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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Family Vacation Home

Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Farmhouse 3 bedrooms, Cottage 3 bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12+

Sitting at the end of a long white clam shell driveway, this idyllic retreat nestles close to the Chesapeake Shore.

A classic Eastern Shore farmhouse, first mentioned in historical records of 1654 as part of the original Jamestown colony, it has been well maintained over the centuries and lovingly restored in recent years.

The accommodation comprises the Farmhouse and the Cottage - fifty yards apart - together they provide six bedrooms with six bathrooms and can very comfortably accommodate twelve plus.

The Farmhouse features two spacious living rooms winged with a screened porch opening to the long vistas of the Onancock River and Finney's Creek. There are three bedrooms arranged as a master suite with king size bed, a middle room with two twins and the over-kitchen bedroom with two doubles. There is a total of four bathrooms plus outside shower. A fully equipped kitchen opens onto the deck and features a picture window seat dining area and center island and bar stools.

The cozy Cottage has it's own sun porch and a lovely deck that overlooks the creek, along with a comfortable living room and three bedrooms - arranged as a master double bedroom and two twins upstairs with shared bathroom, and another two twin bedroom downstairs with it's own bathroom. The cottage also has a fully equipped kitchen which opens onto the deck.

In this tranquil location there is an endless range of activities to be enjoyed. Swimming, kayaking, boating, fishing or try your hand at crabbing off the thirty foot dock.

It is an area of outstanding natural beauty where wildlife abounds and there are always flowers in bloom whatever the season - the grounds are carefully maintained and include vegetable, herb and flower gardens.

The Farmhouse and Cottage offer a vacation that gives the very best that the Eastern Shore has to offer. Modern facilities in a landscape that has not changed in hundreds of years and in which you can truly relax and enjoy your life.

More Details

Tucker Robbins
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 24, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time at your place. It is a gracious and interesting place both inside and out. I still have visions of the beach trees framing the river, the river often dotted with swimmers and kayakers from our group. I have a memory of my 90 year old mother swinging in the rope swing. The swing in itself brought back memories, the give and tug of a rope swing on a tree branch has a rhythm unmatched by metal contrivances. I can say so much more. For one thing, your kitchen worked so well for our large group and the massive amount of cooking and baking that went on. And the crepe myrtle drive! We biked, kayaked, swam went to Tangiers Island and Assateague, celebrated a 90th birthday, a 20th birthday, a former wedding that still needed a cake and just general being alive in beauty.
Aug 2012
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Onancock Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Gas Heating
  • Grey Water System
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Safe
  • Study Room
  • Telephone
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Boat Dock
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(24 traveler reviews)

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Chesapeake Bay Waterfront Family Vacation Home
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 25 reviews

Going Home

  • 5 of 5

We have been to the "Farm" about eight times. As always, this time was fabulous. The house is wonderful with several spaces in which large groups can gather, a well-stocked kitchen, and clean and comfortable bedrooms. The setting is quite spectacular with a view out to Parker's Creek and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay. As kayakers we appreciate the easy access to the Bay (the home has a launch ramp) and the quick trip over to the Atlantic Ocean at Metompkin Inlet. The whole experience is incredibly relaxing and several members of our group commented that when they walk into the house, they feel like they have arrived home. We'll continue to come back to this great retreat.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rick! Your experience is the gift of our grand parents and our mother's wish to provide a sanctuary, a home away from the hustle & bustle. The siting is especially auspicious for kayakers and lovers of nature. My family is grateful to you for leading tours into the unique ecology of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Come back soon! Tucker
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Lovely old house!

  • 4 of 5

Four couples, one baby, and an aging dog stayed a week at this spacious property for our family vacation. Very relaxing and quiet except for the cicadas! Mostly our cell phones didn't have service so we got to really enjoy each other.We loved it. This house has some history, and holds memories inside. We met the housekeeper on arrival, and she said it was part of the Underground Railroad! That gave me chills! We are a family that appreciates such details, there are personal touches all over. We found it clean and comfortable, with a lived in feel. We fished, crabbed, and kayaked the week away. The screened porch is perfect for crab feasts! One day we spent on Chincoteague, but the rest locally, and the natives are friendly. The house itself needs some TLC, which is why I give it 4 stars and not 5. The roof is missing some shingles, and the outside paint is peeling. However when I called Jimmy the handyman about problems he was there right away. The bugs outdoors were very persistent, so I'd advise anyone staying here in August bring lots of bug spray!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This is the place to go and relax...shady trees to sit under and a lovely screened in porch to sit !

