Properties/Rental Rates

Broad Creek in Royal Oak, MD

  • Between Easton and St. Michaels – near Oxford-Bellevue Ferry
  • 1½ – 2 hours drive from D.C. area, 2½ hours from Philadelphia
  • Artists, educators and non-profits especially welcome.
  • Catering and conference services, highly skilled facilitators, trainers, presenters, artist-led workshops, and other offerings.
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Main House (3,212 sq. ft.)

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  • Master bedroom: queen-size bed (upstairs)
  • Guest bedroom: queen-size futon bed (upstairs)
  • 3 bedrooms with single beds (ground level)
  • 3 full bathrooms (1 with Jacuzzi)
  • Large kitchen with breakfast/lunch table
  • Medium size living room
  • Large sunlit living room with wood floor, piano  (includes small office nook with printer)
  • Dining area
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Cove House

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  • Master bedroom: king-size bed + bath
  • Library/Office with art table, TV/VCR, and futon couch (double)
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Porch and other dining area
  • The Crow’s Nest: queen size bed plus single bed + bath (upstairs)
  • The Captain’s Room: double bed plus two cozy nooks for small children (upstairs)
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The Taj Guest House and Co-Taj

The Taj  (1,880 sq. ft.)





Affectionately named THE TAJ MA GARAGE — or the GARAGE MAHAL to connote its whimsy. Comfortable and welcoming, with no pretension of being elegant or grand. The creative muse dwells here.

Approx. 1,880 sq ft. with water views to the east over the cove and west over Broad Creek

Ground Level

  • Living room (queen-size futon couch — with space for cot or blow-up mattress
  • Window ledges (with cushions) — large enough for children
  • Kitchen (not a full kitchen: microwave, stove top, no oven)
  • Art studio/bedroom (single, downstairs)
  • powder room 1/2 bath


  • Master bedroom with double bed
  • Adjacent room: 2 single beds
  • 1 bathroom with tub and shower


The Co-taj

  • Full bed
  • Views of the cove
  • Ideal Bird watching

NOTE: THE CO-TAJ IS OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE with rental of House on Broad Creek the Taj guest house, or the Cove House


Qualifying Statement

The Shore property on Broad Creek doubles as the home  of the Graham-Hickman family and is frequently used for retreats, house concerts and summer camps c/o Carpe Diem Arts.

You will not find matching glasses and silverware.  We do not have perfectly groomed gardens and lawns, nor do we have freshly painted inside and outside walls, or brand new appliances. We are not interior decorators and have antiques mixed in with local thrift store finds.

What you will find is a colorful and welcoming but eclectic living space.   There are books and recordings on the shelves, paintings on the walls, musical instruments (including a piano), and an assortment of rugs and objects of beauty or whimsy from around the world.

We imagine that those who have an interest in the arts will feel especially at home at our place on the Shore. We will of course provide you with a clean house, and will clear out the refrigerator and make room for food in the cupboards.  Space will also be made available for clothes in closets and drawers.