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5 * Spacious hm, Breathtaking Views, 450 pier, kayaks, fossils, priv beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

3BR, 2BA Chesapeake BayfrontHm in Md, huge picture windows, beautiful gardens

We rent two kayaks for $75.00 each for your entire stay. Free Wifi. Pet Friendly

Beautiful sunrises and panoramic bay views make this three-bedroom/two-bath (sleeps eight) beach front house spectacular. We recently installed huge picture windows throughout the main level, creating spectacular post card views of the Bay. Our home is located on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay's western shore, just 45 minutes from Washington, DC. The area is rich in colonial history, as well as fossils from the Miocene era.

Enjoy miles of sandy shoreline, a 450-foot private pier, and two-mile nature trail through deep woods, open recreational field, playground, and plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants.

This is a magical place. I'm not sure there are words to describe the charm of our warm and inviting home on the bay. The views from every room are simply breathtaking! You'll truly feel like you are on a ship overlooking a vast body of water. The view is constantly changing -- either due to weather, or by the large variety of boats and an array of birds.

The house itself has 'yesteryear' charm combined with today's modern conveniences. It has a wrap-around porch that now includes the gourmet kitchen where your views are magnificent. The kitchen has solid cherry cabinets with granite counter tops and top of the line appliances. It is fun kitchen to work in because of the views. We also provide spices, flour and sugar for your ease in packing. We love to cook so we have top of the line cookware.

Recently renovated, the home has two stunning stone fireplaces, and hardwood floors throughout, with the exception of the porch, which is tiled. The lower level is open with walls of glass surrounding two sides …. the views are breathtaking from every room. We have two separate family gathering areas on the lower level, one on the porch and the other by the stone fireplace with a 45” screen T.V. This floor plan allows for everyone to have their space yet not fell separated from the group. The upper level is conveniently designed as third sitting area with another T.V over the fireplace. The sofa serves as a queen size bed and the blow up mattress is extremely comfortable, not something typically found in a sofa bed. There is a trundle bed in this room that serves as two twin beds. You will love the desk in this room, perfect for your computer, if you can stop looking at the bay as it has a 6’ picture window.

The master bath is spectacular. It has an oversized floor to ceiling shower with two shower nozzles. There is a 6’ picture window in the shower so the view while showering is not something you would find even in the Ritz. The master bedroom has a cathedral ceiling and is a wall of glass. You wake up every morning to the sun rise over the bay and every morning the sky looks different. Although we have wooden blinds, I think you will want to keep them up because it is truly like looking at a living canvas and it will be a memory you won’t ever forget.

Enjoy an enclosed outdoor shower that has wonderful views of the bay. The front deck spans the entire length of the house. Imagine sipping wine or your morning coffee and watching the blue herons -- our local eagles -- and an assortment of other birds diving into the bay in search of their next feast. Or watching the large variety of boats traveling the bay for commerce or pleasure. Or waking up in the morning to the sun rising over the bay, with spectacular colors that would inspire anyone to paint. Or spending countless hours fishing or crabbing off the 450-foot pier. Or walking the 3,000 feet of beach is search for sea glass or fossils from the Miocene era including sharks teeth. This is truly the place where special memories are made.

We also have a back deck which is wonderful for morning coffee. The deck is surrounded by beautiful gardens offering an assortment of color for your enjoyment. There is a 20 year old Crape Myrtle that graces our walkway. It starts blooming in mid July thru August and sometimes into September. You will really enjoy the beauty of its deep blossoms as you sip your coffee. There is another tree that sits close to our deck, offering you lots of privacy, which is a favorite sanctuary for an assortment of birds. Expect to be serenade by various songs as birds chat with each other. Download a bird app and listen to the excitement of the birds around you.

We also have a large open field, perfect for a playing soccer with your children or a baseball game. Also enjoy our miles and miles of nature trails that spread throughout our back 80 acres which is adjacent to an even larger nature preserve. It is hard to leave the beach and its miles of open beach but the back land is also nature wonderment.

As all my guests have said… “This is a vacation you will never forget… it is magical!”


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Alicia Yowell
Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 13, 2018

About Alicia Yowell

My husband and I purchased this property in 1980. We are in a community called Governors Run that is rich in history. Where our pier exists, it was formerly one of the oldest wharfs in Southern Maryland. At the turn of the century, it was a resort for Washingtonians. A group of us purchased the entire 15 home resort, each owning our individual homes. We have successfully turned into one of the more magical and beautiful spots on the Chesapeake. One day, I will write a book about this great adventure.

Alicia Yowell purchased this house in 1981

Why Alicia Yowell chose Port Republic

Beautiful sunrises and panoramic bay views make this three-bedroom/two-bath (sleeps eight) beach house spectacular. It's located on Maryland's western shore, just 45 minutes from Washington, DC. The area is rich in colonial history, as well as in fossils from the Miocene era. Enjoy miles of sandy shoreline, a 450-foot private pier, two-mile nature trail through deep woods, open recreational field, playground, and plenty of fabulous seafood restaurants. This is a magical place. I'm not sure there are words to describe the charm of our warm and inviting home on the bay. The views from every room are simply breathtaking! You'll truly feel like you are on a ship overlooking a vast body of water. The view is constantly changing -- either due to weather, or by the large variety of boats and birds. The house itself has 'yesteryear' charm combined with today's modern conveniences. It has a wrap-around porch that now includes the kitchen where your views are simply magnificent.

