"Very unique experience"
We stayed in the Suite top floor. The room was comfortable and a mix of the old charm with convenienceGenuine Expedia guest review
We enjoyed our stay. Our room had a lovely view of the river. we had a screened porch we could sit on to view it. The staff was friendly and helpful. Each room has a different set up and size so you should check the website to be sure you are getting a room that meets your needs. The town of Oxford is very small and very pleasant. Some excellent restaurants. […] We took the ferry (right down the street) to St Micheals for an afternoon. More to do there. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Relaxing beautiful hotel"
This hotel is in a beautiful location and very relaxing and peaceful. Perfect for weekend away from everything. Awesome view of the water and lots of porches to take in the sights.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging I am so glad you had a relaxing and peaceful stay at Sandaway! Thank you for your kind words. That is great you enjoyed the awesome view. Guest will find the most value for their stay when they book a waterfront accommodation. I am happy you had a five star experience and hope to see you again in Oxford, Maryland. Safe travels, Ben Gibson - Innkeeper
"Great Getaway Venue"
No kids allowed. GREAT water views. Awesome customer service (the Gibson's are great proprietors). Quaint and very welcoming neighborhood.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Thank you for your review of Sandaway. I am so happy your enjoyed the customer service and water views! We look forward to seeing you again in Oxford, MD. I hope it works out for you to have another great getaway. Safe travels, Ben Gibson - Innkeeper
"Romantic Getaway with a view"
Went here for a one night romantic getaway with my Fiance. The place is like a converted mansion. Was greeted at the door by the innkeeper. Nice guy, offered a room upgrade for only $40 since I was staying in the small room they have, called the Cozy queen. It was a small room, nicely decorated with a claw foot bath tub. The place is right on the bay. […] My fiance and I enjoyed watching the sunset on the lawn chairs. In the morning, they brought a breakfast basket to our doorstep with coffee, some coffee cakes, cinnamon buns, yogurt, etc. It was so nice. I would definitely stay here again. Super quiet, low key, great place to go and get away from it all. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Thank you for your kind words. Yes, many guests enjoy Cozy Queen and we recently updated that room with a flat screen cable television. Because Cozy Queen is small, we do try often to offer an upgrade special. I am so glad your enjoyed your romantic getaway with a view and breakfast delivered to your door. It was very nice to have you, and we do hope to see you again in Oxford, Maryland! Safe travels, Ben Gibson - Innkeeper
This is a delightful little inn on a river right off the Chesapeake Bay. The setting is picture perfect for relaxing and resting. Not much of a nightlife but that goes along with the tranquil part. The inn is well maintained with a nice selections of coffees and snacks. Bring a book or grab one from the library and sit in one of the beach chairs and […] listen to the waves or sit in a hanging chair on the back porch and listen to a warbler. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Response by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging That is wonderful you had a tranquil stay on on the Chesapeake Bay with us. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience at Sandaway! I am glad you got to enjoy several of the amenities we offer. All rooms now have free WiFi. It would be nice to see you again in Oxford, MD. Safe travels, Ben Gibson - Innkeeper
"Great Couples Getaway"
My wife and I were excited to get away from the 3 kids for a romantic one-night getaway. We arrived and were offered a room upgrade at check-in for a nominal fee. The room was fabulous (River, Deluxe, 2nd Fl) with amazing views of the river even while lying in bed! Binoculars are even provided in the room to view waterfowl on the river. It was a really […] windy night and we heard some banging during the wee hours, but the staff were responsive and even came out at 1 a.m. to secure rocking chairs in the adjacent unoccupied rooms. They offered to move us to another room, and when we declined, they waived the upgrade fee. Breakfast was delivered at 9 a.m. as promised and was yummy. Aside from the room, other amenities including the boat house and the library/pantry in the main house were also nice. The hotel is a short walk to the Robert Morris Inn, where we enjoyed a fabulous dinner featuring local foods. We will definitely be back. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Response by Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Thank you so much for such a detailed review of your great couples getaway! Yes, many guests really enjoy our Deluxe Waterfront rooms. I am glad we could help make your stay the most enjoyable, even under very wind conditions. It was nice to have you, and we look forward to your return to Sandaway. Safe travels, Ben Gibson - Innkeeper
"a sea glass collectors dream"
I needed a little rest and relaxation and Sandaway was the perfect spot. the rolling lawn down to the beach was dotted with white Adirondak chairs with a beautiful view of the water. i brought a book with me but only read a few pages as I spent most of the time gazing out at the peaceful view! The breakfast basket provided at my doorstep the next morning […] was filled with goodies and a hot pot of coffee. remember to let them know if you are not a coffee drinker! There is a 24 hour cozy library just off the entryway which has snacks and beverages at no cost. The beach offered a fun collecting spree of sea glass. I actually found several rare pieces of hand blown glass! I will definitely return next fall. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice couples get-away!"
