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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

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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More Details

Owner
Jeffrey Sadler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Jeffrey Sadler

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.

Jeffrey Sadler purchased this cottage in 1905

Why Jeffrey Sadler chose Virginia

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at the cottage!! Thanks so much for sharing your home. Our dog had a blast running on the beach and playing fetch in the water. We only found two sharks teeth, but we collected lots of neat shells. We are looking forward to coming back over the summer to swim!
Nov 2011
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Amenities

Spring Grove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in one of the bedrooms, Twin or Single Beds (3) 2 twins in one of the bedrooms. A daybed in the living room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in the living room
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
average rating of 4.7731957 based on 128 reviews
5

Jamestown river house

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was great ! The house was very well furnished and clean . Enjoyed the beach looking for sharks teeth and fishing.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Idyllic retreat!

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed this time and space apart. We spent most days at historic sites, but enjoyed our realy mornings and evenings at the house. The easy river access and use of kayaks and canoe was WONDERFUL for us, as were the games and the fire pit. The furnishings are adequate and functional. We would go back if we were going to be in the area.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property was secluded, had everything one needs to have a relaxing vacation

  • 4 of 5

beautiful views, nice beach

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Beautiful!

  • 4 of 5

It was a wonderful week high on the shores of the James. Enjoyed taking the ferry to and from Williamsburg. Lots of windows and a great dining table. The Sadlers were great to work with.

  • Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful Stay!

  • 4 of 5

If you want relaxation and seclusion, this is the place for you! The beach is absolutely breathtaking, and there's a lot of it. It seems to go on forever! Even though the house is only two bedrooms, it comfortably fit the 5 of us. The living area is extremely spacious and we loved having a dining room table big enough to fit all of us comfortably. The kitchen was well equipped. The only thing that we were disappointed with, was that the porch, porch chairs, fire pit chairs, and kayaks/canoes, were just EXTREMELY dirty. I understand the house is surrounded by trees and naturally, they won't be completely clean. But it looked like they hadn't been wiped off or used in months. So that was a little disappointing. We did not utilize the kayaks/canoes for this reason. The floor in the house was also a little sandy when we first got there. But overall, the place was beautiful and we had a great experience! Jeff was also very helpful when I got to the house when I couldn't figure out how to unlock/lock the door. He was very friendly and answered my phone calls immediately. I would definitely recommend the River House to others!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Megan I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! The boats and other outdoor amenities are used often and at all times of the year. Pollen season covers everything with pollen dust and debris which is why things outside were not clean and shiny. My apologies for not making you aware of this :-). There is about a 2 week window each spring where even the cleanest outdoor items are covered with pollen dust in 24 hours. We look forward to having you and your friends back again (fall is also a great season..mild temps and no pollen ;-).
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Beautiful and serene

  • 4 of 5

My kids and i spent a weekend here and loved it. We hung out by the firepit and collected shells by the river, played games and cooked out on the grill.

A couple minor hiccups.

We arrived at night to the place and it was pitch dark. I recommend leaving the walkway lights on for incoming guests.

Owner sent the wrong doorcode and we were unable to contact via either number. We eventually tried a different combo and we're able to get in.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anthony. So glad you and the kids had such a great time! Next time you come be sure to make use of the light switch right next to the parking lot (on the light pole). It lights up the whole yard and the path :-)
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Map

Guests can take advantage of the cottage's location on the James River and they can go kayaking and canoeing straight from the private beach. This location offers acres of privacy. Two kayaks and a canoe with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man are included. There is a private sitting area away from the house with amazing views of the river. There is also a fire pit and seating on a 70' hilltop overlooking the river. The Chippokes Plantation Park is home to a historic farm museum along with a plethora of outdoor attractions including equestrian trails, a swimming pool, and picnic areas. It also hosts special events throughout the year, providing fun for all the family.

In the town of Surry guests can find a winery, several beautiful plantations including Smith's Fort Plantation, the Brandon Plantation and Gardens, and the Lightwood-Historic 18th Century Plantation House.

In the neighboring towns of Smithfield and Williamsburg guests can enjoy more of our nations history by visiting the colonial areas and the original fort at Jamestown. Busch Gardens and Water County are also fun for the whole family.

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Rates & Availability

Spring Grove Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall Celebration Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 19 2017
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$285
From
$325
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,425
 
 
December Delights
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 20 2017
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
Winter Wonderland
Jan 3 2018 - Feb 28 2018
1 night minimum stay
$185
From
$205
Fri,Sat
$925
 
 
Spring is in the Air!
Mar 1 2018 - May 31 2018
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$285
From
$325
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,425
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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