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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River

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Speaks: english
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

Overview

Williamsburg Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
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Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2015

About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Williamsburg

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
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Reviews

4.8
based on 57 traveler reviews

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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
average rating of 4.754386 based on 88 reviews
richmond va
5

Magical place- i want to go back!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful, magical place you have! My husband and my 8 yr old son treated us to a Mother's Day weekend at your serene spot. We didn't want to leave! The private beach area is fabulous- beautiful sunsets, shells, shark teeth, kayaks, etc. And, SO nice not to have a TV! Our 13 year old dog had the time of her life playing in the water! Lots of great memories made. I was already checking your rental calendar before we even left to try to reserve additional return trips, but sadly, you are all booked up for months! No wonder! Thank you for everything- and we hope to be back!!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

A Wonderfully Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely fabulous and relaxing experience during our stay. We visited with our two dogs, a yellow lab and a black mouth cur, and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed the vacation. Our weather was fairly cool (daytime 60-70avg) with just a few sunny days, and the wind was a factor, so we did not get to enjoy the fire pit as we had hoped. But we walked each morning and enjoyed sunsets on the beach most nights. Having a fully equipped kitchen was ideal, as we did some grocery shopping and cooked at home most nights. We enjoyed a few day/afternoon trips in the area, such as a walk around Williamsburg, a drive to Virginia Beach and a visit to your the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk. The ferry was easy and the schedule was convenient. We enjoyed the secluded and private location, and our stay at the Riverhouse truly was a vacation destination in itself. We will be back for another visit!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Cozy and serene

  • 5 of 5

My wife, dog, and I had a great time staying here. The house is perched on a hill overlooking the river, but also nicely secluded in the woods. The setting made for a perfectly peaceful weekend. We enjoyed relaxing in the house, drinking coffee on the deck, canoeing on the James River, and hiking at a nearby plantation. Our dog had the most fun - she loved running up and down the private beach.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Richmond
5

Third year in a row!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third year in a row to the river house and it was wonderfull as always! We had to shorten our trip this year so we only stayed three nights which we learned that that is to short you need a mininum of four nights to really get into this place and relax the way only this place can do for you. As always my wife and I and the dogs enjoyed the beach the fishing was a little off this year but that's fishing. The resident eagles must of had a good brooding season this year there were alot of inmature eagles flying around with the mature eagles which was cool osprey's and deer everywhere! The new grill was very nice and the new refridgerator is nice too. We will be back again!! Oh yea the new outside speakers are wonderfull.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Arlington, VA
5

There is something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Our three-generational family group had a perfect stay at the James River House. There is something for everyone! Of course, the children enjoyed Busch Gardens and the ferry ride to get there. They and their mother also loved fishing in the river below. But best of all, they enjoyed spending precious quality time together - and they got to bring their beloved dogs, too.

My husband wanted and got a getaway to cooler summer temperatures thanks to the splendid trees that surround the cottage. I enjoyed relaxing in the gentle breeze by the fire pit with a glass of wine and watching the eagles soar over the trees and river. The grandkids also got to see deer and wild turkeys.

As a group, we enjoy meals together at the large dining table which also served as a gaming table in the evenings. Everyone had many laughs and a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Arlington, VA
5

There is something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

Our three-generational family group had a perfect stay at the James River House. There is something for everyone! Of course, the children enjoyed Busch Gardens and the ferry ride to get there. They and their mother also loved fishing in the river below. But best of all, they enjoyed spending precious quality time together - and they got to bring their beloved dogs, too.

My husband wanted and got a getaway to cooler summer temperatures thanks to the splendid trees that surround the cottage. I enjoyed relaxing in the gentle breeze by the fire pit with a glass of wine and watching the eagles soar over the trees and river. The grandkids also got to see deer and wild turkeys.

As a group, we enjoy meals together at the large dining table which also served as a gaming table in the evenings. Everyone had many laughs and a great vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

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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. 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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Rates & Availability

From $225 Per night

Williamsburg Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring is in the Air!
Mar 1 2015 - May 31 2015
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
Fall Celebration Season
Sep 1 2015 - Dec 30 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
Notes Seasonal discounts not applicable to holiday stays.

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Amenities

Williamsburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
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:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • 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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