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Secluded Waterfront Retreat. Dog-friendly. Free High Speed Wi-Fi.

Catherine Bennett, Broker-Owner

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Catherine Bennett, Broker-Owner

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Secluded Waterfront Retreat. Dog-friendly. Free High Speed Wi-Fi.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Lancaster House Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

$350 per night on sale for $175 per night.

Serenity. Peace and quiet. Charming. Great location. Wonderful home with everything for a relaxed, complete vacation. A great place to stay with your furry friend, without the hassle and noise of a hotel. That's what our guests say!

Stay here! You will enjoy Fish Tales Lodge on 1.3 acres on the Corrotoman River of Virginia's beautiful Northern Neck with delightful boat watching along the river between fantastic sun and moonrises. Grill your catch on the deck, cook in the fully equipped kitchen or dine out at many local restaurants.

Enjoy free wi-fi, Cable TVs, VCR & DVD, along with a movie collection. Fish Tales is In a vacation community offering a private swimming pool, marina with boat launch, playground, picnic area. Chip and putt golf at driveway and arrangements may be made at local country club - some additional fees are required. Central heat/air throughout + Fireplaces. Washer & dryer.

Tour charming waterfront villages, the Chesapeake Bay, vineyards, or historic homes & gardens. Washington, D.C. 2.75 hrs, Richmond 1.5 hrs, Colonial Williamsburg-Busch Gardens & King's Dominion theme parks.

Amazing fishing, boating. We prefer Friday to Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Catherine Bennett, Broker-Owner (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2015

About Catherine Bennett, Broker-Owner

Hi! I'm Catherine Bennett, a full-time real estate broker. After showing and selling dozens of waterfront properties, it was time to find a waterfront getaway for my husband and me, and our Old English Sheepdog Fanny! Robert is an architect, professional engineer and Class A contractor so renovating this home was a delight for us. We're constantly updating and decorating, and are eager to share this special property with you.

Catherine Bennett, Broker-Owner purchased this house in 2001

Why Catherine Bennett, Broker-Owner chose Lancaster

This property appealed to us because:

First, it is located right on the Corrotoman River, my favorite because it is very clean and excellent for fishing and boating. It is THE river for sailboaters! By 'right on the water', I mean it is built about 25 feet from the water. Waterfront homes are now allowed to be built no closer than 100 feet from the waterfront.

Second, it has an amazing tidal pond that serves as a grocery store for the local waterfowl and a habitat for ducks, otter, and other fascinating woodland creatures. You'll be amazed at the drama that nature unveils daily, including the awesome birdwatching right here on the Atlantic flyway.

Third, it has a floorplan that makes it cozy for a couple or excellent for more people with gathering space and spread out spaces. Two fireplaces make it really cozy and the wrap around porch with screened porch below make outdoor living in Virginia's excellent weather ideal. And because I love tall rooms, the vaulted ceiling in the front half of the first floor makes it wonderful! Downstairs, there's a great place for your computer work while being out of the main living area.

Fourth, it has woods on two sides, the river on the third side and on the fourth side, up the hill, is a lovely neighbor. You can't get much more privacy! Fish Tales is 1.3 acres, including the tidal pond that is accreting, the opposite of eroding!

Fifth, it is in Corrotoman By The Bay, a wonderful little community with very nice swimming pool, free exercise equipment and wi-fi at the clubhouse, playground, and many other features. Parties, parades and other events are highlights of this area.

What makes this house unique

Most guests comment on the incredible views throughout the house of one of the most beautiful rivers in Virginia. There's occasional kayakers, fishing boats and sailboats that distract you from the awesome birds and wildlife who live on and follow the river.

They also love how beautiful the house is and the wooded setting. Best of all, they love that we welcome your family dog! The picture is of Robert with our darling Old English Sheepdog, Fanny, enjoying a few minutes of happy time in the living room.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for letting us rent Fish Tales! We had so much fun. I love how much detail you put into every room. Your online pictures really don't do this place justice because it is so much prettier in person. Even the dogs loved it! Dad loved crabbing (when he caught some), Heather (my sister) loved the pool, my aunt loved helping my dad crab (most of the time she had better luck than he did), Mom loved watching the way the sun reflects on the water, and I loved taking pictures of nearly everything. The little red sailboat absolutely fascinates me! Do people still use it? Mom and I think it is just for show. We even named a snake that comes to the cove right beside the deck. His name is Sssteeeree haha! We all wish we could stay longer, but unfortunately we have to leave. I hope you like the sign that we made. Until next time...
Jun 2013
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Secluded Waterfront Retreat. Dog-friendly. Free High Speed Wi-Fi.
average rating of 4.9 based on 12 reviews
Glen Allen, Virginia

Very much "at home" at Fish Tales

  • of 5

We were delighted with this house, and enjoyed a very relaxing vacation. The VRBO rental process was easy, and Catherine was very helpful. About half of our days here were rainy, but we didn't mind because there are an incredible number of books, fiction and non-fiction, as well as games, televisions, wifi, and places to doze off and relax.

