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Chesapeake Bay Memories of a Lifetime-GREAT 5 STAR REVIEWS!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 325 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Amazing home, 4 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Runaway boasts one of the most unique views that the Eastern Shore of Virginia has to offer and all the amenities to make your trip fabulous - kayaks, boats, fishing rods, crab pots, fire pit, name it!

Situated on a secluded cove overlooking the Chesapeake, Runaway features a private pier where you can catch your fill of Chesapeake Blue Crabs and enjoy a view through to the bay from the large deck. In addition to the on-site private pier, we are the only area vacation property providing access to a semi-private Chesapeake bayfront fishing pier. Additionally, enjoy a sandy swimming beach as our guests. Both the fishing pier and beach are in easy walking distance of Runaway. We have furnished Runaway to be comfortable, interesting and fun. Each room holds wonderful treasures... art by local and regional artists, vintage furniture that makes the 3500 Square Foot Brick Ranch Home feel like a calming step back in time. Kayaks, a jon boat, canoe, and bikes are on site for the enjoyment of our guests.

Extra fun features like a fondue set, crab pots, fishing rods, binoculars, board games, and much more to make your vacation a fun time to rediscover peacefulness and to enjoy all of the wonders of the area.

When you want to venture a little further, there are wineries, artisan studios, great restaurants, boats for hire for sport-fishing, cruises to the remote barrier islands, nearby boat launches at premiere fishing areas, bird and wildlife refuges and much more (We leave the wonderful local book 'Off Route 13' as a guide, along with numerous brochures and maps). In the winter months enjoy the fireplace in the living room and grilling dinner on the deck while watching the moon and stars. Enjoy the 'music' of the wildlife and the incredible view.

• 4 bedrooms including a large bunkroom with twin and queen bed- great for the kids (really nice high thread count bedding)

• family room with TV and DVD player

• large deck and terraced waterfront patio

• spacious living room with fireplace

• large well-equipped kitchen including dishwasher and microwave

• laundry room with full size washer and dryer

• dining room

• central air

• Wi-fi & phone service included

• 5 miles from public boat ramp

• Access to a Chesapeake bayfornt pier & sandy swimming beach

The region is recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, truly one of the last large wetland habitats in the world. Amidst the rural atmosphere, discover historical treasures, waterfowl and the sea life supported by the salt waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Find some of the 'Jewels of the Bay' like Tangier Island, Onancock Harbor - bayside, and Seaside - pristine barrier beach islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Runaway is furnished and equipped to be comfortable and fun and is close to many unique attractions including local wineries, the Wachapreague Marina where boat charters are available for seaside day trips to the uninhabited barrier islands and sportfishing, guided kayak adventures, u-pick orchards, the historic small towns like Onancock and Chincoteague, home of Misty of Chincoteague and the annual wild pony swim. Only 1 hour from Norfolk & Virginia Beach, and 4 hours from Washington DC, on a cove of the Chesapeake near Exmore, VA. The Silver Beach area offers many fun activities while providing privacy and seclusion.

In addition to checks and cash we accept credit card payments.

Additional photos of the inside and outside of Runaway are available on our web site. Google Runaway at Silver Beach.

Here are what our guests are saying about Runaway:

Annie B, Ocean City MD

'My husband and I took our 3 kids to Silver Beach for a mid week get away and we are so glad we did! To see our children get so excited over the simplest things was fantastic. The pier offered a great sanctuary for sitting, relaxing and exploring. The home was extremely clean and very comfortable. The outdoors were lovely and we would love to revisit!'

Silver Spring, MD.

'My family had a wonderful time at Runaway! The house is pleasant, the hosts warm and genuinely thoughtful about every detail. The best part was the kayaking in a safe shallow area suitable for small children to learn about the water. My kids made friends with endless small critters. We felt like we were a million miles away from work and school--a truly relaxing and wonderful vacation!'

Squirrel Fruitland MD

'It's a great place...relaxing, yet plenty of interesting things to see and do. The beds were soooo comfortable. Everyone slept well with the salt breeze flowing through the windows at night, The cove was the center of our activities and the three-wheeled bike was in demand. The bed linens were as nice as any luxury hotel and the house is super clean and nice. I wish I could keep the kitchen, the dishes, and other stuff at my house. The art is the finishing touch. It's like being in a little gallery that's just our style.' J&B

Treadwell, Maryland

'A lovely setting, nestled on a saltwater cove in the pines. No traffic, no noise except the wind and water lapping at the shore, with simple scenic splendor at every turn. The days were beautiful and sunny, the evenings cool and with a view of a billion stars. And then there were the sunsets. Wow!

