Set in rural Mathews County, historic Oakland is located on one of the country's many tidal waterways connected to Mobjack or Chesapeake Bays. Situated on a point of land, it has sweeping views on to Oakland Creek, Blackwater Creek and the North River - with easy quick access to Mobjack and the Chesapeake Bay. It is spacious and sleeps 12-13 comfortably.
Mathews is peaceful and serene yet easily accessible from major population centers. It is less than an hour away from all of the Williamsburg attractions (Busch Gardens, Water Country, Jamestown, Yorktown, William and Mary, the Williamsburg Pottery & Prime Outlets). Mathews has 5 public beaches, a lighthouse (the 3rd oldest in the Bay), and a quaint downtown. There are also many outdoor options to supplement any vacation.
Oakland, built in 1840, is full of charm. We've endeavored to keep as many of the original architectural features in place as possible (pull chain toilet, claw foot tub and old door knobs and locks for example) while making it clean, comfortable, well equipped and welcoming to all who visit.
History buffs will enjoy looking for the names, dates and initials etched in the brick chimney in the den and on the original glass window panes (Jane Byrd January 1, 1871 is one example found in the living room). Furnishings and decor have been carefully selected to be comfortable and family friendly. Toys, books, games and outdoor activities are abundant. The outdoor shower with hot and cold water (added Summer 2013) has been a great addition and solves the problem of cleaning off muddy little feet (human and canine) that have been tramping around the shoreline looking for treasures.
Oakland has 6 bedrooms all of which are located on the 2nd floor (K, Q, twin bunks, twin with trundle,2 twins, twin) and it sleeps 11 comfortably. There is also a pull out sofa on the first floor (full size) that can accommodate 2 more guests. There are 4.5 baths, a well equipped kitchen (updated in 2013) - plus a summer kitchen with laundry facilities and a spare fridge and freezer for bait/seafood or kitchen fridge overflow, screened porches and dining area, formal dining and living rooms, plus a spacious den with a flat screen TV, DVD, Wii and computer with internet and Wi-Fi.
Relax with a glass of wine on the dock and watch the sunset, take a dip in the river-front pool (open Memorial Day through Labor Day), fish from the shoreline, hunt for oysters (which are plentiful) at low tide, drop the crab pots in -- or head out in the canoe or sunfish sailboat and explore the tributaries. Children of all ages will enjoy feeding the koi in the decorative pond adjacent to the house (complete with fountain and lily pads!) and will relish running around at night catching lightening bugs on the large lawn. There is also a swing set, slide and sandbox.
If you have a boat, launch from the deep water dock which can accommodate boats of fairly good size. Mobjack Marina is across the creek and is a good place to launch or fuel up. Jet skis (which can be rented locally) are a blast as well. In the evening, enjoy grilling out by the pool or gather around the chiminea and enjoy the nighttime sky. For a real treat, take the family to “Donk’s” (Virginia’s ‘Lil Ol Opry which is situated in a historic old theater) for some live entertainment and a real taste of the local culture.
Special Note: Edgar Allen Poe fans will appreciate the fact that Edgar's sister Rosalie Poe often visited the house (which was owned by Poe family cousins). The Mathews County Historical Society archives contain a letter she wrote that references her time at Oakland.
Oakland is a short drive from Mathews' five public beaches and is less than 15 minutes to the grocery store, ABC store and local restaurants, antique stores and area entertainment. The North Star Market is very nearby and sells basic groceries, bait and gasoline. Downtown Mathews has many shops but it’s larger neighbor Gloucester is 15 minutes away and has larger chain stores and restaurants (Walmart and Home Depot + Ruby Tuesdays and Applebee's + Sweet Frogs for example).
Mathews County is located in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia, on the eastern tip of the Middle Peninsula. The second smallest county in Virginia, Mathews features more than 200 miles of shoreline! It is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay, Mobjack Bay and the Piankatank River. One of the highlights of Mathews County is the New Point Comfort Lighthouse, which marks the entrance to Mobjack Bay. The Narrows Marina on Gwynn's Island offers watersports, and four other marinas are in the community.
There are an abundance of colonial and Civil War sites to explore. Mathews Court House Square is a collection of 18-century and 19th-century buildings along with an active historical society. Its close proximity to Virginia's Historic Triangle -- Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown -- offers addition incentive to visit this coastal community.
Visitors can take advantage of numerous self-guided trails as well as enjoy experienced trail guides on the county's birding, bicycling and driving tours.