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Briarcliff Retreat. Waterfront, Multiple Decks, Private Pier.

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Welcome. The massive exotic wood door provides entrance to a home you’ll be telling your friends about for years.

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Last updated: 08/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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THE EXPERIENCE BEGINS...as one passes under the Baltimore/Annapolis bike path, past the horse farm where the Welsh ponies romp, through the woods from where the deer intently watch, then down the hill to your home for the week. Entering through the wrought iron gate onto a winding stone path through the gardens, one strolls onto the back deck or gazebo for an unequaled view of the river. The massive exotic wood door provides entrance to a home you’ll be telling your friends about for years. Extensively remodeled, the kitchen with the rough-hewn brick walls and floor to ceiling windows will be activity central.

Enjoy a very private time on a point of land jutting into Chase Creek off the Severn River, but just 5 minutes from downtown Annapolis. Whether you want to run, or ride a bike, explore the river, spend time reading or writing, or just relax, Briarcliff Retreat will suit your needs.

INDOORS
Every room in the home has a view of the water, often with windows on 3 sides allowing beautiful light to stream in throughout the day. The large glass windows and sliding door face south; you'll find you want to keep them open throughout the warm months as the breeze off the river often flows right through the home.

Two comfortable sofas surround the wood-burning fireplace. A large steel trough keeps wood and kindling at hand. A perfect place to read and reflect is in the window seat filled with pillows. Off the living area is a writer's dream - a cozy office surrounded by windows with hydrangeas at the sill, the gazebo just beyond and water in the distance.

OUTDOORS
The grounds abound with native foliage and luscious landscaping changing with the seasons—and illuminated at night for those evening private strolls. Take in the terraced hillside as you walk from the upper deck, to the mid-deck where a large double hammock awaits you to the lower deck and private dock.

The house sits approximately 50' above water, which provides spectacular views. By the house, there are little nooks throughout for taking time for yourself or with those closest to you; a porch swing and love-seat just outside the living room, a gazebo with a quiet bench overlooking the terraced gardens and water, a huge iron cast fire-pit surrounded by stools and log seating, two Adirondack chairs on the upper deck to lounge in while sipping your cocktail, a grilling area off the kitchen with a Weber grill, and a dining table overlooking the view where you can enjoy your wonderful meal.

And for those staying in the Master Bedroom, a private balcony and stunning sunrises await you.

In short, every guest could easily find their own secluded retreat...

For the gourmand, or not, this is a kitchen you will not want to leave and which will, no doubt, become activity central. Original 1920s rough hewn bricks cover 3 of 4 walls; when lit they become a work of art. The 11' long bar-top is a beautiful solid piece of African wood called Bubinga. The entire kitchen aside from the brick is new, including top of the line appliances. As you stand at the sink, you might turn and look out the floor to ceiling windows, feeling as if on the edge of a precipice, looking down a steep hill to Chase Creek. Just on the other side is a glassed in bay with a view of the garden. There a sliding door leads you directly from kitchen to outdoor grill.

Dine indoors at the dining table, at the stunning wood bar-top or at the outdoor table overlooking the creek and Severn River beyond surrounded by dozens of twinkling outdoor garden lights.

BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS (3 private bedrooms each with private full bath; sleeps 2 per bedroom) The 3 Bathrooms are in the 1940's style, with some updates, super clean and nice. The main floor powder room is brand new.
Lovely linens and bath towels provided

MASTER BEDROOM with private balcony offering sweeping views of Chase Creek and spectacular sun rises. There is en suite bath with tub as well as shower. Queen size bed.

GARDEN BEDROOM is upstairs with a beautiful antique canopy bed and gorgeous views of the garden and Chase Creek. You have your own private bath down the hall. Luxurious Bathrobes provided. The bed, as it is antique, is not quite a Queen but larger than a full.

GUEST BEDROOM is an extremely private en suite bedroom downstairs with large shower/bath and walk-in closet. The guest room also has a TV (cable included). The antique canopy bed is Queen size and surrounding by many other wonderful antiques.

PARKING
Parking for up to 4 cars in our driveway. We can arrange for additional parking needs.

ENTERTAINMENT
Hook your i-anything to our portable speakers, Verizon Fios cable on the SMART TV, WiFi...just do not miss the gorgeous blue herons outside.

