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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage w/Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Mini golf, Wifi 1BR/1Bth

Karla Scanlan

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Karla Scanlan

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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage w/Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Mini golf, Wifi 1BR/1Bth

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Mathews Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

At Grandview on the Bay, we have two cottages that provide the ultimate for relaxation on Mathews County’s Chesapeake Bay VA: the Crab Shack and the Fish House (VRBO Listing 365572) which is our pet-friendly and kid-friendly cottage. We’ve spent over a decade designing and renovating our property Grandview to give guests impeccable access to nature, relaxation and privacy. In May 2011, we finished the construction of the luxurious “Shack” complete with king size bedroom and gourmet kitchen. From your roof top deck, enjoy expansive views of the East River. Watch the sun rise over the water with your morning coffee on your private balcony. Crave relaxation? We’ve got it! Find what suits your vacation style best – swimming in the pool, fishing or crabbing on the pier, kayaking, biking, bird watching, strolling around the coastal landscaped pathways or lounging in chairs and hammocks located throughout our three acre property. Grandview has excellent access to the Lower Chesapeake for sailors, intracoastal cruisers & fisherman with dockage for small boats & deep water anchorage for larger craft. We hope your time at Grandview will show you why we came to Mathews for a weekend and decided to stay a lifetime!

The Crab Shack was designed for comfort and relaxation. The second level of the Shack contains your bedroom with a king size Sleep Number bed as well as a living room area with drink fridge and a leather sofa to sink into while enjoying the large screen flat panel tv, featuring satellite tv with the professional football package and a 200+ DVD collection. Love to cook? Master Chef Karla designed the Shack’s gourmet kitchen with cooks in mind and she loves to share great recipes for locally available seafood. Step outside and pick fresh herbs from the garden. Think swings are just for kids or the outdoors? We’re big kids at heart and couldn’t resist adding a swing to the downstairs living area. Hop into the swing and soak in the view, watching the tide roll away. Looking to create your own sunset celebration? Grab a drink and head up to Crow's Nest, our rooftop deck with stunning views of the East River and kick back at our LL Bean dining table/chairs topside or stretch out in the lounge chairs.

What would vacation be without swimming! Refresh yourself at our swimming pool with bar area, double hammock swing, loungers, rocking chairs, dining table & grill. Can’t get enough of the water view then try your hand at good ole fashioned crabbing with chicken legs and strings on the pier or relax in the Adirondack chairs while the crab pots do the work for you. Revive yourself with a nap in the huge couples’ hammock in our mint garden (great for tea or mint juleps/mojitos). Quiet time abounds as well so relax in one of our reading areas or just kick back and rest in the lounge chairs located throughout the property. Bird watchers love viewing dozens of water fowl and bird species including our resident heron, egret and osprey. Stroll around the pathways and neighborhood and enjoy our wildlife and gardens with coastal landscaping. If you want to try an adventure, take our kayaks for a paddle and our bikes for a spin. Love fishing? Bring your boat, tie up to our pier and join in catching some of the hundreds of flounder and rockfish garnered by our guests and resident expert, Capt Dave who is happy to provide local fishing intelligence.

If you want some sand in your toes, we are a short drive from Haven Beach, Aaron Beach and Bethel Beach in Mathews with great birding, shell gathering, strolling. If you’re looking for a day trip, we are an hour away from Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens, Yorktown and horse racing at Colonial Downs. We are centrally located between Virginia Beach and Washington DC and a mere 90 minutes from Richmond. We are proud to be a Virginia Green facility!

While smoking is not permitted in the cottage, guests are permitted to smoke outdoors in approved areas. Courtesy laundry service provided for week long guests. Spend less time packing and more time playing! At Grandview, we provide many items that other rentals make you bring or rent. Email us with any needs or questions. Let us know how we can make your time in Mathews County GRAND!