Catherine provides more than the typical rental home owner to make your stay carefree. The house was clean & well-stocked, and the view from the deck is soothing. Be sure you get up in time for a sunrise or two.

One note: the kitchen is small but has most everything you will need, but there is no conventional oven - just the large convection oven on the counter, so my large muffin pan would not fit. Just be prepared for smaller projects if you want to do any baking.

Fish Tales has a large, comfortable den on the bottom level with a huge flat-screen TV, a mid-level living room with water views & TV, and a larger-than-expected loft on the top level that also has comfortable seating & TV. This allowed us to find quiet spots when we wanted to spend solitary time reading or working (or napping). The wifi service worked very well.

The upper deck is huge, and the lower level has a screened porch with comfortable seating. You easily forget that you are in a neighborhood, because the setting feels very secluded.

We would certainly welcome the opportunity to stay at Fish Tales again, and the dog agrees!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy news: Fish Tales has a brand new full-size oven. And it is a fancy convection oven too so it will completely and evenly cook all your family's favorite recipes!
Northern VA

What a restful week we had!

  • 4 of 5

We all needed a break from it all, and Fish Tales fit the bill. It's not a fancy house, but the views and deck were wonderful, with some amazing sunrises. The beds were comfy, the showers plenty hot, and the kitchen well stocked. The kayak was a very popular item. It was easy to make trips into town for daily needs. As with all rentals, it could use a hard end-of-season cleaning which is why I give it 4 stars instead of 5.

The owner was very helpful with activity suggestions and we appreciated the welcome gift!

Thank you, Catherine!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to have had a full calendar of guests, many of whom bring their furry family members for a holiday, too. Our new cleaning crew has taken advantage of the break in the schedule and we are gleaming with freshness. Items throughout the large house are constantly getting updated and replaced which is always delightfully noticed by our many returning guests. We hope you will enjoy the treasure of an entire waterfront home, kayak and plenty of relaxation at a very affordable price. A gift basket awaits your next visit! Best "fishes," Catherine Bennett

Can't wait to go back

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time renting a place and it was fabulous. We wanted somewhere we could bring our dog and just have a relaxing vacation with our boys, and this is the place. We are planning on renting here again in 2015. Love, Love , Love it. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Fantastic get away on the river!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the quiet and peacefulness of the river sounds and the wind in the leaves. This place was a great mix of water and woods...the best of both worlds...and our dogs were able to enjoy it with us! It truly was picturesque, with a Heron that came into the cove every morning and evening and even a Bald Eagle flew into the trees. It was a perfect get-away from our hectic lives and a 40th birthday celebration. The house layout was ideal for me, as it had a bathroom, refrigerator, seating, and TV or things to do on every floor...I have some limited mobility and am very slow on stairs. Catherine was very sweet and had an eastern shore goodie basket with a virginia wine and snacks. Sooo very kind and easy to book and schedule with her. The house was a nice mix of comfortable, classic river house with some nice renovations in the bathrooms and an open living room kitchen area that had a perfect view to the river. Already talking with friends and family about a return visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

What a Great Relaxing Vacation.

  • 5 of 5

This is my families first time renting a house, and all I can say is we were not disappointed. Fish Tales is absolutely beautiful inside and out. Our twin boys had so much fun either fishing, playing tennis, swimming in the water or pool or just hanging inside playing games. My husband and I relaxed while we too fished, swam, and hung out as a family. The one thing I loved about this destination, is there was no hustle bustle, We just got to relax. We did do a days trip to Kings Dominion which was fabulous, but other than that we really liked being at the house. The real icing on the cake was that we got to bring our dog, Venus. She is such a large part of our family that it was wonderful to have her with us.

