About the property
- House1700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay6 nights
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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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, spanish, portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 25, 2018
About Viola Curtis
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.
Viola Curtis purchased this House in 2005
Why Viola Curtis chose Greensboro
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.
What makes this House unique
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.
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Serenity by the Choptank.
My husband, Australian Cattle Dog (Brody), and I spent 6 perfect days on Moot Point Lane in Viola's lovely home-away-from-home. From the warm welcome and generous provisions of fresh corn, massive tomatoes, aromatic peaches and sweet strawberries, to the excellent communication and helpful information binder provided in the house, everything was top notch. As for the property --what can we say...At the Choptank River House there is no other option than to relax and revive. The view is soothing, the sounds gentle, the pool is inviting and lulls you into day dreams and good thoughts. The fenced yard provided Brody with lots of shady spots from which to supervise our morning cups of coffee on the deck or our hours reading books by the pool. Necessities were within easy access and day outings to Easton and St. Michaels were convenient and pleasant diversions as was Blough's Seafood (highly recommend getting a dozen steamed crabs too eat on the deck). All in all, one of the most peaceful, enjoyable weeks we have had. Thanks so much Viola, we will definitely be back. Jim, Mieke and Brody.
Everything was Great
Owners very accommodating and helpful.
Directions on how things operated at the house were very well laid out. Setting on the river was perfect. Pool and spa were awesome. Centrally located to anything and anywhere you wanted to go.
Secluded and Relaxing
If you are looking to get away from it all and relax this is the place. Viola met us the first day and showed us everything, she even had fresh fruit and vegetables waiting for us. Everything was perfect, the private pool was a hit with the kids, the hot tub was wonderful. The river is right in view and the fishing was great. No noise from cars, your choice to cook there or go out and enjoy, some really nice local places to eat at just use yelp and you can't go wrong. Viola provides a wonderful place to relax and enjoy yourself with your family without a schedule. Can't wait to go back again. Within a hour to the beach or bay. Viola thank you so much.
Fantastic Place To Stay and Relax.
We absolutely loved this house! Was a perfect home base for short drives to DC and Baltimore. Our family had a fun filled time. Viola was an amazing host. Would certainly recommend to anyone. Thanks!
Definitely Recommend — A Wonderful Getaway Spot on the Eastern Shore
Absolutely lovely! This house is an ideal Eastern Shore destination for five key reasons. (1) The PROPERTY. The river is charming and a perfect spot for canoeing and kayaking; the pool and hot tub are refreshing and soothing; and the wooded lot offers both beauty and intimacy. (2) The HOUSE. The open floor plan is terrific for cooking, relaxing, and just enjoying time together. It is also in wonderful condition with all of the little touches you want in a home. (3) The LOCATION. The house feels remote but is still accessible to all of the joys that the Eastern Shore has to offer. You could stay tucked in for the duration (groceries are less than 10 minutes away, with an abundance of farm stands close by as well), or easily pop around the peninsula to other small towns. (4) The DOGS. We love a pet-friendly location, and even better when the property is securely yet unobtrusively fenced, as this one is. (5) And, most importantly, the OWNERS. Viola and Chris are lovely, making sure that we had everything we needed, leaving us with wonderful fresh fruits and vegetables, and even leaving flowers and a charming balloon as they knew we were celebrating my birthday. All around, we definitely recommend!
The property is beautiful.
We loved staying here. It is a wonderful home to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. It is a definite hidden treasure. Another positive note is having our dogs with us. It was wonderful to meet the owner, Viola. Thank you for all of the fruits and vegetables. We can't wait to come back!