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Wake to sweeping, pastoral river views. Sip your coffee in a comfy wicker chair on the waterfront porch. Slip into your swimsuit for a dip in the pool. Relax in the hammock by the water, shaded by hundred year old trees. Here is a complete antidote to everything urban.
Watch the bald eagles and ospreys catch fish in the river. Sail down into the Chesapeake Bay from the private deep water dock. Gather at the firepit for smores and star gazing in the evenings. Daytrip to Williamsburg, golf courses, wineries, theme parks and museums. Families love this updated farmhouse that perfectly blends vintage charm and luxury conveniences.
ACCOMMODATIONS : 4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths (sleeps 8 - 10) Optional guest cottage (sleeps 2 ) House and Guest Cottage sleep 10 - 12 people
2 King master suites + 1 King BR + 1 BR w/ Twins + 2 daybeds suitable for children or teens ~ Downstairs king bed master suite w/private bath, sitting area and waterfront deck ~ Upstairs king bed master suite w/ remodeled private bath, sitting area & large waterfront balcony ~ 3rd king bedroom - water view, adjacent alcove room with windowseat daybed - shared attached bathroom. ~ 4th bedroom - 2 twin beds, adjacent alcove room with windowseat daybed - shared attached bathroom.
Amenities: Beds are freshly made up with high thread count linens. Baths are stocked with Turkish cotton spa bath towels, pool towels, soaps, shampoos and paper goods.
Optional guest cottage is a large, 900 square foot open floor plan w/ full kitchen, bath, living area and brand new king bed. Guest cottage is rented only with the main house.
LIVING AREAS Wireless 4G internet connects up to 5 computers or PDAs Great sunset views from the west-facing, brick river front porch. Cozy family room for watching movies, eating popcorn or playing games. Good selection of board games and puzzles provided. Well equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and rustic brick floors. Separate dining room (seats 10) Quiet and cozy study/parlor for curling up with a good book. DirectTV satellite TV service with DVR and DVD player
OUTDOOR FUN Large swimming pool with chaises, tables and chairs (open seasonally April - Sept) Private pier with 7' water depth - dock up to a 60' craft Attached floating dock makes stepping off your boat a breeze Abundant water areas for kayaking, sailing or crabbing. No fishing license needed to fish from the dock Crabpots available for catching crabs from the dock Horseshoe Pit with horseshoes, Croquet & Volleyball Hammock by the water shaded by huge old trees Fire Pit with Adirondack chairs Private neighborhood boat launch is one house away Local marina for boat service and supplies
KITCHEN AND DINING Well equipped kitchen -- Stainless cookware, baking dishes, service for 12, Cuisinart coffeemaker, food processor, crockpot, blender, waffle iron, mixer, electric griddle for pancakes. Prepare meals with the abundant locally grown produce and fresh seafood. Pantry staples provided. Dining table seats Ten Herb garden for your use - basil, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, parsley, lavender - in season.
DAYTRIPS, GOLF, THEME PARKS, MUSEUMS Historic Williamsburg (45 min) and Yorktown (30 min) are south, just across the York River. Jamestown Settlement and historic river plantations beckon you farther along the James River. Mariners Museum in Newport News houses the raised Civil War ironclad, The Monitor and great displays on the history of boats and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Institute of Marine Science ( VIMS ) aquarium is a fun, family learning adventure. Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, Water Country USA, are popular family theme parks in Williamsburg. Award winning golf courses to the south in Williamsburg and to the north near Irvington. Norton Yacht Marina in Deltaville is an ASA sailing school with top-rated instructors. Local children's sailing and tennis camps are available - at Ware Neck Yacht Club - register early! Local farm offers pick your own blueberries for luscious, fresh berries in season.
To the north, across the Rappahannock River is the National Park birthplace of George Washington and Stratford Hall, the ancestral home of the Lee Family (Henry Lightfoot Lee and Robert E. Lee).
RESTAURANTS, WINERIES, SAILING SCHOOL, FISHING CHARTERS In the town of Mathews find great locally owned restaurants: Richardson's (in the old drug store building -still retains the original ice cream counter), Southwind Pizza has innovative food and week-end music or the White Dog Bistro for fine dining or casual drinks on the deck. Donk's Theatre houses the Lil' Ole Opry and features talented regional singers. Check their website. Bay School of the Arts features the artwork of local artists and has fun art classes for all. Stop by the Mathews Visitor Center in the original Sibley's General Store on Main Street.
