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Best Kept Secret By the Bay

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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 12 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! No smoking facility.

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 to visit the newly built Harriot Tubman museum a short drive away.

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!

12 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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 April, 2018

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 Fishing Creek

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:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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Best Kept Secret By the Bay
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Genev, Ohio

Great house, quite location. Friendly town.

  • 5 of 5

Came to Maryland for the Ironman in Cambridge. This house was perfect and in a quite location food on the island was great. Friendly people.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the house and all the island has to offer. Welcome back anytime.
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Truly the Best Kept Secret By the Bay!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is by far the most relaxing place my husband and I have visited for vacation! With a view of the Chesapeake Bay from the front of the property and the Honga River a short walk away it is truly a hidden Gem!! It is off the beaten path on Hooper's Island, MD-without the hustle and bustle of most vacation spots. It is a relaxing place to walk, watch birds, read a good book or just enjoy the tranquility and peaceful surroundings. The house is well kept and has everything you need to cook a few meals in to avoid eating out every night. The sunsets are second to none and the screened porch complete with chairs and a swing keep the bugs away to let you enjoy the views!! The owners John and Priscilla are easy to work with and even made us aware of a boat docking that was being held on another nearby island that was something we probably not have known about otherwise and turned out to be a very enjoyable day. There are a few crabbing bridges nearby as well as The Black Water Refuge which tells the story of the area and for history lovers there is the Harriet Tubman exhibit nearby. This was our second stay here at Best Kept and we hope to return again!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed yourselves once again. You were stellar guests and we welcome you back anytime.
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Top Notch!

  • 5 of 5

Home was very comfortable and well equipped. The pool table was a really nice add on. And the dock was great.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great! Glad you had a good time. Always welcome back.
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Very comfortable and well equipped home. Very clean and nicely furnished!

  • 5 of 5

Hoopers Island provided the laid back and beautiful surroundings I was looking for. This home isn't waterfront but there is so much water everywhere that it felt like I was at the waters edge!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at the "best kept secret by the bay" .... Ya all come back soon. :)
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Absolutely breathtaking and I said YES!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we had on Hoopers Island!! The house was absolutely gorgeous, plenty of space and surrounded by quiet neighbors and water galore!! The house had three bedrooms and two great couches, a pool table in a very open room and the kitchen had plenty of space. We had a screened in porch with rocking chairs and a swing to watch the sunset!!

We planned our vacation due to the fact that I was participating in the Eagleman Half Ironman in Cambridge, Maryland, which is 25 miles from the house. I didn't want to stay in a hotel as I like the amenities of a house..kitchen, stove, washer/dryer, etc!! The island is great with so much beautiful scenery..water..eagles..deer..osprey..birds..etc!!

The house is close to a general store, restaurant and has plenty of great roads for walking/running and biking. Everyone is down to earth and very nice! Cambridge is a great quaint town with wonderful food and rich heritage!!

And...Hooper's Island will always be a great place to me because my most special guy ask me to marry him while we were there!! And I said YES!!!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Congratulations on your engagement while watching the sunset by the Chesapeake on Hooper's Island. Also congrats for your participation in the Ironman. That sure is an amazing event to participate in and do as well as you did. I am so happy that you enjoyed the house and your stay on the island. You guys were stellar guests and are welcome back anytime.
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Clendenin, WV

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: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 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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Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
Jimmie & Sook's Raw Bar and Grill
Portside Restaurant
great food and great outdoor deck overlooking the river.
Snappers Waterfront Cafe
nice location....good food
Old Salty's Restaurant
Amazing cream of crab soup. MUST do on your bucket list.
Suicide Bridge Restaurant
great good and great atmosphere....water front beauty. And don't forget to visit the ducks.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center
see how this brave woman helped slaves escape.
Kool Ice & Seafood Co
great takeout
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!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £41.9
cleaning £53.27

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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