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Sail in! Paddle out! Dog-friendly 500' serene waterfront near Chesapeake Bay

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Sleeps 6-7

Located at the cross-section of the Oyster and Wine Trails that wind through Virginia's historic Northern Neck region, our serene rustic waterfront retreat offers you modern amenities and dog friendly convenience in a spectacular natural setting, just steps to the water and our private pier.

A well-appointed four bedroom / two bathroom cottage becomes a boater's and paddler's paradise with 500ft of protected waterfront and quick access to the Rappahannock and Corrotoman Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. All year long, take advantage of our 150' long private pier and full service Yankee Point Marina, only two minutes away via car or power boat. Kayak, canoe or enjoy our new standup paddleboards in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, cozy up to the fireplace in the cottage after a day of boating, fishing or exploring area antiquities.

The Robin's Nest in Oyster Cove is only about an hour from Richmond and a little more than two hours from DC. The beautiful drive will take you through the lovely Virginia countryside and by a few of the country’s most historic landmarks. It's close enough for a romantic getaway or a longer family vacation.


-Accommodations for approximately six (6) guests (or a mix of seven (7) children and adults), but please note bed sizes carefully

-NEW Private 150 ft pier / dock with water and electric hookups (4 - 6 ft MLW)

-Master bedroom with fireplace and water views

-Gas fireplace

-HD satellite televisions; digital surround sound in great room

-Hi-speed Internet


-500 ft of waterfront in a secluded natural setting

-Use of Kayaks / Canoe / Standup Paddleboards (cold weather restrictions apply) included

-Minutes to a full service marina (Yankee Point Marina)

-Outdoor seating, fire pit, picnic area

-Washer / Dryer

-AC / Central Heat

-Recently renovated kitchen



-Charcoal grill


Activities and Attractions

-Quick access to Rappahannock and Corrotoman Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay

-Minutes from full service marina (Yankee Point Marina)

-Near Merry Point Ferry

-Stand Up Paddleboard and canoe

-Shop Irvington, Kilmarnock, and Lively

-Near Hope and Glory Inn, Tides Inn and Restaurants

-Visit Christ Church, Lee Family's Stratford Hall, Washington's Birthplace, Belle Isle State Park

-Cycle the Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route

-Follow the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, including the Dog and Oyster Winery

-Take a Tangier Island Cruise

-Golf, Hike, Sail, Paddle, Fish, Crab, Swim

-Experience Virginia Garden Week, Urbanna Oyster Festival (November), Turkey Shoot Regatta (October), and Virginia Wine Week (March)

More Details

Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

This cottage was a wonderful place to spend our Christmas vacation. So peaceful and quiet with all the comforts of home.
Dec 2011
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Lancaster House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • River
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Gas Heating
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Living room pull out - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Sleeper sofa in living room. Additional double sized futon in bunk bed room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • DVR
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Yard
  • 6 garden chairs
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We offer the canoe and kayaks from May to early November, but will consider other times if the water is unseasonably warm.


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Sail in! Paddle out! Dog-friendly 500' serene waterfront near Chesapeake Bay
average rating of 4.730769 based on 28 reviews

Beautiful peaceful waterfront retreat

  • 5 of 5

This place is wonderful!

We had a glorious Easter weekend at Robins Nest

The family and the dogs

So quiet and private

We have already booked again for June!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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We had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the house. It was peaceful and restful. Although it was December and quite chilly outside, the view each day was lovely and we had a really great family week relaxing and reading. We went for walks and cooked a lot. There was plenty of space for all 7 of us, 5 adults and 2 kids. The kids loved the bunk bed. Thank you for a tranquil and replenishing stay at Robin’s Nest!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year in a row staying at Oyster Cove - we love it there! The privacy and beauty are second to none! Penelope is the best owner to work with and she does everything she can to make your vacation perfect! We love the house and the setting and hope to return again!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Exceptional Stay at Robins Nest

