Farmhouse on Bay/River Estate, Child/Dog Friendly Wrap-Around Porch, Sandy Beach(25 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
A secluded 22 acre estate with 1100 ft of river shoreline & phenominal views!
**No weddings allowed**
You will be looking 1 1/2 mile up and 2 miles down the East River. The spectacular views will take your breath away as the river laps literally feet away from you. East River has been called 'Little Annapolis' by the 'Chesapeake Bay Magazine'. The uncongested waters provide for a cruising heaven for you to watch kayaks to yachts travel pass. If you want to experience what it is like to live on the water, you must come to Mariner's Legacy. There is nothing comparable to it in Mathews County on the rental market for maritime history, 22 acres of open space and privacy as well as wide, miles long river views and proximity to the Mobjack Bay and Chesapeake Bay,
The home and property have been passed down from great grandfather, Isaac Ward, a sea captain, to present day owner and husband. The oak wood flooring, molding, chair railing, wainscoting, 10 foot columns and ceilings, doors and door handles are original to the house. The home has been lovingly and completely remodeled and open for the first time on the rental market In July 2015.
The house was built by ships carpenters [ships wrights] after the Civil War for Captain Isaac Ward of Somerset County, MD. He had been a blockade runner in the Civil War and had used Williams Wharf to "drop off" goods bound for Richmond. He bought this property with his war profits from Mr. Williams' brother. Mathews County maritime history radiates throughout the house through decorative items and books describing the long and eventful history of the ancestors and the Chesapeake Bay region.
The porch is a perfect place to watch all that nature has to offer; ospreys' catching the evening meal as their mates call out to them, eagles as they soar over your head, dolphins chasing schools of fish and fiddle crabs scurrying across the sand.
The house is on a double peninsula that looks due north 1 1/2 miles up the East River, past Williams Wharf into Put-In Creek and southeast 2 miles down the river towards Mobjack Bay as well into Mill Creek and Raines Creek. This means you have the river in front of you and the creek behind you.
You will be able to launch your boat and moor it at a dock and boat ramp owned by the owners in the adjacent Raines Creek. Mariner's Legacy is perfect for the fisherman in your group. If you bring your boat, cruising the rivers of the Mobjack Bay is a favorite activity, as well tubing or running out to New Point Lighthouse.
Or if you prefer, you can anchor your boat just off shore the sandy beach and walk up to the house with your daily catch. The sandy area is perfect for launching kayaks and small sail boats. This area has a hundred foot or so gradual walk to deeper water, typical of Tidewater Virginia. The sandy river bottom has been a perfect area for generations of children to enjoy the water without fear of getting into deep water quickly. Four kayaks are provided with the house.
There is a 7 acre wide expansive grassy yard overlooking the rivah and is perfect for a pick-up game of soccer, crochette, volleyball & cornhole. The children will love playing tag & chasing lighting bugs as generations of children have done before them! The fire pit is on the western side of the house so you can sit and enjoy the sun setting over the East River as you roast your marshmallows.
The house is a three story classic Tidewater vernacular farm house. The theme is nautical-chic. The neutral walls are offset with fabrics in farmhouse colors (deep red, navy, khaki). The palette is echoed throughout the house-from the first floor "rivah" room and dinning room to the third floor gathering area.
The ground floor has an enclosed heated porch with washer, dryer and second refrigerator. This opens into the Back Foyer, which has storage for outdoor dining ware. Laundry products, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and napkins are provided. Dish and dishwasher detergent as well as any clean-up products are provided. You will also find the crab steamer, with wooden mallets and crab seasoning provided as well as the sturdy brown paper to put on the picnic table for you own crab picking while watching the sunset. One of our guests said "You know it has been a good meal when you can wrap it up, throw it away and hose down your table!"
The updated kitchen has new stainless steel appliances. Cooking for 12 will be no problem in the top of the line well appointed kitchen. The dinning room has a farm table with seating for 12. Plenty of extra cozy seating on 2 additional leather sofas for reading or conversation are also in this room.
The 'rivah' room overlooks the expansive views of the East River, with lots of seating for watching the 55 inch flat screen HD TV, playing games or just enjoy relaxing. The full downstairs bathroom is on the west wall.
The second floor has four bedrooms with queen size beds with high thread count luxury linens and reading alcoves overlooking the river and creeks. There are two full bathrooms are on the second floor. Oversized luxurious Egyptian cotton bath linens are provided to each guest.
