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About Us

An Elegant, Upscale country inn on the shore of st. Jerome’s creek and the chesapeake bay at historic st. mary’s, Maryland.

Swanendele Inn is an elegant, family-owned country inn nestled on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and St. Jerome’s Creek. It is close to St. Mary’s City and College, the College of Southern Maryland, as well as Patuxent Naval Air Station and Webster Field. St. Mary’s County offers history, outdoor recreation, and water, water everywhere! St. Mary’s has some of the earliest and finest colonial sites in the nation, War of 1812, and Civil War sites, and a rich maritime history illuminated by four picturesque lighthouses. From Amish farms steeped in tradition to the latest in aviation – St. Mary’s has it all for you to enjoy!

Swanendele Inn was constructed in traditional Southern Maryland style, with wraparound porches, multiple decks, and waterfront views from every window. Notwithstanding the “times gone by” charm of the inn, Swanendele features the latest in water and energy-saving features, such as geo-thermal heating and AC, triple-pane windows, and energy-star appliances. The suites and every room afford natural stone, thermostat-controlled fireplaces, ceiling fans, white oak floors, and marble/granite baths. The suites offer jacuzzi tubs for two with a divine view of the water and sunset – each with built-in Champagne coolers. The house is tastefully furnished with the owners’ eclectic collection of artwork and antiques gathered from all over the world.

The Swanendele property of 2.7 acres features nearly 800 feet of wraparound waterfront and a 1-acre of state-owned “wetland.” The property has been landscaped to preserve the natural character of the land and vegetation, but colorful gardens have been added, providing year-round greenery and seasonal flowers.  Swanendele Inn is in Ridge, MD on historic Southern Maryland’s Western Shore, some 70 miles from Washington, DC, Baltimore, Richmond, VA, and 12 miles South of PAX and 7 miles north of Point Lookout at the confluence of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. As St. Mary’s prepares for its’ 400th anniversary, the owners hope and trust that Swanendele Inn will become the flagship of St. Mary’s hospitality.

Suites and Rooms

Swanendele Inn features wraparound porches and waterfront views from every window. Notwithstanding the “times gone by” charm of the inn, it features the latest in water- and energy-saving features, such as geo-thermal heating and AC, hybrid heat-pump hot water, double and triple-pane windows, heavily insulated with energy-star appliances. 

The suites and every room afford natural stone, thermostat-controlled fireplaces, ceiling fans, white oak floors, and marble/granite baths. The suites offer jacuzzi tubs for two with a view of the water and sunset – each with built-in champagne coolers. The inn is tastefully furnished with the owner’s eclectic collection of artwork and antiques collected from all over the world.

Each room is named and themed after an important local landmark or historically important character. For descriptions of each suite and room, click on the “Learn More” button.

The Margaret & Giles Brent Suite

This two-room suite with a large private deck features spacious bath facilities with a large shower, a separate toilet, wet bar, and a stunning two-person jacuzzi with an incredible view of St. Jerome’s Creek and the sunset. The jacuzzi has a champagne cooler to further enhance your enjoyment. The large Margaret Brent sitting room has a natural stone gas fireplace, built-in bookshelves, a ceiling fan, and king-size bed. It adjoins the Giles Brent bed/sitting room with queen-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, ceiling fan, and separate bathroom with sky light. The total Suite, including the private deck is 983 square feet. When not rented as a suite, the Margaret and Giles Brent rooms are available individually upon request.

The Lord Leonard Calvert Suite

This suite has a large south facing, sunny private deck with roll-out awning and features a large bath facility with shower, separate toilet, wet bar, and a two-person jacuzzi with champagne cooler and views of St. Jerome’s Creek and the sunset. The large sitting/bedroom is located on the Great Room mezzanine, has a king-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, built-in bookshelves, a ceiling fan, fireplace, and private deck with south and easterly views of the gardens, St. Jerome’s Creek, and the Chesapeake Bay. The total Suite, including the private deck is 623 square feet.

The Margaret Brent Suite

When not rented as part of the Margaret and Giles Brent Suite, the spacious Margaret Brent sitting/ sleeping  room is available. With a king-size bed, natural stone (gas) fireplace, build in bookshelves, ceiling fan it features a huge bathroom with two-person jacuzzi, built-in champagne bucket, shower, separate toilet, and wet bar. Bathroom finishes are natural stone/marble/granite, European ceramic and oak. The exclusive, large private deck offers a panoramic view from sunrise to sunset of the Chesapeake Bay and St. Jerome’s Creek. The total Suite, including the private deck is 696 square feet.

