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An exquisitely private, romantic, and all seasons retreat for couples

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights


Heathsville House Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4 (guest house avail @ additional rate sleeps 2)

This breathtaking, custom-built, luxury home boasts wall-to-wall sliding glass doors on the main floor that overlook the mouth of the Potomac as it opens into the Chesapeake Bay. The home is designed to give the illusion of sitting on a boat or ship on the water when enjoying the main floor.

Warm yourself with the white marble framed fireplace this Fall and Winter. The third story or cupola offers a 360 degree view of the river, bay, creek and quiet countryside that leads up to the property. Fall foliage colors lay beneath you as far as the eye can see. Eagles often rest in the large, towering trees next to the house with an eye-to-eye view of them.

The estate is surrounded by a 6 feet privacy fence creating a sense that you’re the only one on the water while staying here. Over 300 feet of shoreline surround the property offering you never ending WATERFRONT VIEWS of the beautiful Potomac River and the large ships that cross the horizon on the Chesapeake Bay.

The home is decorated with fine quality furniture, antiques, and appointments. More details below photos.

Water Access, Beaches and Fishing: Water access avail. off private pier (~5 ft mean water depth @ high tide). Home is on 'big water' where dramatic, beautiful storms move in quickly. Guest watercraft /must/ be moored overnight @ nearby Marina for separate fee or can be launched daily for free @ small creek (1.25mi) & returned to trailer each night.

Private pier & lower tier rip-rap offer great vantages for fishing. Guests, neighbors & friends catch bluefish, rockfish, croaker, skate, and an abundance of blue crab along our share of the river/bay. For safety and sanitary reasons, fish MUST be cleaned on cleaning table outside the courtyard area of the property. ALL Hooks, equip., lines MUST BE POLICED/REMOVED.

Beach Access.

Fall and Winter Seasons: Quiet walks along the beach as well as sunny hamlets hidden from the winds offer great reading and resting opportunities with first row seating for Eagle, Osprey and Blue Heron watching.

Peak Season: Nearby beach & creek great places for crab hunting/sunbathingy.

Many guests have rented kayaks or small boats from a local company for their stay to enjoy the water even more. Please ask for details. All watercraft are delivered directly to the property.

The Bedrooms: The romantic, spacious master suite covers the entire 2nd floor with a king size bed facing French doors that open to a widows walk. This room offers two reading areas overlooking different views of the water and surrounding scenes as well as a spacious walk-in closet/dressing room. The room is also furnished with a large, antique wooden desk for checking email or for many of our guests 'working from home' during the course of their stay. The master bath offers a spacious waterfall shower, massage shower heads and shower bench with his/her vanities.

The 2nd bedroom is located on the main floor next to its own bathroom & has a full size bed. Views of the Bay greet you as you wake with your own private sliding door access to the screened-in porch. It is a perfect size/location for children, a visiting grandparent/au pair/nanny or for napping guests.

The Guest House: The Guest House is also AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT A SEPARATE RATE for guests requiring overflow/additional sleeping arrangements. It offers its own private, full kitchen and dining area, powder room, and living room with wall to wall water views. The Master Suite encompasses the entire 2nd story and offers wrap around windows, a private bath with waterfall shower, and built in wardrobe/closet for a comfortable stay. Like the main house bedroom, it offers a wonderful reading nook overlooking the expansive waterfront views. Finally, the guest house offers its own private deck for morning sunning and coffee or catching the evening sunset.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2016

About Matthew

Matthew is a native Virginian whose family have loved and enjoyed the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay his whole life. Lachelle grew up in the Midwest on the plains, kayaking, canoeing, and enjoying water-sports on the rivers and lakes that weave their way through Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri.

Why Matthew chose Virginia

We were stunned when we pulled up into the drive the first time to see 711 Marshalls Beach Road. The wind was strong, whitecaps rolled across the mouth of the river. (Lachelle felt right at home, as if she was back on the windy plains in Iowa.) As we entered the garden gate, we were stunned. No one could have prepared us for the expansive, break-taking view of the Chesapeake Bay that greeted us as we entered the courtyard.

