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Beach Front Historic Home - Two Master BR's w/King Beds & New Fire Pit

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 5 nights


Cape Charles House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms all w/water views (plus attic beds), 3 Baths, Sleeps up to 10 guest

Featured in 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 2016 we've made more improvements and added an outdoor fire pit, 2nd full size refrigerator and extra bikes to make your stay even more enjoyable.

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 features bay views from almost every room in the home including the kitchen. All second floor bedrooms and the third floor 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 and a convenient washer and dryer. Additional, outdoor shower with temperature control to wash away the salt and sand.

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, eco tours, kayak tours, etc. Ask about local babysitting!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Cape Charles Vacation Rentals
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2016
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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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Beach Front Historic Home - Two Master BR's w/King Beds & New Fire Pit
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

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: Sep 2016
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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: Jul 2016
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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: Jun 2016
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Charming house, charming town.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful historic house right across from the very large beach. Faces west for beautiful sun sets. Well maintained with period furniture. Nice big kitchen and bar area. Big garage with lots of toys, bikes, etc. Outdoor shower. Cape Charles is a charming town with very friendly people. Lots of things to do in the area without the throngs you find in the outer banks or Virginia Beach. The owners (not just the rental agent) actually contacted us to find out about our stay. Very impressive.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Beautiful Home Beautiful View ...

  • 5 of 5

I would suggest anyone staying here , the house was beautiful inside and out . My favorite part of the house was the views from every window upstairs , plus I loved the kitchen and the porch that I enjoyed Sunsets on every afternoon. It was so nice to walk right across the road for the beach access , my Grandaughter was only there for one day with her Mom but she had so much fun on the beach the water was great for little ones . Great places to eat , Kelly's Pub had the best she crab soup , and wonderful coconut cake , another fun place was the local pharmacy with it's unique old fashion booths and yummy shakes and sundaes . I also would advise for people crossing over the Chesapeake Bay bridge to eat at the restaurant on the center of the bridge , it also had great food. I could go on and on about this place , the owners Paul and Kim were very helpful and it seems like a joy to them to share their home with people , I am hoping when I receive my new Grandchild in the next month , I can enjoy being with all my family here so they can see why I love it here so much ...

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived , The Dryden house was so impressive. The front porch is large and a great place for reading our just relaxing .As we went inside, we were so amazed at the room sizes and all the historical character this home had .The kitchen has very nice space with two separate sinks and cabinets which makes it ideal for more than one family. The house has three bathrooms. One with a rain shower which I loved so much. There is a double staircase leading up to the bedrooms. I thought that was so neat. The bedrooms are so nice and big. The beds were very comfortable and I slept so well.. The master in the front had such amazing views of the bay. Loved the sitting area where I could take it all in. The entertainment room had plenty of books, games, and nice couches for laying back watching television.. Again stunning views .I enjoyed the walks on the beach and the pier. The shops and dining were right around the corner. One of our favorite places to eat was Aqua.. Great views and the food was excellent. We also ate at Shanty and visited the Pharmacy to get one of their huge ice cream sundaes.The" Dryden House" was such a lovely and relaxing home. I would recommend this to anyone looking for that special getaway and relaxation time..

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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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 at 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

Cape Charles House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall 2016
Aug 27 2016 - Jun 16 2017
4 night minimum stay
Peak 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable 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.
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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.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • 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 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The house has a gas-fired instant hot water system, so you'll never run out of hot water. The downstairs 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
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • 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 daybed with trundle, each with a single memory foam mattress.
  • 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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • 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:
  • 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
Please adhere to the 'No Pet policy' 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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