The Giles Brent Room

When not rented as part of the Margaret and Giles Brent  Suite, this prime room consists of a large sitting room/bedroom with a queen-size bed, north and easterly sunrise views over St. Jerome’s Creek and Chesapeake Bay with the occasional distant view of the Point-no-Point Light house two miles off-shore. It has a king-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, ceiling fan, and separate bath with skylights. The room opens on to the mezzanine social area, wet bar, and a large deck overlooking St. Jerome’s Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. The total Room is 287 square feet.

The Captain John Smith Room

This prime room features a king-size bed and a magnificent view east over St. Jerome’s Creek and the Chesapeake Bay with the occasional distant view of the Point-no-Point Light house two miles off-shore. It has a king-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, ceiling fan, and separate bath with skylights. The room opens on to the mezzanine social area, wet bar, and a large deck overlooking St. Jerome’s Creek and the Chesapeake Bay. The total Room is 316 square feet.

The Osprey Nest Room

This charming room is exceptionally private and quiet. It has a queen-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, skylights, built-in bookshelves and dresser, waterfront views from the dormers, and marble/granite bath. Near the room is a social area, wet bar, and a deck looking out over the gardens and St. Jerome’s Creek that affords magnificent sunset views. a second deck faces west, surrounded by cherry blossoms in the spring, roses and other flowers as well as a much-visited bird feeder.  The total Room is 448 square feet.

The Point Lookout Room

This large room has a beautiful view of St. Jerome’s Creek visible through the gardens and trees as one enjoys a fresh cup of coffee in the morning. It has a queen-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, large changing room, and expansive marble/granite bath with separate toilet. It adjoins a social area, wet bar, fireplace and a deck overlooking the gardens and St. Jerome’s Creek. A second deck faces west, surrounded by cherry blossoms in the spring, roses and other flowers and has a much-visited bird feeder. The total Room is 376 square feet.

The Point-no-Point Room

This large room has a beautiful view of cherry blossoms in the spring and red roses at the window in the summer. A bird feeder outside the window is a favorite stopping point for finches, hummingbirds, and other species. St. Jerome’s Creek is visible through the trees, except in the summer when verdant foliage limits the view. The room has a king-size bed, natural stone gas fireplace, ceiling fan, and a wheelchair accessible marble/granite bath. Swanendele Inn has a disabled lift and expects an elevator to be completed later in 2019. The room adjoins a social area with a fireplace, wet bar, and a deck overlooking the gardens and water. A second, accessible deck faces west. The total Room is 320 square feet.

About the Innkeepers

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The house and site were purchased and developed by Gerald Meyerman and his wife Victoria O’Hara. Both have lived and worked all over the world in professional capacities, and the artwork and furnishings of Swanendele are a testament to the length and breadth of their travels.

They were captured by the rich history and unmatched natural beauty of St. Mary’s County. They bought the property featuring nearly 800 feet of wrap around waterfront in 2001 and slowly, meticulously planned and built the Inn between professional assignments overseas.

Swanendele Inn, LLC has a three-person innkeeper team. The innkeepers are Gerald Meyerman and Victoria O’Hara, as mentioned above; the third partner and innkeeper is Miguel Gavilanez, an American born in Ecuador where he managed the country’s leading Andean lodge. Upon coming to the U.S., he earned a degree in hospitality and has worked in prestigious establishments in the region.

The name “Swanendele” is as cosmopolitan and rooted in history as the team at the Swanendele Inn. Swanendele is derived from the Dutch word for “valley of swans.” The owners chose the name because of the pair of nesting swans residing on the property in 2001, but also because of the property’s historic links to the ill-fated Dutch colony of “Zwaanendael,” centered in the area of Lewes, Delaware but extending north through New Jersey to “New Netherlands” and “New Amsterdam” – now New York State and City.

The first innkeeper in old St. Mary’s City was Dutch-born Gerrit van Swearingen, who became the first naturalized “American” and has thousands of descendants throughout the U.S. He had been the sheriff of the Zwaanendael colony. In moving to St. Mary’s, van Swearingen found many common characteristics between the new colony at St. Mary’s and the former Dutch colonies, including freedom of religion, social tolerance, and democracy.

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