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Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie

Member since: 2014
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Speaks english, spanish

Amazing River House Waterfront Apartment on Choptank River on 18 Acre Farm

24 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


Photos and Description of this Greensboro holiday apartment

Custom built 2 Bedrooms, 1 full Bathroom , Sleeps 6 with full kitchen on river


A view of Choptank River (read James Michener's 'Chesapeake') from all rooms in airy 2 bedroom apartment with full kitchen & bath. Separate entrance, patio, dock with canoe and kayak. Peaceful setting within 2 miles of town and relatively close to Washington D.C.Baltimore, Philadelphia PA & Annapolis, Maryland as well as Dover, Rehoboth Beach Delaware and Assateague Island National Seashore. Just 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean.

The apartment's private entrance faces the river and borders on a creek which is on the crest of a hill giving a panoramic view of the river from all the windows of which there are 17 with four picture windows. Our home is called a 'tree house on the river' because of its closeness to the water(20 feet from the dock) and mature trees surrounding the house. The house is situated on 18 acre mostly wooded property.


-Secure well lit private entrance close to parking area

- two bedrooms one with queen sized bed with down topper and comforter and the second with two twin beds one with foam topper and with with down topper and both bedrooms have convertible couches with foam and down toppers. All beds have fine sheets and pillows.

-well-equipped California kitchen (see features below)

- Full bathroom with tub

- Closets with hangers, iron and ironing board

- Central A/C and heating + ceiling fans in every room

- Recessed lighting + lamps

- high ceilings


- Bathroom: a set of towels, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste, hairdryer

- Kitchen: Fridge stocked with water, eggs, butter, english muffins and milk.

- All cooking supplies incl. pots, pans, dishes, glasses, wine glasses, knives, silverware, bottle opener, and other cooking tools; appliances include toaster, coffeemaker, gas stove; snacks include coffee for Kruig coffee maker, cookies, tea, etc.

- Miscellaneous: All bed linens plus sofa bed and optional blow-up mattress with pillows and linens for extra guest or children, tourist info and maps of area, plenty of books, tissues, iPod dock and blue tooth speaker.


Having a private patio to use for meals with easy access to the dock where there is a canoe and three kayaks available for use. Additionally, there is a fire pit which overlooks the river. With a coffee maker (Cuisinart K style) and basic supplies guests can settle right in for a cozy stay.

Our area is rural but relatively close to large city centers such as Washington D.C. & Baltimore, MD and the historic towns of Annapolis, Easton, St. Michael's and Oxford MD. Just 2 miles from the Town of Denton and 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as well as Dover, Delaware. There is a public landing and restaurants and an Irish pub in Denton along with a Super Walmart for your basic needs. Two large state parks within a few miles of our home and an Arboretum championing native plants of the coastal plain region along with a museum and shop.


Since we are located in the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a car is necessary.Bicycles are available to use at our home and there are many beautiful country roads to cycle.

RULES: This is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY - you shall be asked to leave if you smoke on our property.

Check-in & Check-out: We are flexible about check-in time & check-out time if there is not other guest leaving or arriving the day of your arrival or departure.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks english, spanish

About Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie

We created a wonderful apartment to share with travelers seeking a comfortable place to rest and have an adventure. Avid runner, cyclist, skier and yoga teacher who enjoys travel, meeting new people and experiencing exciting places. Especially like entertaining friends and family at our home and sharing camp fires and paddling on the Choptank River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. My husband and I have often traveled without knowing exactly where we would end up or stay for the night which has added to our experiences with our sons. Really like our home's rural setting but close to Annapolis, MD Washington D. C. and Baltimore MD and just 4 hours from my hometown of New York City.

Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie purchased this apartment in 1986

Why Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie chose Maryland

My husband Peter chose this property and then created Moot Point Farm and custom built our solar envelope house. The Choptank River, a major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay, is fresh water at our upper river location which provides seasonal swimming for the whole family. Additionally, there is outstanding fishing and abundant wildlife watching since there is very little development near our part of the river. The apartment is 20 feet from the stairs to the dock.

