Waterfront Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, Va
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- Minimum stay:3 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Jamestown-Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. $1650 per week in spring, summer, fall. Three night rental is $900. Jan and Feb specials. Private, charming, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access. Combine the best of history with beach side living in romantic renovated 1949 James River beach cottage directly across the river from Jamestown Island.
Sited on land once owned by John Rolf, husband of Pocahontas, Aunt Annie’s cottage is a lovely, relaxing private oasis of vintage knotty pine walls, beautiful hardwood floors, and glimmering sea glass colors combined with quality furnishings and free 24-hour car ferry service at your doorstep providing a wonderful alternative to hotel fare. Enjoy a beautiful waterside setting for a delightful vacation retreat with easy proximity to major Historic tourist sites.
Private white sand beach, fishing pier, kayaks, and 15 minute ferry ride to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Water Country, Williamsburg Winery, and much more. Yorktown is a short drive from Jamestown Settlement down the Historic Colonial Parkway. The cottage is directly across the river from the site of the original 1607 Jamestowne Fort under excavation.
Watch spectacular sunrises over Jamestown Island, relax on the pier while watching beautiful sunsets, enjoy breakfast on your deck, stroll the beach searching for sharks' teeth, watch ships sailing up and down the river, spend time kayaking in owner provided kayaks, fish off of the owner's pier, and enjoy your private cottage at the end of a day of sightseeing in Surry County, the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown and other sites. A 15-minute ferry ride from Jamestown brings you home in the evening to your own romantic, beach side cottage just a few steps from the sand, the water and the owner's private pier. Enjoy.
This luxury vintage cottage is features fresh flowers, luxurious bed and bath linens, terry robes, beach towels, soaps, shampoo, hair dryer, cookware and kitchen essentials, and even is stocked for your first morning breakfast. So..... just bring your toothbrush and clothes. No need to even get groceries til your second day.
The cottage has much sought after direct water and beach access 25 feet out your front door. Enjoy your private white sand beach, pier for fishing or sunbathing, lovely gardens and wonderful river views. The cottage is beautifully renovated and decorated and nicely equipped to provide a wonderful, tranquil, and fun vacation.
Two kayaks with life preservers are available for exploring the river and creeks. Four fishing poles and tackle box with essentials also provided for fishing off the pier, the beach, or the kayaks.
A well equipped kitchen provides amenities needed to prepare meals if desired including ceramic cook top range, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, trash compactor, microwave, coffee makers (single serve, eight cup and french press), blender, crockpot, toaster, marble countertops. Dinnerware, glassware, and cookware are provided along with basic cooking spices. A gas grill on the waterside deck offers easy dinner preparation after a day of sightseeing. If cooking is not on your menu, many restaurants and delicious take out foods are available close by.
BEDROOMS AND BATH: Three bedrooms, designed for a maximum of four or possible five people, include a queen bed in the River Bedroom, a double bed in the Williamsburg Bedroom, and a single daybed in the Flip Flop Bedroom. The cozy bedrooms are furnished with antique beds, mirrors and other furniture made by the owner’s grandfather who was an antique dealer and cabinetmaker in Petersburg, VA during the early 1900s.
Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, alarm clock, feather and alternative pillows, luggage rack, reading lamp, and luxurious linens, blankets, and comforters by Peacock Alley, Sferra, Cuddledown and others.. Electric blankets are also provided in each bedroom for chilly evenings.
BATHROOM: The renovated bathroom provides a vintage clawfoot tub with in-tub thermostatic shower, hand shower, heated towel rack, ceiling heater, hair dryer, towels, and toiletries (soap, shampoo and conditioner). Terry cloth robes and paper products are provided. A lighted make-up mirror is available in one of the bedrooms.
BEACH: Enjoy hunting for shark teeth on the beach, building sand castles in the white sand, fishing on the owner's adjoining pier, sunbathing, napping on the beach or reading on your private waterfront deck. Beach towels and chairs provided. Your own private beach is right outside your door providing hours of relaxation.
SIGHT SEEING BASE: Use this delightful site as your base for travel throughout Virginia’s tidewater area and other historic locations including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Smithfield, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. Listen to the waves roll in as you drift off to sleep and wake ready for another day of sightseeing or lazing on the beach.
