|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Poynton Lodge sits on 7 secluded acres near Smith Point (at the mouth of the Potomac River on Chesapeake Bay). Built in the 1930's by noted Virginia author James Branch Cabell, this five bedroom waterfront cottage was beautifully renovated in 2008. The cottage was designed to embrace the sights and sounds of the Bay. Wake to the putt-putt of a waterman's boat, heading to the crab pots. Enjoy your morning coffee on the front deck. Serve breakfast al fresco at the picnic table on the 45' long screened porch. Settle into an Adirondack chair to savor a good book. Take a picnic lunch down to beach. Kayak down to the bird sanctuary. Shower in the outdoor shower. Try your hand at bocce or croquet. Toast the sunset at the water's edge. Dine on the long porch or, if the temperature has dropped, in front of a fire in the dining room. Roast marshmallows over a bonfire on the beach. Retire to your comfortable bed, drop off to the sound of lapping water.
Amusements: We have a collection of beautiful jigsaw puzzles and classic board games (Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue and Risk), Yahtzee, Connect Four, and Battleship, Dominoes and Mexican Train, Set, poker chips, and enough decks of cards to play a giant game of Hearts.
We have Bocce and Croquet Sets, and a net that could be used for volleyball of badmitten, and enough space to have all three games going on simultaneously.
We have five single kayaks, and a large double sit-upon kayak you are welcome to use. We have life vests for four adults, but please supply life jackets for your young guests.
Dogs: Well-mannered dogs are welcome guests. (Due to owner allergies, we cannot accommodate cats.) We have a moveable pen, dog dishes, and various covers for furniture for your use. Our dog Simon likes to keep watch from the upstairs daybed. Our property is secluded but not fenced so dogs that tend to wander should be supervised. Guests are encouraged to treat their dogs with tick, flea and heartworm preventive before visiting. There is a security deposit of $100 per dog.
Local Attractions: Tour local vineyards. Discover the history of the 19th century fishing industry at the Fishermen's Museum in nearby Reedville and enjoy the charming Victorian mansions built by local sea captains on Main Street. Go antiquing in nearby Kilmarnock. Step back in time with a boat trip to Tangier or Smith Island, or join one of the local captains for an exciting day of fishing. Visit an 18th century architectural treasure, historic Christ Church designed by Chistopher Wren. Take a hike in Hughlett's Point Nature and visit Shiloh Schoolhouse.
When we bought Poynton Lodge as a weekend house, it was a funky summer cottage with a killer view and minimal amenities. We drove down from Washington DC most weekends from April to November. Renovation (in 2007) and retirement (2012) have made it possible for us to spend much more time at Poynton Lodge.
Phoebe Mix purchased this cottage in 1985
'Just one look, that's all it took.' From the first glimpse of the water as we walked around the house, we were hooked.
Opening all the windows to sounds of the waves lapping on the shore. Sitting with a cup of coffee on the front porch watching the sun rise. Following a pod of dolphins as they work their way up the river. Tracking soaring eagles as they wheel overhead. Paddling a kayak out to the fish traps. Settling into an Adirondack chair with a good book.
Our entire family, ages 3-69, had a super vacation at Poynton Lodge! Sun and sand, waves, bonfires, kayaks, croquet, and eagles every day. To our delight we had only one slightly stormy afternoon, which proved useful for game playing. We lived on the screened in porch for meals, conversations and game playing, not to mention staring at the beautiful bay. We enjoyed the garden with vegetables and herbs galore. The sunrise over the bay was breathtaking, followed by the busy hummingbirds flitting about all of the beautiful flowers in the gardens. Our grandsons are avid golfers and there was lots of room for putting balls. We introduced them to croquet and must have played for hours!
Every adult on the trip said we wished we could stay another week!
