The Cottages

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Deena Allen: 612-840-6600

Aunt Annie’s Cottage

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This recently renovated luxury cottage on the James is literally 10 steps to the beach.

Our cottage is a private, romantic, luxury beach cottage on the James River with direct water access, wide river views, 180 foot pier, kayaks, fishing poles, and white sand beach. Located on land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, the cottage is level with the beach so there are no steps to climb–just walk out your french doors.

The cottage is a perfect size for a family of four but works equally well for a couple. It can accommodate up to four to five people with three cozy bedrooms – one with a queen bed, one with a double bed, and the third with a twin day bed. The living room, dining room and kitchen are an open L shaped floor plan to maximize space. The cottage is delightful and the location is wonderful. Central heat and air make the cottage a year round destination.

Private white sand beach, private pier, kayaks and fishing poles are available for your use. We own three cottages, side-by-side on the James, and the beach in front of our three cottages is at your disposal.

Our waterfront luxury beach cottage was recently renovated to provide a wonderful, relaxing retreat. Shimmering sea glass colors of teal, turquoise, and lavender complement the original vintage tongue and groove knotty pine paneling walls, incredible water views, sand beach and luxury amenities to provide a wonderful alternative to hotel living. The cottage is furnished with lovely antique beds, mirrors, and a dressing table made by the owner’s grandfather who was a cabinetmaker and antique dealer in Petersburg during the early 1900s. Original vintage brass wall lights and mirrors are in each bedroom. Vases of fresh flowers from the garden are available almost year round.

Water views can be seen out of three sides of the cottage. Enjoy our waterside deck that runs the full width of the cottage and has a gas grill, dining table and chairs, and adirondack chairs for relaxing and watching the river sights. You can enjoy our 180 foot pier for sitting or fishing or crabbing. Many guests enjoy their morning coffee sitting on the pier or walking the beach looking for sharks’ teeth and unique shells. Guests sometimes find it hard to leave the cottage to explore the area. When you do decide to leave, you can spend your time visiting the many historic and entertainment sites close by. You have so many options and never enough time!

Our cottage is located by the Historic Jamestown-Scotland Ferry which is a free car ferry that provides a delightful 15 minute ride across the river where it docks at Jamestown Settlement. With observation decks and lovely views, everyone loves the ferries — especially children who can feed the seagulls bread off of the back of the boat. The ferries (there are several boats) runs 24/7 on a half hour schedule during the day and an hour schedule at night, providing easy and fun access to historic and entertainment sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, James River Plantations, The Williamsburg Winery and many other sites. Major Civil War attractions are also close by in Petersburg (an hour away) and Richmond (about an hour and 15 minutes away).

We provide luxury bed and bath linens, terry cloth robes, beach towels, and bath toiletries. Paper products are provided for the bath and kitchen. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan, fluffy pillows, reading light, flash light, alarm clock, and wide wooden window blinds. There are hardwood floors throughout the cottage. The cottage has an HVAC system to provide air conditioning and heat. The bathroom has the original 1948 vintage claw foot bath tub with new in-tub stationary shower and hand shower, heated towel rack, soft close Toto toilet seat, ceiling heater, exhaust fan, ceiling night light, beautiful stained glass mirror, and a wall of glass turquoise tile.

The full kitchen has custom made cabinets, a ceramic stovetop range, dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, vintage farmhouse sink original to the 1948 cottage, and microwave and is stocked with basic cooking spices. The kitchen is equipped with high quality items and many small appliances including coffee maker, toaster, electric hand mixer, crockpot, dinnerware, glassware, flatware and cookware.

Detailed information on the cottage and area is provided to guests prior to arrival, and there is a selection of brochures in the cottage. The cottage is surrounded by lovely gardens. And there is a nine foot wide bookcase wall full of books of every description (including those on the local historic areas and many for children), board games, and movies. There is something for everyone! Come, relax, and enjoy!

Mama’s Modern Cottage

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Right next door to Aunt Annie’s, this cottage is a rare find! Located on the banks of the historic James River stepping directly out onto the wide white sand beach with access to 180 feet of waterfront and a heated and cooled 38 foot sun porch providing endless views. There are only two cottages 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 escape while being incredibly close to major historic and entertainment sites in every direction including Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, Petersburg, Richmond, Smithfield, Virginia Beach and many other locations.

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 and less than an hour to Historic Old Towne Petersburg – site of the filming of the new PBS series – Mercy Street and many other major films and series including Lincoln and Turn.

Located on land once owned by John Rolfe, husband of Pocahontas, our cottage is directly across the river from historic Jamestowne Island.

Our cottage is the perfect get-a-way with a 38 foot long sunporch with three walls of windows to 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 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, luggage rack, and usb port built into the electric outlets. Wide open windows provide views of either the river or lovely gardens.We provide comfortable mattresses with luxury bed and bath linens, bath toiletries, terry robes, beach towels, bath and kitchen paper products and basic cooking spices.

The sunporch is a favorite hang-out day and night and has a daybed plus chaise lounge and original stress-less lounge chair with ottoman for leisurely day time naps or night time sleeping. The sun porch day bed (twin bed) at night with the ferry lights gliding back and forth across the river is the owner’s favorite sleeping location.

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 reupholstered in 2015 in fabulous vintage inspired designs. Bold color is carried into the bathroom with a European-designed, 50 inch green glass countertop.

We have even extended this mid-century revival through to the lighting. Look up to see funky vintage chrome ball Lightolier track lights 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 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 central HVAC system provides heat and air conditioning for year round enjoyment.

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, 8 cup Cuisinart 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, visiting 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