What makes this apartment unique

Having been called 'a tree house on the river' by many guests since there is a oneness with nature which is afforded by the design of our home. Only removing the trees necessary for the footprint of the house and having almost three walls of glass gives you a very real sense of being outside when you are in our home. The ever changing view of the river is always enchanting as is the ebb and flow of the tide. Having raised our two sons (now 22 & 23) on the banks of the Choptank in our unique home has been a rare joy and provided a wonderful appreciation of nature in our children.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us and for the delicious surprise. We thought we would return the cookie favor :) What a special getaway and thank you so much.
Sep 2014
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based on 24 traveller reviews

Amazing River House Waterfront Apartment on Choptank River on 18 Acre Farm
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 34 reviews

Perfect Quiet Waterfront Vacation Spot for Weekend Relexation

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful waterfront location perfect for a swim. Wonderful hosts who made us fresh baked cookies. The apartment has HUGE bedrooms and is the perfect get away for a quiet retreat.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks SO much for this wonderful review and we so enjoyed having Matt, Todd and Scott at the River House at Moot Point Farm and hope their travels bring them back to the Eastern Shore sometime.Congratulations on finishing your first Ironman - quite an amazing accomplishment!
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Great place, great stay

  • 5 of 5

The moot point apartment was just perfect for my husband, our active golden retriever, and me. We stayed for 4 nights. It was private, well furnished, and extremely comfortable. A good shower, a great bed, comfortable furniture, and a super kitchen with everything you'd need. And decorated so nicely, we felt so at home. Right outside is a short walk to the dock on the river, where we saw the osprey in the morning, and went for a swim to cool off in the afternoons (including the dog!). Peter and Helen are the ideal hosts; very helpful if you have any questions, but are in no way intrusive. They even provided a couple of "dog towels"! All in all, we felt completely relaxed and contented during our stay. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly enjoyed Helen & Len's visit at the River House at Moot Point Farm and thank them for the wonderful review. Sharing the apartment in our home has become such a rich experience and we are always thrilled when our guests appreciate our home and efforts to make them comfortable. We hope to see them again when traveling to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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A perfect escape

  • 5 of 5

This place was exactly what I was looking for. The apartment was clean, nicely designed, and fully stocked. The access to the Choptank was great! There are multiple kayaks and a canoe to use. We (dogs included) also enjoyed swimming in the river. The location on the eastern shore is also noteworthy. We had an easy hour and twenty minute drive to all the beaches and was then able to escape the craziness of the beach towns. I will definitely book it again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review and we thoroughly enjoyed your stay and am glad our River House apartment and the river access and location worked so well for your stay. We look forward to your next visit and wish you a splendid rest of 2016.
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Beautiful and Quiet Retreat in Denton

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our two beagles and another friend, stayed here in 2015 and again in 2016 for the BikeMS ride in Easton. It's a nice and quiet location, and Helen and Peter couldn't be more accommodating! They even bake the most delicious cookies that are waiting for you upon your arrival! They also took the time to print and laminate information about the area, as well as places to go eat and things to do.

If you are looking for a nice relaxing place to stay, (with the friendliest and most excellent hosts!)I would definitely recommend staying here!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review and Ashley and her husband and their very quiet beagles were lovely guests at the River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm. They left our home in spotless condition and it was so good to have them back this year again.
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Peaceful & Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

A very quiet escape from the drumbeat of life; we relaxed completely. Peter & Helen have provided a welcoming space and they, themselves, are the most charming host and hostess. The location was perfect for our activities and we appreciate so much every little detail so carefully planned!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review. Denise and Dennis were lovely guests at the River House and left our home in great shape. They communicated well and really seemed to enjoy our peaceful rural setting.
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A delightful spot!

