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Chesapeake Bay Memories of a Lifetime-GREAT 5 STAR REVIEWS!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Relaxing home, 4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8), beautiful view

Runaway boasts one of the most unique views that the Eastern Shore of Virginia has to offer and all the amenities to make your trip fabulous - kayaks, boats, fishing rods, crab pots, fire pit, name it!

Situated on a secluded cove overlooking the Chesapeake, Runaway features a private pier where you can catch your fill of Chesapeake Blue Crabs and enjoy a view through to the bay from the large deck. In addition to the on-site private pier, we are the only area vacation property providing access to a semi-private Chesapeake bayfront fishing pier. Additionally, enjoy a sandy swimming beach as our guests. Both the fishing pier and beach are in easy walking distance of Runaway. We have furnished Runaway to be comfortable, interesting and fun. Each room holds wonderful treasures... art by local and regional artists, vintage furniture that makes our spacious feel like a calming step back in time. Kayaks, a paddle boat, and bikes are on site for the enjoyment of our guests.

Extra fun touches like crab pots, fishing rods, binoculars, board games, and much, more to make your vacation a fun time to rediscover peacefulness and enjoy all of the wonders of the area.

When you want to venture a little further, there are wineries, artisan studios, great restaurants, boats for hire for fishing, eco tours to remote barrier islands, nearby boat launches at premiere fishing areas, bird and wildlife refuges and much more (We leave the wonderful local book 'Off Route 13' as a guide, along with numerous brochures and maps). In the winter months enjoy the fireplace in the living room and grilling dinner on the deck while watching the moon and stars. Enjoy the 'music' of the wildlife and the incredible view.

• 4 bedrooms including a large bunkroom with twin and full bed- great for the kids (really nice high thread count bedding)

• family room with TV and DVD player

• large deck and terraced waterfront patio

• spacious living room with fireplace

• large well-equipped kitchen including dishwasher and microwave

• laundry room with full size washer and dryer

• dining room

• central air

• Wi-fi & phone service included

• 5 miles from public boat ramp

• Access to a Chesapeake bayfornt pier & sandy swimming beach

The region is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, truly one of the last large wetland habitats in the world. Amidst the rural atmosphere, discover historical treasures, waterfowl and the sea life supported by the salt waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Find some of the 'Jewels of the Bay' (bayside) like Savage Beach, Tangier Island, Onancock Harbor, and (seaside) treasures of the Atlantic like pristine barrier island beaches of Virginia's Eastern Shore or Wachapreague and Chincoteague.

Runaway is furnished and equipped to be comfortable and fun and is close to many unique attractions including local wineries, the Wachapreague Marina where boat charters are available for seaside day trips to the uninhabited barrier islands and sportfishing, guided kayak adventures, farmers markets, the historic small towns like Onancock and Chincoteague (home of Misty of Chincoteague and the annual wild pony swim). A little more than an hour from Norfolk & Virginia Beach, and 4 hours from Washington DC, on a cove of the Chesapeake near Exmore, VA. The Silver Beach area offers many fun activities while providing privacy and seclusion.

In addition to checks and cash we accept credit card payments.

Additional photos of the inside and outside of Runaway are available on our web site. Google Runaway at Silver Beach.

Here are what our guests are saying about Runaway:

Annie B, Ocean City MD

'My husband and I took our 3 kids to Silver Beach for a mid week get away and we are so glad we did! To see our children get so excited over the simplest things was fantastic. The pier offered a great sanctuary for sitting, relaxing and exploring. The home was extremely clean and very comfortable. The outdoors were lovely and we would love to revisit!'

Silver Spring, MD.

'My family had a wonderful time at Runaway! The house is pleasant, the hosts warm and genuinely thoughtful about every detail. The best part was the kayaking in a safe shallow area suitable for small children to learn about the water. My kids made friends with endless small critters. We felt like we were a million miles away from work and school--a truly relaxing and wonderful vacation!'

Squirrel Fruitland MD

'It's a great place...relaxing, yet plenty of interesting things to see and do. The beds were soooo comfortable. Everyone slept well with the salt breeze flowing through the windows at night, The cove was the center of our activities and the three-wheeled bike was in demand. The bed linens were as nice as any luxury hotel and the house is super clean and nice. I wish I could keep the kitchen, the dishes, and other stuff at my house. The art is the finishing touch. It's like being in a little gallery that's just our style.' J&B

Treadwell, Maryland

'A lovely setting, nestled on a saltwater cove in the pines. No traffic, no noise except the wind and water lapping at the shore, with simple scenic splendor at every turn. The days were beautiful and sunny, the evenings cool and with a view of a billion stars. And then there were the sunsets. Wow!

The beautifully maintained house itself offers everything in the way of up-to-date conveniences, the beds are extremely comfortable, the rooms inviting, and the hosts rate five stars in my book for their attentiveness, graciousness and friendliness.

