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Private Beachfront Cottage on Historic James River

Deena Allen

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Private Beachfront Cottage on Historic James River

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Williamsburg Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Jamestown-Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Enjoy luxury beach cottage on the James River in Virginia. Springtime in Virginia is glorious. April and May are perfect months to visit with perfect weather - warm but not too hot.

Private, romantic, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access, wide river views, 180 foot pier, kayaks, fishing poles, and white sand beach. Located on land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, the cottage is level with the beach so there are no steps to climb. Just walk out the French Doors and the beach is about 25 feet away.

The cottage is a perfect size for a family of four but works equally well for a couple. It can accommodate up to four to five people with three cozy bedrooms - one with a queen bed, one with a double bed, and the third with a twin day bed. The living room, dining room and kitchen are an open L shaped floor plan to maximize space. The cottage is delightful and the location is wonderful. Central heat and air make the cottage a year round destination. Private white sand beach, private pier, kayaks and fishing poles are available for your use as part of the rental rate. We own three cottages, side-by-side on the James, and the beach in front of our three cottages is private for our use and the use of our guests.

Our waterfront cottage is a luxury beach cottage recently renovated to provide a wonderful, relaxing retreat. Shimmering sea glass colors of teal, turquoise, and lavender complement the original vintage tongue and groove knotty pine paneling walls, incredible water views, sand beach and luxury amenities to provide a wonderful alternative to hotel living. The cottage is furnished with lovely antique beds, mirrors, and a dressing table made by the owners grandfather who was a cabinetmaker and antique dealer in Petersburg during the early 1900s. Original vintage brass wall lights and mirrors are in each bedroom. Vases of fresh flowers from the garden are available almost year round.

Water views can be seen out of three sides of the cottage. Enjoy our waterside deck that runs the full width of the cottage and has a gas grill, dining table and chairs, and adirondack chairs for relaxing and watching the river sights. You can enjoy our 180 foot pier for sitting or fishing or crabbing. Many guests enjoy their morning coffee sitting on the pier or walking the beach looking for sharks' teeth and unique shells --- or both. Guests sometimes find it hard to leave the cottage to explore the area. When you do decide to leave, you can spend your time visiting the many historic and entertainment sites close by. You have so many options and never enough time!

Our cottage is located by the Historic Jamestown-Scotland Ferry which is a free car ferry that provides a delightful 15 minute ride across the river where it docks at Jamestown Settlement. With observation decks and lovely views, everyone loves the ferries -- especially children who can feed the seagulls bread off of the back of the boat. The ferry (there are several boats) runs 24/7 on a half hour schedule during the day and an hour schedule at night providing easy and fun access to historic and entertainment sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, James River Plantations, The Williamsburg Winery and many other sites. Major Civil War attractions are also close by in Petersburg (an hour away) and Richmond (about an hour and 15 minutes away) and can be reached via Route 10 not using the ferry.

We provide luxury bed and bath linens, terry cloth robes, beach towels, and bath toiletries. Paper products are provided for the bath and kitchen. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, fluffy pillows, reading light, flash light, alarm clock, and wide wooden window blinds. There are hardwood floors throughout the cottage. The cottage has an HVAC system to provide air conditioning and heat. The bathroom has the original 1948 vintage claw foot bath tub with new in-tub stationary shower and hand shower, heated towel rack, soft close Toto toilet seat, ceiling heater, exhaust fan, ceiling night light, beautiful stained glass mirror, and a wall of glass turquoise tile.

The full kitchen has custom made cabinets, a ceramic stovetop range, dishwasher, trash compactor, refrigerator with ice maker, vintage farmhouse sink original to the 1948 cottage, and microwave and is stocked with basic cooking spices for your convenience. The kitchen is equipped with high quality items and many small appliances including coffee maker, toaster, electric hand mixer, crockpot, dinnerware and glassware including wine glasses, flatware and cookware.

