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Eighteenth-Century Plantation House In Private 100 Acre Forest Park

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Estate, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 1-10) 100 private acres

Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Williamsburg Area's Highest Guest Rated Vacation Rental And Third Highest In Virginia On VRBO/Homeaway! 76 Five Star Reviews!

Lightwood is an elegant eighteenth-century plantation house nestled in an ancient beech forest in rural Surry County, Virginia, and is one of America's most beautiful and unique historic vacation rentals. The estate comprises over one hundred acres of woods, meadows, and streams, and is part of the land given by Chief Powhatan to Pocahontas and John Rolfe as a wedding gift. Lightwood House was the center of a prosperous tobacco plantation, and the home of a Revolutionary War soldier and his family. Built in four different periods circa 1760 to 1795, Lightwood House is completely restored and features exceptional, detailed woodwork and authentic furnishings, yet also offers all modern conveniences including, a jetted tub, satellite TV, and WIFI.

While we are waiting for a link approval on this site, you can still view a slide show of Lightwood on youtube by searching for Lightwood House. "Williamsburg Area Historic Vacation Rental, Lightwood House" will come up.

Children love Lightwood House, with its many nooks and crannies to explore. While the house has many antiques, the furniture is sturdy (one could almost dance a jig on the dining room table without doing any harm) and we have never had a problem with damage by enthusiastic little ones. So please don't worry about turning kids loose in the house, as long as obvious and normal precautions are taken (like no ball games inside etc.)

Recent additions to Lightwood include four long case "Grandfather" clocks, two of which are over 300 years old. The bells are silenced when guests are there, and they can easily be stopped if the ticking bothers anyone.

While the surroundings are completely rural and secluded, the house is only one-and-a-half miles from the town of Surry, where basic essentials are available, and three-and-a-half miles to the 24-hour, 18-minute, free car ferry ride to Jamestown and Williamsburg. From the ferry dock on the other side of the James River, Jamestown is one-half mile, and Colonial Williamsburg six miles away.

The house has five bedrooms and two large bathrooms (the downstairs bathroom features a marble walk-in shower and six-foot whirlpool bathtub), a living room, dining room that seats up to ten comfortably, large classical entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, four fireplaces (three with gas logs or stoves), and back porch, for a total of 2400 square feet. Upstairs there are two larger bedrooms, each with a queen-sized canopy bed, one double bed in a smaller room, and two twin beds in an attic room adjoining one of the queen bedrooms. Downstairs there is a small bedroom with a double bed.

The house is furnished with antiques from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early-nineteenth centuries. A picket-fenced back yard with period outbuildings, including a smokehouse used to smoke the hams for the coronation feast of King Edward VII, completes the scene. Two miles of nature trails meander through the woods and meadows of Lightwood Forest, and offer a close look at local wildlife, which includes deer, turkeys, foxes, turtles, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, and bald eagles. Lightwood offers a private setting and a truly unique and exciting opportunity to step back into another time, all the while enjoying the comforts of the twenty-first century. It is truly a place of beauty, peace, and tranquility.

NOTE:: IF MID-WEEK DATES (MONDAY-THURSDAY) ARE STILL AVAILABLE 10 DAYS OR LESS BEFORE YOUR PLANNED TRIP, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO MAKE A REASONABLE OFFER. (3 NIGHT MINIMUM).

WEDDINGS AND EVENTS:

We now offer space for weddings and other events. Our introductory offer: Friday, 12:00 PM to Sunday 12:00 PM, with overnight stays for up to six, $2,450.00 - $2,950.00, depending on time of year. Includes wedding ceremony area and space for up to a 40X80 tent for receptions and dinners.

AREA ATTRACTIONS:

The historic museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown are only a short drive and free, 24-hour, 20-minute car ferry ride away. All three attractions are connected by the beautiful Colonial Parkway, which begins at Jamestown where the ferry docks, follows the banks of the James and York Rivers, passes through Williamsburg and ends at Yorktown and the Chesapeake Bay. Many important historic Civil War sites are within an hour's drive, in the Richmond/Petersburg area.

