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Waterfront Cottage Kayak Nature Fisherman Paradise, kayaks, canoe all equipment

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath Sleeps 4-5

Only 35 minutes from DC yet a world away! Flat water Kayaker's Heaven, Central air-conditioned 2 bedroom and 1.5 bath waterfront cottage with ten mile sunset view over the Potomac River. Gated compound complete with pier and an electric boat lift, observation tower, and 600 ft elevated walkway along tidal pool. Spectacular eagle and nature watching. Kayaks, canoe etc. all equipment provided. Queen size beds with thermopedic pads. Well-equipped kitchen for your eat-in pleasure. Internet service is included, however, it is a satellite connection and can be effected by weather and it does not support streaming video. Email and normal surfing is possible, but can be unreliable. If you need guaranteed reliable internet service for your stay we recommend bringing a portable WIFI device to accomplish same. Quality of internet connection is not guaranteed or implied.

Property Manager
John Staples
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2016


Bryans Road Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telescope
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • Just completely renovated
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • First bedroom is large and doubles as a sitting room. Second bedroom has sliding glass door that opens onto tidal pool. Fifth person sleeps on California single in living room.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
We have tried to include everything needed as if you were at home. Please let us know if there is something you would like but do not see on the list of amenities.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Waterfront Cottage Kayak Nature Fisherman Paradise, kayaks, canoe all equipment
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews
Rockland NY

Great family retreat. Great manager

  • 5 of 5

we took our daughter and 2 grandchildren for a short vacation. Accommodations were great. but the real attraction is the location and the owners. Firstly there is a great tree house / look out that my grand kids loved. they ate and read up there. the kids can wander the entire VERY large property and explore. There is a canoe and a bunch of kayaks. We went canoeing and kayaking on the Chesapeake. There is plenty of wild life to observe that the kids were constantly entertained. Butterfly's, river otter's, tree frogs, turtles, eagles...

In addition to all this you are about 35 minute ride to DC and all it has to offer. I would highly suggest discussing your DC plans with the owners. Their advice was invaluable.

If all this is not enough the owners John & Carrie are the nicest and most interesting people. They are warm and welcoming. I very much enjoyed our evenings sitting outside overlooking the water as the sun is going down and talking with them. I also loved Carries art "journal", thanks for sharing. Needless to say I would highly recommend this to any nature lover who is looking for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to share our little piece of paradise on the Potomac with Sol and his wonderful family. His grand kids were totally charming and we too enjoyed spending time with Sol sitting by the river enjoying the conversation.
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Fun family weekend away

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 5 (kids ages 0-7) just had a fabulous long weekend here. The cottage was perfect and just as we expected from the listing. The owner was helpful and kind and responded to communication quickly. We spent our weekend exploring the river and marsh with the canoe and kayaks and we all had a blast finding shells, watching birds and swimming. The kitchen was well-equipped and the beds were comfortable. It was a very hot weekend and the AC in the cottage had a hard time keeping up so we were a little toasty at night but otherwise no big complaints. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to have you and your family here for the weekend. We are very grateful for your input on the AC. We count on people telling us when there are issues that we can address. I believe I found the solution to the issue with the AC. There is another section of the house that is closed off, but when I looked today I noticed that the AC vent was open in that part of the house and it should not be. With that closed it should send more AC to the main part of the house. We will wait for the next hot night to see if it helped. Very much appreciate your input!
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Excellent place for country folk to stay when visiting DC.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful and comfortable stay while touring DC. My girls absolutely loved the canoes and kayaks. We spent many hours paddling and swimming. The cottage is about 40 minutes drive to the nearest metro station. It is also within about 5 miles of small local restaurants, two groceries, CVS, and fast food. The cottage is rustic, but very comfortable. The hosts are very friendly, accommodating, and respectful of your privacy. I would recommend this rental for anyone that likes small town and/or country living. I felt that the rate charged was very reasonable and a great value. I didn't list 5 stars because of people that may expect a hotel like experience. This is more like staying at your friend's country lake house.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Simsbury, Connecticut

Simply wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

What a hidden gem! We had a great time during our stay at Fenwick Cottage. If you're looking to get away and spend some quality time experiencing nature and wonderful waterfront views, do yourself a favor and stay here! John and Carrie were excellent hosts and made sure our time there was comfortable - including providing a nice meal for us the first night of our stay. The cottage has everything you need, and is a quick 40-minute drive from downtown DC.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2011
  • Stayed: June 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Excellent Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed in J & C's wonderful cottage over the 4th of July weekend a couple years ago and absolutely loved it. The hosts are some of the best people you could ever hope to meet. The location is wonderfully close to DC, making it a convenient weekend escape from the city. While we were there, we took advantage of the kayaks supplied to explore the nearby nature preserve. It was beautiful, relaxing weekend and exactly the escape we both needed. Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gibsonia PA

Our Home Base for a week of history in DC

  • 5 of 5

What is there to say about this place that hasn’t already been said in the comments! What a beautiful setting! Wildlife all around: Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Herons, Geese, Fish, Frogs, Butterflies, Dragonflies, the list just goes on.

The cottage is perfect! The upgrades to what is obviously a very old house make so much more than just a cottage; it truly is a home away from home.

We used Fenwick Cottage as our home base for a scheduled vacation to Washington DC. After looking at countless $300 a night hotels, this was a no brainer. However our expectations were not even close to the real life experience we had for a week at Fenwick. Just 30 minutes to our nations capitol but feeling like you’re a million miles away is perhaps the best component of this cottage and setting if you’re planning on visiting DC.

John & Carrie are most gracious hosts. They are there for advise or help with any issue, but also have a great deal of respect for your privacy. An invitation to Happy Hour with them and their neighbors after a long day of work (for them, not us) was a welcome end to our day as well on the evenings we were available.

Since this paradise is an easy ride from anywhere, there is so much to do if you can tear yourself away from the cottage in the morning. Washington DC, Mount Vernon, a Medieval Dinner Theater, and Potomac Speedway were the places we visited while we stayed at Fenwick Cottage.

If you visit, read the history of the area in the red binder provided by John and Carrie. It is rich with history of the area as well as information on attractions, fishing, local wildlife and even a set of directions to DC is provided in the “Red Book.”

We will most definitely be back next year!

Jim, Maria & Aaron

Gibsonia Pennsylvania

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary

We are located in the northern part of Charles County Maryland on the world famous bass waters of the Potomac River at Pomonkey Creek. We have a 300 degree panorama of the area. The resident bald eagles are here every day of the year. This is prime waterfront with 1000 feet on the Potomac and 1000 feet on the creek. The cottage is a separate private home in gated waterfront compound complete with pier with an electric lift, 24 foot observation tower, 600 foot elevated walkway over tidal pool and sunrise or sunset view. Internet service here is via satellite, our only option, and is not suitable for video streaming, and can be less than reliable. Please bring protable WIFI for your use in case continuous quality connection to the internet is crucial to the enjoyment of your stay.

Other Activities: Kayaking, Boating, Shelling, Wildlife Viewing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

PayPal, cash, credit card, and personal check if received 30 days or more in advance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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