Humble cottage, great view: near historic Hilton Village. Views of James River from every room. Safe, walk-at-night, non-cookie-cutter 1940s neighborhood; street parking, walk to fishing pier & playground, 1 minute drive to shopping, dining.
We have several rooms on the second floor, but once you book, whether single or a group, we don't rent to others; you have the entire floor and don't have to share it.
I've found Airbnb easy to use, but some don't understand when they see a per-addl-person price ($30) and/or the airbnb service charge as they are booking. The price comes up once you enter dates and # of people... before you pay. We could not do this without airbnb, so please don't ask us to contact you through your website or email unless you've booked.
If our place is out of your comfort zone budgetwise, this area has plenty of hotels without a view, some as low as $50 per night.
We have a year old Great Dane. He has the run of the first floor; after he meets guests he is easygoing and tends to sleep when he's not outside playing or going for a walk. Once in a while, someone books a group where one doesn't like dogs or is allergic, which means their stay is not as nice as it could have been; WE TELL YOU NOW so this doesn't happen to you! You may shut him out of the second floor, of course; it has a door that locks. Your 1 or 2 dogs welcome but you must get a petsitter if you plan to leave the dog with someone while you are out. Dogsitters abound here.
We aren't pristine or spotless; we like the rustic paint in our eastBR, we have some peeling paint here and there, sometimes some test painting, patches…we think shabby chic describes our house. Sterile it is not.
You'll have the entire 2nd floor to yourself, and use of 1st fl, except for our bedroom. People tend to drop in without knocking around here...you have a lock for the second floor and need not meet our friends and neighbors! You have privacy upstairs for meals (refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, coffeemaker) or use our kitchen to prepare what you want from what we supply, or let me know if you'd like me to make your breakfast. FIrst floor has dining room and eating nook/bar; the deck is nice for coffee (or meals when it's not too windy or cold); the overlook is great for cocktails and of course, the view. Our backyard is garden beds (you're welcome to cut flowers for your room) and sometimes we have extra garden produce we often give away. Always extra weeds but we do what we can!
We landscaped for privacy: we love our views of the 5-mi-wide James River and sky; at night, the lights of the JR bridge and the other shore. Some nights the moon is so bright and its reflection on the river so wide that it wakes us! We love that, but if you don't, you have curtains and/or blinds on your windows!
We live on the first floor; those who want company can find us, and those who want privacy 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 piece of fruit or handful of almonds. We always have breakfast supplies to satisfy all tastes (so far) and sometimes cook for our guests; this is all up to you and your schedule. Specify if you need gluten free, vegan (etc) foods other than fruit/almond milk, which we always have, along with eggs bacon, etc. There are always snacks and drinks in the upstairs refrigerator.
We are within walking distance of Amtrak. With luggage, maybe a haul (about 8 blocks), but we can get you to and from the train station...or the airport at NN (PHF).
Norfolk (20 miles, but 45 mins or longer) and Richmond (1 hr or longer) airports may have transportation other than cabs. We can't transport from either of those airports; cab ride is probably about $100 (as opposed to $25 from PHF). Enterprise car rental is nearby and at PHF.
Sheets, towels, beach towels supplied. Just about any other toiletry or convenience supplied in bath or linen clo.
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. I won't stay in an airbnb home that makes me pay a housekeeping deposit unless the room rate is so low that it's worth it!
No cable or satellite TV but a DVD player, selection of movies & small TV screen; good to excellent WIFI.
Don't expect fancy accommodations; this is our home and we live the way we want to--dogs can be rough on a house! We don't let them upstairs. You probably will spend more time looking at the river than in the house: the view alone is worth the stay--this city has no hotels on the water.
We have no light rail and little bus service that doesn't involve walking or biking; there is a bike shop around the corner that may rent. Summer (especially JULY) is congested and the 20 mi trip to VA Beach can take 2 hours.
We have been sad to turn away folks who thought we were an hour from Annapolis MD or 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 be frustrating. We don't like to be nosy, but we want our accommodations to be the right fit for you, so if you tell us your plans, we may be able to enhance your visit; or there may be an airbnb property you haven't considered that might suit you better. We have a flexible check-in/check-out and cancellation policy, altho you have to pay airbnb fees if you cancel. So let's be sure this is what you want before you book!
We do not supply daily maid service; we leave your room alone unless you ask for something to be put there or cleaned while you are out.
When our contact details are released to each other, remember that you can text me if you don't reach me by phone immediately. Don't call airbnb; they are busy enough and you'll reach me faster.
