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AMAZING RIVER HOUSE APARTMENT ON THE CHOPTANK RIVER IN THE WOODS ON 18 AC FARM.

Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie

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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
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AMAZING RIVER HOUSE APARTMENT ON THE CHOPTANK RIVER IN THE WOODS ON 18 AC FARM.

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Easton - Moot Point Farm near Denton MD

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6

HOME ON THE RIVER:

A view of Choptank River (read James Michener's 'Chesapeake') from all rooms in cozy 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. 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.

THE FEATURES:

-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.

TRANSPORTATION

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.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie (Owner)
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About Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie

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

Why Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie chose Easton

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.

What makes this apartment unique

Having been called 'a tree house on the river' by many guests 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 20 & 21) 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 17 holidaymaker reviews

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Amazing River House Apartment On The Choptank River In The Woods On 18 Ac Farm.
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Easton Chesapeake Bay
5

WOW A Dream Retreat

  • 5 out of 5
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.
  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shelley and Rick and their fun dog were wonderful guests at the River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm. They communicated well and seemed to really enjoy the location, the River and the surrounding historic towns. We thoroughly enjoyed their stay.
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Easton Chesapeake Bay
5

LOVED IT!!!!! Highly recommend, will return.

  • 5 out of 5
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.
  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy having Carrie, Gary and Maggie (their Lab) stay at the River House apartment at Moot Point Farm. They seemed to truly enjoy "our" river which is so wonderful for us as hosts and lovers of the Choptank River. Experiencing the area was high in their literary and capturing the flavor and pace of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We are thrilled that they appreciated all the effort we put into making the apartment special since we want it to meet the standard we expect when we travel. We look forward to their retun visit which of course is the highest compliment that may be given.
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Lovely space by the river

  • 5 out of 5
This is really a lovely little spot. The owner describes everything very accurately in the listing so read through it carefully and you'll know if this is the spot for you. Special touches like freshly made cookies and fresh flowers on the table when you arrive were really nice. Peter, the owner, was very friendly and eager to show us around the grounds and the dock. We especially enjoyed having access to the kayaks and canoe. Sitting down by the river or kayaking on it is a relaxing way to spend your time. The osprey are fun to watch!

The property is clean, well-maintained and just a really pleasant space. We spent one day in the St. Michael's area and ate dinner that night at the Irish pub in Denton. It was quiz night there which was a lot of fun. I hope we can come back and enjoy Moot Point Farm again!
  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy and her family were a delight to have at our River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm. They communicated well concerning their needs and arrival time and seemed to truly enjoy our wildlife rich area surrounding our home. Being near historic towns and having a fun Irish Public House 2 miles away is an added bonus and one that we, as hosts, enjoy as well. We hope they visit again.
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Beautiful views!

  • 5 out of 5
My family and I stayed at the River House apartment for 3 nights in June. We loved the peaceful surroundings, and the apartment is just lovely. Peter is a wonderful host, and a great conversationalist. Sweet Sophie is a barrel of fun, and welcomed our dogs with "open paws". We hope to return in the future!
  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Tessea and her family were delightful guests at our River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm. They seemed to really enjoy the River and had an opportunity to travel to Washington DC a few times to experience the Capitol.
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Easton Chesapeake Bay
5

Loved this place at the riverside and canoes!

  • 5 out of 5
The appartment was clean, nice and relaxing. Wonderfull place along the riverside. The canoes are a major asset to the place.
Peter and Helen are perfect hosts!
  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Maryland vacation

  • 4 out of 5
The accommodations were nice. Kitchen very well equipped. We were able to cook for family in small numbers. The only drawback to the stay was we could hear the people above us all the time making it hard to sleep. Also, we felt there could be better lighting at night along the path leading down to the house. My husband enjoyed using the kayak and our host even brought us fresh picked blueberries one day. Sophie, the dog, was so sweet.
  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and visiting the River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm. We plan to sound proof the ceiling above the blue bedroom in the apartment this winter or as soon as we have a break from the solidly booked summer schedule. Until then we have asked every guest up front to let us know if "noise issues" are bothering them and of the 18 guests that have visited (we only started offering the Moot Point Villa in April 2014), none have noted noise as an issue. We take any difficulties experienced by guests very seriously but can't deal with them until we are aware of them.
That being said we have tried to make it clear on our website that our "villa" is a self-contained apartment with a river view from every room and a totally separate entrance with a private patio but it is not a separate building.
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Baltimore Washington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Market Street Public House & Irish Pub
Nearest Ferry
49 Miles
Lewes DE and Cape May New Jersey
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Caroline Country Club, Denton, MD
Nearest Train
65 Miles
New Carrollton Metro and Amtrac Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Maryland Rt. 404
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Harry's on the Green, Denton Maryland
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Cape Henlopen State Park/Rehoboth Beach Delaware
Car: necessary

From Wikipedia:

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

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.

River Access:

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, but because the only time access to the river by kayak or canoe is not possible is 2 hours before and after low tide, chances are good on any given day you will have access at some point for about 8 hours.

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.

Wildlife:

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.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Easton, Chesapeake Bay

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Fall 2014
19 Sep 2014 - 30 Nov 2014
2 night minimum stay
$535
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2 night minimum stay
$535
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit $100
Weekend Cleaning fee $50
Pet Fee $50
Week long Cleaning fee $100
Week long Pet fee $100
Weekend Pet fee $50
Tax Rate 7.0%
Notes 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.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Easton in Chesapeake Bay

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Outlet and hair dryer available.
  • Full bath with tub and shower and porcelain tile floor. Outlets for hair dryer (one provided) and pine cabinet for extra storage. Towel racks, luxury towels and shampoo and soap provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , A pack and play crib is available.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The twin beds have oak frames. A pack & play crib available
  • Large airy bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed with down topper and a love seat that converts to a single bed and the other bedroom has two twin beds one with a foam topper and the other with a down topper. Both bedrooms have couches, chairs and a desk and large closets and ceiling fans. Wide pine plank flooring throughout.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Our rural hideaway provides a great opportunity to experience nature in an intimate way. Almost no development surrounding us and close to two large Maryland State Parks and an hour away from Delaware Atlantic Ocean beaches.
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