|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
HOME ON THE RIVER:
A view of Choptank River (read James Michener's 'Chesapeake') from all rooms in airy 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen & bath. Separate entrance, patio, dock with canoe and kayak. Peaceful setting within 2 miles of town and relatively close to Washington D.C.Baltimore, Philadelphia PA & Annapolis, Maryland as well as Dover, Rehoboth Beach Delaware and Assateague Island National Seashore. Just 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.
The apartment's private entrance faces the river and borders on a creek which is on the crest of a hill giving a panoramic view of the river from all the windows of which there are 17 with four picture windows. Our home is called a 'tree house on the river' because of its closeness to the water and mature trees surrounding the house. The house is situated an 18 acre mostly wooded property.
-Secure well lit private entrance close to parking area
- two bedrooms one with queen sized bed with down topper and comforter and the second with two twin beds one with foam topper and with with down topper. All beds have fine sheets and pillows.
-well-equipped California kitchen (see features below)
- Full bathroom with tub
- Closets with hangers, iron and ironing board
- Central A/C and heating + ceiling fans in every room
- Recessed lighting + lamps
- high ceilings
-WHAT WE INCLUDE:
- Bathroom: a set of towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste, hairdryer
- Kitchen: Fridge stocked with, water (still and sparkling), and milk.
- All cooking supplies incl. pots, pans, dishes, glasses, wine glasses, knives, silverware, bottle opener, and other cooking tools; appliances include toaster, coffeemaker, gas stove; snacks include coffee for Cuisinart K coffee maker, cookies, tea, etc.
- Miscellaneous: All bed linens plus sofa bed and optional blow-up mattress with pillows and linens for extra guest or children, tourist info and maps of area, plenty of books, tissues, iPod dock.
LOCATION & NEIGHBORHOOD
Having a private patio to use for meals with easy access to the dock where there is a canoe and three kayaks available for use. Additionally, there is a fire pit which overlooks the river. With a coffee maker (Cuisinart K style) and basic supplies guests can settle right in for a cozy stay.
Our area is rural but relatively close to large city centers such as Washington D.C. & Baltimore, MD and the historic towns of Annapolis, Easton, St. Michael's and Oxford MD. Just 2 miles from the Town of Denton and 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as well as Dover, Delaware. There is a public landing and restaurants and an Irish pub in Denton along with a Super Walmart for your basic needs. Two large state parks within a few miles of our home and an Arboretum championing native plants of the coastal plain region along with a museum and shop.
Since we are located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a car is necessary.Bicycles are available to use at our home and there are many beautiful country roads to cycle.
RULES: This is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY - you shall be asked to leave if you smoke on our property.
Check-in & Check-out: We are flexible about check-in time & check-out time if there is not other guest leaving or arriving the day of your arrival or departure.
We created a wonderful apartment to share with travelers seeking a comfortable place to rest and have an adventure. Avid runner, cyclist, skier and yoga teacher who enjoys travel, meeting new people and experiencing exciting places. Especially like entertaining friends and family at our home and sharing camp fires and paddling on the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. My husband and I have often traveled without knowing exactly where we would end up or stay for the night which has added to our experiences with our sons. Really like our home's rural setting but close to Annapolis, MD Washington D. C. and Baltimore MD and just 4 hours from my hometown of New York City.
Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie purchased this apartment in 1986
My husband Peter chose this property and then created Moot Point Farm and custom built our solar envelope house. The Choptank River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, is fresh water at our upper river location which provides seasonal swimming for the whole family. Additionally, there is outstanding fishing and abundant wildlife watching since there is very little development near our part of the river.
Having been called 'a tree house on the river' by many guests since there is a oneness with nature which is afforded by the design of our home. Only removing the trees necessary for the footprint of the house and having almost three walls of glass gives you a very real sense of being outside when you are in our home. The ever changing view of the river is always enchanting as is the ebb and flow of the tide. Having raised our two sons (now 21 & 22) on the banks of the Choptank in our unique home has been a rare joy and provided a wonderful appreciation of nature in our children.
Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us and for the delicious surprise. We thought we would return the cookie favor :) What a special getaway and thank you so much.
