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James River Beach Cottage - Private Pier & Beach - Williamsburg -See Weekly Rate

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Fun two bedroom, one bath, 1000 sq ft beach cottage w/ pier & spectacular views!

This is a new listing. SEE VRBO Listing #352993 for reviews of our cottage next door.

The cottage is located on the historic James River with private white sand beach,180 feet of waterfront, kayaks, fishing gear, beach chairs, gas grill, and private pier. On land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, the cottage has a heated and cooled 38 foot sun porch providing endless views of the river and Jamestown Island. Easy beach access with no steps to get to the beach. There are only two cottages available for vacation rental on the James River with this type of close, level proximity to the beach and river, and we have made both available for vacation rental.

Our cottage is located in a wonderful location to enjoy a beachfront/riverfront escape while being incredibly close to major historic and entertainment sites in every direction including Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Petersburg, Richmond, Smithfield, Virginia Beach and other locations.

The cottage has been recently renovated to provide top of the line updates and comfortable amenities - all within a 15 minute free ferry ride of Historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg and about an hour drive to Historic Old Towne Petersburg - site of the filming of many movies and TV shows including Lincoln, Turn, and Mercy Street. Richmond is also about an hour drive from the cottage via Rt 10. Washington DC is about a 2 1/2 our drive from the cottage if you w9uld like to combine the two sites. Many out-of-state guests spend a few days in DC and then spend a few more visiting the historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.

Our cottage is directly across the river from historic Jamestown Island, a major historic site where the original 1607 for, site of the first permanent English colony, is under excavation. This is a new listing, so please see listing VRBO 352993 for guest reviews of the owner's other James River cottage.

Our cottage is the perfect get-a-way with a 38 foot long sunporch with three walls of windows to capture views of ships, ferries, tug boats and a menagerie of birds including osprey, eagles, seagulls, cranes, ducks and geese. An occasional dolphin can also be seen if luck is with you. We even provide binoculars for your use.

There are two bedrooms - one with a queen bed and the second with a double size antique maple four poster bed. Each bedroom has reading lamps, an alarm clock, flashlight, terry robes, and luggage rack. Wide windows provide views of the river or the expansive yard. We provide comfortable mattresses with luxury bed and bath linens, bath toiletries, terry robes, beach towels, bath and kitchen paper products and basic cooking spices.

The sunporch is a favorite hang-out day and night and has a daybed plus chaise lounge for leisurely day time naps or night time sleeping plus a second dining table for dining with a riverfront view. The sun porch day bed (twin bed) is a favorite sleeping spot at night where you can watch the ferry lights gliding back and forth across the river.

Modern design enthusiasts will fall in love with the fully appointed sleek, white IKEA kitchen, original vintage Danish teak furniture, and eye popping fabric throughout the entire cottage. In fact, every single piece of furniture has been recently reupholstered in fabulous vintage inspired designs. Bold color is carried into the bathroom with a European-designed, 50 inch green glass countertop.

We have even extended this mid-century revival through to the lighting. Look up to see funky vintage chrome ball Lightolier track lights that my resourceful daughter found that you will want to take home with you--but please don't! Dine in style with a sputnik, mid-century-inspired chandelier above the Danish teak dining table. From Laurel mushroom lamps in the bedroom to the one-of-a-kind European industrial orange floor lamp in the living room, every light fixture is vintage and chosen with great care to embody the mid-century spirit.

Other high end touches include Waterworks faucet in the kitchen and towel warmer in the bathroom, Hansgrohe bathroom fixtures, Bosch dishwasher, Toto toilet with soft close toilet seat, usb outlets for your electronics, a flat screen TV with DVD player, luxury linens, terry robes, bath toiletries, and basic cooking spices. The central HVAC system provides heat and air conditioning for year round enjoyment.

The kitchen has large windows that look out to both the river and the gardens and offers a built-in oven and microwave, gas cooktop, counter depth refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, white granite countertops and small appliances such as a Keurig coffee maker, French Press, coffee grinder, four slot toaster, hand mixer, blender, and crock pot. The kitchen is very well equipped with most cooking essentials including quality cookware and dinnerware including wine glasses.

Basic cooking spices, oil, vinegar, sugar, tea and coffee are provided as are cooking paper products including plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper, and plastic storage bags. If serious cooking is not on your vacation menu, an endless array of restaurants and take-out deli facilities is available. Information on many "food" and "eating" resources is provided prior to your arrival.

But who wants to stay inside? When you are not sightseeing in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Petersburg, Smithfield, Busch Gardens, or enjoying the 15 minute ferry ride, this cottage comes equipped with a range of outdoor activities -- even if all you want to do is sit on the beach or the pier with a fishing pole and a book. Strolling the water's edge in the early morning searching for shells - with a cup of coffee is a favorite pastime of many guests as is sitting and watching the rhythm of the ferries crossing the river.

