weekend getaway. Quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but then convienent to Ellicot City and Baltimore/Washington. Ellen was the best host we have experienced in our B&B stays and in reflection we honestly felt more like family than guests. We highly recommend a stay at The Wilderness.
5 on November 05, 2012
Quiet, comfortable, and excellent breakfasts.
4.8 on October 10, 2012
Very nice, close to home, get away. Food was unique and declicious. the whole house was beautifully decorated and the bed was comfortable. We were made to feell right at home by our hostess. We have already recommended it to friends.
5 on October 03, 2012
The Wilderness Inn is over 100 years old (and has had only four owners in all that time!). The suites are delightfully decorated and spacious. Lots of light from those big windows.. Very comfy bed. The grounds are lovely and surrounded by woods, so it's a peaceful, quiet place. The innkeeper, Ellen, is very friendly and a pleasure to talk with. She also makes the best chocolate cake in the world! Snacks are always available, and breakfast was excellent. I spent two nights and wished I could have stayed longer.
4.2 on September 22, 2012
we love this place 2nd time we stayed here.Both times were great.very relaxing ,clean and close to hiking.
5 on September 15, 2012
A glimpse into the past right in our own backyard. We live in Catonsville but needed a local place to stay while our house was being worked on and this turned out to be a great find.. So glad we stayed here and will definitely recommend the Wilderness to friends and family.
5 on September 12, 2012
I grew up in nearby Catonsville and had no idea that this wonderful BnB existed. It is perfectly located for a visit to Baltimore. The house is beautifully maintained, with modern renovations that preserve the antique look and feel. We had a two-room suite with a private bathroom accessible from both rooms, so my kids got their own space while my partner and I got privacy. Ellen provides a "continental" breakfast on weekdays (quality cereals, fruit, zucchini bread, coffee, juice -- the presentation was excellent) and cooks on the weekends. We had pancakes, eggs, sausage... It was served on the lovely enclosed back porch. Deer could be seen in the yard. An excellent Mediterranean restaurant (Dimitri's) is at the top of the road -- half is a sports bar, great for couples, and the other half is a family-friendly dining room. Historic Ellicott City is 5 minutes away (by car) and Baltimore's Inner Harbor is only 20 minutes away. You can do the city by day and then come home to a county house. Highly recommended.
3.4 on September 12, 2012
We stayed at The Wilderness to stay close to family, but not too close. It is very convenient to Baltimore and the freeway system. The suite that we had (Sullivan) was large and comfortable. The AC was wonderful at night. We drove to Patapsco park which is only a few minutes away and took a nice, long walk in a beautiful setting. The breakfast was delicious and Ellen is a gracious host. Will definitely stay again when we have family events in the area.
4.4 on August 23, 2012
This beautiful B&B near Ellicott City is perfect for a weekend away from DC. Our innkeeper, Ellen, was so fun to talk to and easy going. Ellicott City had great shops and hiking-perfect for my retreat weekend. I am definitely coming back soon.
5 on August 02, 2012
We went for the first time to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. We had a wonderful time. The food was delicious, and the room we stayed in was spacious and beautiful. We stayed in the gold and blue suite, which has a view of the back yard. It is surrounded by woods and is very peaceful.
5 on August 01, 2012
The rooms and setting are wonderful. Beautiful setting, and Ellen is a very gracious host. We'd like to make this a recurring event. The location is very convenient to Baltimore, Annapolis, not to mention the historic town of Ellicott City.
4.8 on July 31, 2012
Ellen was very hospitable and made us feel at home right away. The room was roomy for two people. Beautiful and relaxing house and grounds. Cats were very friendly. The breakfast was great!!!!! Ellen took into consideration all my breakfast requests.
5 on July 10, 2012
Ellen has a gorgeous property, and really interesting and fantastic decor. My wedding party and I spent a great deal of time looking at all of the historic relics in amazement. The cats are so sweet, and I slept sweetly. We were very happy the day of my wedding to have the most yummy, and filling breakfast to start our day off right. Ellen is extremely sweet, and a pleasure to chat with, but was also unobtrusive to our morning wedding tasks. I live nearby and would confidently recommend the Wilderness Bed and Breakfast to those looking for a nice place to stay when visiting
4.6 on June 15, 2012
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5 on May 27, 2012
Yes, this house is my dream, more than I expected before....
5 on March 29, 2012
We were in town for a funeral and were so thankful to have this beautiful, quiet establishment and gracious host to come "home" too! Thanks Ellen!!!
