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Property Details

Updated: May 15, 2015
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths, 4 Sleeps

Welcome to The Waterside Cottage,

Spacious, airy and relaxing 2 bedroom cottage on Harness Creek, just 5

minutes to the Naval Academy and 30 minutes to DC or Baltimore. The

Waterside Cottage is ideally situated to unwind from urban stress, yet

close enough to enjoy the great galleries, memorials and bountiful

history in the region. Or, you could just lounge around reading books,

playing board games and rejuvenate in the tranquility.

Relax on the patio in adirondack chairs, sipping your morning coffee

or enjoying a sunset glass of wine, watching the great heron that

lives here or the foxes across the creek that play at the waters edge.

This is a very quiet, rural neighborhood 3 miles and 5 minutes from

historic Annapolis. There is even a vineyard around the corner.

Harness Creek Rd was described by Washingtonian Magazine as one of

Maryland's 'Streets of Gold'. We agree ... we live next door!

The Cottage has hardwood floors and is fully furnished in a

comfortable 'Cottage Living' style. Sleep in the luxurious comfort of

high-thread count linens, down pillows and duvets. Bathe with handmade

soaps by a local purveyor and soft organic towels. There are also

beach towels for those dips in the creek. The kitchen is fully-stocked

with all number of gadgets, perfect for your crab feast, that

Chesapeake picnic or a romantic dinner.

Over the years, the Cottage has had a fair share of upgrades yet she

still retains the elusive character of yesteryear. Come ... unwind ...

melt into cozy, lazy days.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Built in 1928, our little cottage is part of the very fabric of this neighborhood community. The property was once owned by the Sheckell’s (you may notice their entrance to the historic Lydia's Rest on the corner across the street) just after you pass Harness Creek Vineyards. The first change of hands was to Rufus, who built the Cottage. A few years later, Rufus sold to the Gable family who owned it for most of the 20th century. They sold to Mr Leonard in the late 1980s. We became part of this history in 2004.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a lovely time here - thank you for all you did to make our stay comfortable. The wildlife was especially wonderful to watch and listen to. I loved the blue heron who seems to be your mascot. Be well, and we hope you enjoy what's left of the summer. Julia
Aug 2009
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The Waterside Cottage on Harness Creek
+1 -4432543620
Annapolis Maryland

A small corner of Paradise

  • 4 of 5
I lived at the Waterside Cottage for six months and loved every minute of it. You feel like you are out in the country far from the world and yet Main St. Annapolis is minutes away as are supermarkets and anything you could need. It's totally charming with a private pier. Cozy is a perfect adjective.

I stayed over the colder months, mid October to early April 2015, therefore this 1928 cottage did not have the proper insulation which caused higher than normal heating bills but I was toasty warm. Had it not been for the high cost of heating I would give this location 5 stars.

The owners, Theresa and John Morrison, are delightful and helpful.

I highly recommend a short or long stay at the Waterside Cottage...and in fact, I just may be spending another winter there!!!
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
The Waterside Cottage on Harness Creek
+1 -4432543620
Annapolis Maryland

Wonderful Cottage!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I rented this cottage for a long weekend--we were attending a conference in Baltimore and wanted a retreat on the water. It is fabulous! The cottage is steps from the water with a dock--there are canoe, paddle board, and kayak rentals nearby in the state park. The cottage is fully outfitted with all of your needs for cooking, relaxing, watching tv, catching up on work emails on wifi, or reading on the porch. The master bedroom is very comfortable. We had friends stay for part of the weekend and they were also very comfortable in the second bedroom--the cottage easily hosts 2 couples or a family with children. The owners were so accommodating and made us feel right at home. The neighborhood is quiet, very well maintained, and a true retreat from city life. You will be thrilled with this choice of a property for your vacation!
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
The Waterside Cottage on Harness Creek
+1 -4432543620
Annapolis Maryland

So quiet and peaceful yet so close to everything!

  • 5 of 5
What a wonderful spot you have here. The cottage was just perfect, with everything we needed to enjoy ourselves. The chairs on the dock got a lot of use and were perfect for bird watching, hanging a fishing line from or just reading and unwinding. It was great to be only 5 minutes from grocery shopping so we didn't have to spend a lot of time driving around. The Amish Market was the best! What a bakery they have and their fried chicken was the best! Thanks again for all you did to make our stay so comfortable.
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed such a pleasant vacation at the Cottage. It really is amazing how quiet and rural it is at the Cottage. Yet, as you point out, only moments to urban conveniences. A rare combination! Thank you for your kind words. We wish you all the best. Theresa & John
The Waterside Cottage on Harness Creek
+1 -4432543620
Annapolis Maryland
Fairhope, AL

Comfortable and a lovely view

  • 5 of 5
Waterside Cottage was as nice or better than described. Recent upgrades enhanced the living area and kitchen. Owners were very kind and cooperative. The cottage with its delightful view of Harness Creek, boats, and birds was the perfect location for us to spend three weeks in Annapolis near our two little grandchildren. They enjoyed playing in the yard and walking out on the dock when they came to visit us. Living and dining areas were spacious and comfortable. Master bedroom was comfortable, though could have had more storage space for clothes (due to our lengthy visit). Overall, everything was clean, and the cottage was equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. We would recommend it to friends and would rent it again in the future.
  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you, David, for your thoughtful review. It is so exciting for us to hear such positive feedback! I think you captured the experience of living at the Cottage most accurately. We are continuing the renovation projects over the winter: including the waterside sun porch, the kitchen (even more); and the second bedroom. We took your comments about the master bedroom closet to heart and have replaced the dressing table with a fully-fledged dresser for drawer space. The shelves in the closet are now removable to provide more hanging space when needed. Occasionally, we do have families stay for extended times and we so appreciate being able to make everyone's stay more comfortable. Thank you!

