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Romantic River Cottage - Near Historic Williamsburg

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Guest Cottage with Piankatank River in background.


Last updated: 12/31/2016

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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:2
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

SEE OUR OTHER JAMES RIVER FRONT COTTAGES AT VRBO Listing #352993 and VRBO Listing #777232. Both are wonderful beachfront cottages on the historic James River in the Jamestown/Williamsburg area.

The Piankatank River guest cottage is in a beautiful, romantic and private setting. Enjoy this elegant and secluded guest cottage on a lovely 2 acre property located on a private point fewer than 75 feet from the pristine Piankatank River. Delightful as a romantic getaway for two as you watch beautiful sunrises over the water and sip a glass of wine on the pier while the sun sets. Open the windows on cool nights and let the gentle sound of waves lull you to sleep. Enjoy leisurely mornings with coffee and breakfast on your private screened porch overlooking the river or enjoy the sunlight on your open deck. Have fun exploring the river and creeks in owner provided kayaks and enjoy the pool in Virginia's warm spring, summer, and fall weather.

The guest cottage is on our property with a main house, garage and workshop, pool, and pier. The cottage has hardwood floors, a kitchenette, and a bath on the main floor. Bed and bath linens, terry robes, beach towels, and bath and shampoo essentials, paper products, and basic cooking spices are provided.

The kitchen area has a mini fridge, microwave, sink, portable cooktop burner, toaster, electric panini maker, electric griddle, and Kurig coffee maker plus dinnerware and utensils -- everything needed for morning breakfasts and easy lunches. A gas grill on your deck is available for dinners. The screened porch has a dining table and four chairs. Great restaurants are close by if cooking is not on your vacation menu.

This delightful cottage and its lovely surroundings are a perfect base for touring Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown, Petersburg, Richmond and multiple surrounding historic and entertainment sites. So............enjoy the best of both worlds, tranquil evenings on the river listening to the night sounds and amazing mornings by the river combined with wonderful daytime sightseeing in the perfect alternative to a hotel room.

The Nantucket style guest cottage on the property grounds has cedar shake siding and roof, walls of windows, and french doors opening onto a 5' x 15' screened porch and 20' open deck. Views out two sides of the cottage provide incredible pictures of the river, the osprey nest, wildlife, and an occasional pleasure boat traveling up and down the river. The guest cottage has soaring ceilings, two walls of widows, a loft, a main floor four poster queen bed, flat screen TV and DVD, screened porch, and an open deck all overlooking the river and wildlife. Perfectly romantic for two with one bath and kitchenette.

Enjoy fishing off the pier (right outside your door), swimming in the river or pool (during warm weather), kayaking the river and creeks in owner provided kayaks, and use the cottage as a wonderful location for easy day trips to endless historical and entertainment sites throughout Tidewater Virginia.

Bring your boat for sightseeing and fishing on the river and bay. A boat ramp is available just three miles from the cottage and your boat can be docked at our pier. Or sail your sailboat up the river from the Chesapeake Bay. The 11' deep water at the end of the pier at low tide will accommodate large sail and power boats.

The cottage is an easy and picturesque drive (about an hour or less) to Williamsburg, Jamestown, plantations, wineries, and churches. Yorktown, site of the end of the revolutionary War is about a 35 minute drive. Civil War sites, museums and battlefields in Petersburg and Richmond are about 1 1/2 hour drive from the cottage. Norfolk and Virginia Beach are about a 2 hour drive and Washington, DC is 2 1/2 hours.
The property has a lovely oval pool with slate surround overlooking the river and beautiful beds of roses, hydrangea, day lilies and other perennials. The property is located at the end of a two mile long private road and offers privacy for guests wanting a quiet getaway. Guests have access to the pool, the pier, and the grounds. Runners and walkers will find the two mile road on which the property is located perfect for daily outings. The area has a number of homes where both full time residents as well as those with second homes enjoy the beauty of waterside living.

Water lovers will find fishing charters,sight seeing cruises, marinas, sailing schools, and kayak rentals close by. The Piankatank River Golf Club provides public golf just a few miles a way. The Historic Tides Inn, site of past presidential meetings, is located about 20 minutes away in Irvington and has spa facilities.

Grocery, hardware, seafood, marine, and gift stores as well as restaurants, a coffee shop and post office are about five miles away in Deltaville. More restaurants, shopping, and antiquing can be found in Urbanna on the banks of the Rappahannock River and in White Stone, Irvington and Kilmarnock all within a 15 -20 minute car ride. Gloucester is about a 20 minute drive toward the York River and on the way to Yorktown (site of the end of the Revolutionary War on the banks of the beautiful York River) and Jamestown and Williamsburg are about an hour away via the lovely Colonial Parkway.