My husband and I spent our spring break in the River House Apartment, and we could not have picked a more restful site. Peter and Helen made us feel immediately welcome when we arrived, and we found the accommodations to be charming--and much more than adequate. The kitchen is well-appointed with everything one might need to prepare full meals, and the two bedrooms were charming in their design. The views we had from all rooms were spectacular: we watched osprey, ducks, geese, cardinals, and other birds beside and on the Choptank River throughout the day and early evening. Our dogs were truly happy with the freedom that we could offer them, as they were able to roam the wooded areas beside the house safely. (They consider this place to be Doggie Heaven.) Thank you, Peter, Helen, and Sophie, for making our vacation on the Eastern Shore a memorable experience.
Helen and Peter are great hosts. Comfortable beds and a huge fire pit on a hill with a fantastic river view. Lots of things to do in the area...historic Denton, hiking and kayaking in nearby Tuckahoe State Park and of course water activities in the river right in front of the home. Had a great weekend and hopefully we'll have the opportunity to come back soon.
We rented this home on an extended visit to the Eastern Shores. We were not familiar with the area and hoped that this River House would be true to the description. We were not disappointed! The accommodations could not have been more perfect! Everything was as described. Every room had a beautiful waterfront view, clean, and provides all of the amenities mentioned in the description. What can't be described is the feeling of being "home" when away from home! The owners welcomed us with a fun welcome sign as we walked to the front door. Thus began our journey over the holidays. Staying at The River Home at Moot Point was comfortable, a quiet beauty with lovely winter views of the river, all of the details that everyone looks to make their vacation "trouble free". The owners are gracious, kind, and truly welcome you to this home. Every aspect of our stay here made us feel like we were leaving new friends. Hands down, we will return. Thank you Peter, Helen, and Sophie!
We had a wonderful 2 night stay while attending the VMI/Navy game in Annapolis. Everything was clean and well kept and the hospitality was excellent. A bottle of champaigne was waiting for us (Anniversary weekend too) and fresh baked cookies. Enjoyed a canoe ride down the river too. Highly recommend this remote little treasure...thanks for a great stay.
What a wonderful place. We didn't want to leave. Helen and Peter were amazing hosts. We brought our dog who made friends right away with their dog Sophie. I don't know who enjoyed the place more, us or our dog.
Thank you making this a truly memorable vacation.
This property made me a hero with my spouse! Every single detail was well above and beyond the standard for this price range. Even before we arrived our hosts helped us arrange pet sitting for our dog during the days we would be out exploring the area. The location turned out to be perfect and right in the center of all the areas we wanted to explore.
The apartment was lovely with great big picture windows to see out to the woods and the beautiful river. It is apparent that the owners put a lot of thought into guests comfort to insure all of our needs were met. The property was clean and well cared for, and felt like an apartment for cherished family members and not a rental.
We loved the huge bedrooms! The bed was super comfortable, with pillows in an assortment of softness/firmness. Not only were quality bed linens provided (plenty of extra blankets, and a gorgeous quilt), but kitchen hand towels and bathroom towels were provided and of good quality.
We enjoyed swimming in the clean river, which even at low tide had a nice deep channel we could walk out to and enjoy swimming in. In the mornings we would watch the sun rise sitting on the dock with our coffee while our dog swam and wandered the property having the time of her life. We watched herons fish and surveyed the comings and goings of an osprey from a nearby nest.
Even though the owners live above the apartment, I recommended this property to friends who are newlywed. The first evening we arrived we laid down just to take a little nap at 6pm and slept for 12 hours straight without hearing a sound. After that one evening we heard some faint footsteps above us - so insignificant when one realizes if this property was a stand alone it would be four times the price.
So many little details impressed me about this property – I wish I had written them down as the details have faded after the rest of our trip, but I can tell you we loved it so much that my husband asked if we could please change our spring vacation plans and come back here and we sure plan to. Our dog loved the river apartment so much when we left she dug into the ground and didn’t want to leave, and we felt exactly the same.
