PRIVATE BEACH! COTTAGE ON THE HIGH BANKS OF THE JAMES RIVER

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PRIVATE BEACH! COTTAGE ON THE HIGH BANKS OF THE JAMES RIVER

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Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

After a fun drive down a curvy forest flanked road, you emerge into the sunlight with expansive fields on either side of you. You turn left down a dirt path that takes you by an old farmhouse. You dogleg around another field and enter the woods on a gravel road. When you get to the gate you step out. Through the trees, you can vaguely see the vastness of the James River and you hear the sound of a light breeze as it tumbles amid the leaves. Back in your vehicle you steer right, around the driveway loop and notice that you are at the peak of a hill that drops deeply into a great wooded ravine on either side.

Straight in front of you is the cottage which sits at the tip of the peninsula surrounded by views of the River. You shut off the vehicle and step outside. There is not another home or person in sight. NOW....You are officially on vacation. You stroll down the brown pebble path and past the shed that was built by boy scouts in the early 1900's. The breeze from the river feels stronger now and you can see the detail of the water and the white sandy beach below.

Just as you step onto the entry deck you notice two adult bald eagles soaring above the beach looking for prey. You didn't have to look up to see them they were at eye level with you. You are 70' above the river and the surrounding forest floor. The experience is like being in a treehouse; Albeit, a treehouse with a 4 acre yard, and parking for 20. The breeze is loud in the trees now and gives you the feeling of being blanketed by nature.

You jiggle the knob and are inside. Looking around there's nothing fancy, yet everything is special and somehow comforting. Hand made arts and crafts, Americana, books and furnishings you could only find in an “authentic” cottage. You want to settle in but looking out the window you see an inviting path that winds down the hill and dissipates into the woods. You think, “I bet that leads to the river” and with that you are out the door on your first of many adventures.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at the cottage!! Thanks so much for sharing your home. Our dog had a blast running on the beach and playing fetch in the water. We only found two sharks teeth, but we collected lots of neat shells. We are looking forward to coming back over the summer to swim!
Nov 2011
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The Riverhouse is just 10 minutes from the ferry. The ferry is free and you simply drive aboard. The ferries run continuously, with one every 20 minutes or so. The ferry ride is is a pleasant 15 minute site-see on the James River. There is an observation deck for looking at Historic Jamestown. Merchants Square and Busch Gardens/Water Country is only 10 minutes from there.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1905

This property has been in the family since the early 1900's. The area's rich history and the tranquility and privacy of this property make it a family heirloom.

The connection to America's historic native americans, colonists and explorers is profound. Proof of this area's active past is evident in the fossils and other historic items that over the years have been found along the beachfront. A robust kayak paddle up or down the river provides views of several historic waterfront plantation homes. I enjoy putting myself in the shoes of an early american as I navigate the property. This helps me to appreciate the preservation of this area and it offers me a different perspective when viewing the modern world. A walk on the beach and the challenge of finding the smallest and largest of shark teeth is very therapeutic and is a must do on every visit. The 'missing' electronic devices like TV and internet provide us with the 'missing' time we never seem to have.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p182375vb
(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
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OUR FAMILY VACATION

  • 4 of 5
loved it. it was great for our 3 teenagers. they loved the kayaks. the cabin was a vacation in itself. you didn't need to go anywhere else. it is very secluded and was a little hard to find. it was 30 minutes from the nearest grocery store. there was a lizzard in the pathway that laid some eggs in a hole that the kids found interesting. it was quiet and very nice.
  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p182375vb
(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
5

PERFECT GET-AWAY

  • 5 of 5
This trip was my third to the cottage and it will not be my last. My friends enjoyed it as much as I did. This is the perfect place to get away from the everyday hectic lifestyle most of us have. There is no internet or TV but plenty of board games and an environment that encourages personal interaction. You do not need to bring towels or linens! They provide both bath towels and "beach towels" for you use. The kitchen is well appointed with most of your kitchen staples (salt, pepper, spices, etc) all being availbale. The owners don't provide these items but other guests leave them. The walk to and from the beach could be difficult for some. If you have knee and joint problems, the might not be the place to rent. There are well written and posted instructions by every major item in the cottage. They give you step-by-step instructions for check-in, check-out and operations. I live in Newport News and with good timing for the ferry I was home in an hour. If you decide to go out for dinner one night, there are several places in Surry or you can go to Williamsburg which isn't far away. Bring plenty of bug spray and be prepared for ticks!
  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p182375vb
(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
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4

