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A Safe Retreat-Secluded and Private-Historic House, 110 Acres of Ancient Forest

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5 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
10 guests
3 nights minimum
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Williamsburg area, Surry, Virginia. If your party is at or is close to the maximum of ten guests, please check the bedroom arrangements below to make sure they will work for you. LIGHTWOOD FOREST IS AN ELEGANT 18TH-CENTURY HOME nestled in an ancient beech forest in rural Surry County, Virginia. The estate comprises 110 acres of woods, fields, and streams and is part of the land given by Chief Powhatan to Pocahontas and John Rolfe as a wedding gift in 1614. The home of a Revolutionary War soldier and his family, Lightwood House was the center of a prosperous tobacco estate in the second half of the eighteenth century. Lightwood Forest is one of America's most beautiful and unique vacation rental properties. Built in four different periods starting in 1760, Lightwood House is completel...Williamsburg area, Surry, Virginia. If your party is at or is close to the maximum of ten guests, please check the bedroom arrangements below to make sure they will work for you. LIGHTWOOD FOREST IS AN ELEGANT 18TH-CENTURY HOME nestled in an ancient beech forest in rural Surry County, Virginia. The estate comprises 110 acres of woods, fields, and streams and is part of the land given by Chief Powhatan to Pocahontas and John Rolfe as a wedding gift in 1614. The home of a Revolutionary War soldier and his family, Lightwood House was the center of a prosperous tobacco estate in the second half of the eighteenth century. Lightwood Forest is one of America's most beautiful and unique vacation rental properties. Built in four different periods starting in 1760, Lightwood House is completely restored and features exceptional, detailed woodwork and authentic furnishings, yet also offers all modern conveniences, including a six-foot jetted tub, satellite TV and WIFI. While the surroundings are completely rural and secluded, the house is only one-and-a-half miles from the town of Surry, where basic essentials are available, and three-and-a-half miles from the 24-hour, 20-minute, free car ferry to Jamestown and Williamsburg. From the ferry dock on the other side of the James River, Jamestown is one-half mile, and Colonial Williamsburg six miles away. The house has five bedrooms, two large bathrooms (one of which features a marble walk-in shower and six-foot whirlpool bathtub,) a living room, dining room that seats 10 comfortably, large classical entrance hall, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, four fireplaces (three with realistic-appearing gas logs or stoves,) and back porch, for a total of 2400 square feet. Upstairs there are two larger bedrooms, each with a queen-size canopy bed, a double bed in a smaller room, and two twin beds in an attic room adjoining one of the queen bedrooms. In order to get to the upstairs bathroom from the attic room, one needs to go through the queen bedroom. It often acts as a type of family suite. Downstairs there is a small bedroom with a very comfortable double bed. The bed is against the wall, so it can be difficult for the 'inside' person to get out over the 'outside' person in the middle of the night. The house is furnished with antiques from the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries, along with authentic reproductions. A picket-fenced back yard with period outbuildings, including a smokehouse used to smoke the hams for the coronation feast of King Edward Vll, completes the scene. Two miles of walking trails meander through the woods and fields and offer a close look at local wildlife, which includes deer, turkey, foxes, turtles, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, and bald eagles. Lightwood Forest offers a private setting and a truly unique and exciting opportunity to step back to another time, all while enjoying the comforts of the 21st century. Treasure Hunts through Lightwood Forest are also available for children ages eight and under as well as for adults who are still young at heart! January-December, $250. Please enquire for more details. Lightwood is also available for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Please enquire. ​ More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Up to two dogs are allowed.
Bathrooms
2 Full baths
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About the Owner
Clifford W
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:December 2012
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Reviewed 20 March 2020

Our family planned a trip to Williamsburg a year ago. We did not expect to be caught up on the Coronavirus storm! We arrived late Saturday night to find out Colonial Williamsburg was completely closing down on Monday. We did spend Sunday enjoying Colonial Williamsburg...More

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 14 January 2020

We got married at Lightwood House October 2019, and everything could not have gone better. I had met Cliff while he was working as a balladeer at Colonial Williamsburg and when he mentioned having an 18th century home, I knew I needed to visit. We...More

