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Kenmar Cottage by the Bay - Your Home Away from Home!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Charming Victorian Cottage is ready for your FUN FILLED or TOTALLY RELAXING get--a-way. The cottage has a fresh coat of (exterior) paint and a yard that invites one to slow down and relax for however long your vacation plans allow. Enjoy coffee (or cocktails) on the front porch (or back porch if you prefer) and say 'Hi' as neighbors and folks pass by in this 'front porch' community on their way to shops and restaurants on Mason Ave (Main Street only a block away), Central Park and the children's playground (only a half block away) or the beach (three blocks away). Rent a golf cart locally or take your car to the Marina (5 blocks) or the Bay Creek Golf Courses - one Arnold Palmer and the other Jack Nicklas (5 blocks). There is an in-house book lending library, plenty of games, cable and WiFi.

Mark L. Usry
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2018

About Mark L. Usry

Texan by birth I grew up in Oklahoma and first became part of the Cape Charles community in 1995. I enjoy the opportunities that are part of spending the last 30 years in higher education classrooms at James Madison University in Virginia for 20 years and currently at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. An empty nest dad of two with 3 four-legged furry family members.

Mark L. Usry purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Mark L. Usry chose Cape Charles

This is my home upon retirement. This community is a combination of those who have been here for years and those that have relocated here more recently. It is a chosen community of many artisans, educators, professionals, workmen and entrepreneurs. This is a community that welcomes diversity - racial, faith traditions, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression - of all kinds, you will love it here if you are accepting of that diversity and ..... love amazing sunsets at the beach.

What makes this cottage unique

A cozy home with a wide front porch and small back porch with a beautiful garden and amazing neighbors.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Cape Charles, Virginia

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • One bathroom with shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 bunk bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Kenmar Cottage by the Bay - Your Home Away from Home!
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Lovely week at Kenmar Cottage by the Bay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying at Kenmar Cottage and would definitely stay there again. The location was great; it is close to the shops and restaurants on Mason Street and an easy walk to the Bay. The pictures on line do not do the house justice. The gardens in the back yard and the outdoor seating gave us ample opportunity to enjoy quiet visits with family and friends. The kitchen was well stocked with everything you might need. We appreciated the outdoor gas grill and cooked out several nights (the grill is getting a little tired and may need to b replaced soon). We thank our host for making his lovely home available.

  • Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed my home. Hope to host you on a return visit. I will look into replacing that grill.
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The home is comfortable, clean and so welcoming. We could’nt have asked for more!

  • 5 of 5

Kenmar Cottage is a quaint and welcoming getaway. The location is perfect for beach, park and Main Street access. The cottage is roomy, pleasantly decorated, well stocked with everything needed for a pleasant stay, And immaculate. The kitchen is well stocked, and towels and linens are plentiful and of very good quality.The front and back porches are comfortable with plenty of comfortable seating, and the backyard offers even more. The landscaping and gardens are so pretty, and were just coming out during our stay in late April. The entire atmosphere was cheerful and relaxing. We didn’t want to leave!!

And the fact that it is ‘pet friendly ‘ was perfect for us! Our pup, who is more like family than a pet, was able to enjoy the getaway with us.

In all, the Cottage has all of the comforts of home, and more.

And Mark, the owner, responds promptly to all inquiries and questions.

We can’t wait to go back! Thank you Mark!

  • Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A home away from home by the bay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this great house. It was much larger than it looked in the photos. The kitchen was well stocked with coffee maker, etc. The beds were comfy. We're definitely going back! We sat on the rocking chairs on the front porch, went to the beach, ate lots of good seafood. I can't remember such a relaxing vacation. Thank you, Mark !

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you had the relaxation that you were looking for - so happy to share my home.
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The gardens are beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Kenmar Cottage! Kenmar is conveniently located near the beach and main street. We enjoyed our walks to the beach every day! After catching crabs and fish all day at the beach our oldest son would catch toads and garden slugs in the back yard gardens.The fig tree was full of unripened figs! I checked them every day in hopes of maybe one ripe fig! The cottage is roomy and we felt comfortable there. We enjoyed the owner's eclectic style and art pieces. Our favorite piece was the Trident Merman church pew bench!

  • Submitted: 30-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is a particularly good feeling when those who visit enjoy my home. So glad to hear all the fun, and wish the figs Had cooperated.
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Wonderful house with the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

The house was very clean and had all what we needed for a perfect vacation. The bedrooms are large and the beds are comfortable. The front and the back porches are really relaxing. The garden looks very nice. The location is perfect. Only one block from the mason street with all the shops and only about 10 min. to the beach. I can highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review.My hope with all who stay at my home is you are able to relax and enjoy.
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The house and property are very nice. Comfortable living indoors and lovely privacy outdoors behind

  • 5 of 5

Our experience staying at Kenmar by the Bay was totally positive. The house is very comfortable, the rooms are large, the kitchen is very nice and adequately supplied, and the bedrooms are large and the beds comfortable with very nice bedding. Wonderful location, close to downtown Cape Charles, and close to the beach. One of our great pleasures in visiting Cape Charles is the opportunity to walk around town at length and view well kept gardens and engage with friendly locals. It is just a lovely place to visit and spend time at a beach, eat great foods, and stay in a quiet relaxing atmosphere. Also highly recommended for children.

  • Submitted: 12-May-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you all for the wonderful review of my home. Thank you for taking such good care while you were here.
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Nearest Airport
39.1 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Kelly's Gingernut Pub
Nearest Golf
1.2 Miles
Bay Creek Golf Course
Nearest Train
59.6 Miles
Newport News Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 13
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Cape Charles Coffee House
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Cape Charles
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Cape Charles, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Dec 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2019
Mar 30 2019 - May 11 2019
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2019
May 12 2019 - Aug 31 2019
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2019
Sep 1 2019 - Dec 7 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$185.77

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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