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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage




Spring Grove Cottage Rental Photos and Description

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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jeffrey Sadler
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2016
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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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Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
average rating of 4.816092 based on 118 reviews

Great place to stay!!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful piece of property along the James River. 6 of us stayed here quite comfortable over a long weekend. You could tell the home was much loved by the family as it felt so welcoming and comfortable. The owner was very helpful and quick to respond to any questions. We used the fire pit on our first night enjoying the cool evening while sipping on some wine. The walk down to the private beach can get a little steep but is well worth the trip down. We collected shells and took lots of pictures. We used this house as a base for visiting Williamsburg and Yorktown. The ferry is about 20 minutes away and free!! I wish we had not visited after the time change as it was always too dark when we got back to the house to enjoy the outside. Also, I highly recommend you get there during the daylight hours as finding the dirt road to turn on to was a little difficult at night. Would love to go back when it's warmer and take advantage of the private beach. Thanks for an enjoyable weekend!!

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Williamsburg | Property ID 182375 Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River

  • 4 of 5

The listing description was accurate regarding the home, amenities and location. Be careful relying on Google to get you there as we experienced a slight delay due to trying to locate a grocery prior to arriving. The property was well-maintained and clean albeit simply furnished. Customer service is exceptional and I would highly recommend this property to others. If you are looking for a place to totally relax and forget your day to day grind, this is the place. We thoroughly enjoy combing the beach searching for shark's teeth or whatever may wash ashore or simply sitting and hearing nothing but the water lapping against the shore. One morning we heard the screech of what I first thought was a hawk but then we saw a majestic bald eagle fly by before landing high in a tree above us. We just sat in silence watching him before he flew away. If you bring a dog, be aware that deer are ever-present and that can present obvious challenges. The path from the home to the beach is not conducive to anyone with physical challenges. Overall I was very pleased and regretted leaving knowing that peaceful feeling would soon be replaced with the ever-present grind.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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You won't be sorry

  • 5 of 5

Jeff and his family have such a wonderful place. I've been staying on a regular basis for over 4 years and I love it so much that I treat it as my own. There's no internet or television but, I've yet to hear anyone that has stayed with me complain. Actually, they learn to relax and enjoy music and talking.

The kitchen is very well appointed with spices and utensils. Make sure to bring anything you think might be needed for cooking-stores are not close by. If you take the ferry to get there, there are several nice grocery stores in Williamsburg BEFORE turning on Jamestown Road which is the final stretch before the ferry. If approaching from Smithfield, there is a Farm Fresh about 45 mins away.

The house has modern conveniences where needed and Spartan where it can. There is a walk to the beach and it has a steep grade. The path is well beaten but you still need to be careful. Take everything you need because the walk up is a workout. The beach is nothing short of awesome! All yours. Nobody anywhere around. The sunsets are amazing! They provide kayaks, a canoe and chairs. A word of advice, bring water shoes because the beach and surf makes for great shell hunting but can make for sore feet.

Most reviews tell about someone's one time visit. I've been around 7 times in 4 years. That should say it all.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This Could Become A Family Tradition..........

  • 5 of 5

We've just spent Labor Day week at the River House, and no one wanted to come home! We live in WV and my husband and I visited with our daughter and her family, finding the facilities to be exactly as represented by VRBO and Mr. Sadler. Everything needed for our stay was readily available, and our 2 Yorkies had a ball exploring the house and beach area. Finding so many shells - and discovering over 70 sharks teeth - made our time at the beach so much fun! Our 3 grandchildren learned to kayak, and really liked swimming in the James River. We saw bald eagles everyday, and as many as 5 deer in the yard on different occasions. Our original plans were to visit Busch Gardens, Jamestown and Williamsburg, but because we all were enjoying the River House so much, we never made the trip to Williamsburg (maybe next year??). Our 7 year old grandson suggested that we "vacation to WV next year, and just stay here at the River House until then". The ferry rides were great; none of us had ever ridden a ferry before, and liked seeing the local birds along the docks. We ate at the Surry Seafood House, which was very good, and enjoyed cooking and eating most meals at the cottage. One evening we had a "painting contest", with each of us creating a picture on 11 x 14 canvases provided by our daughter. There was a rendition of the River House, a painting of the "Susan Constant" (one of the ships at the Jamestown Colony), another of all 3 of those ships, and a picture of seashells, sand and water with a nice Bible verse. There was a penciled drawing called "Jug Rigged for Catfish", an idea taken from a sketch found in one of the many books at the house. And, of course, there was a lovely painting of one of the many beautiful sunsets seen from the beach. That was an enjoyable evening for all of us.

For me personally, I was very touched by the historic reality of the area. This cottage is located in a very private setting, and you can almost feel the Powhatan Indian spirit in the surroundings, knowing that they once had been a thriving people there. Walking from one church site to another in the Old Jamestowne Colony, seeing the remains of the fort and many of the artifacts that have been uncovered there - learning of the "starving time" winter of 1609-1610 - it was a very meaningful experience. We all came away with a new appreciation of how the first permanent English colony in America came to be. Thank you for sharing.

The Hammons/Nester families

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great time

  • 5 of 5

The private beach was the best! My daughter found ound 19 shark teeth, and my dog loved running around free. The Surry Seafood Company is a must. Thanks, will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

This was by far the best vacation my family has ever taken. We connected as a family again. No TV, no WiFi and it was fabulous. It was so peaceful, the beach was completely private. We played games, danced, swam, fished and cooked some really great meals. We didn't want to leave the house! We had planned on doing a lot of touring of Williamsburg and Jamestown. We ended up only going out 2 days out of the whole week. We were content with enjoying the peace and quiet. The outdoor speakers are a great added bonus. The house is like a summer movie set. I have had many inquiries from friends after seeing my Facebook posts. This house is just perfect! I can't wait to go back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Acres of privacy. TWO KAYAKS AND A CANOE with paddles and 'high-end' life-vests, sized from toddler to He-Man. Private sitting area away from the house with amazing views of the river. Fire pit and seating on 70' hilltop overlooking the river.

Rates & Availability

Spring Grove Cottage Rental Rates

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Fall Celebration Season
Sep 1 2016 - Dec 20 2016
1 night minimum stay
Winter Wonderland
Jan 2 2017 - Feb 28 2017
1 night minimum stay
Spring is in the Air!
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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

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Spring Grove Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • 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 ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 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
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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
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.

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