On the River 2BR1BA - whole 2nd flr

House - Entire home/apt · Hilton Terrace, Newport News, VA 23601, United States

The Space

We have several rooms on the second floor, but once you book, whether single or a group, we do not rent to any others; you have the entire floor and don't have to share it with strangers. However, if you're coming for an event and want to split the cost to save a little, we've had a houseful; some knew each other before, some met through our page. It was less expensive for them to combine their resources and room together.

I've booked accommodations thru airbnb and found it easy to use, but as a host, I still get complaints from those who don't understand when they see a per person additional price ($30) and/or the airbnb service charge as they are booking. It's worth the extra service charge: if you have complaints about the host or the accommodations, they will resolve your problem. The price comes up once you enter dates and # of people in your party, so you can see what you are getting before you pay. We rely on their expertise and could not do this without airbnb, so please don't ask us to contact you through your website or email unless you have booked.

If our place is out of your comfort zone budgetwise, this area has plenty of hotels without a view, some as low as $40 per night, last I checked. We don't offer discounts for children.

We have a 135lb female blue dane and a rapidly growing dane puppy (8mo 3/9/14). If you're not a dog person, they might be a disturbance rather than a pleasure. We don't shut them off; they have the run of the first floor; after they meet guests they are easygoing and tend to sleep all day anyway. Once in a while, someone books for a group where one doesn't like dogs, or is allergic, which means their trip is not as nice as it could have been; WE ARE TELLING YOU NOW so this doesn't happen to you. We don't shut the dogs out of the first floor anymore, so make sure that if someone in your party is afraid of dogs, they know this. You may shut the dogs out of the second floor, of course; you'll have a door that locks.

You'll have the entire 2nd floor to yourself, and, if you wish, use of 1st fl...you can choose to have privacy upstairs for meals (refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker) or use our kitchen to make what you want from the supplies we have. FIrst floor has dining room and/or bar; the deck is nice for coffee (or meals when it's not too windy or cold); the overlook is great for cocktails and view. Our backyard is garden beds (you're welcome to cut flowers for your room). Gardenias bloom mid-June thru July. We landscaped for privacy and quiet: we love our views of the 5-mi-wide James River and sky; at night, the distant lights of the JR bridge and the other shore. We still wake up every morning and look out at the river and sky and think how lucky we are; some nights the moon is so bright and its reflection on the river so wide that it wakes us up.

We live on the first floor; those who want company can find us if we are home, and those who want orivacy come and go as they please. We're fine either way. What could be worse than a host who wants to chat all the time or push a big breakfast on you when all you want is a cuppa joe and a sweet roll or a piece of fruit. We always have breakfast supplies to satisfy all tastes (so far) and sometimes cook for our guests; this is all totally up to you and your schedule. When you book I always ask what you want in the room or kitchen. Specify if you need gluten free, or vegan (etc); it's not a big deal to us. There are always some snacks and drinks in the upstairs refrigerator.

Humble cottage, great view: near historic Hilton Village (USA's 1st federal housing, designed in WWI). Expansive views of James River from every room. Safe, walk-at-night, non-cookie-cutter 1940s neighborhood; street parking, walk to small fishing pier & playground only a block down the st, or children's park "Fort Fun" plus picnic area and field, stocked fishing pond, James River fishing pier and famous not-a-chain Crab Shack, half-moon beach, tennis courts/rose garden at Huntington; or head for the one-of-a-kind shopping/dining of Hilton Village (we walk, but it's a one-minute drive). The Village boasts Newport News' two best restaurants (99 Main and Circa 1919) and both have decent bars, usually full of locals.

We are within WALKING distance of Amtrak. With luggage, maybe a slog, but we can get you to and from the station...or the airport at NN (PHF). Norfolk (20 miles, 45 mins) and Richmond (1 hr) airports may have transportation other than cab lines. It's too far for us to commit to picking up folks from either of those; cab ride is probably about $100 (as opposed to $25 from NN airport).

Sheets, towels and beach towels supplied. Two twin sleeper couches in one room, one double bed in the other, and my office with futon (dbl bed). We have a fold-up junior twin cot for extra people wherever you can fit them. Window seat only sleeps child or thin adult! We don't usually advertise more than 4-guest accomms, but will take extra folks after discussion if the beds suit them. YOU HAVE TO REQUEST VIA INQUIRY THAT I EDIT TO ADD PEOPLE; USUALLY IT SAYS WE ONLY ACCOMMODATE 4 ON THE WEBPAGE.

We don't mind if you bring 1 or 2 well-behaved, clean dogs but we are not a kennel and do not "dogsit" without prior arrangement. If we do, the charge is $5 per hour. We do know some petsitters and we can either arrange to petsit for you or find you a petsitter if we are not available. I am allergic to cats.

We have been happy with guests and never felt we needed a housecleaning deposit. Help us keep it that way.

No cable or satellite TV but a DVD player, selection of movies & small TV screen, and good to excellent WIFI. We may also have a laptop you can rent.

Don't look for a fancy bathroom or kitchen or hotel-style pristine accommodations; this is our home and we live the way we want to. It's definitely one of a kind. The river view alone is worth the trip since this is a city with no hotels on the water.

We have no light rail and little bus travel that doesn't involve walking or biking (let us know if you want to use our bikes; there is a bike shop around the corner that may rent them. We're an 8-block walk from the train station; but you can't take the train to VA Beach; bus from NN Amtrak to the other side of the river can be tedious. Summer (especially JULY) is congested and 20 mi can take 2 hours.