The sleeper sofa twin beds may not be perfect for one with back problems, but I have slept on them and at age 58 was comfortable all night, and that was before I added two mattress toppers to each. The full size bed (or "double") in the EastBR has been described as heavenly by many guests. Full does not mean queen size! We have a fold-up junior twin cot, too. The futon (also a full) in the WestBR 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 twin size cot, should you need it, is also not recommended for bad backs.
Any questions? Ask them before you book. I like guests to know everything up front. If you arrive early and we have guests departing that day, there may still be someone still here. Because the house has a lot of room and a big yard you are welcome to enjoy, chances are this wouldn't bother you anyway, but I need an hour to prepare rooms between guests. So far we have never had an overlap, but once in a while I get caught with an unmade bed…usually, guests are ready to go out to dinner when they have seen the place and put their luggage in their rooms, so I've been forgiven!
We do not mind being awakened, if the internet has gone crazy or a toilet runs or the heater or fan in your room needs to be replaced…whatever the problem, we have solutions always.
No pet baths or wet dogs indoors. We have "dog towels". Fleas have NEVER happened while we have lived here with our various and visiting dogs, 15 yrs. If we have any trouble with guest dogs, we'll begin charging a deposit or just stop allowing them.
We are not "childproofed". We ask that you bring things needed for safety (outlet covers, stair-blocking gate, etc.) and that you watch your child. We would hate to have to ask you to sign a waiver but we've found that some think of us as the responsible party for their children. Children are the responsibility of their parents or guardians while they are here. Please empty your trash outside if you have diapers to discard.
Our neighbors, mostly older folks, will call the police if we make too much noise or they see anything "funny" going on. You may smoke outside (there is a large deck for outdoor eating or hanging out, and an overlook on the river with chairs, benches and lounges), no loud music after 10pm; no heavy partying. So far we have been amazed at how many great people we have hosted. Most have treated us and our property nicely. If we end up having to make a house rules book, we'll just stop doing this.
There is also a powder room on first floor, in Doug's office just off the kitchen.
Cary was a very agreeable host. She moved her car so we could park off the street in her driveway as we had a car full of stuff.
She offered chicken and salad as we were arriving late and it was waiting for us when we arrived. She is happy to cook breakfast for you if you ask but we declined except for a glass of her OJ which she squeezed fresh!
Her place would be great in the spring and summer, being on the water with a big yard.
The bed was comfortable and shower hot.
Cary and Donald were really great. Cary especially went out of her way to make me feel at home. The view was beautiful and I enjoyed the Indian food Cary and I got together. The rooms were well heated and the bed really comfortable. I think my favorite thing about the place was the great dane. She was so cute and well behaved!
It was fairly easy to get around to Hampton and Norfolk from their house. I jumped on the bus to the station and was able to go anywhere I needed to go. 7-Eleven was also close by for late night snacks and even had a tiny wine selection.
Oh, and ask Cary to make you gluten-free flax seed pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice; they're both really good!
Cary was really very kind in receiving. The house is located in a very nice and quiet neighborhood. Breakfast was plentiful and the room large and clean.
Finding Cary's home on Airb&b was a godsend. Our circumstances caused scheduling to be a little difficult, but Cary was always reliable to correspond and gracious in the process. Three of my adult children stayed in Cary's home with her husband Doug & gentile Great Dane, Rosky. Cary fixed them a delicious breakfast which they enjoyed greatly. But they enjoyed the leisure time of chatting and interaction with Cary & Doug even more. Unfortunately the weather prevented them for taking in the sights of the river & spending time with their outdoor respites. But Doug & Cary's large collection of old books more than made up for it. My 'kids' considered their stay a highlight of their visit with us and would recommend Cary without reservation! In fact, I think they would love an excuse to stay there again!
We were later than expected arriving but were welcomed by Cary. The housse is in a quiet neighborhood and right on the river.
Cary was very accommodating. I didn't realize there was not a separate entrance to the upstairs. Not sure what happened but we didn't get our breakfast in the morning. House felt clean. Beds in second bedroom are both very uncomfortable.
Cary and Doug were great hosts! Cary was very easy to reach when needed and ensures you know what to expect when staying with them. She provides many things that you might need or want - including coffee and snacks in the bedroom!
Greta (my great dane pup) and I were very comfortable, and she loved playing with Rosky, Cary and Doug's dog.
You have privacy when you want it but I also felt comfortable sitting downstairs or outside enjoying the great view. The view of the James River is wonderful and you face the river almost no matter where you are in the house.
Cary has plenty of suggestions no matter what you are interested in doing or seeing in the area and makes you feel quite welcome in their home.
Timing didn't quite work out for breakfast, but Cary was quite willing to provide breakfast for me during my stay - even according to any preferences I might have (gluten free, etc)
Their neighborhood is quiet and comfortable and I would definitely recommend staying here!
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!