River-front beaches can be found in Surry at Chippokes Plantation State Park, at Jamestown on the James River, and at Yorktown on the York River leading to the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Beach itself is only a little over an hour's drive away. Williamsburg is also the home of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA theme parks. Surry County attractions include Bacon's Castle--America's finest seventeenth-century manor house; Smith's Fort Plantation, the site of Captain John Smith's fort of 1609 as well as a lovely 1760s brick house; and Chippokes Plantation State Park, with historic buildings, Olympic-sized pool, and riverfront beach. Boat rentals are available at the Chickahominy River County Park in Williamsburg/James City County.

The historic waterfront town of Smithfield, and seventeenth-century Saint Luke's Church, is a 20-minute drive away. Well-known James River plantations, open to the public, are an easy 45-minute drive and can be found along Historic Route 5, which winds through Charles City County. Richmond is over an hour's drive, and Washington D.C., can be reached in around three hours (depending on NOVA/I-95 traffic conditions

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More Details

Owner
Cliff and Joy Williams
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

About Cliff and Joy Williams

Lightwood is owned by Joy and Cliff Williams. Joy is from County Durham in north-east England, spent part of her childhood in Zambia, and came to Virginia to attend Saint Margaret's School in Tappahannock. She graduated from the University of Richmond and later received her Master's degree in Early American History from the College of William and Mary. Cliff, with old Virginia family roots, spent part of his childhood in Hawaii, attended Indiana University School of Music, and came to work for Colonial Williamsburg as a musician in 1974. He bought Lightwood in 1978 and during the time spent restoring it also worked as an operatic baritone, singing principal roles at such places as the Santa Fe Opera, Barcelona's Teatro Gran Liceo, and the Vienna Staatsoper. He and Joy married in 1989 and lived at Lightwood with their sons until 2003. After moving to Williamsburg, they opened Lightwood House in 2004 as a vacation rental and have enjoyed sharing it with guests from around the world ever since.

Cliff and Joy Williams purchased this house in 1978

Why Cliff and Joy Williams chose Virginia

Since the age of ten, I had always wanted to restore an historic house. Several years after moving to Williamsburg to work for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, I discovered Lightwood House, abandoned and forlorn in rural, unspoiled Surry County, on the south side of the James River. The house was in an advanced state of deterioration, but still had great possibilities. I began the work in 1978 and after ten years had made considerable progress. However, it was not until I married Joy that her influence truly civilized the old place and turned it into the gem it is today. Having worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for many years, I was familiar with the love that visitors to the area have for Colonial American history. With Williamsburg nearby, it seemed likely that an eighteenth-century plantation house could be enjoyed by guests as a home base from which to discover Virginia's historic sites.

What makes this house unique

Staying at Lightwood is truly a unique and extraordinary experience, and visiting the property can be a vacation in itself. There are few places in the United States where it is possible to be so immersed at once in both colonial history and nature. Guests enter a different world after passing through the gates leading to Lightwood, and stepping into the entrance hall is like traveling back in time to the early days of our nation. And although the feel of history is everywhere at Lightwood, all modern conveniences expected in the twenty-first century are provided. The extensive grounds and walking trails at Lightwood are a nature lover's (and a dog's) paradise, and many other historic and scenic sites and attractions are close by. Guests can visit Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown from the comfort and luxury of their own eighteenth-century plantation.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"There was once a group of eight friends,

Who decided to go on a binge.

They rented a charming plantation,

So they could eat and drink on their vacation.

It rained most of the time,

But there was no need to whine.

We giggled and laughed, played games and danced,

So everything turned out just fine!"
Apr 2017
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Amenities

Spring Grove House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms are spacious. The upstairs bath has a tub/shower arrangement. The downstairs bath has a six-foot jetted tub, as well as a separate walk-in marble-tiled shower, with a built-in marble bench.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen-size beds (2): Two larger bedrooms upstairs with a Queen-size bed in each room. Double beds (2): One small bedroom upstairs with a Double bed, and one small bedroom downstairs with a Double bed. Twin or Single beds (2): There is one Attic room with two Twin beds. The Attic room adjoins one of the Queen bedrooms. In order to get to the upstairs bathroom from the Attic room, one needs to go through the Queen bedroom. The rooms act as a kind of family suite.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
Notes:
Fireplaces, Free U.S. Long Distance Phone Calls, WIFI, sattelite TV Central Air and Heat, VCR , DVD player and DVDs, Coffee Maker, Large Crockpot, Comforters , Two Canopy Beds (Queen Sized), Two Double Beds, and Two Twin Beds, Walking Trails, Booster Seat, Children's Playground (Outside Toys, Swings, Slide, and Play Tower), Children's Indoor Toy Closet, Children's Books.