5 on March 28, 2012
The wilderness offers a true authentic (a word often misused in reviews) stay at a beautifully kept old American house without all the fluff and 'faux' romantic accessories of many Inn's and B&B's of this kind. The host is warm and welcoming, not afraid to have a two year old as a guest on the premises and the rooms are peaceful. Even if you're just around on business this place will make you feel like you're on a little getaway immediately. Tip: leave the laptop closed and go for a hike in the nature park where the B&B is located.
5 on March 25, 2012
We always return to this special b&b when we come to Baltimore. Truly an original experience.
4.6 on December 06, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay at The Wilderness. The Inn is just beautiful with period furnishings and gardens. Ellen made our stay inviting, especially with a delicious breakfast. The beds were very comfortable, and while the antique chairs or settees are lovely, they aren't the most comfortable to sit in for a long period of time. I would certainly recommend The Wilderness and hope to return.
4.2 on October 19, 2011
It was a great experience...the whole house was impeccable, the cats gave to the house a sense of ownership, the surroundings outside and inside was a step in the past...for a minute I was day dreaming on the activities at that time, the food cooked in the old stove in the kitchen, the rooms decorated with candor, the white vintage dress left out hanging at a room's door as an evidence of time...it was perfect
4.6 on August 25, 2011
My two daughters, mother, and I stayed at the lovely "Wilderness" on a spur of the moment get-away. It was a delight from the moment we drove up the long driveway and caught sight of the beautiful old house. We stayed in the Blue and Gold Suite, which was very spacious and easily accommodated the four of us. (In fact, the only slight downside was having to pay extra for my two daughters, age 7 and 12). Ellen had left us an afternoon treat, and then we explored Ellicott City. The breakfast the next day was delicious - homemade, somewhat unusual goodies - in a good way -- made even better by the location on the back porch, surrounded by her flowers and birds at the bird feeder. A true country retreat - hard to believe how close to Baltimore!~ I would definitely return. Ellen runs a first class B&B and is the epitome of hospitality.
5 on August 23, 2011
Newly wed, and after a long day, the Wilderness was a great place to spend the evening and morning. Quiet, and in the middle of the Patapsco Forest, the Wilderness was perfect for us. Highly recommended!
5 on August 14, 2011
Facebook, twitter, e-mails, internet chatter, incessant digital cacophony of life...it all disappears in a flash when you spend a little time at The Wilderness. So restful and peaceful, I could while away the day just sitting on the patio watching the endless parade of goldfinches and hummingbirds, reading the paper on the lovely wraparound porch, or just laying about in the lovely Sullivan Suite, reading a book, feeling the muscles and mind relax. Aaaaaaaaaah. Thanks, Ellen.
4.8 on July 15, 2011
I came in town for a wedding this month and spent 2 nights at The Wilderness. I love old houses, and this one is well preserved and beautifully decorated. The bed was really comfortable - I wish I had one like it at home. Food was very good, lots of sweet things when I was there - although it's my understanding that Ellen (the inn keeper) will cook for special diets when requested. All in all, I highly recommend this B&B, the location is great and the house/suite very very nice. Although I don't travel to this area very much, I would definitely stay again if I return for some reason.
3.8 on July 09, 2011
was a nice quick escape from the daily grind.. close to Ellicott City for some nice dinner and drinks... house was quiet and grounds were nice..
3.0 on July 04, 2011
Nice large room in an old house, with central air. Very comfortable bed. Furniture age appropriate but not in very good condition. Every old chair had worn out springs, and was uncomfortable. Freshly prepared baked goods daily for serve yourself breakfast. Very private, rural setting.
Your point regarding the chairs in one of my suites is well taken. I've made some repairs and will spend a few weeks/a month this summer hunting for some comfortable, but period appropriate easy chairs for one suite. The other 3 suites have comfortable seating available. I appreciate your feedback!
- Ellen (innkeeper)
4.4 on June 27, 2011
Really enjoyed Ellen, the proprietor. She was very welcoming and such a pleasure to get to know. The surroundings are just beautiful.
5 on June 01, 2011
The suites were very spacious and beautifully decorated. Ellen is a kind and caring host. The property is so wonderful and peaceful. Breakfast on the porch was delicious and was only topped by the sweet symphony of nature outside. We will be back! Thank you Ellen.
4.2 on April 08, 2011
This was our first visit to The Wilderness B&B, but it won't be our last. The innkeeper is a wonderful person - not intrusive, but friendly and helpful. The house itself is a treasure, and the bed was VERY comfortable!
4.4 on February 23, 2011
Our suite was spacious and lovely and the inn was an excellent location, convenient to all our destinations but off the main road in a gorgeous wooded area. Ellen was a marvelous host especially considering there were some difficulties with our reservation (which seem to have been my fault(bad spam filter!!!)) We will definitely recommend!
