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18th c. Plantation--Also Weddings, Retreats, Special Events, Hunting/Fishing

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths2
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

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This King William, Va. former 3,000 acre plantation offers one of the most peaceful settings anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic, yet its proximity to important Revolutionary and Civil War battlefields, museums, and other historic sites, wineries, and canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hunting (we have our own dock), and guided nature tours make it the perfect accommodation for your trip to the Richmond area. Colonial Williamsburg is less than an hour away. Charlottesville, home of Jefferson's Monticello, the University of Virginia, and Charlottesville RVA wine region, are about 90 minutes' drive. (Saude Creek Winery and New Kent Winery and Vineyards are each about half an hour away.)

The 5,000 square foot, 18th c. Georgian plantation home offers a total of six guest bedrooms and sleeps 12. Owner and family Basset Hound occupy the former chauffeur's quarters on the property during guest occupancy. The property is available for weddings, retreats, and special events. Please see

Now on nearly 15 riverfront acres, this unique home is less than two hours from Washington, D.C., about 35 minutes from Richmond, Va., and less than an hour from Colonial Williamsburg. The 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor, one of the most decisive of the Civil War, was fought just 20 miles from North Point. (All told, the Richmond area has more Civil War and Emancipation sites than anywhere in the country. Blood stains on the North Point's top floor are a testament to its use as a hospital during the Civil War.)

The calm Mattaponi River, named for an indigenous Indian tribe, and the 160 century-old box woods that line the drive leading to the house are the signature features of our property. The seven bedroom (one bedroom is currently set up as a sitting room), five bathroom home overlooks a tidal bend in the river and is suffused with light throughout the day. Built in typical, 18th c. plantation style--one room deep, with windows facing front and back, the gently flowing Mattaponi River fills almost every view from the house. Guests may enjoy the river and landscape from the home's large back porch.

The home's exceptional beauty and serenity were noted in the book, Old Virginia Houses: The Northern Peninsula. But the plantation's ownership during the 18th and early 19th centuries by the Roane family, one of Virginia's wealthiest and most politically connected, make it historically noteworthy.

Established sometime in the 1720's, the property was part of the larger Mount Pleasant plantation patented by Samuel Garlick. When in 1762 ownership of the plantation passed to the Roane family, one of Virginia's wealthiest and most politically connected, the plantation became significant in the annals of Virginia history.

​John Roane, born on the plantation in 1766, served two stints in the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1788-1790 and in 1792, and then served in the U.S. Congress between 1809-1815, and then again from 1827-1831. John Roane's son, John Jones Roanne, also was born on the plantation and like his father, served in the Congress from 1831-1833.

The home's main architectural and structural features, such as original hard pine floors, six fireplaces, brick walls and wood moldings are unchanged through the centuries. The old brick "summer kitchen" and round well remain. A paper mulberry tree and two of three towering pecan trees date from the 18th century.

Built in typical 18th c. tidewater colonial style, the house is one-room deep (interior brick walls are 29 inches thick), with windows facing front, back, and side, so that the gently flowing Mattaponi River fills nearly every view from inside the house. Bald Eagles, Ospreys, King Rails and Least Bitterns, staging Soras and Tree Swallows, and large populations of geese and other winter fowl fill the air around North Point with their song. Guests can savor those sounds, along with the beautiful sunrises, magnificent sunsets, and brilliant star-filled skies over the home's large back porch, making their special time at our home unforgettable.

Standing on the gentle slope overlooking the Mattaponi, it's easy for one to imagine yesteryear when the plantation bustled with activity and important visitors came from far and wide to discuss politics and the business of planting.

The house is divided into four levels, including the English basement, where the kitchen, dining room, half bath/laundry room, and pantry are located. Guest bedrooms are on the third and fourth levels.

Master bedroom suite features a king-size four poster bed, gas fireplace, full bath, refrigerator in a closet for your wine or water, and an attached sitting room.

One large guest room, with king-size antique brass bed, has a connecting guest room (likely a former nursery) with antique double brass bed. Both rooms share a large full bath and together are perfect for families or friends. An adjacent bedroom, with queen-size bed, has a full bathroom (newly renovated with frameless glass and marble shower) just outside the bedroom. Together, these three bedrooms and two baths, sleeping up to six people, are perfect for a large family or related friends/family.

Two additional bedrooms, one with king-size bed, the other with queen-size bed, are located on the fourth level. Guests occupying those bedrooms have use of the full bathroom on the third level, described above. That bathroom is centrally located on the third level.

We also have queen-size aerobeds for extra guests. Call for price over 12 guests.

Updated, gourmet kitchen with original hearth, is fully stocked with high-end implements.

Check In: 4 p.m. Check out: 12 noon.

More Details

Rhonda Sonnenberg
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

Why Rhonda Sonnenberg chose King William

As described in the book, Old Virginia Houses: The Northern Penninsulas, our home is distinguished by its peacefulness, largely due to the Mattaponi River, but also for the way the light enters the house. There is no better place to relax, meditate, feel the joy of life, than from the porch of our Bed and Breakfast. Yet it is conveniently located the major Civil War and Revolutionary War sites, the historic city of Richmond, wineries, and nature activities.

What makes this house unique

The location is perfect for travelers heading north to south or south to north because we are only 35 minutes from Richmond, an hour and forty-five minutes from Washington, DC., less than an hour from Colonial Williamsburg, and 90 minutes from Monticello in Charlottesville. Our house and land is truly an oasis of serenity near these major tourist centers.


