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“Beautiful grounds, peaceful location”
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Crab Shack on the right. Enjoy paddling the East River with the kayaks.
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Crab Shack on the right. Enjoy paddling the East River with the kayaks.
Chill out on the pier and watch the birds and boats go by Swimming pool w/bar area, loungers, rockers, dining table and hammock swing
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Crab Shack on the right. Enjoy paddling the East River with the kayaks.
Chill out on the pier and watch the birds and boats go by
Swimming pool w/bar area, loungers, rockers, dining table and hammock swing
Relax in your king size Sleep Number bed with central AC and ceiling fan
Enjoy the water views from your bedroom; watch the sunrise on your balcony
Sink into your leather sofa and enjoy watching the large screen hi-def tv
Gourmet kitchen complete w/Corian countertops & Margarita blender..and a SWING!
Aerial photo of Shack (left).  Enjoy expansive views of the East River from the rooftop deck.
We never tire of watching the beautiful sunrises and hope you'll enjoy them too!
Enjoy your own sunset celebration on the Shack's roof top deck (the Crow's Nest)
Welcome aloft to the Crow's Nest, the roof top deck on the Crab Shack
The Crow's Nest with dining table and lounge chairs
View from water. Crab Shack bldg on right. We live in the main house on left
New in 2014 our 5 hole mini-golf course
Crabbing from the pier provides hours of fun for kids of ALL ages
Over 100+ bird species in Mathews County including our favorite The Osprey.
Paddle the East River in our LL Bean kayaks.
Hammock gardens in bloom
Guests catch pan fish like spot & croaker & occasionally rockfish, redfish & speckled trout
The Shack gets its sign
The Mobjack Crab Shack got its official sign in spring 2012
Our welcome cat...kinda of like a welcome mat but only fatter :)
Crab Shack downstairs - grab a towel and head on out to the pool!
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Mathews, Virginia

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RetiredTr...
Brooklyn, New York
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds, peaceful location”
Reviewed June 11, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

This is a unique rental on beautifully manicured grounds that are loaded with little extras to enhance your stay. The photos could never do the place justice. While we were concerned before our arrival about privacy because of the closeness of the owners, we found there was no basis for our concern. Dave and Karla were friendly and welcomed us like old friends while also respecting our privacy the entire time we were there. We enjoyed speaking with them about the property and themselves and they were never intrusive.
The kitchen is well stocked with cooking basics, i.e. olive and canola oil, spices, pots and pans, dishes and utensils, grilling tools, and a much appreciated set of knives. They provide all basic household supplies, such as sheets, towels, dish soap, bath soap, paper towels and toilet paper,etc. For once, a rental where there is no need to pack bags full of basic supplies, making it so much easier for anyone who stays here. We have stayed in a lot of rentals and this one was easily the most accomodating to its guests.
We loved the dock, the grill right outside the kitchen door, the availability of two bikes and two kayaks (tho we only got to use the bikes), fishing poles and plenty of places to simply sit and relax. Most reviewers loved the roof top deck, as we did, but I also loved the sitting area in the middle of the lawn, with a two person swing, which is surrounded by a small garden and a five hole mini golf. Here, you will find some truly enjoyable figurines.
The unique design includes some features which may challenge some, but they should not prevent most people from falling in love with this place.The first floor houses a large, well-designed kitchen with a counter top that is large enough to also serve as your dining table and the stools have backs. A small bathroom with a very small shower is also on the first floor. If you are a large person, the shower may be uncomfortable for you.
There is a spiral staircase from the first to second floor, which could be a challenge for some, but the stair case is wide enough that most won't have a problem.
There is a wonderful single person swing in the kitchen; otherwise all sitting space shares the second floor with the bedroom. The second floor is very comfortable, with good lighting options, a flat screen tv, and a small deck outside that room. Then, of course, the roof top deck is accessible form an outside staircase; just look at the pictures. Its even better than it looks in the pictures.
The area is truly off the beaten path, but we found the town of Mathew and Gwynn Island enjoyable. Everyone we encountered was extremly friendly. Island Seafood in Gwynn Island is hard to find but a great source for local flair and fresh fish. Ask the guy in the General Store/information center for help; he was incredible.
So we highly recommend this place and it is likely we will return someday.

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Liked best: peaceful setting
Liked least: bathroom is very small
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Graham G
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Brilliant,fantastic”
Reviewed December 30, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Stayed in the Crab Shack and found it very comfortable with everything you needed including fishing rods. Dave and Karla were great hosts nothing too much trouble and plenty of tips of what to see and do in the area. Good fishing off the end of the pier and caught some bait for Dave's crab pots. Good kayaking in the local waters. Good views whilst having an evening meal on the top deck of the Crab Shack. Would strongly recommend this location for any body wanting this type of peaceful holiday.

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Liked best: The hosts
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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wokohojo
Crozet, Virginia
1 review
“If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful get away, this is the place.”
Reviewed October 25, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Beautiful sunrise and sunset views.
Fantastic Crow's Nest roof top area.
Well stocked kitchen.
Daily visits from a blue heron!

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Management Response
Oct 27, 2015
So delighted you finally got a chance to take a vacation and honored that you selected the Crab Shack. Very glad Mother Nature provided such great weather and that you enjoyed the property and our area.
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Broadlands, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed September 16, 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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Thank you for a perfectly lovely weekend! If only we could have stayed longer. The Crab Shack is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Everything you need is on site. We enjoyed the bikes and the amazing view, both from the roof top deck and the pier. Next time we'll plan to spend more time on the property to use the kayaks and pool. Everything was so clean and well taken care of. Loved the coffee table book, so clever. Thanks again!

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Liked best: The view, bikes, beautifully landscaped setting. Karla is very attentive and a lovely person
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with pets
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Norfolk va
Reviewed May 13, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Reviewed July 11, 2011 for a stay in July 2011

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