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Private Beachfront Cottage on Historic James River

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Last updated: 12/05/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Williamsburg cottage description

Jamestown-Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Enjoy luxury beach cottage on the James River in Virginia. The fall and winter weather in Virginia is great for visiting the many historic and entertainment sites as well as enjoying beach and river activities. November and December are magical times in Colonial Williamsburg and other historic sites with special events and delightful meals at the historic taverns.

Private, romantic, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access, wide river views, 180 foot pier, kayaks, fishing poles, and white sand beach. Located on land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, the cottage is level with the beach so there are no steps to climb. Just walk out the French Doors and the beach is about 25 feet away.

The cottage is a perfect size for two, but it can accommodate up to four to five people with three cozy bedrooms - one with a queen bed, one with a double bed, and the third with a twin day bed. The living room, dining room and kitchen are an open L shaped floor plan to maximize space. The cottage is delightful and the location is wonderful. Central heat and air make the cottage a year round destination. Private white sand beach, private pier, kayaks and fishing poles are available for your use as part of the rental rate.

Our waterfront cottage is a luxury beach cottage recently renovated to provide a wonderful, relaxing retreat. Shimmering sea glass colors of teal, turquoise, and lavender complement the original vintage tongue and groove knotty pine paneling walls, incredible water views, sand beach and luxury amenities to provide a wonderful alternative to hotel living. The cottage is furnished with lovely antique beds, mirrors, and a dressing table made by the owners grandfather who was a cabinetmaker and antique dealer in Petersburg during the early 1900s. Original vintage brass wall lights and mirrors are in each bedroom. Vases of fresh flowers from the garden are available almost year round.

Water views can be seen out of three sides of the cottage. Enjoy our waterside deck that runs the full width of the cottage and has a gas grill, dining table and chairs, and adirondack chairs for relaxing and watching the river sights. You can enjoy our 180 foot pier for sitting or fishing or crabbing. Many guests enjoy their morning coffee sitting on the pier or walking the beach looking for sharks' teeth and unique shells --- or both. Guests sometimes find it hard to leave the cottage with its beach, pier, kayaks and fishing poles. When you do decide to leave the cottage, you can spend your time visiting the many historic and entertainment sites close by. You have so many options and never enough time!

Our cottage is located by the Historic Jamestown-Scotland Ferry which is a free car ferry that provides a beautiful 15 minute ride across the river where it docks at Jamestown Settlement. With observation decks and lovely views, everyone loves the ferry -- especially children who can feed the seagulls bread off of the back of the boat. The ferry runs 24/7 on a half hour schedule during the day and an hour schedule at night providing easy and fun access to historic and entertainment sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, James River Plantations, The Williamsburg Winery and many other sites. Major Civil War attractions are also close by in Petersburg (an hour away) and Richmond (about an hour and 15 minutes away) and can be reached via Route 10 not using the ferry.

We provide luxury bed and bath linens, terry cloth robes, beach towels, and bath toiletries. Paper products are provided for the bath and kitchen. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, fluffy pillows, reading light, flash light, alarm clock, and wide wooden window blinds. There are hardwood floors throughout the cottage. The cottage has an HVAC system to provide air conditioning and heat. The bathroom has the original 1948 vintage claw foot bath tub with new in-tub stationary shower and hand shower, heated towel rack, soft close Toto toilet seat, ceiling heater, exhaust fan, ceiling night light, beautiful stained glass mirror, and a wall of glass turquoise tile.

The full kitchen has custom made cabinets, a ceramic stovetop range, dishwasher, trash compactor, refrigerator with ice maker, vintage farmhouse sink original to the 1948 cottage, and microwave and is stocked with basic cooking spices for your convenience. The kitchen is equipped with high quality items and many small appliances including coffee maker, toaster, electric hand mixer, crockpot, dinnerware and glassware including wine glasses, flatware and cookware.

Detailed information on the cottage and the area is provided to guests prior to their arrival, and there is a selection of brochures in the cottage. The cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens. And......there is a nine foot wide and tall bookcase wall full of books of every description (including those for children), board games, and movies. There is something for everyone! Come, relax, and enjoy! You will be delighted.


