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HISTORIC WATERFRONT 'OAKLAND' OFF CHESAPEAKE BAY-PRIVATE POOL, DOCK, PETS OK

Owner - Cathleen

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Sleeps13
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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HISTORIC WATERFRONT 'OAKLAND' OFF CHESAPEAKE BAY-PRIVATE POOL, DOCK, PETS OK

Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday home in Mathews - Oakland - Circa 1840

6 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bath, Deepwater Dock, Inground Pool Koi Pond, WiFi CableTV HBO

Set in rural Mathews County, historic Oakland is located on one of the country's many tidal waterways connected to Mobjack or Chesapeake Bays. Situated on a point of land, it has sweeping views on to Oakland Creek, Blackwater Creek and the North River - with easy quick access to Mobjack and the Chesapeake Bay. It is spacious and sleeps 12-13 comfortably.

Mathews is peaceful and serene yet easily accessible from major population centers. It is less than an hour away from all of the Williamsburg attractions (Busch Gardens, Water Country, Jamestown, Yorktown, William and Mary, the Williamsburg Pottery & Prime Outlets). Mathews has 5 public beaches, a lighthouse (the 3rd oldest in the Bay), and a quaint downtown. There are also many outdoor options to supplement any vacation.

Oakland, built in 1840, is full of charm. We've endeavored to keep as many of the original architectural features in place as possible (pull chain toilet, claw foot tub and old door knobs and locks for example) while making it clean, comfortable, well equipped and welcoming to all who visit.

History buffs will enjoy looking for the names, dates and initials etched in the brick chimney in the den and on the original glass window panes (Jane Byrd January 1, 1871 is one example found in the living room). Furnishings and decor have been carefully selected to be comfortable and family friendly. Toys, books, games and outdoor activities are abundant. The outdoor shower with hot and cold water (added Summer 2013) has been a great addition and solves the problem of cleaning off muddy little feet (human and canine) that have been tramping around the shoreline looking for treasures.

Oakland has 6 bedrooms all of which are located on the 2nd floor (K, Q, twin bunks, twin with trundle,2 twins, twin) and it sleeps 11 comfortably. There is also a pull out sofa on the first floor (full size) that can accommodate 2 more guests. There are 4.5 baths, a well equipped kitchen (updated in 2013) - plus a summer kitchen with laundry facilities and a spare fridge and freezer for bait/seafood or kitchen fridge overflow, screened porches and dining area, formal dining and living rooms, plus a spacious den with a flat screen TV, DVD, Wii and computer with internet and Wi-Fi.

Relax with a glass of wine on the dock and watch the sunset, take a dip in the river-front pool (open Memorial Day through Labor Day), fish from the shoreline, hunt for oysters (which are plentiful) at low tide, drop the crab pots in -- or head out in the canoe or sunfish sailboat and explore the tributaries. Children of all ages will enjoy feeding the koi in the decorative pond adjacent to the house (complete with fountain and lily pads!) and will relish running around at night catching lightening bugs on the large lawn. There is also a swing set, slide and sandbox.

If you have a boat, launch from the deep water dock which can accommodate boats of fairly good size. Mobjack Marina is across the creek and is a good place to launch or fuel up. Jet skis (which can be rented locally) are a blast as well. In the evening, enjoy grilling out by the pool or gather around the chiminea and enjoy the nighttime sky. For a real treat, take the family to “Donk’s” (Virginia’s ‘Lil Ol Opry which is situated in a historic old theater) for some live entertainment and a real taste of the local culture.

Special Note: Edgar Allen Poe fans will appreciate the fact that Edgar's sister Rosalie Poe often visited the house (which was owned by Poe family cousins). The Mathews County Historical Society archives contain a letter she wrote that references her time at Oakland.

