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Home of the Terrapin King

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Crisfield - LaVallette House

The house sits at the end of Hammock Point. Not shown accurately on the map.


The LaVallette House is where the Maryland terrapin originated! Albert T. LaVallette, Jr., launched the terrapin soup industry from this very site. (You can still see the old terrapin pins beside the driveway.) In addition to the property’s historic charm, the location just can’t be beat. The three-bedroom house is completely private. Guests have to drive through wetlands to get it, and the only neighbors in close proximity are the gulls and the fish in the Chesapeake Bay. The house is surrounded on three sides by water; you can see the Bay from all of its windows. Outside, you can sun yourself on the private beach, sit with a cool drink on the front porch, fish and crab from the bulkhead, or launch your boat or kayak from the dock. And the fishing’s great from the front yard! You hardly ever need to leave this place—but if do you want to get out, downtown Crisfield offers charming restaurants, shops, an ice cream parlor, and plenty of places to get fresh crabs. Crisfield is known as the “Crab Capital of the World.” This home is unlike any other. It’s a perfect spot for family vacations, friends’ getaways, or writing retreats. It’s been in our family for 15 years. We love it dearly and know you will, too!

This Queen Anne Victorian was built in the late 1800's. The main floor features a large updated kitchen with seating for 8-10; a family room with a game table, flat screen TV, DVD player, and stereo; a formal dining area; a sitting room with a futon that sleeps two; and a Captain's room with books, desk, and panoramic views of the Bay. There is also a bedroom with twin bunks on this floor and a large full bath and laundry area.

Upstairs, the master bedroom features a widow's walk for two, a queen size bed, and furniture to lounge on. There is a full bath across the hall. The second bedroom features two double beds. The house is spacious with lots of room to spread out.

There is also a screened porch, an open porch, and an outside shower! A two-person kayak is available to launch from the beach and explore the natural wonders that surround this local treasure.

Please note: This charming home is quite old and thus does not have central air conditioning. It does, however, have window units in all of the bedrooms, the Captain's room, and the family room. Screened windows also offer great ventilation!

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Virginia Liberatore
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
15 October, 2016
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About Virginia Liberatore

Purchased in 1999 as a weekend project and retreat. We spent the next 5 years getting the house updated so that family and friends could visit and enjoy this historic property. As anyone who owns a home knows, the work is never done. Our home has been the sight of many happy and sad memories. After my husband's passing, I listed it with a local realtor for several years and in 2014 I placed it on the VRBO site. I have been pleased with the responce and look forward to sharing my home with many others in the future.

Virginia Liberatore purchased this house in 1999

What makes this house unique

For the traveler who seeks peace, isolation and panoramic views of the bay this property delivers. The town of Crisfield can be seen in the distance and is a short bike ride away. Set your sight in another direction and you can see Smith, Tangier Island and the unspoiled shores of Jenkins Creek. While the house has been comfortably updated, it still contains 4 original fireplaces from this homes storied past. The chimneys have been landmarks for boaters for more than 100 years. It is especially well suited for star gazers, birders, kayakers or anyone who loves nature and getting away from the frenzy of our digital world.


based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

Home of the Terrapin King
average rating of 4.2222223 based on 18 reviews
San Francisco, Ca. USA

Private paradise with relaxation as the only distraction!

  • 5 of 5

My 3 adult sons and I had a wonderful 4 days at LaVelette House. No fancy 21st century distractions just quality time playing board games, watching movies on the DVD, kayaking, crabbing and lining up on the front porch and watching the sun melt into the horizon in a "Montana" sized sky. Loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Remarkable Home and Location, Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 enjoyed a lovely week in August at this beautiful home and property. The house is very big and located on the most beautiful piece of isolated property surrounded by breeze, water and views of the Bay. It was a quiet stay and a great place to reconnect with the kids (ages 6, 10, 13 and 14). We went crabbing every morning when the tide was low and caught up to 20 nice sized crabs a day by net walking in the water and by crab traps, gathered at the large wooden family table in the dining room every night for dinner with the kids, and played board games, watched movies, or made smores over the grill in the evening. The kids swam almost every day (water shoes required because of rocks), and we brought our tubes to float in. Many wholesome memories were made. The view is gorgeous and the houses faces the sunset, which was stunning every evening. I can't say enough nice things about this home and location, and we will definitely be returned next summer!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful time on the bay

  • 5 of 5

We were amazed with the house and the location. My 7 year old decided that he didn't ever want to come in from the dock and that he will have a house like this when he is older. We had so much fun kayaking, crabbing, fishing, relaxing and more. My boys have already asked about when we will return, which we certainly hope to do.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the stay! A house on the water is fun for all ages!!!
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Really cool place despite the heat

  • 4 of 5

Don't think I've ever rented a house in a cooler location--beautiful, isolated, fun.

If, for some reason you're stuck indoors here on a summer day, it does get quite warm inside during the afternoons. This would be a PERFECT spot in the cooler months though.

The master bedroom upstairs could use some curtains or something to help keep the afternoon heat from radiating in through the big beautiful windows and glass door.

The refrigerator doesn't seem to stay very cool so keep that in mind when buying groceries. The freezer works great though.

The bugs can be bad for an hour or so around dusk, before the night breezes start. Bug spray is a must.

Overall a great spot! I hope to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and private location with plenty of space inside and out

  • 4 of 5

This property was perfect for a summer getaway for 8 young adults. The location could not be better. We floated in the water, played yard games, grilled, amd retreated to the spacious dining and living rooms when we couldn't take the bugs anymore.

The house is not as well kept as I'd hoped, but that's not uncommon for rentals: piles of laundry on the washing machine, dishwasher not properly installed, fridge sub par, front door lock broken. Also, the bugs were pretty annoying. Bug spray is a must. Biggest complaint is that owner did not give info on accessing the house until the night before check in, despite telling me a month or two earlier that she'd send it a week before check in. I had to contact VRBO to facilitate getting this info.

Lots of space inside and out. I probably wouldn't want to sleep more that 8 but you could. Because the house is so large window air-conditioners struggled to cool spaces larger than the bedrooms. Town is small but gave us what we needed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome family getaway

  • 4 of 5

Thank you much, we had a great time crabbing and just watching the boats pass by. This vacation was the first in a long time that I didn't feel like I needed another day off to recoup after vacation. Highly recommend !

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Robin! Glad your family enjoyed our place. I hope you will all come again and stay longer next time! G. Liberatore
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Crisfield, Chesapeake Bay

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Additional pricing information

House Cleaning £123
Refundable Damage Deposit £205

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crisfield in Maryland

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Second Bedroom - 2 Double Bed , 2 double beds: window AC, ceiling fan, sleeps 4
    Bunk Room - 1 Bunk Bed , downstairs bedroom:window unit AC, ceiling fan, sleeps 2
    Sitting Room Futon - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Futon in sitting room sleeps two
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Master, AC, ceiling fan, widow's walk, sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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