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Choptank Cottage - a Waterfront Property

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This private waterfront home is a water & nature lover's paradise. Enjoy the simple pleasures of a small island where local watermen made their living for generations. This home is well equipped with a first floor master bedroom and private full bath. Two bedrooms upstairs share a full bath, one bedroom has 2 twin beds and the other has a queen bed. All bedrooms have a beautiful water views!

Imagine awaking to gorgeous sunrises, beautiful water views, and spending relaxing days among the natural surroundings of the eastern shore. Enjoy seeing the waterfowl passing overhead and landing just past the duck blind, while egrets, osprey, and other birds are nesting nearby.

Many activities for a unique eastern shore experience are only a few feet from your door! A short walk out onto the pier is all you need to go to try your luck at fishing, crabbing or wildlife photography. For a scenic bike trip, ride over the historic Knapp's Narrow Bridge, along wide bike paths and through other charming towns of Wittman, Sherwood or St. Michael's. For a unique travel experience, take the ferry (by bike or car) to Historic Oxford.

Any day is a good day to charter a fishing trip, visit a lighthouse, go kayaking, dine out, or shop in the most charming towns on the Eastern Shore: St. Michaels, Easton or Cambridge.

Enjoy crabs with friends and family, overlooking the water, with spectacular views of Skipjacks on Harris Creek- which is fed by one of the Chesapeake Bays most beautiful tributaries, the Choptank River.

Keywords: Waterfront, Private, Historic, Pet Friendly, Picturesque, Island, Single, Family, Home,

More Details

Janice Shreve
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Janice Shreve

Donald and Janice Shreve live in Easton, MD. Don is a licensed contractor, and Janice works from home for a music clearance company. Our son, Dylan loves the Tilghman house, and we enjoy staying there at times to fish, crab and enjoy the beautiful views.

Why Janice Shreve chose Tilghman Island

The property has been in the family for several generations. Previously, there was a modular home on the property, and as a child, Don's family spent summers at that home when he was growing up. Don's parents had the current home built when they retired in 1993. Don and Janice bought out his sister's share of the home in 2014 so as to keep the home in the family and one day retire there, and eventually pass it on to their son, Dylan.

What makes this house unique

There are kayaks and crab traps for rent on site, and the home has a horseshoe pit, dart board and ping pong table for family fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

And exploring the surrounding area. Such a lovely house and so well equipped! We saw many gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and enjoyed looking out for wildlife. Plus our frequent visitor, Clyde, whose waggy tail and enthusiasm made us all smile.
Oct 2010
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Tilghman Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • *Rental agreement required - download, complete & send to owner *Refundable damage deposit required - $300 check payable to Osprey Property Management
  • *A 4% Talbot County Room Tax and 6% Maryland State Tax is required. Taxes are payable with the refundable security deposit 2 weeks prior to stay.
  • *Dogs considered for $50 per pet *Guests bring their own linens - inquire with owner if necessary *Optional additions include kayaks and crab traps
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) 1st floor master bedroom with full bath suite, Queen size Beds (1) Upstairs 2nd bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (2) Upstairs 3rd bedroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Gas Fireplace pictured is not in working order; Outdoor fire pit


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Choptank Cottage - a Waterfront Property
average rating of 4.962963 based on 33 reviews

Serene spacious cottage with great water view

  • 5 of 5

Janice was very communicative and flexible in helping us manage a sudden snowstorm on the way out. Her husband also shoveled the walkway for us before we got there. House was beautiful and is perfect for a small retreat. Do hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. It was a pleasure communicating with you, and we would welcome you back anytime! You were perfect renters, even washed the sheets and towels, and clearly took great care of our home. Thanks again ~ Janice
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A perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent two wonderful weeks at Choptank Cottage. Echoing the other reviews, everything was absolutely perfect. From the house, to the beautifully quiet location, to the amazing views and also to the extremely attentive service we received from Janice - everything exceeded our expectations. The house is perfectly suited to take maximum advantage of the water- just stunning views from each room. It is even more lovely than the pictures on VRBO. I am an avid cook and finding the kitchen so well stocked with pots, pans, crab pots, mallets, knives, etc was a welcome surprise as I have not found this in most rentals over the years. The house was extremely clean, the towels and linens were very high quality, the beds were very comfortable and there were small amenities like a hair dryer, bug spray, matches, hand soap, dishwashing soap, etc. that made it very easy to unpack and quickly start enjoying our stay. In addition, Janice's responsiveness was amazing. There were a couple of times I needed to email her and she literally got back to me within 5 minutes each time.

