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Vintage Railroad Bank restored to a Beautiful Home away from Home

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 960 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6 comfortably with 2 full Baths, full Kitchen, Deck and washer dryer

"The Vault" is a 1926 Bank built to service the Rail Road that ran from Maryland to Kiptopeke to meet the ferry that ran from Kiptopeke to Virginia Beach. The look and feel of the old bank is still present but it has been updated to be a beautiful rental property. It hosts a full modern kitchen, 2 full size bathrooms, 2 sleeping areas, dining area and living room. All hardwood floors and corian counters.

Mark or Christine Snook
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 29, 2017

Why Mark or Christine Snook chose Eastern Shore

This property is conveniently located near Route 13. Easy access with an easy parking area. Located near all the Lower Shore boat ramps. Shopping is nearby, you can travel to Cape Charles and shop antique shops, jewelry stores, great restaurants along with other attractions. You can travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and visit Virginia Beach Oceanfront and Norfolk.

What makes this house unique

Close to most attractions on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but far enough away to be the center of attention. Ample parking for 2 large boats and a lockable gate when you go places.


Cape Charles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 960 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , On first floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , On first floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , On second floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , On first floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , On Second floor
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
We do have a fish cleaning area, if you need to use it, please keep clean and pack all fish remains into a plastic bag and place in dumpster located behind Chris' Bait and Tackle. DO NOT dump remains into woods. We ask all patrons when checking out, please make sure all garbage is removed from the rental. Bring all garbage to dumpsters behind Chris' Bait and Tackle. Please remove linens from beds and put by washer/dryer and make sure any dishes are in dishwasher. Thank You


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Vintage Railroad Bank restored to a Beautiful Home away from Home
average rating of 4.571429 based on 7 reviews

Comfortable and Historical, Nicely Renovated

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Vault. It was a treat to be able to stay in the historical building, and the renovations done to transform the bank into a house were tastefully and well-done. The beds and furniture were comfortable, and the baths and kitchen were well furnished.

The location of the Vault is centrally located for exploring the area. We visited or toured many points of interest from our home-base here -- Cape Charles, Kiptopeke National Park, Cheriton, Eastville, Onancock, Ocean City, MD, Chincoteague and Assateage Islands -- just to name a few. The owners were helpful to suggest charter fishing boats, and we arranged a fishing trip with one that took us out in the Chesapeake Bay. We would have enjoyed the fishing more if we would have caught more than a few small sharks and two stingrays, but fishing is unpredictable and that was just bad luck.

I was surprised and very much appreciated that our damage deposit was refunded before we even got home.

I would recommend staying at the Vault to anyone who would be visiting the area. If more people are traveling together that would require more than 1 hotel room, the price is economical too.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Vault was a treasure!

  • 5 of 5

We like finding unique places to stay and this home filled the bill. Plenty of space to sleep, eat and relax. Loved the history of the building and the kids enjoyed exploring to figure out where the vault once was. The owners were in contact with us to make sure everything was okay. They were available when we called and very helpful. Highly recommend this home if staying in the area.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So much character

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonder stay at "The Vault." The house was clean and comfortable with plenty of room. The only suggestion I would make would be to upgrade to a better dvd player and add cable TV. When the weather is bad there area does not offer much to do other than having a movie day.

Thanks Mark and Chris for sharing your unique property.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pictures don't do this amazing home justice

  • 4 of 5

We were blown away by the beauty of the home as soon as we walked in the door. The high tin ceilings were beautiful and added great ambiance. The kitchen was well stocked, with dishes, utensils, pots and pans. Plenty of towels in the bathrooms. Chris and Mark were friendly at check in and check out. We would definitely rent this home again if we come back to Cape Charles.

Some things to be aware of. The home was a bit dusty, but not so much that it bothered us. I can't imagine cleaning those high ceilings! The entire area has very hard water, which was evident from looking at the cooking utensils. Again, not a big deal, but could be a turn off to some.

When we stayed there was also a second single bed on the 2nd floor. (So a double and 2 singles on each floor). 1 single on each floor was in a curtained alcove that is accessed through the bedrooms with the other beds in them. The upstairs is a loft - so no doors. There are also no doors on the downstairs bedroom. Not a problem for our family of 5, but something to be aware of if you are looking for privacy.

Overall this was a great home that fit our needs perfectly! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unique place to stay

  • 4 of 5

This was a very unique place to stay. We loved the old tin ceilings and other architectural features of this home. The booking went very smoothly. The owners were friendly. They took the time to add a notebook for visitors listing various activities, restaurants, and other information. They also had a journal that visitors could write down something about their stay and a basket with games and coloring items for the children. The bathrooms had more than enough towels and were neat and clean.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Harrisburg pa usa


  • 5 of 5

Great place very clean known the owners for years great people me and my family will be back

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Norfolk International ORF
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Cape Charles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Bay Creek
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cape Center / Stingrays
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Kiptopeke State Park
Car: necessary

"The Vault" is located between Cape Charles and Kiptopeke State Park. Cape Charles offers shopping, restaurants, golf course and marinas along with a public boat ramp (free). Kiptopeke State Park offers boating, beaches, wildlife sightseeing, bicycle trails and kayak rentals and a public boat ramp (fees varies). 1 mile south of The Vault is a bicycle trail built by the US Wildlife refuge paralleling Route 13 towards the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. The Eastern Shore Wildlife Refuge at the end of the shore hosts walking trails, a kayak ramp (free) and a boat ramp ($10 fee). The small town of Oyster, north of the Vault, is a small fishing village with a public boat ramp (free).


Rates & Availability

Cape Charles House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 10.3%

If you are checking in between 4pm and 6pm, please come to Chris' Bait and Tackle to get checked in. If you are going to be in after 6pm, call 757-647-1965 or 757-647-2883 and we will meet at The Vault to check you in. Chris' Bait and Tackle is 1 Mile South on Route 13, driveway next to Powerball sign.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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