The beautifully maintained house itself offers everything in the way of up-to-date conveniences, the beds are extremely comfortable, the rooms inviting, and the hosts rate five stars in my book for their attentiveness, graciousness and friendliness.

Some of the world's best (no exaggeration) seafood is within a fifteen minute drive on the rural roads. Fishing at the cove (right in the back yard) and at the beach (just a 5 minute walk away), with lots of variety, including flounder, striped bass (rockfish), croaker, hardhead, and shark. Crabbing, too, both in the cove and the bay. They even provided poles and tackle!

My stay was only for a long weekend. I wish it could have been longer, but after having experienced this great getaway, it will be on my next visit, which will be in the very near future. Thanks so much for a really memorable and relaxing time! See you soon!'

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We are a proud member of the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Keywords: 3500 Square Foot cottage / home private pier overlooking Chesapeake Bay in secluded waterfront neighborhood with renown sunsets and rural beauty. Boats and bikes included. Fishing & crabbing. Silver Beach VA. Chesapeake Sunsets.

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Debbie Campbell
Member since: 2007
Speaks english, translators available for French and Spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2017

About Debbie Campbell

We both love the water, especially the Chesapeake and enjoy providing our guests with a unique property that reflects the tranquility of the sea.

Bill spent nearly a year renovating Runaway. Debbie did the decorating and enjoys keeping things fresh and new for repeat guests with annual additions to the amenities and decor.

'When getting Runaway ready for our guests, we take into account the attributes that Debbie finds most important when she travels,' says Bill. Guests will find a fabulous kitchen, comfy beds, high end bed linens, art, and a view of the Chesapeake sunset that is unmatched.

Some families have been coming back since the first year that we offered Runaway as a summer rental. They love the additions, but the things they love most are the serenity, the family time, and the crabbing right off the pier.

Bill has chosen the kayaks and is always happy to give a guest a lesson for use of the jon boat and outboard, if needed.

'We are very proud to have a long-standing reputation for a high quality property with 5-star ratings,' says Debbie. We take the positive experience of our guests very seriously.

Debbie Campbell purchased this house in 1999

Why Debbie Campbell chose Eastern Shore Virginia

There are no other properties quite like Runaway.

Where it's situated makes it especially unique. You will not see another sunset like these. What makes it so unique is that it is on a little West-facing cove right off the bay. No others in the area provide guest access to a semi-private Chesapeake Bay fishing pier. You can see through the trees on the far side to the Chesapeake and the horizon.

Another special attribute is the darkness at night. The stargazing is amazing. No lights or buildings to interfere and on a very still night, the moon even reflects off the water.

In the morning, there are always birds fishing in the cove...all kinds...ducks, heron, egrets, and eagles and osprey.

We both remember fondly the summer vacations of our childhoods and Runaway has allowed us to provide the perfect getaway for couples and families that will allow you to create memories of a lifetime.

What makes this house unique

We fell in love with Runaway at first sight. Debbie's family has been on the shore for 7 generations and Bill has lived here for over 50 years.

As validated by our reviews, the view from Runaway is unparalleled. Runaway is uniquely positioned on a heavily wooded elevated spot with a site line right through the trees to the bay. There really are no other houses with this same view. It's amazing!

Debbie travels frequently for work, so she knows how to make travel a breeze for our guests and is very particular about the little things like: having nice bed linens and salon quality shampoos and conditioners, and providing interesting seasonings and staples in the pantry.

We have paid close attention to equipping the kitchen with great pots and pans, coastal dinnerware, a great solid top self-cleaning convection range, and small appliances to make cooking fun for those who want to eat in.

We've stocked the bunkroom closet with favorite board games, and puzzles to encourage old-fashioned fun.

We provide an assortment of boats and bikes for the enjoyment of our guests. There is nothing like a paddle out of the cove into the creek and to the Chesapeake (for the more adventurous).

A bike ride along Kellam Dr. (where our small cottage is) provides a completely different experience at sunset.

All of our guests find something special to love about Runaway, but one of the top favorites is the crab pots that we provide and catching fresh crabs right off the pier and bringing them up and cooking them fresh in the steamer.

As members of the ESVA Chamber of Commerce, we are also always happy to pick up brochures and send them in advance of a guest's arrival so that they already know what the area has to offer when they arrive. Our web site is another valuable resource - with links to all sorts of information about our home and the area.

