Wonderful Waterfront Bungalow-Kayaks/Dogs OK/Nr DC


Entire cottage hosted by Shawn

  1. 8 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 baths
Entire home
You’ll have the cottage to yourself.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience
94% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
Great communication
100% of recent guests rated Shawn 5 stars in communication.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we have offered SPECIAL discounts, increasing for longer-term rentals. Savor our 3-bedroom cottage in this peaceful western shore spot, enjoy two acres of green space, the pier, kayaks, swings, fire pit, shady lawns & sun-drenched loungers, local waterfront dining or eat in, close to Washington, D.C., Annapolis, & Baltimore at this honeymoon-worthy country-like micro-resort.

The space
Top 10 reasons to choose our Waterfront Cottage & a stand-alone Glamping suite as your next place to retreat to:

1. Best kept secret on the Chesapeake, with far more open space and country-like waterfront than the crowded neighborhoods in this area. We are less than 45 minutes from many parts of Washington DC, Baltimore, and Alexandria.

2. The western shore is easy to access. You won't have to fight the Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic getting to the east side of the bay. FREE PARKING ON SIGHT.

3. Explore Local > Less than a 3-minute drive to Deale, MD where you can get groceries, meat, fish, sail, do water sports and more local activities. Sailing destinations Galesville and Rosehaven, with great waterfront restaurants are all close by, and historic Annapolis is just a scenic 20-minute drive from The Cottage. While there, you can stroll streets from another age, poke into the many shops and restaurants, tour the State House, Naval Academy, or Annapolis harbor, as well as enjoy movies, shopping, and some great parks and nature trails. You are also close to Shadyside, Fairhaven/Friendship, West River, and are located in Churchton.

4. Kayaking, fishing, floating/swimming, or catching crabs right off our private pier are all included in summer and enjoy movies, football, indoor games, gorgeous views, and long conversations by the fire in winter. Access to 2 acres of private green space includes and my private pier. We provide lawn and indoor games, indoor and outdoor cooking, swings, a fire pit, an outdoor shower, other fun amenities.

5. The Cottage itself--just 66 feet from the water--is great for BBQ/crab dinners/picnicking/roasting marshmallows with a lovely view and pleasant breezes. BBQ grill and pots for cooking crabs are provided. Extra sleeping accommodations are also possible for groups staying at the Cottage in our Carriage House Retreat, which is attached to the Cottage garage.

6. If The Cottage is booked, we have a close sister property called the Chesapeake Waterfront Flat. The flat is next door to the cottage. If you're a big party, I sometimes even rent out my own home, "Shawn's Amazing Waterfront Digs." Some of the amenities are shared, but don’t worry--you won’t trip over other guests, if there happen to be any, with each house on its own separate 1-acre property. You have exclusive, private access to your own shady lawn, waterfront lounging and dining indoors or outdoors, firepit, and swings, and of course, your full 3 bedroom/2 bath home, as well as the adjacent fully private glamping suite with its own.

7. The cottage is your home base for your getaway or retreat in a country-like little neighborhood near the end of a point of land with water on both sides and plenty of off-street parking. Nobody will find you here unless you give them the address, which will be provided to you upon registration.

8. Daytime relaxation and nature-filled fun & nighttime starry wonder. Start your days with amazing sunrises. During the day, enjoy birdsongs, waterfowl, and blinding sparkles near the water or sitting in the shade under our tree. With no city streetlights, the stargazing and our unique “firefly trees” always surprise and delight folks who don’t expect that so close to the city.

9. The Flat here at Light Landing (what we call this sweet sacred 2-acre spot) was named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the “most wished for” Airbnb in Maryland! Spend time alone while you’re here or feel supported by me and my super helpful property manager, Alice, who is from a well-known local family. I have been sharing my lovely place next door for over 11 years, and always have the greatest guests, who have been thrilled and are so much fun to host (see reviews below). My team and I are here to support you as much or as little as you need while staying in the Cottage.

10. Bottom line, Light Landing is the most versatile and consistently enjoyed space in this local area; its country-like open spaces are a far cry from the usually crowded waterfront neighborhoods and tiny lots often found on the western shore. Couples will find the tranquility you seek, and the close-up nature and unique decor will make your special getaway more memorable. Families will smile all day long because there is enough room in the cottage and yards for everyone to have their own personal space to rest and relax; with many natural adventures, movies, and indoor and lawn games/toys to keep kids busy and fascinated. Folks also love it for writing, projects, and rejuvenating retreats from the city because of the beautiful views and the feel of really ‘getting away,’ even though it's so close to DC.

Property Updates:
We recently installed all new HVAC in the cottage. The system is very quiet and efficient for cooling and heating. This is a huge benefit because many cabins and cottages on the Chesapeake don’t have central HVAC.

We have operated the cottage for over five years, and we love it. We connecting folks to whatever resources they need to plan a fun, relaxing, and memorable stay for themselves and their guests.

Sleeping / Bathing Info:
BUNGALOW: Three unique bedrooms at the cottage. Two queen-sized beds and one full-sized bed with a bathroom right outside your door. The third bedroom is a bit separate from the others and has its own small ensuite bath and with tasteful tile and fixtures (shower, no tub). There is an L-shaped Ikea couch that easily becomes a third queen-sized bed allowing the Cottage to sleep up to eight if beds are shared and air mattresses can be added. (Always let us know the number of people staying). There is a charming main bath with tub/shower.

