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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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

Helen M Spinelli & Peter D. Taillie
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, spanish
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

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 Greensboro

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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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
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • long term rentals available
  • 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.


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Amazing River House Waterfront Apartment on Choptank River on 18 Acre Farm
average rating of 4.870968 based on 41 reviews

Wonderful getaway location.

  • 5 of 5

With large Windows you get the feeling that you're in nature but all the benefits of being in a Cozy home. Everything was clean neat and tidy accommodations were comfortable and we loved the chiminea. Helen and Peter could not do enough for us it was a great experience hope to return some day.

  • Review Submitted: 29/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this special review. Wonderful guests and really seemed to appreciate our secluded location on the water and near Assateague Island and the historic towns of Oxford and St. Michael's. Thanks so much for staying at the River House!
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Special Get Away

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Helen and Peter!!! We enjoyed our 5 night stay and great recommendations for the area. We were in town for the Golden Retriever National Specialty and it was great to have our own special place to relax after a busy day. It sure does beat a hotel room. :) Thank you also for the special treats for us and our boys. And special thanks to Sophia for sharing her home.

  • Review Submitted: 08/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful review and for staying at the River House Apartment at Moot Point Farm on the Choptank River. We very much enjoyed your visit and meeting your "boys" and learning of their success at the Golden Retriever National Speciality. We are so glad everyone enoyed the river and could relax at the River House after the field trials. We welcome you all back anytime you are heading our way again.
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Very relaxing and enjoyable for a quick getaway

  • 4 of 5

Very clean, comfortable and cozy. All the comforts of home. All we had to pack was a toothbrush and fishing poles! Beautiful landscape and scenery. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 16/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a treat!

  • 5 of 5

I spent a long weekend with my dogs at this lovely place. The property is beautiful, the lake is amazing. Waking up in the morning with my coffee sitting on the deck was a great treat. The house is very comfortable, the beds have nice mattresses. The kitchen has everything I needed to cook, etc. The porch of the house looking at the lake is fantastic. So calm and relaxing.

The best part of all was actually the hosts Pete and Helen. Truly nice and genuinely lovely couple. They made sure I felt comfortable and at home in their property, yet were never invasive of my space and privacy. I am certainly becoming a regular renter of this beautiful place I was there this summer, and can't wait to see it in all four seasons.

Thank you Pete and Helen! Nico

  • Review Submitted: 31/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nico was an amazing guest at the River House apartment at Moot Point Farm and thank him for this inspiring review. He truly seemed to enjoy our natural environment - the river and woods - and was wonderful to meet and get to know. His dogs were very well behaved and also enjoyed the river. We hope they all return soon and Peter and I wish Nico a most wonderful rest of his summer.
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Wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful and peaceful surroundings with gracious hosts!

  • Review Submitted: 05/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guests and we really enjoyed their visit. They seemed to relish our rural, undeveloped environment and the river.We hope they return again.
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  • 4 of 5

Nice large bedrooms and a small patio facing the river with lovely breeze. Some intermittent issues with wifi which hindered my ability to work but owners were very helpful in resolving.

  • Review Submitted: 28/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early summer 2018
30 May 2018 - 27 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
4th of July 2018
28 Jun 2018 - 9 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2018
11 Jul 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Labor Day 2018
30 Aug 2018 - 4 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Early Fall 2018
5 Sep 2018 - 19 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2018
20 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
Christmas 2018
20 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$134.73
Pet Fee AU$67.37 + Tax
Weekend Cleaning fee AU$67.37 + Tax

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 cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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