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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

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 few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 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
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
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

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(92 traveler reviews)

Private Beach! Cottage on the High Banks of the James River
average rating of 4.804348 based on 123 reviews
4

Beautiful and serene

  • 4 of 5

My kids and i spent a weekend here and loved it. We hung out by the firepit and collected shells by the river, played games and cooked out on the grill.

A couple minor hiccups.

We arrived at night to the place and it was pitch dark. I recommend leaving the walkway lights on for incoming guests.

Owner sent the wrong doorcode and we were unable to contact via either number. We eventually tried a different combo and we're able to get in.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Anthony. So glad you and the kids had such a great time! Next time you come be sure to make use of the light switch right next to the parking lot (on the light pole). It lights up the whole yard and the path :-)
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New York
5

River Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful grounds to this property, beautiful views of the river, we saw several bald eagles and many buzzards. Enjoy making smores in the fire pit and using the kayaks and canoes in the river. It's a simple but functional house, but stocked with games to play. Great family get away!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Secluded, rustic and nature at its best

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house! It's not fancy or in a vibrant downtown spot, BUT if you love a diamond in the rough and want to get away from it all, this is the house. Nestled waaaaayyyy back in the woods off the James River is a quiet, no internet or tv (thank goodness), home with two bedrooms. A gorgeous walk through the woods puts you at your own private beach with thousands of seashells, shark teeth, bald eagles, and perfect sunsets. Our kids built a fire in the fire pit by the house and loved canoeing in the James River.

There are no close grocery stores so plan ahead. The ferry was 10 min to Williamsburg which is such an amazing town. We enjoyed our two nights. Thanks Jeff!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, secluded, relaxing . . .the perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

I loved the stay! The private beach takes you away from the world and gave my mind a restful rejuvenation. The cottage is cozy and welcoming. I love love love no TV! Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Owings Mills, md
4

Excellent weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing weekend at the River House. While a little dated in some areas, the house is decorated great, well appointed with everything we needed, and comfortable. The setting and outdoor areas are spectacular. Our dog loved the beach and everyone enjoyed shark tooth hunting.

Great get away and we highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

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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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.

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Rates & Availability

Spring Grove Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring is in the Air!
Mar 1 2017 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
Fall Celebration Season
Sep 1 2017 - Dec 20 2017
1 night minimum stay
$225
From
$285
Fri,Sat
$1,125
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$285
From
$325
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,425
 

Additional information about rental rates

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

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