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Retreats at the River


Considering a private getaway in a quiet, rural setting.  

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RETREATS AT THE RIVER

Emily Carter
Mar 20 6 minutes read

Willow Oaks

Elegant Simplicity with a Chesapeake Bay View

With architectural inessentials stripped away this home reveals an awareness of the powerful character of the setting: striking views of the bay and narrow barrier island, sandy shoreline, and reflections of the moon on the shimmering Rappahannock River. “Willow Oaks,” built-in 1854, was a small fisherman’s cottage. The house was substantially renovated in 2013-2014 with energy efficiency in mind.  A new brick and block foundation seals the crawlspace. Hardie-plank siding, durable roof and three zones of HVAC with internet controls were installed. The abundant use of glass (insulated windows and doors) highlight the spectacular view and embrace the sound of waves lapping the shoreline while capturing the gentle bay breezes. The light-filled interior includes two drawing rooms, a simple, yet elegant open kitchen, formal dining room and family room with mudroom on the waterside. There are two generous master suites plus a bright guestroom with bath. The focus in each space was to mix modern and natural elements and the result is a luxe yet relaxed home. The park-like grounds of lawn and mature trees lead to the water. On the water’s edge is a spacious deck that connects to the private dock with boat lift. Willow Oaks is a classic Tidewater home that has been transformed to a stunning coastal retreat.


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Forest Green

Private Pool with Tranquil Water Views

Ensconced in an intimate and private spot, this coastal retreat provides a solitary refuge, as well as a shared vacation home. The house forges a strong relationship with the water and outdoor living in a multitude of ways. It sits on the edge of the creek, which leads to the river onto the Bay, while a stunning swimming pool sits at one side of the house. A screened porch and open deck overlook the private dock. Offering one-floor living, the house has a contemporary quality by combining clean lines with large amounts of glass. The bright living room illustrates the attention to detail: large, framed windows highlight the Creek view, beaded baseboard, handsome crown molding, bespoke mantle and fireplace surround, even custom-made decorative register covers. The cozy dining room with fireplace expands to the waterside open deck. With custom, cream-paneled cabinetry, classic stainless-steel appliances, tasteful gray flooring, corner fireplace and a granite counter with a grain that blends all these elements, the kitchen is every cook’s dream. The bedroom wing includes the master suite, which flows out onto the pool terrace and enjoys a view of the water and two gracious guest rooms on the waterside. The deck, screened porch and pool terrace create delightful outdoor venues to relax and enjoy the natural, coastal setting and enchanting views. The private dock with boat lift provides a protected harbor for a boat. This exceptional and private property is a perfect setting for a casual coastal lifestyle and endless carefree days on the river and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay.


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Carters Creek

Classic Tidewater Retreat on Carters Creek

On Carters Creek, this classic river house epitomizes the affable lifestyle of Virginia’s rural coast. Mature landscaping frames the timeless design that possesses great orientation with southwest exposure. This enchanting home exudes character and cordiality with the convenience of all local amenities. Elements of warm wood floors, double-hung windows, and brick chimneys enhance the captivating design. The large living room with fireplace leads to a light-filled waterside cove room, providing splendid views of the Creek. Also opening to the cove room, the gracious dining features a handsome fireplace flanked by corner cottage china closets. The country kitchen is bright and inviting. A private deck, overlooking the creek, is the highlight of the waterside, first-floor master bedroom wing.  The second floor has two delightful bedrooms that share a bath, a small kitchen, and an enclosed porch with panoramic creek views.  The grounds allow for gardening and outdoor activities. The private pier is equipped with two boat lifts, plus a deep-water slip. A workshop and quaint garden shed offer storage. This timeless, coastal farm-style home channels a relaxed coastal charm.

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Heron Landing

Stately Home with Wide River Views

Over 30 acres of lawn, woods, and wetlands, provide a stunning backdrop to this stately home on the Pamunkey River. The Tidewater design features light oak flooring, 10-foot ceilings, detailed crown moldings, and wainscoting. Most rooms have two walls of windows, providing natural light and views of the River. Highlighting the living room are a marble fireplace and a wall of windows, facing the river. French doors lead to a large porch with herringbone brick floor and arched screens. The spacious dining room shares this porch and a slate terrace. The kitchen blends timeless Geneva cabinets and contemporary elements such as tile floors and marble counters. A cozy library with fireplace, paneled walls, and bookshelves create a quiet respite. The family room with bamboo floors is ideal as an exercise space or office. With a private entrance, the main floor guest suite with bath is very quiet. A bay window sitting area is the delight of the master suite. This luxurious suite has a laundry and two baths with dressing rooms. In addition to 2 guest rooms, there is a private suite with back stairs to the kitchen. Amenities include a guest cottage, 5-bay garage, pier with 2 boat lifts.


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