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John Staples

Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english

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

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Maryland Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
John Staples (Property Manager)
Member since: 2008
Call Manager
Speaks: english


based on 12 traveler reviews

Waterfront Cottage Kayak Nature Fisherman Paradise, kayaks, canoe all equipment
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
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: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 0
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: Jul 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: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Western Mass, USA

Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

Instead of spending the better part of a week in a characterless motel, I surprised my family by arranging for us to stay at our first Home Away property.

The location of the cottage is delightful, but I also really appreciated the character and space inside. Another pleasant surprise was the quality of the 'extras', such as decent kitchen knives, bathroom supplies, etc. This attention to detail was important to me.

The property has a very rural setting, so you will not find a big convenience store right around the corner. You might want to bring some supplies with you or stock up the fridge when you arrive - speaking of which, we arrived late after a 7 hour drive, but this was no trouble...and there were a couple of surprises already in the fridge for us. These made us feel welcome.

We didn't get out in the kayaks, even though this will be an irresistable draw for some guests. The water is a stone's throw away...

We would gladly stay here again

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saugerties, NY

Perfect for nature lovers

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week-long stay at Fenwick Cottage in mid-September. The cottage is lovely, impeccably clean and tastefully furnished. The setting is -- well, it's like being in an Audubon print: the Potomac River is on one side and the Pomonkey Creek on the other; one bedroom looks out onto a tidal pond frequented by Great Blue Herons, and because the cottage is at the end of a road there is nothing but nature to see all around. Canoe and kayaks were at our disposal so we could reach a lovely little beach across the Pomonkey Creek, a short paddle away. An ideal place for exploring nature, go kayaking and bird watching, or staying inside and reading when it rains (as we did). The hosts, John and Carrie, were delightful, there if we needed them and respectful of our privacy.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Columbia, MD

Our Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

That's right! Found this place last year, and just had to come back! The cottage is so rich with ammenities, you really only need to bring yourself and your fishing pole. The fried oysters and crab soup at Marsh Hall are a must! I have to admit that after being away from home, I am usually glad to return. Not this time! We found ourselves a home away from home. Now, if I could only get John and Carrie to adopt me :-)

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • 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


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

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Maryland Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
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
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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.

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