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Classic Eastern Shore Experience, Private Compound, Deep Water

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Last updated: 03/29/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Martins Point is an updated 18th Century house and cottages on Maryland's historic Eastern Shore where the Underground Railroad once passed through the property. It is located on a secluded finger of land, surrounded by water on three sides, a place to unwind, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and reconnect with family and friends.

The house and cottages include 8 bedrooms and can accommodate 16 guests (cottages not available separately). Furnishings reflect our family's taste: an appreciation of the farm's rural, colonial origins offset by a love of antiques and oriental rugs. FOR A VIRTUAL TOUR AT OUR WEBSITE, SEE 'LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION' BELOW.

The pool and front lawn open on a favorite anchorage of Maryland sailors who frequently come and go during summer months. Great Blue Herons, bald eagles and ospreys drift by daily. Our dock can accommodate boats with up to 5 ft draft. The lagoon in front of the house, protected from weather on 4 sides will accommodate larger boats at anchor -- bottom is 12 feet. Our O'Day sailboat, kayaks, paddle boat, windsurfers and outboard skiff are also available for rental if you don't have a boat and would like to get out on the water.

During fall and winter thousands of Canada geese and ducks winter in the coves and fields around the house. We've watched geese for many years but have never lost our love of watching them cup their wings as they come in to land.

The surrounding towns have a lot to offer. Easton, Oxford and St. Michael's are all within easy distance and sport restaurants, great antiquing and interesting shops. In St Michael's, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum, only a few feet away from the Crab Claw, is always worth a visit. In the fall, the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to see a profusion of wildlife -- more geese and ducks than you can imagine. The trip there will also take you through one of the last undeveloped areas of the Eastern Shore.

Martins Point is located near Trappe, Maryland, less than two hour's drive from Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Drive time from Baltimore Washington International airport is 90 minutes.

Keywords: Main house and 2 cottages


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Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Estate
  • 4500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Staff


  • Children Welcome:

    Martins Point is a kid's paradise for all ages....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    The two cottages are ground level (two steps), and there is a stairway lift to provide handicap access to the second floor sitting porch and bedrooms....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    No cats; family allergies....moreless

Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 16

Bathrooms: 6 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirecTV with 200+ channels. 48' and 32' HDTVs in main house, standard TVs in each cottage. ...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Numerous DVDs and VCR tapes...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Martins Point is a farm on its own peninsula, which provide great privacy (no houses in sight) and sense of freedom....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Martins Point is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. It feels like you are on an island....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Window air conditioners in every bedroom and most common areas....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    new high capacity washer...moreless

  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace:

    Firewood is provided at no extra charge....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Our caretaker can cater breakfast, BBQs and simple meals....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Kitchen is fully equipped....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all cooking utensils, china, glassware and cutlery....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Two refrigerators ...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Boat:

    We have a sailboat, kayaks, skiff with outboard, windsurfer and paddleboat available for rental separately....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Brick patio connects house and pool...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    There is a screened downstairs eating porch and screened upstairs sitting porch with wicker furniture and porch swing...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Webber charcoal grill...moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    There is a screened downstairs eating porch and screened upstairs sitting porch with wicker furniture and porch swing...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off season - winter/spring
Jan 5 - Apr 30, 2015
2 night min stay
$500 $600
Fri, Sat
$2,500 $8,500
Summer 2015
May 2 - Oct 5, 2015
7 night min stay

$6,800 $25,000

Changeover Day: Saturday

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
  • Tax Rate 4%


We have a full time caretaker on the farm who can answer questions and provide whatever assistance is needed. For those who want to get out on the water and explore, we have a skiff with outboard, sailboat, paddleboat, kayaks, wind surfer and paddle board, all available to rent separately.

Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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Last updated: 03/29/2015
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70 Miles
Nearest Airport
Baltimore Washington International
68 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rehobeth Beach

Car: Necessary

Martin’s Point is a 120-acre estate located in on Maryland’s historic Eastern Shore due east of Washington, DC. It is a peninsula at the convergence of La Trappe Creek and the Choptank River, the centerpiece for James Mitchener’s best seller, Chesapeake. The farm is five miles from Trappe, about 12 miles from Easton, Oxford and Cambridge, and 78 miles from Washington, DC. There is a deep water dock, swimming pool, private beach, and 2.5 miles of shoreline.

The nine room main house has four bedrooms, three and a half baths, fireplaces and a two-story screened porch. It is furnished with all amenities. One guest cottage has two bedrooms and two baths. The other has two bedrooms and one bath. All dwellings are heated and air-conditioned. The main house and two adjacent cottages comfortably accommodate up to 16 overnight guests.

A more complete description of Martin’s Point and environs is available upon request, and photos can be viewed at our website at


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1939

About the owner: My family bought Martins Point back in the 1930's and it has been a wonderful haven for family gatherings for four generations now. I feel as if I'm reliving my own childhood when I see my four kids roll out of bed in the summer, climb into their bathing suits and head out in the skiff for the day's adventures. Every season triggers its own memories, from the clouds of geese that come in the fall to the explosion of life and fair winds in the spring. We live with our four children in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and there is never a time when, leaving the farm, we don't ask ourselves why we're going back to the city.

Why the Owner Chose St. Michaels:
I grew up there and grew to love the Eastern Shore when it was a real backwater in time. The locals spoke in an accent that back then was almost Elizabethan, and history runs very deep, from the Shore's ascendancy in colonial times as a maritime center to its heritage of pirates and bootleggers. Our farm dates to the early 1700s and was a stop along the Underground Railroad before the Civil War; in fact a few years ago archeologists unearthed a buries dugout canoe likely used to cross the Choptank in secrecy (it is now in the Frederick Douglas Museum in Baltimore).

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
It's like your own island, with that same sense of peace and escape that you get leaving the mainland. There is not another house in view. In the summer your days of filled with sailing, swimming, exploring, fishing, crabbing and just Doing Nothing. This part of the county is also popular with road cyclists (scenic byways, very few cars).

Contact us

Speaks: french

Links to more information:



  • Martins Point in its entirety

    Martins Point in its entirety

  • Aerial view showing position of house and cottages

    Aerial view showing position of house and cottages

  • House and Pool

    House and Pool

  • Path to the beach

    Path to the beach

  • Aerial view

    Aerial view

  • Autumn colors

    Autumn colors

  • View of the water

    View of the water

VRBO #235779

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