Some of the world's best (no exaggeration) seafood is within a fifteen minute drive on the rural roads. Fishing at the cove (right in the back yard) and at the beach (just a 5 minute walk away), with lots of variety, including flounder, striped bass (rockfish), croaker, hardhead, and shark. Crabbing, too, both in the cove and the bay. They even provided poles and tackle!

My stay was only for a long weekend. I wish it could have been longer, but after having experienced this great getaway, it will be on my next visit, which will be in the very near future. Thanks so much for a really memorable and relaxing time! See you soon!'

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We are a proud member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Keywords: Runaway. Cottage / home private pier overlooking Chesapeake Bay in secluded waterfront neighborhood with renown sunsets and rural beauty. Boats and bikes included. Fishing & crabbing. Silver Beach VA. Chesapeake Sunsets.

More Details

Debbie Campbell
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, translators available for French and Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Debbie Campbell

We both love the water, especially the Chesapeake and enjoy providing our guests with a unique property that reflects the tranquility of the sea.

Bill spent nearly a year renovating Runaway. Debbie did the decorating and enjoys keeping things fresh and new for repeat guests with annual additions to the amenities and decor.

'When getting Runaway ready for our guests, we take into account the attributes that Debbie finds most important when she travels,' says Bill. Guests will find a fabulous kitchen, comfy beds, high end bed linens, art, and a view of the Chesapeake sunset that is unmatched.

Some families have been coming back since the first year that we offered Runaway as a summer rental. They love the additions, but the things they love most are the serenity, the family time, and the crabbing right off the pier.

Bill has chosen the kayaks.

'We are very proud to have a long-standing reputation for a high quality property with 5-star ratings,' says Debbie. We take the positive experience of our guests very seriously.

Debbie Campbell purchased this house in 1999

Why Debbie Campbell chose Silver Beach

There are no other properties quite like Runaway.

Where it's situated makes it especially unique. You will not see another sunset like these. What makes it so unique is that it is on a little West-facing cove right off the bay. No others in the area provide guest access to a semi-private Chesapeake Bay fishing pier. You can see through the trees on the far side to the Chesapeake and the horizon.

Another special attribute is the darkness at night. The stargazing is amazing. No lights or buildings to interfere and on a very still night, the moon even reflects off the water.

In the morning, there are always birds fishing in the cove...all kinds...ducks, heron, egrets, and eagles and osprey.

We both remember fondly the summer vacations of our childhoods and Runaway has allowed us to provide the perfect getaway for couples and families that will allow you to create memories of a lifetime.

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with Runaway at first sight. Debbie's family has been on the shore for 7 generations and Bill has lived here for over 50 years.

As validated by our reviews, the view from Runaway is unparalleled. Runaway is uniquely positioned on a heavily wooded elevated spot with a site line right through the trees to the bay. There really are no other houses with this same view. It's amazing!

Debbie travels frequently for work, so she knows how to make travel a breeze for our guests and is very particular about the little things like: having nice bed linens and salon quality shampoos and conditioners, and providing interesting seasonings and staples in the pantry.

We have paid close attention to equipping the kitchen with great pots and pans, coastal dinnerware, a solid top self-cleaning convection range, and small appliances to make cooking fun for those who want to eat in.

We've stocked the bunkroom closet with favorite board games, and puzzles to encourage old-fashioned fun.

We provide an assortment of boats and bikes for the enjoyment of our guests. There is nothing like a paddle out of the cove into the creek and to the Chesapeake (for the more adventurous).

A bike ride along Kellam Dr. (where our small cottage is) provides a completely different experience at sunset.

All of our guests find something special to love about Runaway, but one of the top favorites is the crab pots that we provide and catching fresh crabs right off the pier and bringing them up and cooking them fresh in the steamer.

We are always happy to pick up brochures and send them in advance of a guest's arrival so that they already know what the area has to offer when they arrive. Our web site, RunawayAtSilverBeach is another valuable resource - with links to all sorts of information about our home and the area.

Come, enjoy, and fall in love with Runaway and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Silver Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Main bath is tile with tub and shower. Plenty of nice towells, salon quality shampoo, blow dryer, first aid kit, and soap is provided. Half bath off kitchen with sink and toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 (AKA the 'bunkroom') - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Privately located on the North end of the house.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Overlooks the cove with view through to Chesapeake.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Great water view. Watch herons and eagles fishing.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Quiet, calm, overlooking garden.
  • Master 1 king bed bamboo memory! Nice high bed so that you can see the morning light across the water when you awake in the morning, beautiful quilts and unique works of art add to the character of the room. Large closet & 6-drawer dresser, ceiling fan & lamp; ac., Double Beds (1) double bed in each of 2 bedrooms. One faces water and has a memory foam mattress for very restful sleep, nicely decorated in nautical theme, large closet & lamp; 5-drawer chest of drawers, cd player, ceiling fan (plus central air); the other faces the yard and features vintage furniture, original art, nice closet, new firm mattress and box spring will be perfect for the sleeper who prefers a firm mattress., 'Bunk room' has 1queen & 1 twin bed & great water view. This room can be easily seen/monitored from the family room so it is perfect for kids. Family room has 1 full-size futon. We pride ourselves on providing very high quality bed linens, great beds, and frequently replaced pillows & spares
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private pier on property and additional pier for guest use on Chesapeake Bay; access to small community bay front beach as guest; public boat ramp 5 miles; 4 kayaks with vests and paddles; bikes; brick patio area overlooking creek and across to the Chesapeake Bay; board games, playing cards and fun 'stuff' for kids including binoculars for bird watching.


