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Hard Head Cottage. 5840 Tilghman Island Rd. 4th house on right after the school

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property


The cottage, surrounded by beautiful flower gardens and plantings is within walking distance of practically everything the island has to offer, including a local organic vegetable stand with fresh country eggs, several restaurants, notably the cafe, Two if By Sea, a must for breakfast or lunch.Also Marker 5 and our market, the Tilghman Island Country Store. Dogwood Harbor, with a public boat ramp, is a short walk or drive and Fairbank's Bait and Tackle, near the famous Knapps Narrows bridge, is an easy walk, too.

Tilghman has remained a slow paced island with lots of history and lore centered around a community of Waterman who have made their living from the Chesapeake Bay for over 100 years.The local Waterman's Museum is a great way to gain knowledge about the island and the generations of folks who live there. It is an ideal get away for down time to relax the body, mind & spirit. Opportunities for boating, fishing, crabbing, biking, kayaking, sea glass hunting and more await you. The local residents are a friendly bunch and a treasure trove of information. Historical St. Michaels is just 15 miles away with many restaurants, shopping, and the must-see Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

The Hard Head Cottage, named for the local fish 'hard head' or croaker and the two hard head's that own the cottage, is a comfortable place to call home for a weekend, a week or a month. It has a large living room, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, den, two bedrooms each with a queen sized bed, and a full bath with tub and shower. A large backyard offers a picnic table and grill providing lots of outdoor space to enjoy.A large driveway will accommodate several cars, boat and trailer. The cottage has air conditioning, a washer and dryer, a DVD player and TV with local channels.There are several adult bikes on site for use.

You will find this cottage a unique and welcoming home away from home, and we feel certain if you come once, you will soon be back again! My cell,410 829 free to call.


More Details

Ann Fegan
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Ann Fegan

Captain Randolph Murphy grew up on Tilghman Island as did his parents and their parents! He and his family have been waterman and local waterfowl guides for many generations. His wife, Ann Fegan, from nearby Sherwood went to Tilghman Elementary school along with Randolph. Tilghman is home for them but travel, work, and other interests have taken them away. They feel it is logical to use their home as a rental during the months they are not there. Lots of interesting art from their travels are on the walls as well as local folk art and the cottage exudes good energy with lots of fun color and whimsy.

Why Ann Fegan chose Tilghman Island

The cottage originally belonged to Randolph's grandmother, the infamous 'Miss Lil.' Mention her name to an older local and they will know who you mean. Randolph and Ann struck a deal to purchase the cottage when Miss Lil turned 96 and could no longer manage it alone.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage and the property it sits on is always complimented by folks passing by. People often stop just to see the flower gardens. The cottage is in the middle of Tilghman and central to everything. Phillips Wharf, an educational environmental center is nearby. There is access to a small boat ramp at Dogwood Harbor and the Skipjack Fleet. One is available for a short informational sail. The Lady Patty docked at Bay Hundred Restaurant is also a great opportunity to sail on the Bay while Capt. Jeffrey Mathias does all the work.


Tilghman Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • new queen size beds,den has full size futon
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
2 PICNIC TABLES AND 6 PLASTIC CHAIRS,GAS GRILL. There is not equipment to cook steamed crabs


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Hard Head Cottage. 5840 Tilghman Island Rd. 4th house on right after the school
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews
Pittsburgh, PA

Quiet summer getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Hard Head Cottage is a quaint and well kept home on the quiet island of Tilghman. The town of St. Michael's is an easy drive down the road for many attractions there, but there is plenty of waterfront dining and a wonderful marina and museum on the island itself. Everyone was warm and welcoming, and the sunsets are the best ever! I highly recommend the cottage as a peaceful launch site for many adventuresome days on the Eastern Shore.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cape Cod

Enjoyable stay

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is adorable! Perfectly clean, well stocked, very comfortable, good outdoor space. When I realized that the cottage is on the main/only road through Tilghman Island, I worried about road noise. There was none! We arrived slightly ahead of a nor'easter, so our first day was spent reading and watching TV on the long sofa in the living room. Fortunately the weather cleared for a great afternoon at the Maritime Museum, and a delightful sunset sail on the Rebecca Ruark. Captain Wade Murphy is quite the entertainer!

Since we visited in late October, the island was very quiet. We spent most of our time in St Michaels, so we traveled the 15 miles each way several times daily. Also, the weather kept us from doing more outdoor activities.

I think the cottage and the island would be a perfect location in warmer weather. The cottage includes an outdoor grill and bicycles.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute and clean cottage for a great value

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was really cute, very, very clean and well appointed with everything we needed. I would recommend maybe bringing bikes -- there were two bikes provided but one had a flat. It was a nice location -- in a quiet part of Tilghman Island, and a short drive to St. Michaels. I would definitely recommend a stay here.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Galloway, NJ

beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We rented this charming cottage for Memorial day weekend. What a gem! The caretaker Carol was so helpful and the owner is a phone call away if you have any questions. It's so much bigger than it looks in pictures and very comfortable. It is stocked with everything you need. It was so great waking up and having coffee outside on the swing. There's a wonderful restaurant right across the street and a market down the block. The island is so peaceful and the sunsets are fantastic. I will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the had everything we needed for a pleasant stay. It was much bigger than it looked online. The cottage was immaculate...super clean. Fresh linens were great. The beds were comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked and easy to work in. There were bikes on site which was an added bonus. Enjoyed dining at "Two if by Sea"...great breakfast and dinner. Bought delicious homemade cheesecake and red velvet cake from the island store that was to die for :o) Quiet location but close enough to St. Michael's, Easton and Oxford. Enjoyed a delicious meal at a Mexican Restaurant on the main drag in St. Michael's...tiny spot with good drinks...Gina's.

The owner and her helper were great! Very accommodating and pleasant to work with. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Silver Spring, MD

Wonderful Cottage on Tilghman Island

  • 5 of 5

The Hard Head Cottage is an Awesome cottage get away! It is immaculate, clean and tidy. The flowers around the property are so beautiful. The cottage is even better in person. We went to Tilghman Island for a family get away and the island did not disappoint. The cottage is within walking/biking distance of restaurants (very good) and a market. Dogwood harbor is right there also. We loved looking at the Skipjacks and were even able to watch one of the locals sort the fresh crabs right off the boat.

Ann has provided everything anyone would need for a terrific stay. The beds are comfortable and the decor in the cottage is lovely. The kitchen is fully stocked with cooking utensils, pots, pans and spices if you are in the mood to cook up a meal.

We immediately felt at 'home'. I highly recommend HHC to anyone looking for a great place to stay for their get away at the Eastern Shore!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Marker 5,Wylder,Bridge Restaurant,Lowe's Wharf
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Two if By Sea,Marher 5, Chesapeake Landing
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 10.0%

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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