Imagine yourself at the start of your day sipping coffee on your private balcony, overlooking the stocked pond and the beach. As crabbers go by with their hardy catch, you walk out onto the dock and sail onboard your luxurious yacht, and within a few minutes, you can enjoy a view of the Thomas Point Lighthouse and the Chesapeake Bay. This picture is your first introduction to life at this idyllic 6.2-acre waterfront estate on Maryland’s Bayfields Point with over 1,000 feet of deep protected water and shoreline views expanding to the southeast of West River and south across a creek, to historic Galesville (est.1653).
Nature calls in every direction at this picturesque entertainer’s retreat, TentHouse. Designed by notable architect Cathy Purple Cherry and built in 2006 by John Nugent of Nugent Design and Build, the property looks as if it has been here for generations. Timeless architecture mingles with unparalleled outdoor amenities and recreation, ranging from the untouched nature of woods, creek, river, pond, and gardens to the onsite custom saltwater pool and cabana equipped with an island, a bar tap, a grill, and a stone fireplace. TentHouse has two deepwater slips that can accommodate vessels of up to 50 ft, a floating dock for smaller boats, and a power lift for a third boat. A one-acre waterfront yard leading down to a sand beach between stone jetties perfect for bonfires and small boat launch. It’s a place where you feel instantly refreshed, energized, calm and contented all at the same time.
The main house beckons with a soaring 30-foot welcome view to the top floor as you take in the details: handpicked wide plank distressed oak floors from Maine, stone fireplaces and large picture windows looking out to the water. A total of six bedrooms, four and a half baths, two laundry areas, a gourmet kitchen, an office with a view and multiple rooms for grand entertaining make the home an ideal legacy home or multi-generational family retreat. The primary suite is a bonafide private oasis, as two covered porches offer a serene stage from which to view a collection of sights, including sunrises seen through the trees, a sailing school across the creek, tug boats coming and going with their barges, and fading light of sunset across the creek of the historic Tulip Hill. A 900 square-foot three-room suite provides a truly comfortable space for visiting in-laws or an entire family with a separate zone for heating/cooling, a heated floor full bath and full kitchen. Handicapped accessible, this warm and spacious, yet private space with its own entrance both from the porch and its own rear porch. A third-floor bonus suite is a place for pure fun — jam with guitars, play video games or start a foosball game. The 1,200 sqft guest suite over the garage offers yet another space for guests who want extra privacy with a spectacular view, with two king bedrooms, a full bath, a kitchen, and a laundry room.
There is nothing like Tenthouse in Maryland — a truly singular property that can never be replicated.