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Thomas Byrne

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german, dutch

Large Historic House on Harbor in St Michaels- IN TOWN- Walk to Everything!

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Saint Michaels House Rental Photos and Description

House, 6 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-11)

The historic Thomas Harrison House is a large fully updated 18th century vacation rental house located on the harbor and the town park in the center of St. Michaels. The house has beautiful water views and is situated within walking distance of all museums, shops (including grocery stores and drug stores), restaurants, farmer's market, town pool, tennis courts, library and other attractions.

A perfect location for family, families, or a group of friends vacationing, or attending weddings, reunions, or other events in St. Michaels and its surrounding areas.

Built around 1795 (while George Washington was President!) by Thomas Harrison Jr., 'house carpenter,' the two-story side hall/parlor clapboard house is the oldest two story dwelling in St. Michaels. It stands prominently on the town harbor adjacent the town PARK. The house is fitted with late eighteenth century style woodwork. The floors are wide plank heart of pine, and the windows have very old glass. The federal style stair, the raised six panel doors, and the period chair rails are original features.

The house is furnished with antique and reproduction furniture in keeping with the historic nature of the house.

A floor plan is avalable by clicking on the link below.

On the first floor of the original or 'Harrison House' are the side hall (foyer) and a large PARLOR (living room) with plenty of seating and a spectacular view of St. Michaels Harbor. To the rear of the living room is the LIBRARY having a fireplace, books, a television, stereo, games, cards and puzzles, and the DINING ROOM which can comfortably seat ten. To the rear of the dining room is a one story wing which houses a large, fully equipped KITCHEN. Also on the first floor is a DEN having a fireplace and half bath.

For relaxing outside on the property, the house offers a brick PATIO facing the harbor and the Miles River, and a covered PORCH facing the white picket fence enclosed back yard and gardens.

The second floor of the Harrison house includes the MASTER BEDROOM having a queen size poster bed and a twin trundle bed, a full bath, and an adjacent small sitting or READING ROOM which has a twin sofa bed. The second story of the rear portion of the house includes the BLUE ROOM having a queen bed, an adjacent 7X7 room with a twin bed, a full bath, and the 8X8 PEACH ROOM having a twin bed. Up a private spiral staircase from the DEN is the 15X11 WING BEDROOM with dormer windows, having a full size converted (mattress and box spring) rope bed and a full bath.

The third floor of the Harrison House is the ATTIC having two rooms including one full bed.

There are water views from almost every room of the house.

Also available for rent are four early 19th century two bedroom fully restored cottages located within one block of the the Thomas Harrison House (click link below).

Seasonal, week and weekend rentals available all year-round.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Thomas Byrne (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french, german, dutch

About Thomas Byrne

I purchased the Thomas Harrison house in 1991 and restored it over the next few years. The process of research and restoration of this house, built when George Washington was President, greatly increased my interest in historic architecture and the history of St. Michaels. This interest lead to the purchase and restoration of the nearby Washington Melson, Thomas Blades and John Bruff houses (click on link for info on these two bedroom properties).

Thomas Byrne purchased this house in 1991

Why Thomas Byrne chose Chesapeake Bay

The combination of the waterfront location, architecture and the historic character of the area, as well as the residents of St. Michaels, make this a very special place.

What makes this house unique

This house sits prominently on the harbor in St. Michaels with wonderful water views. It is the ONLY large vacation rental house in Town. Walking distance to everything... shops, restaurants, museums, parks, pool and other attractions.


based on 21 traveler reviews

Large Historic House on Harbor in St Michaels- IN TOWN- Walk to Everything!
average rating of 4.6190476 based on 21 reviews
West Chester, PA

So Special

  • 5 of 5

We are just finishing up our Labor Day weekend getaway at the Thomas Harrison House. All earlier reviews praise the location, the lovely, cared for home with special touches in every room and the accommodating owner. All I can add is my resounding agreement to the uniqueness and quality of this lovely, picturesque home. What a treat to stay here! We've had a wonderful time. Don't hesitate to rent; you will not regret your decision.

