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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Beachfront Cottage Sleeps 2-3

Imagine driving down a long dead end road and discovering a small colony of just 8 cottages nestled along the Chesapeake Bay. Welcome to Crystal Beach Cottage in Crystal Beach Colony where daily life is calm, peaceful and untroubled.

For the sportsman, our cottage is situated on the Chesapeake Bay with decent fishing directly accessible from the bank or nearby boat launch. Waterfowl hunting in the highly productive Barrier Island Chain is only a few miles away or you can hunt directly offshore here on Bayside!

After sundown from the back deck, you can see the twinkling lights of historic Tangier Island. By day when the sky is clear, a distant image of the little island town is also visible. Tangier was a strategic British base of operations during the war of 1812, and it is approximately 13 miles distant in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Boat tours are available for visiting the wonderful and unique island. This makes for a great day of sightseeing, shopping and dining on local cuisine, along with a fantastic boat ride to and from the destination.

Wallops Island is a well known NASA location for rocket launches into outer space. It has become a significant facility which deploys many rockets throughout a typical year, including the launch to supply the International Space Station. From the back porch of 'Seven Mile House', these spectacular events are visible in the night sky. On a clear evening, one can actually see the rocket profile and separation of the various rocket stages during early, rapid acceleration. The light show from the blast and burning fuel is spectacular! Plan your vacation when a launch is scheduled from Wallops Island for an unforgettable event in your Chesapeake vacation! Information regarding upcoming rocket launch dates is available from the NASA website at

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Patty Phillipy
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Patty Phillipy

Hi, we are government retirees from Pennsylvania who enjoy spending time on the Eastern Shore of VA, traveling to national parks and other scenic lands and spending time with our children and our grandson.

Patty Phillipy purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Patty Phillipy chose Eastern Shore Virginia

We looked long and hard for a vacation home that was off the beaten path yet near a nice little town, was on the water and had a mesmerizing view. This property has all of that and more!


Onancock Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom has a shower stall and is supplied with towels, wash cloths and toilet tissue.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • The bedroom area has two 3/4 size beds** in it and a sitting area with 2 chairs, a desk and a flat screen TV with Dish Network. In the adjoining room, there is a day bed/couch that converts to a single bed. A cot is available if needed. **3/4 beds are sized in between a twin bed and a full size bed. They can sleep two adults in a cozy sort of way, two children easily.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please note that the kitchen is limited for cooking. There is a crock pot, an electric skillet, a small microwave and, a toaster and a small gas grill (outside). Please also note the size of the beds under the BEDROOMS SECTION. This cottage is an original cottage built in the 50's that has been tastefully restored. It is secretly tucked away and protected under a newer home. Both homes are independent of one another. Other home may be occupied during your stay.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.76 based on 25 reviews

Nice Weekend Get Away

  • 4 of 5

Property was as described. Town of Onancock has a very nice restaurant (Charlott's). Beds were small but as described. 2 adults is very cozy. We brought kayaks and fished. Going towards the Onancock river there are several coves with deep cuts at the entrances. Managed 8 rockfish on Saturday and 1 "keeper" size. Could definitely do better next time as we spent more time exploring than we did fishing. Road down to Kiptopeke for a walk on the beach since it was in the mid 70s. Neighbors were friendly and helpful on places to eat and fish. Nice get away. Very quiet.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome Location, great views of the bay.

  • 4 of 5

The location is great, it's secluded, but also close to town. The cottage is charming and had everything we needed for a few days. The owner was very friendly and quick to respond to my questions during our stay. Definitely recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alexandria, VA

Charming little place, relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had the most delightful weekend in this little cottage! Luckily we had good weather, so we were able to take our morning coffee (provided) right down by the Bay where we heard nothing but a few birds and the gentle lapping of the waves. Pure relaxing heaven!! It was handy to have wi-fi and TV, but our main focus was on the changes from our regular life "back home." I would go there again in a heartbeat. Now to just find the time. . . . .

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This property is a jewel! I spent a lot of time taking pictures and sending them to friends!

  • 5 of 5

We drove down the star lit street and up to the property at 10:00 pm and peered into the windows to see the cutest cottage ever. It is decorated in mid century furniture and attention has been given to every detail. We loved the beds and the teal bedding, the upholstered mid century chairs and rocker and the crocheted pillows. I especially loved the mid century lighting!!! The property is tucked under a big beach house but we never saw or heard anybody else. We did see bunnies every morning and deer in the evenings. The beach was literally out the back door and was totally private. A beautiful pergola framed sunset pictures and there was a fire pit we never got a chance to use. We did use this cottage as home base and traveled up and down the Eastern Shore over three days. We ate at Janet's cafe for breakfast every morning and her 5 star trip advisor award was well deserved. Janet was also super nice and helpful in guiding us to antique stores, art shows and farmers markets. We even met the folks at the local alpaca farm and got some great pictures with the newest baby! The slow pace of the Eastern Shore was the unexpected best thing about this trip and so nice coming from Hampton Roads. We will definitely be back and we will stay here again for sure!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is a little slice of heaven tucked away in the Eastern Shore, yet close to quaint little towns

