PRIVATE BEACH COTTAGE ON HISTORIC JAMES RIVER NEAR WILLIAMSBURG, VA

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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PRIVATE BEACH COTTAGE ON HISTORIC JAMES RIVER NEAR WILLIAMSBURG, VA

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

Jamestown-Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Three night rental rate is $900 and week is $1650. Private, charming, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access with wide river views and sand beach. Combine the best of history with water-side living in romantic renovated 1949 James River beach cottage directly across the river from Jamestown Island.

Sited on land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, Aunt Annie’s cottage is a lovely, relaxing private oasis of vintage knotty pine walls, beautiful hardwood floors, and glimmering sea glass colors combined with quality furnishings and free 24-hour car ferry service at your doorstep providing a wonderful alternative to hotel fare. Enjoy a beautiful waterside setting for a delightful vacation retreat with easy proximity to major Historic tourist sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, James River Plantations, Busch Gardens, Water Country, antique shops, and other historic and entertainment venues.

This fully equipped cottage has a private white sand beach, 180 foot fishing pier, kayaks, fishing poles and gear and a 15 minute ferry ride to Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens, Water Country, Williamsburg Winery. Yorktown is a short drive from Jamestown Settlement down the beautiful Historic Colonial Parkway. The cottage is directly across the river from the site of the original 1607 Jamestowne Fort which is under excavation.

Watch spectacular sunrises over Jamestown Island, relax on the pier while watching beautiful sunsets while the osprey and seagulls fish, enjoy breakfast on your deck, stroll the beach searching for sharks' teeth, watch ships sailing up and down the river, explore the river in kayaks we provide, fish off of the owner's pier, and enjoy your private cottage at the end of a day of sightseeing in Surry County, the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown and other sites. A 15-minute ferry ride from Jamestown brings you home in the evening to your own romantic, beach cottage just a few steps from the sand, the water and the owner's private pier. Enjoy.

Our luxury, vintage cottage features fresh flowers, fine bed and bath linens, terry robes, beach towels, soaps, shampoo, hair dryer, and lighted make-up mirror. The kitchen is fully equipped and even is stocked for your first morning's breakfast. So..... just bring your toothbrush and clothes. No need to even get groceries til your second day.

Our cottage has much sought after direct water and beach access 25 feet out your front door. There are no steps to climb. Enjoy your private white sand beach, pier for fishing or sunbathing, lovely gardens and wonderful river views. The cottage is beautifully renovated and decorated and nicely equipped to provide a wonderful, tranquil, and fun vacation.

Two kayaks with life preservers are available for exploring the river and creeks. Four fishing poles and tackle box with essentials also are provided for fishing off the pier, the beach, or the kayaks. Beach chairs, beach umbrella and beach towels, and cooler are provided.

A well equipped kitchen provides amenities needed to prepare meals if desired including ceramic cook top range, oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, ice maker, trash compactor, microwave, coffee makers (single serve, eight cup and french press), blender, crockpot, toaster, marble countertops. Dinnerware, glassware, and cookware are provided along with paper products and basic cooking spices. A gas grill on the waterside deck offers easy dinner preparation after a day of sightseeing. If cooking is not on your menu, many restaurants and delicious take out foods are available close by. We provide a detailed list of restaurants and take-out facilities and other information on the area prior to arrival to assist guests in their planning.

BEDROOMS AND BATH: Three bedrooms, designed for a maximum of four or possibly five people, include a queen bed in the River Bedroom, a double bed in the Williamsburg Bedroom, and a single daybed in the Flip Flop Bedroom. The cozy bedrooms are furnished with antique beds, mirrors and other furniture made by the owner’s grandfather who was an antique dealer and cabinetmaker in Petersburg, VA during the early 1900s.

Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, alarm clock, feather and alternative pillows, luggage rack, reading lamp, and luxurious linens, blankets, and comforters by Peacock Alley, Sferra, Cuddledown and others.. Electric blankets are also provided in each bedroom for chilly evenings.

BATHROOM: The renovated bathroom provides a vintage clawfoot tub with in-tub thermostatic shower, hand shower, heated towel rack, ceiling heater, hair dryer, towels, new soft close toilet, and toiletries (soap, shampoo and conditioner). Terry cloth robes and paper products are provided. A lighted make-up mirror is available in one of the bedrooms.

BEACH: Enjoy hunting for shark teeth and shells on the beach, building sand castles in the white sand, fishing on the owner's adjoining pier, sunbathing, napping on the beach or reading on your private waterfront deck. Beach towels and chairs provided. Your own private beach is right outside your door providing hours of relaxation just watching the river sights.

SIGHT SEEING BASE: Use this delightful site as your base for travel throughout Virginia’s tidewater area and other historic locations including Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Smithfield, Petersburg, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. Listen to the waves roll in as you drift off to sleep and wake ready for another day of sightseeing or lazing on the beach.

A full collection of sightseeing guides is provided along with suggestions for local restaurants and attractions. Provided for your use are two kayaks, four fishing poles, a small library of adult and children's books, games, TV, DVD, VCR, and collection of movies. The grounds around the cottage have lovely gardens with roses, clematis, hosta, lambs ear, siberian iris, peonies, azalea, spring and fall blooming camellia, crepe myrtle, hydrangea, star magnolia, and grasses of many type. The shade gardens feature hosta, astilbe, ferns, ladies mantle, wild ginger, soloman's seal, azalea, and gooseneck loosestrife.

Come and enjoy!

Keywords: Beach cottage, waterfront, river, river cottage, Williamsburg, beachfront, writer's cottage, romantic, beach, history, historic.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed

Deena Allen

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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 with new windows, whimsical seahorse shutters, new central heat and air, refinished original hardwood floors, new exterior hurricane shutters, new kitchen, 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. They 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.

