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Beautiful Sunsets Over Chincoteague Bay

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.25 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Sunset Cove is an architect-designed home perched on the waterfront in the quiet Smuggler's Cove neighborhood on the northern end of Chincoteague Island. The downstairs living room has a stone fireplace and comfortable seating with views of the water and woodlands. There is one bedroom and bath downstairs and three bedrooms on the second floor, all with water views. The house has been our second home and is furnished with a blend of antiques and comfortable contemporary furniture, with local art and crafts decorations.

Visitors to Chincoteague Island love the location -- even in the busiest times of the summer season, it is quiet and peaceful. Watching the sunset from the deck is a favorite evening activity. There is also a screened porch with table and chairs, off the kitchen. Sunset Cove is a special retreat, perfect for a romantic get-away or family vacation. You will love the 'lookout' on the second floor, with window seats on three sides, overlooking the bay and quiet, wooded neighborhood.

Keywords: Waterfront Home

More Details

Property Manager
Karen Christensen
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017

Why Karen Christensen chose Chincoteague Island

Ken and I came to Chincoteague years ago and fell in love with the island. We found Smuggler's Cove and had architect Steven Gantner design a special second home for us. It is now is a favorite family vacation home that we share. We kayak in the Chincoteague Bay, catch blue crabs, bike and enjoy the beach. Spending even a few days here helps us relax and feel like we've had a long vacation. We hate to leave!

What makes this house unique

Sunset Cove is perfect in every season and on any kind of day. There are sunny decks, a shady screened porch, cozy windowseats and lots of room to spread out. The water views are great -- shorebirds, seagulls, and just watching the waves. Even on the occasional rainy day, you can curl up on a sofa, watch a movie or read a book. And the kitchen is designed for people who enjoy cooking with a group -- lots of counterspace!

Guestbook comments from the manager

1. Chincoteague Island, Virginia

This tranquil landfall off Virginia's coast is famed for the feral Chincoteague ponies that roam nearby Assateague Island. Every July since 1925, the Pony Penning and auction floods the town with tourists there to watch the ponies gallop down Main Street. This area is a nature-lover's nirvana all year round, though, with Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the Assateague Island National Seashore, home to herons, bald eagles, and woodpeckers. If the weather is keeping you from visiting the birds' natural habitat, the Refuge Waterfowl Museum exhibits extensive wildlife murals, skipjack boat models, and wildfowl woodcarvings by renowned decoy crafters like carver-in-residence Delbert "Cigar" Daisy. Victorian inns and ice cream parlors, clam shacks serving Chincoteague oysters, and beachfront BBQs complete the Norman Rockwell picture.

Tip: Watch rocket launches at the NASA Visitor Center at the Wallops Flight Facility where Science on a Sphere Theatre projects 3-D effects on a suspended six-foot-diameter globe, depicting the moon, Jupiter storms, and Earth as seen by astronauts.
May 2010
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Chincoteague Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Second Floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Powder room on first floor - toilet , sink
  • Even the bathrooms are decorated with local artist work!
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , First floor Master bedroom with deck access and full bath
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Second Floor bedroom with water views to the north
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 2nd Floor bedroom with private deck access/water views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Second Floor bedroom with private deck access/water views
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Sunsets Over Chincoteague Bay
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

Average in most respects, below average in others.

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Our Chincoteague sunsets each evening were spectacular off the rear deck. The only thing that could have made it better would be to get rid of the half dead bush that blocks some of the view. The kitchen hardly has any dinner plates and glasses. Yes, I saw the blue plastic sectional plates. Those are not dinner plates. Ant traps were piled everywhere in the kitchen but the place was still overrun with ants. The living room should have a television set. The master bedroom should have a king size bed. The stove top doesn't work very well. I had to go through three burners before I found one that would bring a pot of water to a boil.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sue, I'm sorry you didn't find the 12 Italian ceramic dinner plates (and small plates and bowls) on the shelf above the microwave or the multiple wine and other glasses in the Hoosier cabinet. Not sure about ant traps, but when I come next week, I'll be sure to check things out. We were there a couple of weeks ago and didn't have any of these problems! And the stove, a relatively new Jennair electric was working well too. Haven't heard these things from other guests, so I'm glad I will be there soon to address any issues. We list the house as having 2 queen and 4 twin beds. We are not big TV watchers while on vacation, so occupying the living room with a tv screen simply isn't a priority for us. But, the upstairs TV in the loft room is always a favorite hangout space for most folks. We've never had a less than glowing review of Sunset Cove. I am sorry your stay wasn't up to your expectations, but I will be certain to correct any problems this coming week. I did have a friend stay at the house a couple of days ago and she was unable to see any of the problems you report. I have to question why you would file this kind of false review.
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Cousins' Gathering for Niece's Wedding

  • 5 of 5

I can’t thank you enough for renting your vacation home to us for the dates we needed it! When we came in the door, our mouths were hanging open with awe! Beautiful inside and out! All the kitchen essentials were there for us, and we all took turns making a great meal.