What makes this house unique

Our home is the only home on Marshalls Beach that is rented. You are surrounded by Richmond and Northern Virginia families who have traveled here every weekend through the summer for as many as seven generations. Southern hospitality abounds.

The design of the home is the greatest feedback we receive. Every local contractor, builder, real estate agent or neighbor who visits us at the house are floored -- completely awestruck by the property. Many of these folks grew up on the Bay and River or have lived/worked the properties there for years. We think that says it all.


based on 16 traveler reviews

An exquisitely private, romantic, and all seasons retreat for couples
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews

Beautiful spot for relaxing but forget about summertime fun!

  • 3 of 5

The house itself was nice and the location is beautiful. The neighbors we met were unbelievably friendly and kind - true Southern Hospitailty at its best! The house needs some TLC as far as little wall blemishes and filthy door knobs. Exterior lacks seating as the lounge chairs on the tiny patio were broken and the deck itself isn't wide enough for chairs. The kitchen is nice and very convenient although there is a nasty pizza stone inside the oven that REALLY needs to be replaced. The trash can in the kitchen needs to be replaced as it was unusable and the outdoor can was WAY too small to house anymore than a few bags (If you are staying more than a day or two its a hassle!). These little inconveniences are somewhat disruptive to a vacation but not a deal breaker. The true deal breaker is the July and August "secret" that we were not told about before our trip. The jelly fish made it impossible to use the beach area or swim. There were hundreds if not thousands of them along the shore. You could see them from inside the house there were so many of the little buggers! The only outdoor water activity we were able to enjoy was fishing and crabbing from the dock. So sad that such a great water opportunity isn't usable. I was very disappointed that we were not told about this issue - I would have definitely taken my kids somewhere we could be swimming and paddle boarding - which I completely disclosed to Mathew before we booked the property, and he never mentioned the issue. He only told me about the "nettles problem" after our arrival when I asked him what to do about it - and was told it was a well known issue for the area. So, in a nut shell - if you want to swim or do any water activity at all do not rent here during July and August! As pretty as it is...... there are only so many hot summer hours you can sit on the dock staring at the water, bitter about booking the property that boasts a beach and water access!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Understand the disappointment of the renters but she had mentioned they stayed on the Chesapeake Bay in a prior year so just assumed they knew about the nettles. Also, her exact words when inquiring were "... hoping to switch gears and instead have a quiet, mini family vacation. Looking forward to fishing and crabbing!". We try to be up front as much as possible as we're not looking to ruin anyone's vacation plans. Also, please note that the stone patio is probably 300sqft total and there are 4 adirondacks and 2 loungers available outside for seating.
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Beautiful view

  • 3 of 5

Owner is friendly and quick to respond to questions. House is beautiful, with a gorgeous waterfront view from every room. However, there is no easy pathway to the fishing pier, several uneven rocks make it extremely difficult to maneuver. Pier deck is poorly built, no handrails and uneven steps would be dangerous for older visitors or children. Too many jellyfish to enjoy small beachfront from neighbors path, as you can't get in the water with jellyfish. Upstairs bed is comfortable and shower is amazing with many jets. Quite a distance to restaurants and shopping, so come supplied with food to cook. Also, no coffee pot or toaster. Otherwise, home is well supplied and clean.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have a toaster oven available (in the pantry) and a french press (in the process of getting a k-cup). Feel free to always ask as we try and respond promptly :-)
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Perfect location for a relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful, clean property is situated perfectly, with wonderful water views in every room of the main home. We had a great time even though the weather didn't cooperate. We played board games and sipped our coffee relaxing in the rocking chairs letting the nice breeze flow through the livingroom. The whole 2nd floor is the master suite and has wonderful views as well. The 3rd floor is the super cute cupola. We enjoyed sitting in the dark up there, watching the lightning storm that was many miles away, reflecting off the water. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need and want to prepare spectacular meals. We don't typically dine out, so it was refreshing to have everything we usually use at home, while on vacation to eat well. There is a beach practically in the back yard, where we took great photos of wildlife in the creek and wetlands behind the beach. The patio, side porch, and balconies all come with great vantage points. The closest store is only 11 miles away and a quick drive. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to be able to come back soon with our kids. They will love it too. Matthew was quick to respond and provided great customer service.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome retreat