Detailed information on the cottage and the area is provided to guests prior to their arrival, and there is a selection of brochures in the cottage. The cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens. And......there is a nine foot wide and tall bookcase wall full of books of every description (including those on the local historic areas and many for children), board games, and movies. There is something for everyone! Come, relax, and enjoy! You will be delighted.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Deena Allen (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Why Deena Allen chose Williamsburg

My aunt and uncle purchased this lot in 1948 and built the cottage themselves over the next three years. My mother and father purchased the cottage next door in 1947. Another aunt and uncle purchased the lots on the other side of my parents cottage and built a cottage there (now referred to as the 'Pink House). We spent most of our summers at the river while growing up and my daughter and her cousin also spent many of their summers here at the cottages. My sister and I inherited the cottages a few years ago.

Although we have experienced many hurricanes over the past 67 years, Hurricane Isabel took her toll on Aunt Annie's cottage and the entire tidewater Virginia area in 2003 when several other waterside cottages and piers were washed away along with part of the ferry structure. Virginia sustained significant damage during Hurricane Isabel with blocked roads, severe coastal and inland damage, weeks without power and devastated beach communities. Aunt Annie's cottage has been completely restored since Isabel and decorated with a combination of mostly antique and vintage furnishings. The 1949 items that remain include the original white porcelain farmhouse kitchen sink, the claw foot tub, brass wall sconces in each of the bedrooms, and the wooden wall shelf and mirror units in each of the bedrooms handmade by the owner's grandfather. The only furniture salvaged from the hurricane are the beautiful cedar four poster bed and dressing table made by Aunt Annie's father in 1950 for her new summer 'river' cottage. The bed and dressing table continue to reside in the 'back' bedroom now named the 'Williamsburg Bedroom.' We call the waterside the front of the house should you get confused by my references.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is located close to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Smithfield and other historic sites including Petersburg and Richmond. Not to be missed is the Pamplin Civil War Park and Museum in Petersburg, VA just an hour from the cottage. Smithfield (about a 20 minute drive) is a great spot for antiquing and shopping. Our favorite shops are Laura and Lucy's and Wharf Hill Antiques. Smithfield also has several excellent restaurants for lunch or dinner.

If cooking is not on your menu, grab a quick bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich from the Edwards Ham Shop five miles up the road in the town of Surry. The Chickahominy House Restaurant on Jamestown Road about four miles from the ferry pier (on the Jamestown side) has wonderful breakfasts and lunches. I recommend their lunch special (Miss Melinda's Special) of brunswick stew, Edward's ham biscuits, fruit salad, iced tea, and a slice of homemade pie all for a very special price. The coconut custard pie is out of this world. Call ahead from the ferry and talk to Dan (tell him you are on the ferry) and ask to be put on their seating list. Five Forks Cafe (also about three miles from the ferry) has great breakfasts -- all day til 2 p.m.

In addition to the endless historical sites, do not miss the original Jamestowne fort being excavated on Jamestown Island on the edge of the river. And if you are driving and have a little extra room in your car, visit the Velvet Shoestring, a fabulous furniture and accessory consignment shop on Second St in Williamsburg.

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Private Beachfront Cottage on Historic James River
average rating of 4.96 based on 25 reviews

A little piece of perfection!

  • 5 of 5

This is my second time to Aunt Annie's cottage and we have loved it both times. Deena has such a wonderful sense of style and attention to detail. We loved how nothing has changed from the first time we had gone, about 2 years prior. The welcome basket was truly appreciated as were the slippers, robes, and suggestions of what to do in the area. Everything you need is in this cottage and the space is perfect. My son loves to go through the games and books to see what treasures he can find. He also loved wearing his robe and slippers around the house! This cottage is so clean and very nicely arranged. It feels just like home! It is the only place we would stay if visiting the area and we hope to do so again in the future! Thank you for everything!

-Dave, Mica, and Gabe

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Frederick, MD

"Adorable is an Understatement!"

  • 5 of 5

My 3 girlfriends and I stayed here for a 'girls weekend'. We were so delighted with the adorable and luxurious cottage with the river view! What a delightful surprise! From the little touches in the décor to the luxury of the terry bathrobes & towels! Deena has thought of everything! The bathroom albeit cozy has the most luxury per square inch. The heated towel rack and the overhead shower heater made us feel spoiled. We enjoyed sunrises (with coffee) and sunsets (with wine) on the porch enjoying the view of the river and the ferry. In fact I was so impressed I came back 3 weeks later with my husband! He loved the cottage too! I highly recommend it! Enjoyed a fire on the beach at night and watched the lights of the ferry crossing the river. Spectacular! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Louisville, Kentucky

Relaxing on the James River

  • 5 of 5

What a great and relaxing experience we had in your little corner of the world. It was a wonderful 7 days we spent on the James River. Sitting out on the deck having a cup of coffee in the early morning watching the James role by, Great! The cottage was perfect. Very clean and everything we needed was in there, plus more, Also, very convenient to the historical area. The written information the owner supplied us about the area was extremely helpful. We were very pleased and lucky to get to stay at your cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Cleveland, TN

Thought of everything!