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 720 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Massage


          • Low Allergen Environment
          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            Renters must be at least 23 years of age unless with parents or guardian....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            The beach and shallow river are fun and safe for children. Children love the car ferry boat that runs from Scotland Wharf to Jamestown....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            Waterside bedroom looks out to beach and river. ...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            Williamsburg Room has double bed....moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

            Flipflop bedroom has an antique day bed....moreless

          • 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....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • Claw foot tub with in-tub shower, heated towel rack, soft close toilet seat, exhaust, ceiling heater, ceiling night light....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • 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 65 years. Guests may use the owner's 180' pier for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting enjoying the river views both day and night. The beach in front of the owner's 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 1...moreless


              • Books:

                Full wall of children and adult books plus books on the historic area....moreless

              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games:

                A variety of games available....moreless

              • Games For Kids
              • Music Library
              • Radio
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Stereo
              • Television:

                With DVD player...moreless

              • VCR
              • Video Library


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Autumn Foliage
              • Bay/Sound
              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Festivals
              • Forests
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Synagogues
              • Theme Parks
              • Water Parks
              • Winery Tours
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Babysitter
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital
              • Laundromat
              • Massage Therapist
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Miniature Golf
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Photography
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Beach
              • Beachfront:

                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....moreless

              • River
              • Waterfront
              • Waterfront:

                Fifty feet from James River. Fishing, swimming, boating. Two kayaks available for use by rental guests with essential accessories (life preserves, paddles, emergency whistle)....moreless

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Fishing
              • Fly Fishing
              • Golf
              • Hunting
              • Jet Skiing
              • Kayaking
              • Pier Fishing
              • Sailing
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Sound/Bay Fishing
              • Swimming
              • Water Skiing


              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining:

                With French doors looking out to the beach and river....moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 4 people


              • Activities Guide
              • Air Conditioning:

                Cental heat and air....moreless

              • Alarm Clock
              • Basic Soaps
              • Ceiling Fans
              • Ducted Cooling
              • Ducted Heating
              • Filtered Water
              • Free Long Distance:

                Free long distance in the United States....moreless

              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Central heat and air....moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                Luxury bed linens, blankets and pillows. Bath towels, beach towels, terry cloth robes and kitchen towels provided. ...moreless

              • Living Room:

                Seats six and looks out onto the beach and river....moreless

              • Local Activities Guide
              • Local Maps
              • Local Restaurant Guide
              • Paper Towels
              • Parking:

                Adequate parking for auto and boat trailer....moreless

              • Parking Off Street:

                Street parking is not necessary. Parking area provided on the property....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                Adequate parking for RV and boat....moreless

              • Secure Parking
              • Shampoo
              • Telephone:

                Land line with Free US long distance calling....moreless

              • Toilet Paper
              • Towels Provided:

                Bath and beach towels and Terry cloth robes....moreless


              • 4 Ring Stove
              • Blender
              • Coffee Grinder
              • Coffee Maker:

                Coffee makers: Cuisinart 8 cup and French Press....moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                Fully equipped with quality cooking utensils....moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Full set of serveware, flatware, knives, glasses including wine glasses....moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Quiet Bosch...moreless

              • Freezer
              • Grill
              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                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. ...moreless

              • Microwave
              • Oven
              • Pantry Items:

                Basic spices, oil, sugar, artificial sweetners, tea bags, coffee, cream....moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                With ice maker...moreless

              • Stove:

                Ceramic cook top stove....moreless

              • Stove
              • Toaster


              • Beach Chairs
              • Beach Towels
              • Binoculars
              • Boat Dock
              • Boat With Paddles
              • Child's Swing
              • Deck / Patio:

                Waterside Deck - 30' x 8'...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Two kayaks with life preservers available....moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Gardens around the property. Owner has three properties side-by-side with three lots for lawn and gardens....moreless

              • Outdoor Entertainment Area
              • Outdoor Grill:

                Gas grill on waterfront deck....moreless

              • Outdoor Grill Gas
              • Small Cooler
              • Terrace
              • Walkway To Water
              • Wood Deck

              Payment Type

              • Discover
              • Jcb
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Forms Of Payment

                  • Accept Credit Card

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Optional


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                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Oct to Jan 2
                      Oct 8 - Jan 2, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Winter Retreat
                      Jan 3 - Mar 11, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Mar 12 - Apr 24, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      Summer High Season
                      Apr 25 - Oct 31, 2015
                      3 night min stay
                      My Standard Rate
                      3 night min stay

                      Additional information about rental rates


                      • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
                      • Cleaning $125 + tax
                      • Tax Rate 6%


                      Christmas Week: $1500 for 7 nights, 3 nights are $900.

                      Weekly rate applies to 6 or 7 nights.

                      Rental Policies and Rental Ageement Provided.

                      Maximum of five including children and overnight guests.

                      No Pets or Smoking Allowed.

                      Information on Area and Historic Sites Provided.

                      Two Kayaks with Life Preservers Available for Guests Use.

