Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

St. Michael's Waterfront Vacation Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Den, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The sage green color of this adorable cottage tells you right away that this is not your ordinary vacation home. The charming exterior gives way to a gracious, cozy interior--very up to date and comfortable. Ideal for a small family getaway, this home has much to offer in the way of nature and relaxation.

Enjoy the water views and take in the sights of heron and other waterfowl from the sunny decks, crab off your private pier, even rent a kayak to explore the meandering tributaries and endless shoreline on the Eastern Shore.

Inside this wonderful retreat a bright kitchen, family room with fireplace and more await to give you the perfect backdrop to catch up with friends and family, or perhaps plan the day!

Strategically located between the historic towns of Easton and St. Michaels, both renowned for their eclectic blend of antique shops, galleries, boutique shopping, and fine dining, you will not run out of ideas!

Keywords: Country Waterfront Cottage Vacation Home, Vacation Rental

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2017

About The Owner

My wife and I have been Baltimore residents all our lives, but we have always loved spending time in the more serene parts of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Now that our children are grown and living nearby, we wanted to find a vacation home within easy driving distance that we could use as a family gathering place.

Nancy and Larry

Baltimore, MD

Why The Owner chose Eastern Shore

Situated on Oak Creek in Royal Oak, Maryland, the River House is located between the historic towns of Easton and St. Michaels. Although it was a true 'fixer-upper,' our cottage offered just what we were looking for--a peaceful getaway spot with lots of room, plenty of activities closeby, and opportunity for kayaking, biking, strolling, or just 'chilling.'

What makes this cottage unique

While we have our favorite restaurants in Easton, St. Michaels, and Oxford, we enjoy dining in and watching the constant parade of waterfowl on Oak Creek. At the River House, with its spectacular water views, we feel insulated from the stress of our everyday lives, yet we can be as active or inactive as we want--we're never bored or at a loss for a fun or peaceful way to spend our time.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A wonderful cottage easily accessed from DC or Baltimore. Right on the river, the River House is beautifully decorated, cosy and easily sleeps 6. It's very close to St. Michaels and Easton. We had a fantastic weekend there and just wish we could have stayed longer!
Apr 2009
  • 1 of 6


Royal Oak Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) Antique iron bed in guest room, Twin or Single Beds (1) Trundle twin bed converts two two twins or king bed if placed together, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Private Pier, two large beautiful waterfront decks with dining furniture and lounge chairs to relax.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(9 traveler reviews)

88% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
11% Complete
0% Complete
St. Michael's Waterfront Vacation Cottage
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews
Indiana, PA


  • 5 of 5

This rental was everything promised and more. Beautiful, quiet, elegant, comfortable ... a wonderful place for relaxing. The home invites both private and shared time for quiet conversation, leisurely meals, and wonderful indoor/outdoor living. Believe the pictures ... the views of the water are breathtaking. The home was immaculate and beautifully appointed. Exceptional!

St. Michaels is close by for good restaurants and wandering through interesting shops. Town Dock is a great choice for lunch or dinner. Bring your kayaks, or rent them ... the coves along the creek provide a great chance for seeing the area.

I loved it and hope to return!

  • Submitted: May 18, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
14 1

Great view - Tired house - Disappointed

  • 2 of 5

The views are as advertised but the house is VERY tired and as frequent VRBO customers (and owners of rental properties ourselves), we were quite disappointed. Here is what you need to know.

1. The master bedroom has a huge window looking out at the lovely view. However, there is no window covering whatsoever - no blinds, curtains etc. Thus, at approximately 5:45 each morning the room is flooded with light. Not conducive to a nice sleep in on holiday. Also, the Master bed and bedding is old - flat aged pillows, mismatched sheets. No luxury here whatsoever. The bathroom is integrated into the Master bedroom - it is not a separate area. When I gave up trying to sleep in the Master and tried to use the twin bed room, there were no top sheets on the beds, which I would describe more as cots. Did not get a good night 's sleep any night we were there.

2. Not that we went there to watch TV but there was a major sporting event we wanted to check on over the weekend and there was no sound on local channels at all on the downstairs TV. Both TVs in the house were about 15 inches - much smaller than the screen I am typing on now. And, the music system was a cassette player. Seems the electronics in this house have not been updated in the last 20 years!

