Jamestown-Williamsburg Area, Surry VA. Weekly rental rate is $1650 in spring, summer, fall. Three night rental is $900. Winter weekly rate is $1300 and three night rate is $800. 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 Rolf, 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!
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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 Pamphlin 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.