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Best Kept Secret By the Bay

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue


About the property

Begin your story on Hooper's Island, surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Honga River on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

This unique island is a "MUST DO" on your bucket list.

Enjoy Maryland crabs, breathtaking vistas and amazing sunsets!

Hooper's Island has no attractions, Hooper's Island "is the attraction!"

Children 13 and over are welcome.

Enjoy your stay on Hooper's Island as you surround yourself in this spacious Contemporary Ranch with a lovely view of the Bay across the road. Sit and swing on the enclosed screened porch while Ospreys, Blue Herons and Eagles fly by.

Enjoy your own private Dock around the bend on the Riverside Little Dock is great for crabbing, mooring a small skiff or just chilling out with morning coffee or evening wine. It is a short walk from the house.

Also included is wireless high speed internet, flat screen Direct TV, landline phone for local calling and a vintage Auto Return Pool Table in family room for your entertainment. Outdoor games in shed.

This is an adult oriented house best suited for adult vacationers. 5 Guest Maximum. Children over 12 are welcome! Sorry no pets!

Bring your bike, kayak or boat, easy access with 2 free public ramps close to house.....Larger boats over 14 feet can be moored at nearby Marina, small boats up to 18' can stay on hitch in driveway or small Jon boats can be tied up to dock. Hiking, biking and of course crabbing from your private little dock on the riverside...Kayak rentals, bike rentals and charter boats available on the island and in nearby Black Water Refuge.

Early risers, watch the locals bring in their catch of the day. Late risers, enjoy nature at its finest!

De stress and enjoy a quiet and peaceful vacation surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, Back Creek and the Honga River. Perfect for a romantic getaway, friends getaway, nature enthusiasts, boaters of all kinds, artists, photographers, writers, historians and a bird watchers paradise.

Go Biking and strolling along the scenic bike route. Please note: there is a little wading beach by the causeway on the riverside to sift through the sand for sea glass and arrowhead artifacts, or fish from the point... Just bring your beach chair, fishing pole, beach shoes, towel and a bag to collect your sea treasures.

The nearby town of Cambridge hosts restaurants, entertainment, skip jack cruises, shopping, theaters, art galleries, antiques, etc. A must do is visit the recently built lighthouse at the public marina.

And while you are visiting and have time, plan a day trip to the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City. Approx 1.5 hour drive. A great place to visit for a day of swimming, amusements, walking on the boardwalk and dining in local restaurants. Also check out Assateague Island, "the land of the wild pony" It is a 10 minute drive from Ocean City.

If arriving by plane, the closest major airport to Dorchester County, Maryland is Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional cars are available. When on the island...Biking, walking, motorbikes, cars, etc. Tow your own small boat if you drive to the island. It can be docked in a nearby marina down the road... or if small enough, leave on hitch in driveway. A kayak can be stored on your little private dock around the bend on the riverside. Bring your own bikes or rent bikes and kayaks and tour the islands or nearby Black Water Refuge. You can also have boats delivered to your rental for fun on the river and the bay.

This is as good as it gets!!!!

Our house on the island is the "best kept secret" by the bay.

Our house is a NO SMOKING facility

Sorry NO PETS!

Teens 13 and over are welcome.

Please note: We are closed from November 1 through March 31 ...Opening day April 1. Book your unique vacation now!

More Details

John and Priscilla Brown
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

About John and Priscilla Brown

We first came to Hooper"s Island in 2004, loved it so much that we had a house built overlooking the bay on a little quiet lane. We are into nature, and this is a perfect and safe place to enjoy nature at its finest. Great adult getaway.

John and Priscilla Brown purchased this house in 2007

Why John and Priscilla Brown chose Hoopers Island

For the peaceful surroundings and lovely vistas. Starry nights and gorgeous sunsets! Quiet walks, beautiful bike rides, crabbing, fishing, boating, reading, bird watching or just sitting on the dock and enjoying an evening wine or morning coffee.

Simply close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the rippling water....

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with the island and designed our home to fit into the peaceful surroundings. There is so much history in the area.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fishing Creek in Hoopers Island

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , special comfort mattress on futon.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a must do on your bucket list!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

Best Kept Secret By the Bay
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews

Restful and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

The "Best Kept Secret" house was very nice, in good repair and beautifully decorated. The screened-in porch was good for rocking and relaxing. Priscilla and John gave us lots of good information about things to do--we ate dinner at Old Salty's, and it was excellent. The homeowners quickly responded to questions. The aspect of the house we enjoyed the most was the pool table. We played several games over our 4-night stay. The only thing that disappointed us was the location: the house is not located directly on Chesapeake Bay. From the online description we thought it was. We still had a restful, enjoyable stay. Many thanks to Priscilla and John!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so glad you enjoyed your stay at the house and all the island has to offer. I checked the map on the site and the pin location was shown correctly....across the little road from the bay. We do hope you had an opportunity to enjoy private dock on the riverside around the bend from the house. Thank you so much for leaving our house in stellar condition. You were great guests and are welcome back any time!
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What a Wonderful Surprise!