Date of stay: October 2019
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Leesburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 7 September 2019

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Date of stay: September 2019
Resort446966, VR Owner at A Safe Retreat-Secluded and Private-Historic House, 110 Acres of Ancient Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2019

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Reviewed 25 July 2019

We loved the secluded stay. We could have fun outside with the kids, stay up all hours playing board games, or just have time to ourselves. The home was an authentic historical wonder with all the modern amenities, and plenty of room/beds for all of...More

Date of stay: July 2019
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Resort446966, VR Owner at A Safe Retreat-Secluded and Private-Historic House, 110 Acres of Ancient Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2019

Thank you for the nice review,and for being our guests. It was a pleasure having you stay at Lightwood, and I enjoyed meeting you, and sharing with you the history of the house. I always enjoy meeting enthusiastic and interested folks like yourselves. Also, thank...More

Reviewed 19 June 2019

As you enter through the inviting double white gates with tall stone columns and continue down the long driveway to Lightwood House it seems as though you are transported to a magical, historical place. I smiled every time I pulled the car into the property,...More

Date of stay: June 2019
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Reviewed 30 April 2019 via mobile

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Date of stay: April 2019
Reviewed 10 March 2019

This property and house are stunning! The colonial history of the house is fascinating and all the furnishings have a story. My family and I definitely had a wonderful time staying over a long weekend here. There were enough bedrooms for everyone including a 10...More

Date of stay: February 2019
Thank FeliceforArchaeo
Reviewed 9 February 2019

This beautiful, historic house is the perfect peaceful retreat. The museums and shopping of Williamsburg and Jamestown are close, as are the early colonial sites of Bacon's Castle and Smith's Fort. But the real joy is the house itself with its sunny kitchen, gas fireplaces,...More

Date of stay: April 2018
Thank Tour09258041806
Resort446966, VR Owner at A Safe Retreat-Secluded and Private-Historic House, 110 Acres of Ancient Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2019

Thanks for the nice review. It is always a pleasure having you as guests, and I look forward to your visit each year. It is great for us to know that the unique features of Lightwood are appreciated by such wonderful folks.

Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

I surprised my wife for her birthday with a weekend stay at Lightwood House. It was a weekend we will always remember! You can feel the amazing history of the home and the beautiful land that surrounds it. It was so much fun exploring the...More

Date of stay: January 2019
Thank CKPerryTravel
Reviewed 1 February 2019

This is an amazing house. It has so much character from the outside to the decor on the inside. There is a fireplace in all the rooms downstairs! The property is great for pets. The trails are cute and lengthy. The owner is very accommodating...More

Date of stay: January 2019
Thank dugans2
Resort446966, VR Owner at A Safe Retreat-Secluded and Private-Historic House, 110 Acres of Ancient Forest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 February 2019

Thank you for the nice review! It has been a great pleasure having you as guests, and we look forward to your return.

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Grill
Books
Central Heating
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Fireplace
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Hairdryer
Internet Access
Iron
Hot Tub
Kettle
Linens Provided
Local Guides/Maps
Microwave
Outdoor Dining Area
Paper Towels Provided
Parking
Patio
Playground
Porch
Private Garden
Cable/satellite TV
Shared Garden
Stereo System
Cooker
Swingset
Telephone
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Towels Provided
TV
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About the neighbourhood
The world-class historic museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown are only a short drive and free, 24-hour ferry away. All three attractions are connected by the beautiful Colonial Parkway, which begins at Jamestown where the ferry docks, follows the James and York rivers, passes through Williamsburg and ends at Yorktown on the Chesapeake Bay. Many important Civil War sites are within an hour's drive, in the Richmond/Petersburg area. River-front beaches can be found in Surry at Chippokes State Park, at Jamestown on the James River, and Yorktown on the York River leading to the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia Beach itself is a little over an hour's drive away. Williamsburg is also the home of Busch Gardens and Water Country USA theme parks. Surry County attractions include Bacon...
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  • A Safe Retreat-Secluded and Private-Historic House, 110 Acres of Ancient Forest is able to accommodate up to 10 guests. See all property details.

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