Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
After a fun drive down a curvy forest flanked road, you emerge into the sunlight with expansive fields on either side of you. You turn left down a dirt path that takes you by an old farmhouse. You dogleg around another field and enter the woods on a gravel road. When you get to the gate you step out. Through the trees, you can vaguely see the vastness of the James River and you hear the sound of a light breeze as it tumbles amid the leaves. Back in your vehicle you steer right, around the driveway loop and notice that you are at the peak of a hill that drops deeply into a great wooded ravine on either side.
Straight in front of you is the cottage which sits at the tip of the peninsula surrounded by views of the River. You shut off the vehicle and step outside. There is not another home or person in sight. NOW....You are officially on vacation. You stroll down the brown pebble path and past the shed that was built by boy scouts in the early 1900's. The breeze from the river feels stronger now and you can see the detail of the water and the white sandy beach below.
Just as you step onto the entry deck you notice two adult bald eagles soaring above the beach looking for prey. You didn't have to look up to see them they were at eye level with you. You are 70' above the river and the surrounding forest floor. The experience is like being in a treehouse; Albeit, a treehouse with a 4 acre yard, and parking for 20. The breeze is loud in the trees now and gives you the feeling of being blanketed by nature.
You jiggle the knob and are inside. Looking around there's nothing fancy, yet everything is special and somehow comforting. Hand made arts and crafts, Americana, books and furnishings you could only find in a cottage that's been a family heirloom for generations. You want to settle in but looking out the window you see an inviting path that winds down the hill and dissipates into the woods. You think, “I bet that leads to the river” and with that you are out the door on your first of many adventures.
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(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Member since: 2008
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 4 ACRES OF WOODED PRIVACY!!! Loads of parking and a loop for easy trailering of boats and campers. Great views from approx. 70' above the James River. Path brings you to your own private white sandy beach. TONS OF PREHISTORIC SHARKS TEETH mixed in with the shells. Very quiet and romantic. Great for couples or for families. Beach area and river bottom is clean, safe and great for swimming. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Lots of books and games. Watch out, you can loose/find yourself here! Cottage has been a family gathering place for 30 years and is as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans....moreless
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Deck / Patio
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Housekeeper Optional
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Fall Celebration Season
Sep 1 - Dec 20, 2016
1 night min stay
Jan 2 - Feb 28, 2017
1 night min stay
Spring is in the Air!
Mar 1 - May 31, 2017
1 night min stay
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $100
- Pet Fee $0
- Refundable Damage Deposit $200
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Year Purchased: 1905
About the owner: The Riverhouse is just 10 minutes from the ferry. The ferry is free and you simply drive aboard. The ferries run continuously, with one every 20 minutes or so. The ferry ride is is a pleasant 15 minute site-see on the James River. There is an observation deck for looking at Historic Jamestown. Merchants Square and Busch Gardens/Water Country is only 10 minutes from there.
Why the Owner Chose Spring Grove, VA, USA:
This property has been in the family since the early 1900's. The area's rich history and the tranquility and privacy of this property make it a family heirloom.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The connection to America's historic native americans, colonists and explorers is profound. Proof of this area's active past is evident in the fossils and other historic items that over the years have been found along the beachfront. A robust kayak paddle up or down the river provides views of several historic waterfront plantation homes. I enjoy putting myself in the shoes of an early american as I navigate the property. This helps me to appreciate the preservation of this area and it offers me a different perspective when viewing the modern world. A walk on the beach and the challenge of finding the smallest and largest of shark teeth is very therapeutic and is a must do on every visit. The 'missing' electronic devices like TV and internet provide us with the 'missing' time we never seem to have.
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An all seasons destination.
Sun, Sand & Great Swimming.
Gather around the fire pit and let the aromas and the view inspire conversation.
Walking paths, loads of parking, and acres of total privacy.
Americana, books, fossils and history add to the experience.
Cozy Twin Bedroom
Daybed with a great view of the river.
Your adventure begins!
Bring a warm cup of coffee for an early morning treat.
The IMAX seat to a wonderful view
The Welcome is authentic.
The quintessential vacation image!
Sand, Shells and Sharks Teeth
Grab a book and sink in.
This listing was first published here in 2008.
Date last modified - Monday, December 05, 2016
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