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Beautifully Renovated Historic Cottage on Chesapeake Bay

Phoebe Mix

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Phoebe Mix

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Beautifully Renovated Historic Cottage on Chesapeake Bay

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Burgess Cottage Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, 45' screened porch, sleeps 11

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.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Phoebe Mix (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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About Phoebe Mix

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

Why Phoebe Mix chose Burgess

'Just one look, that's all it took.' From the first glimpse of the water as we walked around the house, we were hooked.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Beautifully Renovated Historic Cottage on Chesapeake Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Perfect, restful family vacation !

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased thet your family enjoyed Poynton Lodge. Our family has built great memories here for the last 28 years and we have been gratified to share Poynton Lodge with other families who enjoy it as much as we do.

Absolute paradise!

  • 5 of 5

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 ( 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:)

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Vienna, Virginia

Absolutely magical!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Bowie, MD

Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marilyn: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you and your family again later this summer. Unfortunately, the WIFI is intermittent. I wish we had access to a more reliable alternative.


Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Ophelia Federhart (private airstrip) - 2 miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Sunnybank Ferry - 2 miles
Car: necessary

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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From $3,500 Per week

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Tax Rate 5.3%

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Burgess Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2544 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • The master bedroom has a full bathroom en suite, granite countertops and double sinks, with a generous walk in shower, and separate separate water closet. The second upstairs bathroom serves the second upstairs bedroom and the bay bed in the upstairs sitting room. This large full bathroom (shower) also also houses the washing machine and dryer. The first floor bathroom, located in the hallway between the coral and blue bedrooms has a combination tub/shower. The outdoor shower is in the bamboo grove next to the house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , fireplace
    Blue bedroom - 1 queen
    Green bedroom - 1 queen , fireplace
    Coral bedroom - 1 queen
    Yellow bedroom - 2 twin/ single , daybed that converts to side by each twin mattresses
    Upstairs sitting room - 1 twin/ single , baybed is a twin mattress
  • The master bedroom has a king bed, which is flanked by a fireplace on one side and wide windows facing the Bay on the other side. Beyond the bedroom, a bright sun room provides a private retreat. The other upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and a fireplace. The baybed in the upstairs sitting room between the two bedrooms makes up into a single bed. Downstairs, the blue bedroom has a queen bed as does the yellow bedroom. Both rooms face the Bay. The yellow bedroom is accessed through the blue bedroom or by a separate entrance from the front porch. The yellow bedroom does not have heat or air-conditioning, but it does have a ceiling fan and windows on three sides. These two bedrooms work well for a family with children. The coral bedroom faces the gardens. It has a twin daybed that opens that opens to two twin mattresses side by each. It could be made up as a king bed or as two twins. All five bedrooms have ceiling fans.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Pedal Boat
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 7 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Our property includes beautiful perennial beds and a lovely kitchen potager garden. The expansive lawn around the cottage provide ample room for touch football or more organized games of croquet or bocce. Kids and dogs have lots of room to play. Decks wrap around the front and west side of the house.The 42' long screened porch, which has a large picnic table and six Adirondack chairs, is a great place to enjoy one of our classic board or card games or a good book. You are welcome to use our two 14 foot single kayaks, with paddles and adult life vests, large double sit-upon kayak and the 4 person paddle boat. We have a collection of beach chairs and cushions, and beach towels. We have a tabletop telescope and binoculars to enjoy the landscape and night sky. The Dish Net WIFI connection is intermittent and unreliable. You could use it to check email a couple of times a day but you shouldn't anticipate being able to telework from Poynton Lodge.

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