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Chilton House, relax and refresh w waterfront recreation, gorgeous sunset views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Comfortable, thoughtful accommodation for 8-9, 5 BR, 3 BA, gorgeous views

The Chilton Summer House offers abundant comfort, recreation, and relaxation for your family and friends on Virginia's Northern Neck. Situated on the wide expanse of the Rappahannock just upstream from the Chesapeake Bay, the water views are endless and the sunsets are spectacular. The Chilton Summer House is located about 20 minutes by land, ferry, or water from the Kilmarnock/Irvington area, where you can discover the trendy shops, restaurants, antiques, art galleries and golf courses. Nearby Belle Isle State Park offers boat and bike rentals and walking trails. Rich historical sites are a short drive. Too ambitious? Then just relax on the veranda or doze in the hammock on the riverbank. The bright and spacious home is located on a quiet gravel lane with plenty of privacy. The large great room looks out on the water. TV room is separate. Full bath and 1 BR on the first floor. 2 baths and 2 2-bedroom suites on the 2nd floor. Indoor or outdoor dining. Come and enjoy!

Northern Neck Sightseeing and Activities: -Stratford Hall - Lee family ancestral home on the Potomac; beautiful example of Virginian Colonial architecture and excellent historical tour; nice gift shop, walking trails and restaurant on the expansive property

-Martha Ball Washington museum, Lancaster - home of George Washington's mother

-Historic Christ Church in Irvington

-Reedsville Fisherman's museum

-Motorboat, kayak, and bike rentals at Belle Isle State Park

-Saturday night concerts at Belle Isle State Park

-Westmoreland Berry Farm

-Ferry to Tangier Island

-Charter boat fishing on the Chesapeake

-Antiques and art galleries in Kilmarnock/Irvington

-Golf in Kilmarnock/Irvington

-Restaurants and shops in Kilmarnock/Irvington

-Easy day trip to Williamsburg

-Easy day trip to Mount Vernon and DC museums

Golf, marinas, charters: LOTS more photos available. Contact bajosselyn@

Golf lovers in your group? Check out the variety of golf courses in and around Kilmarnock - Golden Eagle, The Tartan, and others.

Nearby Marinas - Greenvale Marina on the Rappahannock, and Yankee Point Marina on the Carrotoman.

Charter boats, out of irvington and Weems.

Parties and Weddings: For parties and weddings: The Chilton Summer House is not equipped for large parties - but there are great party and wedding facilities available at nearby Belle Isle State Park. We'll be happy to accomodate your wedding party or guests, but regret that the Chilton House cannot host the actual celebration.

More Details

Barbara Josselyn
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 June, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lancaster in Lancaster County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , 2 sinks
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Bathrooms are spacious, upstairs bathrooms having 2 sinks and a separate room for shower and toilet.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Bedroom plus upstairs TV area
  • One bedroom with double bed and one full bath on the first floor. Two 2-bedroom suites each with a shared bath and river view on the second floor. Suite 1 has a Queen bed in each bedroom with large bathroom in the middle. Suite 2 has 2 rooms, a Queen bed, 2 twin beds, and a private seating area overlooking the water. A PacnPlay is available for babies - request in advance.
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • 8 garden chairs
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
2 kayaks, water toys, rope hammock, games, dart board, ice cream maker, large gas grill, Adirondack chairs, outdoors dining area on deck, covered porch, spacious yard, small dock with stairs to water, sandy bottom, gradual drop in water level, great fireplace for spring and fall, outdoor firepit, ceiling fans


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Chilton House, relax and refresh w waterfront recreation, gorgeous sunset views
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Lovely house on the water

  • 5 of 5

This house is very comfortable with plenty of room for large groups. The layout was nice, with plenty of space for group activities and also room to get away from the group for some quiet time. Be sure to check out Northern Neck burger in Kilmarnock for a really great burger. It's close to lots of good kayaking and hiking. I know everyone says it, but the sunsets on the river are truly unbelievable! We stayed over new year's and it was too cold to get in the water, but we will definitely be back in warmer weather.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to share this special place with you! April is not too soon to get on the water, and sometimes we get a break much earlier. The fireplace, a good book, some good music and the sunsets over the water make for a nice winter retreat. I'll look forward to your return!
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Perfect weekend!

