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Spring has Sprung in Historic Irvington! Come enjoy its Beauty!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cottage In Historic Irvington, VA!

Leave all your troubles behind and unwind at this adorable 2 bedroom 2 bath bungalow in the heart of historic Irvington. Key Cottage, ca. 1918, provides the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, family reunion, holiday retreat, wedding accommodations, and spillover for houseguests.

It is the perfect spot to relax after a day of golfing, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, antiquing, and boutiquing. Key Cottage is centrally located and walkable to everything the charming village of Irvington has to offer.

Feel like starting your day with a morning coffee walk? No worries! Head down to The Local and enjoy a croissant and coffee at their outdoor cafe!

Want to go out for dinner, but don't feel like getting in the car? No problem! Walk to The Tides Inn, or The Trick Dog Bar and Bistro or The Hope and Glory Inn!

Feel like eating in, no sweat! In nearby White Stone, there is a gourmet shop called The River Market, affectionately known as "Jimmy's", where you can pick up a couple of mouthwatering steaks, and pop them on our Weber gas grill, and dine al fresco on our screened in porch.

Feel like seafood? Merroir (Rappahannock Oyster Company), just across the Rappahannock River, is famous for its oysters and offers delightful outdoor riverside dining. It is open for lunch and dinner. It and Willaby's, in White Stone, also open for lunch and dinner, offer some of the finest views of the Rivah!

Feel like enjoying a cocktail before dinner? The bar at the Chesapeake Club at The Tides Inn, The Trick Dog, and the Tiki Bar at Nearby Windmill Point are just a few of your choices.

There are three supermarkets 4 miles away in the "big city" of Kilmarnock, along with other shops and retaurants. There are also art galleries and museums, including the very popular Fishermen's Museum in Reedville. But don't forget to check out our own museum, The Steamboat Era Museum in the heart of Irvington on King Carter Drive. Our little museum has received big praise for its state of the art exhibitions offering a glimpse of days gone by, when folks traveled here by steamboat, and disembarked on nearby Steamboat Road.

Then there is the top rated Irvington Farmer's Market on the Village Green on the first Saturday of the month from May - November. There you will find everything from flowers to furniture!

Feel like some retail therapy, shop til you drop at The Dandelion, Brocante, Objects, Fore and Aft, and The Shops at the Trick Dog, all an easy walk from Key Cottage! We also boast a first rate winery called The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, where you can take a tour, or sample one of their many fine wines!

The Fourth of July is a special time in Irvington! The Hometown Parade starts just a block from Key Cottage and winds its way down to the Village Green where complimentary hot dogs and sodas are served. The Green with its famous gazebo is also the backdrop for the world renowned United States Air Force Band concert featuring patriotic music and songs!

Are you a visiting yachtie? Rappahannock Yachts has transient slips and The Rappahannock River Yacht Club honors reciprocity with participating yacht clubs. Both are across the field and a short stroll from the front porch of Key Cottage and offer superb views of Carters Creek and the Rappahannock River.

The Thanksgiving Holiday is a great time to spend in Irvington! The popular Turkey Trot footrace goes right past Key Cottage. Its fully stocked and equipped kitchen is perfect for making Thanksgiving dinner. Its cozy dining room, with its hearth and table large enough to seat 6-8, is ideal for giving thanks and breaking bread together.

Christmas is also an idyllic time in this special village. Key Cottage offers perfect accommadations for folks who might have relatives who are residents of nearby Rappahannock Westminster- Canterbury, or whose hosts need some spillover room for their guests.

There is so much to do here! Or not do! It's up to you!

More Details

Kinnet Ehring
Member since: 2016
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:
April 16, 2018

About Kinnet Ehring

My husband, Chris amd I are originally from the Northeast. We retired to the Northern Neck for the less rushed way of life. We knew we wanted to be in Irvington for its friendly community and hometown feel. We love it here and happy to say that all of our neighbors are our friends. When not here, we spend time on Cape Cod.

Kinnet Ehring purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Kinnet Ehring chose Irvington

We loved this home the moment we pulled into the driveway and saw its windmill palm tree and large sunlit front porch. It was built in 1918 and has the charm that is only found in old homes. Over the years we have added on to it, but were diligent in retaining its integrity to remain true to the original design. We christened it Key Cottage because everyone said our house reminded them of houses they saw in Key West or The Bahamas. Our house is featured in The Houses of Irvington: Architecture of an American Village by architect Steven M. Reiss.

