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Waterfront Furnished - 6 month or 1 year lease starting 6/1/17

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Free Wifi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hot Tub


About the property

4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s) - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 8)

This Non-Smoking home has an incredibly massive, screened-in porch facing due east overlooking the scenic water paradise of Dividing Creek. Furnished or unfurnished. It was built as a summer cottage by a millionaire in the thirties and retains much of its feel with large wood beam ceilings in the living and dining rooms. Paradise is closer than you think with quick access to Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington DC. The living room sports an impressive fireplace and the downstairs playroom is complete with a (natural gas) wood burning stove, 55' flat screen with FIOS, free wifi zones and a ping pong table.

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Dividing Creek is one of the most beautiful on the Chesapeake Bay. Water depth is impressive at 10'-12' at the end of the pier and the creek is commonly used by sailors and boaters as an overnight anchorage. Music can be heard in the distance from the famous "The Point" crabhouse and grill just across on Mill creek, and fireworks seem like a weekly event. A large lower grassy level makes a perfect spot for family picnics or parties. Four kayaks, inflatable rafts/tubes and a pedal boat!. Lots of different sized life vests for our guests. For boat owners, a deep-water slip and 10,000lb boat lift is available at the pier, please call for more info.

The location and natural beauty of this land is unrivaled and was valued by Indians as well. Walk down the 18 rock steps to one of the most desirable, wide, deep water and weather protected creeks on the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Herons, Ducks, and Canadian Geese are your neighbors. Steamed crabs, corn-on-the-cob, and a cold brew is your celebration. Crab and fish right off the pier. Bring your fishing rods!

Moving to Maryland? Stay here while you look for a permanent home and enjoy all that Maryland has to offer!

More Details

John Wells
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 4, 2017

About John Wells

John & Marianne Wells are both engineers (VA Tech) and currently run their own business in Columbia, MD. They have two children who are both recently married and live in the area. They have lived in Iowa, Georgia, Virginia and settled right back next to John's grandfather's summer shore cottage.

John Wells purchased this cottage in 1995

Why John Wells chose Maryland

Largest screened porch on the bay with fantastic views and relaxing environment. A shore vacation you will always remember.

What makes this cottage unique

Wells Cottage is perfectly located. You can easily tour Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington DC from this location. The cottage is waterfront but close to shopping and restaurants. Many of our renters simply enjoy sitting in the porch swing and watching the activity in the creek. Groups of all types family, business, yoga retreats, all enjoy the peaceful and enjoyable setting of Wells Cottage.


Severna Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , Pull Out Trundel
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - Extra Matresses to be thrown whereever
  • Queen size Beds (1) Two bedrooms each have a Queen bed., Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) This is a trundle bed. This bedroom can sleep two., Baby Cribs (1)
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Cable, High-Speed Internet w/ 2 WiFi zones, wireless inside and out, (4) Kayaks, Inflatable Tubes & Rafts, Pedal Boat, Fishing Rods, Bikes (4), Crab traps and live box, Plenty of puzzles, board games and books, NO SMOKING IN HOUSE


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Waterfront Furnished - 6 month or 1 year lease starting 6/1/17
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Spacious, peaceful, immaculate, waterside cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We spent an idyllic 12 days at Wells Cottage to celebrate our mother's 80th birthday. Everything in the listing description is accurate, but cannot possibly do justice to what a charming, comfortable, clean and well-appointed place we found upon arrival.

John Wells is exceptionally responsive to phone calls and email, both in making reservations and also during our stay. We found an informative binder on the dining room table; essential info (where to find linens, wifi password, etc), as well as interesting tidbits of local history. He stopped by shortly after we arrived and provided a comprehensive walk-thru (and more local history).

Having visited quite a few properties that advertised recreational equipment, I was truly impressed that the kayaks, paddles, life vests, and bicycles were of good quality and in very good condition. Someone was kayaking or biking every day we were there. There is enough equipment that several people could go out together at one time and enjoy each other's company, which was one of the main objectives of our family retreat.

Inside the cottage we found many thoughtful touches: games, puzzles, books, terrific cable TV service. In the spacious basement there were a ping pong and fussball tables.

