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Morattico Waterfront Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Waterfront vacation home with 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom vacation h

Located in the quaint riverside village of Morattico VA, this charming vacation home provides a relaxing getaway from city and urban living. The home is situated on an acre of land and provides waterfront access to the Lancaster Creek with views of the Rappahannock River. There are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms (one with tub and one with shower), two screened porches (front and back) and a spacious living room with working fireplace. Five ceiling fans throughout the house and in each bedroom along with central A/C keep the home comfortable all summer long. A dock on the property with built-in seating provides water access for canoes/kayaks, crabbing/fishing, entertaining, and watching incredible sunsets over the water. Two kayaks with paddles and life jackets are available at the house. (Water at the end of the dock is about 1 foot deep during very low tides.)

The house has a total of two beds (king and queen). A twin-size portable mattress is also provided. The third bedroom contains a sectional sofa that sleeps two adults comfortably and the living room sofa will sleep one adult comfortably. Please note that the sofas are not pull-out sleepers, but were selected based on being comfortable for sleeping (ie, seat cushions lay flat and the back cushions can be removed to make up twin-sized bed sleeping arrangements.

Morattico is a quiet, relaxing place with it’s own tiny waterfront post office, white frame church and a Waterfront Museum. The Museum is located just a few doors down and provides a glimpse of history into the once vibrant oyster, fishing, and crabbing industry that sustained the town for many years. You’ll also learn about the history of the town and Northern Neck going back to 1608 when Captain John Smith met the Morauchtacund Indians. Gradually since the 1960’s the town has slowly transformed into a vacation and second-home destination.

The Northern Neck is home to nine wineries, known as the Chesapeake Wine Trail. They include Athena Vineyards, General’s Ridge Vineyard, Good Luck Cellars, The Dog & Oyster, Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery, Vault Field Vineyards, Jacey Vineyards, and Belle Mount Vineyards.

Located adjacent to the town of Morattico is Belle Isle State Park, with the entrance 5 miles from the house. The park features a beach, picnic facilities, public boat landing, canoes, motor boat rentals, free concerts, and nature trails.

Many interesting historical attractions are nearby, including George Washington’s birthplace located on Pope’s Creek off the Potomac River. Some other noteworthy stops include Stratford Hall (Robert E. Lee’s restored plantation home), Christ Church (built in 1735), Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, and Menokin (home of Declaration of Independence signer Francis Lightfoot Lee).

Some favorite restaurants with waterview dining include Merroir in Topping (Rappahannock Oyster Company), The Tiki Bar at Windmill Point, Horn Harbor in Burgess and The Crazy Crab in Reedville. Two restaurants are within 10 minutes of the house: The Oaks and Corner Bar & Grill. Other great places to check out are The Car Wash Cafe, Northern Neck Burger Co., Trick Dog Cafe, Rappahannock Grill, Relish, and Lancaster Tavern.

Golfers can head to the par-71 at King Carter Golf Club or the par-72 course at Golden Eagle. Both offer challenges to players of all levels, with holes set amidst a beautiful natural backdrop. The 19th hole at both courses offers dining opportunities.

Cell phone coverage: Verizon and AT&T have towers throughout the Northern Neck peninsula. Sprint and Virgin do not have towers, but their signals are adequate at the house since towers from across the river reach Morattico. 2G coverage is available from T-Mobile.

Morattico is located 70 miles from Richmond, 115 miles from DC, 95 miles from Norfolk, and 145 miles from Baltimore. The closest major airports are in Richmond (72 miles) and DC’s Reagan National (108 miles).

More Details

Scott Ward
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About Scott Ward

I grew up in Richmond, VA and spent many hours each summer on the James river, Chesapeake Bay and intercostal waters of Eastern Shore Virginia where my dad grew up. Naturally I just love being on the river in the Northern Neck of VA and enjoy all the great things about this part of the state--fresh produce and seafood, beautiful parks, wineries, historical landmarks, etc.