Oakland is a short drive from Mathews' five public beaches and is less than 15 minutes to the grocery store, ABC store and local restaurants, antique stores and area entertainment. The North Star Market is very nearby and sells basic groceries, bait and gasoline. Downtown Mathews has many shops but it’s larger neighbor Gloucester is 15 minutes away and has larger chain stores and restaurants (Walmart and Home Depot + Ruby Tuesdays and Applebee's + Sweet Frogs for example).

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Mathews County is located in the Chesapeake Bay region of Virginia, on the eastern tip of the Middle Peninsula. The second smallest county in Virginia, Mathews features more than 200 miles of shoreline! It is bordered by the Chesapeake Bay, Mobjack Bay and the Piankatank River. One of the highlights of Mathews County is the New Point Comfort Lighthouse, which marks the entrance to Mobjack Bay. The Narrows Marina on Gwynn's Island offers watersports, and four other marinas are in the community.

There are an abundance of colonial and Civil War sites to explore. Mathews Court House Square is a collection of 18-century and 19th-century buildings along with an active historical society. Its close proximity to Virginia's Historic Triangle -- Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown -- offers addition incentive to visit this coastal community.

Visitors can take advantage of numerous self-guided trails as well as enjoy experienced trail guides on the county's birding, bicycling and driving tours.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner - Cathleen (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010

About Owner - Cathleen

Our family resides nearby but we decided to purchase Oakland as soon a we saw it. It has tremendous appeal for us and we always hate when it is time to pack up and return to work and school. Oakland is new to the rental market (September 2013) and we are looking forward to sharing this special home with others.

Owner - Cathleen purchased this house in 2010

Why Owner - Cathleen chose Mathews

This property has a beautiful view and Mathews reminds me of how Virginia was when I was growing up. Our children and pets love the outdoors and run free without concern of traffic or unwelcome visitors. Mathews locals really could not be more friendly and there is a sense of caring in the community and a respect for the Bay that one does not find elsewhere.

What makes this house unique

Private and affordable, yet an easy commute to all Williamsburg activities and even more distant sites like Norfolk, Richmond, Washington DC and Baltimore.

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Sleeps13
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

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Historic Waterfront 'Oakland' off Chesapeake Bay-Private Pool, Dock, Pets OK
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
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Historic Waterfront 'Oakland' off Chesapeake Bay-Private Pool, Dock, Pets OK
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Mathews Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck
5

Wonderful, fun, Family Getaway

  • 5 out of 5
We had a wonderful stay at Oakland. The owner and her children have thought of everything to make this a wonderful stay for all ages. Our weekend there was filled with fishing, canoeing, crabbing, watching the kids play on the swing set and walking to a nearby farm to see some of the animals. In the evenings the kids played on the Wii that was provided, we read books together (they provide many for all ages and interest), put together a puzzle and just enjoyed hanging out. I have six children ages 1 to 15 and there was something there for all of them, no one was bored for even a moment. The house is wonderful, we had to turn the heat on briefly and it works extremely well! The kitchen is very well appointed, there was nothing more that we needed. For a week stay it would be nice to have a washer and dryer and the owner already said she plans to provide that. We definitely plan to return and I've told many other family members and friends about Oakland. It isn't far from downtown Gloucester but we didn't really venture out because we loved being at Oakland. We especially loved the many back porches and sun rooms where we enjoyed beautiful sunsets. We can't wait to return and enjoy the house in the summer when the pool is open. Thank you for sharing your wonderful home!
  • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Historic Waterfront 'Oakland' off Chesapeake Bay-Private Pool, Dock, Pets OK
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Mathews Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck
5

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 out of 5
Oaklands turned out to be the perfect spot for my family to revisit Mathews for the weekend! Grand old house with tons of charm. As we drove up for the first time, felt like we were stepping back in time to great sprawling Virginia houses with magnificent columns. Lots of space for all of us to spread out; beautiful water views. Truly enjoyed having the family together sharing meals in the spacious dining room. Kids enjoyed fishing off the pier. Plus, the owner was so nice to allow us to bring our 2 golden retrievers....who also thoroughly enjoyed the large grounds.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Historic Waterfront 'Oakland' off Chesapeake Bay-Private Pool, Dock, Pets OK
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Mathews Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck
5