We have been sad to turn away folks who thought we were an hour from Annapolis MD or only 4 hrs from Charleston SC. Yes, it does look closer on the map. Let us know why you are coming; we redirect a lot of people who think that our location 20 miles from VA Beach means we are close time-wise. Sometimes, getting to Virginia Beach can take hours. We don't like to be nosy, but we want our accommodations to be the right fit for your needs, so if you tell us what your plans are, we may be able to enhance your visit; or there may be an airbnb property you haven't considered that might suit you better. Importantly in this day and age, we have a flexible check-in/check-out and a no-risk cancellation policy, altho you may have to pay airbnb fees if you cancel less than 24 hours in advance. We do not supply daily maid serrvice; we leave your room alone unless you ask for something to be put there while you are gone.

When our contact details are released to each other, remember that you can text me. I usually return calls quickly but if you don't get a return call, try again. We don't go far from home when we expect guests, so if you don't get a response, try again. Don't call airbnb; they are busy enough and you'll catch me faster.

The sleeper sofa twin bed situation may not be perfect for one who has back trouble: they are junior twins in my opinion, but I have slept on one and at age 57 was comfortable all night, and that was before I added two mattress toppers to each. The full size bed (or "double") in the other guest room has been described as heavenly by several guests. Full does not mean queensize! The futon (also a full) in my office has a great mattress (yes, I have slept on all of them, even the window seat, or how could I expect you to?). The foldaway cot, should you need even more beds, is also not recommended for bad backs.

So far no complaints from anyone, but I like guests to know everything up front! I used to advertise only two rooms but have had such demand that I have on occasion opened up my office. It is not exactly deluxe; it has no closet and the chest of drawers is in the hall. If it's part of a last-minute booking, I'll have to scurry upstairs and clean up my piles of paperwork, so give me advance notice or if you need last minute accomms--or forgive me for having to make it up after your arrival! If you arrive at 10am, there may still be someone still here; you can tell from the calendar for this airbnb listing whether there is a guest departing the day you arrive. Because we are flexible about how long guests stay and the house has a lot of room and a big yard, chances are this wouldn't bother you anyway, but I need a little time to clean up the suite between guests.

Yes, we do live here and will be here, but out of your way, with errands, dogwalking and an occasional lunch or dinner out probably the only exceptions. We do not mind being awakened, if you need a blanket or the internet has gone crazy or a toilet runs or the heater in your room needs to be replaced...whatever. We have solutions always.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $30 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2000 /month
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • Travelling north into a snow storm and an expected one night stay became two, and my hosts were so wonderful and accommodating. Great breakfast and an amazing home with an even more amazing view. I went for a walk with the Danes and enjoyed a very comfy and cozy place to stay out of the snow and ice.

    My only disappointment was that the weather impacted the purpose of my trip, but I will be back and I will stay with Cary again for sure! The house has so much character and history, and I just loved it. So a future trip to see the area and this will be my place to stay.

    March 2014
  • My sister and I were going to a quilt festival and catching up on our lives. Cary,her husband and their dogs were just so welcoming. Just very friendly with homey accommodations. Will definitely be back for the quilt festival next year.

    March 2014
  • What a fabulous location and what great accomodation.
    Our hosts were down to earth and very very helpful. We loved the whole experience, and the inside info on where to go and what to do was a real bonus. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to stay in the Chesapeake Bay area.

    October 2012
  • Cary and her husband have been great hosts. I enjoyed staying there a lot. They are very friendly and tried to help me find my way around in every way they could. My room was nice and very clean. The neighborhood and their house situated on the river were beautiful. I had a very great time!

    July 2012
  • in a word... Awesome!!!
    Incredible people, great house, great view... and a great cup of coffee!!
    Thanks again Cary..

    June 2012
  • Very generous and kind and extremely entertaining. I was thousands of miles away form home and they made me feel so relaxed and welcome.

    June 2012
  • Cary was a dream host; very friendly, personable and accommodating. The room and private bath were clean and nicely furnished. The bed was super comfortable. Her home is on the James River so sleeping with the window open was incredible.
    I am a swimmer and Cary and her husband even helped me with directions to the local pool. If I return to the area I will stay with Cary again - no question about it.

    April 2012
  • When we arrived, Cary and Doug were very welcoming. They were open to recommending places to eat and things to do. We enjoyed their beautiful backyard which overlooks the James River. If ever in the Newport News / Williamsburg area again, we'll be sure to try and book with Cary.

    April 2012
  • We had a terrific time for 3 nights. The view looking across the James River at sunset is spectacular and our hosts were the best. A find!

    March 2012
  • Absolutely a great place, beautiful view looking west across the James River, and the hosts are the nicest, most accommodating and helpful people...now friends!

    March 2012
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My husband and I are quiet, friendly homebodies. We are happiest at home on the river. We work from home. We have hosted hundreds of people here. He is more private than I, comes out to meet guests but generally leaves you alone if that's your choice; I love to cook and host but understand that some want privacy, some want the "people experience". I have used airbnb to book accommodations too; it's a great service and it always is less expensive even than a B&B for the quality of places we have stayed. Since I added our home to the list I have found this to be fun, rewarding, and best of all, it makes me clean house and tend the garden much more often than I would if we didn't have guests!
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