Keywords: Riverfront cottage, riverfront, beachfront, beach cottage, beach, river, guest cottage, private, writers cottage, river.
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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/31/2016

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 2
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age of 25 for primary renter...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking not allowed in cottage or on screened porch....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Towels, terry robes, soap, shampoo, hair dryer, scale....moreless

  • Bathroom has a combination tub and shower, toilet and sink with vanity....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Pier with deep water. Mean Low Tide water level is 11 feet at end of pier. Docking area for large sailboat or powerboat. White sand beach at low tide and swimming area. Can pull small watercraft up on beach in front of cottage. Boat ramp to launch small watercraft (up to about 18') about three miles away. Two kayaks are provided on site for guests' use....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beachfront
  • River
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing


  • Dining:

    Dining table on adjoining screened porch seats 4....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 2 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air and heat....moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Garage:

    Garage parking may be available if homeowner is not present....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    Luxury bed linens, bath and beach towels, and terry cloth robes provided....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking is provided in parking area of property....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Parking provided on property for vehicle and boat trailer....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet:

    Reliable most of time but located in a rural area on the river so some inconsistency and lack of service can exist....moreless


  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    Cuisinart coffee maker with stainless carafe....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer:

    Small freezer/frig combo....moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchenette with small refrigerator, sink, microwave, portable cooktop, Kurig coffee maker, electric kettle, toaster, dinnerware/utensils, panni grill. Paper products and basic spices provided....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    Also a toaster oven....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat With Paddles
  • Deck / Patio:

    Cottage has a screened porch, and an open deck....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two available with life preservers....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Private pool on property overlooking river available for rental guests' use....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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from 12 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$325 $350
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 5.3%


Rental policies provided

Additional fee of $35 per person per night for third person if approved.

No smoking and no pet

Rates are subject to change without notice.

Holiday Fee of $100 for all major holidays

Travel Insurance recommended at all times and particularly during hurricane season - 6/1 to 11/30

Document provided on local area restaurants, historical sites, shopping, urgent care facilities, etc.

Rental Agreement Provided covering rates and other essential information

Bookings within 30 days of check-in require full payment via credit card

50% deposit required to book the cottage

Balance due 30 days prior to check-in.

Rentals within 30 days of check-in require full payment at time of booking.

Credit cards accepted: Master, Visa, Discover, JCB

Check In: After 5 p.m.

Check Out: By 11 a.m.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Car: Necessary

Incredible river location close to Chesapeake Bay. Property location has river, pier, dock for large boat. About a 45 minute picturesque drive to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown through Gloucester and the Colonial Parkway. Yorktown, site of the end of the Revolutionary War, is about a 30 minute drive from the cottage across the York River at the entry to the Colonial Parkway. Enjoy estate riverfront privacy and fun with an easy drive to historical attractions, plantations, wineries, Water Country, Busch Gardens. Civil War sites in Richmond and Petersburg are a little over an hour away.

Golf, shopping, restaurants, boat tours all available close to property. Deltaville, sailing capitol of Virginia, is about 5 miles. There is a endless list of attractions and things to do in the area.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: I was born in Petesburg, VA and lived in Minnesota for 30 years. I have three cottages available for rent -- two near Williamsburg, VA on the James River and the guest cottage on the Piankatank River. I split my time between Minnesota and Virginia.

Why the Owner Chose Hartfield, VA, USA:
Lovely area with water all around. The Piankatank is one of the cleanest rivers in Virginia. Close to Deltaville, sailing capitol of VA, about an hour from Williamsburg and Jamestown, an hour from Richmond International Airport, and 2 1/2 hours from Washington, DC. Close to Kilmarnock, White Stone and Irvington -- Virgiia's famous Northern Neck. An easy drive to Petersburg and Richmond for Civil War buffs with sites not to be missed. For wine lovers, there are wineries all around featuring tours and tastings.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
In Whitestone, don't miss dinner at The Sandpiper Restaurant and wonderful wine and take-out foods at The River Market. Locales Marina on the Rappahannock River is where you can find Merior - with outstanding seafood of all types. The owners also own The Rappahannock River Oyster Company. In Williamsburg, try the Fat Canery Restaurant for an upscale meal, the Cheese and Wine Shop on Duke of Gloucster St. for great sandwiches to go or to eat on the patio, and our favorite for dinner, Berrets Seafood and Tap House Grill. Enjoy great breakfasts at the Five Forks Cafe near Jamestown Road and lunch at The Old Chckahominy House Restaurant on Jamestown Road with antique and gift shop adjoining.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/31/2016

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  • Guest Cottage with Piankatank River in background.

    Guest Cottage with Piankatank River in background.

  • Entry to property.

    Entry to property.

  • Guest Cottage

    Guest Cottage

  • Looking out to the screened porch from main floor with river in background.

    Looking out to the screened porch from main floor with river in background.

  • Loft single bed - one of two single beds in loft.

    Loft single bed - one of two single beds in loft.

  • Entry to pool

    Entry to pool

  • Looking out windows of Guest Cottage to river.

    Looking out windows of Guest Cottage to river.

  • Looking toward the entry door of the cottage.

    Looking toward the entry door of the cottage.

  • Yard next to pool with garage in background.

    Yard next to pool with garage in background.

  • Queen bed on main floor.

    Queen bed on main floor.

  • Open deck and entry to screened porch with owner's pier in background.

    Open deck and entry to screened porch with owner's pier in background.

  • Pier with deep water looking from guest cottage

    Pier with deep water looking from guest cottage

  • Queen bed on main floor.

    Queen bed on main floor.

  • Queen bed on main floor of cottage.

    Queen bed on main floor of cottage.

  • Loft single bed - one of two single beds in loft.

    Loft single bed - one of two single beds in loft.

  • Cottage entry

    Cottage entry

  • Entry to Guest Cottage.

    Entry to Guest Cottage.

  • Looking to loft.

    Looking to loft.

  • Queen Four Poster Bed

    Queen Four Poster Bed

  • Deck with grill.

    Deck with grill.

  • Guest Cottage taken from the end of the pier.

    Guest Cottage taken from the end of the pier.

  • Guest Cottage Screened Porch.

    Guest Cottage Screened Porch.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017

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