EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PLANTATION HOUSE IN PRIVATE 100 ACRE FOREST PARK

Joy and Cliff Williams

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PLANTATION HOUSE IN PRIVATE 100 ACRE FOREST PARK

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5 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, sleeps 10

Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Lightwood is an 18th-Century plantation house nestled in an ancient beech forest in rural Surry County, Virginia. It is surrounded by over 100 acres of woods, fields, trails and streams, and is part of the land given by Chief Powhatan to Pocahontas and John Rolfe as a wedding gift in 1614. The home of a Revolutionary War soldier and his family, Lightwood House was the center of a prosperous mid-sized tobacco plantation in the second half of the 18th century.

Built circa 1760 and 1795, the house is completely restored, and offers exceptional woodwork, with much original detail, as well as all modern conveniences. There are realistic appearing gas logs in the dining room, living room and kitchen for fires in-season. A fenced back yard with period outbuildings, and garden behind the house complete the scene.

There are over two miles of walking trails throughout the property, winding through ancient forest, tree-dotted meadows and over streams and brooks. Lightwood offers lovers of both history and nature a secluded getaway to another time.

While the surroundings are completely rural and secluded, the house is only 1.5 miles from the town of Surry, where basic essentials are available, and 3.5 miles to the free 24-hour, 20-minute car ferry to Jamestown and Williamsburg, which docks next to the 17th century ships at Jamestown. From the dock on the other side of the river, Jamestown is 1/4 mile and Colonial Williamsburg six miles away.

The house has five bedrooms, two large baths (one with a six-foot whirlpool tub and separate marble-tiled walk-in shower), a living room, dining room, large entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, four fireplaces, three with gas logs or stoves (very cozy in the winter), and back porch, for a total of 2400 square feet. There are two queen-sized beds, two double beds, and two twin beds.

The house is furnished with many antiques from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries. There is a picket-fenced back yard with period outbuildings, as well as a garden. Four dog houses adjoin the yard in a fenced-in enclosure. Two miles of nature trails through the woods and fields provide a close-up look at wildlife, including deer, turkeys, foxes, owls, hawks, woodpeckers, and an occasional bald eagle. Lightwood offers a private setting, and a truly unique and exciting opportunity to step back into America's past, all while enjoying the comforts of the 21st century.

NEW IN 2015- WEDDINGS AND EVENTS

We are offering Lightwood as a location for weddings and other gatherings beginning in Spring of 2015, which includes exclusive use of the house and grounds for up to 100 guests. Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, $1500.00. Sundays, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, $1000.00 Please call or email for details.

Amenities:: Fully Equipped Kitchen, Fireplaces (Gas Logs), Central Heating, Free Long Distance US Calls, WIFI, Air Conditioning, Satellite TV, VCR, DVD, CD Player, Microwave, Dishwasher, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Linens and Towels Provided, Washer and Dryer, 6 Foot Jetted Tub in Bath, Charcoal Grill, Dog Houses, Harpsichord Spinet, Two Canopy Beds (Queen Sized), Two Double Beds and Two Twin Beds, Two Miles of Walking Trails, Children's Playground with Outdoor Toys, and Children's Indoor Toy Closet.

No Smoking.

Activities: Lightwood offers a quiet retreat in a rural setting, where one can enjoy an historic estate and observe nature firsthand on two miles of hiking trails. Nearby in Surry or in Williamsburg, one can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, historic sites, theater, museums, amusement parks, shopping, dining and other activities.

Area: : Lightwood is located in rural Surry County, surrounded by 85 acres of woods and fields. The historic sites of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown can be reached via the Colonial Parkway, which begins at Jamestown near the ferry pier on the north side of the James River. There are also many historic sites in Surry, including Bacon's Castle, Smith's Fort Plantation, and Chippokes State Park. The historic waterfront town of Smithfield is a 20-minute drive away. Famous James River Plantations are also less than an hour's drive away. Williamsburg is also the location of Busch Gardens, and Water Country USA.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Guestbook comments from the owner
We loved every minute of our time at your magical house. The grounds, the rooms, the thoughtful amenities for guests exceeded our every expectation (and after looking at Lightwood's web site before visit, our expectations were high). We walked the trails, visited the faerie tree, read by the fire (my youngest daughter particularly loved the fantastic selection of children's books), and soaked up the history of the house and the surrounding area. We've been to a lot of rental houses over the years, but none that could compare to Lightwood. I'm trying to plan our summer vacation right now, and all the houses I look at seem like a real letdown after Lightwood! I hope we passed muster as guests so that we can make a return visit to your little slice of heaven. We would definitely like to come back in the future if that's okay with you. In the meantime, I hope you are well and busily fixing up another historic home. You and your family have a remarkable talent for the job!
Jan 2014
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There are very few vacation rentals in the United States dating from this early period of our history. Lightwood is a truly unique opportunity to have a hands-on historic experience, while enjoying all the expected comforts of the 21st century. The Williamsburg/Jamestown area is one of America's most historic. Guests can experience our nation's early history by touring Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown and other attractions, returning at the end of the day to the comforts and pleasures of a beautiful and elegant historic country house.