As you enter the third floor family area, there is a Pottery Barn sofa and 48 in flat screen HD TV with "take your breath away river views"! Plenty of additional seating is provided to read or lounge.
On this floor are two bedrooms, with two twin beds in each room. One of the bedrooms is decorated for your favorite pirate. Family lore has been passed down that Captain Ward's brother had a parrot and a peg leg! Capt. Ward inherited the parrot, which was know to say "Captain Ike, someone's at the mill!" The western window overlooks the remnants of this tidal mill. A half bath is on this floor.
The porch wraps around three sides of the house and all three sides overlook the East River. The proximity to the water provides panoramic views for your morning coffee right through evening cocktails! There are seating areas on each side of the porch beckoning you to come and sit awhile. A hammock with hooks on either side of the porch allows you to follow the ever present breeze that being on a peninsula gives you.
Keywords: Chesapeake Bay, Waterfront, Riverfront, Beach, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Kayaking, Crabbing, Dock, Boat Ramp, Family, Reunion, College Graduation, Kids, Biking, East River, Mobjack Bay, Mathews County, Historic, Victorian, Maritime, Civil War, Privacy, Weekend trips from Washington D.C.
Member since: 2015
- 2650 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
So many activities for children and adults who like to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Play-set, volleyball & corn hole provided. Two children's bikes andfour adult bikes provided with helmets....moreless
- Non Smoking Only
Small house broken dogs considered. Please pick up your pet's waste as a consideration for all. Please bring your pet's bedding from home so we can maintain cleanliness of our human bed comforters. If your dog is crate trained, the back porch is a perfect place. It has heating and air but is away from the busy family areas...moreless
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
- All Bedrooms have wonderfully comfortable mattresses with new luxurious high thread linens. Guests frequently ask us "Where did you get such comfortable mattresses and pillows?" I hate to travel and then sleep on miserable beds! So I want our guests to feel and be pampered with the best beds possible. This is a home built in 1867, where clothes were hung in wardrobes. There are not closets in each bedroom but hooks are provided if the room does not have a wardrobe. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Building for those for rainy days! Have a collection of books on the history of Mathews, Civil War history of Middle Peninsula of Virginia and maritime history of Mathews and the Chesapeake Bay...moreless
- DVD Player:
Family favorites such as Clue, Monopoly, Jenga as well as games for younger children. Cards are also available. Table Pool and Table Foosball is also available. Corn Hole & volleyball-outside...moreless
- Satellite / Cable:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Outlet Shopping
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Mathews County was voted #1 for families in the Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mathews, VA was also voted the 5th place winner in Budget's Travel's nationwide 'Coolest Small Town" in America' contest....moreless
Located on the East River Look upriver 3 miles to the mouth of Put-in creek, west to the mouth of Mill Creek, east towards the mouth of the East River and Mobjack Bay and south in to Raines Creek....moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Seating for 12 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
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- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils:
Tons of mixing bowls and coastal theme serving dishes to meet all of your cooking and entertaining needs. Some are owners mother's bowls she used to make cakes and cookies. Pantry staples provided....moreless
Four adult and 1 children's. The long lanes meandering through fields and woods is perfect to ride bikes. Little traffic is on our roads in Bohannon and Mobjack; it is a frequent trail for bikers....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Ample seating with new poly-wood picnic table with water views in all four directions. Perfect for crab picking and watching the sun set over the East River! Located directly by propane grill...moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
Lawn / Garden:
HUGE 7 acre lawn on estate. A professional level corn hold set and volleyball set included. Newly added fire pit with ample seating with the panoramic views that makes Mariner's Legacy so incredible...moreless
- Outdoor Grill:
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Jan 2 - Mar 25, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
Mar 26 - May 19, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
May 20 - Jun 16, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
Jun 17 - Sep 4, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Saturday
Sep 5 - Nov 17, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
Nov 18 - Nov 26, 2017
3 night min stay
Nov 27 - Dec 16, 2017
3 night min stay
Thu, Fri, Sat
Dec 17 - Jan 2, 2018
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
Fees and Rental Conditions:
- Cleaning & Linen fee $250
- Pet Fee $100
- Property Damage Protection $99
- Tax Rate 5.3%
100% refund of owner's fees if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Rates are subject to change before reservation is confirmed.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Located in Tidewater Virginia, a region rich in history and water recreation opportunities! Visit Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. William Kelso says Jamestown 'is where the British Empire began ... this was the first colony in the British Empire.' Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum, where you can step back in time and experience what it was like to live in the 18th century. The end of the Revolutionary War occurred at Yorktown, a small tobacco port located on the York River. The Colonial National Historical Park links all the three of these treasure.
