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Tim Zimmermann

Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian

Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Retreat

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 8 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Mayo - Bear Neck Creek House

4BR, 4 Baths, w/Pool, Dock, Fantastic View, just south of Annapolis

Kick back and enjoy some stress-reducing Chesapeake Bay living, in a rustic waterfront home on the beautiful Rhode River. Perfect for boating, swimming (either in the Bay or in the pool), fishing and crabbing, or just relaxing with a good book and a pretty view. This house is all about the water, with a spacious waterside lawn for casual gatherings and family games, a dock for fishing and crabbing and keeping a boat, and a waterside deck with grill for outdoor dining.

House is suitable for a maximum of 8-10 adults, and up to 12 with children.

MAIN house has:

--Master BR w/King-size bed, water views and balcony, plus a spacious Master Bath with shower, jacuzzi tub, and sauna.

--Second BR, upstairs, with full bath, skylight, and 2 twin beds.

--Third BR with full bath and double bed.

--High ceiling Living Room with big windows for water view, and sliding door to waterside deck

--Dining Room, with table for up to 10, also with water views and sliding door to deck.

--Fully equipped kitchen

--Spacious waterside deck, with grape arbors for shade, grill, two outdoor tables, and lots of space for outdoor dining.

--Study/office with water views and space for extra air bed if needed.

--Laundry/utility room with full washer and dryer.

--Separate pool house has a large open room with double bed, double futon, full bathroom, microwave, and exercise equipment.

--three kayaks come with the house, for paddling, bird watching, and exploring.

House is on the pretty Rhode River, with space for a boat or jet skis at the dock, and launch ramps just minutes away. It is just 25 minutes from the sightseeing, restaurants, and activities of downtown Annapolis, and 10 minutes from restaurants and shopping for all your needs in Edgewater. Easy access to movie theaters and outlet shopping. BWI airport and Amtrak just 30 minutes away.

For walking and birdwatching, there is an idyllic county park, with woods, trails, kettle ponds, and beaches, just a few minutes away.

If you are into bicycling or motorcycling, there are numerous spectacular rides through Chesapeake country, that wind along the Chesapeake Bay, past horse farms, through waterside towns, and down shaded, rural roads.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Tim Zimmermann (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Norwegian

About Tim Zimmermann

I am a writer, sailor, and cyclist, who loves spending time on the Chesapeake with my wife and two children.

Tim Zimmermann purchased this house in 1996

Why Tim Zimmermann chose Maryland

If you live in the Washington DC region and want to spend time on the water, there is no place more beautiful than the Chesapeake Bay. My family loves to fish, boat, swim, and crab, and a week (or even a weekend) relaxing at Bear Neck Creek House is the best getaway we can imagine.

What makes this house unique

I spent many years sailing the Chesapeake Bay, but when I first saw this house I knew I had to move there. The house is simple yet open, full of light, and comfortable. The access to the water is unbeatable, the open Chesapeake Bay is just around the corner, and the Rhode River just off the house opens up into a bay that offers everything from daysailing to quiet paddling. There is always something fun and interesting to do on the water, and ospreys and crabs to keep you company. What I especially love is the quiet of the sunrise, and the perfect light of the sunsets.


based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Retreat
average rating of 4.72 based on 25 reviews


  • 2 of 5

The owner Tim was quite helpful and willing to work with you. The setting was great. The pool was very nice. However I was disappointed in the home. The first floor bedroom mattress was very lumpy and there was no air conditioning in the room. Most of the windows had no curtains. The kitchen lacked basics like potholders. The poolhose was one large room that was undecorated and no curtains which could have been a problem when the pool service arrived. There was no wifi available in the poolhouse. As we were there during the Olympics it was disappointing to watch them on low def tv's at least 15 years old.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bruce, I am very sorry you did not enjoy your stay. The house is indeed more rustic than fancy, more comfortable old-school getaway than wired-up modern vacation home, so I guess it is not for everyone (though this is the first time I've had anything other than a positive review). I am sure the air conditioning was fully taxed by the mega heat wave you experienced, which was unfortunate weather luck. However, the kitchen is the most complete rental kitchen I've ever been in (it was my family's kitchen for years) and definitely has potholders (in a drawer by the fridge), so I wish you would have e-mailed or texted if you couldn't find something. Again, sorry it wasn't the vacation you hoped it would be. Tim
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Loved this property!

