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Idyllic Waterfront - Classic Updated Farmhouse - Pool and Deep Water Pier

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,850 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse: 4 Bedrooms (2 Masters); 3.5 Baths; Sleeps 8 - 10 Opt. Guesthouse

Perfect for familes - or a Couples Retreat !

Wake to sweeping, pastoral river views.

Sip your coffee on the cushioned wicker porch swing on the waterfront porch.

Slip into your swimsuit for a dip in the pool.

Relax in the hammock by the water, shaded by hundred year old trees.

Here is a complete antidote to everything urban.

Watch the bald eagles and ospreys catch fish in the river.

Launch the kayaks and explore the pristine river shorelines.

Sail down into the Chesapeake Bay from the private deep water dock.

Gather at the firepit for smores and star gazing in the evenings.

Daytrip to Williamsburg, golf courses, wineries, theme parks and museums.

Families love this updated farmhouse that perfectly blends vintage charm and upscale conveniences.

ACCOMMODATIONS : 4 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths (sleeps 8 - 10)

(Optional guest house with king bed, bath, kitchen and living area sleeps an additional 2 persons.)

Master Suite # 1 :

- Downstairs King Bedroom w/private bathroom, sitting area & waterfront deck

- Sitting area has a pair of chairs with ottoman overlooking the water

Master Suite # 2 :

- Upstairs King Bedroom w/ private bathroom, sitting area & waterfront balcony

- Newly remodeled bathroom has freestanding soaking tub and separate large shower

Bedroom # 3 :

- Upstairs King Bedroom with waterview; shares attached bathroom

- plus windowseat daybed suitable for child / teen in alcove room

Bedroom # 4 :

- Upstairs Twin Bedroom; shares attached bathroom

- plus windowseat daybed suitable for child / teen in alcove room

Optional Guest House:

- Separate guest house just steps off the driveway courtyard.

- Large (900 sq ft) open floor plan space has a king bed sleeping area, bath, seating area with sofas, kitchen and huge windowseat overlooking shoreline.


Beds are freshly made up with high thread count linens.

Baths are stocked with Turkish cotton spa bath towels, pool towels, soaps, shampoos, facial tissues and toilet tissue.


Wireless 4G internet connects up to 5 computers or PDAs

Great sunset views from the west-facing, brick floored, river front porch with porch swing and wicker chairs.

Cozy family room with sectional sofa for watching movies, eating popcorn or playing games.

Good selection of board games and puzzles provided.

Well equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and rustic brick floors.

Separate dining room (seats 10)

Quiet and cozy study/parlor for curling up with a good book.

DirectTV satellite TV service with DVR and DVD player


Large swimming pool with chaises, tables and chairs (open seasonally May - mid-Sept)

Private pier with 7' water depth - dock up to a 60' craft

Attached floating dock makes stepping off your boat a breeze

Miles of unspoiled coastline for kayaking, sailing or fishing

No fishing license needed to fish from the dock

Crabpots available for catching crabs from the dock

Horseshoe Pit with horseshoes, Croquet & Volleyball

Hammock by the water shaded by huge old trees

Fire Pit with Adirondack chairs

Private neighborhood boat launch is one house away

Local marina for boat service and supplies


Well equipped kitchen -- Stainless cookware, baking dishes, service for 12, Cuisinart coffeemaker, Cuisinart food processor, crockpot, blender, waffle iron, mixer, electric griddle for pancakes.

Prepare meals with the abundant locally grown produce and fresh seafood. Pantry staples provided.

Dining table seats Ten

Herb garden for your use - basil, thyme, rosemary, tarragon, oregano, lavender - in season.


Historic Williamsburg (45 min) and Yorktown (30 min) are south, just across the York River.

Jamestown Settlement and historic river plantations beckon you farther along the James River.

Mariners Museum in Newport News houses the raised Civil War ironclad, The Monitor and great displays on the history of boats and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia Institute of Marine Science ( VIMS ) aquarium is a fun, family learning adventure.

Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, Water Country USA, are popular family theme parks in Williamsburg.

Award winning golf courses to the south in Williamsburg and to the north near Irvington.

Norton Yacht Marina in Deltaville is an ASA sailing school with top-rated instructors.

Local children's sailing and tennis camps are available - at Ware Neck Yacht Club - register early!

Local farm offers pick your own blueberries for luscious, fresh berries in season.

To the north, across the Rappahannock River is the National Park birthplace of George Washington and Stratford Hall, the ancestral home of the Lee Family (Henry Lightfoot Lee and Robert E. Lee).