                      Bed and bath linens, beach towels, terry robes provided.

                      Payment of 50% of total required to book the cottage.

                      Balance due 30 days prior to check-in.

                      Credit cards and checks accepted (Visa, Master, Discover, JCB)

                      Credit card payments require additional 2.5% fee.

                      Travel Insurance Recommended particularly during Hurricane Season (6/1 to 11/30) : Insurance contact provided in rental agreement

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                      Last updated: 12/05/2014
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                      40 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Newport News and Richmond
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      0.1 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      5 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Williamsburg, VA
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      RT. 31
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Anna's Pizza

                      Car: Necessary

                      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.


                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1948

                      Why the Owner Chose Williamsburg:
                      My aunt and uncle purchased this lot in 1948 and built the cottage themselves 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. Although we have experienced many hurricanes over the past 67 years, Hurricane Isabel took her toll on Aunt Annie's cottage and the entire tidewater Virginia area in 2003 when several other waterside cottages and piers were washed away along with part of the ferry structure. Virginia sustained significant damage during Hurricane Isabel with blocked roads, severe coastal and inland damage, weeks without power and devastated beach communities. Aunt Annie's cottage has been completely restored since Isabel and decorated with a combination of mostly antique and vintage furnishings. The 1949 items that remain include the original white porcelain farmhouse kitchen sink, the claw foot tub, brass wall sconces in each of the bedrooms, and the wooden wall shelf and mirror units in each of the bedrooms handmade by the owner's grandfather. The only furniture salvaged from the hurricane are the beautiful cedar four poster bed and dressing table made by Aunt Annie's father in 1950 for her new summer 'river' cottage. The bed and dressing table continue to reside in the 'back' bedroom now named the 'Williamsburg Bedroom.' We call the waterside the front of the house should you get confused by my references.

                      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 Pamplin Civil War Park and Museum in Petersburg, VA just an hour from the cottage. Smithfield (about a 20 minute drive) is a great spot for antiquing and shopping. Our favorite shops are Laura and Lucy's and Wharf Hill Antiques. Smithfield also has several excellent 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 (Miss Melinda's Special) of brunswick stew, Edward's 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.

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                      • Cottage entry with river in background.

                        Cottage entry with river in background.

                      • Waterside deck with gas grill.

                        Waterside deck with gas grill.

                      • Antique cedar bed and dressing table made by owner's grandfather

                        Antique cedar bed and dressing table made by owner's grandfather

                      • View of Jamestown Island right across the river from cottage

                        View of Jamestown Island right across the river from cottage

                      • Kitchen with glass tile backsplash and marble counters

                        Kitchen with glass tile backsplash and marble counters

                      • Dining area

                        Dining area

                      • Beachside garden and cottage

                        Beachside garden and cottage

                      • Waterside bedroom with queen bed

                        Waterside bedroom with queen bed

                      • Living room with both windows looking out to the water

                        Living room with both windows looking out to the water

                      • Adirondack chairs lined up waiting for guests to settle in.

                        Adirondack chairs lined up waiting for guests to settle in.

                      • Dining table with view out the French doors to the river.

                        Dining table with view out the French doors to the river.

                      • Summertime hydrangeas in bloom.

                        Summertime hydrangeas in bloom.

                      • Pocahontas ferry at dock taken from cottage.

                        Pocahontas ferry at dock taken from cottage.

                      • Antique tiger maple day bed in Flip Flop Room

                        Antique tiger maple day bed in Flip Flop Room

                      • Hydrangea at cottage entry

                        Hydrangea at cottage entry

                      • Owner's pier next door which is available for rental guests

                        Owner's pier next door which is available for rental guests

                      • Beachside garden and swing with owner's pier in background.

                        Beachside garden and swing with owner's pier in background.

                      • Sunset


                      • Vintage farmhouse sink.

                        Vintage farmhouse sink.

                      • Looking to dinning area from kitchen

                        Looking to dinning area from kitchen

                      • Cottage waterside looking toward the ferry and beach.

                        Cottage waterside looking toward the ferry and beach.

                      • The ferry, as the sun is setting, serves as your personal cruise transportation.

                        The ferry, as the sun is setting, serves as your personal cruise transportation.

                      • We provide kayaks and beach chairs. Our pier in background.

                        We provide kayaks and beach chairs. Our pier in background.

                      • Seagulls on ferry pier pilings at sunset.

                        Seagulls on ferry pier pilings at sunset.

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                      Date last modified - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

                      $215 - $300 per night (USD)

                      3 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 5

                      View calendar: Updated 12/05/14
                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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