The Mariners Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, is located in Newport News, VA. It has rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and so much more. Downtown Norfolk is 64 miles away with multiple museums, such as Chrysler Museum Of Art, MacArthur Memorial Museum, and Nautilus Museum. Virginia Beach, located on the Atlantic Ocean, has the Virginia Aquarium.
The Daffodil Festival, held every Spring in the Gloucester Village, celebrates the official flower of the Middle Peninsula. The Oyster Festival, the official state oyster festival, is always the first weekend in November in the town of Urbanna. If you love oysters, you have to go to Merroir: Topping, VA. At the Rappahannock River Oyster Co. tasting room, slurp down a dozen just feet from the water where they were harvested. Or try Angels on Horseback, baked oysters with thick, crisp slices of Edwards ham.
Year Purchased: 1867
About the owner: Mariner's legacy has been in my family since 1867. My father farmed this land and I grew up in the house. I learned at an early age how to be a good steward of this special place we call home. I married my Mathews High School sweetheart after graduating from nursing school in Richmond in 1979. I have worked as an RN at the local hospital in the ICU, ER and as coordinator for the cardiac rehab. Working in your hometown hospital requires a high level of accountability as you are truly caring for your neighbors and friends. Good prep as I enter this new phase of offering my family home to others! Both Rick & I have volunteered for various organizations in the county while balancing busy professional lives, raising two wonderful daughters and taking care of our own adjoining 6 acre property and home. Rick and I have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this house and land, just as my ancestors have done for years.
Why the Owner Chose Bohannon, VA, USA:
Mariner's Legacy has been my families home for generations. It is a pleasure and an honor to share our families home with other families to continue their legacy of wonderful memories. The water views from each room are truly amazing. Come sit in the nooks and crannies and read your favorite book as I did as a child. Or enjoy your morning coffee on the wrap-around porch while watching the osprey couple fly in front of you to search for their chick's breakfast. Watch the local water 'women' come in with her catch and dock in the creek. Put on your water shoes and wade along the river's shore line searching for Indian arrowheads. Put the kayaks overboard and explore the many creeks on the East River, which is a Blue Water Riverway. There really are not adequate words to describe how much I love being on the East River I look forward to the opportunity to give others the same experiences I've been blessed to have for the last 57 years. My family means everything to me and I cherish each opportunity to be with my children and grandchildren. Mariner's Legacy has hosted generations of family get-togethers and family "dinning's". We have brought the home into the 21st century so all the current families can enjoy this incredible place.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Guests will have access to additional waterfront property with commercial size dock, boat ramp and one slip to moor your own boat on adjoining creek with protected cove. Enjoy crabbing with string and chicken necks! Public fishing pier located directly across the river. Watch osprey couples hunt for fish each evening right in front of you while you sit on the wrap around porch enjoying your evening drink! Heron and egrets hunting along the shoreline as the tides changes.
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Enjoy family time while watching the East River flow just beyond your windows!
New stainless steel appliances with sunset water views each evening!
Master bedroom; watch the ospreys, egrets and blue herons right outside
2nd floor bedroom with terrific views up & down the river w/o leaving your bed!
2nd floor queen bedroom with designer crib. Another day in Paradise. Creek view
Third floor bedroom with 2 mile river view. Part of the "children's tower"
Savor your evening glass of wine while enjoying the gentle breezes off the Riva
Lots of nooks and cranny's to relax inside and out
Brand new cedar play-set for our youngest guests. Conveniently located
Fun in the sun! Kayak, swim and float off the beach area in the clean salt water
Launch your boat at private boat ramp.Tie up at boat- slip on protected creek
Large farm table to gather friends & family, Leather sofa & loveseat to relax
New stainless steel double door refrigerator plus plenty of storage
Master bedroom looking up the East River for over 2 miles! Perfect for relaxing
2nd floor queen bedroom. East River and Raine"s Creek views with reading nook.
Third floor bedroom for our youngest guests with creek and farmland views
Sunrise on the East River. Perfect place to start your day!
Watch the sunset while enjoying the fire-pit. Wood & fire-starter provided
Third floor family room view into Mill Creek from
Boats, boats and more boats await you!
Watch the sun rise from the third floor window. Full moons are spectacular also
A stunning arial view of the estate, the East River into Moback Bay at the top
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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