About the property
- Lodge3000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights
4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, sleeps 10, 3000sf
Sited high on a secluded 13 acre wooded lot w/ 350+ feet of beach, this lovely lodge is ideal for family vacations, reunions with friends or hosting a large party. The 40'x18' great room has two dining areas: both the 10 ft farm table and the 10 foot antique library table seat 14-16 each. Enjoy the panoramic view of the river from comfortable seating, fish or crab off the dock, build sandcastles on the shore, watch the resident osprey & eagles, read, listen to music or just relax. The kitchen, w/ 3 ovens and lots of counter space, accommodates many cooks. River House is located in Weems, 2 mi from Irvington, home of quaint cafes, fine restaurants, a winery & The Tides Inn and is 4 mi from charming Kilmarnock and White Stone with their antique centers, art studio, restaurants, museums, etc. There is a public boat launch nearby. Enjoy exploring the Northern Neck, so rich in history & revel in the gracious people who call this home. Come soothe your spirit by the magic of the Corrotoman.
Quiet and Secluded: The River House property is divided by a small private gravel road into two parts. 6+ acres on the river side with the house with a walk-way to the dock. The circular drive provides parking for numerous cars and the level yard is landscaped with many azaleas, camellias, laurel, bays, pines, magnolias and old growth trees. There is an Audobon Bird Sanctuary easement adjacent to the property. The 8+/- acres on the south side of the road is wooded with old paths throughout. The area roads are blacktopped and flat providing for an easy walk or bike ride.
Where Eagles Soar : The eagles are back, but they are sometimes eclipsed by the osprey who nest atop a pole in the river directly in front of the house. The osprey come in March to hatch and raise their offspring in warm weather and then fly south in October. Bring your binoculars if you are a birder for there is much to turn your eyes skyward. Herds of deer roam this area and can often be seen on the lawn; however no hunting is allowed . Crabs are plentiful during season and can be caught in the crab trap provided or off the dock with string, bait and a crab net. Fishing is pretty good too. A crab pot is available and the outdoor gas grill has a separate burner for cooking seafood.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 28, 2018
About Colin Middleton
We have enjoyed sharing our home with our wonderful guests since 2007. We hope that they feel as if they are visiting family. not just spending time at a sterile rental home. Our goal is to spread the warmth of this area and that all who visit here leave with a renewed spirit.
Colin Middleton purchased this Lodge in 2005
Why Colin Middleton chose Lancaster County
We sold a family home on Mobile Bay and bought in Virginia's Northern Neck because it is closer to our primary home, our children and grandchildren. This property was 'the one' for several reasons: deep water for keel hull sailboats, protected harbor, a lot where rising tides would not be a problem and an interior floor plan that suited extended family and friends. It was built in 1976 and lacked charm, but with the help of architects,designers and contractors I believe we have softened its edges and made it a comfortable home that is conducive to time shared with loved ones.
What makes this Lodge unique
One plus about the design of this home is that there can be a rollicking game of Cranium in the great room while someone else naps or reads in another room. Something for everyone. Also the location provides for a quick trip to the grocery, restaurants, emergency room, etc. Only 4 miles to Kilmarnock.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We spent two weeks at the house and had an excellent experience. First, the owner, Genevieve, is wonderful to work with. She quickly returned our emails and even went beyond the call of duty to warn us of some unsettled weather on the day we were planning to travel. We actually felt like it was a privilege to stay in this fantastic house rather than simply a rental property. When you first walk into the house you are met with a fifty plus foot expanse of glass windows and doors that open into a breathtaking view of the Corrotoman River. Then you immediately are aware the varied wall and table top artwork. Three full size flags hang from the approximately 30 foot beamed ceiling. Hugh Asian tapestries hang from the fireplace and the upstairs hall. Two frog golf-playing lamps greet you from the table behind the couch. The walls of all rooms contain pictures including those of boats, marine animals, seaside scenes and many more. The central room is approximately 1600 square feet and contains two massive tables seating 8 to 10 persons each. The center of the room contains very comfortable leather couches and chairs. The kitchen contains an abundant supply of silverware and dishes. A very comfortable media room and the master bedroom and bath complete the first floor. The second floor has two bedrooms with multiple beds and a bath. We brought our boat and found the dock to be perfect for our use. Both electricity and fresh water are suppled on the dock. The house is only minutes from Kilmarnock, Irvington and White Stone. We found this location to be very convenient and rare for a rental in this area. This is truly a unique place to visit, and we cannot imagine anyone not being thrilled to spend some time here.