My husband and I just love Tilghman. It is a quiet little town that we had visited often but had not stayed in before. There are at least 3 nice places right in town for drinks and food with lovely views. The little country store down the street from the cottage is a gem and very well stocked. The point being that, while Tilghman may seem a little remote, one does not need to go into St Michaels for everything.

Overall, we simply could not have had a better stay and have already reserved our two weeks for next year!

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Susan, thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was a pleasure to interact with you during your stay, and we are thrilled to have you back to our home next year. It is always a comfort to share our home with repeat guests that truly appreciate not only our home and water views, but who also appreciate the small waterman's village that characterizes Tilghman. It makes it that much more special when we can share our home with others who truly love Tilghman (and our home), and who are so easy to get along with, even if it's only through emails! Until next year....Janice
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And so, it begins

  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation has relocated. To Tilghman Island. On Harris Creek. At Choptank Cottage. I can only echo what others have said. The views are spectacular. There is a dock where we could tie up our 28' Chris Craft, fish, crab and watch the sea life.

This home has everything you might need including cooking utensils, crab pots, a picnic table, firepit and so on. Even the next door neighbor and her big love of a dog are very special. The owners are very helpful and the house very welll kempt.

The location is wonderful, right on the creek. Marker 5, the Red Store, Knapps Narrows, The Lady Patty, Harrison's and on and on.

The one problem is leaving. Looking forward to the next time. Wow.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home, and taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and welcome you back anytime! I'll keep looking for that old cloth blue rod holder...
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Relaxing Get-a-way

  • 5 of 5

The Choptank Cottage is incredible. The property is accessible, but secluded. The neighbors are very nice. We enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving vacation sitting by the Bay enjoying the amenities offered by the home. The owners are incredibly easy to work with and everything is provided. The rooms are impeccable and clean. We cooked a full Thanksgiving dinner with no issues. Even board games are provided. Use the fire pit, it's awesome and you can sit and enjoy a fire while looking over the Bay enjoying a full moon. I cannot speak highly enough about the property and our family is already looking to rent again. The price is great and the house is amazing. Thank you to the owners for allowing us into their home and for an amazing time.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving! We really appreciate your positive review of our home and hope to have you back. It's great to have repeat guests...Janice
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Jersey shore

Wonderful Property

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful relaxing home with beautiful water views. The owners were accommodating and very responsive to our pre-trip questions. The property has everything you may need and is private but not secluded. St. Michael's is a short drive away with plenty of restaurants and shops there are also several restaurants closer by. We completely enjoyed our stay and plan to return. We highly recommend Choptank cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boiling Springs, PA

Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

After having stayed at another location on Tilghman Island a few years ago, we expected quiet and beautiful views. This house tops our list of fantastic homes to spend time in - where do I begin? Gorgeous sunsets, fabulous weather, lots of wildlife sightings (including eagles, herons, horseshoe crabs, nettles), visits from neighbors' two friendly black labs, quiet and friendly neighborhood. Best of all, this well taken care of home has everything from flyswatters to nightlites. Beautiful new kitchen appliances and countertops, comfortable beds, roomy and spacious layout - great owners to deal with. We are already planning a revisit! Truly hated to leave this heaven on earth spot!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to submit a review! I'm so glad you enjoyed our home, the island, and had such lovely weather during your stay. Look forward to your return! Best wishes, Janice
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Kayaks available on site for rent,

Crab traps available on site for rent

*Gas fireplace does not work


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

***Weekly minimum in July and August

All guests are required to pay 4% Talbot County Room Tax and 6% Maryland Sales tax per state and local rental rules. This is paid separate through the rental contract, along with a $300 refundable damage deposit.

Additional optional items are:

*Dogs: add $50 per dog (prior approval required)
*Kayak Rental ($50 for one single / $75 for two singles or one double / $125 for all three) *must sign waiver to be
provided if kayak rentals are requested
*Crab Trap Rental ($25 for all crab traps)
*Guests provide their own sheets and towels unless Linen Service is requested for $70 (beds made upon arrival /
bathrooms stocked with towels)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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