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Renovated Historic Waterfront Home with Pool, Dock, 200 Acres

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Last updated: 07/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Cambridge house description

Spocott is a 350 year old house, newly renovated to provide a unique blend of history, environment, and modern comfort for a large multigenerational family. Located on Gary’s Creek on the Little Choptank River, 5.5 miles west of Cambridge in the historic Neck District of Dorchester County, Spocott House was built in 1663 and has since been owned by the same family. Spocott is the home of a former US Senator and provided inspiration for James Michener in writing Chesapeake. Immerse yourself in history, gaze at wildlife from spacious porches, and engage in a number of indoor and outdoor recreational activities. Sleeping 18 people comfortably, the house with its large waterfront, pool, boat ramp, and dock offers a wonderful opportunity for a private family getaway. Recently renovated, the house has central heating and AC, 7 bedrooms all with a water view and new beds, and a billiards room. Situated on 200 acres of wildlife management area, the property, bordered by over 1 mile of waterfront, has 5 miles of walking trails, birdwatching stations, ponds, proximity to great biking trails, and scenic views of the Little Choptank River. Consider off-season vacations when up to 10,000 geese inhabit the surrounding waters.

Property Type

  • House
  • 4500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Considered
          • Wheelchair Accessible
          • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Children Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Groups

          Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          Other Amenities

              • Outdoors • Waterfront with dock and boat ramp • 120’ dock and boat slip • Wildlife sanctuary with ponds, wetlands, and 5 miles of trails • Optional bird walk available; property used by 180 species of birds • Outdoor basketball court * New: 6-hole Disc (Frisbee) Golf Course (professional calibre) * New: Horseshoe Pits • Windmill and historic village located on adjoining property • Kayaks and canoes can be rented in advance • Riding school adjoining property that can be utilized with prior scheduling • Outdoor barbecue, campfire ring, and 2 all-weather tables • Outside shower • Outdoor kennel Entertainment • Direct TV • Two 40' LED Flat Screen TVs with DVD Players • TV and DVD in most bedrooms • WiFi 2 large porches Crib and High Chair available All rooms with water view...moreless


              • Video Library
              • Radio
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • DVD Player
              • Books
              • Books For Kids
              • Games For Kids
              • Pool Table
              • Toys


              • Family
              • Away From It All


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Coin Laundry
              • Festivals
              • Forests
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Pond
              • Restaurants

              Leisure Activities

              • Bird Watching
              • Horseback Riding
              • Photography
              • Walking

              local services and businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist

              Location Type

              • River:

                Gary's Creek on the Little Choptank River...moreless

              • Rural:

                Located in the historic Neck District area...moreless

              • Waterfront:

                1 mile of waterfront on the Little Choptank River...moreless

              sports and adventure activities

              • Basketball Court
              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Pier Fishing
              • Swimming

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 18 people


                  • Living Room
                  • Telephone
                  • Heating
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Alarm Clock
                  • Ceiling Fans
                  • Firewood
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Stove
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Parking
                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Paper Towels
                  • Free Local Calls
                  • Iron & Board


                  • Oven
                  • Kitchen
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Toaster
                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Ice Maker
                  • Lobster Pot
                  • Pantry Items


                  • Binoculars
                  • Large Cooler
                  • Outdoor Grill Gas
                  • Screen Porch / Veranda
                  • Canoe
                  • Boat Dock
                  • Outdoor Furniture
                  • Deck Furniture
                  • Porch Furniture
                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Spacious lawn with outdoor games Horseshoe Pits 6-hole Disc Golf Course...moreless

                  Pool / Spa

                      • Outdoor Pool


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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Base Rate
                      7 night min stay

                      Sep 7 - Nov 29
                      3 night min stay
                      Mar 15 - May 24
                      3 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                      • Pet Fee $100
                      • Taxes Included


                      11% state and local tax included in rate.

