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Eastover Manor House on the James- 1800's Plantation Home

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, (Sleeps 12-16), 4300 square feet

Eastover was part of a land grant in 1637 from the King of England to Henry Brown. Over the years, land was both acquired and subdivided into different parcels, leaving 283 acres, including the Manor house to the Baptists. Although the Manor house was not Henry Brown's house, it still has been of historical importance to many people. According to one historical record, the Manor house was built in the 1880's.

The Peninsula Baptist Association purchased Eastover in 1972. Eastover has served as a place of retreat for church groups seeking God's guidance and as a host for organizations conducting summer camps. We continually endeavor to make Eastover a place where God is welcome to speak to His people.

Our guests enjoy a time of peace and relaxation at the Manor. It has breathtaking views of the James River from a 100-foot elevation, one-half mile of beach and 283 acres of woods, lake, ravine and fields. Depending on what time of year will determine what you may see when you wake in the morning and look out your window. In the spring and summer you may see a baby fawn cuddling with its mama, or smell the fragrance of fresh cut hay in the air. The fall brings beautiful colors all around and glimpses of squirrels storing up for the winter. If your stay is in the winter you may be so blessed as to see a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and cardinals racing about to eat their red berries. You may even spot a Bald Eagle soaring in the blue sky. Whatever time of year you join us, enjoy your coffee overlooking the James River. Then take a hike down to the beach or through the woods.

Be sure and plan a day or two to visit the area plantations, Jamestown and Yorktown Settlements, Busch Gardens Theme Park or enjoy the shops of Williamsburg and Smithfield, home of the famous Smithfield Ham.

Virginia has so much to do and see; you will need more than a week to experience our beautiful state.

Keywords: Riverfront, Historical, Quiet, Wooded, Scenic, Spiritual Renewal, Christian

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Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
August 4, 2017


Spring Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , located in the Blue Room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , located in the Burgundy Room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , located in the Peach Room
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , located in the Green Room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , located off from the Sitting Room
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , located off from the Kitchen
  • 6
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Blue Room is located upstairs
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , Burgundy Room is located upstairs
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Peach Room is located downstairs
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Green Room is located downstairs
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Inn Keepers Room is located downstairs
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (4) Roll-aways, Child Beds (1) Pack N'Play
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Eastover Manor House is owned and operated by the Peninsula Baptist Association. We ask that you please respect our Christian values. Please abstain from the use of profanity, alcoholic beverages or illegal substances on Eastover property. Thank you for not smoking in the Manor House. Pets are not allowed on Eastover property or inside any facility.


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Eastover Manor House on the James- 1800's Plantation Home
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews
Annandale, Virginia

Not what I expected

  • 2 of 5

We booked this home for a youth retreat but unfortunately were not able to stay. It just wasn't what I expected from the website. I do NOT mean that it was falsely advertised. The house is clean, as you see in the pictures but there are things you don't see. Such as the exterior of the home being in desperate need of work. All the window wells are filthy with dead bugs and cob webs throughout. Two of the toilet bowls were caked in yellow which did not make for a pleasant introduction to the house. The walls and ceilings are in need of repair from cracking and brown stains, and at least two of the mattresses are in need of replacing due to comfort and noise (for lack of a better word). Should you wish to move at all in one of the beds, anyone sleeping with you will wake up.

There is no Wi-Fi. I did not see this advertised on the website or VRBO. I understand it does say "get away from it all" but in a technology age I think it is appropriate to include that Wi-Fi is not a part of the home. If Wi-Fi is available, I found no instructions.

There is 1 TV in the house. One TV is fine but the sitting area would only comfortably fit about 5-7. This is odd for a house that sleeps 12-16. For teens, it is a rather difficult adjustment. Our retreats normally include movies but this would have been tough given arrangement provided by the manor house.

The most bothersome aspect of this house was the smell. There was (to me) a strong musty smell throughout the whole place that hits you when you walk in the door. It smells like the basement of an old bookstore. While this is a sign of age, I feel that this can be a little off putting for some.

The beach was described as being "a hike" away, and I guess I misinterpreted that. I thought it would be as it looked in the pictures--just a walk out the back door and through the yard. It's more than that, and the trail may not be convenient for all individuals.

If is a beautiful property with a wonderful landscape, but lodging in the manor house was just not something that fit the retreat we were on.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for our group

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Manor House. There were sufficient rooms (and bathrooms) that individuals in our group were able to meet when we wanted and to have some privacy when desired. We were all able to sit together in the dining room and enjoy our meals together. We felt privileged to stay in such a truly unique house seeped in feelings of the era of the planters. The house met our groups needs well!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Naples, Florida

Truly a 19th century experience with modern conveniences

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time with our extended family group of 15 ranging in age from 2 to 90! House was roomy and had everything that we needed. It did need a bit of sprucing up on the outside and the grounds though. Also not too convenient to the beach and my 90 year old father was not able to make it down the path. Peach room could use a new mattress. Overall though we had fun and enjoyed the pool, rec center, and Busch Gardens as well as Colonial Williamsburg.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A most successful get away for family with many active grandchildren and independent adult children.

