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Private Beach Cottage on James River - Williamsburg & Jamestown Area

Bedrooms 3
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)

Jamestown-Williamsburg Area. Please contact owner to check availability regardless of what the calendar shows.. SEE OUR NEW BEACHFRONT LISTING RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THIS COTTAGE at "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 water-side 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 people with three cozy bedrooms - one with a queen bed, one with a double bed, and the third with a twin day bed. A fifth person may be considered. Contact owner.

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, VA 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 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. An initial supply of paper products is 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. 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.

More Details

Deena Allen
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 2, 2017

Why Deena Allen chose Tidewater & Hampton Roads

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.

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 flooding, wave surge, and damage, weeks without power and devastated beach communities. Aunt Annie's cottage has been 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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Surry Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • River
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Claw foot tub with in-tub shower, heated towel rack, soft close toilet seat, exhaust, ceiling heater, ceiling night light.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Waterside bedroom looks out to beach and river.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Williamsburg Room has double bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Flipflop bedroom has an antique day bed.
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen four poster bed in waterside bedroom with view of river., Double Beds (1) Antique cedar four poster bed in Williamsburg bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1) Antique tiger maple day bed in flipflop bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Owner has three properties side-by-side on the James River at Scotland Wharf adjacent to the Jamestown-Scotland car ferry. These properties have been in her family for more than 65 years. Guests may use the owner's 180' pier for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting enjoying the river views both day and night. The beach in front of the owner's three cottages is private and available to rental guests. The river has a sand bottom - great for swimming. The river is very shallow near the shore and is safe for children. The free Jamestown-Scotland car ferry docks right at the cottage and is great for romantic night walk-on rides and easy car access to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, the Colonial Parkway, Newport News, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The Ferry ride to Jamestown Settlement is 15 minutes. Smithfield, Newport News, Va Beach and Norfolk can also be reached (not using the ferry) from the cottage via Highway 10 to Smithfield and then onto 1


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

Private Beach Cottage on James River - Williamsburg & Jamestown Area
average rating of 4.909091 based on 33 reviews

Fabulous little cottage, well supplied

  • 4 of 5

(I don't recall the exact date in August)

The cabin had everything you could think of available. The grounds were well maintained. We had fun fishing of the pier.The caretaker was great and easy to get in touch with.

We had two small issues. We had wanted to watch the Olympics but he TV was not working and the caretaker was unable to get it to work. She did try but it was still disappointing.

The ferry is very close, you can't help but watch and listen to it as it goes 24hrs.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself, and our three-year old daughter so enjoyed our stay at this charming cottage. It provided perfect access to the historical sites of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. My daughter loved the ferry ride and feeding seagulls. She also picked many shells on the beach at the cottage, swam in the James River, loved the adorable swing, and had such a good time there were tears at the end. The cottage was beautifully decorated and had all of the necessities one could think of. Deena put in the extra effort to let us know of places in the area to visit, and we appreciated her recommendations of good places to eat.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Beth, So glad to hear that the trip was a success despite the threat of Hurricane Hermine which had all of us on edge. The pictures you sent were delightful. Our cottages and and our location are a wonderful spot for children to play on the beach, and parents do not have to worry about "big" waves like the ocean.Everyone seems to love the tree swing - including adults! It sounds like you covered many of the major historic sites and enjoyed the restaurant suggestions. We will look forward to more visits as your daughter grows up. Warm regards, Deena
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Perfect place to get away!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this cottage! The cottage is quaint and beautifully decorated. Sitting on the beach was relaxing and we also spend a great deal of time fishing from the dock. The location to the ferry couldn't have been any more convenient. We enjoyed the historical sites and were able to visit Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Deena was great to work with and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Houston, Ohio

Relax and enjoy

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage to just relax and unwind. My husband, grandson and I spent a weeks here and really enjoyed everything about the cottage. Close to the historical areas and things to do if you want to but we spent most of our time just relaxing and watching the ferries.

Deena is great and works very hard to make sure you have all you need. Thanks, Deena!!

Would love to visit again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Paul, MN

Adorable cottage close to Everything

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mel, Thank you for your nice note. We are happy to hear that your stay was a good one. Yes, the lights of the ferries at night are magical gliding back and forth across the river. Thank you for the nice condition you left the cottage in. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, Deena
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Williamsburg's Best Kept Secret

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear that you enjoy the cottage and the area. We all love the beachfront location and the easy ability to explore so many places in the tidewater area. We look forward to your return visits.
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Newport News - 40; Richmond - 51; Norfolk 52
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Grey's Ceek, Surry - Seafood Company
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Jamestown-Scotland - Adjacent to cottage
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Nearest Train
6 Miles
Williamsburg, VA
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
RT. 31
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
The Surry Seafood Company; Anna's Pizza 4 miles
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Surry Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Linen $135 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 5.3%

Rates subject to change without notice.
$100 holiday fee added for rental dates containing a major holiday.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Week: $1750 for 6-7 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. Additional fee for fifth guest.
No Pets or Smoking Allowed.
Information on Area and Historic Sites Provided.
Kayaks with Life Preservers, fishing poles, beach chairs, gas grill, 180 ' pier included in rental rate.
Bed and bath linens, beach towels, terry robes, bath toiletries, and basic cooking spices provided provided.
Refund Policy: No refund if cancelled within 30 days of check-in date.
Refund Policy: 50 % of amount paid refunded if cancelled between 31 and 60 days of check-in date.
Refund Policy: 100 % of amount paid refunded if cancelled more than 60 days prior to check-in date.

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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