Carmel Cove Inn

105 Monastery Way , Swanton, MD 21561 USA (Show map)


"Carmel Cove Inn" is Deep Creek Lake's Premier Bed & Breakfast nestled in a tranquil wooded setting by the lake. The inn itself is the former monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers, who chose the sight for it's natural beauty and serenity. Our guests delight in canoeing, fishing and swimming from our dock, on our peaceful cove of Maryland's largest and most beautiful lake. Available at the inn are tennis courts, Jacuzzis, billiards, fireplaces and bicycles. Golf, Downhill and cross-country skiing and six State parks are within 10 minutes. The best of Deep Creek Lake Hotel & Inn Lodging



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.4
  • Value3.8
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Immensely enjoyed our stay!

5 on June 07, 2013

My husband and I decided to steal away for a weekend retreat in the dead of winter, and we were so glad we chose Carmel Cove Inn! It was like coming home, except we didn't have to do housework or make food. They even gave us a free room upgrade. The inn was quiet, peaceful and we had lots of time to ourselves, yet we knew if we needed anything, we just had to ask. The snacks, wine and breakfast was great, and made us feel very welcome! The staff put in a lot of special touches, and it felt like it was personalized for us, which it was, as there was a special note and a bottle of iced wine in our room when we checked in. The pool table and stack of CDs/DVDs came in handy. The inn is just a short walk from the lake and close to many attractions, including fine dining. I would definitely recommend Carmel Cove Inn in any season!

Leslie and Bob Leduc

5 on September 22, 2011

What a wonderful stay we had. The location is awesome and the amenities too plentiful to list...from canoes to afternoon wine and cheese. Breakfast was delicious and catered to our likes. Our room was cozy, comfortable and clean with a wonderful window. The innkeepers were very friendly and offered wonderful suggestions when asked. Thanks for making this a destination for us the next time we are in the area.

Wonderful Weekend, Can't wait to return

4.4 on October 09, 2010

While our room was small (no sitting area other than the deck) who cares, the Great Room was the center of all the activity. Everyone met there over wine and cheese (there is beer or soda in the fridge too) and got to know each other. There is a full size pool table, large flat screen TV with a Movie library and plenty of seating. Breakfast the next day was another social gathering and a chance to test our ability to remember everyone's name. It was warm enough during the day that weekend, but cooled off quickly in the afternoon; So after a day of activities, we had limited time on our private deck to enjoy the tranquility while we considered our dinner options. But don't blame the innkeeper for the weather. Beth, our hostess and most gracious provider of our wonderful breakfasts, was very attentive. Not bad for only her third week on the job. We cannot wait for warm weather next spring and summer so we can return. Lee and Michael in PA

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1.8 on August 17, 2009

we were met by one of the housekeeping staff,who told us all the rooms had been cleaned,and told us how to reach the inn keepers by phone(so we could check in).She then left and we were on our own-2 hours later we still hadn't reached the innkeepers,so we appropriated one of the rooms as we both needed to use the bathroom.(which was very small) The signature dish was more like a watery,crustless,flavourless scrambled egg dish.The french toast was also tasteless.The ham was some sort of pressed ham roll.Overall we came away feeling let down,disappointed,and not having gotten good value for our money.We've stayed in other B&Bs that cost less or the same and gotten much better value for our money.We won't be going there again-nor would we recommend it to anyone.

Best B&B ever, felt like family

5 on July 29, 2008

This was one of the nicest bed and breakfasts I have ever stayed in and well worth the money. You have access to all equipment you could need- canoes, bikes, fishing equip etc. There were a lot of couples as it is very romantic but we went with a group which was also fun. They sent us a personal invite for an evening of smores and as a suprise, gave us 5 bottles of champagne since we were celebrating a bachelor/bachelorette party. It was super clean, well decorated, and the fridge was always stacked. The little suprises such as a bottle of wine in each room and hor dervs before dinner time made it also very nice. Breakfast was delicous as well! I would def. go again!!

Great get-away!

4.2 on July 28, 2008

We stayed at Carmel Cover for a weekend in July 2008. The bed and breakfast was wonderful. It was very clean and the innskeepers were extremely accomodating. The breakfasts were the best I've ever had. I definitely recommend at stay at Carmel Cove! You will be impressed.

Best choice for our group getaway weekend!