What makes this house unique

There are very few communites on the Chesapeake Bay where you can walk for miles on sandy beach, tide/jelly fish permitting. We are one of them. We also own 80 acres with miles and miles of nature trails through deep hardwoods along a stream, perfect for birders or those who like the solitude of of the woods.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Welcome to our magical home on the bay. We love our home and know that you will as well. We have rented our home for years and just love sharing it with others. We think it is such a special, magical place, that everyone should have an opportunity to stay there. We are so lucky to have such a great house with magnificent views that calls to ones soul. Enjoy and please treat it with lots of love. Thanks
Apr 2003
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Port Republic House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Please do not dig on the cliff as it can cause a slide which can be very dangerous
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kettle ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor - outdoor shower
  • Renovated full bathroom upstairs that has a 6 foot picture window of the bay. It is truly one of most spectacular bathrooms you will ever see. The tile is exquisite and done by a true craftsman with an artist flair. The outside shower is very cool as well. It is a covered show but you have a breathtaking views of the bay.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , sleep sofa - queen and a trundel bed = 2 twins
  • The Master Bedroom has a panoramic view of the Bay. The view is incredible- it is like looking out at a living canvas. The second bedroom converts into a second family room. We have a sleep sofa that is extremely comfortable and a day bed that contains two twin beds. There is a large stone fireplace with a 32' high definition television over it. We also have a desk that over looks the bay - perfect for a lap top! The floors are hardwood that were just refinished and freshly painted. walls The third bedroom is charming and bright with lots of windows. It is located on the lower level and has an adjacent full bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Amenities for the Bay The magical bay house is located in a community that has lots of special amenities on site. We have a 450 foot pier which is perfect for crabbing and fishing. You can either use our crab pot or catch the crabs off the pilings. We provide a long metal net. The big stripers are back in the bay, so you have a good chance of catching a 30” fish. Blue fish, croakers, flounder, mackerel, and spot also abound…. Lots of great memories will be had at the end of the pier! You can walk for miles on the sandy shoreline. There are fossils from the Miocene era (15-20 millions ago) all along the shoreline. It is great fun to find the old scalloped shells and paint them with your children; they will become your treasures. You will also find sharks teeth and old pieces of sea glass. Don’t be surprised to find a wale or shark vertebrae, coral, and sand dollars from the Miocene era. There are several in the house that we found over the years. Be sure to study our books in the house about both which will add to your great fun. Besides the beach, the community also owns 80 acres of deep woods behind our property. It is adjacent to another nature preserve so consequently there are miles and miles of trails. The trails at times follow a creek and become steep as the path wanders its way through this nature preserve. The woods are full of very old trees and a wide assortment of hardwoods. It is so quiet and tranquil, you could spend all day just exploring. The woods are thrill for bird watchers because of the wide assortment of bird life. We also have a playground directly behind our home, perfect for the young children. There is an open field just a 100 feet away for a pick up came of soccer or baseball. Just down the road, there is miniature golf and a water park which I am sure your children will love. We have so many great restaurants within ten minutes from our home, it would be impossible to visit them all! The Calvert Museum in Solomon’s is a must. You will learn all about the fossils found along our shoreline, how boats were built in yesteryear and the history of Southern Maryland. There is a light house on site that is fascinating to see. You can take a boat ride from the Museum which will take you for a tour all around the area. You can also take a ride on an Oyster Boar and learn how they fish for oysters. The Museum also has lots of night life so be sure to look them up before you arrive and purchase tickets for the fun entertainment they always offer. Solomon’s Island is also filled with lots of old Victorian houses, great seafood restaurants and fun shops. Calvert County has so much to offer, it is known as the “Charm of the Chesapeake”. You can trace the history of the railroads at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum; learn about life in the Chesapeake Bay at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; shop the farm markets for local produce… one is just down the road from us called Chesapeake Bounty. You should Google it before you arrive to see their weekly specials; study over 100 species of birds in their natural habitat at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp; tour the historic churches; explore the work of wonderful artisans at Ann Marie Sculpture Garden’s ; watch sailboat races from the Solomon’s Island Rivrwalk on Thursday nights throughout the summer; trace early history at the Jefferson Parkers Patterson Park and Museum, an archeological and environmental preserve; learn the role the Chesapeake Bay played in shaping bayside communities at the Bayside History Museum; Visit the J.C. Lore & Sons Oyster Houseman restored 1934 seafood-packing house in Solomon’s; or Walk or bike the scenic Chesapeake Beach Railway Trail. Please visit our web site for more detailed information about fun things to do in our area.


