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Windward Cottage-Waterfront, Private Dock, Spectacular Views

Kelsie Miller

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Windward Cottage-Waterfront, Private Dock, Spectacular Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Gloucester Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2-bedroom Cottage, waterfront, private dock, community boat landing

2-bedroom waterfront Cottage including large deck, private pier, kitchen, living area with high-speed wireless internet, cable, 32 inch Vizio flat-screen TV and Sony DVD player. Also Sony Am/FM/CD player with MP3 player dock. One queen and two extra-long twin beds (can me merged to make a king). One 3-piece bathroom. Fridge, freezer, coffee maker, microwave, stove and oven provided. On deck, seating, small gas grill and charcol grill. Must be 21 and above to rent.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kelsie Miller (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2015

About Kelsie Miller

Vickie Lynne and I have known (of) each other since we were teenagers. When we went off to college my mother encouraged me to call her for a date. We dated very seriously and were 'pre-engaged' from 1975 - 1977. In 1977 we parted ways. Both married others and had children. After I became separated in 2007 I learned that Vickie Lynne was also single. We re-kindled our relationship and were married April 30th, 2011. We have 9 adult children - Vickie Lynne has 5 (one set of triplets) and I have 4 (one set of twins). Ironically the triplets and the twins share the same birthday - March 16. My mother lived with us at Windward until her death in September 2010. Vickie Lynne's dad lived with us here at Windward until his death in August of 2011. I am a family physician and have been in practice since 1984. Vickie Lynne is a family nurse practitioner. We have the joy of practicing together. We attend Ware Episcopal Church. We love living on Ferry Creek - it is more than majical. Our daughter Katie, one of the triplets, manages the property for us.

Kelsie Miller purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Kelsie Miller chose Gloucester

Windward Cottage is located on Ferry Creek in the Piney Point Subdivision in Gloucester, VA. All of Piney Point was once owned by Jeff Callis who married Etta Dutton and lived at Elm Bank in Piney Point - just a few footsteps down the lane from Windward and Windward Cottage. Etta Dutton was my grandmother's favorite Cousin and my mother's family (who lived on nearby Freewelcome Farm) were frequent visitors to Elm Bank and the Callis household. Fast forward - Vickie Lynne's father and mother 1st purchased another house on Ferry Creek in 1967 (Ferry's Landing). They sold that house to Vickie Lynne's mother's cousin in 1971 and purchased Windward, established in 1971. Vickie Lynne and her family have lived at Windward full-time since 1998. Vickie Lynne and I were married April 30th, 2011. Hence, as my Uncle Alex once said 'we are living on old family land.' In 2008, through a twist of fate, the cottage juxtaposed to Windward became available and we bought it. We have renovated the house, put a new roof on, added central heat and air conditioning, improved the kitchen and bathroom and added high-speed internet/CableTV and phone, painted and installed new carpet and kitchen flooring. When our parents were living with us - Vickie Lynne and I used Windward Cottage as our personal escape. Now we use it for our guests. In 2012 we were fortunate enough to purchase Ferry's Landing back from Vickie Lynne's cousin. It is presently undergoing extensive renovations.

What makes this cottage unique

For those who have seen and appreciated the movie 'On Golden Pond' - Ferry Creek is even better. The eco-system is unbelievable. Year round we have bald eagles; in the summer months (March through September) we have the Osprey's to watch circling overhead and snatching fish from the creek. The high pitched 'cheep cheep' of the Ospreys is constant. This past year we put an Osprey Nest platform on an old piling in front of the Cottage and watched our 1st Osprey pair build their 1st nest. We daily watch the commercial crabbers fish their crab pots. We can fish or crab off the pier. We can kayak up into the marshes of the mouth of the creek or we can be in the channel of the Piankatank River in 1/4 mile. Windward Cottage faces west - so we get the most spectacular sunset views. In the winter we have ducks and geese in the creek. Ferry Creek is a miraculous and wonderful place. Come, see for yourself and enjoy. We live next door at Windward.

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Windward Cottage-Waterfront, Private Dock, Spectacular Views
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 15 reviews

Neglected, owners don't seem to care

  • 2 of 5

I really wanted to love this place. But, unfortunately the pictures and descriptions posted do NOT represent what you get, and the experience itself was disappointing. The beds, yes, are awesome and if you rent this place planning on staying inside the entire time watching tv, then sure, it's ok. But, if you are there to enjoy nature, look elsewhere.

We were greeted with grass that was literally, two feet tall in some spots (calling all snake bites!), and an outside deck that was FILTHY. We spent an hour cleaning upon arrival which truly sucked. Some of the chairs they provided were entirely broken and unusable. (Don't plan on relaxing in rocking chairs or a lounger as indicated in the pictures, because they aren’t there.) We had to use the neighbors hose to spray down the entire outside sitting area and clean off all chairs and table of piles of debris. No joke, tree branches, sticky pine cones, and a thick layer of pollen coated the outside deck. Clearly it had all been collecting outside grime for a long time. Very disappointing to deal with right off the bat. Why wouldn't the owners think that renters would want a reasonably clean place to sit outside?

And, if you wanted to use kayaks “provided”, then be prepared to search for paddles (which ended up not even being on the property and had to be searched for at a neighbor’s boat house) and spend time dragging them from the yard to be thoroughly cleaned of the dirty mosquito water collecting in them. I’m not even sure they could float given their condition.

