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Beautifully Renovated Historic Cottage on Chesapeake Bay

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,544 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, 45' screened porch, sleeps 11

Poynton Lodge sits on 7 secluded acres near Smith Point (at the mouth of the Potomac River on Chesapeake Bay). Built in the 1930's by noted Virginia author James Branch Cabell, this five bedroom waterfront cottage was beautifully renovated in 2008. The cottage was designed to embrace the sights and sounds of the Bay. Wake to the putt-putt of a waterman's boat, heading to the crab pots. Enjoy your morning coffee on the front deck. Serve breakfast al fresco at the picnic table on the 45' long screened porch. Settle into an Adirondack chair to savor a good book. Take a picnic lunch down to beach. Kayak down to the bird sanctuary. Shower in the outdoor shower. Try your hand at bocce or croquet. Toast the sunset at the water's edge. Dine on the long porch or, if the temperature has dropped, in front of a fire in the dining room. Roast marshmallows over a bonfire on the beach. Retire to your comfortable bed, drop off to the sound of lapping water.

Amusements: We have a collection of beautiful jigsaw puzzles and classic board games (Scrabble, Monopoly, Clue and Risk), Yahtzee, Connect Four, and Battleship, Dominoes and Mexican Train, Set, poker chips, and enough decks of cards to play a giant game of Hearts.

We have Bocce and Croquet Sets, and a net that could be used for volleyball of badmitten, and enough space to have all three games going on simultaneously.

We have five single kayaks, and a large double sit-upon kayak you are welcome to use. We have life vests for four adults, but please supply life jackets for your young guests.

Dogs: Well-mannered dogs are welcome guests. (Due to owner allergies, we cannot accommodate cats.) We have a moveable pen, dog dishes, and various covers for furniture for your use. Our dog Simon likes to keep watch from the upstairs daybed. Our property is secluded but not fenced so dogs that tend to wander should be supervised. Guests are encouraged to treat their dogs with tick, flea and heartworm preventive before visiting. There is a security deposit of $100 per dog.

Local Attractions: Tour local vineyards. Discover the history of the 19th century fishing industry at the Fishermen's Museum in nearby Reedville and enjoy the charming Victorian mansions built by local sea captains on Main Street. Go antiquing in nearby Kilmarnock. Step back in time with a boat trip to Tangier or Smith Island, or join one of the local captains for an exciting day of fishing. Visit an 18th century architectural treasure, historic Christ Church designed by Chistopher Wren. Take a hike in Hughlett's Point Nature and visit Shiloh Schoolhouse.

More Details

Phoebe Mix
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

About Phoebe Mix

When we bought Poynton Lodge as a weekend house, it was a funky summer cottage with a killer view and minimal amenities. We drove down from Washington DC most weekends from April to November. Renovation (in 2007) and retirement (2012) have made it possible for us to spend much more time at Poynton Lodge.

Phoebe Mix purchased this cottage in 1985

Why Phoebe Mix chose Ophelia

'Just one look, that's all it took.' From the first glimpse of the water as we walked around the house, we were hooked.

What makes this cottage unique

Opening all the windows to sounds of the waves lapping on the shore. Sitting with a cup of coffee on the front porch watching the sun rise. Following a pod of dolphins as they work their way up the river. Tracking soaring eagles as they wheel overhead. Paddling a kayak out to the fish traps. Settling into an Adirondack chair with a good book. Foraging in the potager garden for fresh fruits and vegetables. Roasting marshmellows over a bonfire on the beach.


Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Ophelia Federhart (private airstrip) - 2 miles
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Sunnybank Ferry - 2 miles
Car: necessary

The Northern Neck is a hidden treasure on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay, with wide water, abundant wildlife, and tranquil seclusion. Less than 3 hours from Capitol Hill, it is miles from the urban frenzy. Explore quaint small towns, bike on quiet country roads, or kayak up meandering creeks.

Or just sit back on the deck and watch the water, which never ceases to fascinate. At dawn, local watermen harvest crab and fish in traditional flat bottom boats. After dark, brightly lit cruise ships steam down the Bay toward the Caribbean. Herons pose on the jetties, pelicans and cormorants circle the fish traps, and eagles soar overhead. You may even spot a pod of dolphins swimming along the shoreline.

Our cottage sits on seven secluded acres, with 360' of private sandy beach. Our family has been building fabulous memories here for the last 27 years. Come build yours today.


Ophelia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 2544 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • The master bedroom has a full bathroom en suite, granite countertops and double sinks, with a generous walk in shower, and separate separate water closet. The second upstairs bathroom serves the second upstairs bedroom and the bay bed in the upstairs sitting room. This large full bathroom (shower) also also houses the washing machine and dryer. The first floor bathroom, located in the hallway between the coral and blue bedrooms has a combination tub/shower. The outdoor shower is in the bamboo grove next to the house.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , fireplace
    Blue bedroom - 1 queen
    Green bedroom - 1 queen , fireplace
    Coral bedroom - 1 queen
    Yellow bedroom - 2 twin/ single , daybed that converts to side by each twin mattresses
    Upstairs sitting room - 1 twin/ single , baybed is a twin mattress
  • The master bedroom has a king bed, which is flanked by a fireplace on one side and wide windows facing the Bay on the other side. Beyond the bedroom, a bright sun room provides a private retreat. The other upstairs bedroom has a queen bed and a fireplace. The baybed in the upstairs sitting room between the two bedrooms makes up into a single bed. Downstairs, the blue bedroom has a queen bed as does the yellow bedroom. Both rooms face the Bay. The yellow bedroom is accessed through the blue bedroom or by a separate entrance from the front porch. The yellow bedroom does not have heat or air-conditioning, but it does have a ceiling fan and windows on three sides. These two bedrooms work well for a family with children. The coral bedroom faces the gardens. It has a twin daybed that opens that opens to two twin mattresses side by each. It could be made up as a king bed or as two twins. All five bedrooms have ceiling fans.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Our property includes beautiful perennial beds and a lovely kitchen potager garden. The expansive lawn around the cottage provide ample room for touch football or more organized games of croquet or bocce. Kids and dogs have lots of room to play. Decks wrap around the front and west side of the house.The 42' long screened porch, which has a large picnic table and six Adirondack chairs, is a great place to enjoy one of our classic board or card games or a good book. You are welcome to use our two 14 foot single kayaks, with paddles and adult life vests, large double sit-upon kayak and the 4 person paddle boat. We have a collection of beach chairs and cushions, and beach towels. We have a tabletop telescope and binoculars to enjoy the landscape and night sky. The Dish Net WIFI connection is intermittent and unreliable. You could use it to check email a couple of times a day but you shouldn't anticipate being able to telework from Poynton Lodge.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Serene Beautiful Beach Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed this lovely gem on the Potomac beach. From the moment we arrived, this clean and well kept home felt like ours. We kayaked amidst dolphins, enjoyed crabbing, picked fresh vegetables and herbs daily. The elderberries and black berries were a real treat! We saw moon jellies, flounder, eagles, bunnies, deer and so much more. We completed 2 puzzles, read lots of books and most importantly enjoyed previous family time together. Our day trips included a 2hr "Rivah" cruise on Captain Billy's charter boat and local fare at the Crazy Crab and Cockrills.

The historic cottage on the river has a gorgeous view, a nice porch to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. The raised bed garden was amazing. There are so many amenities to name. This was a very memorable trip for our family.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Owner's Response: We are so pleased that your family enjoyed your week at Poynton Lodge.
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Absolutely spectacular summer vacation

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful. Each day, I discovered something new in the yard/gardens - a wooden bench near the woods, an iron dog in the garden, an unusual structure in the yard. The entire yard was a treat to explore each day. It also provided lots of space to play ball, ring toss, bean bag toss, and badminton. And, I have not seen so many lightening bugs at night since I was a kid. Plus, the feel of the very textured sand on my feet at the private beach provided more pleasure for me than a pedicure.

We enjoyed blackberries fresh off the vine each day, tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and mint from the garden.

I am not a person to wake early but it was so worth waking early in this house to view the spectacular sunrise over the water and, each room has such great views.

This home provided lots of time for family conversations around the dinner table and on the screened back porch.

We rode our bikes to the nearby ferry which took us across the water for more biking explorations, toured a nearby town, found a putt putt location less than an hour away, and enjoyed wine at nearby wineries.

If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing vacation, this is the place for you. It is very isolated so be aware that there are not a lot of activities away from the house.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Perfect Relaxing Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This property is the perfect location for a relaxing vacation. The house is spacious and well appointed with a HUGE yard that lets you leave the busy world behind. The view is spectacular and my kids spent all day, every day, down at the water. Every morning and evening (and most of the day) were spent on the screen porch watching the sun rise, reading, visiting, watching the sun set, and even a couple thunderstorms over the Chesapeake. Shopping and restaurants were not right around the corner but not too far away and that was a characteristic I greatly enjoyed since I wanted away from the hustle and bustle. We stayed with a total of 8 guests and had plenty of room. Phoebe was FANTASTIC to work with leading up to the rental as well.

I must add a note of caution though; once you arrive you will find that one week isn't nearly enough time at this location.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you enjoyed your week at Poynton Lodge.
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Rejuvenation, reconnection, relaxation family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This is our third, multigenerational vacation at Poynton Lodge. We enjoy this property so much and we have become so comfortable here, like snuggling in a familiar chair when you go home again. We had lots of room for all of us. My grandsons got to see stars, moon jellies, dolphins, and eagles. We played board games and croquet, went kayaking and played badminton, and ended the day with scrumptious meals using fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden. Cocktails at sunset and coffee with the sunrise were fabulous! And this year we had a great rainstorm with thunder and lightning across the water, followed by wonderful sea breezes and sunshine the rest of the week. Poynton Lodge is a great family vacation and this year we did some history based tourist ventures to Christ Church and Stratford Hall, both located on the northern neck on VA. It is a wonderful place and a good thing!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Best Family Vacation Yet! Want to go back...

  • 5 of 5

What a great time we had at this house. We went with my family, my mom and my husbands brothers family. The kids (all 7 of them) really had a blast, age range 5-19. It was so nice to see all the kids enjoying the outside and not sitting around the TV all day. They loved to explore the land and sea!

The garden was more than anyone could ever imagine! I'm not sure who enjoyed eating from it more, the adults or the kids.

Very well stocked kitchen we had every thing we could possibly need and then some, the house was clean and more then enough room for all of us.

Thank you for a wonderful time.

we were really there Aug 2014. I forgot to write a review and could not go back any further...

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
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Owner's Response: So glad your family enjoyed Ponyton Lodge. Thank you.
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Wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week here on the Chesapeake Bay. It was the greatest! We had so much fun just hanging out in the beautiful surroundings. This place has everything. We kayaked, read, worked our annual puzzle, relaxed and took showers in the bamboo grove. The home itself is beautiful and there was always a breeze blowing through, but it was nice to have air conditioning if needed. The grounds are so well kept you feel like you have just arrived in an oasis. We are talking about going back next year. Our grown kids, nieces and nephews loved it as well. You will not be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 5.3%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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