What makes this cottage unique

The foursquare layout offers a symmetry that we just fell in love with. The detailing of the front porch columns, the 10 foot ceilings and the transon windows are all testimonials to the careful workmanship of the house. Our stand of fig trees, planted the same year the house was built, is one of the finest in the County. The house is situated on a corner lot which offers a little more privacy. The evergreens and gardens, which, of course we have supplemented over the years, were a big draw as well. And then, of course, we're in Irvington, the best little town on the Northern Neck!


Irvington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Master bath has a walk in shower and soaking tub. It offers a linen closet where you will find extra towels, blankets, and beach towels. We recommend that you bring extra beach towels.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Huge master ensuite bedroom with attached office nook and large bathroom. Queen size bed. Night stands with good lamps to read by, or watch TV in bed! Plenty of drawers with vanity to put on makeup. Full length floor mirror. Walk in closet with window and outlet. Armchair with reading lamp. French doors leading out to screened in porch. Eastern, northern and southern exposures.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Spring has Sprung in Historic Irvington! Come enjoy its Beauty!
average rating of 4.980392 based on 51 reviews

A Lovely Stay at Enchanting Key Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Key Cottage. The cottage is a great place to relax. So many special touches and details in each room. Kinnet and Chris have thought of everything to make the cottage so welcoming. The location is ideal as well. We were sad to leave but look forward to a return visit!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oakton, Virginia, USA

Wonderful yet again.

  • 5 of 5

Love love love

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you, Pam! Thank you for your repeat business and loyalty! We love hosting you all and look forward to having you back in the not too distant future! All the best, Kinnet and Chris
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Gorgeous house perfect for the holidays

  • 5 of 5

My brother and his family loved the house and it was beautifully decorated for the holidays. The hosts were so responsive when we needed assistance and were very thoughtful and helpful. We would definitely have family members stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Martha, Many thanks for the kind remarks and 5 star review for Key Cottage. We are so happy that your brother and family enjoyed their stay and welcome them back anytime! Happy New Year! Warmest regards, Kinnet and Chris
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Montpelier, Ohio

Absolutely loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Sweet little cottage located in a quaint community. It was built in 1918 and the owners have kept that period of time. It was immaculate!!!! We would definitely come back. The pictures do not do it justice.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nonnie! Thank you for the kind words and 5 star review! Yours is the 46th 5 star review we have gotten in the 17 months we have been "open"! So, needless to say, we are extremely gratified and grateful for all of our guests who love and enjoy Key Cottage as much as we do. We have tried hard to keep the old girl's architectural integrity, so we were tickled that you noticed. We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! You are welcome back anytime! Warmest regards, Kinnet and Chris
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Fredericksburg, Virginia

Excellent Choice!!!

  • 5 of 5

Property is well maintained, spacious and has everything one might desire in a vacation getaway. Overall feel of this historic home is one of peace and tranquility, in the style of the Victorian era. Kitchen is unbelievably stocked with all the necessities ( and extras) needed to create simple or gourmet fare. Bathrooms are exquisite and the heated floor in the master bath is a delightful surprise. The screened porch is secluded and very convenient for loading and unloading luggage and supplies. The front porch is relaxing and a great place to watch the sun set over the nearby marina. Kinnet and Chris have obviously given much thought to everything that might be important to their guests. It was especially appreciated that they were almost immediately responsive by phone regarding a question we had about one of the door locks. The house instructions were well written and very informative. The grounds are beautiful, providing a lot of privacy, and our little dog so enjoyed the fenced area in the back yard. Parking is ample. The property is ideally and conveniently located, within minutes of restaurants, food purveyors and charming shops, a great home base for exploring the entire area. We have stayed in many vacation rentals over the last twenty years-and this was one of the most well appointed and comfortable. Highly recommend and definitely hope to experience again!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thank you so very much for this fabulous 5 star review! We are so glad that you found the cottage so well stocked and appointed. We are also extremely gratified to hear that Key Cottage is one of the nicest and most comfortable vacation rentals you've ever stayed in! You are welcome back any time! Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving! Warmest regards, Kinnet and Chris
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Perfect weekend respite

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely weekend while staying in this historic home and exploring the area. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Beth, Thank you for the lovely words and 5 star review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the Cottage and exploring Irvington! We look forward to having you back! Happy Thanksgiving! Warmest regards, Kinnet and Chris
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Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Nate's Trick Dog
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Merry Point
Nearest Golf
0.3 Miles
The Tides Inn
Nearest Train
60 Miles
Richmond Staples Mill
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
The Tides Inn
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Windmill Point
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

One time cleaning fee included in price of rental.

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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