Come, enjoy, and fall in love with Runaway and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Silver Beach, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 325 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Main bath is tile with tub and shower. Plenty of nice towells, salon quality shampoo, blow dryer, first aid kit, and soap is provided. Half bath off kitchen with sink and toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 (AKA the 'bunkroom') - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Privately located on the North end of the house.
  • Master 1 queen bed bamboo memory! Nice high bed so that you can see the morning light across the water when you awake in the morning, beautiful quilts and unique works of art add to the character of the room. Large closet & 6-drawer dresser, ceiling fan & lamp; ac., Double Beds (1) double bed in each of 2 bedrooms. One faces water and has a memory foam mattress for very restful sleep, nicely decorated in nautical theme, large closet & lamp; 5-drawer chest of drawers, cd player, ceiling fan (plus central air); the other faces the yard and features vintage furniture, original art, nice closet, new firm mattress and box spring will be perfect for the sleeper who prefers a firm mattress., 'Bunk room' has 1queen & 1 twin bed & great water view. This room can be easily seen/monitored from the family room so it is perfect for kids. Family room has 1 full-size futon. We pride ourselves on providing very high quality bed linens, great beds, and frequently replaced pillows & spares.
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • Raft
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wooden decking
  • long term rentals available
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private pier on property and additional pier for guest use on Chesapeake Bay; access to small community bay front beach as guest; public boat ramp 5 miles; 4 kayaks with vests and paddles; bikes; brick patio area overlooking creek and across to the Chesapeake Bay; board games, playing cards and fun 'stuff' for kids including binoculars for bird watching.


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Chesapeake Bay Memories of a Lifetime-GREAT 5 STAR REVIEWS!
average rating of 4.762712 based on 59 reviews
Kingston, Pa

Peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at runaway! the home is comfortable and stocked nicely. We really enjoyed the kayaks--took them out almost daily. Enjoyed some farm fresh produce from the stand at the end of the street.If you want to feel like your really removed from things this is the place for you! But if you want some city life, it was a fairly easy to drive to Virginia beach for the day. The Chesapeake Bay tunnel bridge is an adventure on its own!! Debbie was so sweet and nice--even came by the house to give me a little golf cart tour of the area. We would highly recommend this house to friends.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Bloomfield, Michigan

Runaway is wonderfully relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I do alot of business travel so for us to not stay in a hotel is a real vacation! Runaway provided the perfect place for us to relax from our normal hectic lives! I was able to read several books and enjoy the beautiful water view on the deck. We would regularly sit on the dock in the evening to enjoy the sunset....just beautiful! And the many eagles flying provided great entertainment. The house was extremely well equipped to view nature - 2 binoculars so I did not have to share with my husband! The inside was very clean & offered all the comforts of home with the well stocked kitchen! The bicycles were super as we enjoyed using them for several outings! Loved the Exmore Diner and the Mason Beach U-pick orchard - picked 5 pounds of blueberries! We will definitely look forward to our next relaxing trip to Runaway!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have really enjoyed sharing the treasures of the Chesapeake with vacationers from all over the country. It's fun to see what our visitors like best. A meal at the Exmore Diner is like taking a trip back in time... and a real favorite. There are so many interesting "off the beaten path" things to do. Fall and winter are also great seasons at Runaway with non-prime season discounts.
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Washington DC

Runaway is good for the soul...

  • 5 of 5

Have been visiting this respite for close to 10 years, this was the first time in Spring! It was a wonderfully relaxing stay, per usual, always a pleasure to be at Runaway. The natural surroundings were popping, the flowers bursting with color and fragrance. Runaway offers a quiet break from the city, it simply envelopes you in nature. Runaway is so very soothing. I could watch the birds all day long, so much activity, grab some binocs (thoughtfully provided of course!) and start your bird viewing list. This visit we logged in herons, cranes, osprey, cardinals, mallards and geese - right from the patio and dock!

Rainy day? rain or shine, things are hopping just like the frogs! Get your fishing pole out, puzzle on, book open, dvd cued, boardgame out or simply sit under the deck umbrella and watch the wild life. This is a place where "you do you." There's plenty of space for small and tall alike.Great place to hang with family and friends of all ages, have hung out here with all ages, everyone has enjoyed their time spent at Runaway! We have grabbed the bikes, canoe, a kayak or two, paddled the paddle boat and gone for an old school rowboat ride, so much to discover... so little time!

Inside things are equally as hopping. Debbie and Bill are wonderful hosts, your every need is anticipated. Like to cook? Its all here, anything you could possibly need to make a delicious seafood or grilled meal. Drop the crab traps in for some delicious blue crabs. While the kitchen is the hub, the rest of the house is just as stocked, all to make your stay comfortable and hassle free. You'll find scrumptious linens, thirsty towels, scented bath and body products, comfortable pillows...its all there to be enjoyed in this peaceful home away from home.