Family from Laurel Maryland

  • 5 out of 5
The property is beautiful and one of the most relaxing places we have ever stayed. We enjoyed sunsets from the dock and felt like we were in paradise. Each day we slid our kayaks into to the quiet creek right from the backyard and were able to paddle out into Mobjack Bay to see herons, fish, turtles, and ducks. Hardly saw any other boaters - it was that private. The house is spacious and welcoming with plenty of space for a large family. We could have cooked in the well-appointed kitchen but had more fun heading to Mathews, a very short trip, to sample some really nice restaurants there. Highly recommend the property and hope to return.
  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Mathews Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck
Pennsylvania
5

Great Mini-Vacation!

  • 5 out of 5
I was so glad when I found Oakland on VRBO because history, water, and my dogs are three of my favorite things. The description of Oakland was promising me all three of these things in one easy package and it didn’t disappoint.
It was dark outside when we arrived; thankfully we only missed the driveway twice to get to the house. Your GPS will not work- there is no signal. Also, my cell phone (AT&T) lost service as well, so be prepared with paper directions and a map if you are unfamiliar with the area. However, even in the dark, coming down the long tree lined driveway and seeing the house for the first time was spectacular.
None of the pictures posted do the house justice. The house is beautiful; it was like stepping back into a different era. Even though it is old, it felt like a home that was lived in and loved. Kids don’t have to be afraid to play there in fear of breaking something. You can see the water from every room so no matter where you go, you are surrounded by beauty.
There were only two of us, but we easily could have fit 10+ more in the house without feeling crammed. At sunset, this would be an amazing venue for a wedding! My favorite spot, along with both my dogs, was the screened porch in the back of the house. I could have sat there all day and watched all the happenings on the water. My fiancé had a blast fishing and crabbing from the dock and at low tide going down to the water’s edge to look at the hundreds of little crabs in the mud. We never really felt a need to leave the house since there was just so many different things to do on the property itself.
My only wish was that it would have been a little warmer so we could have used the pool. But our visit was late in the season and we really weren’t expecting to have any pool time. We will definitely be making plans to take our entire family to Oakland for a week in the summer to fully enjoy everything it has to offer.
If you are looking for an old house with charm and lots of character, rent this house & you won’t be sorry! If you are looking for a five star resort- you should probably look in another county for a Sheraton.
  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Historic Waterfront 'Oakland' off Chesapeake Bay-Private Pool, Dock, Pets OK
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Mathews Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck
Northern Maryland
5

Friends and Fun

  • 5 out of 5
Our group of 8 had a wonderful time. The house is a unique piece of history...and as such was straight out of the 1800's. With that in mind, renters need to expect and appreciate the antique plumbing/windows/creeks of the home. We loved it. The pool was not as clean as it should have been but went in anyway. The dock was wonderful and our pups enjoyed hours of swimming. The owner was very accomodating and responded quickly. I would recommend this house for a quiet escape.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly
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Mathews Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck
Elon, NC
5

Fun, fun, fun!

  • 5 out of 5
We had a blast staying at Oakland for the weekend. Our group had several adults and kids ranging in age from 2 to 13 and there was never a dull moment. We especially enjoyed the pool, crabbing and fishing at the dock, using the canoe and sailboat, playing on the playset, and playing ball games in the big yard. The house was very spacious and had a lot of character. The isolated location was very peaceful and quiet, great for stargazing at night (we saw many shooting stars). We also witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. The owner was very prompt at getting back to me whenever I had a question and very pleasant in all her correspondence. It was definitely a trip to remember.
  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Williamsburg Newport News
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Williamsburg
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Route 17, Interstate 64
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Mathews has 5 Public Beaches
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Many options in Williamsburg!
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Many options in Gloucester and Mathews
Car: necessary