Choptank: The River I love
Since the first time I saw the Choptank River 30 years ago it has inspired my imagination and interest. In its 70 mile journey from its source near the border between Delaware and Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay is a unique, diverse and fascinating ecosystem. From its source about 30 miles upstream from Moot Point to about 5 miles downstream the river is not brackish or slightly brackish but wholly fresh; farmers irrigate directly from the river less than half a mile north of our dock. Although it is fresh water, it is still subject to the same tides as the bay and the ocean.
Interaction with the river where we live is to some extent dependent on the tide. At low tide (once every 12 hours and 25 minutes) there is little or no water at the end of the dock and the small creek, Joiner Branch is clearly visible as it meanders into the river near the dock. At high tide there is 3 feet plus of water at the dock’s end and this is the best time for fishing, swimming and boating. Because the tides are on a lunar clock and most of us run on a solar one, this means high tide shows up at a time about 45 minutes later each day. Depending on when you visit, the tide may be high morning noon or night.
The river is not very clear most of the year but it’s not polluted either. Swimming with a vest or in pairs with supervision is fine. The bottom of the river is predominantly sand covered by mud anywhere the current is slowed by vegetation or small islands. If you are brave enough to wade in the shallow water, be careful, the mud can be many inches deep and will suck the flip-flop or loose shoe right off your feet. Although you may encounter sticks or small tree branches in the mud, otherwise it is not dangerous.
Off the dock at Moot Point the water is between one inch and 3 feet deep depending on the stage of the tide. It continues to be relatively shallow for about 100 feet and then drops off into a 50 foot wide channel at the middle of the river. The current flows in both directions depending on whether the tide is coming in (flood) or going out (ebb). Between tides when it runs the fastest, it flows about 1.5 miles an hour. During severe storms or when the wind is very strong, it can reach considerably faster speeds. This means you should not attempt to swim across the river unless you are an expert swimmer or are wearing a life-vest. If you feel overwhelmed by the current, head for the nearest riverbank and wait until your feet touch bottom.
The river boasts a wide variety of animal, fish and bird life year round. Fish I have seen in the river here include catfish, large-mouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, crappie, alewives, darters, herring, shad, shiners, blue-gill, rock bass and striped bass a.k.a. rockfish. Rockfish are not common except during the Spring when they pursue large schools of baitfish that run up the river and in the Fall when the rockfish are mating.
Although it’s been a long time, I have seen river otters cruise the river at dusk. There are many resident beavers living in the banks of the river but they are mainly nocturnal and hard to spot during the day. You can frequently hear them at night however, as they warn each other of approaching humans by the loud slap of their tails on the water. You will need to use stealth and sneak up on them to experience this behavior. Other animals to look for along or in the river are foxes, gray and black squirrels, raccoons, possum, turtles, moles, voles and deer. Occasionally you will spot a flock of wild turkeys.
People seem to associate the river with reptiles. There are frogs and turtles and eels, (none of them electric), and snakes as well. Please understand there are no poisonous snakes anywhere in or around the entire Delmarva peninsula on which the entire Choptank River watershed is located. This according to Nick Carter, who waded the wetlands and cruised the rivers of the Eastern Shore of Maryland as a wetland biologist for over 30 years.
The Choptank River begins at Choptank Mills, Delaware, where Tidy Island Creek and Culbreth Marsh Ditch join together. It ends at the Chesapeake Bay in a very wide mouth between Blackwalnut Point on Tilghman Island, and Cook Point, near Hudson, Maryland. Tidy Island Creek and Culbreth Marsh Ditch rise in western Kent County, Delaware. The entire watershed is in the coastal plain. The Choptank reaches sea level near Denton, Maryland and is not salty until around 2 miles (3.2 km) below Denton. Greensboro, Maryland, about 6 miles (9.7 km) up the river from Denton, is the head of navigation.
Meaning of the word “Choptank”—“a stream that separates”, or “a place of big current” in the Nanticoke or Delaware (Native American) language
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Apr 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
|Weekend Cleaning fee||$50|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||$100|
We only enforce check-in & out times when we have guests arriving or leaving on the same day.
This is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY: Guests who smoke on our property will be asked to leave.
The pet fee is for one pet per weekend $50.00 and for a week is $100.00. An additional $50.00 for each additional pet /weekend & $100.00 for each additional pet/week.
Cleaning fee of $50./ weekend & $100./ week.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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