St. Michael's Island was fun to explore; to be able to walk to all sorts of entertainment in this charming town was wonderful! Do visit the Maritime museum it's a great source of information and history of the area (as are the books on the coffee tables in the house). Kayaking was beautiful on the San Domingo creek-paddled right by 3 great blue heron. Enjoyed good meals at many local establishments with the best crabcakes-in our opinion-at Bistro St. Michaels. Enjoy! It's a lovely getaway place!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location; beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

We had a handful of friends and family attending a wedding in St. Michael's and rented the Thomas Harrison House for a long weekend. It was perfect! The location was great (close enough to everything that I was able to leave the wedding to check on my kiddo and walk back before dinner). The home was authentic with lots of cute nooks and spaces to discover. My favorite moment of the trip was all of us hanging out on the patio on rocking chairs having morning coffee. Great amenities and we would absolutely rent again. My only complaint is that third floor was HOT during mid-July and the AC didn't cool that space effectively.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canton, GA

Extremely Disappointed!

  • 1 of 5

This was a family rental for 6 to celebrate family birthday.

Upon arrival - location is perfect with a beautiful view of the water and close to restaurants and downtown. It was upon entering the home that we were disappointed. Following lists the issues we encountered:

- All three beds were very uncomfortable and are in desperate need of mattress replacement.

- Bathroom lines are threadbare.

- Kitchen counters sticky and there were ants on the counters.

- Upon our arrival we foud a dirty coffee pot with coffee grinds left in the basket.

- Insufficient kitchenware and cutlery. Toaster did not work properly.

- Very uncomfortable furniture - sofas in main parlor were ripped.

- Peeling paint in upstairs bathroom.

- Water stain on ceiling in entry.

- Insufficient air conditioning - we recognize this is an historic home but in July if the a/c does not work properly; fans would be a good resource in many of the upstairs bedrooms.

Another family member has an historic home on parallel street - historic integrity has been maintained outside and inside. Had we not had this home as our base where we could relax, I'm not sure we would have lasted as long as we did.

We reviewed this home and comments thoroughly on this website before we booked the reservation -- nothing but glowing comments which makes no sense when you see what we encountered on our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

The house is very old but we'll kept. There is a surprise around every corner. There were 11 of us and it never felt crowded. Convenient to downtown St. Michaels. Views are lovely but we were there on a rainy weekend so not as spectacular. Would stay again if we visit again.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful escape/retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Despite the unseasonable weather, we had an awesome time! The home was a wonderful environment.

I will definitely consider returning!

Thank you,


  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Washington, DC

Fantastic Location!

  • 5 of 5

This place is fantastic! The house is a block and a half from St. Michael’s main street and is situated on the beautiful St. Michaels harbor. Our group watched the boats come and go, played croquet, and barbecued in the back yard. One final point – the owner also rents cottages across the street, so he can accommodate groups even larger than the number that this house accommodates. Highly recommend this great house situated on the water in beautiful and relaxing St. Michaels.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Museums (incl. Maritime Museum), restaurants and shops, a few blocks away,

Town Park with magnificent water/harbor views, a few steps from house,

Farmers Market in the Park adjacent house from March - October on Saturday mornings,

Acoustic music concerts also in Park on Thursday evenings during summer,

Bicycle rental 1 block away,

Beautiful public pools 6 blocks away,

Tennis Courts 6 blocks away,

Boat rides (on Patriot, Selina or Maritime Museum Skipjack) a few blocks away,

Grocery stores a few blocks away,

Town Public Library, 2 blocks away,

Kayak rental, in Town,

Winery, 4 blocks away,

Microbrewery 4 blocks away,

Fishing and Oystering excursions on Tilghman Island (ten minute drive away),

Town of Oxford, 1 hr bike ride away (with ride on Tred Avon Ferry),

Historic areas, great for walks or bike rides, in all directions!


Rates & Availability

Saint Michaels House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 6 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Jan 1 2017 - Mar 2 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Mar 3 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
May 26 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest
Sep 4 2017 - Dec 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add $150 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $40
Tax Rate 10.0%

Three night minimum for MLK Day Weekend, Presidents Day Weekend, Easter Weekend, Columbus Day Weekend, Thanksgiving Day Weekend and Christmas. Minimum 4 night stay for Winefest Weekend in April. Linens are 20/bed if we provide. Call for last minute booking discount.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Saint Michaels House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Half bathroom on first floor and 3 full bathrooms on second floor.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Each twin bed in its own bedroom, Baby Cribs (1) Upon request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Twin size in second floor reading room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Front yard opens up to Town harbor and Town Park, Large backyard great for barbecues, game of catch, horse shoes, croquet, frisbee, or wiffle ball, Back porch has rocking chairs for enjoying outdoors, Library has chess and checkers sets, cards, and other board games, House can be rented along with adjacent cottages for family reunions, or for weddings in Town.

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