|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Jamestown-Williamsburg Area. Please contact owner to check availability even if the cottage seems to be booked for your dates. SEE OUR NEW BEACHFRONT LISTING RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THIS COTTAGE at www.vrbo.com/777232 "Fabulous and Funky Mid Century Modern Cottage on the James River." Listing 777232 is a wonderful newly renovated cottage literally 10 steps to the beach with sunporch, views, wide sand beach and pier.There also is a link at the end of this listing to our three cottages which can be seen at ferryendcottages.
Our two James River cottages provide a rare setting for vacation rental cottages in the Colonial Williamsburg area. There are only five river beach front cottages available on the James River near Colonial Williamsburg for short term rental. Our two James River cottages walk right out to the beach with no steps and are 20 minutes from Historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg via the free Jamestown-Scotland Car Ferry at your doorstep.
Our cottage (listing 352993) is a private, romantic, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access, wide river views, 180 foot pier, kayaks, fishing poles, and white sand beach. Located on land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, the cottage is level with the beach so there are no steps to climb. Just walk out the French Doors to your watered deck, and the beach is about 25 feet away.
The cottage is a perfect size for a family of four but works equally well for a couple. It can accommodate up to four to five people with three cozy bedrooms - one with a queen bed, one with a double bed, and the third with a twin day bed. The living room, dining room and kitchen are an open L shaped floor plan to maximize space. The cottage is delightful and the location is wonderful. Central heat and air make the cottage a year round destination.
Private white sand beach, private pier, kayaks and fishing poles are available for your use as part of the rental rate. We own three cottages, side-by-side on the James, and the beach in front of our three cottages is private for our use and the use of our guests.
Our waterfront cottage is a luxury beach cottage recently renovated to provide a wonderful, relaxing retreat. Shimmering sea glass colors of teal, turquoise, and lavender complement the original vintage tongue and groove knotty pine paneling walls, incredible water views, sand beach and luxury amenities to provide a wonderful alternative to hotel living. The cottage is furnished with lovely antique beds, mirrors, and a dressing table made by the owners grandfather who was a cabinetmaker and antique dealer in Petersburg during the early 1900s. Original vintage brass wall lights and mirrors are in each bedroom. Vases of fresh flowers from the garden are available almost year round.
Water views can be seen out of three sides of the cottage. Enjoy our waterside deck that runs the full width of the cottage and has a gas grill, dining table and chairs, and adirondack chairs for relaxing and watching the river sights.
You can enjoy our 180 foot pier for sitting or fishing or crabbing. Many guests enjoy their morning coffee sitting on the pier or walking the beach looking for sharks' teeth and unique shells --- or both. Guests sometimes find it hard to leave the cottage to explore the area. When you do decide to leave, you can spend your time visiting the many historic and entertainment sites close by. You have so many options and never enough time!
Our cottage is located by the Historic Jamestown-Scotland Ferry which is a free car ferry that provides a delightful 15 minute ride across the river where it docks at Jamestown Settlement. With observation decks and lovely views, everyone loves the ferries -- especially children who can feed the seagulls bread off of the back of the boat. The ferry (there are several boats) runs 24/7 on a half hour schedule during the day and an hour schedule at night providing easy and fun access to historic and entertainment sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, James River Plantations, The Williamsburg Winery and many other sites. Major Civil War attractions are also close by in Petersburg (an hour away) and Richmond (about an hour and 15 minutes away) and can be reached via Route 10 not using the ferry.
We provide luxury bed and bath linens, terry cloth robes, beach towels, and bath toiletries. Paper products are provided for the bath and kitchen. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, fluffy pillows, reading light, flash light, alarm clock, and wide wooden window blinds. There are hardwood floors throughout the cottage. The cottage has an HVAC system to provide air conditioning and heat. The bathroom has the original 1948 vintage claw foot bath tub with new in-tub stationary shower and hand shower, heated towel rack, soft close Toto toilet seat, ceiling heater, exhaust fan, ceiling night light, beautiful stained glass mirror, and a wall of glass turquoise tile.
The full kitchen has custom made cabinets, a ceramic stovetop range, dishwasher, trash compactor, refrigerator with ice maker, vintage farmhouse sink original to the 1948 cottage, and microwave and is stocked with basic cooking spices for your convenience. The kitchen is equipped with high quality items and many small appliances including coffee maker, toaster, electric hand mixer, crockpot, dinnerware and glassware including wine glasses, flatware and cookware.