The kitchen was very well stocked and we used it constantly. It is galley style with a retro feel. If you're looking for granite countertops and stainless appliances, this ain't it. BUT, we found everything we needed for meal prep and there is a FANTASTIC 5-burner gas stove that was a joy to use. There were 12 of us for a couple days and we still had plenty of room around the dining room table. (If you're not into cooking, plenty of great restaurants a short drive away.)

Wells Cottage is quiet and secluded, yet convenient to groceries, restaurants, convenience stores, downtown Annapolis, and Baltimore Washington International Airport. We spent many happy hours relaxing on the screened porch admiring the scenery, bird watching, and talking.

Highly recommend this unique property. Mom's 80th birthday celebration was a huge sucess and we hope to return some day.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Peggy for your very kind review of Wells Cottage! We are happy you selected our rental to host your mother's 80th birthday party. Marianne and I have been renting the property since 2004 but your review makes it sound so wonderful and fresh that it makes us think of moving back in! Our housekeeping crew must be doing their job right. Thanks again, -John
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Perfect spot for a family reunion

  • 5 of 5

We rented this cottage over Labor Day weekend as a gathering spot for family living as near as Baltimore and as far as England. The house and the location met and exceeded our expectations. Not only was it conveniently located (Baltimore, Annapolis, BWI), and comfortable, but it had so many things to keep people of all ages entertained. Our group kayaked, crabbed, lounged, hung out in the hot tub, took walks, played board games around the sizable picnic table on the screened porch, played ping pong and fooseball in the basement, cracked crabs (again around that big table), grilled, and just had fun being together taking in the awesome views. We were so busy enjoying the activities and the creek that I am happy to say no one turned on the TV. The basement, with a variety of sofas was the perfect place for the kids to all sleep together.

The owners were very responsive to all our needs and went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed. Obviously, they love the house and the location on Dividing Creek as witnessed by the care that they put into this treasure. We hope to return soon.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review Meredith! We do enjoy sharing what we believe to be a perfect spot for a Chesapeake Bay escape. We love to hear the sounds of families and children experiencing crabbing, fishing and kayaking, some for the very first time. We're happy you enjoyed your stay and appreciate the online review. We have had about one hundred reviews, but they are mostly written in our Wells Cottage log books. Hope to see you again soon!
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Wonderful house for all seasons. Kayak, ping pong, fussball, BBQ. My family had a blast! Thanks John

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week on New Year's Eve. We loved everything. It worked perfectly for my family of 6, but the house can accommodate additional more people. John was a great host. He lives nearby and was kind enough to encourage us and help us go out and kayak. We enjoyed the view from the house, from the master bedroom, not to forget the view from the hot tub which we enjoyed mornings afternoons and evenings.

My teenagers loved it all. We will come back. Thanks John.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful for family time

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your cottage with us this last week. It was just perfect for what we needed. We were able to spend quality time together, and really enjoy each other’s company. The big TV was great for the football weekend. The dining room table was big enough that we could all eat together. The kids enjoyed the ping pong, foosball, and paddleboat; and everyone enjoyed the board games. The cottage's location so close to both Annapolis and Baltimore was ideal. You are the perfect hosts—so helpful and easy to get to know.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect place which was spacious and comfortable for 10 people. The best part was the location and the view of the lake.

This place gave us the privacy but still was very close to the Market and restaurants.

Owner lives close by and stopped by to check if everything was good. So overall it was a great experience which everyone in the

group enjoyed.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Weekend

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was all it appeared to be in the photos, it was perfect for our family of 10 to get together for the holiday. Owner's were very helpful and have thought of everything a family with children would need for a holiday on the water.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
BWI - Baltimore Washington International
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Park Tavern
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
BWI Airport
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 2 and Jones Station Rd
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Point Restaurant at Ferry Point Yacht Club
Nearest Beach
Manhattan Beach
Car: necessary

Explore the scenic Magothy River & its many beautiful creeks & islands, Go swimming & tubing in the water & watch boats of all types going up & down the creek wishing they were you! Explore fine seafood restaurants and historical sites, Take sailing lessons in Annapolis, Quick access to highways to get to Annapolis, Washington DC, or Baltimore FAST! Enjoy!


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7 night minimum stay

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