We had three generations of our family staying at the Poynton Lodge. There was something to do for everyone and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The beautiful scenery and wildlife -- eagles, osprey, deer - - came together to provide a natural treat to the eyes every day. The garden provided plenty of FRESH goodness from the earth. In the large yard we played football, Frisbee, made smores, and took leisurely walks. For water fun we went boating, fished, and swam. The rooms were spacious and the beds were comfortable. We took a few day trips to Reedville, Kilmarnock, and Williamsburg. We played golf at Kings Carter in Kilmarnock, very nice course. For those that need it, internet service is acceptable but I recommend unplugging from the ‘net to enjoy more of what the Lodge and the surrounding area have to offer. A month later, our family is still talking about what a wonderful time we had.
Highly recommended! THANK YOU for such a wonderful place to spend our vacation. - JLD
Poynton Lodge was the perfect vacation home for our extended family of 11 from ages 81 to 5. The house was beautiful with the bedrooms overlooking the Bay. We saw dolphins every day and the sunrises were breathtaking. The kids played on the beach (we did not see another soul on the beach all week), and we went paddle boating, kayaking and canoeing. We had a family Olympics in the spacious yard and played volleyball, kickball and softball. The bamboo shower was a hit - especially with the 5 year old, who took about 20 showers that week as she yelled for everyone to join her in the "jungle!" Kids founds tons of seaglass on a remote beach nearby - a bottle bottom from Scotland and one dated 1861. The garden was an added plus - the biggest blackberries we have ever eaten - delicious. You have to be willing to be "remote" though to enjoy this property - 20 min or so to nearest grocery and probably 2 hours to places like Williamsburg. Wifi is iffy (Dish.net) and cell service goes in and out. The caretakers live nearby and were extremely friendly and attentive.
We loved Poynton Lodge and we will return again:)
Just got back from three glorious days at this incredibly special place. I brought my three daughters and our two little doggies and a few of our most special friends, and we all had an amazing time. I love how secluded and quiet the location is, and yet how much there is to do together both inside and outside the house. The spaces are just perfect for quality bonding time. We didn't have any problems with the wireless internet receiver, but maybe that's because we had clear weather nearly the entire time. (It only rained one overnight!) Phoebe was so helpful when we discovered the paddle boat's rudder was broken (she is getting a new rudder soon!), which wasn't a big deal because the kids just used the kayaks instead (and loved them). We hope we can come visit this place again soon!
My family and dogs had an incredible vacation in Ophelia! I have been renting vacation homes for the past 20 years and I have finally found the perfect home. If you have ever dreamed of having your own private beach, seclusion and enough room for everyone inside and out, with so much to do that you will never get bored, than you must consider this home. Phoebe was incredible to work with, so gracious and accommodating. She has supplied everything you could ever think of for a vacation. All you have to do is bring your clothes! The house and the grounds are beautiful, the beds are very comfortable, everything new and in great condition. Large screen TV for movies, well equipped kitchen and games galore. The house provides WIFI, but we did have some problems with the signal going in and out. Outside there is huge yards on all sides to play games or just for the kids and dogs to run around. Swimming at the beach was so enjoyable; sand was soft, and the water shallow for several feet. We took the kayaks out and there is a paddle boat too. You must try the outside shower in the bamboo grove, it is amazing and so unique. I highly recommend this home for your next vacation. You will be delighted that you did. I will be returning this summer and for many summers to come.
The Northern Neck is a hidden treasure on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, with wide water, abundant wildlife, and tranquil seclusion. Less than 3 hours from Capitol Hill, it is miles from the urban frenzy. Explore quaint small towns, bike on quiet country roads, or kayak up meandering creeks.
Or just sit back on the deck and watch the water, which never ceases to fascinate. At dawn, local watermen harvest crab and fish in traditional flat bottom boats. After dark, brightly lit cruise ships steam down the Bay toward the Caribbean. Herons pose on the jetties, pelicans and cormorants circle the fish traps, and eagles soar overhead. You may even spot a pod of dolphins swimming along the shoreline.
Our cottage sits on seven secluded acres, with 360' of private sandy beach. Our family has been building fabulous memories here for the last 27 years. Come build yours today.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
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