  • 5 of 5

A group of friends and family rented this space for an easily accessible getaway from DC. The house was lovely and Tim was extremely helpful during our reservation process as well while we were at the house. The location and views of the river are beautiful. We loved having the pool and use of the kayaks. We highly recommend this property and look forward to renting again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful view! Family friendly and a comfortable home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Tim was very accommodating! We had more than enough room for our family of six. There was plenty to do... We played kickball in the yard, kayaked, fished off of the dock and swam in the pool. My kids had a wonderful time! It is a short drive to Annapolis and we found a playground nearby too! Thanks Tim for wonderful accommodations!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot for so close to DC

  • 4 of 5

The house is nice and clean with lots of amenities. The kitchen and baths were a little outdated but it has everything a large family gathering needs with crabbing, kayaking etc for fun for all....not to mentioned the great pool and gorgeous lawn! Also stocked with a ton of towels and linens which is very helpful The owner is very communicative, responsive and accommodating.

The only two things that are not so great to be aware of is that the kids playset is not there, so the online description/photo needs to be updated. The kids were initially disappointed but soon got over it with all the other activities this place has to offer! The other is there is a mega-mansion very close to the property with a grumpy owner who yelled at us despite us having a normal volume conversation on the deck. You basically have to whisper outside after 830 which seems a little early/unreasonable for a weekend. I guess the neighbors have had to deal with a bunch of different groups/people, but for us being a family with small (asleep) children, we did not feel very unruly....

That being said, overall you cant beat this location being so close to DC and I would highly recommend the property to anyone looking for a getaway. The pro's definitely outweighed anything else! We would go back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, I need a new photo to reflect the fact that I had to remove the playset (starting to rot and splinter). Thanks for mentioning it. I have spoken with my grumpy neighbor about being more tolerant and reasonable (she is a recent arrival and still adapting to the neighborhood).
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A tranquil, beautiful setting for a family get-together

  • 5 of 5

What can I say? We keep coming back. This year we all took turns in the sauna. Watched the bald eagles across the creek. Fed the ducks. Hiked all around the neighborhood and in the park/preserve nearby.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Bear Neck Creek House was wonderful!! We were a family of 11 and had plenty of space and numerous activities to keep each person occupied - from crabbing to swimming to kayaking to sitting in the sauna or just relaxing by the water. The house is situated in a great location with many amenities and we caught the most crabs in all the times we've ever gone crabbing!! It was a wonderful family experience that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you Tim for your quick responses and flexibility with the check out.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
South River Golf Club
Nearest Train
20 Miles
New Carrolton
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Triton Beach Park/Mayo Beach
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mayo, Maryland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Sep 2016 - 5 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Dec 2016 - 15 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
16 Mar 2017 - 1 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
USNA Commissiong Week
20 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
8 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £228
Cleaning £99

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mayo, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Upstairs, next to BR 2.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ground floor, across from BR 3
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , In pool house, with BR 4
    Bathroom 1 (Master Bath) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Spacious, with light and views. Double sink vanity, plus dre
  • Four full bathrooms, all with showers. Master bath also has large jacuzzi tub and sauna. Bathroom 1 is shower/tub combo.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Ground floor, w/full bath across hall.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Upstairs, next to Master BR, w/separate full bath.
    Bedroom 1 (Master BR) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With water view, and sliding glass door to balcony.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Large Double Bed , In pool house, with full bath, and room for extra beds.
  • Four bedrooms total, including large sleeping area in pool house. Plenty of space, if needed, in house or pool house, for extra air bed. Prefer booking of a maximum of 8 adults, plus kids.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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