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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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

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 Maryland

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 ...
  • 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 4.818182 based on 11 reviews
Washington DC

Definitely Recommend — A Wonderful Getaway Spot on the Eastern Shore

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Silver spring md

The property is beautiful.

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Aaron and Courtney P.

  • 4 of 5

This was our first time going through VRBO and our first trip to the Eastern Shores so we really didn't know what to expect but had an idea of what our family of 5 wanted to experience. The house and Viola's hospitality was nothing short of "amazing!" We enjoyed the property and all of it's amenities. She was very helpful in her suggestions on what to do and where to go, which helped us out tremendously. Our family had a wonderful time in and around the area, taking short day trips to the Inner Harbor, DC, and beaches. Thanks again for a great experience, one we'll cherish for a long time to come! Will certainly be back! Very best regards, Aaron and Family.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Jersey


  • 5 of 5

We drove down the long wooded driveway & arrived at Viola's pristine property. The deck has 4 different seating areas so you can sit outdoors while moving from shaded area to shaded area or however you most enjoy the outdoors. Everything both indoors & outdoors was exceptionally clean, and Viola also graciously had a large amount of local fruits & vegetables waiting for us in the fridge. The property is so private but also so safe & spacious that our little dogs had plenty to explore and do just out the sliding glass door. We would love to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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River House provided the exact vacation opportunity my family was hoping for.

  • 5 of 5

The property provided a feeling of safety and security. The heated pool was fabulous on the few cloudy days that we had, and the hot tub was an added pleasure for relaxing. Our children enjoyed kayaking on the scenic River, and close proximity to the house. Viola greeted us with excitement for choosing River House, and was very helpful in getting us settled in on the property. The kitchen was user friendly for the gourmet cook with beautiful kitchenware to showcase our meals, and the gas grill was an added bonus! Neighboring towns provided easy access for shopping and dining out. Located so closely to many venues allowed great diversity in the vacation experience. Beautiful St. Michaels and Easton are wonderful towns to visit. We were also thankful for an immediate medical care facility in Denton just 10 minutes away if needed. The home was very clean with literally anything we needed during our stay! We couldn't believe we were just a few hours from home, to have such a great vacation experience! We all agreed to return to River House for another special time with family.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A relaxing getaway only a short ride from DC/Baltimore

  • 5 of 5

Viola was a great host. She was there to welcome us, walked us through her beautiful property and left us a great welcoming gift basket. My wife, toddler and I had a great time. If you like a quiet retreat for relaxation that is not too far from amenities, this is the place to go.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • 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

Greensboro House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
May 20 2017 - Sep 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $79
Tax Rate 6.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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