PRIVATE PIER
A private pier is available for your boat--large or small. Water depth - 10'. Maximum LOA allowed - 80'. Electric and Water hook-up available.

ON DEMAND
A caterer, kayak rentals, daily cleaning, food provisioning prior to arrival, bike rentals, fishing gear rentals, airport or train station pick up/drop off, on-site massage therapist, (add as much as you can,)

NEIGHBORHOOD
Briarcliff on the Severn is a tiny enclave of just 17 homes. The neighbors are apt to greet you and make you feel right at home. It is a place where you feel away from it all -- and yet, all is in reach.

ANNAPOLIS and ENVIRONS
Explore Historic Annapolis, 5 minutes drive away. Or visit some of the popular local restaurants: The Pointe, The Severn Inn, Chandlers (famous for their crabs) and more. If you visit in Aug/Sept/Oct, don't miss one of the best Renaissance festivals around. And, rest assured, the home is a perfect base for Naval Academy Football games, Alumni Reunions, Commissioning week, and so forth....

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

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

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Massage
          • Private Chef
          • Concierge

          Suitability

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Please do not ever smoke inside the house. It is also appreciated if you do smoke, please do so far away from the open screen doors and windows. Dispose of safely, properly and environmentally. We love our wooden decks, surrounding trees & clean waterways. Professional smoke odor removal can cost upwards of $2000/room....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Of course, your family is welcome. Although, please note that this is a grown-up home, filled with antiques, custom woodwork and art. The youngest crowd will need constant supervision, especially with the incline and dock....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Dogs considered on a case by case basis for a $100 per pet fee to cover steam cleaning for the comfort of future guests who may have pet allergies. ...moreless

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Adults...moreless

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

            with sweeping views, ensuite bath, private balcony....moreless

          • Garden Bedroom: 1 queen

            views of the gardens and water, private bath....moreless

          • Main Level Guestroom: 1 queen

            extremely private en suite....moreless

          • BEDROOMS (3 private bedrooms each with private full bath; sleeps 2 per bedroom). Lovely linens and bath towels provided. ...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Main floor Powder Room: toilet

            Privately tucked between the kitchen and living area....moreless

          • Master Ensuite: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Garden Bedroom private bath: toilet, shower

            ...moreless

          • Main level Guestroom ensuite: toilet, combination tub/shower

            ...moreless

          • Privacy! Each room has it's own bath for pure comfort and convenience. The en suite bathrooms are circa 1940's with original tile work, new windows and various updates. A brand new main level powder room for day guest use....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Dine indoors at the stunning wood bar-top, the dining table or at the outdoor table overlooking the creek and Severn River beyond surrounded by dozens of twinkling outdoor garden lights....moreless

          • Kitchen:

            The entire kitchen aside from the 1920's brick is new, including top of the line appliances and all gourmet amenities....moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            The kitchen is equipped with a top of the line refrigerator. A second refrigerator/freezer combo is in the garage....moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Feel free to utilize any spices or condiments....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Dishwasher
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Fireplace:

            A large steel trough keeps wood and kindling at hand for winter fires. A huge iron cast fire-pit surrounded by stools and log seating is located in one of our garden nooks....moreless

          • Living Room:

            Two comfortable sofas surround the fireplace & TV. A perfect place to read and reflect is the living room window seat....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Leave your cares at home. We provide lovely bath towels, hand towels and washcloths....moreless

          • Parking:

            Parking for up to 3 cars on our brick parking area....moreless

          • Linens Provided:

            Pack light. Comfy, luxurious bedding awaits....moreless

          • Iron & Board
          • Hair Dryer
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Air Conditioning
          • Heating
          • Garage

          Other Amenities

              • ON DEMAND A caterer, kayak rentals, daily cleaning, food provisioning prior to arrival, bike rentals, fishing gear rentals, airport or train station pick up/drop off (this is an excellent getaway for Washingtonians and New Yorkers who need some r&r), on-site massage therapist,....just ask!...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Television:

                Large Smart TV in the living area and a flat screen in the main floor guest room... just do not miss the gorgeous blue herons outside....moreless

              • Stereo:

                Hook your i-anything to our portable speakers....moreless

              Communications

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    The grounds abound with native foliage and luscious landscaping changing with the seasons—all beautifully illuminated at night for those evening private strolls. ...moreless