Scott Ward purchased this house in 2010


Lancaster House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - sectional sofa sleeps two 6' adults (Not a pull-out sleeper)
    Bedroom 1 Master BR - 1 king , Master bedroom has a private bathroom with shower.
  • The house has two beds (king and queen). Bedroom 2 has a sectional sofa that is not a pull-out sleeper. The bedroom and living room sofas were purchased with the intent that they be comfortable for adults to sleep on (seat cushions are flat and comfortable and back cushions come off for plenty of room). Twin sheets fit nicely on the sofas.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Beautiful spot - very peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Property was very clean and well kept. Beds were great!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jim was a wonderful guest and great to communicate with! Jim and his family were wonderful to work with and left my home very neat and tidy. I hope they will be able to visit again sometime. I highly recommend Jim to other hosts!
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Sutherland, VA

Peaceful vacation at its best!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful find! This clean, tidy cottage is located on a unique spit of land. The views from the porches are serene, as are the sounds of the osprey hovering nearby. Friendly neighbors, easy access to local restaurants and towns. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Colonial Heights Va

The house was very clean and well appointed, anything that you might need is there

  • 5 of 5

The views of sunrise and sunset are AWESOME! The property is nicely done with all needed amenities in the house. The screened porches make a nice dining area for morning coffee and dinner in the evening. If you enjoy unique shops, restaurants, and attractions the Northern Neck is the place to be. Kilmarnock has to be one of the friendliest towns around!

The owner of the property, Scott, has done a great job of making the house feel like a home, not just a rental property. He is easy to get in touch with and is responsive to all inquiries.

Kayaking around the creek is a must, the osprey watching is too cool.

Can't wait to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moseley, VA


  • 5 of 5

Outstanding, beautiful place on Lancaster Creek. Morratico is a delight. Owner has a well-maintained, clean and well-equipped cottage. Amazing sunsets! Be sure to tour the village and the Morratico Museum.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing get-away with all the amenities of home

  • 5 of 5

We (4 adults) spent several days over Thanksgiving. There was plenty of places to spread out between the roomy kitchen, 2 screened porches, living room, den, and big backyard with swing and dock. The village is quiet and quaint, perfect for walking or cycling with lots of eagle-spotting opportunities and side roads to explore. The Northern Neck/Middle Peninsula area is surrounded by water galore ("All Roads are Dead End") with superb restaurants, unique shops, historical splendor, and small town charm. Scott, the owner, is amenable and easy to work with. Our only complaint - the tiniest - is that the kitchen is so well equipped with cooking/serving/entertaining paraphernalia, there is little room to store groceries if you prefer to nest in more than eat out.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Far from the maddening crowd" !!!

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a very nice, comfortable, and extremely well equipped home away from barking dogs, sirens and traffic, this is the place. The silence is almost deafening. Golden !! Bring a good book(s) and a fishing rod and enjoy. The sunrises off the front screened in porch and the sunsets from the back screened in porch were too tempting to resist taking pictures. I might even frame a couple. A mid-morning short drive to Kilmarnock offers all that anyone would need to pick up groceries, bait and supplies of all types from their 3 grocery stores and a Wal-Mart and many more businesses. But do have lunch (or dinner) somewhere like Lee's Restaurant; family style, reasonable prices and really good food. There are numerous other quaint little specialty shops to walk around and shop as well. And everybody waves at you!!!! Very friendly area. Irvington is just a couple of miles south of Kilmarnock and offers more of the same. Probably a good idea to bring a cooler, get groceries last and ice down before heading back as it's maybe 20 to 30 minutes back home. As far as sightseeing, the Morattico Museum (about a block and a half away from the house) is really a trip back to memory lane. We spent an hour there. Also, Christ Church near Lancaster was well worth the $5. admission and guided and self-guided tour. That was another worthwhile hour spent learning about Robert King Carter and his emancipation of slaves and extraordinary architectural skills. The old church incredible. There is more at the house than the description tells actually. There is indeed a refrig with icemaker and the owner keeps upgrading things it seems. Nice. I have never stayed at a rental home with both charcoal and gas grill. Just like home ! OK. book it if you like, but don't tell too many people. I want to chance to come back !!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Richmond International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
The Corner Bar & Grill
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
The Oaks
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $85
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $200

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.