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Kenmar Cottage by the Bay - Your Home Away from Home!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Charming Victorian Cottage is ready for your FUN FILLED or TOTALLY RELAXING get--a-way. The cottage has a fresh coat of (exterior) paint and a yard that invites one to slow down and relax for however long your vacation plans allow. Enjoy coffee (or cocktails) on the front porch (or back porch if you prefer) and say 'Hi' as neighbors and folks pass by in this 'front porch' community on their way to shops and restaurants on Mason Ave (Main Street only a block away), Central Park and the children's playground (only a half block away) or the beach (three blocks away). Rent a golf cart locally or take your car to the Marina (5 blocks) or the Bay Creek Golf Courses - one Arnold Palmer and the other Jack Nicklas (5 blocks). There is an in-house book lending library, plenty of games, cable and WiFi.

Mark L. Usry
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Mark L. Usry

Texan by birth I grew up in Oklahoma and first became part of the Cape Charles community in 1995. I enjoy the opportunities that are part of spending the last 30 years in higher education classrooms at James Madison University in Virginia for 20 years and currently at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. An empty nest dad of two with two cats and two dogs.

Mark L. Usry purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Mark L. Usry chose Cape Charles

This is my home upon retirement. This community is a combination of those who have been here for years and those that have relocated here more recently from where they grew up or had their careers. It is a chosen community of many artisans, educators, professionals, workmen and entrepreneurs. This is a community that welcomes diversity - racial, faith traditions, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression - of all kinds, you will love it here if you are accepting of that diversity and ..... love amazing sunsets at the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

A cozy home with a wide front porch and beautifully landscaped yard for living and amazing neighbors.


Cape Charles Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • One bathroom with shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(16 traveler reviews)

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Kenmar Cottage by the Bay - Your Home Away from Home!
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

A home away from home by the bay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this great house. It was much larger than it looked in the photos. The kitchen was well stocked with coffee maker, etc. The beds were comfy. We're definitely going back! We sat on the rocking chairs on the front porch, went to the beach, ate lots of good seafood. I can't remember such a relaxing vacation. Thank you, Mark !

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you had the relaxation that you were looking for - so happy to share my home.
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The gardens are beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Kenmar Cottage! Kenmar is conveniently located near the beach and main street. We enjoyed our walks to the beach every day! After catching crabs and fish all day at the beach our oldest son would catch toads and garden slugs in the back yard gardens.The fig tree was full of unripened figs! I checked them every day in hopes of maybe one ripe fig! The cottage is roomy and we felt comfortable there. We enjoyed the owner's eclectic style and art pieces. Our favorite piece was the Trident Merman church pew bench!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a particularly good feeling when those who visit enjoy my home. So glad to hear all the fun, and wish the figs Had cooperated.
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Diegten, Switzerland

Wonderful house with the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and had all what we needed for a perfect vacation. The bedrooms are large and the beds are comfortable. The front and the back porches are really relaxing. The garden looks very nice. The location is perfect. Only one block from the mason street with all the shops and only about 10 min. to the beach. I can highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review.My hope with all who stay at my home is you are able to relax and enjoy.
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The house and property are very nice. Comfortable living indoors and lovely privacy outdoors behind

  • 5 of 5

Our experience staying at Kenmar by the Bay was totally positive. The house is very comfortable, the rooms are large, the kitchen is very nice and adequately supplied, and the bedrooms are large and the beds comfortable with very nice bedding. Wonderful location, close to downtown Cape Charles, and close to the beach. One of our great pleasures in visiting Cape Charles is the opportunity to walk around town at length and view well kept gardens and engage with friendly locals. It is just a lovely place to visit and spend time at a beach, eat great foods, and stay in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. Also highly recommended for children.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for the wonderful review of my home. Thank you for taking such good care while you were here.
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Relaxing beach get-away

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing beach get-away! Kenmar Cottage is a great home in an unbeatable location - easy few blocks walk to the beach and 1 block walk to restaurants / shopping. The cottage is well-appointed and comfortable. My dogs and I enjoyed lounging about on rainy days and playing at the beach on sunny days. Cape Charles is a true hidden gem and I hope it stays so! Mark was very responsive and helpful in booking the trip. Overall a great experience!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chesterfield, VA

Fantastic home in a great town

  • 5 of 5

Cape Charles has been a favorite destination for our family over the years. We love fishing with Captain Wilson Cropp, the wonderful beach, hiking along the bay’s cliffs in Kiptopeke State Park, hiking to the Savage Neck Dunes and walks in town. Kenmar Cottage is a great place to stay, just blocks from the beach and the owner has a wide variety of well-kept plants in the yard.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
39.1 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Kelly's Gingernut Pub
Nearest Golf
1.2 Miles
Bay Creek Golf Course
Nearest Train
59.6 Miles
Newport News Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 13
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Cape Charles Coffee House
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Cape Charles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning $100
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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