Lightwood is not only for lovers of history, but for lovers of nature as well. Our 2 miles of hiking trails wind throughout Lightwood's own park of old forest, streams, and tree dotted meadows. Wildlife abounds, and deer, turkey, eagles, hawks and other woodland creatures can often be sighted while hiking the trails. It is this happy combination of history and nature which truly makes a stay at Lightwood a memorable, unique experience.

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Eighteenth-Century Plantation House in Private 100 Acre Forest Park
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GUESTBOOK COMMENT

We met our extended family down there. What a great house! We had a wonderful vacation-enjoyed Williamsburg, Jamestown, Busch Gardens and lots of GOL...
  • 5 of 5
We met our extended family down there. What a great house! We had a wonderful vacation-enjoyed Williamsburg, Jamestown, Busch Gardens and lots of GOLF.
The kids favorite thing was taking the ferry daily! Cliff and Joy are fantastic.
  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2007
  • Stayed: Jul 2007
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FANTASTIC GETAWAY

  • 5 of 5
Our family spent 4 wonderful days at Lightwood. We had our children and grandchildren all under the same roof. Our children brought us here to celebrate our anniversary with the purpose of visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown as we did 40 years ago on our honeymoon. The grandchildren loved the fun things they found in the house to play with. We were comfortable and very pleased with all the toys, books and kitchen supplies that were available to us. It was fun going back in time and enjoying the peace and serenity of the setting. It is too bad that we had more rainy days than we had nice ones, so the outdoor offerings were not fully utilized. Thank you for providing just about everything we could need.
  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
Martinsville, Virginia
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FIRST FAMILY DESTINATION CHRISTMAS GATHERING

  • 5 of 5
We booked Lightwood for our family Christmas gathering because of the size of the estate, the location, and the great reviews we read on this site. Originally we were going to Christmas Town on Saturday night as a group (9 adults and 3 little ones) and we wanted to find a place to stay together for the weekend. What a wonderful experience we had. The moment we opened the door to find the tree lighted, we knew it was going to be a magical weekend for all of us. Modern weather forecasters had given us a heads up that Mother Nature was not going to cooperate with our plans for C'mas Town, so we had plenty of baking, cooking and crafts for the kids to keep us occupied. We were able to take advantage of a great Saturday morning hike and on the way to the faerie tree we also found a nativity scene in the crevass of a tree! We took the ferry over to Jamestown, and returned before the rains set in. The three fireplaces kept us toasty warm, and the only bad thing about the weekend was that we had to leave. Thank you for making our first destination Christmas weekend so special that it will become an annual event!
  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
Richmond, VA
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TRULY AMAZING EXPERIENCE!

  • 5 of 5
My family recently stayed at Lightwood for 3 nights, and we could not have been happier. The house has so much character, and is extremely cozy with its three fireplaces. Our favorite aspect of this rental, however, was the private nature trail running throughout the property.....it was such a cool experience. And it's just a brief ferry ride away from Williamsburg and Jamestown. The owner went above and beyond decorating the house for Christmas, and we can't recommend this place enough. We're already figuring out dates to stay again next year. Just an incredible place to spend time with family, especially around the holidays!
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: It is very gratifying to see our guests appreciate the ambiance and details of Lightwood House. Thank you for taking the time to submit this review. As mentioned in the above review, the hiking trails and beautifull forest at Lightwood are a major part of what a stay has to offer. We recently added 23 acres adjoining us, so we will be adding to the trails next year.
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Annapolis, Maryland
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BOOK LOVERS GO TO VIRGINIA

  • 5 of 5
Seven women from a book club rented this house for three nights. It was a great house for us. Cliff, the owner welcomed us on arrival but then we were on our own for the weekend. We had breakfast and evening wine and lots of talk but were out during the day and for dinner but their was a fully equipped modern kitchen had we wanted to cook more. Another time we would like to explore the hiking trails on the property.