A full collection of sightseeing guides is provided along with suggestions for local restaurants and attractions. Provided for your use are two kayaks, four fishing poles, a small library of books, games, TV, DVD, VCR, and collection of movies. The grounds around the cottage have lovely gardens with roses, clematis, hosta, azalea, crepe myrtle and hydrangea.
Come and enjoy!
Keywords: Beach cottage, waterfront, river, Williamsburg, beachfront, writer's cottage, romantic, beach, history, historic.
- 720 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Private Chef
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
- Bedroom 1
- 1 queen
- Waterside bedroom looks out to beach and river.
- Bedroom 2
- 1 double
- Williamsburg Room has double bed.
- Bedroom 3
- 1 twin/ single
- Flipflop bedroon has an antique day bed.
Queen size Beds (1) Queen four poster bed in waterside bedroom with view of river., Double Beds (1) Antique cedar four poster bed in Williamsburg bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) Antique tiger maple day bed in flipflop bedroom....morecollapse
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
Fully renovated kitchen with smooth top range, oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, trash compactor, vintage farm house sink, toaster, coffee maker, blender. crock pot. ...morecollapse
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- Pantry Items:
- Coffee Maker:
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- Dining Area Seats:
- Child's Highchair
- Ice Maker
- Linens Provided:
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- Air Conditioning:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
Owner has three properties side-by-side on the James River at Scotland Wharf adjacent to the Jamestown-Scotland car ferry. These properties have been in her family for more than 60 years. Guests may use the owners' 180' pier for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting enjoying the river views both day and night. The beach in front of the owners three cottages is private and available to rental guests. The river has a sand bottom - great for swimming. The river is very shallow near the shore and is safe for children. The free Jamestown-Scotland car ferry docks right at the cottage and is great for romantic night walk-on rides and easy car access to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, the Colonial Parkway, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The Ferry ride to Jamestown Settlement is 15 minutes. Smithfield, Newport News, Va Beach and Norfolk can also be reached (not using the ferry) from the cottage via Highway 10 to Smithfield and then onto 17. ...morecollapse
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Music Library
- Free Long Distance
- Kayak / Canoe:
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- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill Gas
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Location & View
Private white sand beach 25 feet from waterside deck. Large ships and ferries travel the deep river from the Chesapeake Bay up the river past the cottage. Luxurious, upscale accommodations with multiple amenities....morecollapse
- Autumn Foliage
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Botanical Garden
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
- Recreation Center
- Miniature Golf
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Paddle Boating
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
Owner's pier at property right next door is available to rental guests for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting. Enjoy swimming in the river. Bring your boat and dock it at owners pier. Fishing rods and reels and fishing tackle box provided. Two kayaks available for use of rental guests. ...morecollapse
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Love this quaint cottage
Love this quaint cottage
My family stayed at the cottage for 2 nights to celebrate my son's 8th birthday with day trips to Busch Gardens, Jamestown, and Colonial Williamsburg. We loved the ferry ride!! We never had a problem getting on/off the ferry & enjoyed being able to get out of the car & look around while still "getting somewhere". Deena, the owner of the cottage, thought of every detail - light switches were labeled, towels were fluffy & warm, there were robes in every room. She placed a basket of foods for breakfast, snack time & wine time in the kitchen, as well as milk, butter, biscuits, water, etc.. in the fridge for our use while we were there. My boys LOVED the tree swing by the beach area & watching the cars get on & off the ferry. The decor of the home is so fresh, there was a vase of fresh flowers placed in the 2nd bedroom, such a nice touch The colors were bright & cheery - I love the glass tile in the kitchen that is also in the bathroom behind the clawfoot tub/shower. The Queen beds was so comfy - I wanted to pack it up & take it home with me. It was a great home for our 3 day stay in the area. I highly recommend it & would definitely want to stay there again if we travel back to the area.
- Guest Beth P.
- Date of stay 11/30/12
- Review Submitted 12/05/12
We had 3 lovely days in the cottage with our family of 4. It was very cosy and well-appointed. Deena was very attentive in ensuring we arrived with all the information we needed for the area and all we had to do was enjoy. The location is beautiful and the kids enjoyed the swing and the jetty. We never had any problem getting on the ferry to Jamestown and it felt like a special hide-away at the end of each day out. It is probably ideally suited to 2 person occupancy, but we could have easily stayed for a whole week! It is beautiful. Thank you, Deena.
