Surfhorse Camp

Teaming up with the renowned custom creators at Gateway Builders, their combined talents brought to life the wondrous coastal farmhouse that is Surfhorse Camp.”

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Location: South Point, Berlin, MD

Year built: 2021

Square footage: 6,000+

Bedrooms: 5

Baths: 6

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What Makes It Home – The Details.

When prominent Rehoboth builder/realtor duo Preston and Kathleen Schell were in search of a Maryland retreat, their sons Jack and Brady, now teens, were attending Worcester Prep in Berlin. This led the family to the remote reaches of South Point, an idyllic stretch of land on the Sinepuxent Bay facing Assateague State Park.

Teaming up with the renowned custom creators at Gateway Builders, their combined talents brought to life the wondrous coastal farmhouse that is Surfhorse Camp.

Twin garages at each end of the broad covered portico lend a paddock-like feel to the expansive parking area, while glass-paned fixed doors on either side of the entry preview the vista beyond.

The white oak and stainless steel cable of the front porch rail is repeated in the vertical beams of the great room and the stunning corner staircase. The first floor features an open living area with a white brick, wood-burning fireplace; a gleaming, guest-friendly kitchen with counter seating; and an adjacent dining area. Countertops throughout the home are quartz, save for the ruffled black granite of the six-seat “bourbon bar” nestled discretely beneath the stairs.

The main suite features a convenient laundry room and spacious bath, with an additional outdoor shower. To the left, though a sunlit passageway, are two large bedrooms, each with private bath. En route to the second level, Gateway’s meticulous attention to detail is evidenced in the sunburst pattern of varying white oak hues designed into the landing.

The central gathering area of the loft carries through a surfing motif, with an actual board serving as the coffee table for the mossy green couch that faces another white brick fireplace. An inviting outdoor balcony awaits the (up to 12!) happy campers who can be housed in the two bedrooms, each with bath, that flank the spacious loft. Gateway’s Jason Lambertson created dual, built-in bunks with two full-sized lower berths topped by long-twin uppers in each room. As do all the bedrooms, these also feature window seats to capture the unparalleled view.

Starting with an essentially neutral palette, Kathleen’s penchant for textures adds depth and warmth to every room. Layered linens and decorative pillows abound. Hanging light fixtures wear basketweave shades. Edison bulbs are suspended from rope lanyards in a bath, complementing the wall-mounted dock lights.

Spanning the rear of the home is a brick and “true blue” stone porch, with distinct dining and conversation areas. Vertically-retractable shutters provide shelter from the storm. From there, you descend to a ground-level patio with a gas-powered fire pit, where a fleet of black Adirondack rockers commands a view of the bay and island that is pure Zen.

The entire vibe is, as the family intended, laid-back and organic, allowing the unmatched tranquility of their surroundings to take center stage.

Our Home Team:

Builder: Gateway Builders

Sound System: Impact Home Technology

Home Portrait: Jackie Atkins

Florist: Inner Bloom

Writer: Sharon Dorsey

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