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Karla Scanlan

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Wifi 2 Bd/2 Ba, Mini Golf

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Cottage, 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

At Grandview on the Bay, we have two cottages that provide the ultimate for relaxation on Mathews County’s Chesapeake Bay VA: the Fish House and the Crab Shack (VRBO Listing 357886). We’ve spent over a decade designing and renovating our property Grandview to give guests impeccable access to nature, relaxation and privacy. A great romantic vacation getaway or a memory making adventure for a small family awaits you. In February 2013, we started the construction of our new cottage, the Fish House, complete with a master king size bedroom with balcony, a second bedroom with two twin beds and gourmet kitchen. From your bedroom balcony, enjoy expansive views of the East River or watch the sun rise over the water with your morning coffee. Crave relaxation? We’ve got it! Find what suits your vacation style best – swimming in the pool, fishing or crabbing on the pier, kayaking, biking, bird watching, strolling around the coastal landscaped pathways or lounging in chairs and hammocks located throughout our three acre property. Grandview has excellent access to the Lower Chesapeake for sailors, intracoastal cruisers & fisherman with dockage for small boats & deep water anchorage for larger craft. We hope your time at Grandview will show you why we came to Mathews for a weekend and decided to stay a lifetime!

The Fish House is designed for comfort and relaxation, similar to the Crab Shack but a bit larger to accommodate a family of four (minimum age of six for children). The second level of the cottage contains your master bedroom with a king size Sleep Number bed as well as a second bedroom with twin beds. The first level offers an open concept gourmet kitchen and living room area with a leather sofa to sink into while enjoying the large screen flat panel tv, featuring satellite tv with the professional football package and a 200+ DVD collection. Love to cook? Master Chef Karla designed the gourmet kitchen with cooks in mind and she loves to share great recipes for locally available seafood. Step outside and pick fresh herbs from the garden.

What would vacation be without swimming! Refresh yourself at our swimming pool with bar area, double hammock swing, loungers, rocking chairs, dining table & grill. Can’t get enough of the water view then try your hand at good ole fashioned crabbing with chicken legs and strings on the pier or relax in the Adirondack chairs while the crab pots do the work for you. Revive yourself with a nap in the huge couples’ hammock in our mint garden (great for tea or mint juleps/mojitos). Quiet time abounds as well so relax in one of our reading areas or just kick back and rest in the lounge chairs located throughout the property. Bird watchers love viewing dozens of water fowl and bird species including our resident heron, egret and osprey. Stroll around the pathways and neighborhood and enjoy our wildlife and gardens with coastal landscaping. If you want to try an adventure, take our kayaks for a paddle and our bikes for a spin. Love fishing? Bring your boat, tie up to our pier and join in catching some of the hundreds of flounder and rockfish garnered by our guests and resident expert, Capt Dave who is happy to provide local fishing intelligence.

If you want some sand in your toes, we are a short drive from Haven Beach, Aaron Beach and Bethel Beach in Mathews with great birding, shell gathering, strolling. If you’re looking for a day trip, we are an hour away from Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens, Yorktown and horse racing at Colonial Downs. We are centrally located between Virginia Beach and Washington DC and a mere 90 minutes from Richmond. We are proud to be a Virginia Green facility!

While smoking is not permitted in the cottage, guests are permitted to smoke outdoors in approved areas. We are pet lovers and have a pets considered policy so please contact us about your specific pet to see if Grandview is right for vacationing with your family member. Spend less time packing and more time playing! At Grandview, we provide many items that other rentals make you bring or rent. See our website for a complete list or email us with any needs or questions. Let us know how we can make your time in Mathews County GRAND!

Keywords: Waterfront, house, rental, private, vacation, kayak, swimming, pool, bikes

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Karla Scanlan (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Karla Scanlan

We (Dave and Karla) are the proud 'parents' of our yellow Lab, You'reNothingtoMeNow Fredo, (we were also blessed for 13 yrs with Deputy Festus, our chocolate lab, who you'll see in a lot of our photos) and the delighted uncle and aunt of ten nieces/nephews living in VA and CA. Our labs have traveled w/us on vacations down to the Florida Keys and up to Bar Harbor (where we honeymooned two decades ago). All the kids in our lives regularly remind us how amazing the rural life is and how lucky we are to be so immersed in nature. For our primary jobs, Dave runs an orthodontic lab & Karla is a mkt research analyst. Don't hold it against us but we're die hard Dallas Cowboys fans since the late 70s..hence the importance of having the professional football package available to all our guests in the fall!

Karla Scanlan purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Karla Scanlan chose Virginia

In 1998, my husband Dave and I became the third owners of Grandview which was built in 1946 by master carpenter John Mason. At purchase, we found a hand made sign in the shed indicating that Mr Mason had named his home Grandview. We loved the name and kept it! After four years of being weekenders, we moved to Mathews permanently to enjoy the laid back life style. We now live at Grandview year round and are on site to provide local fishing expertise or help plan your trip to Mathews County. In early 2011, we renovated the original owner's cottage to create the Crab Shack (VRBO #357886) as a stand alone vacation rental on our property, Grandview.