King William House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Large bedroom on fourth level.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , Large bedroom on fourth level.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Two window walls face the river, filling room with light.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , The former nursery, bedroom has antique brass bed, built-ins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Large, beautiful rm w/two cedar closets, numerous built-ins
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Four poster bed, private bath, separate sitting room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
We have a duck blind for hunters who have a Virginia hunting license.


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18th c. Plantation--Also Weddings, Retreats, Special Events, Hunting/Fishing
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews
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Excellent and highly unique

  • 4 of 5

This is a remarkable property run by a wonderful, attentive landlady! It s historic and quite old so some minor issues arose which are to be expected with a property of this vintage. Would recommend without reservation!!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!!! I loved having you, especially for such a special weekend. Bill fixed the fan light with the merest flip of a switch. I'm sorry I didn't know which fuse it was. You shall just have to come back. :) You and your family were delightful guests. I loved meeting everyone. And I greatly appreciated the care you all took with the house. Thanks again! Rhonda
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Lovely property with plenty of space

  • 5 of 5

Our daughter's wedding weekend was made extra-special by the warm hospitality of Rhonda and Bill, and their beautiful home at North Point. The beds were comfortable, all necessities and more available, and the setting couldn't be more beautiful. We had a house-full, yet were very comfortable. Wish we could have sat on the porch, looking at the river, and resting for three more days!

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, it was so wonderful having you and your family for your special weekend. It gave me great joy to see your family together for such a meaningful time. You were all wonderful guests and I hope you will return to North Point some time in the future. Thank you again for staying with us and thank you for your kind words. Best wishes, Rhonda
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Gorgeous and Historical Plantation House

  • 5 of 5

When I first set eyes on North Point Plantation, I was truly impressed with it's grandeur and elegance.

It is located on the serene Mattaponi River and the moment you leave your car to take in the magnificent view of the Plantation and its peaceful surroundings, you are transported to another time in history.

The owner, Rhonda Sonnenberg, greets you with warmth and friendliness and makes you feel completely welcome and at home.

The interior of the house is classic American elegance and she has been so meticulous with every piece of furniture and decor.

The time spent there was too short, so I have decided to return in the fall when the leaves change color and I can see it in it's total splendor. I even told my husband that we should return for our 25th anniversary to do a vow renewal! It's perfect for weddings!

Thanks, Rhonda, for your hospitality!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lydia, You're oh so welcome! Thank you for the lovely words. Your time WAS too short and we look forward to your return for a longer stay. Fall is indeed a lovely time of year. Thanks again!
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Monumental stay

  • 5 of 5

My family of 11 stayed here the week of Thanksgiving in preparation for my daughter's wedding. Rhonda and Bill were amazing hosts; very helpful and so knowledgable not only of the history of the home but of the surrounding area. The home was beautiful as well as clean, the grounds were spacious and the sunrises were spectacular. All of us were very comfortable with the accommodations and the home was big enough for me to host a dinner for our extended family. I'd stay here again in a heartbeat (and plan to do so)and highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patti, As I said, I missed your wonderful family when you left. I don't think I will ever stop seeing the guys, ages 28-5, playing touch football in the corral. That's what family vacations at North Point Plantation are all abou. I'm thrilled you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return. Thank you so much for the kind words and my very best wishes to your family for a great 2017.
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50th Wedding Anniversary Get Together

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous time we all had. To celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary we wanted to take our daughters and families (11 of us) on a special trip back to Virginia where we used to live and spend time together showing our grandchildren the history and sites. North Point Plantation couldn't have been a better place for sharing and exploring. From the moment we drove up we felt right at home and as each day passed we called it home. From fishing on the dock at North Point to relaxing on the porch and just walking around the grounds our time together was very special. We visited wineries, drove to the ocean for a swim, and spent some time at Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk. We visited Williamsburg and Civil War sites such as Cold Harbor and Richmond. The Plantation truly gave us the place to spend time together as a family and enjoy all it had to offer. Rhonda was the best hostess imaginable. She enjoyed working with our daughters to surprise us with flowers and our family pictures throughout the house and made us feel very special. Rhonda even recommended a wonderful bakery where our girls had a special anniversary cake made for us. Staying at a hotel would not have afforded us the same environment and atmosphere. It was "our home" for a week. We would love to spend time at North Point Plantation again.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharon, I had planned to send you a photo today of a huge bouquet of my pee gee hydrangea that I made yesterday after pruning the bush to train into a tree. In fact, since you left, I see your family all over the place. In the kitchen, where you whipped up your bounteous meals, on the porch, where you relaxed and talked, on the dock, where the kids and guys gathered to fish...I cannot imagine having more wonderful guests than your family. My own memories of your visit will stay with me always. Thank you so much for having chosen North Point for your 50th wedding reunion and celebration. Rhonda
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the North Point Farm Plantation. We (9 adults and 5 kids) stayed comfortably and had a wonderful time. Rhonda and Bill were the best hosts and Lafayette was a joy to play with. The kids had a great time fishing at the river and exploring and playing around the area. At the end of the stay the kids were quite fished out! The house was well stocked and made our stay memorable. It was a beautiful weekend at the plantation!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an utter pleasure hosting such a lovely group of people. One could not ask for better guests. We had great communication before their arrival. They kept the house beautifully, were charming and gracious. Their kids were very special and adorable. Thanks again for staying at North Point.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Queenfield Golf Club
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Car: necessary

Guests with valid fishing license may fish off our dock.

Guests may also use our canoe.

Additionally, we have ping pong and foosball tables and croquet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $99

Check in: 4 p.m. Check out: noon.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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