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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage w/Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Mini golf, Wifi 1BR/1Bth

Bedrooms 1
Space 650 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

At Grandview on the Bay, we have two pet-friendly cottages that provide the ultimate for relaxation on Mathews County’s Chesapeake Bay VA: the Crab Shack and the Fish House (VRBO Listing 365572 which is our kid-friendly cottage). We’ve spent over a decade designing and renovating our property Grandview to give guests impeccable access to nature, relaxation and privacy. In May 2011, we finished the construction of the luxurious “Shack” complete with king size bedroom and gourmet kitchen. From your roof top deck, enjoy expansive views of the East River. Watch the sun rise over the water with your morning coffee on your private balcony. Crave relaxation? We’ve got it! Find what suits your vacation style best – swimming in the pool, fishing or crabbing on the pier, kayaking, biking, bird watching, strolling around the coastal landscaped pathways or lounging in chairs and hammocks located throughout our three acre property. Grandview has excellent access to the Lower Chesapeake for sailors, intracoastal cruisers & fisherman with dockage for small boats & deep water anchorage for larger craft. We hope your time at Grandview will show you why we came to Mathews for a weekend and decided to stay a lifetime!

The Crab Shack was designed for comfort and relaxation. The second level of the Shack contains your bedroom with a king size bed as well as a living room area with comfortable sofa to sink into while enjoying the large screen flat panel tv, featuring satellite tv with the professional football package and a 200+ DVD collection. Bathroom is located on the 1st floor. Love to cook? Master Chef Karla designed the Shack’s gourmet kitchen with cooks in mind and she loves to share great recipes for locally available seafood. Step outside and pick fresh herbs from the garden. Think swings are just for kids or the outdoors? We’re big kids at heart and couldn’t resist adding a swing to the downstairs living area. Hop into the swing and soak in the view, watching the tide roll away. Looking to create your own sunset celebration? Grab a drink and head up to Crow's Nest, our rooftop deck with stunning views of the East River and kick back at our LL Bean dining table/chairs topside or stretch out in the lounge chairs.

What would vacation be without swimming! Refresh yourself at our swimming pool with bar area, double hammock swing, loungers, rocking chairs, dining table & grill. Can’t get enough of the water view then try your hand at good ole fashioned crabbing with chicken legs and strings on the pier or relax in the Adirondack chairs while the crab pots do the work for you. Revive yourself with a nap in the hammock in our mint garden (great for tea or mint juleps/mojitos). Quiet time abounds as well so relax in one of our reading areas or just kick back and rest in the lounge chairs located throughout the property. Bird watchers love viewing dozens of water fowl and bird species including our resident heron, egret and osprey. Stroll around the pathways and neighborhood and enjoy our wildlife and gardens with coastal landscaping. If you want to try an adventure, take our kayaks for a paddle and our bikes for a spin. Love fishing? Bring your boat, tie up to our pier and join in catching some of the hundreds of flounder and rockfish garnered by our guests and resident expert, Capt Dave who is happy to provide local fishing intelligence.

If you want some sand in your toes, we are a short drive from Haven Beach, Aaron Beach and Bethel Beach in Mathews with great birding, shell gathering, strolling. If you’re looking for a day trip, we are an hour away from Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens, Yorktown and horse racing at Colonial Downs. We are centrally located between Virginia Beach and Washington DC and a mere 90 minutes from Richmond. We are proud to be a Virginia Green facility!

While smoking is not permitted in the cottage, guests are permitted to smoke outdoors in approved areas. Courtesy laundry service provided for week long guests. Spend less time packing and more time playing! At Grandview, we provide many items that other rentals make you bring or rent. Email us with any needs or questions. Let us know how we can make your time in Mathews County GRAND!

Keywords: Waterfront, house, rental, private, vacation, kayak, pier, dock, swimming, pool, bikes, mini-golf, pets

More Details

Karla Scanlan
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 2, 2018

About Karla Scanlan

We (Dave and Karla) are the proud 'parents' of our yellow Labs, 12 yr old You'reNothingtoMeNow Fredo and 2 yr old Skink, (we were also blessed for 13 yrs with Deputy Festus, our chocolate lab, who you'll see in a lot of our photos) and the delighted uncle and aunt of ten nieces/nephews living in VA and CA. The labs have traveled w/us on vacations down to the Florida Keys and up to Bar Harbor (where we honeymooned nearly three decades ago). All the kids in our lives regularly remind us how amazing the rural life is and how lucky we are to be so immersed in nature. For our primary jobs, Dave runs an orthodontic lab & Karla is a mkt research analyst. Don't hold it against us but we're die hard Dallas Cowboys fans since the late 70s..hence the importance of having the professional football package available to all our guests in the fall!

Karla Scanlan purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Karla Scanlan chose Foster

In 1998, my husband Dave and I became the third owners of Grandview which was built in 1946 by master carpenter John Mason. At purchase, we found a hand made sign in the shed indicating that Mr Mason had named his home Grandview. We loved the name and kept it! After four years of being weekenders, we moved to Mathews permanently to enjoy the laid back life style. We now live at Grandview year round and are on site to provide local fishing expertise or help plan your trip to Mathews County. In early 2011, we renovated the original owner's cottage to create the Crab Shack as a stand alone vacation rental on our property, Grandview.

What makes this cottage unique

Grandview quickly works its magic on guests with its privacy, abundant nature and relaxation. The birdlife is simply amazing (Karla's dad is an ornithologist so we have a great appreciation) and on a clear night you can't believe the stars! From our pier you can catch fish or crabs or put on some waders and pick some oysters. Dave's even caught a snapping turtle and a gar from the pier! Mathews County's culture is a bit like the Florida Keys (which we love) in that you quickly adapt to island time. You stop worrying about all your emails and to do lists and time is measured by meal time, cocktail time and nap time. Our double hammock swing poolside was purchased on our trip to Key West. We specialize in getting people to relax, take a deep breath and enjoy nature in all its glory. Mathews County doesn't even have a stoplight but we have 90 miles of water trails great for kayaking and boating and nine coastal trails that are part of Virginia's Birding & Wildlife Trails system. For bicyclists, the Tour de Chesapeake is held annually in Mathews offering bike routes of varying lengths.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dave and Karla,

As I write, I'm rocking in the hammock chair looking out the screen door. Cooler weather came in and the morning is wonderfully cooler. Today is our last morning here. Soon we'll be packing to return for reality work & back to school. We had such a good family break from all the hectic schedules. What a wonderful gift you offer people. How often can you watch the sun rise with your daughter because you both want to instead of the wary eyed parent who has had no sleep or sharing in your son's first fish preparing lesson and watching him eat it that night. We had an osprey mother protecting her nest from the four kayakers. She thought we were going to climb the tree. Lots of fun memories. Spartacus got on the dock with vanilla wafers (always my favorite). 95lb Doberman that's a chicken :) We will return for more memories! It was a well needed reality break.
Aug 2012
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Foster Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) King sleep number bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Gourmet kitchen with outside herb garden, indoor swing in cottage, multiple outdoor dining areas, kayaks, bikes, couples hammock, hammock swing, crab pots, board games, reading library,pool may be shared with owner and guests of 2nd cottage, smoking not allowed in cottage but is allowed in designated areas on property, Virginia Green facility


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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage w/Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Mini golf, Wifi 1BR/1Bth
average rating of 4.975 based on 43 reviews
Charlottesville, VA

Beautiful location.

  • 5 of 5

The property was immaculate and you can’t beat the view.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockford Il

Unique stay in a beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

Our first trip to the Chesapeake Bay area and we made the right choice. Remote enough to enjoy the cabin, dock, and deck. And located near enough to American historic sites. Great hosts.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Beautiful, restful location.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend at the Crab Shack at Grandview. The cottage is immaculate; the grounds are beautifully landscaped; and Karla and Dave were wonderful hosts, providing all kinds of extras to make our stay enjoyable and comfortable. The Crab Shack has amazing views out over the water. We enjoyed just sitting on the deck, or the dock, listening to the birds sing and the fish leap out of the water. We took advantage of both the pool and the putting green, and took some lovely walks and drives in the neighborhood. Karla and Dave provided a great list of local restaurants and shops, and we had some fantastic local seafood as a result. I would highly recommend this place, and we look forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect get-away near Matthews Virginia

  • 5 of 5

This was not our first visit but our third time at the Crabshack waterfront cottage. We recommend our unique get-away on the eastern shore of Virginia, the Crabshack is exactly as described, and as you round the corner on Myrtle Grove Lane you can see the white patio on top of the Crabshack. The fully equipped kitchen even has an electric corkscrew, the owners have thought of everything, even your own outside grill. Every morning and every evening we checked the crab pots to find several blue crabs, this is one of the things that makes this experience so unique. This is a quiet, quaint area, surrounded by nature. The area provides a glimpse of small town, everyone we have encountered was extremely nice.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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All the details!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I along with our 8 year old rescue pitmix had a wonderful time. Lots of little details taken care of that really make the trip special and easy. Beautiful and well maintained property. Away from things but not too far from good restaurants and amenities.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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You'll love this place!

  • 5 of 5

The crab shack is a perfect place to get away and relax as a couple. It also offers many opportunities for activity for those who desire that. The Crab Shack has a well stocked kitchen and the owners seemed to have thought of every detail. The "Shack" is dog friendly which we've found can translate to "not clean" at some properties. This is not the case with the Crab Shack! It is perhaps the cleanest rental we've ever stayed in. The Shack even comes with two rigged and ready to go fishing rods. The dock alone is incredible, and a great place to fish, crab, or just relax. I had lots of action fishing from the dock, catching croakers and spot. Tide charts are posted on the frig. The owners have several crab traps that you can use if you so desire. There is nothing like fresh crab every morning for breakfast. Two kayak's and bikes are available for use as well. There are many places to explore as you paddle around this beautiful bay. We saw lots of osprey, herons, and many different kinds of songbirds. The property has some wonderfully huge pine trees which provide shade on hot summer days. Even the rooftop lookout (really cool) is partly shaded depending on the time of day. The pool is very clean and there are lots of swings, hammocks and chairs to dooze in. The five hole mini golf coarse is a great place for a friendly game of golf. If your first round isn't so great, you can keep playing until you play a round you feel good about. The owners were awesome and available if you needed anything. They treated us like "friends" and not just renters. There are lots of flowers and shrubs for you to enjoy as well. The butterflies were attracted to these plantings. It is about a 20 minute drive to find dining options. The Shack begs you to "stay in" though. Do visit! You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Patrick Henry Newport News

We are conveniently located an hour from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg and 45 minutes from Yorktown. Mathews has great beaches for walking, shelling, birding, or just kicking back and building sand castles.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Pet Fee $75
Damage Deposit $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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