Eastern Shore farmhouse features breathtaking views from its private peninsula
By By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun
Sep 03, 2014 | 4:32 PM
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, 6201 Swan Creek Road in Rock Hall reaches new heights in property ownership. A classic 19th-century farmhouse and a charming waterfront cottage sit on a private peninsula consisting of 177-plus acres of farmland.
With gorgeous views of the Chesapeake Bay, the main farmhouse has been meticulously restored by the owner from the foundation up — including a major addition completed in 1998 that nearly doubles the living space. This has allowed for a modern kitchen, family room, guest room and an office. One of the home's many period accents includes 100-year-old reclaimed heart pine flooring, along with the original sweeping staircase, moldings and five fireplaces.
"I love the fact that it's a 19th-century house with a 20th-century mission," said Brent Allen, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "On the first floor, there's over 33 windows letting natural light in. From inside the home, [you] can see across the farmland out to the bay."
A 10-by-10-foot skylight floods the eight-bedroom, seven-bathroom home with brightness, while the widow's walk provides a view of the Baltimore skyline, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Kent Narrows.
"There are four lots that encompass the peninsula of Swan Creek, and the property was put into agricultural conservation easements," Allen said. "The taxes went down substantially, [but] required [the owners] to maintain the tillable land a certain way, with respect to the environment and health of the bay."
Outer buildings include a garage with a bedroom and bath above, a converted dairy barn for storage, and a dry boathouse. There is a pier with an electric boatlift and a floating dock, providing easy access to the bay.
The new owners will enjoy a heated, in-ground pool with a built-in hot tub, and after swimming they can hit the fenced-in, hardtop tennis court.
Guests or family members can also retreat to the one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage at the water's edge. With its open floor plan, every room looks out on the water, as do the waterside deck and patio.
"The owners have had the same farmer for a number of years who rents the total acreage," Allen said. "He will also plant rows of flowers for the homeowners. It's an incredible property."