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Stunning Waterfront Hideaway on Michener's Choptank River

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Last updated: 11/16/2016
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Modern 2 BR, 2 BA River House has 180-degree views of glorious sunsets

Imagine two floors of picture windows overlooking a spacious deck, and heated pool, all gazing out at one of the most historic and scenic rivers in the country. The Choptank River first navigated by European colonists in 1612 and immortalized in James Michener's novel, Chesapeake, 350 years later, beckons River House guests to walk its woods, yak a its shores, and explore its historic and tranquil surroundings. This is the heart of Maryland's Eastern Shore, renowned worldwide for its crab and oysters, yet situation in the middle of just about everything without drawing attention to itself. This is Pinch Me country.

The Eastern Shore is a large, flat peninsula occupied by three states between the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay--which is really an ancient estuary. There are no metropolises, no limited-access highways, no scheduled commercial airports. Less than 30 feet above sea level in most spots, it is etched by countless meandering tributaries, none 100 miles long, yet more than a couple of them--including the Choptank--2 to 4 miles wide when they reach the Bay. Weaving like blood vessels in a retina, the graceful paths of the rivers, and the marshes and grasslands they define, are reminiscent of the plains of Africa and South America. There is nothing like it in the Western Hemisphere above the equator.


One hour east of River House are the Atlantic beaches of Rehoboth and Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware. An hour west puts you in the nation's capital, with Annapolis in between. Less than 90 minutes southeast is Assateague Island, famous for its beach camping, off-loading, and wild horses. Half an hour due south of River House are the superb dining and shopping of Easton and, a little further, St. Michael's and Oxford. Within easy reach north are churches with gravestones from the 1600's near Ruthsburg, the nation's first chartered college in Chestertown, and the largest weekly antique auction in the works, in Crumpton. Or head just three miles down the road to Denton and begin retracing the Underground Railroad and visit the birth places of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. both natives of the Choptank's shores.

River House offers a master bedroom with a king bed and ensuite. There is a quiet guest room on the first floor with a queen bed, a couple of steps from the second full bathroom. Additional guests could be accommodated with a queen air mattress. A wash and drier are down the hall in the laundry room. The living room provides Direct TV on a large screen next to the gas fireplace.

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Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 11/16/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 1700 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    The Choptank River House is non-smoking inside and out....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    One small-to-mid-sized dog may be considered. Unfortunately, due to allergies, we cannot allow cats....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Master Bed room Suite...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Queen size bed guest room...moreless

  • Queen size air mattress available...moreless

  • Two Bedrooms, King size master suite. Queen size quiet guest room.

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A birding book and a few hard-coy maps are on hand....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    Large flat-screen...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    Hidden away in two acres of woods along the Choptank River...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    2 wooded acres with 200 feet of waterfront on the Choptank River waterfront, 30 yards from the deck, with kayaks and access...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    River House has two heating and AC zones....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer for your use...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Gas. Please do not attempt to burn anything in the fireplace or re-arrange the artificial logs....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fresh linens for the king and queen beds are provided, as well as pillows and pillow cases. Each bed has foam toppers for comfort, plus blankets....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Living room features a wall of windows...moreless

  • Parking:

    There is parking for up to three cars....moreless

  • Telephone:

    There is no land line....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath and pool towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Washing machine for your use...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The kitchen cabinets are fully stocked with dishes, utensils, and glasses for 12, plus cookware, cutlery, and a leftover containers....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen includes, besides the basics, a juicer, toaster, and a blender. There is also a gas-fed barbecue on the deck....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Paper towels, toilet paper, and a few condiments are provided. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large decking and brick paver patio....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two kayaks are on hand....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house is surrounded by woods and landscaped gardens....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    On the deck...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Outdoor tennis located in the town of Denton and indoor tennis located at Cross Court in Easton, Md...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool:

    The heated pool is for the exclusive use of guests staying at River House. Please do not attempt to change the temperature setting. It is monitored and serviced weekly by a pool service company....moreless

 

Reviews

Write a review 4.8
from 11 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
May 20 - Sep 30, 2017
6 night min stay
$345
$2,415 $9,500
My Standard Rate
6 night min stay
$300
$2,100 $8,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • cleaning fee $125 + tax
  • Pet Fee $100 + tax
  • Tax Rate 6%

Owner's cancellation policy:

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


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Location

15 Miles
Nearest Airport
Easton Md
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Market Street Public House Denton MD
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
Queenstown Harbor
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
404 Shore Highway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Harry's on the Green Denton MD
45 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rehoboth Beach

Car: Necessary

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2005

About the owner: Natives of the DC area, Chris and Viola Curtis fell in love with the Eastern Shore ten years ago and bought River House, built in 2003. They have been escaping to this enchanting spot almost every weekend since. Chris is a family law attorney in northern Virginia, and Viola runs his business. They are testimony that there is no antidote quite like this tranquil getaway from the intense professional environment of the Beltway. In fact, they love it so much, they decided this is where they plan to retire. They invite you to experience the reinvigorating magic of this house, on this river, on this amazing Eastern Shore.

Why the Owner Chose Greensboro, MD, USA:
Feeling creative? There is nothing like the River House as an incubator and inspirer. Let the composer in you come up with your next few tracks or capture the lyrics that have been eluding you. Go ahead, finish that screenplay. Your inner author can draft entire chapters here. (Michener wrote most of his on these very waters.) You will not be the first poet to pen stanzas at this house, either. Nor the first painter to paint, nor the first actor to rehearse lines, the first musician to play, nor first cartoonist to draw here.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
When you wake up in the king-sized bed of the master bedroom, and before your feet hit your slippers, you will look straight out the wall of picture windows to the river. Roll over to the right or left and you will see the woods fully decked out in seasonal fare, as dawn spills down from the skylight. Take in the unique personality of each of the four seasons from this perch, or from the balcony, living room, kitchen, or dining table. Or from the deck, with its glass railings and unobstructed views. The brilliant, crisp foliage of fall, the hushed peace of winter, the exuberant eruption of spring, and the sultry lushness of summer, all become closer, more intimate at the River House. There is no "in-season" here. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, even the doldrums of February, are all exquisitely serene times. Into birding? This is one of the richest avian habitats in North America. On the river slightly to the left of the house is a nest that is inhabited by osprey who return the first of every March to start a new generation. On the far bank are blue herons. Down river nearby are bald eagles, who, though much larger, tread carefully when encroaching on osprey turf. In the woods surrounding the house there is a cardinal couple, loyal to each other and to our home the year 'round. Not to mention red-tailed hawks, turkey buzzards, nuthatches, tufted titmouse, chickadees, and three species of woodpeckers. We'll leave our birding guide and binoculars for you. Kayaking? We'll keep two of them, with paddles, ready for you at the front of the deck. Or, when it's warm, lounge on the pavers next to the pool and read the day away.


Contact us

Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within a few days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 11/16/2016

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Photos

  • Quiet Guest Room

    Quiet Guest Room

  • Kayaks!

    Kayaks!

  • Summer at The River House

    Summer at The River House

  • Privacy!

    Privacy!

  • Wall of Windows

    Wall of Windows

  • Open Kitchen

    Open Kitchen

  • Outdoor Living!

    Outdoor Living!

VRBO #702464

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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