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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-6)

After a fun drive down a curvy forest flanked road, you emerge into the sunlight with expansive fields on either side of you. You turn left down a dirt path that takes you by an old farmhouse. You dogleg around another field and enter the woods on a gravel road. When you get to the gate you step out. Through the trees, you can vaguely see the vastness of the James River and you hear the sound of a light breeze as it tumbles amid the leaves. Back in your vehicle you steer right, around the driveway loop and notice that you are at the peak of a hill that drops deeply into a great wooded ravine on either side.

Straight in front of you is the cottage which sits at the tip of the peninsula surrounded by views of the River. You shut off the vehicle and step outside. There is not another home or person in sight. NOW....You are officially on vacation. You stroll down the brown pebble path and past the shed that was built by boy scouts in the early 1900's. The breeze from the river feels stronger now and you can see the detail of the water and the white sandy beach below.

Just as you step onto the entry deck you notice two adult bald eagles soaring above the beach looking for prey. You didn't have to look up to see them they were at eye level with you. You are 70' above the river and the surrounding forest floor. The experience is like being in a treehouse; Albeit, a treehouse with a 4 acre yard, and parking for 20. The breeze is loud in the trees now and gives you the feeling of being blanketed by nature.

You jiggle the knob and are inside. Looking around there's nothing fancy, yet everything is special and somehow comforting. Hand made arts and crafts, Americana, books and furnishings you could only find in a cottage that's been a family heirloom for generations. You want to settle in but looking out the window you see an inviting path that winds down the hill and dissipates into the woods. You think, “I bet that leads to the river” and with that you are out the door on your first of many adventures.

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More Details

Owner
Jeffrey Sadler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Jeffrey Sadler

The Riverhouse is just 10 minutes from the ferry. The ferry is free and you simply drive aboard. The ferries run continuously, with one every 20 minutes or so. The ferry ride is is a pleasant 15 minute site-see on the James River. There is an observation deck for looking at Historic Jamestown. Merchants Square and Busch Gardens/Water Country is only 10 minutes from there.

Jeffrey Sadler purchased this cottage in 1905

Why Jeffrey Sadler chose Virginia

This property has been in the family since the early 1900's. The area's rich history and the tranquility and privacy of this property make it a family heirloom.

What makes this cottage unique

The connection to America's historic native americans, colonists and explorers is profound. Proof of this area's active past is evident in the fossils and other historic items that over the years have been found along the beachfront. A robust kayak paddle up or down the river provides views of several historic waterfront plantation homes. I enjoy putting myself in the shoes of an early american as I navigate the property. This helps me to appreciate the preservation of this area and it offers me a different perspective when viewing the modern world. A walk on the beach and the challenge of finding the smallest and largest of shark teeth is very therapeutic and is a must do on every visit. The 'missing' electronic devices like TV and internet provide us with the 'missing' time we never seem to have.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend at the cottage!! Thanks so much for sharing your home. Our dog had a blast running on the beach and playing fetch in the water. We only found two sharks teeth, but we collected lots of neat shells. We are looking forward to coming back over the summer to swim!
Nov 2011
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Amenities

Spring Grove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in one of the bedrooms, Twin or Single Beds (3) 2 twins in one of the bedrooms. A daybed in the living room., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen sleeper sofa in the living room
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
4 ACRES OF WOODED PRIVACY!!! Loads of parking and a loop for easy trailering of boats and campers. Great views from approx. 70' above the James River. Path brings you to your own private white sandy beach. TONS OF PREHISTORIC SHARKS TEETH mixed in with the shells. Very quiet and romantic. Great for couples or for families. Beach area and river bottom is clean, safe and great for swimming. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Lots of books and games. Watch out, you can loose/find yourself here! Cottage has been a family gathering place for 30 years and is as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans.

Reviews

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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
average rating of 4.7884617 based on 135 reviews
Boyds, Maryland
5

We Love the Riverhouse

  • 5 of 5

This was our 4th trip to the Riverhouse. We loved our first experience and have loved each trip. We had a great time beachcombing, relaxing, and visiting Williamsburg and Jamestown. My wife and daughter kept asking me if we could live there, and didn't want to leave. I promised them that we'd be back again. We can't wait to return for our 5th trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful cottage in the woods

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing week at the cottage. You have the best of both worlds, a secluded cabin in the woods surrounded by Forrest that opens out onto a private beach ideal for swimming and sunning. I didn't want to leave

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacation Hide Away

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for my son who wanted a remote location. Grandchildren all loved it! Two year old almost three called it "his new beach house." He did not want to leave and kept asking when he could go back. Great memories and hope to return soon with my husband who had to work.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful spot with private river access!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our vacation. The house was quiet and secluded, but only 15 minutes from the Jamestown ferry and all of the attractions Jamestown and Williamsburg have to offer.

The home was clean and came with everything we needed to be comfortable! The kitchen was fully stocked and operational, so we cooked most of our meals at the house before heading to the beach or the ferry.

The beach was beautiful! We were there during the week and I think we saw our neighbors on the beach once briefly, so if you are looking for privacy, this is for you.

The path to the river was a bit more challenging than we expected. This is not a complaint we could handle it fine, just a note that small children and the elderly might not be able to make it up and down comfortably. I definitely recommend packing a bag to take down to the beach with your essentials.

Overall this was a fantastic place and we hope to return one day!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful & private

  • 5 of 5

My family truly enjoyed this cottage by the James River. We caught lots of blue catfish, swam, kayaked, looked for unique shells and sharks teeth, relaxed while enjoying sunsets over the river, and enjoyed the wildlife in the area. We did not see anyone else the entire week we were there. There was plenty to do and we did not miss a TV at all!! It gave us all time to spend together away from the electronic devices for a change. The cottage has everything you need! Just make sure to grocery shop before you get there.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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278 Holly Point Rd., Freeport, Fl
5

Nature Lovers Paradise

  • 5 of 5

My family ( My husband, daughter, grandson, and myself) thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this very clean, well appointed cabin in the woods. Our only regret is that we did not have enough time to explore and take the kayaks out on the river. In our two days there, we went on the ferry to Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown; returning to the cabin to walk down to the river at sunset. The beds were comfortable and, even though there is only one bathroom, it is large and divided with sink area separate from toilet and shower room. Jeffrey, the owner, was in touch and accommodating but not intrusive. We would love to return and spend more time in this hidden delight on the river.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Guests can take advantage of the cottage's location on the James River and they can go kayaking and canoeing straight from the private beach. This location offers acres of privacy. Two kayaks and a canoe with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man are included. There is a private sitting area away from the house with amazing views of the river. There is also a fire pit and seating on a 70' hilltop overlooking the river. The Chippokes Plantation Park is home to a historic farm museum along with a plethora of outdoor attractions including equestrian trails, a swimming pool, and picnic areas. It also hosts special events throughout the year, providing fun for all the family.

In the town of Surry guests can find a winery, several beautiful plantations including Smith's Fort Plantation, the Brandon Plantation and Gardens, and the Lightwood-Historic 18th Century Plantation House.

In the neighboring towns of Smithfield and Williamsburg guests can enjoy more of our nations history by visiting the colonial areas and the original fort at Jamestown. Busch Gardens and Water County are also fun for the whole family.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $0

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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