Mathews County, the “Pearl of the Chesapeake!” Mathews is Virginia’s second-smallest county land-wise, with over 200 miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline. Rich in centuries of maritime tradition, the county’s quiet country roads lead past stately historic homes to the river’s edge and a life of boating, kayaking, fishing, sailing, and just plain un-commercialized relaxation. You’ll find a wonderful assortment of specialty shops and restaurants throughout the county, with the majority lining our quaint Main Street in Mathews Court House. Art is abundant and spending the night is simply a great experience. Our annual festivals, such as Mathews Market Days, the Gwynn’s Island Festival, and the Tour de Chesapeake, provide a showcase for community pride and creativity. The Visitor & Information Center is located in the Victorian-era Sibley’s General Store, located at 239 Main Street. Visit Mathews for a weekend, and you’ll be tempted to stay for a lifetime.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Mathews, Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck

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Late Summer/Fall
8 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
2 night minimum stay
$662
for 2 nights
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$310
 
 
Nov/December
1 Nov 2014 - 21 Nov 2014
2 night minimum stay
$620
for 2 nights
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$289
 
 
Thanksgiving
22 Nov 2014 - 29 Nov 2014
4 night minimum stay
$1,407
for 4 nights
From
$341
 
 
Nov/December
30 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
2 night minimum stay
$620
for 2 nights
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$289
 
 
Christmas
20 Dec 2014 - 28 Dec 2014
4 night minimum stay
$1,407
for 4 nights
From
$341
 
 
New Year
30 Dec 2014 - 1 Jan 2015
2 night minimum stay
$724
for 2 nights
From
$341
 
 
Off Season
2 Jan 2015 - 15 Mar 2015
2 night minimum stay
$567
for 2 nights
From
$262
 
 
Spring
16 Mar 2015 - 17 May 2015
2 night minimum stay
$662
for 2 nights
From
$310
 
 
Late Spring
18 May 2015 - 7 Jun 2015
2 night minimum stay
$724
for 2 nights
From
$341
 
 
Peak Season 2015
8 Jun 2015 - 5 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
$2,614
for 7 nights
$2,614
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Linen Service $40 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes $500 deposit towards rental required to reserve date; balance of payment is due 60 days prior to visit.

$50 flat pet fee.

Smaller groups/couples may contact me for discounted rates.

June 15 through Labor Day - full week rentals only (Sat 4PM check in -Sat 11AM checkout )

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mathews in Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Heating ...
  • Living Room
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Kitchen ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Green bathroom - toilet , tub , Claw and ball tub, accessed via hallway
    Black and White Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Shared between angled ceiling bedroom and waterview bedroom
    1st Floor Half Bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , adjacent to master bedroom quaint original pull chain toilet
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower , Hot and Cold water; adjacent to garage and pool
    Goose bathroom - Shared between Queen bedroom and bedroom with bunks
  • Towels are provided for all baths.
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Ship's Lantern Room - 1 queen , Queen bed, dresser, night stand
    Master - 1 king , King bed, dresser, non working fireplace, waterview, TV/DVD
    Waterview Room over Breezeway - 2 twin/ single , Two twin beds, DVD/TV with views to river
    Aqua Room - 2 twin/ single , Twin bed with twin trundle; waterview, dresser, DVD
    Blue Room - 2 bunk bed , Twin bunk beds, dresser, water views
    Angled Ceiling Room - 1 twin/ single , twin 'boat bed' , built in dresser, TV,waterview
  • 6 bedrooms; 4.5 baths. All bedrooms and all full baths are on the second floor and are accessible via two staircases - one at either end of the house. Towels are provided, however bed linens are to be provided by guests (unless linen service is requested).
Entertainment:
  • Video Library
  • Video Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Games ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • water parks
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • deepsea fishing
  • hunting small game
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • parasailing
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
Notes:
Deep water dock, private location on 3.5 acres, nearby marina (less than 1/2 mile), fire pit, koi pond, canoe and/or sunfish sailboat available upon request.
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