About this listing
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.
SUNSCREEN and LINENS:
I know it seems weird--and I'm really NOT super picky--but we have had to replace many white sheets and towels because they turn orange from people using them with sunscreen on! Please shower first, esp. if you have light sheets, and use regular pillows for your head, not the decorative ones with pillow shams. Thanks!
***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 in or within 100 feet of the house, cottage, pier, or waterfront.
Thanks so much! Have a great time here. :-)
My husband and I had an absolutely wonderful, relaxing, peaceful experience at Shawn's lovely space. The setting is so restful, with almost all the windows in the apartment overlooking the water. We spent time kayaking, reading by the water, exploring North Beach, and just relaxing. Shawn was a wonderful hostess, showing all the thoughtful little features of the space (like the binoculars for bird watching and the large DVD and book collection). This was our first stay using airBnB, and it's going to hard to top! We're already planning our trip for next year. Thank you for everything you have done to create such a lovely place to stay!
This was the perfect get-away location and we've already recommended it to several friends! Shawn was very accommodating and the place was clean and exactly like pictures. It was so close to many different attractions, however, the quietness of the location was the winner for us. We were able to use the kayaks each morning to explore the water and wildlife and enjoyed the dock for naps, reading, and watching the sunset. Could not recommend it more.
Peaceful slice of heaven, but too short a stay. Very clean and comfortable, and Shawn's thoughtfulness was evident from initial communication through an early morning good-bye. I'll be back!
Shawn was an amazing host, making sure that we had a delightful experience. From being very tentative to responding quickly to any question that we had, Shawn is the ideal AirBNB host.
The location and home are absolutely delightful. With plenty of ways to relax on and off the water, this location is the ideal play to unwind from the busy world.
Shawn was very accommodating and made us feel welcome in her loft apartment. She was available by texting at all times and stopped in daily to see if we needed anything and to answer questions about the area.
Guys. As the rest of the reviews show, this place is really something special. The views are stunning, the loft is updated and cozy, and the experience was WONDERFUL. There's a bathtub! (But bring your own bubbles!) You can kayak, there are swings attached to trees! Shawn is incredibly thoughtful. Truly, you will not regret making this decision.
One thing I will note about the stay: the pier--though privately owned--is shared between Shawn's family/whoever is house-sitting, you, and anyone staying in the place next door. So, do be prepared to share the backyard space, the pier, the hot-tub with possible strangers. It wasn't a problem for us, as everyone was friendly and our schedules (for the most part) didn't allow for much overlap. But, just something to keep in mind, as you're planning and deciding!
Shawn was a wonderful host! The rooms were very new, clean, and comfortable, carefully and thoughtfully designed to make us feel calm and relaxed. The water is close to the back door, and sitting in the chairs overlooking the water was just wonderful. Kayaks were easy to launch and fun to use. Water was warm for a swim. The Ospreys were fun to watch as they dove for fish. We will be back and hopefully be able to stay for a week!
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About the Host, 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 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.