Keywords: Waterfront, house, rental, private, vacation, kayak, swimming, pool, bikes

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Karla Scanlan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015

About Karla Scanlan

We (Dave and Karla) are the proud 'parents' of our yellow Lab, You'reNothingtoMeNow Fredo, (we were also blessed for 13 yrs with Deputy Festus, our chocolate lab, who you'll see in a lot of our photos) and the delighted uncle and aunt of ten nieces/nephews living in VA and CA. The labs have traveled w/us on vacations down to the Florida Keys and up to Bar Harbor (where we honeymooned two decades ago). All the kids in our lives regularly remind us how amazing the rural life is and how lucky we are to be so immersed in nature. For our primary jobs, Dave runs an orthodontic lab & Karla is a mkt research analyst. Don't hold it against us but we're die hard Dallas Cowboys fans since the late 70s..hence the importance of having the professional football package available to all our guests in the fall!

Karla Scanlan purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Karla Scanlan chose Mathews

In 1998, my husband Dave and I became the third owners of Grandview which was built in 1946 by master carpenter John Mason. At purchase, we found a hand made sign in the shed indicating that Mr Mason had named his home Grandview. We loved the name and kept it! After four years of being weekenders, we moved to Mathews permanently to enjoy the laid back life style. We now live at Grandview year round and are on site to provide local fishing expertise or help plan your trip to Mathews County. In early 2011, we renovated the original owner's cottage to create the Crab Shack as a stand alone vacation rental on our property, Grandview.

What makes this cottage unique

Grandview quickly works its magic on guests with its privacy, abundant nature and relaxation. The birdlife is simply amazing (Karla's dad is an ornithologist so we have a great appreciation) and on a clear night you can't believe the stars! From our pier you can catch fish or crabs or put on some waders and pick some oysters. Dave's even caught a snapping turtle and a gar from the pier! Mathews County's culture is a bit like the Florida Keys (which we love) in that you quickly adapt to island time. You stop worrying about all your emails and to do lists and time is measured by meal time, cocktail time and nap time. Our double hammock swing poolside was purchased on our trip to Key West. We specialize in getting people to relax, take a deep breath and enjoy nature in all its glory. Mathews County doesn't even have a stoplight but we have 90 miles of water trails great for kayaking and boating and nine coastal trails that are part of Virginia's Birding & Wildlife Trails system. For bicyclists, the Tour de Chesapeake is held annually in Mathews offering bike routes of varying lengths.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dave and Karla,

As I write, I'm rocking in the hammock chair looking out the screen door. Cooler weather came in and the morning is wonderfully cooler. Today is our last morning here. Soon we'll be packing to return for reality work & back to school. We had such a good family break from all the hectic schedules. What a wonderful gift you offer people. How often can you watch the sun rise with your daughter because you both want to instead of the wary eyed parent who has had no sleep or sharing in your son's first fish preparing lesson and watching him eat it that night. We had an osprey mother protecting her nest from the four kayakers. She thought we were going to climb the tree. Lots of fun memories. Spartacus got on the dock with vanilla wafers (always my favorite). 95lb Doberman that's a chicken :) We will return for more memories! It was a well needed reality break.
Aug 2012
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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage w/Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Mini golf, Wifi 1BR/1Bth
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Getting away

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Crab shack was amazing. Everything was provided for us at the property. There were binders full of information and directions to local attractions, dining, groceries, Etc. Karla was fantastic, she showed us how to crab and then clean the crab that we caught on the pier right outside of our vacation home. The sunrise and sunsets over the bay were perfect. Also the view from the top deck at night was an explosion of stars. Everything was extremely easy from first contact till our last day.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are honored that you chose Grandview for your honeymoon and glad that you found the process easy. Vacations (and especially honeymoons) should be stress free in the planning and execution and we're always happy to do what we can to help make it that way. We really enjoy showing guests the fun of crabbing and delighted that Mother Nature still was providing crabs at our pier so late in the season! Thanks again for your business!
New York

Everything you could want!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect getaway! It is just what you want in a rental but you rarely get. The cottage is beautifully decorated and thoughtfully appointed. Karla and Dave were incredibly gracious and accommodating. We took the kayaks out for a spin, played putt putt, caught crabs, went antiquing, ate local seafood, toured Yorktown, roasted oysters, took a harbor cruise, visited Gloucester and Matthews and even had some time to do nothing. It was the ideal vacation for unwinding and we look forward to our next visit!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Best Working Retreat Spot