  • 5 of 5

The River House Waterfront Apartment is lovely! It's cozy, comfortable, and pretty - with everything you need to settle in and feel at home. Helen and Peter went out of their way to provide extras which would make us feel welcome. It's a perfect spot for a relaxing getaway - great views of the Choptank River from inside the house as well as from the secluded outdoor seating area, which includes a grill and chiminea. We took advantage of the canoe and kayaks to go paddling on the river, and Peter and Helen very kindly helped us get the vessels in and out of the water. It's in a good location, mid-peninsula, with the Bay and the Atlantic both easily accessible. And an easy drive from DC. A great place to stay - would definitely go back!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: June and her lovely family were special guests and the RiverHouse and we very much appreciate their wonderful review. They truly enjoyed the area and our quiet location and especially the Choptank River. We hope they make it back and wish them well for the rest of 2015.
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Baltimore Washington International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Market Street Public House & Irish Pub
Nearest Ferry
49 Miles
Lewes DE and Cape May New Jersey
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Caroline Country Club, Denton, MD
Nearest Train
65 Miles
New Carrollton Metro and Amtrac Station
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Maryland Rt. 404
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Harry's on the Green, Denton Maryland
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Cape Henlopen State Park/Rehoboth Beach Delaware
Car: necessary

Choptank: The River I love

Since the first time I saw the Choptank River 30 years ago it has inspired my imagination and interest. In its 70 mile journey from its source near the border between Delaware and Maryland to the Chesapeake Bay is a unique, diverse and fascinating ecosystem. From its source about 30 miles upstream from Moot Point to about 5 miles downstream the river is not brackish or slightly brackish but wholly fresh; farmers irrigate directly from the river less than half a mile north of our dock. Although it is fresh water, it is still subject to the same tides as the bay and the ocean.

River Access:

Interaction with the river where we live is to some extent dependent on the tide. At low tide (once every 12 hours and 25 minutes) there is little or no water at the end of the dock and the small creek, Joiner Branch is clearly visible as it meanders into the river near the dock. At high tide there is 3 feet plus of water at the dock’s end and this is the best time for fishing, swimming and boating. Because the tides are on a lunar clock and most of us run on a solar one, this means high tide shows up at a time about 45 minutes later each day. Depending on when you visit, the tide may be high morning noon or night.

The river is not very clear most of the year but it’s not polluted either. Swimming with a vest or in pairs with supervision is fine. The bottom of the river is predominantly sand covered by mud anywhere the current is slowed by vegetation or small islands. If you are brave enough to wade in the shallow water, be careful, the mud can be many inches deep and will suck the flip-flop or loose shoe right off your feet. Although you may encounter sticks or small tree branches in the mud, otherwise it is not dangerous.

Off the dock at Moot Point the water is between one inch and 3 feet deep depending on the stage of the tide. It continues to be relatively shallow for about 100 feet and then drops off into a 50 foot wide channel at the middle of the river. The current flows in both directions depending on whether the tide is coming in (flood) or going out (ebb). Between tides when it runs the fastest, it flows about 1.5 miles an hour. During severe storms or when the wind is very strong, it can reach considerably faster speeds. This means you should not attempt to swim across the river unless you are an expert swimmer or are wearing a life-vest. If you feel overwhelmed by the current, head for the nearest riverbank and wait until your feet touch bottom.


The river boasts a wide variety of animal, fish and bird life year round. Fish I have seen in the river here include catfish, large-mouth bass, white perch, yellow perch, crappie, alewives, darters, herring, shad, shiners, blue-gill, rock bass and striped bass a.k.a. rockfish. Rockfish are not common except during the Spring when they pursue large schools of baitfish that run up the river and in the Fall when the rockfish are mating.

Although it’s been a long time, I have seen river otters cruise the river at dusk. There are many resident beavers living in the banks of the river but they are mainly nocturnal and hard to spot during the day. You can frequently hear them at night however, as they warn each other of approaching humans by the loud slap of their tails on the water. You will need to use stealth and sneak up on them to experience this behavior. Other animals to look for along or in the river are foxes, gray and black squirrels, raccoons, possum, turtles, moles, voles and deer. Occasionally you will spot a flock of wild turkeys.

