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Chesapeake waterfront compound for family retreat -- Pool, boat dock

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Bathrooms
6
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

Country House and cottages, 8 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths, (Sleeps 16), exceptional wate

Martins Point is a late 18th Century home located on Maryland's historic Eastern Shore and sited 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 adjacent cottages include 8 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms and can accommodate 16 guests (we only rent the entire compound and do not rent cottages or rooms 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.

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 4 ft draft. The cove in front of the house, sheltered from weather on 4 sides, will accommodate larger boats at anchor -- bottom is 12 feet deep at mean low tide – and offers a wide, wave-free area to explore. Our O'Day sailboat, kayaks, windsurfer and outboard skiff are also available for rental if you don't have a boat and would like to get out on the water. Crabbing and fishing from the dock are favorite summer pastimes.

The property includes over two miles of walks along the shore of the Choptank River and La Trappe Creek. Our long sand spit at the mouth of La Trappe Creek offers a beach to sunbathe and wade. Quiet roads nearby offer great opportunities for biking.

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 good seafood restaurants, great antiquing and interesting shops. In St Michael's, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum is always worth a visit. The area hosts a number of events and festivals including the St. Michaels Antique Boat Show, St. Michaels Oyster Fest, Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton Plein Air Art Festival and Chesapeake Film Festival among others. 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.

La Trappe Creek and the nearby Choptank River are fun to explore by boat and include several historic homes including Hampden (oldest house in Talbot County), Beauvoir, Compton, Boston and The Wilderness, all built during the early colonial era.

At the tip of Martins Point, an early 19th-century dugout canoe was found buried and is thought to have been built by slaves for use in the Underground Railroad. It is now a centerpiece of the Frederick Douglas Museum in Baltimore.

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: Chesapeake, Eastern Shore, Talbot County, Oxford, St Michaels, Easton, Cambridge, Trappe, Royal Oak, waterfront, swimming pool, dock, beach, sail, kayak, bicycle, birding, boating, fishing, crabbing

More Details

Owner
Tom Dann
Member since: 2008
Speaks: french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 15, 2017

About Tom Dann

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.

Tom Dann purchased this house in 1939

Why Tom Dann chose Maryland

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 buried dugout canoe likely used to cross the Choptank in secrecy (it is now in the Frederick Douglas Museum in Baltimore).

What makes this house unique

It's like our 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 our days of filled with sailing, swimming, exploring, fishing, crabbing and just Doing Nothing. Our part of the county is also very popular with road cyclists (very few cars).

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Chesapeake waterfront compound for family retreat -- Pool, boat dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Washington, DC
5

Great location for a big, family birthday celebration

  • 5 of 5

We gathered in June 2016 from all over -- CT, NJ, DC and PA at this wonderful estate -- to celebrate a milestone birthday. Everyone was comfortable in their rooms and the house has a warm/loving, family vibe. The second floor porch was perfect for the one night when we had a chance to watch a storm roll in. The property was perfect for everyone's diverse interests -- running/ walking, fishing, boating, and swimming in the pool. We rented the Dann's skiff and their two kayaks which were really fun (worth the extra, nominal cost). The kitchen is not huge, but somehow we all made it work and enjoyed cooking together. We would definitely rent this property again; our ages ranged from 55 to 9 and all said they'd like to return. The caretaker on the property was helpful and available any time we had questions. Truly a fabulous location, gorgeous water views, relaxing and just what we all were hoping for. Lastly, we brought our 36' power boat over from Annapolis and easily got in and out of of the deep water dock.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC
5

Beautiful retreat on the shore

  • 5 of 5

Our organization spent the week at Martin Point Farm, which was the perfect setting for our meetings and activities. We absolutely enjoyed the peace and beauty of the point and being completely surrounded by water, as well as the historic house full of character. We were able to fit a large group in the house and spent lots of time on the expansive porches. Everything went very smoothly and the owner and caretaker were always accessible and very helpful, which was much appreciated considering all the logistics when organizing for such a large group.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baltimore, MD 21212
5

The Best of the Eastern Shore

  • 5 of 5

Our family has been enjoying the beauty, and seclusion of Martins Point for many years. The historic house with its classic porches, and living spaces, the pool surrounded by a unique blend of land and water, and the opportunity to interact in many activities on the extensive property and surrounding waters as well as the nearby attractive historic communities, keep us coming back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

An Enchanting Place

  • 5 of 5

We picked Martins Point for our family reunion in July. The family consensus is that this was a perfect choice. (The family includes two teenagers, two grown children, and three toddlers.) The estate is on a beautiful point of land, oriented to enjoy 260-degree views of the water and every aspect of the Bay - birds, boats, swimming, fishing - this has it all. Anyone who loves the water will love this spot. The two cottages are beautifully appointed; the main house is as well. When it got hot, we enjoyed the large swimming pool. When the breeze blew, we were sailing the 19-foot sailboat from the private dock. The caretaker was super-friendly and made sure the tank in the skiff was filled with gas each day. He also helped us procure a half-bushel of fresh crabs! (He lives in a separate house on the estate far enough away so there's privacy.) We would love to go back every year.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rhinebeck, NY
5