  • 5 of 5

Awesome stay! Matthew and Lachelle was great with communicating and insuring our needs where met continually. The home is very beautiful, clean and well kept. We had 6 adults in our group and felt as though we had enough room for everyone. Upon entering the house a feeling of absolute calm and peacefulness emerged, helped us to go from work-mode to vacation-mode in an instant! The house itself has beautiful open living spaces and a large and well equipped kitchen. Bedrooms are private with extremely comfortable beds. The house is designed with an exclusive and serene taste, a spectacular view of the beautiful water views and a think-outside-the-box lay out with a grand piano as well. We also rented the guest house which was just as beautiful as the main house. Most of our time in the home was spent relaxing, enjoying the many decks, patio and fishing & crabbing off of the dock. Caught LOTS of fish and crabs. =0)

We can't wait to be back and enjoy the house again together with a couple of friends! I would positively recommend this home to anyone that want to enjoy a beautiful relaxing escape! Can’t wait to return =0)

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect retreat! My husband, I, and our two adult daughters spent a peaceful and restful week at this wonderful property. We knew it was special as soon as we walked through the gate, with our first view being a vista of endless water. This property is very private and so very peaceful. Beauty abounds here with every window on every floor providing an incredible view. Sunsets are amazing and every morning we were guaranteed a visit by a pod of dolphins. The house is tastefully and comfortably furnished, and the kitchen is more than well equipped. We spent our week on the decks, the patio and the screened porch, reading and enjoying the solitude. We left the property only twice, once for a trip to Tangier Island and another to have dinner at the Kilmarnock Inn (which by the way, was excellent). Matt, the owner, was very prompt with all correspondence, and made us feel very welcome. Would we rent this property again? Absolutely! It was just what we were looking for and more.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

An amazing out of the way retreat perfect for recharging! Over the course of a week we saw a double rainbow, two amazing storms with incredible lightning, dolphins playing in the river, a large skate, and more birds than I can mention. The owner Matt quickly responded to any questions and was extremely helpful. Brought home crab cakes from the Crazy Crab in Reedville - best I've ever had. Took a day trip to Tangier and had some fun visiting area thrift shops. A truly relaxing vacation. The views from this home are unsurpassed.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
118 Miles
Washington, DC
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Fredericksburg, VA
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
VA301 and VA200
Nearest Beach
Marshalls Beach
Car: necessary

This Waterfront property, just 2.5 hours southeast of DC and only an 1.5 hours north of Richmond, VA, is nestled at the end of a quiet road overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. The views from the property span the mouth of the Potomac River as it opens into Bay with a distant view of Maryland nearly 7 miles away. Please see FURTHER DETAILS regarding water access and nearby beaches. This area is convenient to grocery shopping and fresh seafood shops in nearby villages of Reedville, Heathsville and Burgess. The village of Kilmarnock offers antique and specialty shopping, a premium wine shop with artisan breads and gourmet cheese, live music and BBQ on Friday nights and other convenient amenities.

Other Activities: Bird watching, star gazing, historical site touring, wine tours


Rates & Availability

Heathsville House Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $130
Tax Rate 5.0%

For stays less than 1 week, we include a $250 cleaning fee. The Damage protection is a supplemental insurance to cover renters damage not covered by our Home Owners policy.

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Heathsville House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • River
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Waterfall shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Guest House - toilet , shower
    Guest House - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Guest House - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat Dock
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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