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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 50 guests. A fee of $1500.00 includes two nights at the house for up to ten overnight guests, and the use of the house and grounds for the wedding ceremony and reception (check-in 4:00 PM the day before the wedding) Added nights are available. Wedding dates available in April, May, September, October and November.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.
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 100 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.
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.
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!
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.
This was our second year staying at Lightwood during December and we couldn't have been happier. The owners go the extra to decorate the property for the holidays, creating a cozy environment that can't be beat. We had a family of 10 (including 2 young children) and it was the perfect holiday house. The nature trails throughout the property make Lightwood truly unique. We've already booked a return trip for next December!
I don't even know where to begin. When we first entered the home our jaws were on the ground. What an incredible job the owners did with this house! You really do feel like you're back in time. We were a party of 8, and were completely comfortable. Beds are comfy and the house was very clean.
The communication with Cliff (owner) was constant. He was extremely helpful with whatever questions I had. You never know what you will find when you rent sometimes. We were very pleasantly surprised.
I wish we could have spent at least two more nights there. I highly, highly recommend this place. I want to go back already! :)
we loved our stay at this property. we communicated with the owners several times prior to our stay, both by email and phone. the owners were always courteous and prompt to reply. the property is beautiful and very roomy, clean, and very nicely decorated. we did not explore the trails, but really enjoyed both the fenced in yard and garden near the home. in fact, upon arrival, we were pleased to find fresh flowers from the garden in vases around the house. the only drawback to the property is the fact that you have to take a car ferry to go to either williamsburg, jamestown, or yorktown. we loved the ferry the first time, but not so much afterwards as it can add up to an hour to travel time if not time correctly. however, this does not in anyway take away from our stay and the owners told us about the need to use the ferry upfront. loved the home and will stay again if passing through the area. thanks!
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.
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!
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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Apr 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
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 50 people beginning in April of 2015. A $1500.00 fee includes the use of the house and grounds for the ceremony and reception, and two nights lodging for up to ten guests (check-in 4:00 PM the day before the wedding). Weddings available in April, May, September, October and November. Please email for more details.
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.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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