  • 5 of 5

I was back East taking care of the folks and needed to get away to complete a design project and teach my online course. Wifi was number one criteria and Virginia bay water and view a close second. That was all I needed, but what i got was a nourishing retreat in nature, working every day from scenic perches, and that's not all. Karla and Dave are such gracious hosts. Dave set me up with bait and a fishing pole, kayaks, some boiled crabs, offer of a boat ride, and hints on where to stop and eat on the way home. (Don't miss Merrioi). Karla stayed in touch with me from the reservation onward with great directions and a list of even the cooking ingredients. Oh and the kitchen had everything you would ever want to cook with. Karla gave me hints where I might explore and invited me to use the pool, the gas grill, tiki torches, play with the dog, just delightful. Everything in the cottage was impeccably clean and well appointed, way beyond my expectations for anything called a cottage. This is the ideal writer's retreat and I hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Washington, DC

Grandview is not a place, it's a way of life.

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed a beautiful beautiful beautiful weekend at Grandview. There might be many nice places in the world, but it does not happen often that I would like to return to a place because it is so unique. Grandview, indeed, is very unique, and uniquely amazing. This review would not be sufficient to enumerate the charming, neat, well-arranged and best-equipped coastal-style CrabShack, the myriad of opportunities to relax (rooftop terrace with outstanding view, swimming pool, kayaking, fishing, cooking with ingredients from Grandview's herb garden, reading on the private pier and watching the sunset, catching crabs, visiting nearby vineries or taking a tour on a historic schooner, and many more), and last, but certainly not least, the wonderful masters of this paradise of tranquility, who are also very knowledgable about catching tasty crabs.

In essence, Grandview is not a place, it's a way of life. A way of life that should not be missed.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alexandar, Thanks for your wonderful comments. We are delighted you enjoyed the slower pace and way of life at Grandview (and Mathews County) –Nature and relaxation and oh yes the seafood. We think it really is a fun experience to catch your own dinner, knowing that it went from the Chesapeake Bay to your dinner table on the same day. Remember if you decide to give up the hustle and bustle of Washington DC, you and Yuting can always consider become professional crab pickers!
Vienna, VA

Quiet Retreat with Great Bird-Watching

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Dave and Karla, the property owners, for providing such a quiet and relaxing get away in southern Virginia. We loved going up to the Crows nest in the morning with our coffee to watch the Ospreys dive for fish. We spent many hours laying by the pool. And seeing the marine life, such as Fiddler crabs, at low tide near the dock was another cool feature.

If you're looking for a quiet, out of the way, type respite this is the place to go.

P.S. Dave and Karla also live on the property in their house. However, this is not a problem in the least. They're stay out of your way and when you do chat with they're incredibly nice people, who want to ensure you're having a great stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Alexandria, VA

We Loved The Crab Shack!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to unwind and relax - even in the rain! Three days of cool temps and rain forced us to miss out on the pool - :(.

Grounds are GORGEOUS as is the Grand View!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you got to enjoy the slower pace of life in Mathews. Mother Nature certainly did not make it feel like August with the cool temps and rain. Hopefully you'll return and get a chance to frolic in the pool in the SUN to see all the beauty Grandview has to offer. Thanks so much for your wonderful comments!


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Patrick Henry Newport News

We are conveniently located an hour from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg and 45 minutes from Yorktown. Mathews has great beaches for walking, shelling, birding, or just kicking back and building sand castles.


Rates & Availability

From $205 Per night

Mathews Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Season
Mar 6 2015 - May 20 2015
2 night minimum stay
In Season
May 21 2015 - Sep 6 2015
2 night minimum stay
Late Season
Sep 7 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning (see notes) $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.3%
Notes There is a $50 cleaning fee charged for a two night rental. This fee is waived for stays of 3 nights or longer. All linens including beach towels provided.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Mathews Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) King sleep number bed.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Gourmet kitchen with outside herb garden, indoor swing in cottage, multiple outdoor dining areas, kayaks, bikes, couples hammock, hammock swing, crab pots, board games, reading library,pool may be shared with owner and guests of 2nd cottage, smoking not allowed in cottage but is allowed in designated areas on property, Virginia Green facility

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