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Chesapeake Bay Memories of a Lifetime-GREAT 5 STAR REVIEWS!
average rating of 4.776119 based on 67 reviews

Fantastic Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

If you enjoy fishing and crabbing, this is the place to go. We love to kayak fish, that was part of the draw of this rental. Located on a creek that is a short paddle around the corner to the bay is a fisherman's dream. Thanks to the complimentary crab pot & pier, we had crabs every day. We invited some family to visit and had kayaks and bikes for all.The house was incredibly stocked like a home; linens, bath & beach towels, assorted bath items, fully stocked kitchen. If you forget something, no worries, I'm sure it's there. Lots of good restaurants a short drive away if you don't feel like cooking. If you're looking for a genuine Eastern Shore experience, Runaway is it! Thank you Debbie & Bill for a wonderful vacation. Donald & Michelle Vieraitis

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoy hosting families like Donald's who appreciate the unique beauty and bounty of the Chesapeake. Thanks for choosing Runaway! Glad you enjoyed your stay.
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West Bloomfield, Michigan

Runaway is wonderfully relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I do alot of business travel so for us to not stay in a hotel is a real vacation! Runaway provided the perfect place for us to relax from our normal hectic lives! I was able to read several books and enjoy the beautiful water view on the deck. We would regularly sit on the dock in the evening to enjoy the sunset....just beautiful! And the many eagles flying provided great entertainment. The house was extremely well equipped to view nature - 2 binoculars so I did not have to share with my husband! The inside was very clean & offered all the comforts of home with the well stocked kitchen! The bicycles were super as we enjoyed using them for several outings! Loved the Exmore Diner and the Mason Beach U-pick orchard - picked 5 pounds of blueberries! We will definitely look forward to our next relaxing trip to Runaway!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2008
  • Stayed: June 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have really enjoyed sharing the treasures of the Chesapeake with vacationers from all over the country. It's fun to see what our visitors like best. A meal at the Exmore Diner is like taking a trip back in time... and a real favorite. There are so many interesting "off the beaten path" things to do. Fall and winter are also great seasons at Runaway with non-prime season discounts.
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Kalamazoo Mi

Great time with family at Runaway

  • 4 of 5

Had a great time ay Runaway! Enjoyed fishing on the Big water as my grandson calls it from the kayaks. The bikes offered opportunity for rides on the “safe” roads off the beaten path. We enjoyed the fresh oysters, clams and crabs and caught crabs daily off the dock. Beautiful sunsets from the patio

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, beautiful sunsets.

  • 5 of 5

Great house and great vacation. Debbie was very easy to work with and her house has everything you need in it. We had a lot of fun using the crab traps. My kids couldn’t wait to go check them everyday. We also had a good time at silver beach. The local people were very friendly showing us different shells and crabs. We would definitely come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Macungie, PA

Great Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for opening your home and making it a great place to getaway with no worries! The house was roomy, comfortable and well equipped; the little extras were noticed and appreciated! The deck was a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the peaceful mornings and evenings! We took full advantage of the kayaks and explored nearby coves. If you are looking to be able to enjoy the nature around you and relax, this is definitely the place for you!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thouroughly enjoyed hosting this lovely family and helping them to discover some great little known local destinations. Hoping they return in the future!
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home...loved the little community beach and fishing pier on the Chesapeake.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Norfolk (ORF)
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Cape May/Lewis
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Bay Creek
Nearest Train
160 Miles
WIlmington DE / Wash DC/Baltimore (MD)
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Rt. 13 / Rt. 183
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Exmore Diner
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Silver Beach
Car: necessary

A very quiet and secluded area of the Chesapeake watershed;. National Geographic named the Eastern Shore of Virginia a top 5 destination globally. Enjoy abundant refuges and wildlife sanctuaries and related activities; shopping and restaurants in small nearby towns (many are historic areas) with great small town charm; many small museums; chartered sport fishing & bayside fishing; boat tours to Tangier Island; boat excursions from Wachapreague to the Barrier Islands (wildlife refuge areas); web links available for these attractions and area festivals and events. Many featured on our website.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $250

Arrangements can be made for up to 4 payments upon request. Two night minimum stays are billed at the nightly rate. The $250 cleaning is refundable as long as home is same condition as when you arrived. The cost of your stay includes $1,500 coverage for accidental damage. If you are concerned about cancellation or trip interruption lease purchase vacation insurance separately.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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