Fun two bedroom, one bath, beach cottage w/ pier, dock, & spectacular views!
About Deena Allen
This cottage belonged to my parents who purchased it in 1948. I am fortunate to be its caretaker now along with the cottage next door (vrbo 352993) that was built by my aunt and uncle (literally) from about 1948 to 1950.
Deena Allen purchased this Cottage in 1948
Why Deena Allen chose Surry
This cottage was purchased by my parents in 1948 and has been in our family ever since, providing family summertime fun for many years. With modern amenities and fun decor, there is not a better place to spend time on the historic James River. Combine relaxing waterfront living with close proximity to historic sites of Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Surry, Smithfield, Petersburg and Richmond.
What makes this Cottage unique
One of only five cottages on the James River for short term rental and only one of two (and we have both of them) that are level with the river so all you have to do is walk 10 or 15 feet out your door onto the beach. There is no long flight of steps or high cliff to limit your access to the beach and river. Our cottage combines the best of two vacation worlds: the fun of waterfront living with the fascination of history. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, James River Plantations and other historic sites are within a fun 15-30 minute car and/or ferry ride!
Children allowed - Not childproof but children welcomed.Not childproof but children welcomed.
No pets - If animal detected, security deposit charged.If animal detected, security deposit charged.
Max guests: 5 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 25 - Booking age 25 unless with parent.Booking age 25 unless with parent.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Peaceful getaway to James River
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage on the James River! Deanna was thorough with information regarding locality and the use of the property. We loved using the Jamestown/Scotland Ferry to access all the wonderful history sites across the river from the cottage. Jamestown is right across the river and Williamsburg 10 minutes or so from there and then another 20 or so to Yorktowne... We love history and this is the place to enjoy it! The Colonial Parkway is a relaxing and beautiful drive connecting all these three locations.
The cottage is updated nicely with a lovely bathroom and the kitchen is great with all the amenities we needed. Everything is there to cook a meal or have a cup of coffee. A lovely bottle of wine awaited us! We just used one bedroom and the queen bed was very comfortable with cozy linens. We loved the enclosed porch area and especially loved the pier with 2 very comfortable lounge chairs... we so enjoyed sitting on the pier, watching the river and the Ferry boats! Fortunately, we had perfect weather which just enhanced our time at the cottage.
Thank you Deanna!
Much love for the Mid-century Modern Cottage
Loved our stay at this cottage. Immaculate and adorable. Everything has been thought of and well-maintained. Relaxing place with lots to do nearby. Totally recommend.
The cottage in Surry is a wonderful and relaxing getaway. The inside is as neat as a pin and very clean. A lot of effort has been made by the owner to think of everything you will need and enjoy while visiting. The James River is beautiful and peaceful and the outdoor amenities helped us enjoy the outdoors too. Fishing off the pier was so much fun. Just a short ferry ride and all the historical triangle is at your fingertips. I would recommend this cottage to anyone who needs a peaceful get away.
Thank you for your review of our cottage. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed fishing off the pier and glad that the cottage worked well for you and your husband. We hope to see you again.
great little getaway
This was a fun getaway for our family of four. The property is so cute, and Deena was most helpful in offering restaurant and adventure suggestions. The house shares the pier with the house next door (also owned by Deena and sits on the same piece of land), and this was the only surprise to us.
Thank you for taking the time to write a note about the cottage. I am sorry you were not aware that the pier is shared by actually our three cottages. We use one of the cottages when we are there and rent the other two for short term vacation rental. Each cottage is on a separate small lot even though it does seem like they are all on one large lot. There actually are eight lots - four waterfront lots and four behind that front on the street. Every few years a hurricane takes down part or all of everyone's pier so we feel fortunate to have one standing. But the four waterfront lots provide a nice stretch of private beach to enjoy. We hope you will be able to visit again. I hope the summer goes well for you.
We had the most amazing stay at the James River Cottage. The location and views were incredible. Our children enjoyed riding the ferry each day as we headed out for our historical adventures. The cottage was incredibly clean and comfortable. The mid century modern decor was beautiful too! Deena was very responsive and helped us with anything we needed. She would update us via text message about weather, restaurants, etc. We loved our stay and hope to visit again soon!
Thank you for your nice note, Carrie. It is nice to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Yes, the historic ferries are a wonderful "extra" that is pretty difficult to replicate. Guests almost always seem surprised at how easy the ferries are to navigate and how much they enjoy both riding and watching them. Hope to see you next time.
We are so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our cottages. It is great to see a family enjoying the water and beach. We hope to see you in the future.
Surry County has several historic sites that should not be missed- The Rolfe House Plantation, Chippokes Plantation State Park (http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/chippokes-plantation.shtml#general_information) and Bacon's Castle, Virginia's oldest documented brick building built in 1665 (http://preservationvirginia.org/visit/historic-properties/bacons-castle).