Private Waterfront Woods | Dock, Kayaks, Views

house House groups 19 guests bed 5 bedrooms shower 3.5 bathrooms


Welcome to The Compass Rose, a serene haven with backyard shoreline surrounded by 4+ acres of pristine woods. Enjoy exclusive water access and scenic waterfront views of the best-kept secret, Blackwalnut Creek, which can be only accessed by owners. Less than an hour from Baltimore and Washington D.C., this 3,600-sf home is the ideal retreat for relaxation, celebrations, and memorable gatherings.

  • 430ft Waterfront Shoreline & 4.2 Acres of Private Woods
  • 10-min drive to Downtown, The USNA Stadium & US Naval Academy
  • Spectacular Wildlife
  • Private Floating Dock - Perfect for Fishing & Crabbing
  • 3 Paddleboards & 4 Kayaks Available for Guest Use (life jackets too)
  • Dedicated Workspace & 1GB FIOS Internet
  • Home Movie Theater with streaming services
  • Playhouse & Private Playground for Kids

Main Floor - Common Areas

  • Living Area: breakfast nook, 2 double sofa beds, fireplace + half bath
  • Kitchen: fully equipped (including pro-level Keurig station) + dining room
  • Office: computer docking (USB C) with double monitors, color laser printer, mouse and keyboard. 1GB FIOS internet service

2nd Floor - Bedrooms

  • Master Bedroom: king bed, daybed w/ full twin and trundle bed
    • Ensuite Bathroom: clawfoot tub, heated floors, walk-in closet + ensuite washer/dryer combo
  • Bedroom 2: king bed + water view
  • Bedroom 3: queen bed + woods view
  • Bedroom 4: double bed + woods view
  • Bathroom: shower and tub

Below Grade Level

  • 5th Bedroom:  2 twin bunk beds, one full bed, two trundle twin beds
    • Bathroom: shower and tub
  • Movie Theater: 100" Smart TV projector, Nintendo Switch docking station (Switch not provided), various gaming system connections, fireplace
  • Laundry Nook: washer, dryer, utility sink, freezer


  • Patio: screened gazebo, uncovered decks, flagstone firepit sitting area
  • Private Floating Dock: fishing, crabbing, paddle boards, kayaks
  • Playground: 13' playhouse w/ loft, playground with swings, slide, climbing area
  • Alfresco Amenities: pellet BBQ, wood-burning firepits, camping spots, outdoor shower with both hot & cold water, furnished screened gazebo w/ magnificent lake views

The Compass Rose was named for the ancient symbol that navigators have used to describe our world since time immemorial. Its cardinal directions symbolize past, present, future, and endless possibilities. Let this symbol's legacy inspire you to navigate your next adventure with nature, serenity, and the unwavering belief that possibilities are as vast as the oceans themselves.


  • Food & Drinks

In the heart of Annapolis, savor the ambiance of 49 West, an artisanal coffeehouse enriched with local art and jazz melodies. Relish timeless flavors at Galway Bay Irish Pub or O'Brien's Seafood & Tavern, a historic gem serving classic steaks and seafood. For a scenic treat, dine at Cantler's Riverside Inn, where fresh seafood and vintage charm meet breathtaking water views. Want something easy and as close as it gets? Jack’s Fortune is a must, or try Rocco’s deep-dish Sicilian pizza. Grump’s Cafe serves diner-style food with great burgers and an all-day breakfast, and Dark Horse offers excellent pub food and delicious specials.

  • Outdoor Activities

Love the water? Blackwalnut Creek is one of the best-kept secrets: no motorized boats are allowed, and only private access is possible, making this a safe and exclusive place to get out and enjoy the fresh air and 15+ acres of calm, coastal tide waters. Use the property's private pier to fish and catch crabs (traps provided), or take the property's kayaks and paddle boards out for an adventure, exploring the calm and protected waters of Blackwalnut Creek.

Nature lover but want to stay on shore? Guests describe our pristine and private location as "simply magical." Listen to songbirds while taking in gorgeous water views, lush woods, and spectacular local wildlife, including elegant deer, majestic bald eagles, soothing songbirds, and graceful herons. Many local animals aren’t very shy, but bring your binoculars if you want to spot the more elusive local species.

  • Places to Visit

Less than 10 minutes away from historic downtown Annapolis, the US Naval Academy, and the USNA Stadium, this is the only property that can boast its amenities and convenient location. And at less than an hour away, it's the perfect getaway from Washington D.C., and Baltimore. Wonderful, pet-friendly places like Great Fog Winery, Quiet Waters Park, and Thomas Point Park are only a few minutes away.

  • Parking: the quarter-mile driveway can fit 10+ vehicles, including large ones like RVs. Limousines can easily turn in the paved section, provided no other cars are parked there
  • Pets: $50/pet/night (list of all animals must be disclosed before arrival)
  • Smoking: prohibited
  • Enhanced cleaning practices: for the well-being and peace of mind of our guests, we strictly adhere to the enhanced cleaning guidelines recommended by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Safety: your safety and privacy is paramount. Please note that a Ring doorbell is outside and an additional outdoor camera is pointing towards the backyard. These cameras monitor the front, back, and side yards.
  • Noise monitoring: to ensure a peaceful environment for all guests and neighbors, we have installed DwellWell decibel meters in the common areas on the lower two levels.
  • Notes:
    • The house is supplied with well water
    • The dock floats, which means there can be significant movement at times. We recommend that caution be taken, especially with children and those with mobility limitations. Use is at the guest’s risk and discretion, but perhaps no more than 2-3 using it at a time would be best.
    • Blackwalnut Creek is a protected Chesapeake Bay Preserve; motorized boats are prohibited
    • Be mindful of the diverse local wildlife during your stay, ensuring both your safety and the protection of these natural inhabitants. This includes too much noise or light that might disturb them or our neighbors
    • You're welcome to host gatherings, just keep them quiet and respectful. Enjoy!
    • Netflix and Paramount+ are available on the movie theater's smart TV and on TVs in each bedroom. Log in to your favorite Roku app to use your favorite streaming services. Bring your own devices and cords to hook up to the movie projector easily‚Äč 
    • Need a caterer? Wedding planner? Bounce house or outdoor furniture rental? Fresh crabs delivered? Just ask for recommendations
  • Please note that to provide host and guest liability and damage protection, you will receive a secure link upon booking to complete a virtual check-in through a guest portal.



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