- Guest N
- Date of stay 10/23/12
- Review Submitted 11/30/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers.
We opened the door to the most romantic, quaint and spectacular cottage. It was perfect for our "reunion". We hadn't seen each other in 22 years and it was the perfect setting to create a safe, clean and romantic setting. Deena is very communicative on details and is a caring owner. So many little touches in the cottage - the basket of goodies, the super comfortable beds, the lighting, the books, the entire place stocked with top quality items. So impressive. Even though we had to leave due to hurricane Sandy for a couple of nights we returned and were so thankful; for Deena making sure we were safe. Deena - you are quite the hostess. We WILL return!! Thanks, C & D
- Guest Cat
- Date of stay 10/26/12
- Review Submitted 11/06/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
Owner response: Cathrine, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the cottage. Despite the hurricane disruption, it sounds like things worked out. Please return and let's hope for sunny weather. The end of this week has the weather being sunny and 70 degrees!! Deena
Cozy Cottage for Family of Four
Cozy Cottage for Family of Four
My family of four stayed at the cottage for a week, kids are 2 and 4. Reading about the location of the cottage I was nervous that it was too far from the attractions of Williamsburg and but I was wrong. The ferry that we took daily was the best source of entertainment for all. We fed the seagulls and the 15 minute ride over flew by and became part of the adventure for the kids. Plus you can see the ferry from the cottage so you never have to show up early. Purchasing the bounce pass for Bush Gardens, Water Country and Colonial Williamsburg was the best value. We also went to Jamestown Settlement. So much to do and we only had a week. We used the kayaks almost daily. The water is shallow so I was not a nervous mom with my kids that do not swim. The cottage is exactly as pictured, cute and cozy. It was super clean and filled with all the tiny touches that made it feel like is was more of a home than a rental. The beds are very comfortable. My husband and I are very picky about our mattresses and we slept very well all week. The walls are thick so you don't even hear the ferry. Deena is a gracious host and look forward to returning. Thanks Deena for having us.
- Guest Alyce from VA
- Date of stay 08/26/12
- Review Submitted 09/05/12
Katherine and Travis K. from Texas
Katherine and Travis K. from Texas
We had such a wonderful 3 days at this little cottage on the James' River. My husband, son and his fiance and myself loved this place. So beautifully decorated! The cottage is stocked with top notch items. Luxurious towels, bath robes, cuisinart coffee maker, just about any kind of kitchen gadget you can think of and a towel warmer in the bathroom! The cottage was very clean. Deena even stocked the fridge with basics like milk, cheese, eggs etc... We had access to kayaks. I had never been kayaking. But it was so much fun kayaking on the James River. Beautiful manicured landscaping. The cottage is close enough to Virginia Beach. We drove to Virginia Beach one of the days and went bay fishing. We caught Spanish Mackerels and Bluefish. The next day we took the ferry to Williamsburg. The ferry is free. It took about 15 mins to get across. When you get off the ferry--your in Williamsburg! I would definately recommend this cottage!!
- Guest Katherine K.
- Date of stay 08/07/12
- Review Submitted 09/05/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, families with young children.
Aunt Annie's Cottage was the perfect place for our family of 4! The listing description is 100% accurate. So many amenities were provided by the owner that it really lightened our load in packing. The bookshelf is amazing- we all found something to read during the week - and the beachfront location provided hours of fun for the kids (and grownups)! The cottage is in close proximity to all of the attractions Williamsburg and the surrounding areas have to offer- Yorktown, John Tyler's Plantation, Busch Gardens, Water Country and Colonial Williamsburg. We recommend the Bounce Pass for those looking to mix the history of Colonial Williamsburg with the fun of Busch Gardens and Water Country. It gave us 7 days of unlimited access to all three places so we were able to come and go throughout the week. The kids loved the ferry rides, and we enjoyed watching it come and go as we sat on the waterside patio. We highly recommend this rental for anyone looking for a peaceful stay away from the tourist resorts and hotels. It is obvious that Deena takes great pride in the cottage and in making guests feel welcome and at home. We hope to return in the future!
- Guest Winnick L.
