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4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Harborton House Rental Photos and Description

Circa 1895 completely renovated home 4 bedroom 3 bath with its own dock!!

This is a 4BR 3 bath waterfront home in the historic town of Harborton. The house is a circa 1895 original home which has been completely renovated and lovingly updated in 2001...think Coastal Living Magazine!

The property is on Pungoteague Creek minutes from the open Chesapeake, at the end of a private road on almost one acre. There are water views from almost every room that are bright and airy with a screened in porch to enjoy relaxing meals and an open deck for the picturesque views including your own DOCK!! With a 2 car garage, separate laundry room with full size washer and dryer, living room, dining room that seats 8 comfortably and the great room with gas fireplace that adjoins the fully equipped kitchen, this is NOT A BARE BONES RENTAL. Harbor Haven has been furnished for every comfort and convenience, including central A/C and high speed internet. Linens are provided including beach towels. The Master Bedroom has a fantastic view, king size bed, en suite bath with walk in closet and its own deck. There are 3 other guest bedrooms. The first 2 bedrooms have queen beds the 3rd has 2 twin beds. One of the guest bedrooms is on the first floor with it's own bath, perfect for someone elderly or who has difficulty with stairs.The home easily accommodates 8. There is plenty of parking with 2 large driveways. We also recently added high speed wireless internet!!

Enjoy star gazing from the hot tub, or go exploring with the bicycles or kayak provided. Harborton is a quiet , safe and friendly town and has it's boat ramp, but if you feel the need to venture out, the home is 10 minutes away from Onancock for great restaurants, galleries, antique shops and a movie theater. Harborton is 1/2 hour south of Chincoteague for the Annual Pony Swim, and the Wallops Island NASA visitors center and museum. We are 1/2 hour north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. There is plenty of water, even at low tide for your boat. Our home is about a mile from the open Chesapeake! The Eastern Shore is only 3 hours from the DC metro area, but a lifetime away...truly a step back in time! If you are looking for a slice of heaven and looking to decompress from the stresses of everyday life or for a great getaway with family or friends this is the place for you!

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Pete Messick, Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 6, 2016
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About Pete Messick, Property Manager

We are from Cape May County New Jersey. We have our own business which takes all of our time in the summer. We have decided to offer our unique home for rental to allow our guests to see why we love Harborton and the Eastern Shore of Virginia

Pete Messick, Property Manager purchased this house in 2001

Why Pete Messick, Property Manager chose Eastern Shore Virginia

Coming from the Jersey Shore, we tire of the crowds during the summer and wanted a getaway which would provide respite for off season visits. This house seemed to fit all of our wishes, a secure location, fabulous view, a unique home with a real Coastal Living vibe. It is the polar opposite of our shore towns, which is what we were looking for....a place to relax and decompress

What makes this house unique

Although this is an older home, it is completely renovated with all the modern conveniences. We've kept the décor light and bright to offer a coastal flair. It's large enough to accommodate a houseful of family and friends, yet cozy enough when it's just the 2 of us!


based on 4 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews

We loved our stay in this home.

  • 5 of 5

This vacation home was perfect. It has everything you need and more. The walk thru the small town was delightful. The home offers all the comforts of home. We will definitely recommend this home to our friends!

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

My family, friends and I enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home which was very comfortable. The area was quiet and the few people we met were very friendly. The house had an abundance of room both inside and out. The rooms were all spacious and the views were beautiful. Due to the fact that the house holds as many people as it does and the store is not a quick ride a second refrigerator would have been wonderful to have as we made numerous trips to get ice but other than that we loved the waterfront access and spent most of our time outside enjoying the beach and surrounding islands.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review. My husband and I enjoy quiet weekends, and although we sometimes have quests, it's often just the 2 of us, so no additional refrigerator space is needed. We do however, have an extra freezer in the garage and will be sure to make that available for future guests! I appreciate your feedback. It's guests suggestions and comments that help us make improvements to the property to enhance our guests vacation. Thanks again and hope to see you again in the future!
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Beauty, serenity in a quaint village

  • 5 of 5

This is a simply wonderful place to escape the stresses of daily life. We spent much of our time there relaxing and dining on the screened porch or sunning on the deck enjoying the view of the water listening to the amazing variety of birdsong. Shorebirds and songbirds are in abundance here. The home itself is lovely with beautiful views from every room, each flooded with light. We particularly liked the walkability of the town of Harborton. It is filled with lovely historic homes and a charming harbor where working fishermen depart from the docks each day. Sunrise from the master bedroom is breathtaking and we loved walking to the harbor in the evening to see the sunset over the Chesapeake Bay. On our walks we met a number of artists who live in the village and work from studios on their property. Beyond Harborton there's plenty to see on the peninsula. We drove only 20 minutes to get to a sport fishing dock on the Atlantic Ocean (Wachapreague) and watched fishermen weigh their catch (huge tuna) as we had dinner at a waterside restaurant. The historic town of Onancock is definitely worth a visit. If you have the time to devote an entire day, plan on exploring Chincoteague Island and spotting the wild ponies there, then spend the rest of the day at the beach on adjacent Assateague Island. Bottom line: If you're gathering your family or friends for a vacation that captures the beauty and serenity of unspoiled Eastern Shore life look no further than this listing.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely waterfront home!