A little hard to find in the dark - a new sign would help! Fantastic location and grounds! A great old mansion right on the water! Very spacious room and bathroom. Staff very considerate and friendly!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Quiet escape for couples, friends or singles"
The hotel staff were very friendly and our room had lovely waterfront views.Genuine Expedia guest review
"getaway to relax and enjoy beautiful scenary"
We were very pleased with our stay. The photos and descriptions were spot on. The location is serene, relaxing and beautiful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Get away from it all!"
Relaxing getawayGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Comfortable stay with amazing vuews and private beach. Must be one of the best places to stray in the areaGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A great place to spend a few days to relax"
The best mini-vacation we've ever had. We enjoyed our stay & hope to come back soon.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Our First Vacation Getaway B&B"
11/19/14 Allyson M
I'm sorry I'm writing this review so late. My boyfriend and I purchased a living social coupon to stay at this bed and breakfast. We'd always wanted to try out a bed and breakfast and Sandaway provided us with an amazingly wonderful experience. We arrived Oct. 13, 2014 and stayed for 2 nights. Our room was the second floor suite with the screened in porch overlooking the bay. It was picturesque!!!! Upon arrival the excitement in my boyfriend and I meshed with the excitement we received from Wendy. We knew then, this was going to be a great time. Wendy gave us the lay of the land and kept mentioning the locations of the TVs which I didn't understand, until we arrived in our room. No TV nor phone. I figured my boyfriend and I were either going to be totally sick of each other or love each other even more by the time we left there. Thanks to the wonderful amenities and nice walks through town and to the ferry boat, it was the latter. The room was very nice. It had an old time feeling to it, and a great view. The bathroom was awesome. I loved the separate shower and claw foot tub. The whole layout was very nice. We spent a lot of time on the porch reading and enjoying the view. They had a diary for the guests to write in, which was awesome to see so many others who have enjoyed their stay. We went down to the boat house which was cute. We sat a while and almost fell asleep in the Adirondack chairs. We took walks around town and my boyfriend taught me how to play chess, thanks to Sandaway providing the chess board. The staff was very friendly. Ms Mary always greeted us with a smile and asked if we needed anything, and Wendy's husband pointed out the very old tree in the back yard, which was a lovely find. We met Bill on our way out, and all were just wonderful people. For the breakfast part of the B&B, we chose to eat one day at the Morris Robert Inn, and receive the complimentary food basket on the second day. The Morris Robert Inn had a delish breakfast. I had the eggs benedict with crab meat, and my boyfriend had the bagel and lox. We were both very pleased. The complimentary food basket provided to us was very good as well. It was filled with coffee, juice, sweet breads, bananas, cookies, nuts, and yogurt. For dinner we enjoyed Sam's pizza so much, we ate it both nights. It was a nice drive to the other side of the bay, We never thought we could have such a good time in a small quiet town and especially without a TV, but we did. The only issue, which was a small one, was the gnats in our room. We didn't have any food in the room, so It may have been the blueberry air freshener I sprayed when we arrived, but there were one, then two, and by the second day many gnats. We were having wine one night and found they were attracted to it, so we isolated them to a cup with a little wine in it. It was not worth making a big deal out of, we laughed about it most of the time. I have been recommending this place to everyone, so if you get a chance, take a getaway to Oxford, MD and let the Gibson's give you a heapin helpin of their hospitality. You would definitely come back.
