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5BR Patuxent River Timberframe Farmhouse with Pool, Beach, Dock

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 4,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

New, 5 bedroom, 3 1/2 bathroom, dock, beach, in-ground pool, huge screened porch


Part of a former tobacco farm (with oldest tobacco barns in St. Mary's County) located directly on the beautiful Patuxent River. The river is about 2 miles wide in front of house and has very little boat traffic. Crabbing and fishing directly off private dock. Electric boat lift available. Private beach is ideal for tanning, swimming or kayaking. Property is private, well landscaped and level so it's ideal for volleyball or other yard activities. Includes a large swing set.


New, large in-ground pool (17' x 40') with automatic pool cover along with charming adjoining pool house/barn with overhand for shade. Pool includes a tanning area, 4' deep at shallow end extending to about 8' deep. Very private and overlooks river with 180 degree views.


Very unique antique timberframe home with 5 large bedrooms and 3 1/2 large bathrooms:

- 1 bedroom on ground level

- 4 bedrooms on second level along with an alcove room

- 3 1/2 large bathrooms; 1 bathroom and powder room on ground level and 2 on second level

- huge (12' x 30') water-facing dining room with fireplace (including antique farm table that sits over 20 people),

- large (24' x 24') water-facing living room with beamed ceiling and fireplace,

- large (12' x 30') water-facing kitchen with new stainless steel appliances, bar seating, huge farm sink,

- small office overlooking pool/water,

- laundry room with new large-capacity washer, dryer, sink

- huge (12' x 55') water-facing screened porch with screened gazebo

- covered porch on farm side

- front entrance with charming pergola

- basement with small bathroom

Private Layout

- On ground level and separated from living room area, a large (15' x 20') water-facing bedroom with queen bed and office area and large (8' x 15') tiled bathroom with large roll-in shower.

- On second level separated from other areas, are two charming large bedrooms with cathedral ceilings; a master bedroom (12' x 22') facing water and pool with queen bed, walk-out balcony and bedroom (11' x 22') with queen bed and a built-in single bed facing farm, pool and water including large bank of windows for air, light, and views. Huge connecting tiled bathroom with 2 sinks, 6' walk-in shower, toilet room, and soaking tub surrounded by windows overlooking pool and water.

- Separate from other bedrooms are two additional upstairs bedrooms facing the water; each with cathedral ceilings and queen beds along with a hallway built-in single bed. These rooms are connected with a large tiled bathroom with double sinks, shower, and large soaking tub.

Floor Plan and Other Features

Floor plan is very open. Kitchen is situated between living room and dining room. Screened porch connects to all main living areas including dining room, kitchen and living room.

Most areas of house have overhang porches and a cross ventilation layout which takes advantage of the Patuxent River breezes. Every room has a ceiling fan (along with 3 zone central air conditioning).

House has a lot of character with antique timber frame construction throughout, old pine floors, fireplaces, large windows, and wood molding.

More Details

Caroline Ferber
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Caroline Ferber

Caroline and Robert (Bob) Ferber live in Baltimore, MD and have 4 children. Bob grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, while Caroline grew up in Paris, France. Bob and Caroline purchased the house from his family in 2008 and constructed a large addition using timbers from a tobacco warehouse from Lexington, Kentucky.

Caroline Ferber purchased this house in 2008

Why Caroline Ferber chose Mechanicsville

The farm has been in Bob's family for many generations. They used the property as a getaway for many years, enjoyed its privacy and found it to be a perfect escape to crab, fish, swim, kayak, and boat. During the off-season it's nice for spending Thanksgiving with a large number of family or as a getaway during the winter where you can watch the geese and ducks on both the farm and water sides of the house.

What makes this house unique

This house provides the unusual mix of living on a farm without having to get up early and do chores. Inside it's bright with water views from every room and the old pine beams provide a warmth that is hard to find in any other home. We find much of the time is spent on the screen porch either sitting with friends and family or eating crabs and fresh Amish corn on the porch table. The pool is another treat as it's so refreshing and provides 180 degree views of the river right out front.


Mechanicsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , large hallway bath, huge tub, 2 sinks, large window, tiled
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large 1st fl, handicap shower, double sink, tiled, 2 windows
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , powder room off of living room, beams, window, terra cotta
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , huge, large shower, 2 sinks, toilet room, 3 windows, views
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , Outdoor heated shower next to pool, with privacy
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , Small bathroom in basement. Very basic.
  • All bathrooms are new, very large in size (with exception of one in basement) and tiled. Powder Room: Terra cotta tiled floor, antique porcelain wash stand, window, beams. First Floor Bathroom: Large with tiled floor, marble counter with large custom vanity, 2 windows, large closet, large walk-in shower. Hall Bathroom Upstairs: Large with tiled floor, marble counter with double sinks, window, shower, large soaking tub. Master Bathroom: Huge with tiled floor, double antique porcelain wash stands, 4 windows, huge walk-in shower, toilet room, soaking tub alcove with windows. Access to additional bedroom.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 15'x22' 1st fl, water views 5 windows, BR w handicap shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 14'x24' cathedral ceiling, balcony, water views, large bath
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 14'x24' cathedral ceiling, many windows water/farm views
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 13'x12' cathedral ceiling, water views, unique beams
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 13'x12' cathedral ceiling, water views
    Bedroom 6 - 1 twin/ single , Alcove room with window, limited privacy
  • 4 bedrooms have antique beams on ceilings and walls. All bedrooms have many windows and are bright.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
New charming shake style antique timberframe home on the Patuxent River. Many windows with river views from every bedroom, living and dining rooms. Old pine wood floors throughout. Huge screened-in porch overlooking water.