  • 4 of 5

My family, consisting of four adults and three children, thoroughly enjoyed a week-long stay at this beautiful home in quaint little Harborton. As nice as the pictures appear, they honestly do not do any justice to the ambiance of the home, property, or town. It is well and tastefully furnished and the scenic view is breathtaking. There is not much in town but there is a great history and very friendly people. Be prepared to take time to get places though as the nearby town of Onancock (lovely place to walk around for a little while during your stay) takes approximately 20 minutes from the house. We had an issue with the AC's in the main living area of the house during the stay but after contacting the property manager (on a Sunday) he managed to get a technician out fairly early the following morning and we had no further problems during the visit. The kitchen is nicely outfitted for cooking and there is a nice selection of books and magazines to use while there including two copies of one that I would highly encourage looking over early in your stay called "Off 13." We knew from the listing that there was no WiFi or landline but we were very unprepared for just how bad cell phone coverage in this town was (Verizon and AT&T services at least). Texts had occasional difficulty, voice was intermittent, and data connection was rare. The one part of me didn't mind but it did make looking up info about places we wanted to go difficult or if an emergency had come up... All in all, we thoroughly loved the place and would happily come back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our home. This is our first season renting after owning the property for several years so we tried to think of everything our guests might enjoy. We are aware of the sketchy cell service which seems to be widespread on the Eastern Shore. Our visits are confined to weekends only and we welcome the respite from a ringing phone, but we can imagine that lack of cell and internet service for a whole week might be an inconvenience, so we are immediately looking into options for phone and internet for next summer. It's the feedback from our guests that will enable us to make improvements to our home which in turn will enhance your vacation. Harbor Haven is truly a gem and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We, along with our property manager, Pete Messick, thank you for your visit and hope to see you next summer!
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Nearest Airport
3 Miles
Accomack County Airport
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Cape May Lewes Ferry
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Route 13
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Cedar Island seaside on the Eastern Shore by Boat
Car: necessary

Since this property is waterfront, certainly most of the activities are water related, You can swim, boat fish, crab and kayak right from the dock in the backyard, If you have your own boat, the open Chesapeake is only a mile away for exploring the many creeks, awesome sunset cruises and world class striper fishing, You can launch your boat right from the quality boat ramp in town or trailer to the seaside to flounder fish in Wachapreague considered the "Flounder Capital of the World" or launch on Folly Creek and visit Cedar Island one of the many unspoiled, natural barrier islands.

The Eastern Shore is a nature lovers paradise...enjoy the varied wildlife, go birdwatching or the many hiking trails. Harborton is a safe, friendly town and perfect for children to bike and play outside on the expansive lawn. If you must venture out of town, Onancock is a short 10 minute drive and boasts restaurants, galleries, antique shops, ice cream parlors , coffee shops and a movie theater. Go by boat and retrace the voyage taken by Capt John Smith during his exploration of the Chesapeake,

Chincoteague is 30 minutes away. This quaint resort town has access to the Assategue National Seashore for a beautiful beach and nature trails to see the world famous wild ponies. If you visit in July, you can take part in the Annual Pony Swim Festivities.

On the way to Chincoteague, be sure to stop and visit the NASA visitors center at Wallops Island. Schedule your visit to coincide with a rocket launching and your wont be dissappointed to this awesome spectacle!

Harborton is 2 hours south of the Cape May Lewes Ferry which connects New Jersey to the Delmarva Penninsula and 40 minutes north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A day trip to Virginia Beach is well worth it for the beautiful vistas from the Bridge

There is a Walmart, CVS and food stores only 10 minutes away on Rt 13 for any necessities.

There are several wineries dotted along Route 13, historical museums, tours of historic homes, garden walks, antique shops, and seafood festivals galore!

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Rates & Availability

Harborton House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Easter Break
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Sep 4 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $200
Pet Fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 10.3%

Off season Holiday rates: Thanksgiving $1,600/week Christmas/New Years $1,600/week

50% is payable at time of the booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to check in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Harborton House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Each bedroom has an alarm clock.

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