What makes this cottage unique

Grandview quickly works its magic on guests with its privacy, abundant nature and relaxation. The birdlife is simply amazing (Karla's dad is an ornithologist so we have a great appreciation) and on a clear night you can't believe the stars! From our pier you can catch fish or crabs or put on some waders and pick some oysters. Dave's even caught a snapping turtle and a gar from the pier! Mathews County's culture is a bit like the Florida Keys (which we love) in that you quickly adapt to island time. You stop worrying about all your emails and to do lists and time is measured by meal time, cocktail time and nap time. Our double hammock swing poolside was purchased on a trip to Key West. We specialize in getting people to relax, take a deep breath and enjoy nature in all its glory. Mathews County doesn't even have a stoplight but we have 90 miles of water trails great for kayaking and boating and nine coastal trails that are part of Virginia's Birding & Wildlife Trails system. For bicyclists, the Tour de Chesapeake is held annually in Mathews offering bike routes of varying lengths. The Crab Shack provides a two person accommodation with great water access and amenities while the larger Fish House offers plenty of space for a family of four.


based on 13 traveler reviews

Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Cottage Pool, Pier, Kayaks, Wifi 2 Bd/2 Ba, Mini Golf
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Had a wonderful Girls week-end

  • 4 of 5

We spent 3 nights at The Fish House and thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather was perfect and we got to go kayaking one day. The Fish House was wonderfully supplied and we really appreciated the inventory list that was supplied, by email, prior to check-in. Karla has done a fabulous job with furnishing the house will all the things that you may need. The beds were great and the kitchen was well stocked. It was so great to spend the day playing outside and then be able to come back and enjoy a float in the pool. Highly recommend The Fish House for a run away week-end

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We rented the Fish House for a wedding weekend. It was perfect in every way. We did not eat in for any meals, however if we had chosen to do so, the kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need for meal preparation. The house was spotless, sunny and very comfortable. Definitely would rent this home again.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had so much fun at the Fish House. The house itself is gorgeous and has every amenity imaginable, including a wonderful view of the water. Karla and Dave went above and beyond to answer our questions and make sure we had a wonderful time. My brother and I spent most of our time in the kayaks, but he also did a lot of fishing from the docks with some help and guidance from Dave on the best bait for the waters there. We also got a crabbing lesson from Dave. There was so much to do without leaving the property. The decks on the Fish House are great for reading, relaxing, or eating a meal - we even watched the lunar eclipse from there! We will definitely go back and have already recommended it to all of our friends. Maybe next time we'll bring our dogs!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on Earth Heather Kay

  • 5 of 5

What can I say, I loved this place from the moment we arrived, after a long journey from Scotland it was so good to arrive at this perfect destination, with 2 bottles of wine and beers in the fridge ,The Fish House at Grandview on the bay was perfect for our party of four, beautifully decorated and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The owners Karla and Dave were the perfect hosts,they made us feel so welcome from bringing us over fresh crab to try, to taking us out on the bay in their boat, and it was great to meet Fredo & Skink their two dogs.We made good use of the pool, kayaks,bikes putting green and barbecue. A highlight of the holiday was a night at Donks Theatre Matthews very own family run Lil ole Oprey, great night.

Matthews Town was a 10 minute drive away with a few restaurants,supermarket and some local shops. Our favourite restaurant was The White Dog with good food and great hospitality, here we met a local couple who kindly invited us to their house and took us out onto the bay in their boat for an unforgettable trip, this just shows the kindness of the people in Matthews. Williamsburg, York Town and James Town were well worth a visit, with excellent designer outlets at Williamsburg. We took a train to Washington DC for an overnight stay, again well worth the trip.

Thank you Karla and Dave for sharing your little piece of heaven with us and I hope to return some day to meet up once again.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Fish House is beautiful... so many thoughtful details. And the views are fantastic. I took my sons (ages 13 and 10) for a week of site-seeing in the historic triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) and it's not a bad drive to those areas (about an hour). I thought it would be fun to stay somewhere beautiful and unique... not just another cramped hotel room with no view. This fit the bill! So lovely, the house is really nice, the view is amazing at all times of day and night. I saw the Milky Way and some shooting starts from the deck. Also, sunrise over the water is just amazing every day and the moonlit water is also lovely. The area is really nice. We rode bikes all around and into the little town Mobjack... very pretty. I also enjoyed the nearby Poddery (selling hand-made pottery), the fresh-from-the-field corn from a nearby farm, and the sunset at New Point Comfort Lighthouse (sunsets from Grandview are also nice, but not over the water). The kids loved it, nice room, nice pool, Direct TV, lots of DVDs to watch. Unfortunately, I was a bit under the weather while there, so I'm afraid we didn't take full advantage of the water as I'd imagined we would... next time we'll be up for fishing and crabbing and kayaking!

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Time at Grandview on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Grandview over Thanksgiving was most enjoyable. Upon our arrival, everyone - people and pups - were enthusiastically greated by Karla, one of the owners. Any questions we may have had were answered and the Fish House was graciously prepared, both for the people and the pups! We enjoyed our morning and evening walks around the 'neighborhood' - the scenery and views from and around the cottage were stunning - and we found the Fish House a great place to return to each day following family gatherings. We would highly recommend Grandview on the Bay to anyone looking for a place to stay when traveling to / through Mathews. There is a lot to enjoy about the cottage and the area - all enhanced by the warm, welcoming hospitality of the owners!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We are conveniently located an hour from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg, 45 minutes from /Yorktown and an hour from horse racing at Colonial Downs. Mathews has great beaches for walking, shelling, birding, or just kicking back and building sand castles.


Rates & Availability

Mathews Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
In Season
May 26 2016 - Sep 4 2016
2 night minimum stay
Late Season
Sep 5 2016 - Dec 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.3%

There is a $75 cleaning fee. This fee is waived for week-long reservations.
Please contact us if you'd like to bring your canine kid. There is a $75 pet fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Virginia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Sleep Number Bed
    Second Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • King size beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
Multiple outdoor dining areas, kayaks, bikes, outdoor satellite tv, couples hammock, hammock swing, crab pots, board games, reading library,pool may be shared with owner and guest cottage, smoking not allowed in cottage but is allowed in designated areas on property.

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