                  • Bicycles:

                    Highly recommended that you bring your bicycles or rent some from our favorite vendors, as the Baltimore & Annapolis Trail is nearby....moreless

                  • Kayak / Canoe:

                    Bring yours, or we can help you rent. Kayaks, paddle boards any variety of water toys are all available from our favorite vendors....moreless

                  • Boat:

                    Bring yours, or we can help you rent. Power or Sail, jet skies, etc are all available from our favorite vendors....moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Multiple Decks terrace down to the dock providing a variety of stunning views and private escapes....moreless

                  • Balcony:

                    For those staying in the Master Bedroom, a private balcony and stunning sunrises await you....moreless

                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                    The gazebo, with a quiet bench, overlooks the terraced gardens and water....moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill:

                    A new Weber propane grill is located on the patio off of the kitchen....moreless

                  Theme

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

                  Location & View

                      • Waterfront:

                        On a point of land jutting into Chase Creek off the Severn River & Chesapeake Bay....moreless

                      Activities

                      • Bird Watching
                      • Swimming
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Sailing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Golf
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Pier Fishing
                      • Cycling
                      • Medical Services
                      • Hospital
                      • Groceries
                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Massage Therapist
                      • Fishing
                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Winter Get Away Special!
                      Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                      3 night min stay
                      $450
                      $2,800
                      USNA Commissioning Week 2015
                      May 17 - May 24, 2015
                      8 night min stay

                      $6,000
                      flat fee
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $580
                      $4,000 $10,000
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,500
                      • Pet Fee $100
                      • Cleaning $350
                      • Taxes Included

                      Notes:

                      Rental Rate is due at time of booking.

                      Cancellation Policy: Rental Rate and Deposit are refundable minus a $350 re-booking fee when/if the home is re-booked for that time and rate.

                      Please note: We would never ask you to wire money to outside of the U.S. Always speak to us, or any VRBO homeowner, on the phone before sending any money.


                      Cancellation policy:

                      100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


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                      Location

                      25 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      BWI
                      25 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      BWI
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Rt 50
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Sandy Point

                      Car: Recommended

                      Explore Historic Annapolis, 5 minutes drive away. Or visit some of the popular local restaurants: The Pointe, The Severn Inn, Chandlers (famous for their crabs) and more. If you visit in Aug/Sept/Oct, don't miss one of the best Renaissance festivals around. And, rest assured, the home is a perfect base for Naval Academy Football games, Alumni Reunions, Commissioning week, and so forth....

                       

                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 2013

                      About: Welcome to the home of Julie and Glenn — a former professional ballet dancer who has closed the curtain and a Navy fighter pilot who has parked his jets. These days you’ll find us aboard the good Schooner Mistress, either in the Caribbean, the Pacific, or the Mediterranean (depending on when you’re reading this). Perhaps we are living the life of which you’ve always dreamt—so now you don’t have to! Vicarious living is best…all the memories and none of the expense, hardship, and long cold nights on watch hundreds of miles from any land. But the more the house is rented, the longer we can stay away, and the more the house will remain available for your future excursions and vacations to Annapolis. While you’re here at Briarcliff, please follow us on our travels over the seas - www.schoonermistress.net. Feel free to pass along a note via the site and let us know how you liked our home. You are the ones that are making this trip possible for us--our many and heartfelt thanks.

                      Why Annapolis:
                      Having bought this magical home only recently and spending many months afterwards undergoing a major renovation before promptly setting sail, we are eager to share this special home and enjoy it as we would. The view from the master bedroom overlooking Chase Creek includes the deep water dock to which, one day, S/V Mistress will return.


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                      • Welcome. The massive exotic wood door provides entrance to a home you’ll be telling your friends about for years.

                        Welcome. The massive exotic wood door provides entrance to a home you’ll be telling your friends about for years.

                      • Alfresco dining from one of the multiple decks surrounded by lush landscaping, overlooking the water.

                        Alfresco dining from one of the multiple decks surrounded by lush landscaping, overlooking the water.

                      • Happiness is a hammock in the trees over the water.

                        Happiness is a hammock in the trees over the water.

                      • You will find that Mother Nature resides within, as well.