  • 4 of 5

The physical details of the property show better in pictures than in reality. Indeed It is a lovely old property...hard wood floors, huge beautiful dental crown mouldings, fireplaces, bay windows, tall doors with thick thresholds, and it allows private spaces for couples/families with generously sized common areas - dining, kitchen, outside, library, etc. The setting is to die for quiet, secluded and serene.....perfect for city children to run around. Perfect for adults to visit with no agenda but to catch up. that said, It is not pristine in its maintenance, but the old world charm and space and marble bathrooms, and private quarters make up for the lack of high end hotel maintenance. We made a bonfire...and that offset the lack of shrubbery maintenance. We ate great home made food so that offset the peeling wall paper in some rooms; the breeze was lovely so that offset the filthy window tracks that should at least have been vacuumed for the new season.....leaves and debris are in the window tracks.......and so it goes. This is a home of a by-gone era and if you are into self catering, not much could be better and the office staff which were nearby could not have been more willing to jump in with help and care. Enjoy. We did....and we were a family of 7 grandchildren, three couples and two adult could not have been a more diverse group and it worked out just terrific!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It feels like home

  • 5 of 5

For the past 5 years our family of 22 arrived at the Manor house on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 25. We had a delicious dinner, followed by a wonderful evening by spending time together .... The way you use to.... No phone or t.v......just the faint sound of a piano playing in the distance and laughter. This is how our adventure begins. It is delightful to see the children come downstairs and find a seat at the table for breakfast. The older ones help the younger ones. The time-period house and the lovely outdoor surroundings seem to almost have a calming effect. But this does not mean they sit still. They explore the woods, follow trails, look for critters ... especially eagles. They play soccer , baseball, take walks down the long driveway....imagining they were riding in a horse and buggy. The family also enjoys walking on the beach and discovering things from the past left behind. One of our favorite ways to end the evening is by sitting around a Bon fire. Before we head to bed, we spend time talking and laughing, and playing games. We are so thankful to have had this time together in such a special place.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Louisa, Virginia

A truly lovely and appropriate venue for our event! But...

  • 4 of 5

Our group held a "living history" retreat for a dozen women at Eastover Manor, spending a delightful weekend basking in the atmosphere of the beautiful rooms and grounds, dressing in our 19th century clothes, eating "period" foods and enjoying period appropriate pastimes. The manor suited our needs so well---the decor was perfect, the rooms so pretty and comfortable, and the house large enough that we were able to enjoy both solitude and convivial company, as we would have done at a similar house party "back in the day." The peace and relative isolation of the setting added to the sense of being in another time. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and have talked about returning. The only thing that has led me to hold back that last star, unfortunately, was that there was a bit of an issue with house-keeping, particularly as regarded the kitchen. When I and my co-hostess arrived in the afternoon, the kitchen was in a fairly bad state, with food left from previous tenants left out, dirty work surfaces, dishes in the dishwasher and floors in need of sweeping. A cleaning crew arrived shortly after we did, and explained that there had been a mix up, but unfortunately, further inspection revealed more serious and clearly long-term neglect---we found (a lot of) rodent droppings in the lower kitchen cabinets, in the bathroom vanity next to the laundry room, and even inside a coffee pot! Cabinets were in such a disorganized state, and so crammed with miscellaneous, mostly useless, equipment and I felt I could not possibly prepare meals for 12 people for an entire weekend without pulling a bunch of stuff out, cleaning and re-arranging into some sort of practical order. Also, the the oven (filthy, along with the stove top and range hood) was missing one of the oven racks. We contacted management, but a replacement was never found, so we had to proceed as best we could, making getting meals on the table with everything hot at the same time something of a challenge. I struggled with whether or not to mention all of this in my review, because we were able to overcome the problems and I can honestly say it in no way spoiled our time, and overall we could hardly have been much happier with our stay. But I decided in the end that if I were the person in charge of this property I would wish to know of a any such problems so that I could fix them so that future guests could have an even better experience. I would not, and will not hesitate to recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Richmond International Airport
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Scotland Jamestown Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Anna's Pizza/Asian Grill in Surry
Nearest Beach
80 Miles
Virginia Beach

We are located in a historical area. There are lots of plantation homes to tour. Visit the historical triangle Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown. Busch Gardens theme park and Water Country USA are just a short ferry ride away. Historical Smithfield and St. Luke's Church are approximately 30 mins. from our home. Downtown Smithfield provides a nice place to stroll and see all the little shops and fine dining. The town of Surry is just 10 miles from our home providing several restuarants and places to make a quick shop stop.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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