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Cove Point Lighthouse - Both sides of the Keeper's Cottage Duplex

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


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6 Bedrooms + Convertible Bed(s), 4 Full and 2 Half Baths (Sleeps 12-16)

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and cared for by the Calvert Marine Museum, the Cove Point Lighthouse Historic site has been lovingly restored and repurposed so that it can now be enjoyed by all. The active lighthouse and keeper’s home sit on a seven-acre point of land in one of the narrowest points of the Chesapeake Bay. It was established in 1828, making it the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in Maryland and the fifth-oldest existing lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay. Structures on the property include the 40-foot high brick light tower, dating to 1828, and a keeper’s house, originally built in the same year, but enlarged in 1925 to make it a duplex for two keepers and their families. Other buildings on the site include the 1901 fog bell building, now used as a mini-theatre for public orientations, a two-bedroom cottage built in 1950, and a brick building housing the Coast Guard’s radio transmitter and emergency diesel generator, also dating from 1950.

The 2 ½ story keeper’s duplex has been renovated from top to bottom. The site has a total of six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, two half bathrooms, two washers and dryers, Wi-Fi, brand new custom kitchens, central heat and air, a screened porch, and all the modern comforts and conveniences of home. Visitors can rent the site for three, four, or seven day periods. Many of the home’s original features have been retained and restored, including hard pine floors, cast iron heaters, deep window sills, doors, moldings, and eyebrow windows. The interior is decorated with a mix of old and new and includes original artwork, pieces from museum archives, locally built furniture, as well as one of a kind kitchen tables made from the reclaimed wood of the dismantled Cedar Point Lighthouse and a local general store. The kitchen cabinets were handcrafted locally and the tile that was laid captures the character of a 1925 home. To add interest to the site, portions of the drywall have been removed to expose some of the features of the original 1 ½ story home, which were covered when it was enlarged in 1925.

The grounds are completely fenced with a private entrance and direct access to the beach. The site is an idyllic place to slow down and enjoy uninterrupted time with your family and friends. Since this mixed-use lighthouse site is still a fully functioning site, in addition to being a vacation rental, it will continue to welcome the public during the summer season for tours of the grounds.

Proceeds from this beautiful rental site will support the Calvert Marine Museum and a lighthouse endowment set up for its continued care.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Megan Palmer
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Megan Palmer

The Calvert Marine Museum is the caretaker of Cove Point Lighthouse, which was acquired by the Calvert County Government in 2000. The museum is located in Solomons, Maryland, just 7 miles south of the lighthouse site. Our three themes include Maritime History of the local area, Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, and the Estuarine Biology of the local waters.

The Calvert Marine Museum is open 7 days a week except for certain holidays, from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. We offer a 1-hour boat tour of the Patuxent River, opportunity to tour the Drum Point Lighthouse, a children's Discovery Room, and many other fun and interesting opportunities.

The museum has been open since 1970 and was created by several locals who wanted to preserve the quickly-changing heritage of the area. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and educate the community about the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding area.

Megan Palmer purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Megan Palmer chose Maryland

The property is one of just a few authentic lighthouses still in operation. It is a wonderful combination of privacy and peacefulness combined with easy access to restaurants, art galleries, and entertainment.

What makes this cottage unique

The home sits right on its own private beach with direct access to the Chesapeake Bay. Not to mention the view of the light shining down across the water at night is breathtaking.


based on 21 traveler reviews

Cove Point Lighthouse - Both sides of the Keeper's Cottage Duplex
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews

Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Had a sister, aunt, niece, daughter, in law,friend,etc women only long weekend. This is a just a great place to relax, catch up, unwind, and have a most memorable time. The place is impeccable. The furnishing and decor are wonderful. All of us ladies usually go somewhere different every year. Hands down we're all going back. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome unique experience!

  • 5 of 5

The unique beauty of this place is beyond words. We stayed in unit A, closer to the bay and lighthouse tower. And it felt like you could touch the water every time you looked out the window. Almost every room had a window with a view and every view was breathtaking especially early morning and evening. Peaceful, birds crowds! Our family of 6 enjoyed our time together immensely. Definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hagerstown, MD USA

Coming Home

  • 5 of 5

Cozy, Beautiful, Homelike!

Family split the cost so we were able to have both sides of the home for the 3 nights. The cost is steep, but so will your memories be steeped with happiness, great community activities for all ages, and plenty of outdoor activities for everyone. Being blessed with the beauty of the rising morning sun, and evening sunset. Watching the lighthouse lights as they traveled around reflecting on the surrounding trees, and bay at night. Great!!!

The cottage is stocked with everything you will need for daily living ( kitchen, living,, bedrooms and bathrooms ).

All linen freshly cleaned, beds made, hand soaps at each sink, aerosols, the place was spotless when we arrived.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful home that was carefully decorated. It's all in the details of the furnishings. My family and I spent a few idyllic days there roaming the beach collecting the treasures from the Bay and enjoying time together cooking, playing board games, watching tv, chatting and just enjoying the charming setting of the house and lighthouse. Memories were made there and we are looking forward to returning to this beautiful place.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canandaigua, NY

Amazing spot!!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a great location! Your own private beach. Great for fishing and bonfires. Lovely accommodations and perfect for a large group. So much fun! If you are looking for a fun beach vacation....look no further! Oh....and did I mention there is a lighthouse?! :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I grew up in the summer times at Cove Point .

I have moved to the mountains but always come back to the Bay annually to get my fix of the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the Bay.

The lighthouse property is the ideal location to stay and I was thrilled to learn it had become a rental. The house is gorgeous , well equipped and comfortable for a small or large family.

The Point is one of the best locations to find sharks teeth, as well.

If you go in the summer, children can not swim due to a plethora of jellyfish but there are still so many other activities to do.

We will definitely be back for a wonderful Bay retreat.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Ruddy Duck
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Chesapeake Hills
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Rt. 4
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Monterey Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Beach
Cove Point Beach
Car: necessary

This private fenced four-acre site sits on a point of land on the Chesapeake Bay. The neighborhood is private and friendly with opportunities for biking, jogging, or just strolling the beach. The site is located just 7 miles from Solomons Island, which boasts many restaurants, a local brew pub, and the infamous Tiki Bar. The Island also offers antiquing, shopping, boat rentals, charter fishing opportunities and the Calvert Marine Museum.

Just down the street from the site is Cove Point Park which has basketball courts, a playground, baseball fields, and even a water park. A shopping center with ice cream shop, coffee shop, and grocery stores is just 5 miles away.

Visitors could also take a day trip to Washington D.C., Baltimore or Annapolis, which is just over an hour away.

Southern Maryland is a rural area surrounded by rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. It is peaceful and feels a million miles from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


Rates & Availability

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Low Season
Oct 1 - Mar 31
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee for one side of home $75
Cleaning fee for both sides of home $150
Insurance fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

During the Low Season (October 1-March 31) We offer three-night (Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning), four-night (Wednesday night through Sunday morning) and weekly rentals. During the High Season (April 1-September 30) we only offer weekly rentals (Sunday night through Sunday morning).

50% due at signing of contract. Final payment due 30 days prior to rental.

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Lusby Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2163 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 6 - toilet
  • 4 full baths and 2 half-baths
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) A sofa bed on each side of the duplex
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
If your party numbers more than 16, there is a property in the neighborhood that can accommodate the overflow. Go to #168407

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