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 are especially welcome
  • Conference services such as highly skilled facilitators, trainers, presenters, artist-led workshops, and other offerings are available, as is catering.

Summary of the Broad Creek Houses Features and Rental Rates

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Rental rates 2022 Shore Retreats on Broad Creek

Main House

The House on Broad Creek
The Main House

The Main house sleeps up to 12 people. It features 5 bedrooms on two levels, 3 full bathrooms, a full kitchen, 2 living rooms and a dining room. Rental includes: Free use of kayaks, canoe, life jackets, bicycles, library-music-art shed, Co-Taj meditation space, plus crab traps, and swimming pool (shared with other two houses, in season.)



(3,212 sq. ft.)

Ground Level

  • 1 small bedroom with single bed
  • 1 bedroom with 2 single beds
  • 1 bedroom with double bed and single bed
  • 1 full bathroom: bath/shower
  • Large kitchen with breakfast/lunch table
  • Medium size living room
  • Large, sun-lit meeting/living room overlooking the water, with wood floor and piano. Includes small office nook with printer — plus sleeper sofa
  • Dining area

Upstairs (via two separate flights of stairs)

  • Master bedroom: queen-size bed with room for blow-up mattress or cot
  • 1 full bathroom: shower and Jacuzzi
  • Guest bedroom: queen-size bed and single bed
  • bathroom with shower only


  • Studio Annex with sleeper sofa; no running water (bunk beds to be added soon)
  • Next on to-do-list: Garage/Rec Room Hang-Out (Foozball, Dart Board, Games, etc.)

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Cove House



The Cove House

Ground Level

  • Master bedroom: king-size bed + full 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
  • The Captain’s Room: double bed plus two cozy nooks for small children 
  • Full bath

The Taj Guest House and Co-Taj



The Taj Guest House


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

The Co-taj
  • Full bed
  • Views of the cove
  • Ideal Bird watching

THE CO-TAJ IS OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE with rental of the House on Broad Creek, the Cove House, or the Taj Guest 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 Shore Retreats on Broad Creek.