  • 5 of 5

This is a bright light filled cottage decorated from a throw back of the retro days of old. It is so beautiful to look out on the water as it glistens back @ you. You have everything you need here to survive if you never stepped out the door. (It is truly a" hidden little secret"). However if you do step out

, there are many little stores and restaurants all around, particularly in Onancock. You have to try the famous Cream Puff Donuts, to die for. You can find them @ the corner bakery. Just prior to your arrival you will be given all the info you will need from directions to cooking facilities etc. we were lucky to meet Patty the owner by happinstance. She is lovely and very available for anything you need. Lastly, at day's end the sunsets are breath taking. You must take home pics of these to remember the beauty and peacefulness of your stay here.. Would come back tomorrow.

Thanks Patty!!

Sherry & Diane

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Not a good experience

  • 1 of 5

When we got to the cottage, within the first hour, we killed over 3 dozen flies in the cottage. The cleaning lady came in to return the vacuum cleaner and saw one of our piles of flies. She stated that a wedding party had been staying there the previous 9 days. She gave us a fly strip but she was only there a few minutes. The only correspondence I had with the owner was an email as there was no phone number listed anywhere on the emails. We decided to leave the facility and stay somewhere else as we weren't comfortable staying there. We thought we had gotten all of the flies but they seemed to still be coming in from somewhere. I sent two emails over the weekend and never heard back from the owner until I called VRBO who then gave me the owner's phone number on our way home from our vacation. The owner never called back but responded via an email stating that she had no proof that we didn't stay and if I would have contacted her, she would have put us up somewhere else at no additional cost. I had requested at least a partial reimbursement since I had to pay to stay somewhere else. She never responded back. I would not recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Feedback Response It's very disheartening to receive a review like this after almost 4 glorious years of happy guests. I am sorry that one was unhappy and that I was unaware of the fact that they were unhappy because I certainly would have gone out of my way to set them up elsewhere immediately into an equal or better accommodation. This dissatisfied guest never once tried to contact me. I learned about this situation 4 DAYS LATER (their reservation was for 3 nights) when they called me to say that they stayed at another place. I checked with VRBO/HomeAway right away and they were not contacted either. Later, after they returned from my place and/or the other place, they contacted VRBO/HomeAway and filed a complaint against me. Both sides were reviewed by a dispute specialist and and it was determined that no refund was necessary and my account remained in good standing with them. I must say that I am a little disappointed that they will allow negative feedback to be posted after going through the complaint process but life isn't very fair sometimes, is it!? I will say that the cottage is lovely and it is not infested with flies. I spoke with our housekeeper and she said that she had been in the cottage for two hours cleaning just minutes before these guests arrived and she didn't notice any flies. We do keep fly strips on hand for outdoor use and she gave one to them. As she stood there and spoke with the guests, there was no fly activity. The event was so insignificant to her that she did not even mention it to me in her cleaning report. I am all about customer service and I go out of my way to make my guests happy and comfortable. I have many repeat guests over the years who return to the cottage and they are very happy. I'm sad that I had one who wasn't :( Sincerely, Patty Phillipy Owner and Operator
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The Blarney Stone Pub
North Street Market
Corner Bakery Cafe
Ker Place
Scoops Ice Cream Shop
The Inn & Garden Cafe
The Charlotte Hotel & Restaurant
Thai Rada Restaurant
Mallards At The Wharf
Island House Restaurant
Aqua Restaurant -- CLOSED
Barrier Islands Center
Refuge Waterfowl Museum
Cape Charles
Chincoteague Island
Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club
Bay Creek Resort & Club
Island House Restaurant
Assateague Island National Seashore
Tangier Island
El Pequeno Mexico -- CLOSED
Don Valerios Mexican Restaurant
Janet's Onancock General Store & Cafe
Maria's Restaurant and Pizza
King's Creek Inn
Kelly's Gingernut Pub
Tangier Mail & Freight Inc
Exmore Diner
El Maguey
The Eastville Inn
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Cape Charles Coffee House
The Great Machipongo Clam Shack
Chatham Vineyards
Bloxom Winery
SouthEast Expeditions
Holly Grove Vineyards
Launch Pad 0-A
NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Eastern Shore Railway Museum
Tangier History Museum
North Street Playhouse
Roseland Theatre
Mallards At The Wharf
Tammy and Johnny's
Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Blarney Stone
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Tangier Island
Nearest Golf
13 Miles
Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US Rt 13
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Charlotte Hotel
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Assateague Island
Car: recommended

Crystal Beach Cottage is located in a very small and quiet private beach community on the Chesapeake Bay just minutes from the quaint and historic town of Onancock. Birding, Fishing, Hunting, Kayaking, Crabbing, Boating and Rest and Relaxation abound here at Crystal Beach.


Rates & Availability

Onancock Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 26 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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