HOT HOUSE: 3251 Gamber Road, Finksburg, Carroll County 21048
Cold Saturday Farm, historic Federal period stone colonial, built in 1765 for the Governor to the King of England. Seven bedrooms, 4 ½ baths, on 45 acres with barn and carriage house: $2,889,000
What: Half-an-hour from Baltimore, 17 minutes from the McDonogh School, is an idyllic stone mansion, architecturally significant and steeped in history, named by the King of England. Truly. Here, a sweet, bucolic life could be played out in spades. A herd of Black Angus? Miniature donkeys? Gardening? Civil War Reenactments? All possible here on a centuries-old farm, complete with bridges and streams, vistas and fields, all of which have been beautifully maintained. The house is in good shape, too, with beautiful carved bookcases and moldings, a large country kitchen and epic fireplaces. Forced air heat and central air.
Where: In Finksburg. That’s Finksburg, six miles south of Westminster. Never been there, but it sounds really nice. Finksburg boasts a new library, a central facility of the National Security Association, (summer internship possibilities for teenagers …) and a great baseball league in nearby Roaring Run Park. Fred Gwynne, aka Herman Munster, is buried there, in an unmarked grave. To get there, take Rt. 795 north about 8 miles to Rt. 140. (Exit 9B toward Westminster.) At the intersection of Rt. 140 and Rt. 91, take a left. Gamber Road is the name of Rt. 91 on that side of Rt. 140. House is a mile or so on the left.
Why: You can legitimately wear Wellington boots all day long.
Would Suit: Landed gentry. You are landed gentry, right?
NB: Dinner parties in Finksburg might not be the sparkling affairs you’re used to. On the other hand…