  • 5 of 5

For our second year we had an outstanding visit at Robins Nest. We cannot say enough great things about this VRBO from Penelope and her family. Our Labs would give this vacation spot -- all paws up, as they loved swimming and frolicking in the cove. The Robins Nest home is very comfortable and family friendly for a relaxing short or long term visit. Outside you get to choose from canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding that are provided by Robins Nest. Plus, you can grill outside and there is a fire pit for roasting marshmallows to make S'mores. Bring your summer reading and relax in the rustic Adirondack Chairs and watch the Blue Herons gracefully fly by your vantage point. Bring your fishing tackle box and catch perch from the dock as we did this past week. Ellen's grocery store is close by and she sells live bait for anglers. If you drive over to Kilmarknock -- don't forget to stock up on gourmet items at Carried Away Cuisine and a must visit is to the NNK Burgers in Irvington Street for awesome burgers and thick milk shakes. We look forward to our next opportunity to visit Robins Nest.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Serene and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on the property in the beginning of June. We have already booked it for next, so that should indicate how we feel about it.

The property feels like a lakeside cabin, but it is much more. It is in a wooded area that the owners have kept very natural, instead of cutting down all the trees and planting grass. So the house sits in a lovely wooded area with clear sight lines to the cove and dock. The property has plenty of outside seating, a fire pit and hammock. We did not get a chance to use the fire pit, but used the hammock plenty(AAAH). The dock has two Adirondack chairs, perfect for sunrise and sunset viewing. Watching the wildlife (osprey and heron was also a favorite. The house was perfect for a vacation. It has an open floor plan, kitchen, dining room, living room area. The appliances are top notch, with a great gas grill and killer blender (loved those daiquiris). The master bedroom with en suite bath was great and there were three other bedrooms and and additional bath, so those facilities worked well for our six people.

If you want family time or a romantic getaway, this place is perfect. It is very private, almost secluded, but a 1/2 mile away from a free ferry that gets you to Kilmarnoch and Livingston, where all the shopping, restaurants, and golf courses you need are located. They are small towns, almost villages in nature. That's a 20 to 30 min drive depending on whether ferry is ruining. The ferryman, Dale, is an extra treat, providing a daily joke to lighten the day.

I cannot say enough about property and area. It is incredibly relaxing, yet has the facilities for anything you want to do. It's a great party house. We celebrated our Mom's 95th birthday there, and she now wants to return every year.

'Nuff said


  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here during Christmas 2016. This was the perfect place to get away from the craziness of the Holiday Season. My family and I spent wonderful quality time in this warm and welcoming home. We took walks, we had fires, sat on the dock and watched the birds fly by. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Richmond International Airport
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.1 Miles
Merry Point Ferry
Nearest Golf
5.1 Miles
King Carter Golf Course
Nearest Train
70 Miles
Amtrak Station - Williamsburg
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
The Corner (and Merroir ... about 15 mins away)
Car: necessary

Located on Virginia's Oyster and Wine Trails, our family's four bedroom/two bathroom vacation cottage is surrounded by 500 feet of serenely protected, private waterfront with quick access to the Rappahannock and Corrotoman Rivers, as well as the Chesapeake Bay. Guests have exclusive use of the property’s private 150-foot dock (4-6 ft MLW), as well as standup paddleboards, a canoe and kayaks throughout their stay. Full service Yankee Point Marina is only two minutes away by boat or car. Fish, crab, paddle, swim, hike, sail … or just relax in the hammock and watch the eagles and osprey battle over the catch of the day.

Desire a day excursion? You are only about 20 minutes by land, ferry, or water from the golf courses, antique shops, art galleries, trendy boutiques and restaurants of Kilmarnock, and the fine dining of Merroir (Rappahannock River Oyster Company) in Topping, and the Tides Inn and the Hope and Glory in Irvington. Nine nearby regional wineries, including the Dog and Oyster Winery, await adventurous wine aficianados. And, of course, there is always the boating, cycling, hiking trails and beauty of Belle Isle State Park. Add a visit to a few of the country's most historic landmarks in Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and the possibilities for your Virginia vacation are endless.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $79
Pet Fee $25
Refundable damage deposit $200

Weekly rate is $1750.00, excluding tax, spec. fees (e.g., pet fee, cleaning) and fully refundable damage deposit. (Note, if damage occurs during your stay, we may utilize the damage deposit first, then the insurance). Please inquire about our monthly rate. Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. Holiday periods, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, may be slightly higher.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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