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The Perfect Relaxing, Fun, Dog-Friendly Get-Away for Families, Groups or Couples

Bedrooms 3
Space 111 m²
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Waterfront Fun/Coziness on 2 Acres; Pier, Wood Fire, Kayaks, Dining

Celebrating that we were named by TRAVEL & LEISURE as top Airbnb in Maryland! This sunny but cozy 3 bedroom/2 bath cottage is just the spot for a get-away on your own, with other couples/friends, or with big and small families! Just steps from the water and nestled on a country-like acre in a surprisingly convenient corner of the Chesapeake Bay, this unique, quiet, scenic spot is just over 20 minutes south of Annapolis and 45 minutes from Wash DC, Alexandria VA, or Baltimore. Our Flat next door creates even more space if you need extra accommodations.

Couples, groups, or families can easily converge here right after work on any given afternoon, and travelers can use it as a relaxing waterfront 'home' while you're touring the area. After a quick trip from these cities or local airports, all you need to do upon check-in is the following:

* hang out and chat or snooze under the large shady trees,

* swing or kayak or yoga to your heart's content,

* play Frisbee, football, soccer w/ your dog, friends, or kids,

* read or work on your tan as you gaze at the water,

* cook out, cook in, or pick crabs at a table on the lawn,

* savor the nearby waterfront dining,

* cozy up, watch DVDs, or play games by a wood fire.

Or just settle in to the pace of the birds and the bay breeze for a week or two. :-) With a washer/dryer, 2-car garage, BBQ, and full galley kitchen, it's all right here--complete with view.

Despite it's country-like location (no street lights--only stars!), all the services you need are within minutes, including 4 quiet little burbs (Deale, Galesville, Shadyside, Churchton) with

*a great grocery store,

*'famous' consignment shops,

*fishing boat excursions,

*fitness club or Bay history museums,

*little walks, drives, and sights,


*lots of waterfront and other dining options--whether you want a casual crab-picking feast with live music, carryout sushi/pizza, or a long romantic dinner.

Nearby historic Annapolis is also full of great sights, shops, and restaurants, as well as movies and the mall (but people just don't seem to care as much about those things when they're here!)

As your host, I have been sharing my lovely place next door for over 7 years with the greatest crew of happy guests (see reviews of Flat and Cottage), who have been so much fun to host (See reviews below for 'Lovely Chesapeake Waterfront Flat', since the cottage has only had a few!). Since many are return guests who would like to come back with their couple friends, their kids, or their dogs, I decided to jump on the opportunity to buy the cottage next door!!!.

We set a nice low price for this solid little yellow stucco cottage until folks get to know it's here, and because we will continue making it better and better over time! So far, everyone has LOVED it, and one couple is bringing their extended family back for Thanksgiving after their first visit less than one month earlier.

This bright yet cozy cottage has a queen-sized bedroom that shares a charming

tub/shower with the room that has a full sized bed. Then there is also another queen-sized bed in a room that is a bit more separate from the others, and has it's own small bath with shower only (with gorgeous new tile job and fixtures that we just finished in the renovation!). Finally, there is an L-shaped Ikea couch that easily becomes a queen-sized bed or huge chaise lounge, allowing the cottage to sleep a total of 8 (if the last 2 are OK to be in the living room).

There is charge for each person over 4, unless otherwise negotiated. Bringing a dog incurs a basic charge of , plus per dog per night, added after your basic reservation request (contact me or see House Rules about doggie deposit).

Finally, if you need space for more people, if the dates you want for the Cottage are booked, or if you're looking for a smaller, less expensive accommodation or romantic get-away, we also have a charming Carriage House attached to the cottage, which can be rented separately or with the Cottage for a reduced rate (be sure to ready the description as this near-new space also has some special considerations.

Also, please check our other listings next door to the Cottage: Lovely Chesapeake Waterfront Flat (often used as a honeymoon suite!) and my own home, Shawn's Amazing Waterfront Digs, which I sometimes rent out to folks or include for a larger gathering! (Write to us at or call 301-895-0545.)

Please feel free to contact us by putting in any date you see open (click on the tab above the large photo to see our calendar) and write to express your interest in coming to stay for a short get-away, or grab a range of dates as as you plan a longer stay. We are happy answer as many questions as you may have, since we love sharing this amazing spot with our guests!

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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation bungalow rental in Cape Anne

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 111 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The cottage shares certain amenities with the loft flat at my house next door (hot tub, pier, kayaks). So far it has worked out great--no conflicts and in most cases the guests' visits have been enhanced when they did meet or spend time with the other guests.


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The Perfect Relaxing, Fun, Dog-Friendly Get-Away for Families, Groups or Couples
average rating of 4.875 based on 46 reviews

Great little place, fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

We were attending a wedding, and we found this great place that was close to everywhere we needed to be. Shawn was very attentive to anything we needed. The wood stove was fun and it was a bit cold to take advantage of the kayaks, the option was there. Relaxing environment, and away from the main roads, but there is a grocery store right up the road for any "supplies". If I had to give feedback on anything, the showers have very low water pressure, but I don't think that's probably something that could be "fixed", so to speak. But it's not like you spend your whole day in the shower, right? Definitely would stay here again when we come back to visit family in Maryland. Thank you Shawn!

  • Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we wanted... waterside, dock and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great getaway for 3 old retired guys who get together occasionally to share past experiences. Had a wonderful time around the fire pit just gazing on the water and relaxing. Shawn was a great hostess making sure we had everything we needed including plenty of firewood for the pit. Everything was furnished. Certainly will keep this place in mind for our next outing.

  • Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Spacious Cottage by the Water

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved Shawn's cottage. Plenty of space for a large family to enjoy a relaxing time together. Great kayaking from the dock right behind the cottage and plenty of grassy areas to play family ball games or to just sit and relax beside the water. The cottage itself was extremely well equipped and immaculately clean with great views from almost every window. Loved the whole experience and will definitely be spending more time there!

  • Submitted: 5-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just as advertized

  • 5 of 5

Shawn's cottage was so lovely. The setting was beautiful, the facilities and amenities were in great shape. Everything we needed and more so was available including quality linens and towels, complete kitchen, chaise lounges, gas grill, outdoor swings, kayaks. Shawn was available to give great advice about what to do in the area, and we also got to play with Winnie, her dog! We had a great mini-vacation, and we would return in a snap.

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Restful, Relaxing and Rejuvenating

  • 4 of 5

Those three words are the best description for our stay at the Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage. The bucolic location by the water set the tone for our quiet family get-away. Relaxing under the shady trees and strolling around the grounds helped us to unwind from the daily grind of our urban lives. Everyone in our small family group of grandparents, parent and child agreed that kayaking on the water was the highlight of our visit. We enjoyed our glimpses of the local wildlife while the soothing waters was balm to our spirits. Shawn is a warm and generous host who goes out of her way to care for her guests. Her location next door is a genuine asset for the property.

  • Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it!

  • 5 of 5

My entire family enjoyed Shawn's Cottage so here are two statements from the family:

"Paradise! Outside was a double and 2 single kayaks, canoe, water floats, life vests, crab cages, hammocks, glass table to seat 6, various bay creatures, and one dog who knows no strangers and wants to play fetch with all! Inside it was spotless. There was modern furniture, sleeping 8 people comfortably, 2 baths, all appliances including a kuerig coffee maker, board games, and a TV will all channels. Nearby: fishing charters, Tuesday crabs for 2.50$, Bay restaurants serving excellent seafood, grocery store, Annapolis, and Washington DC. Our family of 8 enjoyed it all, even the 1 and 3 year old. We are rejuvenated... body and soul. Paradise"

-love Gigi

"We could not be happier with all the features provided to us at the Cottage at the Bay! We loved the kayaks and the hammocks. We had 8 people enjoying every bit. My first stay on Shawn's property was with my husband on our honeymoon and it was so perfect I had to bring the family along this time and was still in awe of how peaceful it was. Shawn and her staff were amazingly helpful in informing us of how to make our stay the best. The adults had the best time and the kids had the best time. Shawn's Chesapeake Cottage was the perfect place for this family!" -Other family member

  • Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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About Shawn

I'm thinking the best description of me for your purposes as potential guests appears in the reviews! I'm someone who is just here being incredibly grateful to live in this gorgeous, quiet, nature-filled spot on the Chesapeake Bay; to have this opportunity to share it with others; and to have connected through and [just recently] VRBO with such lovely people. I'm always thrilled to see how much these individuals, couples, and families enjoy staying here, and am hoping that what they have said about me will tell you what you need to know. I am thrilled that my 2 friends and I partnered together to buy the cottage next door to me to extend our my ability to share this really special spot with larger groups (and dogs!)

Beyond that.... I will be very happy to answer any questions you may have about my diverse interests and pursuits, as well as the travel destinations I am currently exploring. The most recent was taking our adopted daughter back to see China, her birthland, with a quick stop in Germany on the way home!

Finally, I love my OTHER work as a life/author-coach, for which I'm close to being Certified as a facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, a simple, predictable way to turn our most stressful situations into highly creative solutions and greater peace each time! Very cool.

Shawn purchased this bungalow in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

Alicia and her family were wonderful guests! They were amazing at taking Shawn's dog, Winnie, out when she needed to be away.They were very gracious and seemed to love everything about being here. They were quiet and kind and extremely responsible--and really took advantage of what we have to offer. Alicia was an excellent communicator before, during and after their stay. They left the cottage in really immaculate condition. I would welcome them back in any season, and recommend them highly to other hosts! Shawn Mahshie, Fun Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage, Deale, MD
Apr 2017
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Baltimore Washington or Reagan National in DC
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Happy Harbor
Nearest Train
30 Miles
New Carrolton Metro/Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Rte.s 258 or 468
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Skipper's Pier/Other waterfront etc. choices
Nearest Beach
108 Miles
North Beach (Bay--12 miles); Rehobeth (Ocean)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation bungalow rental in Cape Anne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Winter
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$38 per night, per additional guest
Early Spring
Mar 9 2018 - May 6 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$38 per night, per additional guest
May 7 2018 - Sep 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$38 per night, per additional guest
Early Fall 2018
Sep 10 2018 - Nov 11 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$38 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add C$38 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$63.5
Pet Fee C$50.8

$8/per dog per night. Please contact property owner prior to booking. $350 refundable pet deposit.

NOTE: I highly recommend wearing water shoes if you swim. As much as I love the warm silky mud at the bottom, it can also have glass shards or wire, etc. embedded in it. The main warning about swimming in the Bay is to not do it when you have a fresh cut or wound.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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