In the town of Mathews find great locally owned restaurants: Richardson's (in the old drug store building -still retains the original ice cream counter), Southwind Cafe has innovative food, pizza and week-end music or the White Dog Bistro for fine dining or casual drinks on the deck.

Donk's Theatre houses the Lil' Ole Opry and features talented regional singers. Check their website.

Bay School of the Arts features the artwork of local artists and has fun art classes for all.

Stop by the Mathews Visitor Center in the original Sibley's General Store on Main Street.

Arrange for a guided kayaking tour or charter a local boat captain for fishing or sightseeing to the lighthouse and into the Chesapeake Bay.

You will find much to like in Mathews, but not a stoplight in the entire county.

In the town of Gloucester Courthouse, visit the 18th century village green with original courthouse and Visitors Center.

On Main Street you will find:

Ware Neck Produce for just-picked local produce, fruits and freshly caught local fish.

Kelsick Market has local gourmet foods to pair with their selection of craft beers and wine.

Food Lion grocery stores located in Gloucester Courthouse and Mathews. On Route 17 South, find Super Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Starbucks, UPS Store and other nationally known stores.

Pick up a brochure on the Virginia Wine Trail and try some great local wines. Saude Creek Winery and New Kent Winery are in New Kent, home of Martha Washington, our first, First Lady.

Step back to simpler times, wonderful memories await you in this unhurried and unspoiled area.

A portion of our annual rentals are used to support conservation of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay so that future generations may enjoy the beauty and bounty of our rivers and estuaries.

Keywords: Chesapeake Bay, Swimming Pool, Williamsburg, Internet, King, Wifi, Oysters,

Mathews, Gloucester, Riverhouse, Waterfront,

Fishing, Sailing, Kayaking, Retreat, Farmhouse

More Details

Marsha Carlton
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

Why Marsha Carlton chose Virginia

Mathews / Gloucester Courthouse area is filled with miles of pristine water coastline and friendly owner-run businesses.

Yet you are less than an hour to major airports, world-class museums, golf and theme parks. The abundance of locally available seafood, wine & produce is our favorite part of this area!

What makes this house unique

The North River is the gold coast of the area, lined with historic farms and equestrian properties. Whether you want to fish, sail, kayak, bike, paddleboard or stretch out in a hammock, this is a perfect location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed ourselves at your house, one of the most comfortable beds we have ever

slept in. We got to watch the bald eagle hunt almost every morning.

It was so quiet and peaceful.

We were amazed at how little boat traffic was on the river, that is what makes your place unique.

Navigation on the river was not a problem, there are enough markers so you can stay in the channel. They do have an oyster reef that is marked about a mile down from the house, you

need to stay to the right heading down the river. Fishing was fantastic! We caught lots of big speckled trout down in Mobjack Bay heading toward the East River. The dock is one of

the best we have ever used and the boat ramp is very convenient.

It was also nice catching crabs while sitting on the dock watching the sunset. Nice crabs!
Sep 2011
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North House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only persons staying at the house may be on the property. No additional guests at the house, pool or on the dock w/o permission from the homeowner.
  • No special events, caterers, bands, or amplified music at the property. Our neighbors enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of their rural properties.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath # 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower with tiled bench & grab bar
    Master Bath # 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Upstairs master bath w/soaking tub & large walk-in shower.
    Bathroom # 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Bathroom attached to Bedrooms #3 and #4, grab bar in bath.
    Downstairs Half Bath - toilet , Conveniently located downstairs.
  • 3.5 Baths in the main house. Turkish Spa Towels, Soaps, Shampoo, toilet tissue and facial tissues are provided Total of 4.5 baths with optional guest house. Guest house bath features exterior door to pool area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom #1 - Downstairs - 1 king , Private Bath, Sitting area, Glass Door to Waterfront Porch
    Master Bedroom # 2 - Upstairs - 1 king , Bath w/ soaking tub & luxury shower; Sitting area + balcony
    King Bedroom #3 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Plus small adjacent room w/ daybed - Shared adjoining bath
    Twin Bedroom #4 - 3 twin/ single , Plus small adjacent room w/ daybed - Adjoining shared bath
  • High thread count linens, superior mattresses. Four pillows on king beds, two pillows on each twin.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Large Waterfront Swimming Pool (May - mid-Sept), Deep Water Dock ( MLW 7'), Private Location on 3 acres, Horseshoe Game Area, Private community boat ramp, Fire Pit for fun evenings under the stars. Separate, optional waterfront guest cottage with kitchen, bath, living area (sleeps 2) could be the 5th bedroom.


