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Waterfront house, private pool & dock, free WiFi, Eastern Shore of Chesapeake

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 180 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms—2 baths—living, dining & TV rooms—kitchen—sunporch—free WiFi—2 acres

We welcome your inquiries and would be glad to answer any questions you have before booking. At any point you can book online instantly, if the property is available. Please be sure to read the material that appears below under "More Details" and also the rental agreement so that you will know what this property provides and what it doesn't. The goal, of course, is to get a good match between what your group wants and whatever house you end up renting.

This house is on the former estate of John Raskob, builder of the Empire State Building. The house is one of seven that Raskob built in the 1920s for his farm employees. Now it has its own swimming pool and dock fronting on Grove Creek, with access to the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay. The house is centrally air-conditioned and centrally heated. It occupies a very private one-acre lot, and across the narrow private road is another acre suitable for games that you might want to bring with you, such as badminton, volleyball, softball, croquet, and the like.

We are sometimes asked what are good things to do at our place. What is enjoyable depends, of course, on what you and your children like. Some renters like to relax and stay put while others are avid sightseers. Many people rent our house as a base from which to go boating. Some go charter fishing or charter cruising. You can also fish and crab from the dock, but to catch the most desirable fish (bass or rock fish), a boat is essential. Some crabbers come prepared with their own skiff, trot-line, and other equipment. You are welcome to use our two canoes for exploring Grove Creek and the adjacent Reed Creek. This is a good way to have fun with your kids or to give your teenagers something to do on their own while you relax. We enjoy bicycling on rural roads—fine for adults but not for young children—and we would be glad to outline our favorite routes. Some of our renters come to play golf at the highly rated Queenstown Harbor courses, which you can find online. Still others range over a large area, visiting Chestertown, Easton, and St. Michaels, and even going as far as Washington, DC and Baltimore. During summer everyone enjoys the pool, day and night. Many renters do serious cooking in our well-equipped kitchen or on the charcoal grill, but you can also send out or eat at good restaurants within a 20-minute drive. Many of our renters return year after year.

Here is some miscellaneous information:

During June, July, August, and the first week of September, rentals are seven nights or more—with two exceptions as the calendar presently stands. There is a five-night period available starting the afternoon of August 5 and ending the morning of August 10, and also a four-night period available starting the afternoon of August 19 and ending the morning of August 23. (Why, you might ask, does the calendar also show a few one-night summer reservations? These have been blocked out for ourselves to enable us to do a thorough job of cleaning and preparation between renters. This is not a property that is allowed to run down and grow tired over the course of the summer season.)

During the off-season, there is typically a discount for week-long rentals, as shown by plugging your dates into the calendar boxes at right.

Instant booking enables you to reserve the property immediately, and in that case the quoted price is payable via credit card when the reservation is made. If you are booking many months ahead of time, however, you may prefer to inquire about payment in two installments, the first when the reservation is made and the second ten weeks ahead of time.

Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 10:00 a.m., unless different arrangements are made. If you are a new renter, we will meet you at the house when you first arrive to familiarize you with the property.

House occupancy is limited to eight people unless different arrangements are made.

The cancellation policy is as follows: you get a 100 percent refund if you cancel not fewer than 60 days beforehand. According to VRBO/HomeAway, the cut-off time is 11:59 a.m. on the relevant day, Central Standard Time.

Sheets, bath towels, and pool towels are provided without additional charge. We also supply paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, dish and dishwasher soap, laundry detergent, garbage bags, and firewood for the firepit and fireplace. We do not supply charcoal for the grill. Renters should bring their own pool floats and toys.

You may want to bring appropriate lifejackets for canoeing. We have a miscellaneous collection of lifejackets, but much better is to have lifejackets purchased for the specific individuals who will wear them. After all, children and adults come in a wide variety of sizes, and a good fit is important for comfort and safety.

There is limitless free WiFi for use with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other devices. We receive high definition television via Direct TV, with many channels. The television and Internet are not linked, so there is no pay-per-view or streaming, except to your own devices on your own account.

There is a free telephone landline that you are welcome to use. For talking or texting via cellphone, the property is near the borderline of service (1-2 bars depending on your phone and network provider), so you might have to go to the sun porch to get an adequate signal. Or you may prefer to use the landline or to talk and text online. As just mentioned, for anything to do with the Internet, including video-chatting, social media, email, and various voice apps or wifi voice capability built into your phone, there is limitless wifi and excellent reception throughout the house.

The swimming pool is unheated, so the water temperature depends entirely on the weather before and during your period. From early June to late August, the water temperature is usually in the range of 75-85 degrees or warmer. Before and after this period, the water temperature can be chilly or even downright cold. The main way to enjoy the pool in May and September is to be active—to swim and play, as opposed to lounging. But if you are a lounger, ask us about our time-tested technique for enjoying the pool early and late in the swimming season.

The nearest town is Centreville, the seat of Queen Anne's County. It is a 12-minute drive from the house and has two large modern supermarkets.

The two sailboats in one of the pictures are not for rent.

Again, we would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Sincerely yours,

Margi & Alan Fisher

More Details

Alan Fisher
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Alan Fisher

Alan and Margi Fisher live in Baltimore and are often at the Grove Creek House, where they relax by sailing and gardening. Alan is the author of the guidebook Day Trips in Delmarva, which covers car touring, bicycling, and hiking in southern Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia.

Alan Fisher purchased this house in 1994


Centreville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • To avoid commitments beyond the present calendar year, "instant bookings" for a future calendar year are invalid unless accepted by the owner.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There are two bathrooms, one on the first floor and the other on the second floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


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Waterfront house, private pool & dock, free WiFi, Eastern Shore of Chesapeake
average rating of 4.6 based on 10 reviews

We love it here!

  • 5 of 5

Great house and property for a relaxing time by the water. We highly recommend booking a stay here!

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Centreville in Winter

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I booked only a few days beforehand after we knew the weather would be mild. This house had sheets, towels, and lots of appliances so we didn't have to pack a lot of stuff to take with us. On Saturday we drove to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware to see the wintering snow geese. In the evenings we had drinks in front of a fire in the cozy living room and long dinners in the comfortable dining room.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, peaceful place with many conveniences

  • 5 of 5

We had a very enjoyable mid-September getaway at this property. The house is attractively furnished and comfortable. The yard is large and private with mature trees and plantings. The pool area is a sort of outdoor room. We enjoyed swimming and sunbathing in the Indian summer weather. The kitchen is probably the best equipped that I have experienced in a rental vacation house. We also enjoyed visiting nearby Chestertown and Rock Hall.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Incredible family outing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the house, grounds and the water. This is a perfect getaway for big family. We were 4 adults and 3 kids and the size was perfect.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

House was cute, property was beautiful, view was nice, but the pool was dirty (and that was the main reason that we had rented this particular property). We came home about two hours after arriving at the rental house, since we couldn't bring ourselves to use the pool!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a useful review because it points up the importance of forthright communication. When new renters arrive, I always show them the property, including the pool, in order to demonstrate how things work and to address any questions or concerns. This couple voiced strong satisfaction. But if I understand correctly, after just two hours they abandoned their fully-paid, three-night rental and went home without saying another word to me until the rental was over. As always, I vacuumed, tested, and treated the pool on the day the renters arrived. In my opinion, the pool was clean and the water very clear. But I would have been glad to clean the pool again to please this couple, had they wanted. In addition to being on hand when renters arrive, I am easily reached by phone and email. Timely communication is the way to solve problems.
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Washington, District of Columbia

Pleasant poolside and bayside getaway

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with this charming old house and all of its many amenities!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.