Test your skills at finding shark teeth among the shells in the waterline! Included for your enjoyment are two adult size and one child size kayak, life preservers, fishing poles with tackle box basics, water floats, beach towels, sand toys, beach chairs and a weber gas grill. The Weber gas grill on the beach, right outside the sun porch door, provides easy beach-front meal preparation. The 180 foot pier has a great picnic table at one of the end decks over the river for river dining. The sun porch also has a handy beverage frig for easy access to whatever libations suit you.

This is a new listing so please see the guest reviews for our other James River cottage right next door at VRBO 352993. You can expect the same great service, spotless cottage, wonderful amenities and absolutely delightful river front setting.

Come and enjoy!

More Details

Deena Allen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Deena Allen

This cottage belonged to my parents who purchased it in 1948. I am fortunate to be its caretaker now along with the cottage next door (vrbo 352993) that was built by my aunt and uncle (literally) from about 1948 to 1950.

Deena Allen purchased this cottage in 1948

Why Deena Allen chose Surry

This cottage was purchased by my parents in 1948 and has been in our family ever since, providing family summertime fun for many years. With modern amenities and fun decor, there is not a better place to spend time on the historic James River. Combine relaxing waterfront living with close proximity to historic sites of Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Surry, Smithfield, Petersburg and Richmond.

What makes this cottage unique

One of only five cottages on the James River for short term rental and only one of two (and we have both of them) that are level with the river so all you have to do is walk 10 or 15 feet out your door onto the beach. There is no long flight of steps or high cliff to limit your access to the beach and river. Our cottage combines the best of two vacation worlds: the fun of waterfront living with the fascination of history. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, James River Plantations and other historic sites are within a fun 15-30 minute car and/or ferry ride!


Surry Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Shower with double shower heads - Stationary and hand shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , New high end mattress and new carpet.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Luxury linens, antique four poster maple bed.
  • The bedrooms provide a luxury environment. Bedrooms have alarm clocks, reading lights, flashlights, built in usb ports for charging electronic items, terry robes, writing note pads, and plenty of fluffy pillows. Each bed is made with mattress pad, luxury linens, blankets, and a washable Egyptian cotton coverlet/bedspread and both down and alternative pillows. Extra blankets are available if needed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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James River Beach Cottage - Private Pier & Beach - Williamsburg -See Weekly Rate
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Relaxing riverfront get-away

  • 5 of 5

This adorable cottage had everything our family needed for a long weekend stay on the James River. The home was spotlessly clean and comfortable. The owner was incredibly helpful and attentive. We highly recommend this vacation cottage!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Everything as promised

  • 5 of 5

Deena (the owner) is a great communicator, responded quickly to questions and had some great suggestions regarding the area. Linda stopped by to check on us upon arrival. She also nicely replaced a TV remote that wasn't working. The cottage was spotless upon arrival, the kitchen was very well stocked for cooking. Plenty of extras such as olive oil, salt and pepper, plastic containers and plastic baggies. Also, the bathroom was well stocked with things one may have forgotten, as well as a first aid kit. Linens were fresh smelling and beds very comfortable. Beautiful view of the river and ferry. We loved having the fishing poles, tackle, and kayaks. The area is safe and we quickly got the hang of using the ferry to get to our daily destinations. Despite being so close to the ferry, there was no significant noise. Heating and cooling system in the cottage works very well and the hot water supply was excellent. We visited Historic Jamestown and Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown Battlefield/waterfront, and Busch Gardens. We recommend Virginia Beer Company if you like craft beer. We went to a Super Walmart in Williamsburg to grocery shop and ate all of our meals at the cottage. Something to be aware of upfront. There is no WIFI or clothes washer/dryer. We had spotty cell service and had to make a mid week trip to a laundromat in Williamsburg, as the one in Smithfield was quite far. It was a good thing for us to take a break from our cell phones, though. Great vacation! I would recommend the cottage and visiting the historic areas. We learned so much! Thank you Deena and Linda!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gilbert, AZ

Beautiful Seclusion yet Proximity to Everything!

  • 5 of 5

This property is well maintained, well stocked, and very clean. The beds and linens are super comfortable. The view is amazing. The fishing gear and kayaks were above and beyond and helped make this trip so memorable for my family. It was wonderful to have a special place to go to without crowds, and yet be so close to any 'touristy' spots we wanted to frequent. We made great family memories here!!! 5 BIG stars!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was perfect! Location, view and owner service was excellent. We all loved it. Thanks

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely lovely place. It was like stepping into a home that the owners had just popped out of.

It was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The bedding and towels were plentiful and of good quality plus thick bath robes - wonderful.

The private pier was a delight constantly inhabited by a variety of sea birds as well as great sunrises and views. Close to the ferry which made trips to Williamsburg etc really easy.

Deena and Linda were great too very helpful and accommodating.

