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.
'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.