  • 5 of 5

After our drive from Pennsylvania, what a pleasure it was to open the door and enter this beautifully decorated and immaculate home with an open floor plan, and tasteful furnishings. It is a lovely three bedroom, two bath home, near the water. My wife and I enjoyed doing some crabbing and fishing off of the home's private dock. We had some spectacular sunrise and sunset views over the water. It is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of larger towns to be a quiet retreat, while being just a 1/2 hour drive to nearby Cambridge, MD. My wife and I heartily recommend this lovely home to anyone looking for a place to rent in this area. It is well equipped, and the owners, Priscilla and John, were very friendly and accommodating. You'll love this home!

Dennis & Maria Jones

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your time at our guest house and on this unique island. You were stellar guest and we welcome you back anytime.
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Wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature

  • 5 of 5

We loved the area and the house. Very comfortable accommodations and Priscilla was very responsive with all our questions. Hoopers Island is a gem, very quiet and peaceful and we enjoyed riding our bikes around the island. Blackwater Nature Preserve is just up the road a few miles with tons of places to kayak, ride bikes and bird watching. Definitely go to Old Salty's for dinner! We enjoyed sitting on the screened in porch in the evening watching the sun set and playing board games. Wonderful get-away, highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nice place.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. We had our 16-yr.-old grandson with us and he enjoyed learning the basics of playing pool when we were "home" in the evenings. We should have taken bug repellent the time we visited the dock. I'm used to the big mosquitoes on the Shore, but I guess these were what is called 'no-see-ums' because we certainly didn't see what was biting us. It was good to see all the ospreys. I believe they were close to endangerment at one time when I was growing up, but no longer.

The drive to and from Cambridge and points beyond was always interesting. Our favorite wildlife encounter was with a sika deer which posed for us, then pronked (like an antelope or alpaca) across the field towards a wild turkey. Saw a couple of bald eagles also. I would like to come here sometime when the waterfowl are migrating.

We went to Old Salty's for supper. They actually have great crabcakes. This coming from one who is very picky about them. These are as good as homemade.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful home!

  • 5 of 5

This gem made our stay on Hoopers Island fantastic! It was very well decorated and well equipped with everything we needed. This home made the reunion of our siblings very memorable. Priscilla answered any questions we had and left detailed instructions to help us. We had dinner at Old Salty's one night. It was a favorite! I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you were able to spend quality time on Hoopers Island. You girls are welcome back anytime.
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Our New Favorite Place

  • 5 of 5

How lucky are we that we found this terrific island home!! Quiet and on the water is what we were looking for. This was our first rental through VRBO and we couldn't be happier. Priscilla was a great "host from afar"! She answered all of our questions, told us what to expect and suggested various things that would fit with our family - and she was right.

The house was clean, spacious for our family of 4, and we were pleasantly surprised with all the extras (laundry detergent, dryer sheets, cleaner, trash bags, paper towels) that we didn't need to bring from home.

We brought our little boat that we took out every day for fishing, crabbing and tubing. The neighbors were super friendly and very helpful is pointing us in the right direction for crabbing, public ramps, etc.

We tried Old Salty's as well as the general store (which really does carry everything) and were really happy with the food/service.

I sat on the dock for hours, in my chair reading a book, watching the sunset. It doesn't get much better than that.

My kids loved the pool table and we had pool tournaments every night - I don't think we even turned the TV on.

This was a last minute get away before the kids went back to school and it couldn't have been better. We look forward to getting away again here in the fall before the weather gets too cold!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fishing Creek, Chesapeake Bay

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Memorial Day
26 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4th of July
30 Jun 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Labor Day Weekend
1 Sep 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £60
Property Damage Protection £47

The maximum days a guest can stay is 7 nights.
There will be 1/2% additional charge applied to your rental if you opt out of your property damage protection payment polity.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Old Saltys
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Old Saltys
Car: necessary

Great place to de-stress in this Adult oriented home.

A must do is to go across the Causeway and bridge to Lower Island.

High speed wireless internet in house!

Children over 12 are welcome!


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