Classic Waterfront Farmhouse - Private Pool and Pier on 3 Acres
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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.
Sail directly down river into the Chesapeake Bay
Set up a crab feast by the pool
Gather at the firepit for smores and star gazing
Daytrip to Williamsburg, golf courses, wineries, theme parks and museums.
ACCOMMODATIONS : 4 BR / 3.5 BA + Optional Guest Cottage
3 King bedrooms w/ water views + 1 bedroom w/ Twin beds + 2 Twin Daybeds
~ Downstairs master suite with cathedral ceilings, sitting area and waterfront deck
~ Upstairs king bedroom w/ hall bath, sitting room and expansive riverfront balcony with sunset views.
~ 3rd king bedroom with water views, small sitting room with twin daybed - shared attached bathroom.
~ 4th bedroom - 2 twin beds, small sitting room with twin daybed - shared attached bathroom.
Great amenities - High thread count linens, spa towels, soaps, shampoos and paper products are provided.
Optional waterfront guest cottage --- Open floor plan with kitchen, bath, living and sleeping area with queen bed.
Rented only with the main house.
Great sunset views from the west-facing, brick river front porch.
Cozy family room for watching movies, eating popcorn or playing games. Board games and puzzles provided.
Large gourmet kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and rustic brick floors.
Separate dining room (seats 10) for memorable meals together.
Quiet, cozy study/parlor for curling up with a good book.
Verizon MiFi internet connects 5 computers or PDAs
DirectTV satellite TV service with DVR and DVD player
Large swimming pool with chaises, tables and chairs
(open seasonally May - 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 and Horseshoes
Fire Pit with Adirondack chairs
Private neighborhood boat launch is one house away
Local marina for boat service and supplies
KITCHEN AND DINING
Fully equipped kitchen has service for 12, good cookware, crockpot, wine glasses - everything you need for preparing meals with the abundant locally grown produce and fresh seafood.
Dining table seats Ten
Herb garden for your use - basil, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, cilantro, parsley, lavender, mint - when in season.
DAYTRIPS, GOLF, THEME PARKS, MUSEUMS
Historic Williamsburg and Yorktown are just across the Coleman Bridge on the York River - about 45 minutes.
Jamestown Settlement and historic river plantations beckon you a little farther along the James River.
Mariners Museum in Hampton Roads houses the raised Civil War Monitor Ironclad and great displays on the history of boats and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.
Virginia Institute of Marine Science ( VIMS ) is a fun and hands-on family learning adventure.
Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, Water Country USA are popular family theme parks near Williamsburg
Award winning golf courses are available 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 - register early!
Local farm offers pick your own blueberries for luscious, fresh berries in season.
To the north, across the Rappahannock River is the birthplace of George Washington ( a National Park) 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 you will find good dining options at Richardson's (in the old drug store building -still retains the original ice cream counter) or Southwind Pizza, has innovative food with week-end music.
Donk's Theatre houses the Lil' Ole Opry and features talented regional singers. Check their website.
Visit the art gallery run as a cooperative by local Mathews artists including P. Buckley Moss.
Visit 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 to take you fishing or tour the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the local rivers.
You will find much to like in Mathews, but not a stoplight in the whole county.
In the town of Gloucester Courthouse, visit the 18th century village green with original courthouse, debtors prison and Gloucester Visitors Center.
The Wild Rabbit Cafe has casual food made with fresh local ingredients and is a favorite for coffee and WiFi.
Visit Ware Neck Produce on Main Street 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.
There is a Food Lion grocery store in Gloucester Courthouse and Mathews. On Route 17 South, you will 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 experience some of the 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, unspoiled and beautiful area.
A portion of our annual rentals are used to support conservation of the land and waters of the Chesapeake Bay so that future generations may enjoy the beauty and the bounty of our rivers and estuaries.
Keywords: Chesapeake Bay, Swimming Pool, Williamsburg, Internet, King Bed, Wifi,
Mathews, Gloucester, Riverhouse,
Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, Retreat
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10
- High thread count linens, superior mattresses, water views
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
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- Coffee Maker
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- Ice Maker
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- Sports & Activities
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- Away From It All
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Wildlife Viewing
- Massage Therapist
- Deepsea Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Eco Tourism
- Winery Tours
- Horseback Riding
- Theme Parks
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Sight Seeing
- Paddle Boating
- 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....moreless
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Fairytale Farmhouse on the Water
Fairytale Farmhouse on the Water
You always hold your breath a little when you drive up to a vacation rental for the first time. I must say we were amazed and totally charmed the minute we drove in and saw the beautiful farmhouse with the romantic willow tree and the water views on all sides. Definitely a home run! The house had plenty of space for our extended family and the beds and linens are the best we have experienced in a vacation rental. We loved having all the king bedrooms - no one felt like they had to compromise. The owners provided all paper products, soap and shampoo - which made shopping for the week very simple. And the house was immaculately clean ! Obviously the owners have taken great care to make their guests feel totally at home. We used the herb garden every day - made pesto with the abundant basil. The kids loved the pool and we pitched horseshoes and sat around the firepit in the evenings. Living in the city, you forget how bright the stars can be! We found the binder of local info very helpful. It had menus from local restaurants plus spots to buy seafood that we would have never found on our own. We highly recommend Merroir - the oyster tasting room in Topping - fresh oysters and fresh local cuisine in a very relaxed setting on the water. Our daytrip to Williamsburg was an easy drive - but the rest of the vacation we wanted to stay at the house and swim, rest in the hammock and sit on the porch - waiting for the beautiful sunsets over the water. Thank you for a making this great property available - we can't wait to come back next year.