10/31/14 Wayne C East Brunswick, New Jersey
The Sandaway is a beautiful place to get away. You are right by the water. They have Adriondack Chairs that you can sit on and relax looking out at the water. It is very peaceful and relaxing. We were located on the third floor. This can be very difficult to navigate especially the final flight of steps. The breakfast is ok. I prefer taking their discount at the Robert Morris Inn. The four poster bed is wonderful and the room had a tv. It also had a nice view of the water. However, I would recommend taking a room on the first floor because it has a proch that has a view of the water. I really enjoyed my stay at the Sandaway and would go there again.
"A step back in time"
10/29/14 David K Marlton, New Jersey, United States
Absolutely loved the property,room (especially the view ) and staff. We had a corner waterfront room on the second floor with a screened in sizable porch that overlooked the river. It was so expansive that I thought it was the Chesapeake Bay! If we had a table on the porch to eat meals on I think we would have NEVER left the room. It was that comfortable and scenic. But alas...we took the quaint, short ferry ride across the river to the road that took us to St. Michaels. We had lunch and walked the main road which was tourist filled yet nice but knew we wanted to be back for sunset. We picked up subs for dinner and kicked back on the porch with adult beverages to enjoy the sunset view which was incredible. The next day we ventured south and went to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge and saw many different birds including bald eagles and had lunch in Cambridge. Oxford is a tiny town at the end of a peninsula which is centrally located to see many sights around the Chesapeake from and the Sandaway is highly recommended by myself and my wife.
Restaurants and B&B's are about experiences. Included in that are people, the one(s) your with and the staff and owner, the location, the facility and in the case of a getaway, nice weather usually helps (unless you want to be snowed in!). I strive to be constructively critical when possible. Some situations don't allow it. There are lots of choices and I always consider value. That said, my Sandaway Saturday night in late October with my new friend during a beautiful late fall weekend was, in her words, magical. In my words, effective. Ok, and magical. I booked last minute, last room I think, and we scored a great upstairs room with an incredible view of the water, sunset and lawn. We grabbed a few lawnchairs and watched the sun go down in a very spacious lawn with several other couples scattered about. During checkin, Wendy helped me look like a wizard by suggesting for just one night, we hang out at the inn and town, and have dinner across the street at the Robert Morris Inn. I was originally going to explore the nearby towns. Wisely following wise advice we took a walk in very quaint town of Oxford with squirrels and water everywhere, then the sunset, followed by dinner. The Sandaway, as explained in the website is mostly B&B and a little hotel in that there is no larger indoor common area, dining or kitchen facility. It's pretty much guest rooms and a small sitting room on the main floor with books, coffee, wine glasses etc. That was fine for us. The location and grounds were idyllic, on the water, at the end of Lovers Lane, (really) quiet and scenic. Our room was spacious, nicely appointed, not too colorful or cutesy, with decor that reflected the location and age of the building. We weren't the first person to use the room (haha), but it was clean and well appointed with a sofa, table and comfortable chairs. There were a few minor quirks, but nothing distracting. We had a big screened in veranda with nice roomy outdoor furniture. The bathroom was spacious with a cast iron tub. We had a king waterfront, deluxe I think. I could have stayed a week in that room and felt very much "at home". The reasons I don't add the extra star are as follows. The bed was a little too soft for my 215lb frame, the coffeemaker in the room should be a newer pod design, we ran out of hot water in the am after one shower and a half filled tub, (very frustrating after a cold fall night) and the breakfast basket was very underwhelming. I shared my thoughts with Wendy who was very receptive and genuinely sorry and surprised at the hot water issue and explained the limitations of breakfast with no onsite kitchen. Still, for over three hundred/nt and as the last thing you experience before your departure I think it could upgraded. One, a bigger carafe of coffee, some homemade muffin choices, ditch the styrofoam container and most of the packaged options and add a few more pieces of fresh fruit. Viola! Sorry for the long review but a little context helps I think. Again, magical overall and we look forward to returning.