People seem to associate the river with reptiles. There are frogs and turtles and eels, (none of them electric), and snakes as well. Please understand there are no poisonous snakes anywhere in or around the entire Delmarva peninsula on which the entire Choptank River watershed is located. This according to Nick Carter, who waded the wetlands and cruised the rivers of the Eastern Shore of Maryland as a wetland biologist for over 30 years.

From Wikipedia:

The Choptank River begins at Choptank Mills, Delaware, where Tidy Island Creek and Culbreth Marsh Ditch join together. It ends at the Chesapeake Bay in a very wide mouth between Blackwalnut Point on Tilghman Island, and Cook Point, near Hudson, Maryland. Tidy Island Creek and Culbreth Marsh Ditch rise in western Kent County, Delaware. The entire watershed is in the coastal plain. The Choptank reaches sea level near Denton, Maryland and is not salty until around 2 miles (3.2 km) below Denton. Greensboro, Maryland, about 6 miles (9.7 km) up the river from Denton, is the head of navigation.

Meaning of the word “Choptank”—“a stream that separates”, or “a place of big current” in the Nanticoke or Delaware (Native American) language


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Greensboro, Maryland

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Fall 2016
7 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Early Winter
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2016
19 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2017
16 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2017
4 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Early Sping 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 1 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
May 2017
2 May 2017 - 25 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Memorial Weekend 2017
26 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
31 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
July 4th 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 5 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
late Summer 2017
6 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
Early Fall 2017
23 Sep 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$131
Weekend Cleaning fee A$65 + Tax
Pet Fee A$65 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

We only enforce check-in & out times when we have guests arriving or leaving on the same day.
This is a NON-SMOKING PROPERTY: Guests who smoke on our property will be asked to leave.
The pet fee is for one pet per weekend $50.00 and for a week is $100.00. An additional $50.00 for each additional pet /weekend & $100.00 for each additional pet/week.
Cleaning fee of $50./ weekend & $100./ week.

Owner'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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in Greensboro

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , Outlet and hair dryer available with tile floor and storage.
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , For cleaning off after swimming or boating in the river.
  • Full bath with tub and shower and porcelain tile floor. Outlets for hair dryer (one provided) and pine cabinet for extra storage. Towel racks, luxury towels and shampoo, conditioner, tooth paste and soap provided. There is a first aid kit as well and shaving supplies.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , A pack and play crib is available.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , queen bed has pillow-top NEW mattress & down toppers on beds
  • Large airy bedrooms, both with a queen sized beds with NEW mattresses, one with down topper and a love seat that converts to a single bed and the other bedroom has a queen bed with a pillow top and two twin bunk beds one with a foam topper and the other with a down topper and a couch that converts into a full size bed. Both bedrooms have couches, chairs and a desk and large closets, ceiling fans and reading lamps. Wide pine plank flooring throughout entire apartment.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our rural hideaway provides a great opportunity to experience nature in an intimate way. Almost no development surrounding us and close to two large Maryland State Parks and an hour away from Delaware Atlantic Ocean beaches. Our guests have delighted in sitting on the dock and watching the amazing array of waterfowl float and fly by, fish jumping out of the Choptank River and swimming in the river. The water is fresh therefore no sea nettles (jelly fish) which the rest of the Eastern Shore waterways and the Chesapeake Bay have. The historic towns of Oxford & St. Michael's Maryland are 40 minutes away and Historic Easton is 15 miles south of the farm and provides a movie theatre, many fine restaurants, and the historic Avalon Theater providing live performances with an intimate venue for small shows, the Stoltz Listening room. Lewes Delaware is 45 minutes away and is another favorite destination with an historic town and near the Cape May NJ/Lewes Ferry and Cape Henlopen State Park.