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  • 5 of 5

This house was exceptional. My family and i loved it. We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a private beach atmosphere. My family and I give it four stars. I recommend it to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2007
  • Stayed: June 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home in an awesome location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved being steps from the beach. The fossil hunting was great. We found 9 sharks teeth and shells and fossils that are millions of years old. The location was within 15 minutes of stores, and there are nice attractions nearby: a bald cypress swamp, a sculpture garden, and numerous parks and trails. We recommend Jerry's Place for exceptional crab cakes!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Julie, So glad you enjoyed your stay at our home and you got to know some of the specials places within our larger community. There is so much to do that it is hard to fit in even half of the fun activities. Hope you and your family can return in the future. You were great guests and I enjoyed hosting you. Alicia
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Great Experience Renting from Honest Owners!

  • 5 of 5

The Yowells have a wonderful home in a wonderful area with a wonderful view! Everything they said to describe their home and the area was totally true. The only thing understated may be the beautiful views of the bay and beach!! We had 4 adults, 1 three year old and 2 doodles and had plenty of room in the house. There were activities for every interest; beachcombing for fossils and shells, fishing, kayaking, jogging, hiking, reading a book or just relaxing! We found it especially fun to find new artwork in the home after you thought you had seen it all!! One of the best home rentals we have experienced! Thank you to the Yowells... you know how to make a rental really feel like a home!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The views from the house are beautiful and the beach is truly amazing.

  • 4 of 5

This beach is amazing! We found 10 shark teeth in the weekend we were there plus pieces of dental plates from sting rays, many fossilized shells, and beautiful stones. We had a beautiful fire down by the beach at night. Although a great beach for fossil hunting, there were also huge patches of sandy beach for the kids to dig in and build sand castles. The water was warm for October - we didn't swim, but we walked in the surf for hours. You can walk the beach for miles! The community was quiet and people in the neighborhood and along the beach were very friendly. It was a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay Rachel, we love hearing how much fun our travelers are having at our home. We miss it but will soon be home for the winter and spring. We love sharing our home and so glad we have so many repeat clients. I hope you become one of them. You and your family are always welcome. Alicia
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Absolutely lovely home!

  • 5 of 5

This home has gorgeous water views and a beach right below it. It's peaceful and quiet, and you may have the whole beach to yourself at times. It's a perfect beach for small children. The home has everything you could wish for and then some. It's very comfortable and inviting. There are views from almost every room. And the owners are a delight to work with!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Beverly, so glad you and your family returned to our Magical Bay Home. We love sharing our home with others. I am so glad you appreciate our magnificent view of the bay. The morning sunrises are simply breathtaking. I always tell my clients to be sure to get up before the sun rises to capture the stunning colors in the sky. The views throughout the day offer constant entertainment, watching the ships, local sailors and crabbers and of course the array of birds. Hope you all can return again soon. You and your family are always welcome.
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Beautiful location.

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay. Very quiet, private location. Wonderful views. Friendly community. The only downside was the amount of dog hair on the floors, in the washing machine and in the dryer.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I enjoyed talking to you during your visit and was happy to hear that you loved the house, had a great time, and thought the views were spectacular. This having been said I was surprised to see in your review that you found some dog hair in the house. My housekeeper not only vacuums the floors, the sofa cushions and under the cushions but actually gets on her hands and knees and washes the floors. As you know, I always tell travelers to immediately inform me if they are unhappy about anything and specifically to let me know if they find anything wrong with cleanliness. I have an arrangement with my cleaning staff where they will immediately return and correct any problems. In 33 years of renting I’ve never received anything but complements concerning the cleanliness of the house and have never had a call to have my house cleaner return. My housecleaning staff did tell me that you moved and left the trundle bed away from its original location (she had to call in some help to move it back where it was supposed to be as this bed is extremely heavy). Perhaps you found some dog hair under the bed when you moved the trundle bed. I think you might have mistaken the strings of fabric in the dryer and washing machine as dog hair when actually they came from an Irish woven acrylic throw. I have noticed these threads as well when I wash this particular throw. Again, I am happy you enjoyed the home, had a great time, and loved our magnificent beach and views of the Chesapeake Bay.
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Reagan National and BWU
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Point Look Out
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Chesapeake Club
Nearest Train
45 Miles
Washington D.C.
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Lots of Restuarnts, Will send to Client
Car: necessary

The area is rich in colonial history. St. Mary's County is just a few miles away and it is the home of Maryland's first colonial settlement. Solomon’s Island is a charming Victorian Village that has an abundant number of fabulous sea food restaurants with great ambiance. It also is the home to the well known Chesapeake Bay museum. It has displays that teach you about the fossils that you will find on our beach as well as the names of all the shark teeth. It also features the many different ships that sailed the bay for the past three centuries. At night they offer a variety of music festivals. We are only 45 minutes from Washington D.C.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Maid service $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200

Second payment is due 120 days from date of reservation. There is no field for 120 days. We have two kayaks available for rent. We book Friday to Friday, June, July and August

Please note, we have a long three day week-end available in June from June 22nd, departing on the 25th.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.