We are delighted that you enjoyed visit and hope very much to see you when you come to Annapolis again. Thank you! Theresa & John
The Waterside Cottage on Harness Creek
+1 -4432543620
Annapolis Maryland
Gaithersburg, MD

Lovely Weekend

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I had a lovely and relaxing weekend at the Waterside Cottage. The cottage was bright and cheerful with a great view of Harness Creek. We made good use of the pier with the two adirondack chairs for happy hour and lunch. It's proximaty to good restaurants and Quiet Waters Park was a plus
Thank you John and Theresa.
  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What a wonderful review and we are so pleased that you had a fabulous stay. We do strive to make it a special place. Of course, the Cottage is graced with being in an exceptional location! More good news is that we started new renovations to make the Cottage even that much more comfortable and memorable. We hope to see you again!


From the Owner

Over the years, the Cottage has had its fair share of upgrades (including a recent do-over of the kitchen area and larger bedroom) yet she still retains the elusive character of yesteryear. Time does indeed seem to lull by in a lazy respite from urban fever. The cozy atmosphere beckons you to curl up with a good book - or to write one.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : BWI at 30 Miles Car: necessary

At The Waterside Cottage:

barbecue grill, cable tv, cd & dvd players, wireless internet,

board games, books, fishing, crabbing, bird spotting, and walks in

Quiet Waters Park, where you can rent kayaks and paddle boats


5 minutes to the Naval Academy and Historic Annapolis, where you can

enjoy shops, galleries, sailing, pubs, fine dining and great ice

cream! Ram's Head On-stage is the local venue for touring

international musicians.


25 minutes to Baltimore Inner Harbor, where you find the National

Aquarium, paddle boats, harbor cruises, Science Museum, Fort McHenry

(the battle that inspired The Star Spangled Banner), Maritime Museum,

Orioles at Camden Yard, Ravens. Lots more to do and see in the City.

Washington DC:

30 minutes to downtown Washington DC and the Smithsonian Mall, with

more galleries, museums and memorials than you can see in a day. Of

course there's the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Just

across the river is Arlington Cemetery, the Pentagon and the new Air

Force Memorial. Luxury shops abound throughout the city. Variety of

performances at the Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and more.

Other places of interest:

90 minutes to Gettysburg and the annual summer re-enactments. Visit

Antitiem on the way.

45 minutes to George Washington's home, Mt Vernon

3 hours to Williamsburg

3 hours to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello


From $200 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High Season
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
Winter Season
Nov 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Nightly Rate: $200 - $275
Weekly Rate: $1250 - $1550
Monthly Rate: $2500 - $4750

Maximum of 4 occupants
Weekly rates
$1550 for May - Oct
$1250 for Nov - Apr
Monthly rates
$2650 for Nov - Apr
excellent accommodation for visiting professors, legislative
attendees, corporate rental
Daily rates - if available - minimum 2 nights
Nov-Apr : Sunday-Thurs Nights $175, Friday/Saturday Nights $225

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Updated: May 15, 2015


From the Owner

The Cottage is replete with reading material and board games. In the summer, you can enjoy swimming in Harness Creek, accessible either from the dock or a gentle slope from the yard. In the winter, a warm wrap, sitting on the adirondack chairs warming in the sun is bliss. For most of the year, kayaks, canoes and paddleboats are available for rent at Quiet Waters Park, which also has a wonderful walking trails through its forests. As a self-catering home, the Cottage is complete with all the necessary kitchen accoutrements, bath towels, beach towels, etc.. There is a supply of pantry items such as tea, sugar, salt n pepper and spices. To enhance your stay at The Waterside Cottage, we provide environmentally sound soaps and lotions. The towels are soft organic cotton and the sheets are crisply ironed high thread count 100% cotton. Luxurious down pillows (and hypo-allergenic pillows) and duvets ensure a wonderful night’s sleep. Our goal is to provide you a comfortable get-away ... a place that feels like your very own vacation home.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Waterfront


  • bay/sound
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 900 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single, adult-size bunk beds


  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • new kitchen and bath one queen bedroom one single bedroom with bunk beds breakfast room open plan dining / living room 4-season sun porch on the waterside patio on waterside ceiling fans in most rooms window air conditioner portable air conditioning unit base board heating portable oil filled heaters 5' MLW pier smoking in the cottage is not permitted lots of activity provided. see below.

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