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5BR Patuxent River Timberframe Farmhouse with Pool, Beach, Dock
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

Beautiful home to celebrate Thanksgiving w Our family!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect setting. Beautiful spacious country home on the water, nestled in nature. Lovely decor, cozy beds w fresh linens and soft pillows on all beds! We spent nights in the family room toasty by the fireplace. Huge kitchen had everything we needed to eat all our meals in, even Thanksgiving! We have been staying at VRBO over 20 years from Maine to Florida...this is by far one of the best. Caroline was always helpful and accommodating, went above and beyond to make our stay wonderful.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We absolutely enjoyed ourselves, we have relatives and old friends which made it extra special.

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous property !

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Relaxing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The home provided everything as advertised. Fully furnished and equipped for a fun, relaxing week away. Great waterfront views for sunrise and sunset. Easy access to the river for kayaking and exploring. The in-ground pool was a great place for swim or hanging-out. The house was spacious and provided plenty of room for our family of six to spread-out or be together for meals or games. We packed a lot of games, but did not have to, because board games and yards games including volleyball were provide. The screened-in porch was a gathering place to enjoy the morning and evening breeze or take a break from all the outdoor fun. We will book our next stay soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely House on the Water, Spacious but Homey

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a long weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the house, the grounds, and the especially the river. The weather was bad most of the weekend and the house with a roaring fire is great when it's raining. One sunny day is all you need to appreciate the pool and kayaking on the Patuxent.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Wonderful Spot for a Ladies Weekend!!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this property for a reunion gathering of 6 college roommates. It was the ideal property. The bedrooms were perfect as everyone had their own space. There were lovely water views from many of the rooms. I loved the décor throughout the house. We enjoyed breakfast and morning coffee on the front porch. The kitchen and dining room were wonderful for cooking and eating in. We socialized in the large open living room, which had a working fireplace. I was the perfect gathering place.

There were fun things to do in the general area. We visited Solomons Island and the Sotterley Plantation. We would definitely return. The owner's were responsive and incredibly nice to work with. I would recommend this house to all my friends.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Christmas Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect location for our family Christmas get-away! We had enough room for everyone to eat dinner together at the dining room table; the kitchen was large enough that we weren't running into each other while we did our Christmas baking; and the living room is large but cozy. We hung out by the fire and opened gifts by our live, Christmas tree, which the Owners let us bring into their home. It was such a wonderful place to celebrate with my family!

And as much as we all loved the house, I cannot say enough good thing about the Owners. Caroline was so sweet and so easy to work with. We will definitely be returning and will recommend this house to all of our friends.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
54 Miles
National airoport DC
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Sea Breeze
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sandgates Inn
Nearest Beach
On location
Car: necessary

Sandgates Farmhouse is located on an old tobacco farm fronting the Patuxent River in rural St. Mary's County MD. The Patuxent River is surprisingly undeveloped and has almost no boat traffic even though it's less than 50 miles from Washington DC. Though the house is very private, it's close to shopping, restaurants, naval base, and Solomons Island.

Fish and crab off dock or by boat on the Patuxent. The mouth of the Chesapeake is about 30 minutes south and the beautiful head of the Patuxent River winds over an hour north.

While the house is ideal for a relaxing getaway with family and friends, there are a number of key attractions nearby. They include:

- Maryland Crabbing and Fishing: In nearby areas as well as on Patuxent Rover and Chesapeake Bay.

- Amish country: Just a few miles away on Friendship School Road

- Solomons Island: Museum, docks, and many restaurants and bars.

- Sodderley Plantation: Special events, tours, and walks.

- St. Clement's Island: Where Maryland was founded and a good day trip.

- St. Mary's City: Home of St. Mary's College and Maryland's first city.

- Patuxent Naval Base: Largest employer in area and where many activities are held.

- Three Notch Road Bike Trail: On old rail line near property.

- Farm and Wine Tours: In numerous locations in St. Mary's County.

The 'Visit St. Mary's County' web site is a good source for additional information.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
cleaning fee $250
Pet Fee $20

Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25.00 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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