- Date of stay 07/21/12
- Review Submitted 07/30/12
James River Idyll
James River Idyll
We spent a week at Aunt Annie’s Cottage while my husband researched his 10th great-grandfather, who went over to Jamestown on a ship from England in the early 1600’s. There’s a real sense of history about the Jamestown River. We so enjoyed sitting on the verandah, watching the Williamsburg and the Pocohantas ferries (free!!) weave back and forth to the far shore. This is also a birdwatcher’s paradise. We got very fond of the blue heron who plonked himself on a weather-worn post at the end of Deena’s landing stage every morning and the pair of Canadian geese who visited our tiny, private beach in front of the cottage to be fed toast crumbs. The cottage was a haven, done out in Deena’s favourite acqua and turquoise, and luxuriously furnished with coffee makers, a goodie basket, thick white bathrobes and bookshelves that would have kept me reading all day if we didn’t have to make trips out to Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown and Smithfield – a classic small American town (with art gallery and lovely shops) that seemed to leap out of one of those old James Stewart films. And thank you, Deena for being so thoughtful as to print us out route maps for our onward journey down to Charleston and back to Washington. We would have got divorced without them (I’m not kidding!). The neighbours were lovely, too and if you ever want to do family research, the Surry County Historical Society couldn’t have been more helpful. The best week of our American tour. Would very much like to do it again some time.
- Guest Mary and John M.
- Date of stay 05/19/12
- Review Submitted 07/02/12
Perfect Vacation Spot
Perfect Vacation Spot
My husband, 18 year old son, and I just made our third trip to the Williamsburg area and wanted a place to stay that was close to the historic attractions, but far enough away to be peaceful and quiet. Aunt Annie's Cottage could not have been more perfect!! The cottage is lovely and the location on the river is just beautiful. We will be back!!
- Guest Barry & Dee
- Date of stay 06/10/12
- Review Submitted 06/19/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, age 55+.
Owner response: Dear Delliah, I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay. I am sorry that I was away and did not get to meet you . Maybe next time. Please come back. We would love to have you. Deena
A Perfect Week
A Perfect Week
Deena, My husband and I had such a wonderful time at your cottage. We came for the history of Williamsburg and some relaxation but we got so much more! The cottage was perfect and had everything we needed plus more. We loved riding the ferry after a day at Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Jamestown and coming home to our perfect little cottage right on the beach. It was so nice relaxing in the evening and watching the ferry boats come in, the sun going down over the James river and having our toes in the sand. We both slept so well every night and woke with smiles each day. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful host and making our vacation so special. Thank you, also, for stocking our fridge with breakfast and the lovely welcome basket full of goodies. What a perfect week!
- Guest Janette & Michael Wells
- Date of stay 05/26/12
- Review Submitted 06/06/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
Greatest Cottage We've Ever Stayed In!!
Greatest Cottage We've Ever Stayed In!!
My daughter loved this cottage the first time she saw it online. The pictures are adorable but they don't even do it justice! The Aunt Annie's cottage is meticulously decorated, the linens are top qualitiy, the beds are comfortable, Peacock Alley robes and bedding, lush towels, large bookcase with great books, fantastic kitchen...I'm not kidding...Deena and her daughter, Daphne, have thought of everything!! We went Kayaking in the nice ones that are provided. This place is paradise! The outside has manicured lawns, gorgeous Cypress trees, beautiful flower beds and your own private beach and peir just 30 feet away. We loved to sit inside with the windows open and listen to the waves and watch the Ferry. There's so much to see and do here and it's so conviently located. Colonial Williamsburg is just a short drive away when you take the Ferry to Jamestown. Best places for food: Carrot Tree (Tomatoe Basil Soup with Strawberry Field Sandwich), Chownings (too fun), La Hacienda (Margarita's were powerful),Fresh Market, Waterman's (Virginia Beach)...the list goes on! This place was so great we stayed 5 weeks!
- Guest Brenhda G.
- Date of stay 03/19/12
- Review Submitted 04/14/12
Owner response: Brenhda and Brid, It has been just delightful and tremendous fun having you'all around. You have been wonderful guests. I don't quite know what I am going to do when you leave since you sort of feel like family now -- with no family feuds!! Maybe you will come back on your book tour? I am looking forward to that with great excitment! Deena
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3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
No Pets or Smoking Allowed.
