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Historic Rosegill near Urbanna, VA on Rappahannock River

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Five-bedroom house on large working farm with pool, waterfront and great walks

Step back in time for a week at one of the oldest and most historic estates in America. Hike around two beautiful fresh water lakes, home to one of the largest concentrations of river ospreys on the east coast (or explore the lakes via canoe or kayak). Eagles live in the woods and kids will love catching Chesapeake blue crabs at the boathouse dock. You’ll sleep to the sounds of the wind rustling through the huge oaks, and enjoy lovely walks to the beach.

History of the property:

In 1649, shortly after the settlement of Jamestown and more than 80 years before George Washington was born, Ralph Wormeley received a Crown grant of 3,200 acres, and within a few years established the Rosegill plantation on the southern shore of the Rappahannock River. The first buildings were built between 1650 and 1654, when it was the home of Sir Henry Chicheley, a governor of Colonial Virginia who married Wormeley's widow. The first house was a stone-chimney log house like those of early Jamestown. In 1650, the town of Urbanna was created on 50 acres of Rosegill.

The present Rosegill was built between 1730 and 1750. Originally the house was one and a half story brick with two chimneys. The building was enlarged with a wide hall across the entire river side in the mid 1770s, and a marble mantel in the drawing room appears to be of that time.

Five generations of the Wormeley family lived at Rosegill until the Revolution. Ralph Wormeley V — a staunch Royalist — was so careless expressing his political views that he was banished to his father's 10,000 acre 'shooting box' in Berkeley County. While he was in exile, Rosegill was plundered by Tory privateersmen.

As an old plantation, the houses at Rosegill include several buildings: the main house, which is being offered for vacation rentals, and two cottages, several storage sheds and a barn. Members of the owners’ extended family may occupy or use these other buildings during your rental. The lawn has Middlesex County's best swing.

In 2008, the main house was given a complete renovation and historic restoration, including new heating and air conditioning so it's comfortable all year.

Description of the property and activities:

While we have added modern amenities, it is still a very old house and requires tender loving care. If you're not prepared to treat the property with great respect, please look elsewhere for a place for your vacation. None of the three fireplaces have been relined so they are not to be used. Also, expect to find a little peeling paint; we address the continual maintenance requirements as we can.

Rosegill totals about 700 acres, which includes two large fresh water lakes, a dock and waterfront on Urbanna Creek, and a mile of waterfront on the Rappahannock River. We encourage you to take advantage of the property and its proximity to Urbanna. Colonial Williamsburg is 45 minutes away. Fun things to do include walks in the fields, to the lakes and to the beach. The dock on Urbanna Creek is an excellent spot for children to go crabbing.

We have two canoes and two kayaks, and Urbanna Creek offers a large expanse of protected water to explore. The Rosegill lakes abound with fish and are accessible via your jon boat or a canoe. You can launch a motorboat in Urbanna at a commercial boat ramp, and keep it at the Rosegill dock for your vacation – it easily handles a 5’ draft. Water skiing and wakeboarding are fun on Urbanna Creek above the bridge. In the summer, the swimming pool at Rosegill is available, albeit shared by those who might be in other houses on the property, and for rainy days, there are games and puzzles in the breakfast room cupboard.

Rosegill sleeps 11 in 9 beds in 5 bedrooms. There are 3 full baths upstairs, and 2 half baths downstairs. We are limited to 11 staying overnight, and total guests at any one time — without permission of the landlord — is limited to 25.

The house is entered via a front door, which faces away from the river. Downstairs there is a modern kitchen – with island, two sinks, a new gas range, Bosch dishwasher, and large built-in refrigerator. You can choose to eat in a small breakfast room which seats 6, the large dining room (seats 12 or more), the river porch (not heated or cooled), or outside on the lawn under the huge oak trees.

The wood-paneled den has cozy seating for watching TV. The large formal living room, also wood paneled, is wonderful for formal entertaining. On the river side of the house, there is a large stair hall that extends the full length of the house. There are two small half-baths downstairs.

The house has central heat and air conditioning. The living room has an iMac computer available for guest usage. We have new laundry machines – washer and dryer – on the East Porch. On the West porch is an extra refrigerator and the exterior door to the swimming pool.

A flat screen TV in the den has DirecTV service and a DVD player. We have good Apple wifi coverage throughout the house and the nearby lawn and pool area, but it is connected to a sometimes unreliable Verizon DSL broadband connection. Welcome to country living! And really, if wifi and TV are vital to you, Rosegill is probably not the place for you.

Each season is special - cozy and private in winter, beautiful in spring and fall, and active in the summer when the pool is open.

Come to Rosegill. Prepare to fall in love.

More Details

Kakee, Lina and Strother Scott
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2018

About Kakee, Lina and Strother Scott

We have owned Rosegill since 1973 and are now organized as Rosegill Farm LLC.

Kakee, Lina and Strother Scott purchased this house in 1973

Why Kakee, Lina and Strother Scott chose Saluda

This is a large historic property well located near an adorable town Urbanna, and only about 80 minutes from Richmond and 2.5 hours drive (assuming no traffic) from Washington DC..

What makes this house unique

Rosegill is beautiful at all seasons.


Saluda House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • First Floor Powder Room - toilet , Off Downstairs Hall near kitchen
    Blue Room Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Large Bath accessible from Blue Room and Upstairs Hall
    Shared Full Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bath between Green and Grey Rooms
    Yellow Room Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Private bath for Yellow Room
    First Floor Powder Room - toilet , Off Downstairs Hall near Living Room and Pool
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Blue Room - 1 king , Master bedroom with King size bed and private bath
    Green Room - 2 twin/ single , Shares a full bath with Grey Room
    Grey Room - 2 twin/ single , Shares a full bath with the Green Room
    Yellow Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Has private full bath
    Children's Room - 2 child bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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Historic Rosegill near Urbanna, VA on Rappahannock River
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful estate with so much to do!

  • 5 of 5

Loved our vacation here! We stayed here in August 2018, there were 2 families with 6 kids ranging in age from 1-7. The house is beautifully updated with a nice well equipped kitchen where we cooked most of our meals. There was a lot of space for us to spread out and we found a number of games and toys for the kids to play with. The pool and grounds around the house were perfect for running around and playing outside. We took the kayaks to the lake and also fished and caught crabs at the dock. Martha, the local contact, was a wealth of knowledge for restaurants and places to check out in the area! We loved Merrior and Something Different. If you are traveling with kids the mini golf at Cowtopia is a must visit! We will definitely come back here and I can not recommend it highly enough!!! There is so much to do on the property and it was a great place to unwind and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It sounds like you made the absolute most of your stay, which we love to hear. We do hope you'll consider another visit. Thank you for your kind review.
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Timeless and unique property enhanced by modern upgrades.

  • 5 of 5

Our family will always remember our time at Rosegill. The online pictures do not do the property justice. The house is beautiful and timeless. The air-conditioning did a great job providing an escape from the heat and humidity outside. The kitchen is spectacular and was a dream to use. Our family very much appreciated how child-friendly the house was--from dress up clothes, to games, to bicycles, to a doll house that delighted six children of different ages. They also loved swimming in the pool, fishing in the creek, biking to the lakes, and wading in the river. I think we spent most of our indoor time in the sun room using the binoculars to watch the ospreys and eagles. Your caretaker Martha did a wonderful job facilitating our stay. We would love to return someday. When we initially planned the trip, we thought we would include some day trips to other eastern Virginia sites. Almost immediately, we realized those places weren't going anywhere and we had no intention of leaving Rosegill before we had to. Thanks for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is great to hear about our guests having fun doing all the things we love to do at Rosegill. We also sometimes find it hard to leave despite all the great things to do in the area. Thank you for your lovely review.
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A Treasure

  • 5 of 5

Rosegill is fantastic. We loved our stay at this beautiful, historic plantation. There were 10 of us including 2 children and the house was ideal. We enjoyed the pool and the beach, rode bikes into town, and lounged in the sunroom. There are not many places that could accommodate all of us comfortably but Rosegill had room to spare!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting you and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your lovely review.
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A beautful corner of Heaven !!

  • 5 of 5

Rosegill is the most Beautiful and Peaceful place I have ever stayed. Quiet and relaxing. We walked around the lakes and down by the river each morning and evening. The charming town of Urbanna is wonderful. We can't wait to come back next year. The history is amazing but with top of the line modern features.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank for your kind review and for being such conscientious guests. We are so pleased to share this beautiful place with you and we look forward to another visit soon!
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Unique and stunning property and home

  • 5 of 5

My family and another family, both with young children, spent a week at Rosegill, and it was an absolutely stunning experience. The historic home was beautiful, yet comfortable, the property allowed for swimming both in the pool and on the beach, kayaking, strolls, bike riding, crabbing, the list goes on and on! The host was kind enough to drive down and introduce himself and make sure we were comfortable, and the caretaker was the kindest and most wonderful woman, making sure we had every need met. The quaint town of Urbanna offers delicious seafood, live music on the weekends, and lovely views of the harbor. We didn't want to leave!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is fantastic to hear about your stay and how much you made the most of the property and the area. Rosegill is a wonderland for children and we are so happy to have more children join the fun. Thank you for your kind review!
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Rosegill is an amazing experience. A great family getaway with tons to explore and do.

  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't do it justice. You must experience the grandeur and wildness of the property. Then enjoy the modern conveniences of a great house and pool.

Truly a unique experience for those looking to get away.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. It's wonderful to know you had such a good time!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

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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