Reviews

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Eighteenth-Century Plantation House In Private 100 Acre Forest Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 322 reviews
5

An amazing historical wonderland!

  • 5 of 5

My parents, my brother and his family, and my family - 10 in all- stepped back in time to stay at this lovely home. It was like living in a museum! The grounds are breath taking! It was too hot to do much exploring but would love to return in cooler weather. The house has everything you could possibly need to feel at home- with fresh wildflowers scattered in different rooms and a fully stocked kitchen. Cliff came by to give us a tour of the house from an architectural view as well as the antiques in the house- Cliff was always available when needed but we enjoyed the solitude and just being together as a family. It is not far from the free ferry over to Jamestown which we used most days and enjoyed the ride as it took us from civilization back to our private woods and house! We were celebrating my parents 50th anniversary - looking for a trip with a wow factor- done cruises, town houses and hotels- but this surpassed them all - the ability to be alone together in a serene historic home- couldn't ask for anything more!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure for me as well to meet you. Joy and I are always gratified when guests have an appreciation of history and nature, and enjoy both while staying at Lightwood.
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Charlotte
5

Another Fabulous Stay

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time in two months that we have had the pleasure of staying at Lightwood. I reviewed this property in June 2017 and nothing has changed regarding this incredible property. It feels like you are transported back to the 18th century as the house was built around 1760 and is furnished and decorated with many period antiques, furniture, and pictures. As you drive up the front entrance, images of carriages and men on horseback come to mind as they traveled in Revolutionary times. Although the house is very historic, it is not lacking in modern conveniences and every need has been anticipated by the owners. We use this home as a base for our visits to Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, and even Busch Gardens and it is so convenient to all of those sites. The fact that you have to use the Jamestown-Scotland ferry to cross the James River only adds to the charm of your stay at Lightwood. After spending a day at Williamsburg or the other historic attractions, it is great to return to your retreat at Lightwood and get away from the all of the crowds. If you are looking for an extraordinary experience and to immerse yourselves in the history of the period, Lightwood is by far an opportunity you will not want to pass up.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Property was everything you would expect. Beautiful home with an amazing piece of property. When you stay here there's no need to go to colonial Williamsburg it's right at your finger tips. Home was very well stocked and very welcoming. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us, and leaving the nice review (and the house in such tidy shape!). Joy and I are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet you before you left, and enjoyed talking with you. It is always satisfying for us to have guests who appreciate the history and nature that Lightwood offers. Best regards, Cliff
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5

Second time staying

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have stayed here before about three years ago. We were delighted to come back and find the house just as wonderful as the first time. Owner called to make sure we were all settled in and see if we needed anything. Love the fenced in yard for our fur babies. Thanks to the owners for sharing this house!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your return visit to Lightwood. Joy and I are very pleased that you enjoyed yourselves once again. As before, it was a pleasure having you as guests!
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5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Great step back in time with modern convenience.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words. It was a pleasure having you as guests!
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5

Perfect for a Family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Five of us stayed overnight, and 8 more came for the day to celebrate a family member's 90th birthday. The house was perfect for our group..full kitchen for cooking, a large dining room table we could all fit around, and a lovely living room to just sit and visit. Although it was a bit hot and humid for outdoor living later in the day, we enjoyed the patio for morning breakfasts, and the central air conditioning was fully adequate for the whole house when the temperature hit 90 outdoors! While the house is in a lovely rural area, Williamsburg is just a short (and free) car ferry ride away...about 45 minutes from house to the 'other side' of the James river. Host(s) were available if needed, but we had everything we needed! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at Lightwood. It was a pleasure having you as guests. Joy and I are very pleased that you enjoyed yourselves so much at our wonderful old house. Thanks! Joy and Cliff
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Additional information about rental rates

If mid-week dates are still available (Monday through Thursday) 10 days or less before your planned trip, feel free to make a reasonable offer. (3 night minimum)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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