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Stunning Waterfront Hideaway on Michener's Choptank River

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


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.

More Details

Viola Curtis
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 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.


Greensboro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master Bed room Suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen size bed guest room
    - Queen size air mattress available
  • Two Bedrooms, King size master suite. Queen size quiet guest room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Stunning Waterfront Hideaway on Michener's Choptank River
average rating of 4.894737 based on 19 reviews

Very peaceful, private, and yet close to everything. The property is beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The house is spotless and Viola adds so many nice touches like fresh cut flowers and fresh vegetables. The pool is very private and clean. Our dogs loved roaming the fenced yard. I would definitely recommend this property and would absolutely return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lisle, New York

Peaceful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to spend our 25th Wedding Anniversary away from the every day activities of normal life and we did not want to go to some tourist hotspot for a week. This beautiful place on the river was just what we were looking for. A quiet, private getaway. The home is lovely, with pretty much everything we could need, including a grill for cooking out. We love the ocean as well, and being only an hour or so away from the coast we could spend a little time there, and then come back to our peaceful spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Stay at Choptank River House

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent an absolutely fantastic week at Choptank River House in late July/early August. We were looking to get away from the heat and crowds of NYC in summer with our 14-month-old and 2 dogs, and the River House could not have been more perfect. The house itself is stunning -- beautifully appointed, filled with natural light and very-well maintained, and we arrived close to midnight to find that the fridge had been stocked with an awesome array of local produce. The house is removed enough to feel like a hideaway but also just a short drive from town, and we were able to make fun day trips to nearby Saint Michael's and the Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware, although with the fantastic views of the river, our own large swimming pool and outdoor hot tub, we sometimes found it hard to motivate ourselves to leave the property. Our toddler had a great time exploring the house/spacious outdoor area and learning how to swim, and the large fenced in backyard was perfect for our dogs to roam and chase tennis balls all day long. We highly recommend this property!


  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wilmington, DE

A lovely getaway, yet all within a 45-minute drive: Easton, Kent Narrows, St. Michaels.

  • 5 of 5

Property was well-maintained; the pool was great, although we had some rain, we still enjoyed a couple beautiful pool days in the sun. Our welcome basket of fresh flowers, fruit and veggies were an elegant and very tasty treat: wonderful tomatoes, a variety of lettuce, delicious strawberries and more! We had a wonderful vacation, and thank Viola for her listing, attention to detail, and kindness throughout our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Serenity by the Choptank.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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.

Alan Tarp

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Easton Md
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Market Street Public House Denton MD
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Queenstown Harbor
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
404 Shore Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Harry's on the Green Denton MD
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Rehoboth Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Insurance $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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