                        You will find that Mother Nature resides within, as well.

                      • Extensively remodeled, the kitchen with the rough-hewn brick walls and floor to ceiling windows will be activity central.

                        Extensively remodeled, the kitchen with the rough-hewn brick walls and floor to ceiling windows will be activity central.

                      • As you stand at the sink, you might turn and look out the floor to ceiling windows, feeling as if on the edge of a precipice, looking down a steep hill to Chase Creek.

                        As you stand at the sink, you might turn and look out the floor to ceiling windows, feeling as if on the edge of a precipice, looking down a steep hill to Chase Creek.

                      • The large glass windows and sliding door face south; you'll find you want to keep them open throughout the warm months as the breeze off the river often flows right through the home.

                        The large glass windows and sliding door face south; you'll find you want to keep them open throughout the warm months as the breeze off the river often flows right through the home.

                      • Off the living area is a writer's dream - a cozy office surrounded by windows with hydrangeas at the sill, the gazebo just beyond and water in the distance.

                        Off the living area is a writer's dream - a cozy office surrounded by windows with hydrangeas at the sill, the gazebo just beyond and water in the distance.

                      • The Master's private balcony offers sweeping views of Chase Creek and spectacular sun rises. There is an en suite bath with tub as well as shower. Two large closets. Queen size bed.

                        The Master's private balcony offers sweeping views of Chase Creek and spectacular sun rises. There is an en suite bath with tub as well as shower. Two large closets. Queen size bed.

                      • The Guest Bedroom is an extremely private en suite bedroom downstairs with large shower/bath and walk-in closet. This room also has a large flat screen tv (cable included). The antique canopy bed is Queen size and surrounded by many other wonderful antiques.

                        The Guest Bedroom is an extremely private en suite bedroom downstairs with large shower/bath and walk-in closet. This room also has a large flat screen tv (cable included). The antique canopy bed is Queen size and surrounded by many other wonderful antiques.

                      • Just one of our spectacular views of Chase Creek.

                        Just one of our spectacular views of Chase Creek.

                      • The Schooner Mistress resting at our deep water pier.

                        The Schooner Mistress resting at our deep water pier.

                      • Glass and screened doors open from the gourmet kitchen bay to our patio. Unique paths lead to nooks where you will discover a grill, fire pit, gazebo and the interesting surprises nature has to offer.

                        Glass and screened doors open from the gourmet kitchen bay to our patio. Unique paths lead to nooks where you will discover a grill, fire pit, gazebo and the interesting surprises nature has to offer.

                      • Floor to ceiling windows bring her inside from everywhere in our home. From the door turn left into the kitchen and right into the living areas.

                        Floor to ceiling windows bring her inside from everywhere in our home. From the door turn left into the kitchen and right into the living areas.

                      • The 11' long bar-top is a beautiful solid piece of African wood called Bubinga. The entire kitchen aside from the brick is new, including top of the line appliances.

                        The 11' long bar-top is a beautiful solid piece of African wood called Bubinga. The entire kitchen aside from the brick is new, including top of the line appliances.

                      • Original 1920s rough hewn bricks cover 3 of 4 walls; when lit they become a work of art.

                        Original 1920s rough hewn bricks cover 3 of 4 walls; when lit they become a work of art.

                      • A main floor powder room.

                        A main floor powder room.

                      • Two comfortable sofas surround the wood-burning fireplace. A large steel trough keeps wood and kindling at hand for winter fires.

                        Two comfortable sofas surround the wood-burning fireplace. A large steel trough keeps wood and kindling at hand for winter fires.

                      • A perfect place to read and reflect is the living room window seat looking out on the garden and river while being surrounded by pillows.

                        A perfect place to read and reflect is the living room window seat looking out on the garden and river while being surrounded by pillows.

                      • Stairwell leading to the 2nd floor Master and Garden Suites.

                        Stairwell leading to the 2nd floor Master and Garden Suites.

                      • The Garden Bedroom is upstairs with a beautiful antique canopy bed and gorgeous views of the garden and Chase Creek. You have your own private bath.

                        The Garden Bedroom is upstairs with a beautiful antique canopy bed and gorgeous views of the garden and Chase Creek. You have your own private bath.

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                      Date last modified - Monday, July 07, 2014

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