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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
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 relatives......it could not have been a more diverse group and it worked out just terrific!
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.
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.
My review is a little late. Almost 3 years late, actually. My husband (my fiance at the time)and I rented the house for a vacation with our parents and siblings in June of 2011. We decided to host our wedding there since most of our family would be in one place. Wow! The house was more beautiful than I could have imagined and the managers of the property were a delight. We felt like we had stepped back in time and found our own slice of heaven. The lawn was the perfect location for our ceremony and reception and there was plenty of room for the kids to run and play. The house was plenty spacious and was fully equipped. We explored the nearby beach after conquering the forest path (we encountered a couple of snakes on the way down!) and spotted a couple of bald eagles. Overall, this is the best vacation home we have ever rented. Our guests still talk about this place and we are planning another vacation in the home in a couple of years. It is somewhat in the "middle of nowhere" but the drive to the Jamestown ferry is not bad. It is relatively close to Jamestown and Williamsburg. The Eastover Manor and Surry County have won our Carolina hearts!
My family of six from England couldn't believe it when we drove up the long driveway to the house. "Is this all for us?". This house is large with two large sitting rooms not shown in the photos. The girls loved sleeping in four poster beds. The rooms were full of period style furniture and there's a huge garden. The TV was limited but there were a few DVDs.
As others have said its a very quiet rural area which I think adds to its charm. The journey to Williamsburg takes about an hour including the ferry ride which helps you to wind down after a hectic day of site seeing. We did our supermarket shopping in Williamsburg. We also visited Jamestown, the Naval base & Nauticus Museum in Norfolk and the Plantation House at Berkeley. I wish we had longer here as there is so much to see in the area.
We did go down to the beach but I would recommend you take the route through the camp ground as we had to climb over fallen trees and lost the path going the other way.
There is a full library but most of the books were religious. Afew additions about the area and Virginia would make a nice addition.
Overall this is a fantastic house and great value for money .for what you get.
Our family of ten thoroughly enjoyed our three-day vacation at Eastover Retreat Center. It is a southern gem. The air-conditioned house is a grand old plantation-like house, with two bedrooms upstairs and two bedrooms downstairs, which are decorated beautifully with canopy beds and antique chairs, dressers, etc. Each one has its own bathroom. All of the very large rooms are just lovely, with high ceilings, wooden floors, chandeliers, and velvet or brocade drapes – everything to make you think that Scarlett O’Hara is just over in the sitting room! The host is kind and gracious, the grounds are spacious and beautiful – it is right on the James River (just a very, very short drive…or a very long walk away) for fishing or shell-gathering.
The modern kitchen is well-stocked with spices, plates, cups, silverware, and all kinds of cooking utensils. We all took turns cooking breakfast and supper. No need to bring your own towels or sheets – they are provided – and there is a washer and dryer there, also. There is a swimming pool at the main camping area that you can use, if it is not being used by their camping group. There is also cell phone service available, so with an air card, I was able to keep connected via the Internet.
Eastover offers a quiet, family-orientated atmosphere, and no alcoholic beverages are permitted, which was fine with us. It is located in a very rural and secluded area, so bring your own food and everything else you will need. They have a croquet set there and it was fun playing croquet with the James River as a back-drop. You will need to allow time to take a free 30-minute ferry ride (each way) to get over to the Williamsburg-Busch Gardens side of the river and back, which was kind of inconvenient. But, thinking back, this added to the charm of Eastover. There were some small stores and maybe a small restaurant fairly close on “our” side of the river, but we pretty much spent our time relaxing at Eastover, with occasional afternoon trips over to the other side of the river.
If you are looking for a quiet, private, charming place to relax, spread out, collect your thoughts, and connect with family or friends, Eastover fits the bill. I am hoping to have our family return soon, but it is a long drive from Yankee Pennsylvania – that's the only drawback for me!
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.
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