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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River

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Last updated: 05/05/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

After a fun drive down a curvy forest flanked road, you emerge into the sunlight with expansive fields on either side of you. You turn left down a dirt path that takes you by an old farmhouse. You dogleg around another field and enter the woods on a gravel road. When you get to the gate you step out. Through the trees, you can vaguely see the vastness of the James River and you hear the sound of a light breeze as it tumbles amid the leaves. Back in your vehicle you steer right, around the driveway loop and notice that you are at the peak of a hill that drops deeply into a great wooded ravine on either side.

Straight in front of you is the cottage which sits at the tip of the peninsula surrounded by views of the River. You shut off the vehicle and step outside. There is not another home or person in sight. NOW....You are officially on vacation. You stroll down the brown pebble path and past the shed that was built by boy scouts in the early 1900's. The breeze from the river feels stronger now and you can see the detail of the water and the white sandy beach below.

Just as you step onto the entry deck you notice two adult bald eagles soaring above the beach looking for prey. You didn't have to look up to see them they were at eye level with you. You are 70' above the river and the surrounding forest floor. The experience is like being in a treehouse; Albeit, a treehouse with a 4 acre yard, and parking for 20. The breeze is loud in the trees now and gives you the feeling of being blanketed by nature.

You jiggle the knob and are inside. Looking around there's nothing fancy, yet everything is special and somehow comforting. Hand made arts and crafts, Americana, books and furnishings you could only find in an “authentic” cottage. You want to settle in but looking out the window you see an inviting path that winds down the hill and dissipates into the woods. You think, “I bet that leads to the river” and with that you are out the door on your first of many adventures.

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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    Lots of toys and games. The forest and the beach are great for children to explore. Plenty of room for riding bikes and walking....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs are welcome. There are 2 dog food bowls in the hall chest....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in one of the bedrooms, Twin or Single Beds (3) 2 twins in one of the bedrooms. A daybed in the living room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in the living room...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 4 ACRES OF WOODED PRIVACY!!! Loads of parking and a loop for easy trailering of boats and campers. Great views from approx. 70' above the James River. Path brings you to your own private white sandy beach. TONS OF SHARKS TEETH mixed in with the shells. Very quiet and romantic. Great for couples or for families. Beach area and river bottom is clean, safe and great for swimming. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Lots of books and games. Watch out, you can loose/find yourself here! Cottage has been a family gathering place for 30 years and is as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Amazing views of the river from the house and grounds....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    Private white sandy beach with shells and Shark's teeth....moreless

  • Water View:

    Amazing views of the river from the house and grounds....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Expandable with extensions stored inside table....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking:

    Loads of parking. Easy trailering (driveway loop)...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace:

    There is an exterior fire pit with seating and a commanding view of the river. S'mores galore!!...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Take your pick: Percolator, drip (with permanent filter) or french press. Electric or manual bean grinder....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Loads of dishes, utensils and cookware. CrockPot too....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    (2) Top of the line dish drawers....moreless

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 Kayaks and 1 canoe (seats 2-3), paddles and life jackets....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Horseshoe pits....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring is in the Air!
Mar 1 - May 31, 2015
1 night min stay
$225 $285
Fri, Sat
$1,125
Fall Celebration Season
Sep 1 - Dec 30, 2015
1 night min stay
$225 $285
Fri, Sat
$1,125
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$285 $325
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,425

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Pet Fee $0
  • Cleaning $100
  • Taxes Included

Notes:

Seasonal discounts not applicable to holiday stays.


Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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Last updated: 05/05/2015
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Location

Acres of privacy. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Private sitting area away from the house with amazing views of the river. Fire pit and seating on 70' hilltop overlooking the river.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1905

About the owner: The Riverhouse is just 10 minutes from the ferry. The ferry is free and you simply drive aboard. The ferries run continuously, with one every 20 minutes or so. The ferry ride is is a pleasant 15 minute site-see on the James River. There is an observation deck for looking at Historic Jamestown. Merchants Square and Busch Gardens/Water Country is only 10 minutes from there.

Why the Owner Chose Williamsburg:
This property has been in the family since the early 1900's. The area's rich history and the tranquility and privacy of this property make it a family heirloom.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The connection to America's historic native americans, colonists and explorers is profound. Proof of this area's active past is evident in the fossils and other historic items that over the years have been found along the beachfront. A robust kayak paddle up or down the river provides views of several historic waterfront plantation homes. I enjoy putting myself in the shoes of an early american as I navigate the property. This helps me to appreciate the preservation of this area and it offers me a different perspective when viewing the modern world. A walk on the beach and the challenge of finding the smallest and largest of shark teeth is very therapeutic and is a must do on every visit. The 'missing' electronic devices like TV and internet provide us with the 'missing' time we never seem to have.


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Photos

  • An all seasons destination.

    An all seasons destination.

  • Sun, Sand & Great Swimming.

    Sun, Sand & Great Swimming.

  • Gather around the fire pit and let the aromas and the view inspire conversation.

    Gather around the fire pit and let the aromas and the view inspire conversation.

  • Walking paths, loads of parking, and acres of total privacy.

    Walking paths, loads of parking, and acres of total privacy.

  • Americana, books, fossils and history add to the experience.

    Americana, books, fossils and history add to the experience.

  • Cozy Twin Bedroom

    Cozy Twin Bedroom

  • Bathroom sink

    Bathroom sink

  • Riverside

    Riverside

  • Dining

    Dining

  • Daybed with a great view of the river.

    Daybed with a great view of the river.

  • Your adventure begins!

    Your adventure begins!

  • Bring a warm cup of coffee for an early morning treat.

    Bring a warm cup of coffee for an early morning treat.

  • The IMAX seat to a wonderful view

    The IMAX seat to a wonderful view

  • The Welcome is authentic.

    The Welcome is authentic.

  • The quintessential vacation image!

    The quintessential vacation image!

  • Sand, Shells and Sharks Teeth

    Sand, Shells and Sharks Teeth

  • Landside

    Landside

  • Queen Bedroom

    Queen Bedroom

  • Grab a book and sink in.

    Grab a book and sink in.

  • Sleeper Sofa

    Sleeper Sofa

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 24 hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 05/05/2015
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