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Chesapeake Bay View Close Beach Access Surf Fishing, Boat Rental at Marina

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Sleeps 5 Close to the Beach

One bedroom has a queen bed and the second bedroom has a bunk bed and a single bed, sleeps 5 people total. Enjoy the peaceful location staying on an Island with breathtaking water views and close to beach area. Home has a sun room and 2nd floor deck for more spectacular bay views.

Gwynns Island has a boat ramp where you can launch your boat or there is a marina just before you cross the bridge to the island where they will keep it and launch it for you. New in 2015, Morningstar Marina has boat rentals. They also sell bait there. Info in the cottage about kayak rentals too.

If you can't catch it you can buy it at the Island Seafood store, and the Seabreeze restaurant on the island has good fried flounder.

More Details

Property Manager
Frances Minor
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 9, 2017

About Frances Minor

Currently live in Virginia and wanted to spend summers at our rental. We are having to spend more time at our jobs and are not able to be at our cottage as much as we had hoped. Just decided to rent it out for a while until we have more time to stay ourselves. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Frances Minor purchased this house in 2012

Why Frances Minor chose Virginia

We fell in love with this property when we sat on the sofa in the living room and saw the endless views of the spectacular Chesapeake Bay. So peaceful and relaxing.


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(4 traveler reviews)

Chesapeake Bay View Close Beach Access Surf Fishing, Boat Rental at Marina
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Relaxation & peace beyond understanding !!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful time recharging the batteries in this clean adorable home with fabulous views. The private beach although small was perfect for my younger grand kids as there are no waves or undertow to worry about -- and never crowded! No more than a family or 2 at a time. Wish I could have recalled where I rented the golf cart from for added fun! The only downer is the water inside is brownish ( inherent to the area no doubt) so just bring drinking water ... We will be back !!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. Seems like the water softener was in need of salt tablets while you were there and a filter needed changing. We'll keep a closer check on it. The water in our area has a lot of iron and almost everyone has water softeners to help filter the iron out. Not sure if you noticed on the map that there are 2 beach areas in the community and a community pier. I'll try to look up places that rent golf carts for you and any others that may like that while you are here. Thanks for coming back and hope you will keep us in mind for your future travels.
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Charlottesville, Va

A pretty place!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful time at this pretty home. Everything was there to fit our needs and we really enjoyed sitting on the deck and looking out to the bay. Very peaceful and pleasant to be there for a week. I really did like the high bed, made you feel like a princess. Just don't fall out!! lol Loved the small town of Mathews, Va, lots of Antique stores and others. Frances took care of us and was very nice. Only one thing, the water. I needed to buy a few gallons of spring water to drink, make coffee etc. Shower was fine. Not sure if this is like this all of the time or once in awhile. A minor thing, maybe buy some before you get to the home. We would definitely love to visit again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maidens, VA

We Want to Come Back!

  • 5 of 5

This home is so wonderful for our family and the view of the Chesapeake Bay is outstanding! Access to the beach is easy, just across the street. Everything we needed was there in the home ready to use, just like in our own home. From the washer/dryer to the outside grill, the owners really had in mind those who would rent this nice house. Driving to get groceries, or to eat out is not far from the beach house, with a continued view of the Bay getting in or off of the Island. We felt so relaxed being there. Driving around the Island made us feel we were away in another land that had stepped back in time, but is still ready to meet our needs as a family needing a vacation. Really liked the Sun Room to eat in & going to the top of the roof to relax on the deck. Lots of Seabirds & Boats to watch as they go by the home. Glad we brought our binoculars to see the different Sailboats & huge Cargo Ships so far away. We actually saw a family of Dolphins go by one morning.

This is really the place to be for some serious "downtime". It's a quiet neighborhood, that truly melts your stress away. We want to come back here to this house that made us feel that we didn't want the vacation to end!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That's exactly the way we feel when we are there. We have a marina close by that rents boats this year, so those that want to join in the fun will be able to do so. There is a place to rent kayaks and someone rented a golf cart for the week last year. Lots of beauty here. You never get tired of those Chesapeake Bay views!
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Richmond, VA

My new favorite place!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation at the Bay View cottage. It's like a dream to sit and look directly out your window at the water! The beach is beautiful and great for little ones! And I love all the little shops on Main Street in Mathews! The queen bed had the most comfortable, pillow-top mattress! The sun room was a beautiful place to enjoy dinner - looking over the water. The furnishings are great. I loved being on the island!! We hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Hummell Field, Topping, VA
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Mathews Courthouse, Mathews, VA
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Jamestown, VA
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Piankatank River Golf Club, Hartfield, VA
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Richmond, VA
Nearest Motorway
Fronts on East Shore Drive
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Seabreeze Restaurant, Gwynn, VA
Nearest Beach
Across road - Community beach
Car: necessary

Mathews was voted 5th Coolest Small Town in the UNITED STATES! We are centrally located between historical Williamsburg and Richmond.

Gwynns Island is a special place to visit.


Rates & Availability

Grimstead House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 27 2016 - Mar 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
Mar 5 2017 - May 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
May 28 2017 - Sep 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2017 - Dec 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $100

One-half weekly rent due on booking date with rental agreement. Remainder with damage deposit due 25 days prior to reservation date.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Grimstead House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 912 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Full Bathroom with tub/shower combo
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • 2 Bedrooms, one with queen bed opens to sun room. Second bedroom has Bunk bed and single bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
New in 2015 - Boat rental at nearby marina! Kayak and paddle board rental available in the area also.

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