We would definitely recommend this let. Thank you very much

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendy and friends, Thank you so much for your kind words about your stay at our beach cottage on the Historic James River in Virginia. We are delighted that you selected our cottage for your visit to America and that you got to see the eclipse in NC. We have many guests from the UK visit this historic area. It is great to hear that you found the location and the 15 minute ferry ride to Jamestown and Williamsburg easy, fun and convenient. Everyone seems to love the private white sand beach, the private pier, the proximity to the river, the kayaks, and the fishing gear is a treat for children and adults. I am glad that you found the fluffy terry robes comfortable. If you or friends travel back to the US, please keep either of our cottages in mind. We would love to see you again. Deena
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Greer, SC, USA

Awesome Host and House

  • 5 of 5

We stayed July 29-Aug 5. Deena is a great host! Answered ALL of our questions. The house is loaded with all of the essentials from q-tips to a salad spinner to beach towels, which is not a very common thing for rentals. Deena even bought a coffeemaker before we arrived because of some questions I was asking about the Keurig (very nice)! The kids swam everyday in the river. There were plenty of catfish to catch, too! The 4 of us stayed comfortably in this house. We would recommend this house to anyone!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heather, Thank you for your nice comments about our James River beach cottage. I appreciated your organized approach to your vacation!! I like to get questions ........... then I know you are thinking about the cottage, the trip and the excursions. There are so many places to visit in the area, that only a well planned trip can cover even some of them. We were happy to hear that the children liked swimming and playing in the river. For years and years, children (me, my sister, our friends, our children, etc) have been swimming here, and it is nice to see the experience continue. We hope you will return to either of our beachfront cottages in the future. . Deena
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Ellicott City, MD

One of our favorite vacation spots!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five including three teenagers adored this cozy little cottage on the James River, right next to the ferry that takes you across to Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg. We arrived Sunday afternoon, previewed the historic attractions nearby, bought firewood for the pit out on the private beach, and a few groceries. Thanks to the fully functional kitchen with all of the pots, pans, flatware, utensils and complete variety of cooking equipment just like home, we were able to cook all of our own meals, which was perfect for us because my wife has Celiac disease and it is too risky to dine out. The view of the river from the dining table on the back porch was wonderful. We even made S'mores over the fire pit on the beach to end our first evening, and watched a couple of the classic movies from the owner's collection. On Monday, we tried the three kayaks provided by the owner in the very shallow and calm water near the pier, cooked shish kebabs on the like new Weber gas grill, and went over to Williamsburg for the Ghosts Among Us tour. On Tuesday, we drove the 90 minutes or so to Virginia Beach where we spent hours boogie boarding, bodysurfing and diving through waves. We had a full day at the beach but were back at the cottage in plenty of time to grill steaks, and do some late night fishing off the pier with the rods and tackle provided by the owner, and bait from the convenience store in Surry. I caught (and released) a catfish roughly two hands long, and we spotted dozens of fish leaping right out of the water throughout our stay. Wednesday, we spent touring Jamestown and the Yorktown battlefield, and then we went back to the cottage for some evening kayaking, before having a big meal of various leftovers before doing some initial packing for home. On Thursday we cleared out of the cottage in the morning and spent the day at Colonial Williamsburg, before driving home. One of our best vacations ever! We left rested and refreshed and with a lot of cherished memories. Friends on social media had wonderful things to say about the cottage, the view and all of the amenities from the photos we shared. We would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Suzette and family. So happy to hear that the cottage and the area worked well for you. It sounds like you made very good use of your time. Hope to see you again. Deena
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Historic Jamestowne Museum
Jamestown Settlement
Nearest Airport
52 Miles
Richmond International Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Grey's Creek Marina
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Surry, Grey's Creek Marina
Nearest Beach
Out your waterside door
Car: necessary

Surry County has several historic sites that should not be missed- The Rolfe House Plantation, Chippokes Plantation State Park ( and Bacon's Castle, Virginia's oldest documented brick building built in 1665 (




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linen $135 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 5.3%

*The cottage is a no smoking and no pets facility.
*Major holidays require an added fee of up to $150.00.
*Minimum rental age is 25 unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
*Wonderful location for water front living coupled with 15 minute access to the historic triangle of Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown.
*15 minute access to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown via historic Jamestown-Scotland Car Ferry (free).
*The ferries are free, practically at your door step and provide a 15 minute ride (you drive your car on) directly to the entrance of Jamestown Settlement - a major U.S. living history museum. On the banks of the historic James River, the original 1607 Jamestowne Fort - site of the first permanent settlement in the U.S. - is being excavated. A museum on the site provides a fascinating look at the lives of early settlers through the many artifacts unearth during the continuing excavations. The site of the fort is directly across the river from this cottage and can be seen from the cottage.
* Rental agreement provided with details on cottage, payment, refundable security deposit, cancel details, weather insurance, etc.
* Travel Insurance Strongly Recommended
* No refund if cancelled fewer than 30 days prior to check-in date.
* 50 percent of amount paid refunded if cancelled 30 to 60 days prior to check-in date.
* 100 percent of amount paid refunded if cancelled more than 60 days prior to check-in date.
* Please contact owner for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.