Magical historic house on the eastern shore

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends have had the great good fortune to have stayed at this beautiful historic home twice now. It is the perfect place for a group to come together in a casual, laid back setting and enjoy the natural surrounding beauty. We took advantage of the beach, walking paths, water and day trips to neighboring small towns. But the best times we had were gathering for cocktails on the screened in porch overlooking the water or making big communal dinners that we then enjoyed in the dining room or bricked veranda. The house is not only filled with antiques but many personal photos and mementos belonging the the owner. We could the feel the deep roots around us - roots that go back 300 years or more. And it is those roots that made us feel deeply connected to our surroundings. Added to all of this was the attentive caretaker who saw to our every need. This is truly a unique home that we plan on coming back to again and again.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baltimore, MD 21212
5

Wonderful Easton Shore Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Martins Point with our children and grandchildren over many summers since discovering this unique waterfront homestead in the 1990s. Surrounded by water on three sides with a southwest exposure to the Choptank River, the property benefits from comfortable breezes during the summer, as well as well as outstanding views in all directions. The classic house with its upper and lower screen porches has all the amenities and comfort you need for a great family vacation. The pool and wonderful yard provide a center for family activities, and the location is ideal for boating, kayaking, sailing, fishing and other water activities. The cottages are great for grandchildren. There are opportunities to walk the entire property and beach with beautiful water views. This is one of the best locations for family members of all ages to experience the Easton Shore.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
90 Miles
DCA Reagan / BWI Baltimore Washington Int'l
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Trappe
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Hogneck, Easton / Hyatt Resort, Cambridge
Nearest Train
74 Miles
Amtrak BWI airport
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Trappe
Nearest Beach
70 Miles
On property or Delaware beaches (Rehobeth)
Car: necessary

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 property includes over two miles of walks along the shore of the Choptank River and La Trappe Creek. Our long sand spit at the mouth of Trappe Creek offers a beach to sunbathe and wade. Crabbing and fishing from the dock are favorite summer pastimes.

The surrounding towns have a lot to offer. Easton, Oxford and St. Michael's are all within easy distance and sport good seafood restaurants, great antiquing and interesting shops. In St Michael's, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum is always worth a visit. The area hosts a number of events and festivals including the St. Michaels Antique Boat Show, St. Michaels Oyster Fest, Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton Plein Air Art Festival and Chesapeake Film Festival among others. 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.

La Trappe Creek and the nearby Choptank River are fun to explore by boat and include several historic homes including Hampden (oldest house in Talbot County), Beauvoir, Compton, Boston and The Wilderness, all built during the early colonial era.

Other Activities: boating, shelling, biking, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, hunting

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Rates & Availability

Trappe House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter 2017
Nov 28 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$700
$2,900
 
 
Spring 2017
Apr 1 2017 - May 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
$700
$3,900
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$700
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Tax Rate 4.0%

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Amenities

Trappe House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 1: Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2: Private bath for Bedroom 2 - toilet , shower
    3: Connecting bath for bedrooms 3 & 4 - toilet , tub
    4: Private bath for bedroom 5 - toilet , shower
    5: Connecting bath for bedrooms 5 & 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Main house powder room - toilet
    6: Connecting bath for bedrooms 7 & 8 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • 1: Main house - Master bedroom - 1 double , Antique full size four poster bed, private bath, HD TV
    2: Main house - Bedroom adjoining master - 2 twin/ single , private bath with shower
    3: Main house - middle bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Shared bath with tub
    4: Main house - End bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Shared bath with tub
    7: Far cottage - right bedroom - 1 queen , Connecting bath (shower/tub), HD TV
    6: Near cottage - left bedroom - 1 queen , Connecting bath with shower/tub, HD TV
    5: Near cottage - right bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Private bath (shower) plus connecting bath (shower bath)
    8: Far cottage - left bedroom - Connecting bath (shower/tub)
  • The house and cottages include 8 bedrooms and can accommodate 16 guests.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Our O'Day sailboat, kayaks, windsurfer and outboard skiff are available for rental if you don't have a boat and would like to get out on the water. Wood Fireplace: Firewood is provided at no additional charge. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. Elevator: There is a stairway lift to the second floor. Fully equipped Kitchen, Two refrigerators and a freezer, Catering Available: Our caretaker is available to cater simple dinners such as BBQ, crabs, etc. Cost is separately negotiated with him. Charcoal Weber Grill. Deck/Patio: Adjoins main house and pool. First floor screen porch functions as a summer dining area. Second floor screened porch is an outdoor living room fully furnished with wicker and a porch swing, Martins Point is on La Trappe Creek, part of the Chesapeake Bay estuary and is surrounded by water on three sides, facing a sheltered cove and our private beach.

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