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. My favorites are Laura and Lucy's and Wharf Hill Antiques. Smithfield also has several good 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.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, VA
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
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Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
Guildford, UK
5

Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
The location of this cottage is wonderful. Convenient for visiting Jamestown and Yorktown but lovely to come home to some peace. It is extremely well equipped and maintained. It would have been nice to have somewhere to hang clothes to dry apart from on garden chairs. The owner was very prompt with replies and the booking process went very well. Comprehensive notes about arrival, things to do and how to use the cottage were sent. For my liking the cottage was over dressed. I had to move many cushions into the single room just so we could sit down. Similarly perhaps a few less books on side tables so that the renter can put their things down would be nice. I would recommend it to friends.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/2
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Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
Oak Hill, VA
5

Cute, peaceful

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
This is a great restful getaway. The kids and I enjoyed swimming, riding the ferry and our visits into Williamsburg and Newport News. Busch Gardens was fun and so was the Virginia Living Museum. We were nervous that the ferry would be noisy, but you can't hear it at all in the house. The owner has made the most of this small cottage by packing it with amenities like a great kitchen, plenty of books and comfortable beds. We hope to visit again sometime.
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
Rocky Mount, NC
5

Wow! Who knew?

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We walked into the cottage with very low expectations. When I walked in and found this CLEAN adorable cottage I could not get over it. We have rented cottages on Lake Erie and at several NC beaches. We have never seen a rental have the sort of extras that this lovely cottage has. Hidden in the kitchen cabinetry is a BOSCH dishwasher. In the cute knotted pine bath you will find a TOWEL WARMER. There are just so many things that you would never expect to find. We will be back!
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Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
5

Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
As my 'children' are now 21 and 23, I try to find vacation spots that will suit all of our tastes if I want them to join me! It's hard to put into words how perfect this vacation and cottage was for all of us.

The cottage was so clean, well appointed and so inviting, we felt comfortable as soon as we stepped inside. Everything we needed was in the house; (even bathrobes!), and while the floorplan is small, the 3 of us felt cozy, and never crowded, each with our own bedroom. Every morning I made an individual cup of coffee for myself and sat on the deck watching the river lapping on the beach out front, and the nearby ferry, before my children woke up. It was a great, relaxing way to start my day.

We visited Jamestown, Williamsburg, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Busch Gardens, Water Country, Smithfield and even Virginia Beach during our weeklong stay at the cottage. Some days we didn't leave the cottage until late morning, other times we enjoyed the late afternoons on our 'beach'. There is so much to do in the area, but the cottage itself had so much to offer with the beach and kayaks right outside our door ~ it was sometimes hard to choose to leave or stay for the day!

The three of us agreed the cottage was one of the most endearing accommodations we have ever visited.
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Owner's Response: Wendy, I am delighted to hear that you and your children (grown-ups) enjoyed your visit to our cottage and Virginia. Sometimes I think that sitting on the deck or pier with a cup of coffee in the morning watching the river sights is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing moments of the day. Hope you all visit again. Deena
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Private Beach Cottage on Historic James River Near Williamsburg, VA
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Williamsburg Tidewater & Hampton Roads
5

Paradise on the James

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 27, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
From the moment you walk into this adorable cottage the world slows down. Surry is a perfect retreat to unplug. If you want to plug back in, you are a quick 20 minute ferry ride over to Jamestown/Williamsburg. Deena (the home owner) has clearly put much thought and effort into making your stay special. The cottage was stocked for breakfast so we didn't need to go to the store immediately. The gift basket with wine and cheeses, the vases with fresh flowers....just amazing! The cottage is so quaint, you'll think you've walked onto a movie set. The beach and pier are steps away. The children loved playing in the sand and finding what treasures washed up on shore. I would definitely recommend water shoes, as there was broken glass that washes up, as well. The water was very chilly for our stay (Memorial Day), but the kids still splashed around. My high tech kids mentioned nothing of the lack of Wi-Fi and were wanting to know when we can come back. We ate at several restaurants in Surry (Annie's Pizza and The Surry House) both were good....and of course there are a ton of options just across the river. The only think I regret is not having booked a longer stay! We will definitely return. Thank you Deena for sharing this slice of heaven!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
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Map

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Newport News and Richmond
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Jamestown-Scotland
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Williamsburg, VA
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
RT. 31
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Surry
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Williamsburg
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Surry House
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.

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Availability & Rates

Williamsburg Cottage Rental Rates

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Deposit of 50% required to book the cottage.
Balance due 30 days prior to check-in.
Credit cards accepted (Visa, Master, Discover, JCB)
Travel Insurance Recommended during Hurricane Season: Insurance contact provided in rental agreement (6/1 to 11/30)
Rental Agreement and Rental Policies Provided for Review
Tax Rate 6.0%
Notes Maximum of five including children and overnight guests.
No Pets or Smoking Allowed.
Pier for docking boat (up to about 18 feet).
River is good for swimming.
White sand beach.
Boat Launch Near By.
Information on Area Restaurants, Shopping, Historic Sites Provided.
Two Kayaks with Life Preservers Available for Guests Use.
Bed and bath linens provided including adult size terry robes and slippers.
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Amenities

Williamsburg Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • River
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Adventure
General:
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Secure Parking
  • Ducted Heating
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Stove ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Small Cooler
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • forests
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • hunting
  • golf
  • water skiing
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • pier fishing
Notes:
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 60 years. Guests may use the owners' 180' pier for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting enjoying the river views both day and night. The beach in front of the owners 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 17.
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