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Renovated Historic Waterfront Home with Pool, Dock, 200 acres

Sleeps18
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Space 4,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Waterfront Country Home with 7 spacious bedrooms and 4.5 baths

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.


Owner
George Radcliffe
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

About George Radcliffe

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.

George Radcliffe purchased this house in 1663

Why George Radcliffe 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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Amenities

Cambridge House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king
    Bedroom 7 - 2 double , 1 twin/ single
  • Rooms are spacious and comfortable for 18 not including an infant (crib available). Up to 20 could be housed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck Furniture
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • 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 & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
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 and Pickleball Court * 6-hole Disc (Frisbee) Golf Course (professional caliber) * 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

Reviews

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Renovated Historic Waterfront Home with Pool, Dock, 200 acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

Wonderful Family Vacation in an Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family agreed this was our best vacation yet. We had 10 adults and numerous grandchildren ranging in age from 10 years old to 4 months. Jackie and George were wonderful hosts and provided background on the history of the home, built in 1663, and all the activities in the area.

There was so much to do right at Spocott, we never left except to buy groceries. The kayaking, boating, jet skis (we took our own) fishing, crabbing, swimming, pickle ball, frisbee golf, horseback riding, horse shoes, hiking, roasting marshmallows at the fire pit, all kept our group busy for the week. The pool was delightful and super clean. The sunsets on the water were beautiful.

If you love history, nature, the water and the Eastern Shore, I highly recommend a stay at Spocott House.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Wonderful Relaxing Time

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time enjoying both the pool and beautiful scenery. The home is placed so that you always seem to get a breeze off the water, which is really nice in July. The crabs were great we caught them right off the dock!! A great time had by all.

Lorraine & Ronnie

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Spocott is a little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

As a family, we have spent a week at Spocott in each of the last 4 years. We love the historic home with the perfect updated areas such as the kitchens.

The owners have been most gracious and do anything they can to make the stay perfect. The homestead is quiet and a perfect place to relax at the edge of the river.

The town and many areas of interest are not far away and fun to visit.

The fishing isn't great but the crabbing is super.

For Birders and Nature lovers, sitting on either of the large porches is a joy and if you like to do trails, they are in great shape for a long walk.

For History Buffs, it is like staying in a museum with so much to see and read when you walk around.

You have to see it to believe it.

Helen Zaengle

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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The historic property is beautiful, house is well-stocked.

  • 5 of 5

We had four pre-teens with us who loved the outdoor walking trails, basketball court and pool table. All the adults loved eating by the water. Great Easter weekend.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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A Pa. family at Spocott

  • 5 of 5

George and Jackie have not only done a remarkable job maintaining this old house and its several hundred year history of family ownership but they also show a real interest in making their guest as comfortable as possible. Our crew of 10 adults and 8 children found plenty to keep us busy. Lots of room for relaxing and enjoying the great scenic views of Gary’s Creek especially from the screened in porch. The pool was a big hit with the kids as was the vast outdoor spaces on which to play soccer and touch football. Several great hiking trails through the woods and marshlands allowed us to discover a great assortment of wildlife. The kids liked catching crabs off the dock.

Rooms are appropriately decorated to match the historical character of the building. Walking through them is like a visit to a museum. There are several spaces in the house where people can go off and do there own thing; kids loved the pool table while adults gathered around the dining room table or watched a little TV in the living room. We all had family Murder Mystery Night on the porch.

Thanks to the warm, friendly hospitality of the Radcliffes this our 9th family vacation was a great success.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Great family vacation spot near the Chesapeake

  • 5 of 5

Spocott Farm was even better than we imagined! There was something for everyone in our multi-generational family (age 6 up to 80-somethings). George and Jackie were friendly and welcoming, and made sure we had everything we needed. Being at Spocott felt like visiting family. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Cambridge
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Cambridge
Nearest Ferry
66 Miles
Cape May-Lewes Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Clearview at Horn Point
Nearest Train
84 Miles
Baltimore
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US Route 50
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Cambridge
Nearest Beach
71 Miles
Ocen City
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500

11% state and local tax included in rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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