  • 5 of 5

We were very surprised and pleased at the attention to detail this cottage has! The extra special touches like the gift basket of goodies, breakfast for our first morning just to mention a few were there waiting for us. The fishing equipment was like new. Other places we have been were barely good enough to use. Was very relaxing, immaculate. Would highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christy, I am happy to hear that your family enjoyed your stay at our cottage. We hope that you can visit again soon. Thanksgiving and Christmas are wonderful times in Colonial Williamsburg so think about visiting then. Warm regards, Deena

Mother/Daughter Weekend

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I took our daughters, both age 9, for a three night visit to Colonial Williamsburg. We were lucky to find this darling house to stay in for the adventure. The house is very cute and filled with personal touches to make it home even for a short stay. From the wine, chocolates, slippers, robes, and heavenly beds, we all felt like princesses! One of best surprises was finding the Colonial Williamsburg board game the night before we visited the settlement. After a few rounds of the game, we were ready to go and had a lay of the land. Thanks to the owner for making our stay so memorable!

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Historic Williamsburg destination location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is clean and wonderful. It had everything we needed. We spent most of our time sightseeing at Jamestown and Williamsburg. We could have, however, spent much more time at the cabin. The nine year olds loved the beach and swing, and car ferry. The adults loved the clean cottage, coffee maker, library and kitchen. We would go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Newport News and Richmond
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Williamsburg, VA
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
RT. 31
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Anna's Pizza
Car: necessary

Owner's pier at property right next door is available to rental guests for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting. Enjoy swimming in the river. Bring your boat and dock it at owners pier. Fishing rods and reels and fishing tackle box provided. Two kayaks available for use of rental guests.


Rates & Availability

From $300 Per night

Williamsburg Cottage Rental Rates

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Peak Season
Apr 11 2015 - Oct 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $135.00 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250.00
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Christmas Week: $1500 for 7 nights, 3 nights are $900.
Weekly rate applies to 6 or 7 nights.
Rental Policies and Rental Ageement Provided.
Maximum of five including children and overnight guests.
No Pets or Smoking Allowed.
Information on Area and Historic Sites Provided.
Two Kayaks with Life Preservers Available for Guests Use.
Bed and bath linens, beach towels, terry robes provided.
Payment of 50% of total required to book the cottage.
Balance due 30 days prior to check-in.
Credit cards and checks accepted (Visa, Master, Discover, JCB)
Credit card payments require additional 2.5% fee.
Travel Insurance Recommended particularly during Hurricane Season (6/1 to 11/30) : Insurance contact provided in rental agreement
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Williamsburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beachfront ...
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Claw foot tub with in-tub shower, heated towel rack, soft close toilet seat, exhaust, ceiling heater, ceiling night light.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Waterside bedroom looks out to beach and river.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Williamsburg Room has double bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Flipflop bedroom has an antique day bed.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen four poster bed in waterside bedroom with view of river., Double Beds (1) Antique cedar four poster bed in Williamsburg bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) Antique tiger maple day bed in flipflop bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Owner has three properties side-by-side on the James River at Scotland Wharf adjacent to the Jamestown-Scotland car ferry. These properties have been in her family for more than 65 years. Guests may use the owner's 180' pier for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting enjoying the river views both day and night. The beach in front of the owner's three cottages is private and available to rental guests. The river has a sand bottom - great for swimming. The river is very shallow near the shore and is safe for children. The free Jamestown-Scotland car ferry docks right at the cottage and is great for romantic night walk-on rides and easy car access to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, the Colonial Parkway, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The Ferry ride to Jamestown Settlement is 15 minutes. Smithfield, Newport News, Va Beach and Norfolk can also be reached (not using the ferry) from the cottage via Highway 10 to Smithfield and then onto 1

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