The SpaceThe entire upstairs, with TWO BEDROOMS and a private bath, will accommodate up to three adults in YOUR party. No one outside you or your group will be sharing the rooms.
The "Garden Room" bedroom has pillow top twin beds. The "Chesapeake" bedroom has a comfortable twin size day bed with mattress topper. It's perfect for an optional third person in your party OR if two people want to sleep in separate rooms. It contains a work area and chair for your laptop, etc. A recliner in this room is great for snuggling up with a good book. There is a new mini-fridge and microwave for your use, also. A full bathroom with tub/shower is located between the two bedrooms. There are no other rooms on this floor, so the ENTIRE UPSTAIRS IS YOUR PRIVATE SANCTUARY.
Wireless Internet access is available. A TV in the room with twin beds allows you to select movies and TV shows from Netflix or Amazon. If you want to watch cable TV, you may have the living room solely for your own use.
If you prefer to use the kitchen, the refrigerator, stove, microwave, toaster, and Keurig coffee maker (stocked with coffee, tea, and hot chocolate pods) are available in the kitchen on the first floor for your use. The kitchen and fridge is stocked with some easy to prepare foods suitable for breakfast, to which you are welcome. We have filtered water available if you desire something other than tap water.
Please note: PLEASE READ SEVERAL REVIEWS WHEN EVALUATING OUR HOME AS A PLACE TO STAY. Here's why: ONLY ONE review, out of 20, mentioned a pet odor. However, it was conclusively determined that there was NO PET ODOR and this was verified by several people, including the following guest, who was an OSHA inspector! The problem of an odor (detected by only 2 of the 5 people in the home at the time, and in only one small area), was due to very rare ground saturation DURING Hurricane Matthew (Yes, the guests still wanted to stay here after we alerted them that the hurricane was going to hit our area!). This caused some sluggishness to the septic system -- about which we alerted the potential guests before they came. NO evidence of pet generated odor was ever found. This situation was limited to time of the hurricane. No other similar concerns have been stated by our guests before or after this one occurrence. Be assured we strive very hard to keep our home very clean so that our guests (and we) can enjoy the surroundings. (Unfortunately we could not edit the typos in our response to the guests comments, but you can see we followed through with investigating their concern and determined the actual cause.)
Guests are invited to enjoy the screened-in back porch for eating, rocking, relaxing, or taking a nap in the hammock. A ceiling fan helps to keep the breezes going in warm weather.
An iron and ironing board is located in the closet in one of the bedrooms. A fan is located in each of the upstairs closets for those who enjoy the sound and feel of an electric fan while sleeping. A sound machine is in each bedroom for those who prefer white noise for sleeping at night or when taking a nap.
We utilize a wood stove/fireplace quite a lot in the winter because of the special warmth it produces. However, central heat and air helps keep the temperature comfortable. Also, there is an ancillary heater available if you desire a VERY warm room in the winter.
Children 6 and over are welcome, but need to be supervised because we have a small dog and have a waterfront home. Children under six will be considered on a request by request basis. Book for a week and receive a 10% discount. Guest AccessParking is plentiful, convenient, and free. Please give us an estimated time of arrival a day or two before so we can adjust our schedule if necessary, or have someone available to let you in and show you around. We would appreciate a call if you find that you are running early or late. Check in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at 11:00 a.m. unless other arrangements are possible to work out. A key will be provided for you to have access to the home during your stay. A $30 fee will be charged for any lost keys. Interaction with GuestsWe are a professional couple and have a small dog, "Tessie", an 12 year old rat terrier who is our security alarm. She is NOT ALLOWED UPSTAIRS in the guest area. She will welcome you with energetic barking and will probably immediately bring you one of her toys because she thinks you came just to play with her. Simply ignore her, or play with her, as you desire. ( NOTE: ONLY one out of 19 reviews mentioned a pet odor. This was proven NOT to be the case. You can read the explanation above for more information.) Due to our respective careers, we are in and out of the house at all hours of the day, one leaving very early and the other sometimes coming home fairly late. We enjoy guests, but will take our cue from you regarding interaction and conversation. If you prefer just to come and go, that is fine. If you enjoy some good conversation, we do, too, as our schedule and your schedule allows. The NeighborhoodLocated 10 to 15 minutes from historic Smithfield, and conveniently located to places of interest from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, our home is tucked away in a wooded area, with water and wildlife right behind the house. The neighborhood is a place in which it is enjoyable to walk, bike, or run. There are water and marsh views to take in as you explore. People love to kayak close by. We don't have a kayak, but do have a dock to put one in. Guest access to a nearby gym (ANYTIME Fitness --5 minutes away, open 24 hours) is available for $10 per day per person, and is, of course, free if you are a member. YMCA members can use a pool and gym located about 10 minutes away, just across the James River Bridge. Even though we live in a small community, it offers several places to eat. In addition to fast food places, close by is one of the best Japanese restaurants and also one of the best barbecue places in Hampton Roads. A Mexican restaurant, a new steak and seafood restaurant, two primarily seafood restaurants (right ON the James River and one on Bennett's Creek), regular and emergency medical facilities, grocery store, and gas stations are about 5 to 10 minutes away. More shopping and restaurants are located within a 15 minute drive. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation nearby, so you will need a car. The neighborhood is located just off Hwy 17, a major corridor which connects to I64 and I664 directly. Drives to most area tourist attractions, military bases, and universities, etc. are pretty straightforward and not too complicated. Visit historic Smithfield one day (15 minutes away), Colonial Williamsburg another (45 - 50 minutes away), Busch Gardens the next (40 minutes), Norfolk Botanical Gardens the next (40 minutes), and then the Norfolk Zoo (40 minutes) There are enough attractions to keep on going. Don't forget to enjoy some time in the sun at the ocean front of Virginia Beach (55 minutes) , Buckroe Beach on the Chesapeake Bay (30 minutes), or Huntington Beach (less than 10 minutes away on the James River) just across the James River Bridge from Carrollton . We are less than 10 minutes from the shipyard in Newport News, 20 minutes from Langley A(SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN), about 20 to 25 minutes to Norfolk Naval Base, 25 minutes to Christopher Newport University and the Ferguson Center for the Arts, the Marine Museum, and the Living Museum as well as other attractions. Nauticus, Chrysler Hall and Museum of Art, plus the McArthur Memorial are located about 35 minutes away in Norfolk. You can take I-64 or Hwy. 60 to Williamsburg and Busch Gardens (a 40 - 45 minute drive) or drive up Hwy 10 past Smithfield and take the James River Ferry over to Jamestown to see the Jamestown Settlement and then on in to Williamsburg. Other Things to NoteWe request that you tell us something about yourself, the reason for your trip, and if you are not coming alone, who will be with you, when you make your inquiry. If any children are in your party, please give their ages. Children under 12 are considered on a case by case basis. Only the members in your party you let us know about when you inquire or request to book will be able to stay. When you book, if you would like a list of area attractions, from Williamsburg to Virginia Beach -- including their web sites -- so you can plan your trip better, let me know and I'll send it via email. The list starts with Smithfield, full of early American history, delightful shops, and great places to eat, just a few minutes away.