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This delightful cottage is located on the historic James River with private white sand beach,180 feet of waterfront, kayaks, fishing gear, beach chairs, gas grill, and private pier. A private cottage with private beach is a safe alternative to a hotel during this health pandemic. The cottage is perfect for a couple and will accommodate a small family of 4 or 5 guests. The cottage is not childproof so we prefer to rent to families whose children are 4 years old and older. Please indicate age of children and where you are traveling from in inquiry.
On land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, the cottage has a heated and cooled 38 foot sun porch providing endless views of the river and Jamestown Island and easy beach access. Three walls of windows capture views of ships, ferries, tug boats and a menagerie of birds including osprey, eagles, seagulls, cranes, ducks and geese. An occasional dolphin can also be seen if luck is with you. We even provide binoculars for your use.There are only two cottages available for vacation rental on the James River with this type of close, level proximity to the beach and river, and we have made both available for vacation rental.
Our cottage is located in a wonderful location to enjoy a beachfront/riverfront retreat while being incredibly close to major historic and entertainment sites in every direction including Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Busch Gardens,The Williams Winery,and the cities of Petersburg, Richmond, Smithfield, Virginia Beach and other locations. It is about a 15 minute drive from the cottage to the Surry Dominion Power Station/Plant.
The river is great for swimming and is shallow near the shoreline with no jellyfish so the conditions are great for children - especially younger children. The James is a tidal river with two tides a day so everyone learns to protect things from the incoming tide.
The cottage has been recently renovated to provide top of the line updates and comfortable amenities - all within a 15 minute free ferry ride of Historic Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg, the Dominion Surry PowerStation, and less than an hour to Historic Old Towne Petersburg - site of the filming of many movies and TV shows including Lincoln, Turn, and Mercy Street.
Our cottage is directly across the river from historic Jamestown Island, a major historic site where the original 1607 fort is under excavation.
There are two bedrooms - one with a queen bed and the second with a double size antique maple four poster bed. Each bedroom has reading lamps, an alarm clock, flashlight, terry robes, and luggage rack. Wide open windows provide views of the river or the expansive yard. We provide comfortable mattresses with luxury bed and bath linens, bath toiletries, terry robes, and beach towels..
The sunporch is a favorite hang-out day and night and has a daybed plus chaise lounge for leisurely day time naps or night time sleeping plus a second dining table for dining with a riverfront view. The sun porch day bed (twin bed) is a favorite sleeping spot at night where you can watch the ferry lights gliding back and forth across the river.
Modern design enthusiasts will fall in love with the fully appointed sleek, white IKEA kitchen, original vintage Danish teak furniture, and eye popping fabric throughout the entire cottage. In fact, every single piece of furniture has been recently reupholstered in fabulous vintage inspired designs. Bold color is carried into the bathroom with a European-designed, 50 inch green glass countertop providing plenty of space for toiletries and personal items. .
We have even extended this mid-century revival through to the lighting. Look up to see funky vintage chrome ball Lightolier track lights that my resourceful daughter found that you will want to take home with you--but please don't! Dine in style with a sputnik, mid-century-inspired chandelier above the Danish teak dining table. From original vintage Laurel mushroom lamps in the bedroom to the one-of-a-kind European industrial orange floor lamp in the living room, every light fixture is vintage and chosen with great care to embody the mid-century spirit.
Other high end touches include Waterworks faucet in the kitchen and towel warmer in the bathroom, Hansgrohe bathroom fixtures, Bosch dishwasher, Toto toilet with soft close toilet seat, usb outlets for your electronics, a flat screen TV with DVD player, luxury linens, terry robes, bath toiletries, and basic cooking spices.
The kitchen has large windows that look out to both the river and the gardens and offers a built-in oven and microwave, gas cooktop, counter depth refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, white granite countertops and small appliances such as a Keurig coffee maker, French Press, coffee grinder, four slot toaster, hand mixer, blender, and crock pot.
Basic cooking spices, oil, vinegar, sugar, tea and coffee are provided as are cooking paper products including plastic wrap, aluminum foil, wax paper, and plastic storage bags. If serious cooking is not on your vacation menu, an endless array of restaurants and take-out deli facilities is available. Information on many "food" and "eating" resources is provided prior to your arrival.
But who wants to stay inside? When you are not sightseeing in Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Petersburg, Smithfield, Busch Gardens, or enjoying the 15 minute ferry ride, this cottage comes equipped with a range of outdoor activities -- even if all you want to do is sit on the beach or the pier with a fishing pole and a book. Strolling the water's edge in the early morning searching for shells - with a cup of coffee is a favorite pastime of many guests as is sitting and watching the rhythm of the ferries crossing the river.
Test your skills at finding shark teeth among the shells in the waterline! Included for your enjoyment are two adult size and one child size kayak, life preservers, fishing poles with tackle box basics, beach towels, beach chairs and a weber gas grill. The Weber gas grill on the beach, right outside the sun porch door, provides easy beach-front meal preparation. The sun porch also has a handy beverage frig for easy access to whatever libations suit you.
