Set in a serene waterfront setting on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Light Landing creates a fun and relaxing retreat in proximity to Washington, D.C., Annapolis, and Baltimore, with pier, kayaks, hot tub, fire pit on a country-like acre.
The sunrise and sunset water views from this light but cozy space are particularly dazzling in fall and winter--when guests seem just as thrilled to be here as those who come during the warmer months when they can sunbathe, paddle, or swim.
Light Landing's shady lawn and bright open spaces; electric 'wood stove' indoors + hot tub, bbq, and firepit outdoors; huge screened porch; tree swings; English 'tree gardens', kayaks, and our relaxing pier afford a peaceful and inspirational setting any time of the year for your stay in the Washington Metro area.
Many individuals or couples take a break from their business or sight-seeing for a restorative or romantic retreat; others come to Light Landing to complete writing, art, or other projects that require sustained focus or a secluded work environment. We've had countless happy couples for anniversaries, honeymoons, and even wedding nights, all of whom felt they had plenty of privacy and most of them have become 'regulars!'
Some guests even utilize the owner’s skilled support in writing, editing, and coaching to restore creativity or resolve stubborn life/health/work issues.
THE ASCENDED SPACE: Light, modern, open studio loft with bay-view window seat, creek-view skylights. Completely private from our house downstairs, the Flat has its own entrance on the water side of the house. Luxurious marble bath with deep freestanding tub and large European shower. Leather couch, writing desk, well-appointed granite wetbar/kitchen with microwave and refrigerator/ freezer, bar- height table and other indoor/outdoor spaces for cooking, dining, work, play, roasting marshmallows, and--of course-- relaxing. Queen bed, Wireless internet with varied work spaces, Flat screen TV/DVD player, HDMI cable for Netflix, I-Pod doc. Includes use of pier, screened porch, fire pit, BBQ, hot tub, kayaks, swings, entire country-like acreage. $108-129/night, $648-718/week, $1600-2400/month, depending on season.
THE GET-AWAY: Smaller waterfront Caribbean/antique bedroom with double bed [cannot be rented separately; only as an accessory to Ascended Space to be used by part of YOUR party--i.e., someone like a friend, child, other couple who can share the upstairs living space and bath, but want separate bedrooms]. Adjoins the studio loft space (separated only by stairway and bifold door). Use of all amenities listed above. $60/night, $300/week, $900/month for one extra person (these charges increase by 20% when a second person shares the 'Get-Away').
3 BEDROOM/2 BATH WATERFRONT COTTAGE: If you find the dates you wanted are booked, please check out out NEW listing for the Cozy Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage next door!! (Hope you'll take a peek anyway, even if the dates aren't booked, and tell all your friends!) With so many return guests wanting to bring friends, family, or their dog, my friends and I have banned together to buy the cottage next door just for this purpose, and so far our guests have been just as thrilled with it and happy there as they have been in the Flat. See the entire description by clicking on my (Shawn's) profile and scroll down the left side to "My LIstings."
(PLEASE NOTE: For single-night stays, there is an extra $30 cleaning fee. I add it after you reserve through AirBnB's 'Alter Reservation' function. [$45 when both rooms are rented for one night only. $55 extra for a single-night stay in the cottage.]).
So far, our guests have been thrilled with us, and we've been thrilled with them! What a cool thing. Hope to see you soon!
Guests have full access to the shady waterfront lawn at their accommodation, plus the hot tub, kayaks, make-shift paddle board, pier (including crab pots, fishing, or swimming when season permits), swings, 1 acre of land, gas and charcoal grill, outdoor recliner chairs, as well as dining table and chairs, and screened porch associated with my house (The pier, swings, water craft, screened porch and hot tub are sometimes shared with guests at our Cottage next door. So far that has not been a problem).
Also, by request, you can book a special session with me of "The Work," (of Byron Katie), an amazing and very simple form of self-inquiry for relieving stress and solving problems.
Interaction with Guests
My daughter and I tend to leave the waterfront for you and the Cottage guests. I am very available for recommendations, directions, or questions, but also leave you with all the privacy you want! (The Flat has a separate entrance, and seems to have had plenty of privacy even for our wedding night and honeymoon couples--who tend to come back for anniversaries, too!
Sleepy little town with just enough services--VERY closeby despite our country-like ambiance. Some great spots for whatever you want to eat, many of them waterfront dining whether indoors or out, where you can also pick crabs--the local delicacy--or have crabcakes, or yummy Cream of Crab or Maryland Crab (vegetable) soup! Grocery store, pharmacy, fitness center, banks, consignment/antique stores all nearby or on the short scenic drives in the Guidebook. Annapolis is just a short trip and an amazing destination for a daytrip seeing its beautiful historic sights and neighborhoods or Amish market, or just a trip in for dinner--which we often do--to a waterfront downtown loaded with shops and restaurants or to catch a movie.
Nestled on a country-like acre in a surprisingly convenient corner of the Chesapeake Bay, this unique area is just over 20 minutes south of Annapolis and 45+ minutes from Wash DC, Alexandria VA, or Baltimore. Guests who have access to a car (or serious bike or shallow draft boat) can easily converge here and use it as a relaxing waterfront "home" while you're touring the area or even taking a "staycation" and commuting to work. After a quick trip from a number of cities or 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. :-)
Other Things to Note
3 BEDROOM/2 BATH WATERFRONT COTTAGE: If you find the dates you wanted for the Flat are booked, please check out out NEW listing for the Cozy Chesapeake Waterfront Cottage next door!! (Hope you'll take a peek anyway, even if the dates aren't booked, and tell all your friends!)
