“Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation” wrote John Smith in 1647, after sailing the Chesapeake Bay in search of new territory for his English King. “Here are mountains, hills, plaines, valleyes, rivers, and brookes, all running into a faire Bay, compassed but for the mouth, with fruitful and delightsome land.”

FOUR CENTURIES ON and we’d be hard-pressed to find a more fitting description of our little slice of paradise on the Eastern Shore. Add freshly shucked oysters, skipjack sailboats and the Chesapeake Bay Retriever cocktail to Smith’s picture, and you’re halfway to understanding what makes our Inn so special.

Our waterfront resort has a long history dating as far back as 1816. The original farmhouse was built by a navy veteran to resemble his commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s cabin on the USS Niagara. The inn has changed hands between families ever since and was taken over by none other than Sir Bernard Ashley of the Laura Ashley design empire in 1980.

Now as a member of the Belmond family, our connection to the past runs deeper. It goes beyond the Laura Ashley wallpaper and 19th century ornamental touches you’ll find in our rooms, such as fireplaces, paneled walls and French doors. Our hotel exists to immerse guests in the natural wonders that existed long before John Smith arrived.

Our lawns, flowerbeds, farmland and forest spread across 26-acres. They reach down to the Miles River of the Chesapeake Bay—a thriving ecosystem for animals and plants.

Walk through our woodland garden where you’ll find the oldest holly tree in Maryland. Enjoy botanical treatments at the Linden Spa, named after the trees that line the resort and whose natural ingredients are used in our treatments. Learn to sail on the Miles River at our acclaimed sailing school, or dredge for oysters aboard the historic H.M. Krentz skipjack. Every Friday we serve oysters and bubbly at our Purser’s Pub, and our Stars restaurant serves up the best seafood from the Eastern Shore every day of the week.

While Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is easily reached from Washington D.C, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, our guests find themselves a world away from city life in our natural oasis. Step into a slower pace of life and into the rhythm of coastal living.

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