- Guest Susan & Brian
- Date of stay 09/22/12
- Review Submitted 01/08/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
A fantastic place!!! Our family of ten enjoyed Thanksgiving here last year AND the week in August was equally enjoyable. The owner leaves nothing to be desired either in winter or summer. It is very well equipped, very clean and very comfortable!!
- Guest Ruth
- Date of stay 08/04/12
- Review Submitted 08/20/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
Pam and Family
Pam and Family
We spent a week at this beautiful home with our grown children and their families in July 2012. We rented both the main house and the guest quarters for our stay. Both were immaculate and very nicely furnished. We loved crabbing and fishing from the dock. The children spent most of their time in the pool, our youngest grandson (2) learned to "cannonball" during our stay. I do wish there had been two hammocks overlooking the water, that was a favorite spot for everyone! We had many enjoyable evenings sitting around the fire pit. The house is located in a very quiet area, but we were within 1/2 hour of major stores. We took a day trip to Williamsburg, but our favorite spot was the town of Mathews. It was such a quaint town, don't miss Richardson's Cafe! It was very nice having paper products and beach towel supplied for our stay. We cooked most meals, and the kitchen had everything we needed, as well as a grill. In addition, there is an herb garden that the owner generously shared with us. We would recommend this rental to anyone, especially for a family vacation! Thanks Marsha and Mark for sharing with us!!
- Guest Pam and Family
- Date of stay 07/14/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, families with young children.
My wife and I decided to vacation a little closer to home this year since we would be traveling for the first time with our two boys and infant baby girl. Previously we rented beach homes exclusively, so weren't quite sure what to expect. I have to say that this place exceeded our wildest expectations. The house was magnificent, with sweeping views of Mobjack Bay, Ospreys, and an occasional bunny out of each window. The rooms were ornate, tastefully decorated, and immaculately cleaned. The kitchen was very well equipped (my wife loved the coffee maker!) and the pool was crystal clear, well maintained, and refreshing on the 90+ degree days we were blessed with. Our mornings consisted of lazy breakfast on the rear porch overlooking the bay, which allowed easy planning of the days activities. Whether splashing the day away, or a day trip to Williamsburg, we found each day more relaxing and refreshing than the last. For a great opportunity to enjoy the beach as it was many years ago, before spoiled by development, I recommend the short drive to Haven Beach. For a more exciting time with the kids, Water Country USA is pure water-infused lunacy. The boys (8 and 5) and I had a wonderful time fishing from, but due to my complete ineptness, caught nothing more than great memories. :) We consider ourselves very particular when we rent, and were completely delighted with our experience. We will absolutely recommend this property to our family and friends, and will be back in the future. Thanks for sharing this beautiful property, and enabling our magnificent vacation. Rick, Amy, Noah, Josh and Baby Avarie
- Guest Rick & Amy
- Date of stay 06/16/12
- Review Submitted 06/25/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Fantastic in every aspect, would highly recommend to anyone.
- Guest RW
- Date of stay 02/18/12
- Review Submitted 02/26/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: We love sharing this peaceful retreat and are so glad the house exceeded your expectations! We have an email from part of your family - they made great use of the horseshoe pitching area near the river. Who knew that we would be hosting someone who pitches on the professional horseshoe pitching tour? We look forward to your return.
I would and have recommended this property to family and friends,the photos were dead on,serenity is
I would and have recommended this property to family and friends,the photos were dead on,serenity is
OMG,what a wonderful taste of paradise:) this was such a great get-a-way. We meet our aunt and uncle half way(they are from Pa,we are from NC)there were so many things to do there.The town of Mathews and Glouchester were very quaint.The people we encountered here are genuinely friendly,and always ready to offer suggestions:)We walked on the many beaches,all being very remote,metal detecting and roasting marshmallows on our Bon fire.We loved the stillness of the atmosphere,peepers peeping driving to the cottage,turkeys in the yard,walking on the dock at sunset,playing horseshoes,and just enjoying all the amenities the farm house had to offer....it is close to many of the bigger cities that we visited also.Thanks so much for lending your beautiful home to us:)
- Guest Dotti
- Date of stay 02/18/12
- Review Submitted 02/25/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
Owner response: We agree - Mathews is a hidden gem with miles and miles of remote coastline. Sounds like you have many great family memories to take home with you!