With so many return guests wanting to bring friends, family, or their dog, my friends and I have banned together to buy the cottage next door just for this purpose, and so far our guests have been just as thrilled with it and happy there as they have been in the Flat. See the entire description by clicking on my (Shawn's) profile and scroll down the left side to "My LIstings."
There are 2 listings here at Light Landing: the 3 bedroom/2 bath Cottage and the Flat. The 'Get-Away' bedroom just supplements the Flat if you need more sleeping spaces, and will never be rented to another party when you're here.) Once in a while I also rent out my entire house for a bigger party, or if there is a conflict on an important date, so feel free to ask about that also.
PLEASE NOTE: For single-night stays, here is a $30 cleaning fee for the Flat and a $15 fee for the Get-Away bedroom. It will be added either as part of a special offer, or after-the-fact via reservation alteration once the reservation has been made.
Welcome!!! Important Rule: Relax, Have FUN, and Let me Know if You need Anything!
When you arrive, park to the left nearest our big tree and walk left toward the water--either through or around our huge screened porch (if you walk through it--watch the step UP near hot tub). Then just follow the brick pavers to the little stoop. Your private entrance will be the ORANGE door up the steps.
:-) Be sure to close the porch door every time as our sweet little dog Winnie can slip out if the door drags and stays open a bit. PLEASE Double-CHECK IT EVEN IF YOU DON"T SEE HER, AS WE COULD LET HER OUT LATER.
***ALL WATER ACTIVITIES INCLUDING HOT TUB ARE UNDERTAKEN AT YOUR OWN RISK.
***No DIVING. NO JUMPING UNTIL YOU HAVE TESTED WATER DEPT (TIDAL WATERS CAN SOMETIME BE VERY SHALLOW). ABSOLUTELY NO JUMPING OFF SIDES OF PIER--END ONLY AFTER TESTING). I"m wanting to add that 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, so good idea to minimize the chance of stepping on something that could injure you. Thanks!
:-) It is critical not to leave the fire-pit burning unattended or without the screen cover. Please douse it with water when you retire. Also put caps on the Tikki torches (or ask me to).
*No candles except the ones provided in glass chimneys; NEVER leave them burning unsupervised.
*Please use only non-abrasives sponges or cleaners on granite countertop, sinks, tub.
*We are dog lovers, but don't allow dogs in the Flat. We have had guests' ask if their friends could bring quiet dogs for the day--but they must stay outside.
*We DO allow well-trained dogs to stay at our cottage next door--ask about that if you wanted to bring yours!
*Check-in and out are sometimes negotiable if there are not guests before or after you, or if someone is leaving early/arriving late. :-) Default is 3 pm check-in and 1 pm check-out. Let me know if you want something different and I'll see if I can make it work.
**No smoking within 100 feet of the house, cottage, or waterfront.
Thanks so much! Have a great time here. :-)
Shawn's place was completely wonderful. We were very sad to not be able to stay more than one night, but it just means we will definitely have to come back. We loved the beautiful open shower in the bathroom, and the views over the water were just magical to wake up to and see out all the windows. This was one of the most peaceful, serene, calming places to exist for a couple days!
Shawn's waterfront flat is great place; my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our 1-night stay. Shawn was extremely hospitable and went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed (or wanted)! The flat is lovely and has so many amenities there's hardly time to take advantage of them all. The location is perfect--45 min from DC, situated in a beautiful cove of the Chesapeake Bay with serene views. Highly recommend!
We loved staying at Shawn's lakehouse. Its only about 40 min from DC but feels like a world away! We loved being by the Bay and eating crab's at Skippers Pier. Also make sure you play tug-o-war with Winnie you will have a friend for life!
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Great place to spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the beautiful view. Shawn makes everything so easy and comfortable!
We were so happy with our experience. It was our first wedding anniversary and it was just perfect. The cottage is so quaint, cute and cozy and the natural light is amazing. The cooking supplies were just enough to make preparing food easy, the hot tub was hot, the TV worked well, the firepit was perfect for smores, all of the instructions were easy to follow. The area near the cottage is also great fun. We found a place selling fresh oysters basically across the street from Christopher's grocery store and they were phenomenal and cheap. We also went hiking at the Smithsonian Research Center (15 min drive) and at the Calvert Cliffs State Park (45 min), both really great places. The setting is so natural, I just wish we could have waited a couple of weeks until the flowers bloomed! It was so peaceful just sitting on the couch watching the birds fly overhead and the sun sparkle on the water. We really hope we have an opportunity to go back.
What a peaceful spot! The flat is really lovely - beautiful renovation, bright and spacious bathroom, tons of natural light at all hours, and the comfiest bed ever. The location couldn't be better, very quiet and right on the water, and an easy drive to spend an afternoon in Annapolis. We were there in March so it was a little chilly, but perfect for curling up in a blanket by the water, going for walks, and taking advantage of the hot tub! Shawn was out of town while we were there, but everything was very clearly explained ahead of time and in the flat's guidebook, so the whole process was very easy. Would love to return in the summer!
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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.
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. As a Certified Faciliator of The Work of Byron Katie, I love to share with folks a simple, predictable tool that has helped me SO much in my life--knowing a way to capitalize on our stressful thoughts about the VERY person or thing that upsets us--turning them into highly creative solutions and greater peace and love each time! Very cool.