I just can't say enough good things about Fish Tales it was absolutely terrific!!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

Love this place. This latest stay was our third and we intend to return yet again. We've been in Fall, Summer and now early Spring. Not sure which we enjoyed the most because the place is well suited for all times of the year. Fireplaces are fabulous when it's cold and the place is well heated and cooled. The community pool is fantastic in Summer and our son was in the water virtually all day making friends and having a blast. There are bikes for use and we loved cycling around the area on them. Very little traffic. The house is kept very clean and the area is extremely quiet. We haven't tried many of the local eateries as we tend to cook and the kitchen is well stocked and very easy to use...the view while cooking is beautiful. The chef never felt sequestered away while working. We should also mention the piano. More fun... And of course this place isn't far from all sorts of historical places like Williamsburg. We really can't think of any negatives worth mentioning. The only one might be the poor cell phone signal we got there but now we understand there is high speed wifi so...

  • Submitted: May 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
For private planes: Hummel Field, Topping, VA.
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
The Corner, The Oaks, Upper Deck
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Merry Point Ferry - free 4 car crossing this river
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Golden Eagle, Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Williamsburg, Richmond or Fredericksburg
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Located @Rt. 354 & 201. Take: I-64 or 360 to area
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lively, Lancaster, Kilmarnock, Irvington, Reedvlle
Nearest Beach
on property at low tide but larger beaches nearby
Car: necessary

Fronting the scenic Corrotoman River in Virginia's beautiful & historic Northern Neck. It's been a boating, swimming and fishing paradise since Indian and Colonial days.

Wherever you go you are not far from incredible opportunities to boat, antique, enjoy farmer's markets & fairs , vineyards, local arts, music, crafts and restaurants or cruise the old pirate islands in the Chesapeake Bay.

Use of private community pool, tennis courts, boat ramp, pier, playground.

Belle Isle State Park on the Rappahannock River and Hughlett Point Nature Preserve on the Chesapeake Bay are nearby. Excellent golfing offered at several championship courses.

1 hour to birthplaces of Rbt. E. Lee @ Stratford Hall and George Washington @ Wakefield,

A short drive to Washington DC, Richmond and Williamsburg-Yorktown-Jamestown, which makes this narrow, picturesque peninsula a sought after destination to escape city turmoil. Captain John Smith visited area in 1608, still largely unspoiled!

Other Activities: Historic sites: birthplace of Robert E. Lee, George Washington. Captain John Smith water trail. Take cruises to Chesapeake Bay islands.

Golf: Guest may be permitted to use owner's membership at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club for golfing on the club's 18 hole golf course. There is a chip and putt course for guests and owners in the community where Fish Tales is located.


Rates & Availability

From $135 Per night

Lancaster House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 21 2015 - May 24 2015
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Management $50
Refundable damage deposit $50
Notes No events, such as weddings or parties, are to be held at the property however, there is a clubhouse just up the driveway and you're welcome to schedule events there!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Lancaster House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Golf Course Front
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main bath - toilet , combination tub/shower , Marble
    Downstairs bath - toilet , shower , & sink
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , & sink
  • The main bathroom is on the second level. It has just been remodeled with lovely new fixtures including a jetted tub! Fresh as a daisy! The second bathroom is on the first level, as you enter the property. There's a powder room with toilet and sink and a second shower room with sink. This means there's no waiting while someone is showering! The laundry area has a full size washer and dryer and a service sink. The outdoor shower is perfect for a quick rinse after a dip in the river, especially your dog!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Catch of the Day - 1 queen , Four poster
    Hook, line and sinker - 1 double , Main level
    Lookout - 2 twin/ single , TV, sofa
  • When you can finally get away, isn't nice to feel special and pampered? Fish Tales gives you a beautiful master bedroom with Queen four poster with custom decorating and TV in closet for those who must sleep with media! The lovely second bedroom with full size bed and antique headboard is so comfortable you may sleep later than you have in years! Kids often fight for the third upstairs 'super' size bedroom with twin beds and it's own sofa and TV! Some adults like to push the twin beds together for a king size sleep. All have either a view of the river or woods, or both! Every attention has been paid to the comfort of our guests from double pillows per person to cotton linens. You'll enjoy the treat away!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We are active members of the Northern Neck Kennel Club and know what a wonderful traveling companion your dog can be. When we traveled a lot it was hard to find a place accepting our dog who was better behaved than most children! So, we decided to welcome well behaved, well groomed dog to Fish Tales! Nearly all the floors are 'dog proof.' Please leave the property clean of dog impact. Please pick up and dispose of the poop, and if your dog sheds, please vacuum and clean the hair as a courtesy to us so we will continue to welcome other dogs. No cats or other pets are allowed.

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