Detailed information on the cottage and the area is provided to guests prior to their arrival, and there is a selection of brochures in the cottage. The cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens. And......there is a nine foot wide and tall bookcase wall full of books of every description (including those on the local historic areas and many for children), board games, and movies. There is something for everyone! Come, relax, and enjoy! You will be delighted.
My aunt and uncle purchased this lot in 1948 and built the cottage themselves over the next three years. My mother and father purchased the cottage next door in 1947. Another aunt and uncle purchased the lots on the other side of my parents cottage and built a cottage there (now referred to as the Pink House). We spent most of our summers at the river while growing up and my daughter and her cousin also spent many of their summers here at the cottages. My sister and I inherited the cottages a few years ago.
Although we have experienced many hurricanes over the past 67 years, Hurricane Isabel took her toll on Aunt Annie's cottage and the entire tidewater Virginia area in 2003 when several other waterside cottages and most piers were washed away along with part of the Scotland Wharf ferry structure. Virginia sustained significant damage during Hurricane Isabel with blocked roads, severe coastal and inland damage, weeks without power and devastated beach communities. Aunt Annie's cottage has been completely restored since Isabel and decorated with a combination of mostly antique and vintage furnishings. The 1949 items that remain include the original white porcelain farmhouse kitchen sink, the claw foot tub, brass wall sconces in each of the bedrooms, the interior knotty pine paneling walls, the original hardwood floors, and the wooden wall shelves and mirrors in each of the bedrooms handmade by the owner's grandfather. The only furniture in the cottage salvaged from the hurricane are the beautiful cedar four poster bed and dressing table made by Aunt Annie's father in 1950 for her new summer "river cottage." The bed, dressing table and bench continue to reside in the "back'" bedroom now named the "Williamsburg Bedroom." We call the waterside the front of the house should you get confused by my references.
There are only a handful of riverfront cottages for short-term rent on the James River and even fewer with level, direct water and beach access. Our two cottages are the only cottages level with the beach providing "walk out the door" access to the river and beach. Most of the other four cottages are set high on a bluff or cliff with steps to climb. Our cottage is located on land level with the beach and close to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Smithfield and other historic sites including Petersburg and Richmond. Not to be missed is the Phamplin Civil War Park and Museum in Petersburg, VA just an hour from the cottage. Smithfield (about a 30 minute drive) is a great spot for antiquing, shopping. and great food. Our favorite shops are Laura and Lucy's and Wharf Hill Antiques. Smithfield also has several excellent restaurants for lunch or dinner.
If cooking is not on your vacation menu, take the 15 minute ferry ride to The Chickahominy House Restaurant on Jamestown Road about four miles from the ferry pier (on the Jamestown side) for wonderful breakfasts and lunches. Five Forks Cafe, also about five minute drive from the Jamestown Ferry dock, is a great breakfast spot. Google both for their menus. I recommend lunch at The Old Chickahominy House Restaurant special (Miss Melinda's Special) of brunswick stew, Edward's ham biscuits, fruit salad, iced tea, and a slice of homemade pie all for a very special price. The coconut custard pie is out of this world. Call ahead from the ferry and talk to Dan or Maxine (tell them you are on the ferry) and ask to be put on their seating list.
My friend and I stayed at this delightful cottage the first part of November,W and it was just perfect for us. The location is terrific - right by the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry boats that only added to the historic charm of this cottage. We visited Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown and loved our mornings and evenings watching the river sights. One of the best equipped vrbo places we have stayed at. Beautiful wood floors, lovely linens, and even terry robes. The beds were wonderful. Great collection of books on the historic sites. Nice kitchen even though we ate most meals at the historic sites. The owners had someone meet us upon arrival which was so nice. We will definitely come again.
This was my family's fourth consecutive stay at this charming cottage. Everything about it is wonderful! The owner is a sweet woman who provides for every possible need that a guest may encounter: Q-tips, make-up mirrors, tooth brushes, toothpaste, sun screen, razors and more. A handy notebook contains all relevant information about the area, and a wooden box in the kitchen holds brochures of restaurants, Jamestown, Williamsburg, York, and more.
The ferry to Jamestown and Williamsburg is no more than 200 yards away. It transports cars 24 hours a day, so you can stay out as late as you'd like; if you miss the ferry, you can simply wait for the next one.
There are many sights to see in Surry as well. There is a Saturday's Farmer's Market; Farmer Joe's Store that sells produce and souvenirs; local farms that sell fresh corn in season as well as pick-your-own berries and homemade ice cream; and a handy 7-Eleven for what-nots. The locals are very friendly, helpful, and delightful!