GREAT COTTAGE

  • 4 of 5
The James River cottage worked out well for us. It was clean and beautifully located above the river, with a fantastic beach. We did find the cottage was remote and took awhile to locate. We had stayed in the area to visit Williamsburg but it took nearly 1 hour to get there across the river, depending if you hit the free James River Ferry at the right time. The beach was definitely the highlight and warm weather would help you appreciate this cosy spot.
  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p182375vb
(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
Harrisburg, PA
5

EXACTLY AS DESCRIBED!!!

  • 5 of 5
Me, my wife, and teenage son enjoyed a long weekend away at the cabin this past weekend. We had planned on an escape from the cold and snow in PA; unfortunately, it
followed us to the cabin. Despite the cold temperatures and sleet, we loved our time at the cabin. The isolation is incredible and the house has every amenity you can imagine. We really wanted to use the fire pit; however, it was too windy and cold.

To be honest, I could easily have stayed at the cabin without leaving for a week. No TV or internet = nothing to do but relax. The house comes stocked with incredible books and tons of games. The stereo is great and there a lot of very interesting items that you would not usually find in a rental.

Overall, the place was great and the only thing that would make it better would be visiting in the warm weather.
  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
business
Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p182375vb
(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
5

WEEKEND GET-AWAY!

  • 5 of 5
The river house was amazingly quiet and perfect for our weekend trip. It is secluded back into beautiful scenery! We loved staying there, making smores in the fire-pit and walking along the beach. If your looking to get away from it all and enjoy being around family and friends without the distractions....this is the perfect place to be!
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Romantic Getaway
business
Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p182375vb
(757) 287-5175 (Virginia, USA)
Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
5

SIMPLE AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5
This cabin is a diamond in the rough. The view. The beach. The Sunrise. The sunset. The nights by the fire. The wrap around deck. The history of the home. The amenities. Everything we could have hoped for in a relaxing vacation. We saw wildlife of all sorts. Took walks. Kayaking. THE JAMES RIVER! Really! We picked up shells. Our dogs ran on beach and played in water. We relaxed near the water. JUST AWESOME! Jeff is the real thing. He checked on us when we arrived. He cares about your stay being near perfect. THANKS TO THE FAMILY for providing this oasis for my family. Phillip from INDIANA
  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Acres of privacy. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Historic plantation tours. Private sitting area away from the house with amazing views of the river. Fire pit and seating on 70' hilltop overlooking the river.

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Williamsburg Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Fall Celebration Season
Sep 3 2014 - Dec 30 2014
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
Winter Wonderland
Jan 1 2015 - Feb 28 2015
1 night minimum stay
$185
From
$205
Fri,Sat
$925
 
 
Spring is in the Air! 2015
Mar 1 2015 - May 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$285
From
$325
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,425
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Pet Fee $0.00
Cleaning $100.00

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Williamsburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in one of the bedrooms, Twin or Single Beds (3) 2 twins in one of the bedrooms. A daybed in the living room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in the living room
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • theme parks
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • shelling
  • horseshoes
  • boating
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • kayaking
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
4 ACRES OF WOODED PRIVACY!!! Loads of parking and a loop for easy trailering of boats and campers. Great views from approx. 70' above the James River. Path brings you to your own private white sandy beach. TONS OF SHARKS TEETH mixed in with the shells. Very quiet and romantic. Great for couples or for families. Beach area and river bottom is clean, safe and great for swimming. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Lots of books and games. Watch out, you can loose/find yourself here! Cottage has been a family gathering place for 30 years and is as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans.
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