4.8 on December 01, 2010
My husband and I were highly impressed during our stay at the Wilderness. The rooms were large, clean, tastefuly decorated. Ellen was wonderful. Breakfasts were freshly made and tasty. We are just waiting for a reason to stay again.
5 on November 30, 2010
Wanted to spend a weekend away at the spur of the moment this fall, and we found The Wilderness on the Bed and Breakfast website. We arrived at night time, and were glad we took directions Ellen sent us, since it could have been tough to find without them. We walked into this fabulous entry way and it was love at first sight! The house is great, Ellen is friendly, the food was tasty and her little black and white cat was just wonderful. I'm not sure if we'll be back soon since it was a splurge for us, but we had a great weekend and have recommended it to all of our friends. We want to see it at Christmas time, it must be just wonderful. Thanks for a great weekend!!
5 on November 28, 2010
we had the family in town for a celebration and put them up at the Wilderness -- Ellen was very accommodating, the B&B was lovely, and the family was thrilled.
3.2 on November 17, 2010
very nice and spacious room; great location; continental breakfast could have been better-ok that it was a cold breakfast but granola, better fruit, juice selection, etc
4.0 on November 16, 2010
My husband, our Rotary exchange high school student, and I stayed at The Wilderness recently for the first time. I found it on the internet as we needed a place to stay when visiting my mom at Charlestown. The house is beautiful and inviting. Our suite was perfect since our student could have her own room. Breakfast was delicious - just perfect. And, Ellen was delightful - a great time. Hope we have a chance to visit again!
4.6 on October 15, 2010
Loved the house, loved the decor, loved the garden and the environment. Altogether lovely!
5 on October 12, 2010
Although only 5 minutes from our home this beautiful spot provides us an idyllic sanctuary that takes us completely out of the hectic day to day and connects us to another time where we can sit, talk, breathe and relax.
3.6 on October 10, 2010
Great location and pricing. Breakfast was smaller than I thought it would be but it was spot on delicious.
5 on September 05, 2010
Our short visit at the Wilderness was very relaxing. The property was beautiful, our suite was large and very unique, and the innkeeper was more than accommodating. We enjoyed breakfast and great conversation with the other visitors while taking in the amazing view from the cozy screened-in porch. We would love to visit the Wilderness again!
4.0 on August 23, 2010
My husband and I stayed at the Wilderness Inn for 2 nights in August and had a very nice visit. The house is old and well maintained and the rooms are oversized. Our suite consisted of 2 huge rooms and a gigantic bathroom. The bed was comfortable. Ellen was available without being intrusive and prepared lovely breakfasts for us, everything was made fresh. We were the only guests at the time which was nice. We sat on the screened porch off the kitchen and enjoyed the view of the lovely garden while we ate. The Inn is tucked away on beautiful grounds, very private but you are only 5 minutes away from Historic Ellicott City and Patapsco State Park. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to others. One caveat...there are 3 full size cats in residence (not in the individual suites). We are cat lovers so for us that was a bonus.
5 on August 16, 2010
Every year, I get together with some high school buddies for a couple of days. The Wilderness B&B was a perfect location and Ellen was a great hostess. Rooms were clean and beautiful. We had the place to ourselves and enjoyed sitting on the back porch and retelling stories going back 40+ years. This would be a great location for a golf trip too as room arrangements are perfect, reasonably priced and there are some nice courses nearby. Very nice place.
5 on August 14, 2010
We are repeat guests at this beautiful home. Easy to come and go as you please. Or relax in the beautiful parlor or back porch. The forested grounds are full of all kinds of plants and flowers. Our host Ellen is like family to us now since we visit several times a year.
4.4 on August 05, 2010
What can I say? Ellen has a beautiful home, and is very accommodating. Breakfast was a house special, beautiful, and very delicious and refreshing. The room was cozy, quiet, and just a nice retreat after a night on the town.
5 on July 15, 2010
This was a fabulous place to celebrate our 29th anniversary. It was 5 minutes away from historic Ellicott City. We loved the decor, spaciousness and seeing deer outside our window. In the morning a lovely breakfast awaited us on the porch. We would recommend this place to anyone seeking a seeking a stylish b and b in the countryside near a major city.
5 on August 19, 2009
This Victorian treasure was conveniently located and the room was comfortable, clean & affordable. Great hostess made the stay a pleasure!
5 on July 29, 2009
Food & service wonderful.
5 on July 11, 2009
The place was beautiful. Very peaceful inside a state park. Breakfast was delicious and the hostess was very helpful and friendly. It is also very convenient -it is located 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore and BWI airport.
