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Life on a Sandbar! * Direct Waterfront! * Smoke-Free Property! * Two Kayaks!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,550 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 5 nights


About the property

Direct Waterfront with access to Atlantic Ocean. 3 bdrm, 2 bath, porch, kayaks.

Life on a Sandbar! Placed directly on the water, this house epitomizes "Life is Good". Everything is easy here. The house is situated for entertaining and has a beautiful sun room that overlooks the bay for those who want to get away from the crowd. Three bedrooms with comfortable queen size beds, two full baths, great room, sun porch, 2 outdoor porches and a yard that leads right to the beach make it the perfect family vacation home! And, kayaks are provided for people who want to get out on the water! Bring your boat your fishing pole - in fact bring all your water toys. You can fish, swim, float and anchor your boat right in bay and access in front of the house. We only rent this property through VRBO, so if you see it listed anywhere else, it is a scam. This is also a smoke-free house and property.

Willoughby Bay is protected from a lot of the big winds and weather, but you have direct access to the Atlantic Ocean!! Centrally located near everything! 40 minutes to WIlliamsburg, 20 minutes to Virginia Beach, 50 minutes to Water Country, 20 minutes to museums, concerts, 4 minutes to a festival park and 2 minutes to two marinas! This house makes vacation easy! And, the kitchen was completely remodeled in March - fully equipped for your fabulous summer creations.

There is a boat ramp 1/4 mile away. where you can put a boat into WIlloughby Bay. From there you can get to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean - or just boat around the corner to the house where you can anchor in front. Two kayaks are provided. The water in front of the house has a gradual decline with no quick drop off. Make sand castles on the beach in front of the house or sit on the porch in the shade of a huge tree and watch the sunset over the water.

Life is good . . . . on a sandbar.

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Greblunas
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 14, 2018


Willoughby Spit House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • There is a sea wall that keeps the bay from going into the yard. On the high side is the yard, on the low side is sand, It's about 3 feet high.
  • $100 to $200 fee plus a $300 deposit ( Deposit is return, provided there is no pet damage. Max pets is limited to 2.)
  • Owner has asthma and is allergic to cigarette smoke. No smoking anywhere on property. That means inside and outside. Thanks.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master Bath in this bedroom
  • There are 3 queen size beds, one in each bedroom. Maximum Occupancy: 8 ( 6 Adults) Linens package (required at peak) only provided for the 3 queen size beds & towels for each guest. Any other bedding must be brought by renter.
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(29 traveler reviews)

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Life on a Sandbar! * Direct Waterfront! * Smoke-Free Property! * Two Kayaks!
average rating of 4.793103 based on 29 reviews

Perfect Property, Great Location, Awesome Owner

  • 5 of 5

We were visiting the area for our son's Navy commissioning ceremony. The location was perfect for all the sights in Norfolk. You can hear the National Anthem each morning from the base across the bay. The house had everything we needed for a perfect family get together. The house was beautiful on the inside, right on the water. Lots of fun with ducks for the kids. We watched a sailboat race from the sun room and though our first day included a lot of rain, we had a great time. We enjoyed cooking together, eating together, playing family games in he sun room into the wee hours and walking on the nearby beach. We found sea glass and visited the sunset grill within walking distance up the road which was delicious! We did not hear the live music, but they have it almost every night. Mary was so helpful making sure we knew what all was around and worked with the cleaning crew so we could get in early and leave after check out time. Mary and her house were very special. She and the house attended to every detail for a great stay. We definitely recommend this property for holiday fun!

The Bain Family

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, thank you for sure a wonderful review. I'm so glad you had fun, even if it did rain some of the time. My husband's boat, the one with the yellow hull, won that race. I'm so glad you guys created some great memories together at our LIfe on a Sandbar. Mary.
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Alexandria, VA

Wonderful home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here twice and love the location. All you need to live comfortably. Nice beds and linens. Well equipped kitchen. Beautiful water view. Owner is delightful and easy to work with. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sweet Spot!

  • 5 of 5

"Life on a Sandbar" was peaceful and relaxing. Just what we needed to reconnect with college friends and unwind from a busy summer of non-stop work.

The home is very quaint and extremely well designed for function. Everything you need for cooking is available in a freshly renovated kitchen. They even have melamine dishes that can be used outside with no fear of breakage. The beds are quite comfortable with quality linens and closet space is plentiful. My 6'4" husband was thrilled that the bath towels actually circled his body. It is a very comfortable home ... crisply decorated while maintaining its rooted charm.

The beach on the Chesapeake Bay is a short walk, as is the Sunset Grill.

(Great food and fun locals!)

Most of our time was spent enjoying the patio ... watching the water, the Naval activities, and the ducks. A few small fish were caught and the kayaks and hammock got plenty of use.

Mary is a delightful homeowner. She was easy to contact and accommodating with our requests, while offering great suggestions for activities and dining. We would definitely return to this sweet spot if the opportunity arises.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home and perfect spot on the bay!

  • 5 of 5

This home is a perfect get -a-way and close to a lot of what Norfolk and Va Beach have to offer. We were on the kayaks within minutes of parking the car, and loved joining the ducks for a quick dip! The house is very well kept and we had all that we needed. Mary was a delight to talk to and she answered my many questions! Each night brought us on on the porch to watch the Navy helicopters, and we even saw a practice water rescue!!


  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenn, Thank you for your great review. I hope next time you can stay over on a Thursday night to watch the sailboat races. Most Sincerely, Mary
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Manhasset, NY

Fun out the back door

  • 4 of 5

We (family of four with kids 8 & 12 years old, and our family dog) spent 2 weeks here and enjoyed it. The house was recently renovated and updated (kitchen) with clean and nice furnishings throughout. The kids loved the beach & bay out the back door. The kayaks were fun, too. And everyone enjoyed watching all the Navy activity across the bay! It's also very convenient to the highway to travel all around -- Williamsburg, Virginia beach. If you trailer your boat, there's a boat ramp just down the street. Mary & Joe were delightful renters.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. Mary
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Clean and well appointed!

  • 5 of 5

Mary's home was a delightful surprise...clean, all we needed to feel at home, and hosts who ensured we were happy and well-informed. A local beach is a ten minute walk and another, with life guards, is only a few minutes drive from the home. Groceries and restaurants all readily available. Close to many great day trip destinations...D.C., Williamsburg, Virginia Beach. Many thanks to our hosts for working with our last minute reservation!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Whole Foods Market
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Jessy's Tienda
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Shipwreck Sally's
Great Breakfast place. known for their eggs benedict!
Farm Fresh - Ocean View
Closest grocery store.
Mermaid Factory
Make your own Norfolk Mermaid.
The Fresh Market
Lots of prepared foods and fresh produce.
Trader Joe's
Luna Maya
Best & freshest Mexican food around. Try their cilantro lime shrimp added to their slaw sala...
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Mermaid Winery
Ocean View Beach
Great place to walk, run, play in the sand, find sea glass, the fun goes on and on. You can ...
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Sunset Grill
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Ocean View
Nearest Train
11 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Sunset Grill
Nearest Beach
You are on it - or walk 4 blocks to Ocean View
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150
Linens (3 beds) & towels $100

I only accept booking for the current calendar year.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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