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Eighteenth-Century Plantation House In Private 100 Acre Forest Park

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property
house
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

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

Williamsburg Area, Surry VA.

Lightwood is an elegant eighteenth-century plantation house nestled in an ancient beech forest in rural Surry County, Virginia. 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.

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 3 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, two large bathrooms, one upstairs and one downstairs, one of which features a marble walk-in shower and six-foot whirlpool bathtub, a living room, dining room that seats up to 10 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.

WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

We offer space for weddings and events. For details and pricing, please contact us.

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 hours 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 Route #5, which winds through Charles City County. Richmond is over an hour's drive, and Washington D.C., can be reached in around 3 hours (depending on NOVA/I-95 traffic conditions.)

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Owner
Cliff and Joy Williams
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Cliff and Joy Williams

Lightwood is owned by Joy Weatherley Williams and Cliff Williams. Joy is from County Durham in north-east England, spent part of her childhood in Zambia, and came to Virginia in 1982 to attend Saint Margaret's School in Tappahannock. She attended the University of Richmond, graduating in 1987, and then the College of William and Mary where she received her Master's degree in Early American history. 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 Andrew and Thomas 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 10 years had made considerable progress. However, it was not until I married Joy that her influence truly civilized the old place and made it what 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

What a special treat to enjoy this historic area and then end the day at this lovely property. We enjoyed the property and its hiking trails, the lovely warming fireplaces, and the lovingly decorated home. Our children (who love to pretend) were tickled with toy "nook," outdoor playset and space to spread their wings. Your kindness and prompt attention to our (small) issue was so appreciated What a wonderful time! Hope to return!
Dec 2016
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Eighteenth-Century Plantation House In Private 100 Acre Forest Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 298 reviews
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Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

We met our extended family down there. What a great house! We had a wonderful vacation-enjoyed Williamsburg, Jamestown, Busch Gardens and lots of GOLF.

The kids favorite thing was taking the ferry daily! Cliff and Joy are fantastic.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2007
  • Stayed: Jun 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This house is gorgeous and so is the property. The trails are nice and peaceful. So happy to have found it as this may be an annual rental for us! 3 fireplaces! Whoa.

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Happy family

  • 5 of 5

This home and property were absolutely beautiful and awe-inspiring. Words cannot express the beauty found both within and outside. Ferry rides to/from Williamsburg were seamless and just added another fun dimension to the trip. Cliff was SUPERB in his timely attention to us. He not only replaced a DVD player within just hours of a request from us, but he also went back after we had left, found my lost keys and sent them to me. This property is more than advertised!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, VA
5

Another fantastic stay at Lightwood!

  • 5 of 5

This was the 4th year my family has stayed at Lightwood during the holiday season. The owner does an amazing job of decorating the house for the season. The private hiking trails are like no other property we've visited and the house couldn't be more unique and cozy. It's clear the owner takes great pride in ensuring an enjoyable stay for his guests. If you love history and nature then you'd be hard pressed to find a better destination than Lightwood. My family plans to continue to make this a holiday tradition for many years to come.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Athens, GA
5

Perfect Home for a visit to Williamsburg!!

  • 5 of 5

The home was beautiful! It has so much character that everyone in the family was delighted to explore. From the 10 year old in the family to the 78 year old- we all enjoyed exploring the property and felt right at home. Thank you for making our Thanksgiving visit to the area such a wonderful and memorable trip!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying at Lightwood, and for your good care of the house while there. Thanksgiving is a special time to be at Lightwood- a traditional holiday in a unique traditional setting, and I am so glad you enjoyed yourselves. It was a pleasure having you as guests. Regards, Cliff
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Yardville NJ
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Amazing Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from an amazing family vacation. We stayed for 5 nights. (6 adults & 3 children) The house is beautifully decorated. We had plenty of room indoors and outdoors. Very kid friendly. There are toys and books conveniently located in closets and nooks around the house. The yard is fenced in and our children enjoyed the playground. We loved taking the ferry to Jamestown. it is exactly 15 minutes to get across Most times we drove right on Sometimes we waited 5-10 minutes. The schedule does change in the evening from every half hour to hourly so one time we did have a wait. Our favorite places we took the ferry to were The Jamestown Settlement, Ripleys (loved the 4-D movies) the glass house (where you can watch glass blowing and shop), the Event Park (on the left side as soon as you get off the ferry $5 to park and you can swim in the river wasn't crowded) the Red, Hot and Blue BBQ (near Ripleys) and Food for Thought (next to Ripleys (they have gluten free options) Nearby the house we went to the Virginia Diner, Surrys Seafood, Bacons Castle and I highly recommend Ed-n-lo Antiques in Wakefield (so much good stuff check out their Facebook page :) there is also a children's clothing store upstairs and a few more antique stores on the same road (right near Virginia Diner). We did hike around the property after reading the Faery Story. It's beautiful and secluded (a lovely local woman told us a celebrity stayed here somewhat recently :) We had the pleasure of briefly meeting the owner, Cliff. If we ever head this way again we will stay here. A lovely historic home with a kid friendly yard is always more enjoyable than a hotel room for our family of 9. Thank you so much

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Map

Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Spring Grove House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter 2017
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$269
$1,650
 
 
March
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$295
$1,750
 
 
Spring/Summer/Fall
Apr 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
$395
$2,625
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$395
$2,625
 

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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.
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 large. The upstairs bath has a tub/shower arrangement. The downstairs bath has a 6 foot jetted tub, as well as a separate walk-in marble-tiled shower, with a built-in seat.
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 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 bath 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 ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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