Everyone who stayed there (cousins, brother) loved the place. We even had the others in the family who were down for the wedding over for dinner and lawn games a couple of times. They loved the place as well. The decks are huge and comfortably laid out. Coffee was taken out there many mornings!

The sunsets at the point were the highlight of the day (evening) and we congregated there to take pictures most nights. I am attaching a picture of the last evening my husband and I were there (Tuesday), as everyone else had left for home before that.

I loved hearing the birds singing in the morning—actually all day! And the different wildlife in the inlet was amazing—I think I saw something different every day. And of course, I took lots of pictures! Birds, turtles, fish—geese with babies, you name it. Guess I don’t have to tell you how special your place is.

We loved the Creamery for ice cream, Gary Howard Seafood for a great take out meal for 14, The Jackspot for great beer and lunch, AJ's on the Creek for tasty seafood and ambiance. We visited Assateague Island for the beach several times, once for a sunrise. The mini-golf courses are challenging and fun! There is no shortage of things to see and do there!

We all talked about coming back to the island, and being at your house again. Of course, I don’t think my husband and I will always get the master bedroom with a door to the back porch!! Everyone has to have a turn with that!

Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Ginny. We loved it when guests let us know how much they enjoyed our home and what they liked best. We'd love to have you all back!
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Virginia, USA

Fantastic 3-Generation Family Week!

  • 5 of 5

Our 3-generation family of 8 had a wonderful week together in this lovely home! We were comfortable and the home provided all of the amenties we could wish for. It really felt like home with art, books, games, and personal touches, not a sterile rental property. We really enjoyed the wildlife -- so many birds, as well as an adorable toad under the house and the incredible privilege of witnessing two female diamondback terrapins laying their eggs in nests just behind the house (we were able to watch through the window so as not to disturb them at their important work). The kids loved the beach on Assateague, the shops in town, and fun activities like mini golf. Our favorite restaurant food came from Island Creamery, Sea Star carryout, and Ray's Shanty on the mainland. My husband and I rode our bikes nearly every day -- the beautiful scenery and flat terrain made it a real pleasure. Thank you for an absolutely wonderful week!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to review Sunset Cove! We know all our guests love it, but not everyone takes the time to write about it! And it sounds like all your favorites are the same as ours! Hope you can come back again! Karen and Ken
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New England


  • 5 of 5

I'm apprehensive about writing glowing review of this property because I'm afraid that other people will see it and book this house and I'll never be able to get back in again! The house was simply fantastic. Comfortable, beautiful, well stocked. The views are magnificent. Two porches to choose from. Water views. Paddle from the house. Ride to the beach. I think this was the nicest place I have ever rented. This was a kid vacation and the house worked really well - they took over the turret / roost and wouldn't let any adults in! Plus they had lots of space to play outside. Thanks. Really great place.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pennsburg Pa


  • 5 of 5

My fiancé and daughter and I spent a week at this gorgeous property. We were planning a beachfront wedding that weekend with close family. Upon seeing the breathtaking natural dock at the end of the property we contacted the owner- and changed the ceremony to the property! Our guests were marveled at the natural beauty of this spot- after seeing pictures- 2 friends have booked vacations at Chincoteague! This house was truly amazing- We often found ourselves not wanting to leave the back deck!!!! We cannot wait to return to Sunset Cove- and plan to many many times!!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hendersonville, NC

Fantastic house and property!

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing house on a breathtaking piece of property! The sunsets were incredible. The kayaking around the property was awesome. We paddled straight from the house... seeing eagles, salt marshes, the bay and week of heaven! The view from every room is beautiful and the upstairs "roost" was so much fun to watch the beautiful surroundings. Everyone had a week to remember and brought back fantastic photographs! We'll be back for sure!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge
Ray's Shanty
"This is our "go-to" place for fresh shrimp and hush puppies. They don't get better anywhere! "
Island Creamery
""Marsh Mud" (triple chocolate ice cream) is the BEST! Although coconut, java, almond joy ....."
Car: necessary

Chincoteague is known for its beaches, fishing and oysters, in addition to being the access point for the National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island, home to the wild ponies made famous in 'Misty of Chincoteague.' More recently, Wallops Island just south of Chincoteague has become an active launch site for space vehicles, including the spectacular launch of LADEE on September 7, 2013.

The quiet location of Sunset Cove is perfect for families, couples and those interested in a slower paced getaway.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.5%

Sunset Cove is located in the quiet neighborhood of Smuggler's Cove. The homeowner association rules require a ONE-WEEK minimum rental year round. You will want to stay as long as you can! Rates in the fall and spring are heavily discounted.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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