Aside from the bevy of historical sites in the area, there are many wonderful shopping venues. This year we stopped by the Velvet Shoestring, a wonderful resale shop in Williamsburg. I walked out with a gorgeous solid brass fireplace tool set, a pretty lamp, and a vanity set....all at great prices!
This year we visited the town of York and relaxed on one of their tall ship trips down the York River. It was heavenly! Afterwards, we listened to music at their Concert on the Green and then ate outside at a restaurant that offered a lovely view of the docks.
When we want to take a break from sight-seeing, it's nice to curl up with a book (there are at least 100 in the cottage) on the Adirondack chairs on the beach. My husband and daughter like to take out the kayaks and explore up and down the James River.
This cottage is so comfortable that it feels like home to us. We look forward to many future vacations at Aunt Annie's Cottage.
Our summer was a treasure of making memories at Aunt Ann's charming cottage! Loved every thing about it!
So comfortable and beautifully done. We enjoyed watching and riding the ferries
and seeing the eagles, ducks, and sea gulls. Fabulous time with children, grandchildren, and family throughout our many weeks there. Thank you Deena and Daphne for thinking of everything!
Also loved the fun of Smithfield and Williamsburg being so close by! Highly recommend this cottage and Bacons Castle Baptist Church. Very relaxing, renewing summer! Thankful to the Lord for the opportunity !
What a beautiful vacation spot! Our family had a wonderful time and enjoyed everything we needed right at the cottage. We found it to be cozy and very well kept. The porch is really the place to be and my husband and I had coffee outside many times before the kids woke up. The view was so beautiful . Our kids loved the morning kayak trip down the river and looked forward to the evening of late night fishing off the pier. My husband and I loved the secluded feel of the waterfront and being just minuutes away from the busier areas of Williamsburg. I personally loved the linens on the bed and ordered them when I returned home. Two things to consider as you settle in are bug sprays ( mosquito are bad ) and find and connect the water hose to rinse the sand off before entering the cottage. We were excited to hear that an outside shower is coming soon.
Over all this is the place to go and we will be back. Thank you Deena for sharing this little piece of paradise with our family. God Bless
This is my second time to Aunt Annie's cottage and we have loved it both times. Deena has such a wonderful sense of style and attention to detail. We loved how nothing has changed from the first time we had gone, about 2 years prior. The welcome basket was truly appreciated as were the slippers, robes, and suggestions of what to do in the area. Everything you need is in this cottage and the space is perfect. My son loves to go through the games and books to see what treasures he can find. He also loved wearing his robe and slippers around the house! This cottage is so clean and very nicely arranged. It feels just like home! It is the only place we would stay if visiting the area and we hope to do so again in the future! Thank you for everything!
-Dave, Mica, and Gabe
My 3 girlfriends and I stayed here for a 'girls weekend'. We were so delighted with the adorable and luxurious cottage with the river view! What a delightful surprise! From the little touches in the décor to the luxury of the terry bathrobes & towels! Deena has thought of everything! The bathroom albeit cozy has the most luxury per square inch. The heated towel rack and the overhead shower heater made us feel spoiled. We enjoyed sunrises (with coffee) and sunsets (with wine) on the porch enjoying the view of the river and the ferry. In fact I was so impressed I came back 3 weeks later with my husband! He loved the cottage too! I highly recommend it! Enjoyed a fire on the beach at night and watched the lights of the ferry crossing the river. Spectacular! We will be back!
Owner's pier at property right next door is available to rental guests for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting. Enjoy swimming in the river. Bring your boat and dock it at owners pier. Fishing rods and reels and fishing tackle box provided. Two kayaks available for use of rental guests.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Cleaning and Linen||$135 + Tax|
Rates subject to change without notice.
Christmas and New Years Week: $1650 for 7 nights, 3 nights: $975.
Weekly rate applies to 6 or 7 nights.
Rental Policies and Rental Agreement Provided.
Maximum of five guests including children and overnight guests.
No Pets or Smoking Allowed.
Information on Area and Historic Sites Provided.
Two Kayaks with Life Preservers, fishing poles, beach chairs, gas grill, 180 ' pier available for guests' use.
Bed and bath linens, beach towels, terry robes provided.
Basic cooking spices provided.
Deposit payment of 50% of total required to book the cottage.
Balance due 30 days prior to check-in.
Credit card and checks accepted. Credit card payment required for deposit (Visa, Master, Discover, JCB).
Travel Insurance Recommended particularly during Hurricane Season (6/1 to 11/30).
Insurance contact provided in rental agreement.
Rental Agreement and Rental Policies Provided for Review
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.