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Idyllic Waterfront - Classic Updated Farmhouse - Pool and Deep Water Pier
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Simply amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The property was amazingly beautiful and tons to do to keep the kids busy. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing River Home

  • 5 of 5

We loved our relaxing stay in Mathews, Va. This was our third visit to this lovely "farm house", and it is always a special experience for our family. We love waking up to the beautiful water views, after sleeping in the most comfortable beds. The kitchen is stocked with everything you would need to cook a fabulous family meal. A cake is always waiting for us when we arrive at the house, and it just feels like home.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Lexington, VA

The River House

  • 5 of 5

We have made a weeklong trip a family tradition. We were fortunate enough to discover the “River House” this year and we have settled on using it every year from now on. We won’t have to wait in line at Disney World or fight traffic in cities. The River House (as we have dubbed it) is perfect.

We don’t have to travel far for amenities as Glouster is just a short ride down the road. The week we spent was the most relaxing we all have had in a very long time. My wife, Lynda and I relaxed, we read and just took advantage of the quiet to rediscover our children and grandchildren.

The facilities in the house were top shelf. The children took advantage of all the facilities, they played ping pong, used the kayaks, played the many games that were available for us and we all took advantage of the proximity to the beautiful North River. My grandson was up at the crack of dawn each morning to try to catch the “big one”. Our three granddaughters made and remade their faces and just enjoyed the chance to be together every day.

We cooked inside and out and honestly expanded our waistlines a bit (but we all know that vacations are designed for that). All in all, the River House provided a quiet relaxing getaway for children of all ages. We senior adults just loved the facilities and we look forward to our next trip.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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I cannot say enough about this house.

  • 5 of 5

I've been home for 2 days, and I miss this vacation more than just about any other. We spent two days at Busch Gardens, and if not for the kids, I would have rather stayed at the residence the entire time. We caught fish, kayaked, paddle boarded, and just relaxed. The pool wasn't even open yet, and still it was perfect. The beds were soooo comfortable, the kitchen was super, the yard was great for some baseball. Again, I can't say enough, and plan to be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Greeaaat Stay in V.A!

  • 5 of 5

Omg this was honestly one of , if the not best stay I have ever had with my Family. The house was totally equipped with whatever we needed, besides what was required to bring. The House was gorgeous and set up just right, the grounds with the Lake were perfect, even for November. I would love to be there during mid summer. In a nutshell it is all that it says it is, +++. Would Highly recommend this house for a getaway, if even for 3 or 4 days. Great Adventures to You All!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Aubrey, TX

Our Annual Fall Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Three couples who are longtime friends made a trip to the lovely waterfront house on the North River. Unfortunately, our fourth couple was unable to make it this year at the last minute. The accommodations were just perfect for our group. The things to see in the area are so numerous that we will have to do this again to see more. So, the house had a fabulous kitchen which was so well stocked and easy to work in. We actually did quite a bit of cooking there. The beds were so nice and comfy and each couple had plenty of space and great views of the river. A very peaceful area and a nice time of the year to be in that area. We did the Williamsburg visit, the Jamestown visit, and a boat tour of the Hampton Roads Harbor, which was almost my favorite thing to do. We were leaving just as Matthew the hurricane was heading up the coast but fortunately it did not get that far and I doubt that the property was affected at all. We would definitely return to this great, beautifully decorated home.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Newport News 30 miles / Richmond -60 / Norfolk -60
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 14, John Clayton Memorial Hwy.
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Haven Beach - 9 miles; Yorktown - 30 miles
Car: necessary

This area is an antidote to everything urban --

family vacations as they used to be - unspoiled by development and chain restaurants.

Experience privacy, seclusion and nature along with the friendliness of small towns with owner run restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

Yet you are less than an hour to world-class historical sites, golf, museums, theme parks nature areas and airports.


Rates & Availability

North House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Prime Summer 2017
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Aug 19 - 26
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
End of Summer
Aug 26 2017 - Aug 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 30 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 17 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall
Nov 29 2017 - Dec 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holiday / New Year
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter Retreat
Jan 4 2018 - Mar 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Mar 29 2018 - May 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2018
May 22 2018 - Jun 1 2018
7 night minimum stay
Early June 2018
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Prime Summer 2018
Jun 9 2018 - Aug 31 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Linen & Cleaning Fee $150
Tax Rate 5.3%

House is FULLY FURNISHED - bed linens, bath towels, pool towels, paper products, soaps, shampoos.
Kitchen has dish soap, dishwasher detergent, dish towels, trash bags and pantry staples.

Add the guest cottage (sleeps 2 -4) for $500 week / $100 night.
Ask for our getaway rate for two persons.
Cleaning & Linen Fee $150
$500 Security Deposit - refunded promptly after departure.
Virginia tax 5.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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