5 on July 28, 2008

We decided come here with 5 couples for our combined bachelor/bachelorette weekend getaway. It was the best choice we could have made! I worried that after reading about all the fantastic amenities online that it would somehow fail to meet my expectations, but in fact it far exceeded them! The rooms were all beautiful and tastefully decorated, so you don't feel like you're sleeping in your grandmom's spare room. The common area had so much character, and also had snacks and drinks set out all about. We played pool and hung out in the evenings there. They had fresh pie or cinnamon rolls set out in the dining area at all times with the coffee & tea. The entire place is so neat and cozy, and VERY clean. Breakfasts were amazing and filling! We ate on the large deck with our group each morning. Keith & Heather were very accommodating to the vegetarian and picky eaters in our group. We also noticed that during the mornings, everyone who works at the inn walks around in slipper socks so as not to make noise and awaken sleepy guests! Very thoughtful. The trail through the woods wasn't too far, and we were able to go swimming off the dock and take out the inn's paddle boat and canoes. Keith and Heather were the best hosts possible! We received a warm welcome and helpful suggestions on activities. Saturday we bought picnic foods and sausages to grill up on the inn's grills. They provided the s'mores, coals, seasonings, and even brought us out a bucket of champagne for our group to celebrate our occasion! They hung out and partied with us around the fire, as did most of the other guests, and we had a wonderful evening of guitar playing, singing, eating and hanging around the fire. It was relaxing and fun and perfect. I wish we could have stayed all week. We can't wait to go back, thanks so much to the customer service that we found there that is so hard to find anymore these days. Well worth the price; you don't even need to leave! Thank you!

Absolutely relaxing

4.6 on July 22, 2008

I came to the inn with my Mom for a getaway trip for just the two of us. My Mom has gone to others and she loves to try new places. The food was absolutely fabulous and really scrumptous. We loved the idea you were close to attractions yet away from it all at the same time. The inkeepers were nice and friendly as well as their staff. The room was cozy for the two of us so if we come again we will try to get a larger room. But that is our fault since we procrastinated about making our reservations. A truely wonderful experience!

A Disappointing Stay

1.8 on August 18, 2007

Carmel Cove advertises itself as “the best location and accommodations at the lake.” We first stayed there 7 or 8 years ago. We just returned from our second stay there, during August, and found it very disappointing. The place is in need of maintenance; outside, the steps, furniture, and yards look worn. Inside, the rooms look tired; bedspreads, curtains, blinds, etc. seem not to have been replaced in years. Both mornings we got scrambled eggs, once with a fried potato cake and once with mediocre French toast; there were no rolls, muffins or bread offered, but there were some packaged pastries that stayed out all day, becoming quite unappetizing. Rooms are $175 and up, a poor value compared to other places at Deep Creek Lake, which have better accommodations and service for the same or less money. We will not return.

Innkeeper Response
This was a return guest, so she seemingly loved our inn on her first visit. I am truly sorry that her return stay was less than perfect. Her complaints are all a little vague, so I can't say exactly what the problem was with her visit....I wish she had come to us during her stay. I can say that our bedding and curtains and paint are refreshed constantly and the number one comment we receive from our guests is how clean and fresh and beautiful our inn and grounds are. I am sorry if she found our Amaretto French Toast with Fresh Strawberries and Whipped Cream to be mediocre and she certainly has a right to her own tastes, but I must insist that we never serve plain scrambled eggs, and never the same dish to our guests two days in a row. I urge this guest to please contact me so that I might address the true nature of her disappointment.

We loved Carmel Cove

5 on June 20, 2007

We really loved our stay here. My husband and I were looking for a quiet getaway for our 10th anniversary and Carmel Cove was more than we could have hoped for. The place is woodsy and casual and has such an air of a friendliness that we really felt at home. Our room was gorgeous and has french doors that went out to this huge private deck where they served out breakfast to us in our robes. We felt like royalty. There's tons to do. We took one of the canoes out on the lake to a beaver dam that Keith the innkeeper had directed us to. The inn has fishing equipment for you to use so we fished off of the dock and caught 3 fish...they were little, but they were fish! The other guests at the inn were friendly and so were the innkeepers. There is a bonfire ring for the guests out back and at night we would come back from dinner and relax around the bonfire and make smores and drink wine. It was like there was a party going on every night. Deep Creek Lake was a great place but tended toward being a little crowded and developed, but the inn was really secluded and rustic in feeling, although the rooms were really nice. The main common room was a lot of fun to hang out in playing pool and watching movies on this massive plasma tv that my husband fell in love with. We plan to go back with my parents in the fall.

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Baltimore, MD (BWI-Baltimore Washington)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Ski area

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms , Canoes, Kayak, Tennis Court, Dock & Fishing equipment, Billiards, Guest Campfire ring

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental

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  • Check In:: 4:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes on private room decks, common decks
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks
  • Cancellations: Cancellations received within five days of your arrival will be charged a cancellation fee of 50% of your stay.
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Mary Bender

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About the innkeepers

Mary is an accomplished chef and has travelled extensively. She shares her love of the outdoors with her guests.

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  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian kosher

Signature Dish

Cheesy Sausage Quiche
an old fashioned fluffy egg pie. Chock full of local amish sausage, cheddar and gruyere cheeses, herbs from our garden, in a flaky french crust.

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