Runaway is not only good for the soul, its good for the rest of you as well!

Can't wait to return again and again and again...

  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Debbie's house in Silver Beach! The entire house was clean, the beds were very comfortable and there were even extra travel size bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom. The kitchen was fabulous; appliances were up-to-date and in good working order. The location was perfect with a beautiful view from any room in the house. We had a short walk down to the lake with a nice pier to sit on or fish off of. We enjoyed meals at the picnic table surrounded by nature's beauty. I would highly recommend this house to anybody who is looking to get away from it all. Thank you Debbie:-)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful experience with this vacation rental. The house is wonderfully stocked with everything you will ever need. The house was clean. Smelled fresh. The views from all the windows were breathtaking. Loved the top and lower deck. I could go on and on. Look forward to our next stay. Debbie is very accommodating. Thanks again

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

My husband and I travel frequently and this was the WORST experience with a rental property that we have ever had! I would highly recommend you book anywhere but here.

The worst part about this property is that the owners are unreasonable and do not stand behind the quality of their house.

Our stay here was during a storm in which the power and water went out on our first morning. This meant no cooking, showering, toilet, etc. Since we paid for a vacation home and not a camping spot, we waited a couple of hours and finally decided to pack up and leave to come home when the power and water still did not work.

We were disappointed at the situation, but understood that this was out of the owners' control. Nevertheless, the property and its facilities were NOT as advertised, so we messaged Debbie to receive a refund for the two nights left in our stay, which we thought was reasonable considering basic facilities were unavailable at the property. Debbie refused to provide us with a refund or any form of compensation for the inconvenience.

To make matters worse, the owners expect their renters to COMPLETELY clean the property before they leave (wash sheets and towels, re-make beds, vacuum). From our perspective, if we wanted to completely clean a house, we would stay home and not go on vacation. As a result, the cleanliness of the house is unsatisfactory due to the fact that it is not professionally cleaned by the owner or a cleaning service.

We did not have water to run the dishwasher or washing machine, but we did put all dirty linens and dishes in the machines and drove the trash to the dump before leaving. Despite our best efforts to leave the property in good shape with a lack of running water, Debbie had the nerve to complain that we did not put new sheets on the bed!

We will not stay here and will warn any friends or family traveling to the area to avoid this property at all costs! This was an incredibly disappointing experience that will make us think twice before booking on HomeAway again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As owners, we understand how precious vacation time is, and work diligently to make Runaway a welcoming and wonderful retreat. We are available to assist guests any time they have questions or concerns, and are happy to do so. It is in our best interest for you to have a wonderful experience. Bad weather can be a deal breaker for some guests, so, we encourage the purchase vacation insurance if inclement weather would cause dissatisfaction. The guest who left this review threatened to write a bad review if her refund demands were not met. We have never had a situation like this in all the years we've offered our home as a vacation rental. After her pre-arrival inquiry about the approaching storm we didn't hear anything from her until receiving a text message that she had left after the first night and wanted her money back or would leave a bad review. We hope that you will read the other reviews that we have received over the years and weigh this one in that context. If you have questions before booking your stay, please feel free to contact us.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Norfolk (ORF)
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Cape May/Lewis
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Bay Creek
Nearest Train
160 Miles
WIlmington DE / Wash DC/Baltimore (MD)
Nearest Motorway
9 Miles
Rt. 13 / Rt. 183
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Exmore Diner
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Silver Beach
Car: necessary

A very quiet and secluded area of the Chesapeake watershed;. National Geographic named the Eastern Shore of Virginia a top 5 destination globally. Enjoy abundant refuges and wildlife sanctuaries and related activities; shopping and restaurants in small nearby towns (many are historic areas) with great small town charm; many small museums; chartered sport fishing & bayside fishing; boat tours to Tangier Island; boat excursions from Wachapreague to the Barrier Islands (wildlife refuge areas); web links available for these attractions and area festivals and events. Many featured on our website.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house Silver Beach, Virginia

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
26 May 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
5 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
30 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$330.79
Property Damage Protection A$130.99
Tax Rate 10.0%

Arrangements can be made for up to 4 payments upon request. Two night minimum stays are billed at the nightly rate. Inquire about rates for 3 through 6 night stays as the billing software does not automatically calculate them correctly. The $250 cleaning/damage is refundable as long as home is same condition as when you arrived. Additional damage and vacation insurance is available @ VRBO site.

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