10/26/14 Lynn P Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Thank you again Wendy for a great weekend at the Sandaway. Room 108 was clean, comfortable, accommodating and had the most amazing view of the water. The Sandaway is a great place to decompress and relax. The town of Oxford is so quiet, you find yourself whispering walking through town! Assigned parking spot is right outside your door. Old style B&B charm with antiques in every inch. Great time. Highly recommended.
"Wonderful location, but..."
10/26/14 discerningguest1951 Alexandria, Virginia
The location is wonderful, and we enjoyed the view of the water from both the lawn chairs and the screened in porch; it is a perfect place for relaxing and to use as a base for exploring the Eastern Shore. It was nice that water and snacks were available throughout the day. The room was really a suite with a nice seating area and a huge bathroom; both were very clean. In our opinion, however, the room could use some updating because the furniture and wallpaper seemed "tired" and made the room feel dark. The breakfast basket was a nice touch, but for us, not much in it that we eat for breakfast, e.g., rice pudding. We stayed for two nights and after the first day, just asked them to include coffee and the fresh baked goods (both were very good). We enjoyed our stay, but thought the inn could use some updates.
"What a beautiful B&B!"
10/24/14 Pete H
The welcoming sign in front says that Sandaway was built in 1875, which makes it an historic gem, but it looks like the benefactor of a million dollars worth of loving upkeep. Sandaway is spotless throughout and decorated with art and other pretty touches. Owners Ken and Wendy Gibson, and their son Ben who manages the Inn, were so welcoming and attentive to my needs that it felt like home. If only my home had such a comfortable bed and gorgeous view across the water! I plan on going out of my way when I travel East again just so I can spend more time here.
"My wife couldn't have been happier"
10/16/14 NoPegasus Silver Spring, Maryland
I found this place because it had a Travelzoo special. When I called in July to make an August reservation, the Innkeeper, Ben Gibson, said he was extending to the end of November, and recommended making reservations soon. We selected a waterfront queen with a screened in porch because my wife loves screened in porches. We had a mix of weather during our two nights, including a Blood Moon. If for nothing else, go for the sunsets! The breakfast basket brought by your room at an agreed upon time in the morning (8, 8:30 or 9) changes a bit from day to day, and don't expect anything fancy, but the variabilty added an element of fun to it. The mornings were so beautiful, my wife actually got me up at 6 willingly both mornings. Beautiful walks in the area too and friendly residents in the town. We'll certainly be back.
"5th Wedding Anniversary"
10/13/14 jimbo2957 Crownsville
We found this place on a bike ride last may and picked it for our 5th wedding anniversary celebration. The room had no TV or radio which is what we wanted. It had a screened in porch which overlooked the Choptank river. A claw foot tub in which we both soaked in. The bed was so comfortable. We opted for the breakfast basket on our first morning. Fresh fruit, juice and other goodies came in a basket. They had a beach house by the water where you could sit and talk and enjoy snacks. The staff and owners were so nice. It was a dream getaway and we will return. Note: It is not really a place for kids but it is a very romantic place for couples.
"Best Fall Getaway..."
10/12/14 Elaine S Ashburn, Virginia
If you are looking for: A quiet restful retreat with Large Comfortable Rooms; Big roomy bathrooms; Top-Notch and Professional Staff; Special touches like gathering area for playing games or maybe just reading a book; Having a breakfast basket delivered to you door and a beautiful view of Sail Boats on the Trent Avon River....The Sandaway is the place! Great for couples who need some time to reconnect....Great for the Solo traveler too!!! I felt completely safe and at ease the entire stay and LOVED No Phone or TV in my room!!!! The Free Wifi was just enough to keep me connected during those moments I felt a need to be connected. Minutes to St Michael for some shopping, Several Four Star restaurants close by, Bike and Kayak rentals or just a stroll down to the Marina to check out the boats....By far, Sandaway is Best B&B around.... I even received an email when I got home from the Inn Master about a subject we discussed...which tells me, he is serious about making every visitor feel like they are important. Nice Job Ben!!!!
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