3. We found the garage full of about 8 bags of other people's garbage. The shower in the Master was moldy and appeared not to ever have been cleaned. The downstairs shower leaked all over the bathroom floor. There was no complete set of anything for cooking. Lots of odds and ends, but nothing new and updated (how about a knife set or measuring spoons?)

4. Appreciated being able to bring our pet, but according to the house rules, he had to be on leash at all times. No fun having such a nice big yard if you can't play with your dog in it. Be careful about those pet restrictions...

So in sum, the house is in a very nice location with a great view, but for the price, not what we expected. Would not stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 1. In eight years of vacation rentals (between 300-400 parties of 1-6 guests), no one has ever complained about lack of shades at master bedroom windows. Privacy from neighbors is not an issue. We have chosen to leave the windows uncovered specifically for the views and many guests comment how much they appreciate it. However, we are now installing shades in order to give future guests the option. The twin trundle beds were not made up because guest did not indicate they would need that room. 2. Regarding lack of sound on certain channels, I immediately reported to cable company and instructed guest to call cable directly, as someone had to be at the house to correct problem. No complaints about this before or since. This guest also wins award for being first to ever complain about size of tv's. 3. Our private trash hauler was tardy in picking up trash. He came out as soon as I called him. Shower leak was a surprise problem. I had it fixed within a day. No complaints about kitchen supplies. From time to time, guests will make suggestions or housekeeper will inform of broken or missing items and we always respond immediately. 4. The county requires us to have pets contained so as not to disturb neighbors. We have enjoyed very successful rental seasons over the past eight years and have received glowing emails, unsolicited, from many of our guests (including the guest immediately following the person who wrote this review, who has stayed at the River House for the past 5 years).
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Midlothian, Virginia, USA

Beautiful and peaceful haven!

  • 5 of 5

My parents, husband and I were thrilled to spend four days at the lovely home in June of this year. We were hoping to find a peaceful spot where we would have water views all day long and we were so happy that this was the case! Both from the living spaces outdoors and the rooms inside, the views of the water were abundant and restorative. The wall of windows facing the river were flooded by sunlight each morning. The home is comfortable and beautifully decorated. We very much appreciated the tranquillity.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many of our guests email to report how much they enjoyed their stay, but they don't always take the time to write such a glowing review. Thank you so much for your kind words. Larry and Nancy
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

I'm a little late on writing my review! My family and I stayed here last winter for a weekend! The home is beautiful!!! The view was great!! Our interaction with the owner were wonderful!!! Definitely recommend this rental to anyone!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We try our best to maintain a pleasant, peaceful home and to be responsive to our guests' needs.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Westchester, NY

Perfect house for a wonderful weekend

  • 5 of 5

My sister, two cousins and I stayed at the wonderful River House in St. Michael's for a Girls Weekend in June. We could not have been happier with our choice. The home was spacious and beautifully appointed. The French countryside decor was charming, the kitchen well stocked, with plenty of towels for the two bathrooms (all of us took a turn in the upstairs shower, cleverly tucked into the master bedroom itself. We did yoga on one of the two river-facing decks and wish we'd had time to cook out on the grill. The home is a short drive into St. Michael's, where we shopped, dined and went to the spa and still didn't see half as much as we would have liked. The owners were gracious and responsive, and smoothly accommodated our request for an early check-in to maximize our visit. We will definitely be back. Only regret is not having more than 2 nights.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0
-Chapel Hill, NC

We Extended!

  • 5 of 5

We have finally returned home from our vacation at your wonderful house in Royal Oak. We enjoyed our stay so much. I really felt that we were guests in your home rather than renters. There were so many personal touches everywhere we looked. We love to cook and your kitchen was so well outfitted that we did not lack for anything. The furnishings were delightful and reminded us of our travels in France. We will definitely return. Thanks for a great renting experience.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


The River House is more than an ordinary vacation home. It's charming on the outside and cozy inside with all modern amenities, and a very Provencal flavor. There is a private pier, perfect for catching crabs, launching a boat, watching herons and other birds, or just relaxing. We can arrange kayak and bike rentals for guests. Inside the cottage, it's bright and light with unobstructed views, cozy fireplace, lovely all year round, and warmed by sun throughout the year. Convenient to both Easton and St Michaels with shops, antiques, cafes and elegant won't run out of things to do. Guests who visit the River House often want to visit our restored Village House in the heart of Provence, France. It's located in Grambois, a medieval perched village not far from Aix en Provence. Contact us for further information.

Request Virtual Tour.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

You might like these similar properties