Fishing was fantastic!Guest comment entered by owner
Fishing was fantastic!
We really enjoyed ourselves at your house, one of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in. We got to watch the bald eagle hunt almost every morning. It was so quiet and peaceful. We were amazed at how little boat traffic was on the river, that is what makes your place unique. Navigation on the river was not a problem, there are enough markers so you can stay in the channel. They do have an oyster reef that is marked about a mile down from the house, you need to stay to the right heading down the river. Fishing was fantastic! We caught lots of big speckled trout down in Mobjack Bay heading toward the East River. The dock is one of the best we have ever used and the boat ramp is very convenient. It was also nice catching crabs while sitting on the dock watching the sunset. Nice crabs!
- Guest Fishing and boating enthusiasts from Maryland
- Date of stay 09/24/11
- Review Submitted 10/27/11
Wow - what a perfect house!
Wow - what a perfect house!
We had a great week at this wonderful house - the setting is so peaceful and private. The house has so much natural light and great views to the water. The owner made us feel so welcome - leaving information on local events, shopping and restaurants. The house had everything we needed; the beds were very comfortable and we enjoyed eating on the porch in the evenings watching the sunset. Several nights we sat down by the water and had a fire in the firepit and watched the stars. We watched a bald eagle who sat on a tree by the water in the mornings. We had never seen one so close up. The owner provided binoculars to watch the birds. The house was very clean and filled with thoughtful touches. The wifi worked great with our laptops - we enjoyed having this convenience at the house. Our day trip to Williamsburg was an easy drive back and forth. We are already planning our trip back for next year.
- Guest Kelli & Dave
- Date of stay 10/02/11
- Review Submitted 10/15/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway.
Aug 31 - Sept 7 $ 2,800 week Sept 7 - 28, 2013 $ 2,400 week Oct, April, Thanksgiving, Xmas $ 2,000 week May 31 - June 7, 2014 $ 3,000 week June 7 - June 14, 2014 $ 3.250 week June 14 - Aug 16, 2014 $ 3,500 week Aug 16 - 30, 2014 $ 3,250 week November thru March $ 1,800 week / $350 night - 3 night minimum -Guest Cottage- $500 wk or $100 nt / Cleaning Fee $150 / Refundable Deposit $500
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- Nearest Airport: Newport News 30 miles / Richmond 60 miles at 30 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Haven Beach at 9 Miles
Year Purchased: 2011
Why the Owner Chose Mathews:
Mathews / Gloucester Courthouse area is filled with miles of 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 Farmhouse:
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.
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Waterfront wraps around house - 3 private acres
Dock and floating dock Water Depth - 7 feet MLW Crab, Fish, Sail Bring your boat
Downstairs King Master Suite Cathedral ceilings, Waterfront porch, Sitting Area
Imagine lazy afternoons on the waterfront brick porch Great sunset views !
Family Room with Water Views Board games, cards, puzzles DirecTV with DVR
View from upstairs balcony Access from upstairs king bedroom Wonderful sunsets !
King bedroom opens to small room w/ twin daybed Attached bath shared with 4th BR
Downstairs master bathroom Shower with Moen body sprays and built-in tiled seat.
Watch the ospreys raise their chicks - the nesting platform is on our shoreline.
Visit Haven Beach in Mathews - Walk and play in an area unspoiled by development
Chesapeake Oysters are fresh here - Local oyster tasting room - dine waterfront!
Full kitchen in the 900 sf guesthouse - water views through the french doors
Waterfront Pool- Big enough for laps -- w/ patio tables, chairs, lounges & grill
River front porches upstairs and downstairs - relax and enjoy the sunsets !
Water views from sunny kitchen Stainless steel appliances Deep farmhouse sink
Waterfront porch off downstairs master bedroom - Overlooks pool and water
Dining Room Table extends to seat 10. Original hardwood floors.
Upstairs king bedroom Access to waterfront balcony Adjacent private sitting area
Twin bedroom opens to small room w/ daybed. Attached bath shared with BR # 3
Sunset view across the river.
Learn to sail at local sailing camps for children or adults
Watch for the blue herons fishing on our natural shoreline
Paddleboard or Kayak - rentals and guided tours available from local outfitters
Queen bedroom area in the open floor plan guest house - wake to water views.
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