We knew when we rented the house that some of us would have to share beds/rooms. One person had the downstairs bedroom which would have been hard to share as the bed was against the wall. Another person had a bedroom above. Two of us had the largest bedroom and shared the queen bed. Another bedroom had a canopy bed and was medium sized. To get to the last bedroom you had to go through this room and down a couple steps. It was a room with a slanted ceiling and twin beds. All the beds were good. The two bathrooms, one on each floor, were totally modern and spacious. The steps to the second floor are very steep but our 60+ crowd were all able to get up and down with minimal difficulty.

We enjoyed Smith's Fort Plantation and Bacon's Castle nearby and would recommend them. The Surry Inn was good for dinner with 1950s décor. Smithfield about 20 miles away is a charming town and we had a good dinner at Smithfield Inn. We also toured the James River plantations, Berkley and Shirley. The ferry to Jamestown/Williamsburg worked great. It was about a 15 minute ride and with two ferries going back and forth so we never waited very long. We all marveled that it was free. Our dinner in Williamsburg was at Second St. and was very good. We did not get Colonial Williamsburg tickets as all except one had done it several times but we did enjoy the CW museums.

We are thinking of making this an annual event and the one member of the group with a grand-daughter at William and Mary Law School is thinking of renting it for her family for graduation.
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Eighteenth-Century Plantation House in Private 100 Acre Forest Park
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
5

AUSTRALIAN VISITORS - SIMPLY CHARMING HOME

  • 5 of 5
Beautiful Lightwood House - situated in magnificent wooded forest setting. Our stay there felt like we'd been taken back into Colonial times. The house is filled with beautiful antiques, yet balanced with every convenience to ensure all our needs were met. Cliff, you have done an outstanding job in creating this masterpiece. We just loved our stay. We so enjoyed just soaking up the beauty of the whole setting, and had to drag ourselves away at the end of our stay. Everything about Lightwood House exceeded our expectations We will have to return one day.
Gavin
  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Map

Nearest Ferry
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.2 Miles
Car: necessary

Please note- The marker on the map is not accurately placed (and I can't seem to get it changed) . If you look a little northwest on Rocky Bottom Road on the map, the first driveway on the left is the entrance to Lightwood. The house is abut 1/4 mile down the driveway.

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring,Summer,Fall
Apr 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
3 night minimum stay
$395
From
$395
Fri,Sat,Sun
$2,625
 
 
Weddings and Events
Jun 1 2015 - Jun 1 2015
1 night minimum stay
$1,500
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

A 20% deposit is required when the property is reserved, with the balance due 60 days before arrival. A 100% refund is given if cancellation is made 60 days before reserved date. After 60 days before arrival a refund is given only if the dates can be re-booked. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended. Rates include all taxes and any other fees.
Notes A $500.00 fee is added to any stay including Thanksgiving Day, or December 23,24,25 and 26, (Christmas).

Weddings and Events- Lightwood is available for weddings for up to 100 people beginning in June of 2015. Weddings include exclusive use of the house and grounds. Saturdays, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, $1500.00. Sundays, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM $1000.00. Please call or email for details.
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Amenities

Williamsburg Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Free Local Calls
  • Living Room
  • Free Long Distance
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One bathroom is upstairs and one downstairs. Both bathrooms are large. The downstairs bathroom has a 6 foot jetted tub as well as a marble shower, the upstairs bathroom has a tub/shower combination.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
  • There are four bedrooms upstairs, and one downstairs. Upstairs, two larger bedrooms have a queen-sized canopy bed in each room, one small bedroom has a double bed, and one attic room has two twin beds. The attic room adjoins one of the queen bedrooms. In order to get to the upstairs bath from the attic room, one needs to go through the queen bedroom. It acts as a family-type suite. Downstairs there is a very small bedroom, but with a comfortable double bed. Closet space is limited, (one wardrobe and one small closet in the house) but each room has a chest of drawers.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Outside:
  • Yard
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Child's Swing
  • Sand Box
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • Whirlpool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • walking
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • golf
  • hiking
Notes:
We recently installed WIFI

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