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The Cottages of Governors Run
1. Where is Governors Run?
Governors Run is located in Port Republic, Calvert County, Maryland. The community is approximately 6 miles south of the county seat - Prince Frederick, on State Highway 509 (Governors Run Road). It's also about 45 miles south of the capital of Maryland and home of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis. We are also located just 14 miles north of historic Solomons Island, home of the Calvert County Marine Museum.
For driving directions from the DC Beltway (I-495 / I-95), please click HERE!
2. How can I find out if a cottage is available?
You can either call us (410) 586-2346 or e-mail us: BayCottages@comcast.net or you can visit our web page and see which dates are open. Just go to the specific cottage page and you'll see a link to their availability.
3. How do I reserve a cottage?
You should first contact us (see #2 above) to confirm that the cottage that you are interested in is available. If it is, a deposit of $200 (per cottage, per week) can be mailed to us as soon as possible to hold the cottage. The balance of the rental is due at least 30 days prior to your arrival. The reservation is not complete until the full rental payment has been received at least 30 days prior to your arrival. For visits longer than seven nights the deposit is $200 per week or portion, thereof.
4. What type of payment do you accept? And what's your refund policy?
We are a small "cottage industry" and only accept personal or business checks at this time. In the future we may be able to accept credit cards. Cancellations affect us greatly, therefore if you cancel within 30 days of your arrival you will forfeit the entire deposit and all payments. If cancelation is made greater than 30 days and the cottage can be re-booked, you'll be refunded all but $50 of all funds received. Payment must be sent to: The Cottages of Governors Run, 2847 Governors Run Road, Port Republic, MD 20676.
Non-Sufficient Fund Charge: A $100 fee for all checks that are returned by the bank will be assessed. This fee covers our costs associated with your transaction.
5. What is there to do?
Just about anything that you can't do in a big city you can do here! We don't have sidewalks, don't have an indoor mall, don't even have a major hardware store, but what we lack in commercialism, we make up for with nature. If you get tired of walking the beach, swimming, fishing, visiting the Calvert County Marine Museum or having a night-time beach fire, take a walk on the adjoining American Chestnut Land Trust Parkers Creek Preserve. Fifteen miles of marked hiking trails, within the nearly 3,000 acres, wind through the nicest wooded area of Calvert County, on the Chesapeake Bay.
6. Where do most of your visitors come from?
We've had visitors from the foreign countries, including the Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, England and Holland! Closer to home we've had guests from our great neighbor to the northwest - British Columbia, Canada! Then there were families from Arizona, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. But the majority of our guests visit us from our adjacent states.
Over the past fifteen years we've hosted over 400 families. Our latest research indicates that our guests come from 31 states and 5 foreign countries. Leading the states - 22% come from Maryland; 18% from Pennsylvania; 14% from Virginia; 13% from New York and New Jersey rounds out the top five with 5%. We've also hosted guests from Holland, England, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany.
427 families can't be wrong! (as of January 2015).
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2847 Governors Run Run Road, Port Republic, Maryland 20676
cBay Cottage: 3026 Governor Run Road
Carly's Cottage: 3030 Governor Run Road
To find out more about the American Chestnut Land Trust, visit their website. We provide trail maps and are a proud member of the Trust.
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