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect weekend! This is a spacious house with an amazing view--the pictures don't capture the size of the rooms or the beauty of the river. It was the annual trip for 7 former college roommates, and we had everything we needed to enjoy a relaxing weekend. We especially appreciated the well-stocked kitchen and large dining table to enjoy our meals. But our favorite part of the day was watching the sunset over the River (with dolphins) on the back porch--truly awesome!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights here in September. The house has plenty of space and is well stocked with kitchen supplies and basically everything you will need for your vacation. The view is georgeous, as is the house. I think we will be returning one day!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a week long stay with 4 generations (80- 10 months) and each and every one of us had an incredible time. The views are outstanding and can be enjoyed inside, outside, upstairs, and down. There was so much room for all of us to both be together- and find pockets of alone time too. They provided for all of our needs- towels, linens, appliances- they had it all. The well appointed kitchen made it is easy to eat at home all week long- and really, once you get here you won't want to leave. There were games, kayaks, floats, and of course the wonderful river with little beach that was perfect for the kiddos. We kayaked, sawm, napped in the hammock, and just enjoyed the beauty of nature. In town we went to a charming small town parade for the 4th and got to watch fireworks shoot off over the river from the comfort of the backyard. Truly a dream location! Barbara was such a delight to work with, charming and accommodating. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Samantha Thank you so much! It is because it is such a relaxing and comfortable place that we enjoy sharing it with other families. And always so gratifying to hear stories like yours about generations relaxing and playing together!
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Amazing Sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the Chilton House do NOT do it justice! As soon as you walk in the door you are hit in the face by the beautiful views of the river! Sunset on the river is amazing. The house has everything you could possible imagine and then some!

We made trips to Williamsburg, Busch Gardens & Water Country USA. After that we were ready to just relax. The Chilton House was perfect for relaxation and hanging by the water all day. If you are in the house relaxing, it is hard to find a window without a view.

Thank you for sharing your amazing vacation home with us!

The Ritter Family and The Williams Family

Mount Gilead and Cardington, Ohio

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fine time on the river

  • 5 of 5

Chilton House is terrific, the pictures do not quite do it justice. It is a lovely up to date house and was a wonderful place for our family to gather this past August. Ten of us were able to stay there in comfort, it might be a squeeze for more, but possible... plenty of couches. The rambling layout on the ground floor is well suited for large groups. There is a great open kitchen and plenty of space for people to spread out. The location is remote but wonderful with the river just down the wide grassy bank in front of the house and a small dock for fishing or launching the small fleet of available water toys (3 kayaks, numerous large floats). For nature lovers and those who enjoy their own company this is an ideal getaway, birds and fish abound, on a couple of occasions we were able to kayak right amongst dolphin! For those who want more in the way of evening entertainment than fabulous sunsets and herons headed home to roost, this might not be a good fit as the small surrounding towns are a good ways off and there didn't seem to be much going on in them. There is history on the peninsula, though, and wonderful old churches, the birthplaces of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and James Monroe, picturesque farms and villages, and a growing vineyard scene (not to mention nearly empty roads) making daytime exploration of the area, by car or bike, a pleasure.We brought our own canoe and the mild nature of the river was ideal for paddling, bird watching (Osprey, Eagles, Herons), and fishing. We fed the whole family one night on croaker pulled that day from the river and grilled whole on the available gas grill. Delicious! The nearest shopping is about 15 miles away so it is a good idea to stock up when you shop or bring food with you. There are farm stands in the area for fresh produce and be sure to try boiling or steaming blue crabs. A local delicacy that is well worth the effort in the eating. Drawbacks? When the winds drop or shift from landward there can be a lot of biting flies to contend with. If it were my house I would screen in either the area under the portico or the deck outside the kitchen. Skeeters, flies, and other nibblers were my family's main complaint, and with the sweet evening breezes it was frustrating to have to stay inside. We were also concerned about stinging nettles in the water, but it seems that in late August they die off. We saw few. In all, Chilton House provided my family a great place for an active summer get together.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Chilton Summer House is located on the Northern Neck of Virginia, one of the Mid-Atlantic's best kept secrets. Only 2 1/2 hours from Washington, DC and 1 1/2 hours from Richmond or Fredericksburg, it is an easily accessible stress-free drive and a perfect location for a family vacation or romantic getaway. Fish, swim, or go boating from the dock. Discover the golf courses and shops in Irvington, or the birthplace of Robert E. Lee in Stratford. Or travel by boat to Urbanna, directly across the river. Belle Isle State Park is just minutes away, where you can walk the trails, rent a bike, canoe, kayak or motorboat. Public boat landings are nearby on both the Rappahannock and the Corrotoman Rivers. While there is plenty of recreation and activity right on the property and in the immediate area, Williamsburg and Washington DC are easy day trips. Don't forget to leave time to relax, glide the water in a kayak or float, watch the wildlife, nap in the hammock and enjoy the sunset!

Other Activities: Boating, kayaking, Williamsburg, Northern Neck history tours, day trip to DC museums


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £37.64
Damage Deposit £150.58

Taxes, linens, towels, and cleaning are included. Damage Deposit: $200
Discount available for guests bringing own linens and towels.
Check-in and check-out times are flexible

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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