The cookware is in TERRIBLE condition, bring your own (another false hope I had thanks to the pictures provided), also it's strewn all over the place in random cabinets in the kitchen. Good luck finding anything usable, except for one pan I found that was not rusted, oil slicked, or had the non-stick coating scratched off. Pretty disgusting.

And, most shockingly, slapped on the fridge there is a list of "rules" for the house. I'm sorry, WHY exactly was I charged a mandatory cleaning fee with my rental when you expect the renter clean everything before they vacate the premises? If that is your policy, you need to DISCLOSE THAT UP FRONT before someone rents your cottage and discovers your rules on the fridge. How disrespectful.

And, although the rental says no pets, I hope you like dogs, at least 2 or 3 saunter onto the deck with you as if they lived there too. We will never return.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Spectacular sunsets

  • 4 of 5

A simple, clean cottage with fabulous beds. Serene kayaking on the Ferry Creek and Piankatank River. A bald eagle flew right over me! Sunsets were absolutely gorgeous!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Stephens City, VA

Quaint, secluded cottage on the water

  • 5 of 5

My husband & I specifically rented the cottage to get away for a few days & to celebrate our anniversary. It was wonderful! Nature comes alive at Windward Cottage! It was well-maintained & immaculately clean. Our hosts provided everything you could possibly need & their luxury linens were fabulous! I packed way too much!

Would recommend the cottage to anyone looking for a real getaway for lots of R & R. However, there is still plenty to do in the area should you so desire. There are also some great restaurants, especially the Thai one in town.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Long Island, NY

very restful!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Windward cottage! My 6 yo and 9 yo didn't want to leave. We caught crabs, fish at Beaver Dam park(also did mountain biking there), and kayaked to our hearts delight! Will return!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Far From Home

  • 4 of 5

We had a great week in Virginia. We absorbed some history, some fishing, and had some down time. After a 10 hour drive- we arrived to a well kept, clean, amenity filled cottage. It was a quite area with ample experiences to discover with in a short driving distance.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Matawan, NJ USA

Natural Setting..

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation this past week at Windward Cottage. The house was very comfortable and bright, many windows, and deck view was fantastic of the river. Our hosts were friendly and hospitable. Fishing and crabbing was alot of fun. Trips to local towns such as Matthews, Gloucester Courthouse, and to Yorktown Beach were great too. Photos were accurate in describing the cottage and its" amenities. Peaceful and quiet area in a natural setting.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC
Nearest Airport
33.48 Miles
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10.35 Miles
Several in Gloucester Courthouse
Nearest Ferry
48.41 Miles
Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
Nearest Golf
11.97 Miles
Painkatank River Golf Club, Hartfield
Nearest Train
37.05 Miles
Amtrak Station, Williamsburg
Nearest Motorway
30.4 Miles
Interstate 64, Exit 220
Nearest Restaurant
10.24 Miles
Bangkok Noi, Gloucester Courthouse
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Yorktown Beach, Yorktown
Car: necessary

Easy access to America's historical triangle of Yorktown, Williamsburg and Jamestown. There is outlet shopping in Williamsburg 45 minutes away. Duke of Gloucester Street (featuring the Williamsburg Taverns - King's Arms; Christiana Campbell's and Shields Taverns) 58 min. Our latest favorite waterfront resturant is the York River Oyster Company located in the York River Yacht Haven located in Gloucester Point is 20 miles. The food is as wonderful as the view/venue. Yorktown (Riverwalk Resturant is our favorite there) 36 min; Urbana (Urbana Oyster Festival is Nov 7th and 8th, 2014) 34 min; Gwynn's Island (Gwynn's Island Festival June 27-28, 2014) 24 min; Deltaville (The Railway Resturant) 22 minutes; Mathews Courthouse (Mathews Market Days Sept 5-6 2014) 20 min; Our favorite pottery is The Poddery (Owned and operated by Robert and Karen Podd) in Foster 14 min; Gloucester Courthouse (Daffodil Festival April 11-12, 2015) 20 min. Holly Hill Antiques on Route 14 - 11 minutes; Mathews Courthouse has a farmer's market on Main Street each Saturday morning. Favorite grocery store - Food Lion in Mathews Courthouse. Favorite fresh vegetables -Ware Neck Produce in Gloucester Courthouse. Wines come from Kelsick Specialty Market in Gloucester CH (they'll also order any wine you want). ABC stores in Gloucester CH, Mathews CH and Deltaville. Best fried seafood is Seabreeze on Gwynn's Island. Closest pizza is Anna's or Little Italy in Gloucester Courthouse. There is also Southwind Pizza in Mathews Courthouse. We also love the Crazy Crab Resturant in Reedville (1 hour).


Rates & Availability

From $120 Per night

Gloucester Cottage Rental Rates

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Summer / Peak
May 23 2015 - Sep 7 2015
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60.00
Property Damage Protection $59.00
Notes Reservations are made final or "confirmed" once you have submitted payment for your stay. Cancelations made prior to 30 days of arrival will receive a full refund. Cancelations made within 30 days of arrival will receive a gift certificate in the amount of the reservation to be used within 1 year of the original arrival date. No refunds for weather.

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Gloucester Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 non-handicapped accessible.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) Cozy queen with pillow top. Twin or Single Beds (1) In one bedroom there are 2 extra-long twin beds that can be used seperately or can be pushed together to form a single king bed if notified ahead of time.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Wine, Beer, Coffee, Organic and Natural Foods, Dinners to go, Catering and Gift Baskets - Contact Kelsik Specialty Market, Gloucester. Food Lion in Gloucester Courthouse and Mathews Courthouse

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