Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4-5)
Why Deena Allen chose Surry
My aunt and uncle purchased this lot in 1948 and built the cottage themselves over the next three years. My mother and father purchased the cottage next door in 1947. Another aunt and uncle purchased the lots on the other side of my parents cottage and built a cottage there (now referred to as the Pink House). We spent most of our summers at these river cottages while children growing up. Although we have experienced many hurricanes over the past 67 years, Hurricane Isabel took her toll on Aunt Annie's cottage and the entire tidewater Virginia area in 2003 when several other waterside cottages and most piers were washed away along with part of the Scotland Wharf ferry structure. Virginia sustained significant damage during Hurricane Isabel with blocked roads, severe coastal and inland flooding, wave surge, and damage, weeks without power and devastated beach communities. Aunt Annie's cottage has been restored since Hurricane Isabel and decorated with a combination of mostly antique and vintage furnishings with heavy hurricane shutters on the waterside to provide protection. The 1949 items that remain include the original white porcelain farmhouse kitchen sink, the claw foot tub, brass wall sconces in each of the bedrooms, the interior knotty pine paneling walls, the original hardwood floors, and the wooden wall shelves and mirrors in each of the bedrooms handmade by the owner's grandfather. The only furniture in the cottage salvaged from the hurricane are the beautiful cedar four poster bed and dressing table made by Aunt Annie's father in 1950 for her new summer "river cottage." The bed, dressing table and bench continue to reside in the "back'" bedroom now named the "Williamsburg Bedroom." We call the waterside the front of the house should you get confused by my references.
What makes this Cottage unique
There are only a handful of riverfront cottages for short-term rent on the James River and even fewer with level, direct water and beach access. Our two cottages are the only cottages level with the beach providing "walk out the door" access to the river and beach. Most of the other river front cottages are set high on a bluff or cliff with many steps to climb. Our cottage is located on land level with the beach and close to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Smithfield and other historic sites including Petersburg and Richmond. Smithfield (about a 30 minute drive) is a great spot for antiquing, shopping. and great food. Our favorite shops are Laura and Lucy's and Wharf Hill Antiques. Smithfield also has several excellent restaurants for lunch or dinner. If cooking is not on your vacation menu, take the 15 minute ferry ride to The Chickahominy House Restaurant on Jamestown Road about four miles from the ferry pier (on the Jamestown side) for wonderful breakfasts and lunches. Five Forks Cafe, also about five minute drive from the Jamestown Ferry dock, is a great breakfast spot that is good for children.. Google both for their menus. I recommend lunch at The Old Chickahominy House Restaurant and prefer Miss Melinda's Special of brunswick stew, Edward's ham biscuits, fruit fruit salad, iced tea, and a slice of homemade pie all for a very special price. The coconut custard pie is out of this world. Call ahead from the ferry and talk to Dan or Maxine (tell them you are on the ferry) and ask to be put on their seating list.
non smoking only
pets not allowed
The river is shallow for children to play.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Rental Agreement will be emailed after booking and must be returned.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Cute little cottage
We had the unfortunate timing of arriving on the same day as Hurricane Dorian, however Deena was great and kept us up to date with any concerns for the area. I could not have asked for someone more helpful!
The location of the cottage was exactly what we needed – next to the ferry was perfect for the Patriots Triathlon at the Jamestown Event Beach Park. My husband was participating and he was able to go over to the event early, while I followed up later with our two boys in a stroller. It was so nice to not have to worry about a car that day. The ferry was also easy to use to connect to other areas of Jamestown/Williamsburg. The ferry did kind of impact our ability to enjoy the outdoor space (just not our favorite to look at and be near 24/7 as well as some noise) but that is to be expected based on the proximity.
The cottage is definitely small but overall had everything we needed. Our boys (ages 2 & 4) enjoyed playing on the beach and in the river. Deena even had beach toys which they appreciated!
Great site on the James River
The cottage looks just like the pictures. The location is perfect and right next to the ferry. Deena was very helpful and provided many recommendations of places to go and eat. We had everything we needed at the cottage and were able to relax out by the water in the evenings. Highly recommend staying here. It’s great for families. There were fishing poles and kayaks which is also great for kids that are a bit older. The beach kept them busy and entertained. We had a great time and the site was a huge part of why.
Thank you, Melissa, for your review. We are glad that your family enjoyed the cottage, the outdoor beach fun, the historic sites, and your the trip to Virginia's Historic area. Thank you for your interest in our cottage. It is great to see families having fun. Deena
Hidden Historic Treasure!
Simply amazing! This cottage did not disappoint! One of the main reasons for selecting this cottage was the location. The ferry was so convenient and landed us exactly where we wanted to tour. The beach was incredibly peaceful and private. Gorgeous sunrises and the most inviting shaded area for the afternoons. The full wall library was a readers delight! Particularly the books on local history! So many fascinating "reads". All accommodations were simply perfect. We enjoyed so many of the unique items as well. The big rock/door stop.....the blackbird pie.....the corner cabinet....claw and ball footed bath tub. I could go on and on.... Great place to stay for sure!! We plan to return again soon. Thank you for allowing us to stay and enjoy your treasures!
Thank you for your comprehensive review. We are glad that you enjoyed the cottage and the area and hope to see you again. Deena
Cute cottage on the James River.
The cottage was very cute. It was stocked with everything you would need. They were extra helpful when we needed extra linens. It was nice to stay in a private cottage, much better that a motel. The ferry was right by the cottage it was interesting to watch and not too noisy.
Thank you for your review of our cottager. We are so glad that you and your husband had a nice stay at our cottage. We truly appreciate the pictures that your husband took. They are just wonderful and will be a great addition to our listing. Sincerely, Deena
We loved our family getaway to this magical cottage! Lovely garden and cotttage provided a wonderful home base for our trip to Williamsburg and Jamestowne. The cottage is beautifully decorated. The kitchen is very well appointed. The bedrooms very comfortable. This wonderful beachside property on the river was a delightful place for my daughter to play.
Thank you for your nicer note. I am happy to hear that your family enjoyed the cottage and that your daughter enjoyed playing in the water and on the beach. We hope to see you again. Deena
Perfect Virginia Getaway
This adorable cottage is beautifully furnished and decorated. It has a floor to ceiling bookshelf - complete with a kid's section! The fully stocked kitchen has everything you need to whip up a gourmet dinner. Beautiful beach with kayaks and life vests provided. Kick back on the pier or take the quick ferry ride into Jamestown to brush up on your American history. Great location, wonderful hospitality, I can't say enough good things!!
Owner's pier at property right next door is available to rental guests for fishing, sunbathing, or just sitting. Enjoy swimming in the river. Bring your boat and dock it at owners pier. Fishing rods and reels and fishing tackle box provided. Two kayaks available for use of rental guests.