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The Perfect Relaxing, Fun, Dog-Friendly Get-Away for Families, Groups or Couples

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Waterfront Fun/Coziness on 2 Acres; Pier, Wood Fire, Kayaks, Dining

Celebrating that we were named by TRAVEL & LEISURE as top Airbnb in Maryland! This sunny but cozy 3 bedroom/2 bath cottage is just the spot for a get-away on your own, with other couples/friends, or with big and small families! Just steps from the water and nestled on a country-like acre in a surprisingly convenient corner of the Chesapeake Bay, this unique, quiet, scenic spot is just over 20 minutes south of Annapolis and 45 minutes from Wash DC, Alexandria VA, or Baltimore. Our Flat next door creates even more space if you need extra accommodations.

Couples, groups, or families can easily converge here right after work on any given afternoon, and travelers can use it as a relaxing waterfront 'home' while you're touring the area. After a quick trip from these cities or local airports, all you need to do upon check-in is the following:

* hang out and chat or snooze under the large shady trees,

* swing or kayak or yoga to your heart's content,

* play Frisbee, football, soccer w/ your dog, friends, or kids,

* read or work on your tan as you gaze at the water,

* cook out, cook in, or pick crabs at a table on the lawn,

* savor the nearby waterfront dining,

* cozy up, watch DVDs, or play games by a wood fire.

Or just settle in to the pace of the birds and the bay breeze for a week or two. :-) With a washer/dryer, 2-car garage, BBQ, and full galley kitchen, it's all right here--complete with view.

Despite it's country-like location (no street lights--only stars!), all the services you need are within minutes, including 4 quiet little burbs (Deale, Galesville, Shadyside, Churchton) with

*a great grocery store,

*'famous' consignment shops,

*fishing boat excursions,

*fitness club or Bay history museums,

*little walks, drives, and sights,


*lots of waterfront and other dining options--whether you want a casual crab-picking feast with live music, carryout sushi/pizza, or a long romantic dinner.

Nearby historic Annapolis is also full of great sights, shops, and restaurants, as well as movies and the mall (but people just don't seem to care as much about those things when they're here!)

As your host, I have been sharing my lovely place next door for over seven years with the greatest crew of happy guests (see reviews of Flat and Cottage), who have been so much fun to host (See reviews below for 'Lovely Chesapeake Waterfront Flat', since the cottage has only had a few!). Since many are return guests who would like to come back with their couple friends, their kids, or their dogs, I decided to jump on the opportunity to buy the cottage next door!!!.

We set a nice low price for this solid little yellow stucco cottage until folks get to know it's here, and because we will continue making it better and better over time! So far, everyone has LOVED it, and one couple is bringing their extended family back for Thanksgiving after their first visit less than one month earlier.

This bright yet cozy cottage has a queen-sized bedroom that shares a charming tub/shower with the room that has a full sized bed. Then there is also another queen-sized bed in a room that is a bit more separate from the others, and has it's own small bath with shower only (with gorgeous new tile job and fixtures that we just finished in the renovation!). Finally, there is an L-shaped Ikea couch that easily becomes a queen-sized bed or huge chaise lounge, allowing the cottage to sleep a total of 8 (if the last 2 are OK to be in the living room).

You'll have your own space with a waterfront lawn, pier, use of a huge screened porch with gas and charcoal bbq at Shawn's house next door, gas bbq at the cottage, outdoor table and chairs, lounge chairs, two firepits, two single kayaks. one two-seater ocean kayak, and a canoe,. You'll have two acres to play on or explore, nearby walks through woods or by Chesapeake Bay, country-like setting with plenty of waterfront dining, amenities, and sights nearby.

Even though there are five properties at Light Landing, you'll have plenty of privacy and space--it feels much less crowded than lots of lneighboring waterfront properties.

There is charge for each person over four, unless otherwise negotiated. Bringing a dog incurs a basic charge of , plus per dog per night, added after your basic reservation request (contact me or see House Rules about doggie deposit).

Finally, if you need space for more people, if the dates you want for the Cottage are booked, or if you're looking for a smaller, less expensive accommodation or romantic get-away, we also have a charming Carriage House attached to the cottage, which can be rented separately or with the Cottage for a reduced rate (be sure to ready the description as this near-new space also has some special considerations.

Also, please check our other listings next door to the Cottage: Lovely Chesapeake Waterfront Flat (often used as a honeymoon suite!) and my own home, Shawn's Amazing Waterfront Digs, which I sometimes rent out to folks or include for a larger gathering! (Write to us at or call 301-895-0545.)

Please feel free to contact us by putting in any date you see open (click on the tab above the large photo to see our calendar) and write to express your interest in coming to stay for a short get-away, or grab a range of dates as as you plan a longer stay. We are happy answer as many questions as you may have, since we love sharing this amazing spot with our guests!

