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Historic Rosegill Near Urbanna, Va on Rappahannock River

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Long driveway approaches Main House - Rappahannock River beyond

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Last updated: 04/17/2017
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  • Minimum stay:6 nights
  • Sleeps:11
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3.75
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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.

Owner

Member since: 2016

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 11
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Limited Accessibility

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

  • Blue Room: 1 king

    Master bedroom with King size bed and private bath...moreless

  • Green Room: 2 twin/ single

    Shares a full bath with Grey Room...moreless

  • Grey Room: 2 twin/ single

    Shares a full bath with the Green Room...moreless

  • Yellow Room: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

    Has private full bath...moreless

  • Children's Room: 2 child bed

    ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

  • First Floor Powder Room: toilet

    Off Downstairs Hall near kitchen...moreless

  • Blue Room Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Large Bath accessible from Blue Room and Upstairs Hall ...moreless

  • Shared Full Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Bath between Green and Grey Rooms...moreless

  • Yellow Room Bath: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Private bath for Yellow Room...moreless

  • First Floor Powder Room: toilet

    Off Downstairs Hall near Living Room and Pool...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Marina
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Photography
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 12 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Heat and Air Conditioning with 2 thermostats - upstairs and down....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    3 fireplaces - but old unlined chimneys so therefore not to be used please. ...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Great wifi covering house, lawn and pool area, but occasionally limited by intermittent DSL Broadband connection. Country Living!! ...moreless

  • Linens Provided:

    Percale sheets...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Land line wireless phones throughout house...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Hot water pot for instant coffee and an normal perk coffee maker....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully stocked kitchen for 12....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Quiet Bosch undercounter dishwasher...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Newly rebuilt in 2009. Soapstone countertops with Island seating three. New 4 burner gas stove, built in large refrigerator, quiet Bosch dishwasher, 2 sinks. All necessary pots and pans....moreless

  • Microwave:

    GE Undercounter microwave...moreless

  • Oven:

    Gas...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Minimal spices provided...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We provide a large refrigerator but ask that it be left empty after any usage....moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas - 4 burner...moreless

  • Toaster:

    4 toast toaster...moreless

Outside

  • Boat:

    No boat provided, but we have a dock where you can keep a boat in the water on Urbanna Creek...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Two Canoes and two child sized Kayaks with paddles...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Propane Grill outdoors by Kitchen porch....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
 

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My Standard Rate
6 night min stay

$4,250

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $300
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500

Notes:

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 1973

About the owner: We have owned Rosegill since 1973 and are now organized as Rosegill Farm LLC.

Why the Owner Chose Saluda, VA, USA:
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..

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Rosegill is beautiful at all seasons.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/17/2017

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Photos

  • Long driveway approaches Main House - Rappahannock River beyond

    Long driveway approaches Main House - Rappahannock River beyond

  • Aerial View of Main House, pool, and Rappahannock River beyond.

    Aerial View of Main House, pool, and Rappahannock River beyond.

  • Formal Dining Room seats 12 or more at long table

    Formal Dining Room seats 12 or more at long table

  • Wood paneled Den has DirectTV and DVD player

    Wood paneled Den has DirectTV and DVD player

  • River Porch - swimming pool in background

    River Porch - swimming pool in background

  • Boat dock and boat house on Urbanna Creek - >5' draft

    Boat dock and boat house on Urbanna Creek - >5' draft

  • Beach at Rosegill Rappahannock River is over 2 miles wide

    Beach at Rosegill Rappahannock River is over 2 miles wide

  • Blue Room has king bed to right and a large sitting area

    Blue Room has king bed to right and a large sitting area

  • Green Room - South facing windows face driveway

    Green Room - South facing windows face driveway

  • Grey Room - two twin beds with South facing windows

    Grey Room - two twin beds with South facing windows

  • Children's Room has two small twin beds

    Children's Room has two small twin beds

  • Virginia Historic Marker

    Virginia Historic Marker

  • Modern large confortable kitchen

    Modern large confortable kitchen

  • Small Breakfast Room is between Kitchen and Dining Room

    Small Breakfast Room is between Kitchen and Dining Room

  • Formal Living Room

    Formal Living Room

  • View of old barns from Main House Lawn

    View of old barns from Main House Lawn

  • Walk to the east 1/2 mile to large fresh water lake and beach

    Walk to the east 1/2 mile to large fresh water lake and beach

  • All bedrooms are off the upstairs Stair Hall - views of River from windows

    All bedrooms are off the upstairs Stair Hall - views of River from windows

  • Blue Room full bath

    Blue Room full bath

  • Bath between the Green and Grey Rooms

    Bath between the Green and Grey Rooms

  • Yellow Bedroom - also has a private bath

    Yellow Bedroom - also has a private bath

VRBO #833711

This listing was first published here in 2016.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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