Property Spotlight: Chez Bonheur

Chez Bonheur is a 6 bedroom property that sleeps 12 and features a dock and a boathouse!

Only minutes from the famous historic “Chestertown”, this magnificent 1000 acre estate is both a wildlife sanctuary and arboretum, with hundreds of mature specimen trees and acres of woods and farm fields. The contemporary style home is just a fabulous family retreat offering traditional, yet sophisticated and extremely comfortable accommodations.

Sited perfectly high above the river, this spectacular home offers wonderful views of the sun setting over the water and quiet evenings to listen and watch the eagles and osprey, while living in a very luxurious environment. This home is ideal for a family vacation away from it all.

The entrance to the farm is quite breath taking – a very long, tree lined driveway winds past a large duck pond and then there it is – you drive through large iron gates into a bricked courtyard which is planted with flowers and herbs. The huge wooden front door is made of Cherry and the first thing you notice is the wonderful light streaming through the windows. The entrance foyer is phenomenal with the tasteful artwork and wood carvings. “Chez Bonheur” has the view we all dream of – look out through the large sliding doors leading from the dining room/living room area out to the wide water views.

You are now safely tucked away from the crowds and let’s get you settled in. One walks into the dining room which is open to the living room. There is a large deck off the living room facing the water. Views, views, and more water views ! Just to off your left you will find a bright and airy, open plan kitchen and casual dining area with a sitting area around a fireplace which leads out to the screened porch. What a treat to cook and entertain in this grand area overlooking the water. There is a master bedroom with queen bed with en suite bathroom on the first floor too!

Upstairs you will find another master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a guest bedroom with a queen bed with en suite bathroom, a small bedroom (with the castle painting) with a twin bed, another bedroom with a set of bunk beds and en suite bathroom and then ….. the incredible small peoples play room with all sorts of fun toys. You are welcome to use the personal assistant’s apartment suite, which has an open plan living/bedroom with Queen bed and its own bathroom.

Now you can sit back, get the BBQ going, have a cocktail, swim in the pool and watch the sun set while the family catch crabs off the dock or catch a fish for dinner! This is bald eagle country so don’t leave those binoculars at home! Bring your boat or kayak – great boat house and dock too!

The 1000 acre estate is just 5 miles outside Chestertown which is well known for it’ fine dining restaurants, lots of casual restaurants too, great eclectic little shops, lots of antique stores and a golf course. You can also do day trips to Annapolis, Rock Haul, Centreville and St Michaels. So come on down and enjoy “Chez Bonheur”!

Check out the property listing @ https://tidewatervacations.com/vacation-homes/chez-bonheur/

and give us a call to book today!

(443) 786-7220

Hidden Gem on the Chesapeake Bay

Though the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland is home to all variety of quaint coastal villages, St. Michaels is a true find. Tiny and loaded with charm, it boasts a rich maritime heritage, eclectic boutiques, historic inns, antique shops, art galleries, spas and all manner of eateries. There is even a local brewery and winery. However, it is the magnificent harbor-front locale of the surrounding Miles River that will captivate you. Whether you are sailing, yachting, kayaking, fishing or planted on terra firma and feasting on plenty of fresh blue claw crab, historic St. Michaels is a seaside delight.

Located on the eastern shores of the Chesapeake about 10 miles from Easton, Maryland, St. Michaels (about 4hrs south of Manhattan by car) is known as “The town that fooled the British.” It is said that late one night during the War of 1812, residents placed lit lanterns high up in the trees and on ship masts so the cannons of the invading Brits ended up overshooting the town. That inventive spirit survives today.

St. Michaels’ proud maritime history includes shipbuilding, oystering and crabbing, all of which are beautifully represented at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (cbmm.org). Featuring 15 buildings full of interactive exhibits spread across 18 pristine waterfront acres, the museum celebrates the area’s rich history and culture—and don’t miss exploring the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse. The museum will also host the Chesapeake Folk Festival July 23rd, 2011.

Talbot Street is the main drag through St. Michaels and features dozens of beautiful Victorian and Colonial storefronts. You will not find a Starbucks here but you can visit Ava’s Pizzeria for her wood-fired gourmet pizzas; Big Al’s Market & Seafood for steamed crabs (eat in/take out); Rupert’s London Bar & Tea Rooms for its famous crab soup; 208 Talbot Restaurant & Wine Bar for New American cuisine (try their new 208 Burger for a more casual vibe) or the Carpenter Street Saloon for the “coldest draft in town.”

If you plan to travel in April, the shops along Talbot Street throw open their doors for the annual St. Michaels “WineFest” celebration featuring local vintages, gourmet goodies and more. This year’s festive fun runs from April 29th through May 1st.

For your traditional crab feast, make haste to the harbor where waterfront dining is de rigueur during the warm weather. Bob Pascal’s St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa offers dynamic indoor/outdoor views. If you don’t care for crab, do not let on; just order the chef’s English fish & chips—a massive portion fried to perfection. Other harbor favorites include the Crab Claw Restaurant, Crab & Steak House and Town Dock Restaurant. Come hungry and don’t spare the Old Bay seasoning.

For shoppers, there are all sorts of specialty boutiques with names as quirky as their inventories, like A Wish Called Wanda, Fine Old Posters and Flying Fred’s Gifts for Pets. Antiquing and art enthusiasts also have a number of galleries and shops to choose from.

There is no shortage of accommodations in St. Michaels. The Inn at Perry Cabin (perrycabin.com) is consistently rated as a top luxury hotel, which it shows in everything from staff to services. Designed in the Colonial style and loaded with amenities, it expertly blends modern and period décor with classic nautical motifs. Also on the grounds is the award-winning Linden Spa.

The Five Gables Inn and Spa (fivegables.com) is located right in town and is steeped in charm while the aforementioned Bob Pascal’s St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa (harbourinn.com) is a full-service resort with 46 waterfront suites and 52 slips at its marina. Golfing enthusiasts might want to stay just north of town at the spacious Harbourtowne Golf Resort (harbourtowne.com), which features an 18-hole Pete Dye designed course.

St. Michaels is well known as a yachting destination—you’ll see sailing vessels of every shape and size fill the harbor and the Miles River. If you are a true boating enthusiast, time your visit for the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, June 17th-19th 2011, at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum—it’s the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region. Meanwhile jet skis, kayaks, sail boats, power boats and tip-to-toe fishing gear are all available for rental. If you prefer to kick back and let someone else be the captain, there are sailing tours, paddle boat tours or you might take a cruise aboard the Patriot—a St. Michaels institution for over 40 years.

No matter what you plan for your St. Michaels visit, it will be easy to kick back and relax. For more information visit the Talbot County Tourist Board, tourtalbot.org.

Southern Living Magazine ranks St. Michaels in the top 3 “Best Small Town Getaways”!

St. Michaels Maryland waterfront vacation home rentals on the Chesapeake BayChesapeake Bay Magazine’s readers and web community have cast their votes in their annual “Best of the Bay Survey”, and St. Michaels was for The Best Town for Families, Best Town for Foodies, Best Town for Nightlife, Best Town for Sightseeing and The Best Town For Inexpensive Docking!