Spy House of the Week: Duns Cove Well Done


I have written several times about homes in the Sherwood area but this five acre waterfront property with its main house, guest house and greenhouse on Duns Cove completely captivated me. It is the trifecta of site/landscape, architecture and interiors that I seek each week to celebrate. When you arrive at the house, the contemporary architectural forms combine to create interesting massing with a variety of single sloped, shed and pitched roofs. The windows were accented with deep purple trim and white window frames against the neutral walls. The transparency of the greenhouse architecture in contrast with the solid forms of the house makes a great composition.

Once inside, the interiors were simply stunning. I loved so many of the rooms especially the open plan of the kitchen, dining and sitting areas, all with water views. The breakfast area was accented by a multicolored totem sculpture and a large urn. The Craftsman style hurricane lanterns on the dining room table were perfect for dining by candlelight.  

The main sitting area’s focal point was a fireplace surrounded by a stone chimney faced in multi-colored slate flanked by two tall windows. The neutral upholstered pieces were accented by pumpkin, blue and green colors in the art, pillows, ceramics, accessories such as the green tray, multicolored pitcher, fish sculpture and the ceramic Craftsman styled lamp base I coveted was a feast for the eye. The sleek contemporary galley kitchen had easy access to the counter with bar stools, dining area and breakfast area for serving meals. I loved how the rear windows that faced the water had no window treatments but the rooms that needed privacy had plantation shutters.  Underneath it all were beautiful wood floors. The ceiling also defined the different areas with dropped ceiling joists over the dining and breakfast areas.

My favorite bedroom was the one with a pitched ceiling, beige bedlinens, wall mounted lighting on each side of the headboard, deep blue chest with pumpkin colored knobs and a quartet of art above. Under the corner windows there was also a day bed with a marvelous collection of pillows with faces of dogs and a large urn was converted to a bedside table. I would be tempted to linger in the master bath each morning with its minimalist lavatory cabinet and dual vessel lavatories, slightly cantilevered over the cabinet edge, dual mirrors with a vertical lighting integrated into the frames and the full height glass divider for the shower area to eliminate the need for a shower door.  

The site with its dock, decks, pool, landscaping accented by sculpture and the views of Duns Cove, main house and guest house make this property the perfect vacation rental. I am tempted to treat myself and several design friends to a “staycation” and savor our time in these lovely interiors.  My compliments to the Owners for their wonderful design style- well “Done”!


For more information about this property contact Dawn Lednum with Chesapeake Bay Real Estate Plus LLC at 410-745-6702 (o) 410-829-3603 (c) or dawnalednum@gmail.com

Spy House of the Week is an ongoing series that selects a different home each week. The Spy’s Habitat editor Jennifer Martella makes these selections based exclusively on her experience as a architect.

Jennifer Martella has pursued her dual careers in architecture and real estate since she moved to the Eastern Shore in 2004. Her award winning work has ranged from revitalization projects to a collaboration with the Maya Lin Studio for the Children’s Defense Fund’s corporate retreat in her home state of Tennessee.



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