  • 5 of 5

We all had a great time..lots of room to sit inside as well as outside, the dock is great for fishing and crabbing, successful on both counts ! and the boat launch was perfect for our Sunfish and kayaks...our neighbor , Pat, payed us a visit and advised us of all the local places to check out, where to purchase our fish and he even provided us with our Crab Dinner and lessons for those who needed them...overall the house was very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere..we will be back next year..Many thanks, 2 families from Pa.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic location!

  • 4 of 5

This is two lovely old houses, the dock and kayaks were really great. The only things that keep us from giving it five stars is that it didn't have very comfortable furniture. Also, the internet service worked but was spotty (we recommend restarting the router if you have trouble). However the screened in porch, swimming from the dock, and the quiet more than made up for that. Also, this didn't bother us, but it is not updated. While the appliances and furnishings are old, everything worked and the local host, Jimmy, was very nice. We rented two additional kayaks from the neighbor, and enjoyed trips out into the bay.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

I was very pleased with my stay! I loved the old character that the house had. I LOVED the property all together! The view was gorgeous! In addition to getting married here, we enjoyed crabbing,kayaking,fishing, sitting out on the back porch and so much more! Thanks,Tucker for sharing your beautiful estate with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gool location, dirty house

  • 2 of 5

Rented this house for our wedding ceremony and party in June 2016. The location is wonderful and beautiful. Enjoyed crabbing and the bay view. I love our wedding pictures from there! The house is old but does has its own charm.

Usually, old does not mean dirty. However, it is not about this property! The house was really unclean. Piece of onion sticked to the stove. Stains on carpets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, sheets. Also, we have found dog hair on some pillows. There was pieces of food inside of microwave, dirty dishes in dishwashing machine. Spills, nasty spots, open and used jam jar and a hair (!) in the fridge etc etc etc..

So I called to property manager - Jimmy- and explained everything and asked if somebody can come, clean the house and change sheets. Nevertheless, Jimmy said that the house have been recently cleaned. Also, he said it is not his problem that some of the guests use sunscreen lotion and it leaves stains on sheets. He said that it is too expansive to buy new bed linen for every guest (for your information - bed linen that they had was really old... just saying). Okay, so I asked him if there are any other solutions he can offer. Jimmy suggested to call property owner. So I did. However, the owner said that he is outside of the state and can not help right now and offered me to contact the property manager. (Yes! I did and Jimmy said to call you! Ehhh..Can anyone there fix problems??) Also, the property owner said that he can not resolve problems while he is on the phone with me. So I should hung up so he can call the manager (oh such a very professional customer service!!).

I am sorry for being sarcastic but none of them even apologized to us for those issues. The only thing we have been finally offered is ask cleaning person to come and clean one more time the FOLLOWING DAY! Not even the same day (before our guests came).

Eventually, we ended up cleaning by ourselves, bought new bed linen (thank God there is Walmart 10 mins away).


Location - great

House - beautiful

Outside - gorgeous

Cleanliness - awful

Management - unprofessional

Problem solving - poor

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: necessary

The property includes:

Two houses on 27 waterfront acres on a mile long water front

Dock & Boat Ramp - water depth 3-5ft at end of dock

Kayak, wind surfer, water toys and life preservers supplied

Barbeque - gas and charcoal grill

Full Wi-Fi

Child and Dog friendly

Ideal for weddings, family reunions and workshop retreats

Car necessary

All linen supplied - washer/dryer available

The town of Onancock is a fifteen minute journey by car or by boat, and offers a great choice of restaurants from fine dining to diners, galleries of local crafts and artists, cinema, and a great little farmers market downtown on saturday mornings.

There are also many magical and special places all around the Eastern Shore, including the famous horses of Chincoteague, Assateague Island National Seashore, NASA’s Wallops Island Space Center, day trips to the unique Tangier Island, fishing trips on the seaside out of Wachapreague with Captain Meriwether, and many other fascinating and hidden spots

Check in time is 3 pm check out time is noon, although we are flexible on both when circumstances permit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250

We are dog friendly

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.