Pier for docking boat (up to about 18 feet).
River has sand bottom for swimming
Boat Launch Near By.
Information on Area Restaurants, Shopping, Historic Sites Provided.
Two Kayaks with Life Preservers Available for Guests Use.
All bed and bath linens provided including terry robes.
Deposit of 50% required to book the cottage.
Balance due 30 days prior to check-in.
Credit cards accepted (Visa, Master, Discover, JCB)
Travel Insurance Recommended during Hurricane Season: Insurance contact provided in rental agreement (6/1 to 11/30)
Rental Agreement and Rental Policies Provided for Review
Additional Fees and Taxes:
Three night minimum rental: $900
Sales Tax: 5%
Refundable Security Fee: $200
Weekly rental rate applies to 6-7 nights.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
Call the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
- Nearest Airport: Newport News and Richmond at 40 Miles
- Nearest Ferry: Jamestown-Scotland at 0.1 Miles
- Nearest Train: Williamsburg, VA at 5 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: RT. 31 at 4 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Surry at 4 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Williamsburg at 5 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: LaHacienda (Surry) at 4 Miles
Year Purchased: 1948
Why the Owner Chose Williamsburg:
My aunt and uncle purchased this lot in 1948 and my uncle built the cottage himself over the next three years. My mother and father purchased the cottage next door in 1947. Another aunt and uncle purchased the lots on the other side of my parents cottage and built a cottage there (now referred to as the 'Pink House. ' We spent most of our summers at the river while growing up and my daughter and her cousin also spent many of their summers here at the cottages. My sister and I inherited the cottages a few years ago. Hurricane Isabel took her toll on Aunt Annie's cottage in 2003 when several other waterside cottages were washed away along with part of the ferry structure. Virginia sustained significant damage during Hurricane Isabel.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The cottage is located close to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Smithfield and other historic sites including Petersburg and Richmond. Not to be missed is the Pamphlin Civil War Park and Museum in Petersburg, VA just an hour from the cottage. If you are home in the evenings before 6 p.m.during the summer or around Halloween when pumpkins are at the farm, take a five minute drive to College Run Farm for their absolutely delicious home made ice cream. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry or pumpkin depending on the season. Smithfield (about a 20 minute drive) is a great spot for antiquing and shopping. My favorites are Laura and Lucy's and Wharf Hill Antiques. Smithfield also has several good restaurants for lunch or dinner. If cooking is not on your menu, grab a quick bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich from the Edwards Ham Shop five miles up the road in the town of Surry. The Chickahominy House Restaurant on Jamestown Road about four miles from the ferry pier (on the Jamestown side) has wonderful breakfasts and lunches. I recommend their lunch special of brunswick stew, ham biscuits, fruit salad, iced tea, and a slice of homemade pie all for a very special price. The coconut custard pie is out of this world. Call ahead from the ferry and talk to Dan (tell him you are on the ferry) and ask to be put on their seating list. Five Forks Cafe (also about three miles from the ferry) has great breakfasts -- all day til 2 p.m. In addition to the endless historical sites, do not miss the original Jamestowne fort being excavated on Jamestown Island on the edge of the river. And if you are driving and have a little extra room in your car, visit the Velvet Shoestring, a fabulous furniture and accessory consignment shop on Second St in Williamsburg just behind the historic section. There are great treasures to be found, but the inventory changes daily so don't wait if there is something you really like.
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Summer time hydranges in bloom.
Waterside deck with gas grill.
Antique cedar bed and dressing table made by owner's grandfather
View of Jamestown Island right across the river from cottage
Kitchen with glass tile backsplash and marble counters
Beachside garden and cottage
Waterside bedroom with queen bed and TV
Living room with both windows looking out to the water
Adirondack chairs lined up waiting for guests to settle in.
Dining table with view out the French doors to the river.
Pocahontas ferry at dock taken from cottage.
Antique tiger maple day bed in Flip Flop Room
Hydrangea at cottage entry
Owner's pier next door which is available for rental guests
Beachside garden and swing with owner's pier in background.
Vintage farmhouse sink.
Looking to dinning area from kitchen
Cottage waterside looking toward the ferry and beach.
The ferry, as the sun is setting, serves as your personal cruise transportation.
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