OPTIONAL CARRIAGE HOUSE for Added Space/Privacy: Let us know if you need extra space, as we have available our newly-remodeled Carriage House (a modern, nicely appointed unplugged space that shares a cottage bathroom or a "Glamping" feel with an outdoor shower and camping toilet). It has a super comfy queen bed, desk, coffee, fridge, and microwave, living and dining space, desk, and electric fireplace. It is great for sleeping with its northern exposure and quiet ambiance. We can also supply an air mattress if 1-2 more guests are added. (See listing by same name PLUS GLAMPING SUITE to book it, or write to us).

Additional Services:
On-site washer/dryer and dishwasher. Common area with extra supplies, games, videos, coffee. BBQ and full galley kitchen, and bright open living and dining spaces complete with morning and afternoon sun, and a tranquil view. Complimentary use of kayaks and other equipment. Please review the house manual for usage and safety instructions.

We love and welcome doggies! Our policy is as follows:

You are welcome to bring a dog(s) as along as: 1) you trust the dog(s) to not soil the inside or chew things, 2) you are willing to stand behind that trust by paying the $250 refundable/returnable deposit, and 3) you’re willing to keep the dog on a leash or very close to you while you are outside, and 4) you will crate the dog while you are away from the house (unless you're completely sure he or she will stay calm and non-destructive being left alone);, and 5) wash with shampoo/dry before coming in the house any dog that swims in the bay. :-)

When you arrive, please give Shawn a check for $18/night/dog as well as the $250 pet deposit check for the $250. At the end of your visit, your deposit will be returned.

BOOKING: 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). Just grab a range of dates if you want a shorter get-away, and write to express your interest in planning a longer stay or need a short-term rental for a few months if you're between houses or in the area for work or family.

If the Cottage is booked, or you need more space for family and friends, we have a close sister property called the Chesapeake Waterfront Flat. The flat is next door to the cottage. If you're a big party, I sometimes even rent out my own home, "Shawn's Amazing Waterfront Digs." We are happy to answer any questions you may have, as we love sharing this amazing spot with our guests!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
TV with standard cable
Air conditioning

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4.80 out of 5 stars from 142 reviews


Where you’ll be

Deale, Maryland, United States

While it is VERY country-like here, you are less than 4 minutes (66 feet) away from waterfront. Within a short 8-10 minute drive, you will find locally inspired dining options, pharmacy, grocery store, fitness center, gas stations, liquor stores, and the great consignment store our area is known for.

Just over 20 minutes away is historical Annapolis which is a wonderful small Capitol city whose lovely historic district is chock full of shops, restaurants, and pretty streets to walk and admire the culture.

Washington DC, Baltimore, and Old Town Alexandria are all just 50 minutes away. Message me ahead of your departure and I will help provide you with quick routes to take, things to do, and whatever you are looking for locally and in these great cities.

Hosted by Shawn

  1. Joined in March 2011
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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 Air BnB 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. We just were names TRAVEL AND LEISURE's best Airbnb in Maryland, and I've been an airbnb SuperHost for many years... not an easy position to earn, but I love sharing this spot with folks and just want you to have a good time. Folks also hold business and spiritual retreats and wedding here, and its fun for me to be in a position to share this great spot and see people so connected and transformed. 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 adventure was my college-aged daughter and I spending a portion of the summer living in China, her birthland, while she learned Mandarin and I worked on my latest book, "The RELIABLE SYMMETRY OF HAPPINESS: The MISSING PEACE We Were Never Taught"! That brings me to my OTHER work as a life/author-coach. As a Certified Faciliator of The Work of Byron Katie, I love to share that and my own HAPPINESS HACKS with folks: simple, predictable tools that change your relationship to all your relationships and to your stressful emotions. They have helped me SO much in my life as well as my clients; when you have your own reliable way to capitalize on your stressful thoughts about the VERY person or thing that upsets you--and turn them into highly creative solutions and greater peace and love each time--it's a whole different world. Very Cool. I hold my own wonderful waterfront retreats in this work here a few times a year, and even sometimes work with guests if they make an appointment to see me while they are here--or schedule their stay as a Symmetry of Happiness retreat (individual, couples, or groups/families). [See (Website hidden by Airbnb) with ShawnMahshie with (Website hidden by Airbnb) after it--written that way so as not to be blocked.] But NO PRESSURE! I won't bring it up unless you do, and also happy to teach you some amazing short cuts to loving life as it comes, if you ask!
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 gorgeou…

During your stay

I love sharing this gorgeous spot, and my property manager, Alice, and I interact with guests based on their needs. Let me know upon booking what level of support you would like so that we can accommodate you effectively. I respect your need for privacy, but we are also happy to provide you history of the area, support with your onsite activities, or local recommendations to check out,
I love sharing this gorgeous spot, and my property manager, Alice, and I interact with guests based on their needs. Let me know upon booking what level of support you would like so…

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House rules

Check-in: After 3:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy