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Waterview & Access, Luxurious, Retreat-Near Williamsburg

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse, 4 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Step back to the yester years' simple life with all of the modern day conveniences of now at 'Family Tides'. Enjoy water views from the home, and water access to the private, guests-only sand beach is just steps away (less than 1 minute walk). This 4 bedroom, 2300 square foot home is luxuriously furnished and features 2 full bathrooms. Relax on the covered front porch in the rocking chairs and watch sunrises and sunsets, or sit on the large deck and soak up the rays while barbecuing with your family. Kayak, Canoe, or swim in the river, or play on the sand beach. Cozy up inside with plenty of room to spread out, or cuddle together by the toasty wood burning stove. Great escape from the city life as this River View Farmhouse is just a short drive to Williamsburg, Richmond, & Northern Virginia. Find tranquility in the country on the Ware River. Embrace the peace and quiet around you. Upscale perfect retreat for the quiet 'Rivah Living' seeker.


More Details

Shannon French
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Shannon French

When I was 27 years old, I decided to sell real estate. Shortly after at the age of 29, I decided to open my own brokerage, Southern Trade Realty (Oct. 2006 so you do the math to see how old I am now)! I quickly learned to combine my passion for designing, creating and decorating to another level. I started to invest in real estate at a very young age, and I am still very passionate about it. I really enjoy getting to know my guests and proud to say I now have repeat buisness. I concentrate on making sure my guests are happy and I take pride in the comfort of my properties and of course, the decor has to be just right. Feel free to call me Shannon 804-815-1912.

Shannon French purchased this farmhouse in 2011

Why Shannon French chose Gloucester Point

This area is where I personally grew up. I remember the days on the river at a very young age. I fished, crabbed, learned how to swim, relax, kayak, explore and I am still enjoying all of this today with my family and friends.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Pictures cannot even describe this property (many of our guests say this once they arrive). It is one of the most serene places to be. Listening to the waves crash up against the rocks at night, taking a nap in the hammock on a warm summer afternoon, to watching the Osprey on the river, there is not a better place to enjoy nature at it's best. It is all at your fingertips.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We enjoyed our stay here at your vacayion home! Your home is amazing! My family & I traveled all over and we usually rent vacation homes and I must say that this home was one of the best homes weve stayed in. We appreciate all the extra ammenities! The beach was wonderful as well! If we ever decide to revisit this area we wouldnt think twice about renting from you again! God Bless you! Thanks for everything!
Aug 2013
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Gloucester Point Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (4)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Kayaks, Canoes, Guests-only sand beach & river access


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Waterview & Access, Luxurious, Retreat-Near Williamsburg
average rating of 4.75 based on 87 reviews

The Perfect Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This home was the ideal spot for a reunion of six long-time friends. We found everything we needed for cooking in the spacious kitchen and the living areas were just right for our extended conversations. We all found our beds to be extremely comfortable and appreciated the great care that obviously went into thinking about guest needs. The area is beautiful and we felt like we hit the jackpot with the Gloucester Christmas parade happening the weekend of our visit. This home is a gem!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from Home "well needed"

  • 5 of 5

The French's home was everything plus more. I enjoyed my stay and can't wait to plan another for the family. We chose the home of the French's because we wanted something different than what we usual have plus our home is where my father passed away. The beds were comfortable, the space was wonderful. I really enjoyed my time and stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and clean!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of six women from the same parish. Our ladies religious retreat was made even more special by this charming, warm, and comfy farmhouse. It was clean, well stocked, and situated an easy walk to the most beautiful view of the Ware river opening out into the Chesapeake Bay. We couldn't have been more pleased. The owners were friendly and easy to reach via email with questions prior to the trip! We also loved talking to the country store manager just down the road. Pleasant all the way around!!!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A lovely farm house

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed our stay at this lovely home. It was nice to have access to the kayaks and the waterfront.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent vacation house

  • 5 of 5

We actually love the location a lot. It is by the water. The owner provides plenty of kayaks and even life vests. There is at least one beautiful pier you can access for crabbing and fishing. We were there late August and kids caught crabs and fish and saw schools of sting rays. We just vetured to Colonial Williamsburg and Virginia Beach and spent the rest of time relaxing at the house and by the water. It was so much fun for kids and relaxing for adults. I highly recomend it. The owner Shannon French has been very helpful and kind. I will consider coming back next time.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat for the family!

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed for 2 nights and we all wished we could have stayed longer! The house is clean and very well maintained. Furnishings and interior design is perfect, providing a cozy contemporary feel while maintaining comfortable and spacious living areas - everyone was impressed! Wish there was a half or full bath upstairs, but that was not an issue. We loved the short walk to the river and pier. We used the kayaks, chairs, and swing while enjoying the picturesque view of the water. The owners are accessible and very friendly, and totally respected our privacy. The wifi inside the house came in handy because cellular service is spotty in the area if you have AT&T or Sprint. Verizon seems to provide the best coverage during our stay - would have been good to have cell service though, for emergency purposes. To many and myself, it is actually a good thing to get off the grid while you relax and enjoy! Overall, I highly recommend this place, and have actually already recommended it to family and friends. We'll be back! Thanks again, Shannon and Corey for accommodating us.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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