If you’ve long had the dream of leaving your cubicle behind and opening up a bed and breakfast, now is your chance. Two historic inns in Maryland recently came on the market.
“Both of these properties are really beautiful and offer turnkey opportunities for someone interested in becoming an innkeeper,” said listing agent Gail Lincoln with Long & Foster’s Severna Park office.
The Solomons Victorian Inn is located on the southern tip of Solomons Island between two bodies of water. The home was built in 1906 by Clarence Davis, a prominent yacht and ship builder in the area, and it remained in his family until 1985 when it was sold and converted into a bed and breakfast.
The Inn’s 5,066-square-foot main home includes seven guest units — four of which are suites — each with private baths and water views. Guest quarters on the second floor are named after three of the yachts built by Davis and include the Orithia, Manitou and the Narada rooms. There is also the Chesapeake Sunset Suite on the second floor and the Solomons Sunset Suite on the third floor.
Common areas include a living room, an enclosed porch that seats 12, a sitting room, a separate room for spa services, a front porch, a yard that with a four-tiered fountain and a beach garden with seating.
The owners’ quarters are located in the main inn and include two outdoor areas, one private and enclosed, with a wood stove, and the other with a garden and harbor view. The private quarters feature barrel ceilings, radiant floor heat and a fireplace. The kitchen has a large center island, a beamed ceiling, an original stained glass window and a view of the harbor.
The Solomons Victorian Inn is on the market for $1.36 million.
The Moonlight Bay Inn and Marina is located in Rock Hall, on the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. It is surrounded by an English garden and is noted for its spectacular sunset views.
Built in 1880, the inn originally served as a ferry stop between Baltimore and the town’s post office. It later was a restaurant. The 10-room inn is furnished in Victorian/Queen Anne style and has five guest rooms each with private baths and water or garden views.
There are two dining rooms, a large commercial kitchen and a main level gathering room. In the 1990s, a west wing was added to the main inn that has five bay front rooms, each with a jetted tub and a balcony with water views.
Two 300-foot long piers at the inn’s marina have 52 boat slips, six boat lifts, are lighted and have individual 30 amp service, water connections, and bathrooms with showers. There is also a picnic area with grills, lounges and a screened gazebo.
Moonlight Bay Inn and Marina is on the market for $1.91 million furnished or $1.71 million unfurnished.