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Quiet Cottage on White Sand Beach of Chesapeake Bay

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Try n Rest

In the Historic Northern Neck of Virginia

Try n Rest. The name says it all, really. This vintage 4 bedroom cottage, with a new family room addition, sits on the shore at the mouth of the Potomac River overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Try n Rest has a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, 2 full baths and a large screened in porch. It can accommodate 6-8 guests. A view of the Bay is enjoyed from the living room, porch and front bedrooms.

From the back door, walk 50’ to a large raised deck which overlooks the Bay and the broad white sand beach. Lying around with a good book is enough activity for some, but for those who prefer moving about, there are plenty of outdoor adventures. You can:

- fish off the shore for spot and croaker

- take long walks down the beach,

- stick a crab pot in at the shoreline,

- take your boat into a three mile long salt water creek

- play croquet or horseshoes in the large back yard

- ride your bikes on miles of flat quiet roads.

Public boat launching sites are within a 15 minute drive at the Great Wicomico River and the Little Wicomico River.

Try n Rest has no TV on purpose as we find this to be a place to enjoy games, books, and conversation.

You have selected an area not only steeped in early Virginia history, but also with memorable restaurants, such as historic 18th Century Hughlett’s Tavern and waterfront seafood restaurants in Reedville. A fifteen minute drive from Try n Rest takes you to Reedville (check out the Victorian houses and the Waterman’s Museum); a thirty minute ride reaches Irvington, and White Stone (towns with resort shopping and restaurants). Winery tours are in the area. You will discover Antique stores and Junque shops all through the area. Public golf courses are available at Tides Inn Resort and in the town of Callao. Finally, from Reedville, you can board a Tangier Island Cruise.

Couples tell us this quiet and beautiful spot is a perfect place for a romantic getaway or to celebrate an anniversary.

This is a great location for kids. The wide, sandy, safe beach leads to water with soft, sandy bottom that very gradually gets deep. Sandbars provide splashy water play with water less than 1 foot deep. There is a 14 foot restored waterman's crab boat parked on the front yard for kids to play in. Numerous indoor and yard games are provided. Seaside wildlife abounds. Fishing from shore is sometimes successful in catching small fish.

Try N Rest is located 2.5 hours southeast of Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. area, or 2 hours northeast of Richmond, Virginia.

For information and reservations, call Reid Carter at 804-651-1683. To view the cottage on Google Earth, just copy this Latitude and Longitude ( 37°56'13.17'N, 76°19'20.11'W) and paste it into the 'fly to' search box at the top right of Google Earth;. Click the 'search icon' and it will fly you to Try'nRest. You will be able to see the white sand beach, the Chesapeake Bay and nearly lakes, inlets and woods.

Keywords: cottage

More Details

Dick Carter
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

Why Dick Carter chose Heathsville

Try'n Rest has been a family vacation spot for over 60 years.


Heathsville Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Double Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Quiet Cottage on White Sand Beach of Chesapeake Bay
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in other beach locations before but this was the best of all. The house is perfect size, with everything you need and even more. Just imagine to wake up in the morning with a cip of coffee and walk 50 steps to a quite beach. It's all that you can ask. The kids enjoy the water all day , and the adults only duty were to watch them for the beach chair. Amazing!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful waterfront retreat

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our extended weekend at "Try N Rest". Unplugging the kids to enjoy the fishing and crabbing was well worth the travel. We even got to enjoy the eclipse on the beach! The cottage is just enough for what you need. We even cooked our crab catch! The screen porch was enjoyed every morning and evening. It was plenty big enough for the six of us. We had to swim around the jellyfish but that didn't stop us. Clean sand and quiet surroundings. Thank you for sharing your cottage with us and accommodating our requests. We even appreciated the "heads up" call for the thunderstorm that rolled through on Friday night!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charlottesville, Virginia

Great House, Great View, Great Beach

  • 5 of 5

This house keeps the charm of old paneling and floors combined with a modern kitchen and bathrooms. Panoramic view of the bay from all the front rooms and the screened porch. The house is well equipped for everything. We cooked and ate crabs for two nights. Friendly neighbors. We practically had the beach to ourselves. It was great not having a television. I had no problem with cell service. Verizon seems to work well here. Hope to come back for a week next time.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect get away!!!

  • 5 of 5

Try-n-rest was a great getaway!!! Perfect accommodations, clean and well stocked with amazing views and tons of character. We watched an amazing storm come over the bay and also had a picture perfect day on the secluded beach. The owner was super helpful and was there for any questions. We hope to make this an annual trip and we leave with some great memories!😃

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Upstate New York

Cozy cottage

  • 4 of 5

Our family of five had a wonderful week here. The owner had great communication with us, and that was reassuring. We felt welcomed as soon as we got there: the air conditioning was already blowing, the cottage was quite clean and the linens pretty and inviting! The cottage itself is positioned on a lovely spot at the mouth of the Potomac, but we were very much on the Bay. There is a lovely screened in porch in which to watch the sunrise. Every morning we woke up to Osprey diving for fish and dolphins going by! The little beach in front of the cottage is as pretty as the picture looks. It is a very quiet neighborhood. We felt like we owned the shoreline! There was only one issue the entire week and that was the jellyfish. They made it impossible to go swimming. We waded some, but this we did on high alert. This was a disappointment for sure. We got the impression that this is a fact of life if you live on the Bay. We went to a few nature preserves and a beach in the area and these were all populated with many jellyfish. We found plenty of other things to do, of course, but the kids had the snorkels and goggles ready to go. We did drive to Virginia Beach one day for the Aquarium and beaches. It was 2 1/2 hours, but we knew we were going to have one excursion. It was worth the trip. The highlights of our stay were creating memories playing croquet and board games with the kids ( no wifi or tv was perfect) and enjoying the sites of the shoreline. It is absolutely a perfect spot for a couple to enjoy a lovely time away. It looks like there were some wineries in the area, some antiquing, and only an 1 1/2 hours away from Williamsburg and Richmond. A family with children, who want to swim, maybe check into the seasonal trends of jellyfish on the bay? I would think it fluctuates.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved the beach setting

  • 4 of 5

Loved beach setting for the grandkids, would have been better if not for the jellyfish. Fishing and crabbing was a bust. Only suggestion I have for the place would be to upgrade your pot/pans not the greatest to cook in or cook for a family of 7.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 5.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.