                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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                      Last updated: 07/17/2014
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                      9 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      66 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Cape May-Lewes Ferry
                      84 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      7 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      US Route 50
                      71 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Ocen City
                      6 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      3 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Clearview at Horn Point
                      6 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant

                      Car: Necessary

                      Historic Spocott House, itself 350 years old, is located in the historic Neck District, an area also known for its wildlife, especially the large Canada Goose populations in the fall and winter. There is an historic windmill and museum complex on the adjoining property. The house is also located 20 minutes from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1663

                      About the owner: George and Jackie Radcliffe have spent the 42 years of their married life on the property, raising 3 wonderful sons. George Radcliffe is the six great grandson of the original owner of the property and lives on the adjoining property. His grandfather, U.S. Senator George L. Radcliffe, was born and spent much of his life in the house. Both retired school teachers, George and Jackie, with the help of their children, have restored and modernized Spocott House and developed the 200 acres as both a working farm and wildlife management area, They both retired to help take care of 3 of their grandchildren, who live on the adjoining property. George is also an avid birdwatcher and Youth Coordinator for the Maryland Ornithological Society and has set up the property as an eBird Monitoring Station.

                      Why the Owner Chose Cambridge:
                      The property has been in the family for 350 years. In 1662 the land was given to George's ancestor, Stephen Gary, for whom the Creek is named, by the King of England in exchange for Gary becoming Sheriff and High Judge of the area that would become Dorchester County. The home site was also the location of a major Native American assembly area and burial ground. In the 19th Century, Spocott was a major shipbuilding center for the area and was hence was used by James Michener as a resource in writing the novel Chesapeake. Many of the original buildings are still located on the property. The Radcliffes, in restoring the house and property, have tried to retain its historical and environmental uniqueness. The property is protected by a perpetual environmental conservation easement.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      Spocott House provides a unique blend of history and environment. Located on a spacious 200 acres with over 1 mile of waterfront and 5 miles of trails, there is ample opportunity for wildlife viewing and exploration. The modernized house with its pool, dock, and spacious lawns allows visitors multiple recreational opportunities as well as a comfortable place for a large family gathering. Part of the house has been restored to its 17th Century look, but the modernized bedrooms and geothermal heating and air conditioning make the house a comfortable place to stay year round. Step back in time to the early days of our country, and surround yourself with beautiful views of the Little Choptank River. The historic Spocott Windmill, the only working grist windmill in Maryland, and the accompanying museum complex are located on an adjacent property. Optional tours of the historic areas as well as bird walks are available to renters.

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                      • Front of House with Porch

                        Front of House with Porch

                      • Overhead View of House and Immediate Property

                        Overhead View of House and Immediate Property

                      • Dock and Gary's Creek

                        Dock and Gary's Creek

                      • Nearby Historic Spocott Windmill

                        Nearby Historic Spocott Windmill

                      • Green Heron in One of the Ponds

                        Green Heron in One of the Ponds

                      • 2nd Floor Plan

                        2nd Floor Plan

                      • West Porch

                        West Porch

                      • Sen. George L. Radcliffe Parlor and Bedroom

                        Sen. George L. Radcliffe Parlor and Bedroom

                      • The Water Room

                        The Water Room

                      • Bracco Bedroom

                        Bracco Bedroom

                      • Stephen Gary Bedroom

                        Stephen Gary Bedroom

                      • Main Kitchen

                        Main Kitchen

                      • Radcliffe-Travers Dining Room c.1663

                        Radcliffe-Travers Dining Room c.1663

                      • 1st Floor Plan

                        1st Floor Plan

                      • Main Living Room

                        Main Living Room

                      • Sen. George L. Radcliffe Parlor and Bedroom

                        Sen. George L. Radcliffe Parlor and Bedroom

                      • Mary McKim Marriott Bedroom

                        Mary McKim Marriott Bedroom

                      • McKim Parlor and Bedroom

                        McKim Parlor and Bedroom

                      • Pool and TV Room

                        Pool and TV Room

                      • Travers Bedroom - 3 beds

                        Travers Bedroom - 3 beds

                      • View from Point Trail

                        View from Point Trail

                      $600 - $686 per night (USD)

                      7 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 18

                      View calendar: Updated 07/17/14
                      Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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