Great House on the Corrotoman
The Middleton house is THE perfect rental property for anyone wishing to spend time on the Northern Neck. It is situated right on the River, high enough up to give a wide, spacious view, but just a few steps down to the dock and the water. It is secluded enough to be very private but very close to town. The house itself is large, open, well-appointed with a fully-equipped kitchen (unusual for rentals). The owner is attentive, pleasant, and concerned. I highly recommend it.
When we arrived at the River House we were met with a welcoming jar of crab salsa and a million dollar view. We were a party of three families with three children between the ages of 4 and 9. We spent every day swimming off the dock, canoeing, and crabbing. The house is warmly decorated, with plenty of seating areas, a screened in porch (wonderful for enjoying the view but escaping the bugs), a comfortable living room, a tv room, a large dining room table, and a beautiful area outdoors to eat or just soak in the view. The bedrooms are comfortable, a lovely master bedroom on the ground floor, and two bedrooms upstairs that can sleep four people each.
We ate the crab we caught every night, our biggest haul being 28 crab. Our kids loved swimming in the warm water. We were anxious initially, since we had been warned that the water may not be safe to swim in because of jellyfish, but once the dog jumped in so did the kids. It was the beginning of August and a local told me that the jellyfish had come and gone by then. After that we swam all day long and our kids never got tired of cannonballing off the dock. The house is about four miles from Kilmarnock, and although it is very remote, the town has all that you need in the way of supplies. We enjoyed biking at Belle Isle Sate Park (you can rent bikes and kayaks there), went to Colonial Williamsburg, and explored the nearby towns Reedville and Irvington. Keep in mind, the location is remote and the pace is slow, but that is what we loved about it. I wish I could go every year!
Great Spring Break Family Vacation
This lovely home easily accommodated my family 5 and two grandparents. The kitchen is very well equipped and plenty of the toys and games for children and adults. The views are incredible and access to water is great. Our family particularly enjoyed watching the osprey nest on a perch in the water from the screened in porch. We roasted marshmellows in the firepit and played darts and soccer. We took some time to explore the surrounding area including historic Christ Church in nearby Irvington as well taking fun day trips to Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens.
Wonderful wedding week
This was a great house for accommodating all the people and cooking we needed to do for the wedding that brought us to the area. The kitchen and the views were the best parts of the house for us - so much room in the kitchen and the views from the house were gorgeous. The pier was a great place to enjoy the water and one friend caught a large fish within a few minutes of his first cast. The house was only a few minutes from great shopping and restaurants and yet it is on large enough acreage that you do not realize there are neighbors. The owner was great to work with and was so helpful in setting up our stay and with tips for a good stay. We could not have been more pleased at choosing this house for our week in the Northern Neck area of Virginia. The security deposit was returned promptly. Our week here was special for many reasons and this lovely house only added that experience.
Great family retreat
We traveled with another family for a weekend retreat and had a wonderful time. Plenty of space, lots of toys (4 kids ranging from 2-5), great views and access to the water, and a welcoming and comfortable house with a well-stocked kitchen. Weather didn't cooperate but we still had fun.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Labor Day Weekend (Sept 4-7) rate and Memorial Weekend (May 22-25) rate is $2000 Thanksgiving weekend (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights) rate is $2200 Christmas (Dec 24-27) and New Years (Dec 31-Jan 3) rate is $1900
One half of rent due with reservation, the remaining half plus taxes, security deposit and pet deposit, if any, is due 2 weeks prior to occupancy. Owner will email lease and check to be returned to owner along with signed lease. Property access and house information will be emailed to tenant upon receipt of final payment.