This is a new listing so please see the guest reviews for our other James River cottage right next door (listing #47). You can expect the same great service, wonderful amenities and absolutely delightful river-front setting.
Come and enjoy!
Deena Allen, the owner, owns two rental cottages side-by-side on the James River. The cottages have been in her family since 1948.
|Zip Code: 23883|
|Nearest Airport||Richmond InternationaL||50 miles|
|Nearest Bar||Surry Seafood Company Restaurant||1.5 miles|
|Nearest Beach||Out your front door||15 feet|
|Nearest Bus Station||Williamsburg||7 miles|
|Nearest Ferry||Right By Cottage||50 feet|
|Nearest Golf||Williamsburg||8 miles|
|Nearest Motorway||Richmond International Speedway||55 miles|
|Nearest Restaurant||Surry Seafood Company Restaurant||1.5 miles|
|Nearest Train Station||Williamsburg||7 miles|
The cottage is located on the James River in Surry County across the James River from Jamestown. It is by the historic Jamestown-Scotland free car ferry providing a 15 minute ride across the river where the ferry docks at jamestown. The cottage is the only cottage directly on the James with no steps to reach the beach and river. The cottage is fewer than a 15 minute drive to the Surry Nuclear Power Plant.
Private Sand Beach, Pier and Dock. Private Yard. Very private.Private beach and pier used by owner when and rental guests only.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$200 - $495||$1,200 - $2,600||$4,000 - $9,995||3 Nights||-|
|Fall 2022 04-Oct-2022 - 31-Dec-2022||$350||$350||$1,950||$7,500||3 Nights||-|
|Price for: 4 Persons, Extra person price: $ 35 /Person /Night, $ 150 /Person /Week, $ 500 /Person /Month|
|Cleaning & Linen||Required||$165||One time|
|Refundable Security Deposit||Required||$250||One time|
|Sales Tax||Required||5.3%||One time|
|Tax on Cleaning||Required||$8.75||One time|
Our long weekend at the James River Cottage was a true gift. First, the arrangements for our stay and the check-in was just so easy. Deena was a gem...she made it so easy to prepare and settle in once we arrived. As for once we settled in, the cottage was true to the description. I would emphasize that the glassed in porch is a go-to for an entire day of relaxation. When not lounging, we took the kayaks out and ventured up and down the river. Our favorite was exploring Timber Neck Creek...heading west on James River. Here we saw a bald eagle and great blue heron. Of course, I couldn't end my review without sharing the pleasure of watching the ferry come and go. We have not decided when...but, we do plan to return.
Stayed September, 2020
We absolutely loved the location and furnishings of this house, both inside and out. We used as an ideal base to spiral North to historical sites (on the fun ferry), East to urban centers and lovely beaches by Norfolk and Virginia Beach, or South to agrotourism. We also loved just hanging out to swim/kayak on our own James River Beach. Deena was always there to help us with anything we needed. Great place!
Stayed July, 2020
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!
Stayed August, 2019
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.
Stayed August, 2019
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.
Stayed July, 2019
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.
Stayed May, 2019
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!
Stayed April, 2019
Stayed August, 2018
Bottom line up front: Would we stay here again? ABSOLUTELY! My wife and I wanted to treat my in-laws to a long weekend at a waterfront property, and this cottage was perfect. Before we could even unload the car, my mother-in-law had her shoes off and was blissfully strolling along the private beach and in the water. This cottage is so well sited. It's level with the beach and pier, and you literally walk out the back 4-seasons room and a couple of paces to the beach and pier. This was very ideal for an older couple to enjoy. They were out every sunrise for coffee and duck watching. The cottage itself: very clean, updated and cute. Pretty much anything we needed or wanted (outside our own personal food) was in place when we arrived. For four adults the accommodations were very comfortable. You will not be bored and please don't let the lack of Wi-Fi deter you. Take this time to "unplug" and enjoy the stay. The cottage location is another advantage. The 24-hour, free ferry to cross the James River is just around the corner--literally within walking distance, so getting across the river to the historical Colonial Williamsburg-Jamestown-Yorktown tourist sites was really easy. I only wish we had more time to better explore everything. We could've easily used a full week. The host: Deena is absolutely a joy and made this stay very easy for us! She makes sure you have as much information as possible beforehand to plan and prepare before arrival. She answered questions I didn't think to ask, spot-on recommendation and was always very responsive. OVERALL: great value and a very enjoyable stay. Looking forward to another visit!
Stayed July, 2018
Our stay at the cottage couldn't have been better. The cottage was spotless and everything from the beds, blankets, and pillows to the bath and beach towels, to the appliances, were top notch. The location was very convenient, just a quick ferry ride to all of the area attractions. The kids loved kayaking right off our own private beach and catching plenty of fish on the dock and making s'mores around the firepit at night!! Deena couldn't have been more helpful and gracious. She provided much appreciated information as to directions, local restaurants and stores, and even where to buy bait. We will most definitely be back in the future!!
Stayed June, 2018