Waterfront house Eastern Shore Chesapeake Bay

From $250 / night

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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • House

This house is on the former estate of John Raskob, builder of the Empire State Building. The four-bedroom, two-bath house is one of seven that Raskob built for his farm employees. Now it has its own dock and swimming pool fronting on Grove Creek, with access to the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay. The property is quite private. The house occupies an acre lot, and across the narrow private road is another acre with a field suitable for games that you might want to bring with you, such as volleyball, badminton, softball, croquet, and the like.

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Waterfront house Eastern Shore Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

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The immediate area is Pioneer Point, as Raskob called his estate. It totals more than two square miles. Raskob's main houses, one for himself and another for his twelve children, are now owned by Russia and are used as a vacation facility for embassy staff. The area is still mostly fields and woods. The farm roads are good for strolling and bicycling. You will see the same people -- our neighbors and the Russians -- out every day, walking their dogs or jogging or riding their bikes.

On a regional scale, Maryland's Eastern Shore is one of the nation's great vacation areas. It is characterized by tidewater rivers that penetrate far inland from Chesapeake Bay. Each river has its own port used by watermen and recreational boaters. These old towns -- nearly all date from the eighteenth century -- have excellent restaurants and cafes and a wide variety of stores, galleries, and specialty shops.

From our house, the nearest town is Centreville, located a few miles to the east. It is the seat of Queen Anne's County and has a public boat ramp, restaurants, and all the usual stores, including large supermarkets. Chestertown is a half-hour's drive to the north, and Easton is 40 minutes to the south. At nearby Queenstown there are two highly rated golf courses. Also in Queenstown is the Prime Outlets mall, one of the best of its kind. The Kent Narrows, located just west of Queenstown, is the site of a half-dozen popular seafood restaurants and crab decks overlooking the water. Some families that rent from us enjoy day trips to Annapolis (40 minutes), St. Michaels (50 minutes), Baltimore (75 minutes), and Washington (80 minutes).

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Rural retreats, Waterfront


Last updated on August 25, 2014
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Rates shown in $ USD

DatesNightlyWeeklyMonthlyMinimum Stay
Aug 16 - Sep 5, 2014
late summer
$1,9501 Week
Sep 6 - Oct 31, 2014
Weekend $300
$1,4002 Nights
Nov 1 - Dec 31, 2014
early winter
Weekend $250
$9802 Nights
All other dates
$321$2,2502 Nights
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Additional notes from the owner

We accept payment by check or money order, which of course entails no fee for you. Moreover, there are no additional charges except for two circumstances. (1) There is typically an extra charge of $100 if you want to arrive early and/or depart late, as can sometimes be done during the off season but not during summer. (2) There is typically an extra charge of 15 percent to rent not just the house but also the cabin, which is a separate structure.

To secure a reservation, a deposit is payable in advance. The deposit is half the rent, or $500, whichever is greater. The balance (if any) is payable when you arrive. If you are unable to come and have to cancel, your deposit will be returned if we find someone else to rent in your place for the same price.


  • Central heating
  • A/C or climate control
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linens Provided
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Housekeeping Optional
  • Alarm Clock
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Towels Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
Phone / Internet
  • Telephone
Pool / Spa
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
Property Features
  • Ocean or water views
  • Parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Stove or Oven
  • Microwave
  • Blender
  • Toaster
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Books
  • Satellite or cable TV
  • Television
  • Stereo or CD player
  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Porch
  • Outdoor Dining Area
Onsite Equipment
  • Canoe
  • Pet friendly - yes
  • Smoking allowed - no
  • Suitable for children - yes
  • Suitable for the elderly - ask
  • Wheelchair accessible - no
Living space
  • 2200 square feet

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