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Beach Front Historic Home - Two Master BRs w/King Beds AMAZING WATER VIEWS

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms all w/water views (plus attic beds), 3 Baths, Sleeps up to 12 guests

Historic Dryden house as featured in 2015 Real Simple Magazine: "6 Historic Homes You Can Vacation In".

The Dryden House is available as a weekly private rental after an extensive historical renovation. For 2017, enjoy weekly showings at our historical movie theatre, and outdoor screening of children's favorites at our elegant central park.

This 1912 historic private home is located within a registered historic district, known as the Sea Cottage Addition of Cape Charles, which is comprised of Arts and Crafts, Victorian and other architecturally elegant homes dating from 1850 to 1915, that display a variety of styles popular during this era. The Dryden House is unique due to its prominent size, intact historical details and central location upon Bay Avenue just steps from the beach and only two blocks from the town's charming business district.

This three-story beachfront Victorian has an extensive wrap around porch, with a porte cochere and stunning views of the Bay. This home with tall ceilings and over large picture windows feature bay views from almost every room in the home including the kitchen. All bedrooms and the third floor finished guest quarters have water views. There are two master bedrooms with king beds and sweeping water views, and Queen size bedroom with en suite bathroom, two full baths on the second floor with a third extra large waterfall shower bathroom on the first floor near the convenient washer and dryer. Additional, outdoor shower with temperature control to wash away the salt and sand. Private fenced yard with outdoor grilling area , herb garden and fire pit.

The large chefs kitchen has new stainless steel high end appliances, including 5 burner gas stove, with electric oven and two full size sinks spacious enough for two chefs and a separate beverage center and coffee station with Keurig. The over-sized dining room features an expandable dining table that can easily seat 10 plus for meals just off the first floor living room and parlor each with fireplaces and flat screen TV/ DVD.

Finished third floor family room with 42' flat screen TV, DVD, soundbar, Showtime, Starz, HBO, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime Streaming. Wii with balance board and a good selection of Wii games. There is a good selection of over 50 movies for both kids and adults. A full sized foosball table completes the game room for when you're feeling competitive. There is three zone air conditioning to keep you comfortable on those hot days and nights.

The town gazebo and free fishing pier is to the left of the home and the extensive town walkways make this ideal for strolling or catching an evening horse and carriage ride on the Bay. Sunsets are nightly!

We offer concierge services and will be happy to make reservations for dinner, golf, golf cart rentals, dolphin & eco tours, kayak tours, disc golf etc. Ask about local babysitting!

More Details

Property Manager
Cape Charles Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

I rented The Dryden House for my Louisiana siblings and their spouses (8 total) for my sons wedding to a local Eastern Shore girl. They were immensely impressed with the beauty and comfort of the home, the easy beach access and that wonderful porch where they so enjoyed their morning coffee and late night gatherings. I rented 5 homes in all for friends and family, but The Dryden House is where we would return.

Roz from Austin, Texas
Oct 2013
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Cape Charles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No indoor fires (fireplaces were made for coal and not wood). Please read our contract before booking.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Town ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 1st Floor Large Waterfall shower
    Bathroom 4 - shower , outdoor shower , Exterior located near back porch - w/temperature control
  • The house has a gas-fired instant hot water system, so you'll never run out of hot water. The downstairs full bathroom has a very large shower area with high-end waterfall shower, perfect for walking in straight from the beach. There is also a convenient temperature controlled outdoor shower and exterior hose for feet, beach toys and washing off the sand.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 4 twin/ single , Two trundle's
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , en suite full bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • All rooms have new memory foam mattresses. The 2 twins in bedroom 4 can be converted into a 3rd king bed. The attic has a daybeds with trundle, each with a single memory foam mattress. Sleeps 4
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
  • 2 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Pets are not allowed. Driveway available for off street parking. Cape Charles is Golf Cart friendly. Rentals of carts are available. Please contact us to reserve one for your stay.


