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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Smith Island cottage description
Smith Island Cottage with Private Dock:
Smith Island is Maryland's only inhabited island that is accessible only by passenger ferries or private boat. Enjoy an Eastern Shore experience in a Historic Smith Island waterman's cottage.
Your own private dock with 6 feet of water can accommodate boats up to 40 ft. Cottage and dock overlook Shank's creek, marsh and the bay with beautiful sunsets. Wonderful fishing, crabbing, kayaking and bicycling.
New map of kayaking trails on Smith Island is available. The island and adjoining Martin refuge is a birders paradise. Right from the dock you can see ospreys, blue herons and many types of shore birds. There is fishing nearby for striped bass (rockfish) blues, croakers and trout; charters are available .
- Vacation Rental
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Private dock with 5 ft depth
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Grill
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bicycles and kayaks and canoe available. No charge for renters.
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Relaxing and Quirky!
Relaxing and Quirky!
I've been to Smith Island before but to Tylerton not Ewell or Rhodes Point so we had an idea of what to expect in this waterman community among the marsh and Bay. Within a few minutes on the ferry we were chatting with residents and finding out all about what events were happening on the island that weekend and where to get good pizza. We tried to plan out the logistics of getting our stuff and our 20 month old son to Rhodes Point from Ewell but ending up winging it which thankfully worked out fine. Cpt. Terry drove us and our stuff in his pick up to our house for just a few extra dollars. While we waited for them to empty the truck bed of deliveries before they could drive us to Rhodes Point we slipped into Rukes and ordered some crab cakes and milkshakes to go. When we got to the house we were so excited to see how stocked it was with all the things you forget to bring especially when you're trying to pack lightly. Also, the kayaks and canoe were in excellent condition, although the bikes were missing some tire plugs so had a tendency to deflate some. Fortunately every basket had a tire pump. Once we opened up the windows in the house the breeze from the water filled the spaces and it was clear we were going to enjoy our weekend. We spent much of our time on the dock waving to everyone who passed by and ventured out with the little one in the canoe which was surprisingly easy and so memorable! The mosquitos weren't that bad but if the breeze dropped no amount of spray would keep the sand gnats from biting. That didn't stop us from having one of the best short family vacations yet. We will absolutely come back and maybe even make it a family tradition! Smith Island is one of the most unique places you will ever visit but it is relaxing and quirky and makes for great time. I forgot to speak to the travel review questions. The house was tidy and very clean considering the remote location and the marsh environment. The photos described the property to a tee except the house is along a road with many other houses and is not all by itself but that didn't bother us at all. Charlotte was incredibly sweet on the phone and answered all of our many questions. She was even available when I called upon arrival for a few questions. There aren't a lot of traditional vacation "activities" but you can't beat waking up and jumping in a canoe or kayak for a morning float or just grabbing your coffee and sitting on the dock to bird watch (It should be called Egret Island!)
- Guest leana (baltimore)
- Date of stay 09/27/12
- Review Submitted 10/19/12
Recommended for: Families with young children.
Smith Island is a really remote place, which is what attracted us to this rental. The only transportation (at the time of year we went) was a ferry out of Crisfield, MD, which cost us $120 round trip. We invested a good amount of planning and expense in even getting to the island, and we were very disappointed at what we found. First, the picture of the house looks to be in a rural location, and the description of a private dock confirmed that in our minds. In reality, there is a road between the dock and the house, and the house is along a street of other houses. The house in the lot to the left is falling down, as are many others on the road. The dock is a private dock, but every house on that road has a private dock, so it's really the equivalent of a private driveway. About 30 yards away is a public dock, which gets busy at 5:30-6:00am. We live on a street with four bus routes, and our street is quieter at that hour than this house. Next, the house itself is about 120 years old and has a lot of character. Apparently the plumbing and electric have been updated, but the plaster and wallpaper were coming off in chunks and held up by duct tape. The internet and satellite TV didn't work--although we tried them only once. The owners provided an informative note about the house at the house itself. They explain that fixing up and maintaining the house is difficult because of the remote location. None of this is clear from the pictures and website description. Finally, the house had not been cleaned when we arrived. We swept all the floors so we could put our son on the floor to play, and got large piles (about 3”x3”x5”) of and hair in most of the rooms. The windows and curtains were full of dirt and bugs. The bathtub had a bunch of hair and dirt; there was bird poop on the bedspread. We left two days into our vacation, and asked for a partial refund. The owners refused, and insisted that the house was clean when we arrived. It wasn’t, and I wish now that I had taken pictures of the cleaning we did. We really didn’t go looking for perfection, but had we known that the house was not more remotely located, we would have gone elsewhere. We also expected that paying “hotel rates” for a house, we would not spend part of our vacation cleaning it. This would be a great house if you think of it as your friend's beach house they let you use (for free), and if you plan to spend a lot of time on the water.
- Guest Elisa (Alexandria, VA)
- Date of stay 03/18/12
- Review Submitted 08/13/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, pet owners, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers.
$700/week , $500 for 3 day weekend
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