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Hard Head Cottage. 5840 Tilghman Island Rd. 4th house on right after the school

Tilghman Island, MD, USA
  • Cottage1000 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay2 nights


The cottage, surrounded by beautiful flower gardens and plantings is within walking distance of practically everything the island has to offer, including a local organic vegetable stand with fresh country eggs, several restaurants, notably the cafe, Two if By Sea, a must for breakfast or lunch.Also Marker 5 and our market, the Tilghman Island Country Store. Dogwood Harbor, with a public boat ramp, is a short walk or drive and Fairbank's Bait and Tackle, near the famous Knapps Narrows bridge, is an easy walk, too.

Tilghman has remained a slow paced island with lots of history and lore centered around a community of Waterman who have made their living from the Chesapeake Bay for over 100 years.The local Waterman's Museum is a great way to gain knowledge about the island and the generations of folks who live there. It is an ideal get away for down time to relax the body, mind & spirit. Opportunities for boating, fishing, crabbing, biking, kayaking, sea glass hunting and more await you. The local residents are a friendly bunch and a treasure trove of information. Historical St. Michaels is just 15 miles away with many restaurants, shopping, and the must-see Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The Hard Head Cottage, named for the local fish 'hard head' or croaker and the two hard head's that own the cottage, is a comfortable place to call home for a weekend, a week or a month. It has a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, den, two bedrooms each with a queen sized bed, and a full bath with tub and shower. A large backyard offers a picnic table and grill providing lots of outdoor space to enjoy.A large driveway will accommodate several cars, boat and trailer. The cottage has air conditioning, a washer and dryer, a DVD player and TV with local channels.There are several adult bikes on site for use.

You will find this cottage a unique and welcoming home away from home, and we feel certain if you come once, you will soon be back again! My cell,410 829 free to call.



Ann Fegan

Member Since 2012
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 14, 2018


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
        • new queen size beds,den has full size futon


        • 1 Bathroom
          • 1

          Location Type

            • Rural
            • Village
              Sherwood,5 miles away
            • Water View
              great view of the sunrise over the Choptank River across the street. water is everywhere! it's an island!


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      If the linens are damaged due to spray tans or spray tanning products, the renter will be responsible for replacing them
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi, cable TV.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Lots of room for truck with boat trailer and several cars.
                    • Telephone
                      local calls only
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      The washer and dryer are for guests staying 5 nights or longer.You will need to buy laundry soap.All towels and sheets are washed by HHC after guests leave. Guests do not do the laundry.


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          well stocked kitchen, coffee,tea, and sugar and basic condiments and spices are on hand for your use.Toilet paper and paper towels,dish soap and dish washer soap are also there.
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          basic spices,condiments,,sugar,coffee,tea
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • CD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      VERY SMALL DECK AT FRONT OF THE COTTAGE WITH A SWING
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      large back yard,2 picnic table and BBQ grill,out door plastic chairs.
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


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

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • scenic drives
                                                • antiquing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • eco tourism
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • beachcombing
                                                • shelling
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • golf
                                                        • hunting
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • pier fishing
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • swimming


                                                            • 2 PICNIC TABLES AND 6 PLASTIC CHAIRS,GAS GRILL. There is not equipment to cook steamed crabs

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 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.

                                                              9 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Quiet summer getaway

                                                              Aubrie P.Pittsburgh, PA

                                                              The Hard Head Cottage is a quaint and well kept home on the quiet island of Tilghman. The town of St. Michael's is an easy drive down the road for many attractions there, but there is plenty of waterfront dining and a wonderful marina and museum on the island itself. Everyone was warm and welcoming, and the sunsets are the best ever! I highly recommend the cottage as a peaceful launch site for many adventuresome days on the Eastern Shore.

                                                              Enjoyable stay

                                                              Pattie j.Cape Cod

                                                              The cottage is adorable! Perfectly clean, well stocked, very comfortable, good outdoor space. When I realized that the cottage is on the main/only road through Tilghman Island, I worried about road noise. There was none! We arrived slightly ahead of a nor'easter, so our first day was spent reading and watching TV on the long sofa in the living room. Fortunately the weather cleared for a great afternoon at the Maritime Museum, and a delightful sunset sail on the Rebecca Ruark. Captain Wade Murphy is quite the entertainer!

                                                              Since we visited in late October, the island was very quiet. We spent most of our time in St Michaels, so we traveled the 15 miles each way several times daily. Also, the weather kept us from doing more outdoor activities.

                                                              I think the cottage and the island would be a perfect location in warmer weather. The cottage includes an outdoor grill and bicycles.

                                                              Very cute and clean cottage for a great value

                                                              Allison C.

                                                              The cottage was really cute, very, very clean and well appointed with everything we needed. I would recommend maybe bringing bikes -- there were two bikes provided but one had a flat. It was a nice location -- in a quiet part of Tilghman Island, and a short drive to St. Michaels. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

                                                              beautiful cottage

                                                              dsharon56Galloway, NJ

                                                              We rented this charming cottage for Memorial day weekend. What a gem! The caretaker Carol was so helpful and the owner is a phone call away if you have any questions. It's so much bigger than it looks in pictures and very comfortable. It is stocked with everything you need. It was so great waking up and having coffee outside on the swing. There's a wonderful restaurant right across the street and a market down the block. The island is so peaceful and the sunsets are fantastic. I will definitely be back!

                                                              Great stay!

                                                              Karen L.

                                                              Loved the cottage...it had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. It was much bigger than it looked online. The cottage was immaculate...super clean. Fresh linens were great. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked and easy to work in. There were bikes on site which was an added bonus. Enjoyed dining at "Two if by Sea"...great breakfast and dinner. Bought delicious homemade cheesecake and red velvet cake from the island store that was to die for :o) Quiet location but close enough to St. Michael's, Easton and Oxford. Enjoyed a delicious meal at a Mexican Restaurant on the main drag in St. Michael's...tiny spot with good drinks...Gina's.

                                                              The owner and her helper were great! Very accommodating and pleasant to work with. We can't wait to go back!

                                                              Wonderful Cottage on Tilghman Island

                                                              Rosemary H.Silver Spring, MD

                                                              The Hard Head Cottage is an Awesome cottage get away! It is immaculate, clean and tidy. The flowers around the property are so beautiful. The cottage is even better in person. We went to Tilghman Island for a family get away and the island did not disappoint. The cottage is within walking/biking distance of restaurants (very good) and a market. Dogwood harbor is right there also. We loved looking at the Skipjacks and were even able to watch one of the locals sort the fresh crabs right off the boat.

                                                              Ann has provided everything anyone would need for a terrific stay. The beds are comfortable and the decor in the cottage is lovely. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils, pots, pans and spices if you are in the mood to cook up a meal.

                                                              We immediately felt at 'home'. I highly recommend HHC to anyone looking for a great place to stay for their get away at the Eastern Shore!


                                                              Tilghman Island, MD, USA
                                                              9 Reviews

                                                              Excellent 4.7/5

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