Arrange for a guided kayaking tour or charter a local boat captain for fishing or sightseeing to the lighthouse and into the Chesapeake Bay. You will find much to like in Mathews, but not a stoplight in the entire county.
In the town of Gloucester Courthouse, visit the 18th century village green with original courthouse and Visitors Center. On Main Street you will find: Ware Neck Produce for just-picked local produce, fruits and freshly caught local fish. Kelsick Market has local gourmet foods to pair with their selection of craft beers and wine.
Food Lion grocery stores located in Gloucester Courthouse and Mathews. On Route 17 South, find Super Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Starbucks, UPS Store and other nationally known stores.
Pick up a brochure on the Virginia Wine Trail and try some great local wines. Saude Creek Winery and New Kent Winery are in New Kent, home of Martha Washington, our first, First Lady.
Step back to simpler times, wonderful memories await you in this unhurried and unspoiled area.
A portion of our annual rentals are used to support conservation of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay so that future generations may enjoy the beauty and bounty of our rivers and estuaries.
Keywords: Chesapeake Bay, Swimming Pool, Williamsburg, Internet, King, Wifi, Oysters, Mathews, Gloucester, Riverhouse, Waterfront, Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, Retreat, Farmhouse
3.5 Baths in the main house.
Turkish Spa Towels, Soaps, Shampoo, toilet tissue and facial tissues are provided
Total of 4.5 baths with optional guest house
Guest house bath features exterior door to pool area...moreless
Large Waterfront Swimming Pool, Deep Water Dock ( MLW 7'), Private Location on 3 acres, Horseshoe Game Area, Private community boat ramp, Fire Pit for fun evenings under the stars.
Separate waterfront guest cottage with kitchen, bath, living area (sleeps 2 - 4) available....moreless
Books on local birdlife, history, and environment as well as light reading....moreless
Satellite / Cable:
Large Screen Flat Screen with
Direct TV / DVR / DVD...moreless
May 30 - June 6 May 30 - Jun 5, 2015 7 night min stay
June 6 - 13, 2015 Jun 6 - Jun 12, 2015 7 night min stay
June 13 - 20 Jun 13 - Jun 19, 2015 7 night min stay
Prime Summer Jun 20 - Jul 31, 2015 7 night min stay
Aug 1 - Aug 28 Aug 1 - Aug 28, 2015 7 night min stay
Aug 29 - Sept 4 Aug 29 - Sep 4, 2015 7 night min stay
Sept 5 - Sept 26 Sep 5 - Sep 25, 2015 7 night min stay
Fall 2015 Sep 26 - Nov 22, 2015 3 night min stay
Thanksgiving Nov 23 - Nov 29, 2015 7 night min stay
$2,000 flat fee
Winter Nov 30 - Dec 18, 2015 3 night min stay
Christmas / New Years Dec 19 - Jan 5, 2016 4 night min stay
Jan/Feb/EarlyMarch Jan 6 - Mar 15, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Linen & Cleaning Fee$150
House is FULLY FURNISHED - bed linens, bath towels, pool towels, paper products, soaps, shampoos.
Kitchen has dish soap, dishwasher detergent, dish towels, trash bags and pantry staples.
Add the guest cottage (sleeps 2 -4) for $500 week / $100 night.
Ask for our getaway rate for two persons.
Cleaning & Linen Fee $150
$500 Security Deposit - refunded promptly after departure.
Virginia tax 5.3%
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Newport News 30 miles / Richmond -60 / Norfolk -60
Route 14, John Clayton Memorial Hwy.
Haven Beach - 9 miles, Yorktown - 30 miles
This area is an antidote to everything urban --
family vacations as they used to be - unspoiled by development and chain restaurants.
Experience privacy, seclusion and nature along with the friendliness of a small town with owner run restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
Yet you are less than an hour to world-class historical sites, golf, museums, theme parks nature areas and airports.
Year Purchased: 2011
Why the Owner Chose Mathews: Mathews / Gloucester Courthouse area is filled with miles of pristine water coastline and friendly owner-run businesses.
Yet you are less than an hour to major airports, world-class museums, golf and theme parks. The abundance of locally available seafood, wine & produce is our favorite part of this area!
The Unique Benefits at this House: The North River is the gold coast of the area, lined with historic farms and equestrian properties. Whether you want to fish, sail, kayak, bike, paddleboard or stretch out in a hammock, this is a perfect location.