5 on June 24, 2009
The place was beautiful and perfect for what we needed it for. Breakfast was fantastic and the hostess was so friendly and nice. We really could not have asked for anything better. We live in the area and will definitely be back.
5 on October 30, 2008
you will step back in time into a less complicated, more gracious, and quiet time. With comfort and delicious food, beautiful setting, creative comforts are met and you leave refreahed!
5 on August 28, 2008
what a wonderful place! we loved walking around the grounds and sitting on the porch for our breakfast. a great way to relax! we enjoyed visitng with Ellen - she made us feel right at home - even got a great recipe from her! of course, the resident kitties were very hospitable, too!
4.6 on August 27, 2008
Seven members of my family stayed in this beautifully restored mansion buried deep in the quiet woods off the winding turns of Thistle Rd between Catonsville and Ellicott City. There were other guests too -- and yet there was lots of room for everyone. The grounds are visited by humming birds and we heard a hoot owl -- it was a full moon. The owner is a very gracious, welcoming, and easy going hostess. Breakfast can be taken on the screened dining porch off the kitchen, or on the veranda you can see in the photo. The chocolate cake and cookies at bed time were great too.
5 on July 23, 2008
A 200 year-old family home located in the middle of a state park managed by a creative and warm host.
4.6 on July 12, 2008
The Wilderness allows one to feel the peace and quite away from all the hustle bustle of the daily grind. The space inside and outside of the home is so large and spacious one can kick back and pretend that they are truely 100's of miles away from civilization. It is so nice then to get rejuvinated and go out to dinner in near by Baltimore or Ellicott City.
5 on July 07, 2008
It is like going into a different era and country even though it is only a few miles from Catonsville. The rooms are immaculate and very elegant. Ellen, the keeper is very friendly and informative and a great host. Her baked treats are fantastic! I would recommend the Wilderness to anybody who wants peace and quiet in an old historic mansion..............
4.0 on July 07, 2008
I can't imagine a nicer place! The lovely setting, and the beautiful home, just took my breath away. Then, I went inside and felt like I had time warped back to another era. Fabulous! The chocolate cake was out of this world good. The Wilderness certainly has my vote for the best B and B!
5 on July 06, 2008
This is the most ideal place in an ideal and tranquil setting! The owner is wonderful and quite helpful and her home-made baked goods are to die for! The inn is an old and beautifully restored home and the grounds are exquisite. I can't wait to return to the Wilderness!
5 on June 30, 2008
This Inn is a find, as we are so lucky to have found it. We travel frequently to Catonsville to visit family and we look forward to our stay at the Inn. The house is full of history, and you are made to feel welcome and comfortable there and Ellen is a wonderful hostess. Thank you for sharing this wonderful house with all of us.
5 on June 05, 2008
beautiful home, grounds, and garden. wonderful breakfast and baked goods which were always available.the hostess was very nice.
4.4 on May 28, 2008
It meticulously kept. Food-great. Hostess was gracious and informative. Directions given by hostess excellent.
4.4 on November 14, 2007
Less then a quarter mile from civilization, yet it feels 100 miles back in the woods, quiet, peaceful, in a house filled with old time luxury. The rooms are just wonderful, and Ellen is a great host. If you are looking for a peacefull, relaxing, place to stay, you cannot beat the Wilderness.
4.6 on November 13, 2007
A wonderful place to relax. Beautiful house, great rooms, wonderful baked goods, friendly owner, and even more friendly cats. We really enjoyed our stay
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your very complimentary review. I'm honored to be your first B&B experience, and trust you will have many more relaxing and enjoyable stays in B&Bs in the future. However, the kitties do want to be your favorite kitties in the world, so they hope you don't meet friendlier felines in the future.
- Ellen (innkeeper)
5 on October 24, 2007
If your business or pleasure takes you to the Baltimore area, I can think of no finer place to stay. If you're looking for peace and quiet in an elegant, rural setting that's also close to a major urban area and quaint smaller towns, I would recommend The Wilderness and Ellen's warm hospitality. It was a wonderful stay!
5 on September 21, 2007
This 1799 home is elegant and home-like at the same time. Ellen's hospitality is warm and comfortable. A most enjoyable experience.
5 on August 19, 2007
The Wilderness is a beautiful home, but more importantly it is comfortable and Ellen provides a warm, inviting atmosphere. Sitting on the screened in porch in the back overlooking the wooded area makes all the tensions of the world fade away.
5 on August 15, 2007
We have stayed at many B&B's over the years and rank The Wilderness as our favorite. We love the elegance of the home and grounds and Ellen's gracious hospitality and delicious goodies. Our stays at The Wilderness have always been a delight. Thank you Ellen.