Private compound with Country House & Cottages, 8 Bedrooms, 6.5 Baths
- english, french
About Tom Dann
My family bought Martins Point back in the 1930's and it has been a wonderful haven for family gatherings for four generations now. I feel as if I'm reliving my own childhood when I see my four kids roll out of bed in the summer, climb into their bathing suits and head out in the skiff for the day's adventures. Every season triggers its own memories, from the clouds of geese that come in the fall to the explosion of life and fair winds in the spring. We live with our four children in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and there is never a time when, leaving the farm, we don't ask ourselves why we're going back to the city.
Tom Dann purchased this Estate in 1939
Why Tom Dann chose Trappe
I grew up there and grew to love the Eastern Shore when it was a real backwater in time. The locals spoke in an accent that back then was almost Elizabethan, and history runs very deep, from the Shore's ascendancy in colonial times as a maritime center to its heritage of pirates and bootleggers. Our farm dates to the early 1700s and was a stop along the Underground Railroad before the Civil War; in fact a few years ago archeologists unearthed a buried dugout canoe likely used to cross the Choptank in secrecy (it is now in the Frederick Douglas Museum in Baltimore).
What makes this Estate unique
It's like your own island, with that same sense of peace and escape that you get leaving the mainland. There is not another house in view. In the summer our days of filled with sailing, swimming, exploring, fishing, crabbing and just Doing Nothing. Our part of the county is also very popular with road cyclists (very few cars).
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
FLEXIBLE CANCELLATION POLICY: If we can find a replacement tenant, renter will be credited for the rent paid by the replacement tenant (see Lease).
POST RENTAL CLEANING: Our actual cost for post-rental cleaning/laundry service will be deducted from the $1,500 damage deposit (usu. $350 to $400).
DOGS: Welcome but please treat for fleas before arrival & must be kept away from sheep & barnyard fowl. $100 fee/dog. Sorry, no cats (allergies).
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Fabulous weekend with family and friends!
We had a fantastic weekend- so much activity for kids and adults- swimming, kayaking, fishing, crabbing! We had a blast and hope to be back!
Beautiful place for a family vacation
This property is not just gorgeous, but also in a wonderful location....private but not too far from Easton, Cambridge and St. MIchaels. The pool and grounds are lovely, with beautiful views of the water. The house is so historic and interesting, with the feeling of stepping into a different era. As with any home built so long ago, there is no "open concept" or huge kitchen, but the screened in porches and stately dining room more than make up for modern style. We highly recommend it for a family gathering!
We loved this property with lots of room inside and outside for everyone. We stayed a week and only left the property a few times to restock or have dinner out. We had someone come to the house and give massages and also rented a jetski & a boat that was delivered to us at the properties own dock. Would highly recommend this for large family or friends vacations.
An idyllic retreat on the water
We recently stayed at Martin’s Point Farm on the Eastern Shore. It is a wonderful spot – both the grounds and the house and cottages.
Situated on a point just off the Choptank River, just off the Chesapeake Bay, Martin’s Point offers total relaxation in an idyllic setting.
Entering the main house, one steps back in time. Built more than a century ago, the house is perfectly maintained and appointed with two beautiful screened-in porches, upstairs and downstairs, that catch the breeze. The two cottages each have 2 bedrooms and provide a quiet respite from goings-on in the main house.
The place was spotlessly clean and had everything a large group could want for both play and relaxation, including a wonderful pool and kayaks for recreation.
Our host, Tom, was easy to deal with, very helpful and accommodating - a very pleasant guy.
All in all, Martin’s Point is a fabulous retreat, especially for large groups looking to get away. We can't wait to return!
We had an absolutely magical weekend at Martin’s Point. The property is exceptionally picturesque from the long tree lined entrance to the Adirondack chairs perched on the point surrounded by water. We were ten adults gathered for a special birthday celebration. We were delighted by the classic charm and privacy of Martin’s Point-we didn’t want to leave the property. The main house is full of history, antiques and family mementos. Each of the cottages has its own charm with painted furniture and clean and comfortable bedding. We took advantage of the cottages, main house and two screened in porches. The swimming pool and kayaks were also well used. The owners were incredibly helpful and recommended a masseuse and caterer that came to the property. This property is ideal for a large gathering of friends or family.
Idyllic setting. Wonderful time.
We cannot say enough good things about this amazing waterfront property. It had it all—wandering sheep, fields of corn, picturesque barns, a large pool, boats.... The main house was full of history and charm and the cottages were perfectly appointed. We had a large group of 13 and the idea that we could all gather together to cook, play charades and board games and eat on one of the lovely screened in porches or inside AND retreat to a hammock or solitary walk on our own was incredible. We all felt immediately at home during our reunion. The owner could not have been more helpful or welcoming. We wholeheartedly recommend this one-of-a-kind treasure for couples, families and friends who want memories that will last a lifetime.
During fall and winter thousands of Canada geese and ducks winter in the coves and fields around the house. We've watched geese for many years but have never lost our love of watching them cup their wings as they come in to land.
The property includes over two miles of walks along the shore of the Choptank River and La Trappe Creek. Our long sand spit at the mouth of Trappe Creek offers a beach to sunbathe and wade. Crabbing and fishing from the dock are favorite summer pastimes.
The surrounding towns have a lot to offer. Easton, Oxford and St. Michael's are all within easy distance and sport good seafood restaurants, great antiquing and interesting shops. In St Michael's, the Chesapeake Maritime Museum is always worth a visit. The area hosts a number of events and festivals including the St. Michaels Antique Boat Show, St. Michaels Oyster Fest, Easton Waterfowl Festival, Easton Plein Air Art Festival and Chesapeake Film Festival among others. In the fall, the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to see a profusion of wildlife -- more geese and ducks than you can imagine. The trip there will also take you through one of the last undeveloped areas of the Eastern Shore.
La Trappe Creek and the nearby Choptank River are fun to explore by boat and include several historic homes including Hampden (oldest house in Talbot County), Beauvoir, Compton, Boston and The Wilderness, all built during the early colonial era.
Other Activities: boating, shelling, biking, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, hunting