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Choptank Cottage - a Waterfront Property

Tilghman Island, MD, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This private waterfront home is a water & nature lover's paradise. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a small island where local watermen made their living for generations. This home is well equipped with a first floor master bedroom and private full bath. Two bedrooms upstairs share a full bath, one bedroom has 2 twin beds and the other has a queen bed. All bedrooms have a beautiful water views!

Imagine awaking to gorgeous sunrises, beautiful water views, and spending relaxing days among the natural surroundings of the eastern shore. Enjoy seeing the waterfowl passing overhead and landing just past the duck blind, while egrets, osprey, and other birds are nesting nearby.

Many activities for a unique eastern shore experience are only a few feet from your door! A short walk out onto the pier is all you need to go to try your luck at fishing, crabbing or wildlife photography. For a scenic bike trip, ride over the historic Knapp's Narrow Bridge, along wide bike paths and through other charming towns of Wittman, Sherwood or St. Michael's. For a unique travel experience, take the ferry (by bike or car) to Historic Oxford.

Any day is a good day to charter a fishing trip, visit a lighthouse, go kayaking, dine out, or shop in the most charming towns on the Eastern Shore: St. Michaels, Easton or Cambridge.

Enjoy crabs with friends and family, overlooking the water, with spectacular views of Skipjacks on Harris Creek- which is fed by one of the Chesapeake Bays most beautiful tributaries, the Choptank River.

Keywords: Waterfront, Private, Historic, Pet Friendly, Picturesque, Island, Single, Family, Home,


Janice Shreve

Member Since 2011
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Apr 11, 2018
About Janice Shreve

Donald and Janice Shreve live in Easton, MD. Don is a licensed contractor, and Janice works from home for a music clearance company. Our son, Dylan loves the Tilghman house, and we enjoy staying there at times to fish, crab and enjoy the beautiful views.

Why Janice Shreve chose Tilghman

The property has been in the family for several generations. Previously, there was a modular home on the property, and as a child, Don's family spent summers at that home when he was growing up. Don's parents had the current home built when they retired in 1993. Don and Janice bought out his sister's share of the home in 2014 so as to keep the home in the family and one day retire there, and eventually pass it on to their son, Dylan.

What makes this House unique

There are kayaks and crab traps for rent on site, and the home has a horseshoe pit, dart board and ping pong table for family fun.


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
        • King size beds (1) 1st floor master bedroom with full bath suite, Queen size Beds (1) Upstairs 2nd bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) Upstairs 3rd bedroom


        • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
          • 2.5

          Location Type

            • Village
            • Waterfront


                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Historic
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Air Conditioning
                        • Clothes Dryer
                        • Garage
                          Ping pong table in garage
                        • Heating
                        • Internet
                        • Living Room
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Washing Machine
                        • Wireless Internet


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • Books
                                    • DVD Player
                                    • Games
                                    • Ping Pong Table
                                    • Satellite / Cable
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television


                                        • Deck / Patio
                                        • Kayak / Canoe
                                          Available to rent
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                          *Gas grill *Charcoal grill (Weber)


                                            • arboretum
                                            • churches
                                            • festivals
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • horseshoes
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • jet skiing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Gas Fireplace pictured is not in working order; Outdoor fire pit

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              28 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              What a great place!

                                                              Brian S.

                                                              Beautiful views, nice accommodations, plenty of fun and interesting things to do nearby; you can't go wrong with this rental. Thanks to Janice for being so responsive and accommodating. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to the next one.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks you so much for taking time to submit a review. We appreciate that! We do hope to see you back again sometime!

                                                              Serene spacious cottage with great water view

                                                              Brian L.

                                                              Janice was very communicative and flexible in helping us manage a sudden snowstorm on the way out. Her husband also shoveled the walkway for us before we got there. House was beautiful and is perfect for a small retreat. Do hope to return.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. It was a pleasure communicating with you, and we would welcome you back anytime! You were perfect renters, even washed the sheets and towels, and clearly took great care of our home. Thanks again ~ Janice

                                                              A perfect stay!

                                                              Susan R.

                                                              My husband and I just spent two wonderful weeks at Choptank Cottage. Echoing the other reviews, everything was absolutely perfect. From the house, to the beautifully quiet location, to the amazing views and also to the extremely attentive service we received from Janice - everything exceeded our expectations. The house is perfectly suited to take maximum advantage of the water- just stunning views from each room. It is even more lovely than the pictures on VRBO. I am an avid cook and finding the kitchen so well stocked with pots, pans, crab pots, mallets, knives, etc was a welcome surprise as I have not found this in most rentals over the years. The house was extremely clean, the towels and linens were very high quality, the beds were very comfortable and there were small amenities like a hair dryer, bug spray, matches, hand soap, dishwashing soap, etc. that made it very easy to unpack and quickly start enjoying our stay. In addition, Janice's responsiveness was amazing. There were a couple of times I needed to email her and she literally got back to me within 5 minutes each time.

                                                              My husband and I just love Tilghman. It is a quiet little town that we had visited often but had not stayed in before. There are at least 3 nice places right in town for drinks and food with lovely views. The little country store down the street from the cottage is a gem and very well stocked. The point being that, while Tilghman may seem a little remote, one does not need to go into St Michaels for everything.

                                                              Overall, we simply could not have had a better stay and have already reserved our two weeks for next year!

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Susan, thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to interact with you during your stay, and we are thrilled to have you back to our home next year. It is always a comfort to share our home with repeat guests that truly appreciate not only our home and water views, but who also appreciate the small waterman's village that characterizes Tilghman. It makes it that much more special when we can share our home with others who truly love Tilghman (and our home), and who are so easy to get along with, even if it's only through emails! Until next year....Janice

                                                              And so, it begins

                                                              Cheryl G.

                                                              Our family vacation has relocated. To Tilghman Island. On Harris Creek. At Choptank Cottage. I can only echo what others have said. The views are spectacular. There is a dock where we could tie up our 28' Chris Craft, fish, crab and watch the sea life.

                                                              This home has everything you might need including cooking utensils, crab pots, a picnic table, firepit and so on. Even the next door neighbor and her big love of a dog are very special. The owners are very helpful and the house very welll kempt.

                                                              The location is wonderful, right on the creek. Marker 5, the Red Store, Knapps Narrows, The Lady Patty, Harrison's and on and on.

                                                              The one problem is leaving. Looking forward to the next time. Wow.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thank you for choosing our home, and taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and welcome you back anytime! I'll keep looking for that old cloth blue rod holder...

                                                              Relaxing Get-a-way

                                                              Ryan S.

                                                              The Choptank Cottage is incredible. The property is accessible, but secluded. The neighbors are very nice. We enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving vacation sitting by the Bay enjoying the amenities offered by the home. The owners are incredibly easy to work with and everything is provided. The rooms are impeccable and clean. We cooked a full Thanksgiving dinner with no issues. Even board games are provided. Use the fire pit, it's awesome and you can sit and enjoy a fire while looking over the Bay enjoying a full moon. I cannot speak highly enough about the property and our family is already looking to rent again. The price is great and the house is amazing. Thank you to the owners for allowing us into their home and for an amazing time.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              So glad you enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving! We really appreciate your positive review of our home and hope to have you back. It's great to have repeat guests...Janice

                                                              Wonderful Property

                                                              Bill C.Jersey shore

                                                              A wonderful relaxing home with beautiful water views. The owners were accommodating and very responsive to our pre-trip questions. The property has everything you may need and is private but not secluded. St. Michael's is a short drive away with plenty of restaurants and shops there are also several restaurants closer by. We completely enjoyed our stay and plan to return. We highly recommend Choptank cottage.


                                                              Tilghman Island, MD, USA

                                                              Kayaks available on site for rent, Crab traps available on site for rent *Gas fireplace does not work

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              Tax Rate

                                                              ***Weekly minimum in July and August All guests are required to pay 4% Talbot County Room Tax and 6% Maryland Sales tax per state and local rental rules. This is paid separate through the rental contract, along with a $300 refundable damage deposit. Additional optional items are: *Dogs: add $50 per dog (prior approval required) *Kayak Rental ($50 for one single / $75 for two singles or one double / $125 for all three) *must sign waiver to be provided if kayak rentals are requested *Crab Trap Rental ($25 for all crab traps) *Guests provide their own sheets and towels unless Linen Service is requested for $70 (beds made upon arrival / bathrooms stocked with towels)

                                                              28 Reviews
                                                              Exceptional 5/5
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