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks english, American Sign Language
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
14 July, 2018

About Shawn

I'm thinking the best description of me for your purposes as potential guests appears in the reviews! I'm someone who is just here being incredibly grateful to live in this gorgeous, quiet, nature-filled spot on the Chesapeake Bay; to have this opportunity to share it with others; and to have connected through and [just recently] VRBO with such lovely people. I'm always thrilled to see how much these individuals, couples, and families enjoy staying here, and am hoping that what they have said about me will tell you what you need to know. I am thrilled that my 2 friends and I partnered together to buy the cottage next door to me to extend our my ability to share this really special spot with larger groups (and dogs!)

Beyond that.... I will be very happy to answer any questions you may have about my diverse interests and pursuits, as well as the travel destinations I am currently exploring. The most recent was taking our adopted daughter back to see China, her birthland, with a quick stop in Germany on the way home!

Finally, I love my OTHER work as a life/author-coach, for which I'm close to being Certified as a facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, a simple, predictable way to turn our most stressful situations into highly creative solutions and greater peace each time! Very cool.

Shawn purchased this bungalow in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

Alicia and her family were wonderful guests! They were amazing at taking Shawn's dog, Winnie, out when she needed to be away.They were very gracious and seemed to love everything about being here. They were quiet and kind and extremely responsible--and really took advantage of what we have to offer. Alicia was an excellent communicator before, during and after their stay. They left the cottage in really immaculate condition. I would welcome them back in any season, and recommend them highly to other hosts! Shawn Mahshie, Fun Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage, Deale, MD
Apr 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in Cape Anne

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
    Living Room - 1 sofa bed/futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The cottage shares certain amenities with the loft flat at my house next door (hot tub, pier, kayaks). So far it has worked out great--no conflicts and in most cases the guests' visits have been enhanced when they did meet or spend time with the other guests.


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The Perfect Relaxing, Fun, Dog-Friendly Get-Away for Families, Groups or Couples
average rating of 4.857143 based on 49 reviews

Great relaxing stay as usual.

  • 5 of 5

Our fourth year in a row to rent this property for a week. Beautiful, quiet surroundings right along Deep Water Creek which feeds directly into the Chesapeake. Great amenities,

wonderful hosts, awesome time to be immersed in nature and to go kayaking and canoeing. Beautifullly done ranch house with three great bedrooms,

2 baths and lots of space to relax with family and friends, indoors and out. Already planning next year’s trip!

  • Review Submitted: 07/07/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location, peaceful and relaxing, was fun to kayak and watch the many birds around here!

  • 4 of 5

This worked well for us on a short stay in proximity to Washington DC and BWI. Nice, quiet, low-key getaway spot. Easy logistics and great communication. Grocery store close by. Recommend Pirates Cove in Galesville for lunch or dinner.

  • Review Submitted: 17/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington DC

Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The place is very comfortable and very scenic. Children will have a great time in the hot tub, kayaking, playing with a very friendly dog, outdoor games. Owner is very friendly & helpful. I would definitely go back again.

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little place, fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

We were attending a wedding, and we found this great place that was close to everywhere we needed to be. Shawn was very attentive to anything we needed. The wood stove was fun and it was a bit cold to take advantage of the kayaks, the option was there. Relaxing environment, and away from the main roads, but there is a grocery store right up the road for any "supplies". If I had to give feedback on anything, the showers have very low water pressure, but I don't think that's probably something that could be "fixed", so to speak. But it's not like you spend your whole day in the shower, right? Definitely would stay here again when we come back to visit family in Maryland. Thank you Shawn!

  • Review Submitted: 15/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just what we wanted... waterside, dock and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

This was a great getaway for 3 old retired guys who get together occasionally to share past experiences. Had a wonderful time around the fire pit just gazing on the water and relaxing. Shawn was a great hostess making sure we had everything we needed including plenty of firewood for the pit. Everything was furnished. Certainly will keep this place in mind for our next outing.

  • Review Submitted: 31/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Nice Spacious Cottage by the Water

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely loved Shawn's cottage. Plenty of space for a large family to enjoy a relaxing time together. Great kayaking from the dock right behind the cottage and plenty of grassy areas to play family ball games or to just sit and relax beside the water. The cottage itself was extremely well equipped and immaculately clean with great views from almost every window. Loved the whole experience and will definitely be spending more time there!

  • Review Submitted: 05/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Baltimore Washington or Reagan National in DC
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Happy Harbor
Nearest Train
30 Miles
New Carrolton Metro/Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2.5 Miles
Rte.s 258 or 468
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Skipper's Pier/Other waterfront etc. choices
Nearest Beach
108 Miles
North Beach (Bay--12 miles); Rehobeth (Ocean)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday bungalow in Cape Anne

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
12 Jul 2018 - 9 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest
Early Fall 2018
10 Sep 2018 - 11 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest
18 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest
Xmas Break
23 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$53.91
Cleaning AU$67.39

$8/per dog per night. Please contact property owner prior to booking. $350 refundable pet deposit.

NOTE: I highly recommend wearing water shoes if you swim. As much as I love the warm silky mud at the bottom, it can also have glass shards or wire, etc. embedded in it. The main warning about swimming in the Bay is to not do it when you have a fresh cut or wound.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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