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Renovated Historic Waterfront Home with Pool, Dock, 200 acres

Cambridge, MD, USA
  • House4500 sqft
  • Bedrooms7
  • Sleeps18
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

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.


George Radcliffe

Member Since 2012
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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 Dorchester County

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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, tub
      • Bathroom 4
        toilet, shower
      • Outdoor Shower
        outdoor shower

        Location Type

          • River
            Gary's Creek on the Little Choptank River
          • Rural
            Located in the historic Neck District area
          • Waterfront
            1 mile of waterfront on the Little Choptank River


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Firewood
                      • Free Local Calls
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Laundry Soap
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Local Maps
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Parking
                      • Telephone
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Lobster Pot
                          • 4 Ring Stove
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                            1 in Utility Room also
                          • Microwave
                            1 in Utility Room also
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            1 in Utility Room also
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 18 people


                                  • Radio
                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games for Kids
                                  • Pool Table
                                  • Books for Kids
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library
                                    Numerous DVDs available


                                      • Binoculars
                                      • Boat Dock
                                      • Deck Furniture
                                      • Large Cooler
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Spacious lawn with outdoor games Horseshoe Pits 6-hole Disc Golf Course Basketball Court Pickleball Court
                                      • Outdoor Furniture
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Two available
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Porch Furniture
                                      • Screen Porch / Veranda


                                          • Groups
                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                          • wheelchair accessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Outdoor Pool


                                                  • forests
                                                  • autumn foliage
                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • coin laundry
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • bay/sound
                                                  • 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


                                                                  • 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

                                                                    13 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Wonderful Family Vacation in an Historic Home

                                                                    Chuck G.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Wonderful Relaxing Time

                                                                    NewyorkersLong Island, NY

                                                                    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

                                                                    Spocott is a little piece of heaven

                                                                    Helen E. Z.

                                                                    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

                                                                    The historic property is beautiful, house is well-stocked.

                                                                    Megan M.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    A Pa. family at Spocott

                                                                    Bob M.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Great family vacation spot near the Chesapeake

                                                                    Melissa D.

                                                                    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!


                                                                    Cambridge, MD, USA

                                                                    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.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

                                                                    Additional information about rental rates

                                                                    11% state and local tax included in rate.

                                                                    13 Reviews
                                                                    Exceptional 5/5
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