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Beach Front Historic Home - Two Master BRs w/King Beds AMAZING WATER VIEWS
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Best Beach House on the Eastern Shore

  • 5 of 5

This is the best beach house in Cape Charles. It is beautiful and immaculate. There is hardwood flooring throughout the home. Each room is beautifully decorated. The kitchen was well stocked with quality cookware, making cooking a pleasure. There was plenty of space for all seven of us. The kids enjoyed roasting hot dogs and marshmallows for s'mores in the fire pit. They had fun finding twigs and such to start the fire. We spent great quality time with our family away from i-pads, i-phones, and the like. Although, there is free wi-fi if needed with great connectivity/reception. All within a short walk to the beach. There is also a boardwalk that the kids used to ride their bikes and scooters.

We went fishing on the pier, made sand castles on the beach and went shell collecting, too. The beach is wonderful for children. The water is shallow for a good distance, which makes it perfect for children.

Within a short walking distance, you can make your way into town for a shopping excursion. There were several small art museums, boutique shops, and restaurants. I picked up christmas ornaments with beach themes, jewelry, and clothing. While we were shopping the kids made their way to the park in town. The park is beautifully maintained with a large soccer field and playground.

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our time at this beach house and will definitely be returning.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I loved the old, antique charm of the property. I've been an antique collector since my early years and if I was to choose and restore a house, this is exactly what I would have done. The attention to detail was excellent and the location was perfect for a family getaway. Proximity to the beach made it easy for us to enjoy ourselves without much of a hassle. We will definitely recommend it and return!

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely house and plenty of room

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful Victorian house in walking distance to the beach. Lots of room for the whole family. Short walk to the town. Our family had a great time staying there.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Home with Bay view! Quaint town!

  • 5 of 5

This incredible, beautifully furnished home has all the old charm with upgraded amenities. It Overlooks the Bay with a beautiful beach. Gorgeous veranda with big family sized table to eat at or simply sit in glider and enjoy incredible sunsets. Walking distance to quaint little town with charming shops and restaurants. Such a relaxing vacation!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing Home

  • 5 of 5

This house is simply perfect. It has been renovated beautifully and has gorgeous furnishings. The kitchen is very well stocked with every convenience of home. The beds were so luxurious. We truly enjoyed eating on the huge porch and waving at all of the people riding by on golf carts. The beach directly in front of this home is huge and the kids enjoyed being able to run around on the beach and go far out into the shallow water. There are several nice restaurants and a homemade ice cream shop within walking distance. I can't say enough good things about this home or this charming town.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great family vacation i Cape Charles

  • 5 of 5

The Dryden House was fantastic. The house was fully equipped with many extras. The rooms were large and comfortable. The outside porch was delightful to enjoy the cool breezes off the Bay. The 3rd floor entertainment room was perfect for kids of all ages. The garage included bikes, boogie boards, beach chairs and many other items for enjoying on vacation. This property is special.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Kelly's Gingernut Pub. The Shanty. 2 blocks
Nearest Golf
1.5 Miles
Bay Creek Resort. Nicklaus & Palmer courses
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 13
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Kelly's Gingernut Pub, 2 blocks/KingsCreek Inn 3m
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Across the street

'The Dryden House' is a stately Victorian home located on the beachfront in Cape Charles. It has been lovingly restored and is now being made available for rent for a second season. The home is conveniently located within walking distance to town shopping and restaurants.

Cape Charles is Golf Cart Friendly so leave the car at the house. Rentals are available on a daily or weekly basis.

If golf is your game, you'll be truly impressed with Bay-Creek's two Signature Courses, designed by Nicklaus and Palmer, both offering fairways bordering the Chesapeake Bay. Kayaking, Horseback riding, Bird-watching, Antiquing, Eco tours, Dolphin watching tours, sailing, and fishing charters are all available nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $500

Peak Season is rented by the week only.
Will consider renting for 5 days during peak season if the desired time is still available 14 days prior to stay
Weekly rates are all inclusive except for the $500.00 Refundable Security Deposit.
Daily rates do not include cleaning and linen fees, any insurance fees, and an approximately 4% administration fee since they are charged on a per stay basis.

Manager'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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