Historic 18th Century Vacation Rental
During the eighteenth century, Lightwood house was the center of a prosperous tobacco plantation, and the home of a Revolutionary War soldier and his family. The land surrounding the house was part of the wedding gift of Chief Powhatan to his daughter Pocahontas and husband, planter John Rolfe. The area is one of the earliest settled parts of English North America.
The house, built in several sections from 1760-1810, has been carefully restored, and contains beautiful original woodwork and details. Furnishings include many original antiques from the seventeenth through the eighteenth centuries, including long case (grandfather) clocks over three hundred years old. Staying at Lightwood offers a rare opportunity to step back in time, while still enjoying all of the comforts of the 21st century, including air-conditioning, sattelite tv, WIFI, a jetted six-foot bath, washer and dryer and other amenities. A vacation house of this period is hard to find in this country, and with its proximity to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, brings the opportunity to experience both the rural and town life of 250 years ago.
Another great aspect of staying at Lightwood is the natural environment of the estate grounds. There are over 1oo acres of forest, meadows and streams which can be viewed from over two miles of private hiking trails. The forest is ancient, with many trees over two to three hundred years old. The forest changes from beech, to oak and poplar, to pine, as one meanders along the trail. Ancient road beds make up some of the paths of the trail.
There is a fenced-in front and back yard, and up to two dog companions are considered.
Children love Lightwood, with its nooks and crannies, with lots to explore, both inside and out. While Lightwood is elegantly furnished, the furniture is sturdy, so kids can have the run of the house. There is a play area with swings, slide and sandbox in the back yard. There is also a "fairy tree" in the forest, where children (and adults) can tie wishes written on strips of cloth, which can come true, according to the legend.
Any time of year is beautiful at Lightwood, but the spring and fall are especially so, surrounded by the magnificent forest. Holidays are an opportunity for an unequaled location to have a traditional Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner by the fire in the dining room. The house is decorated for Christmas in early December with a tree and other traditional decorations. And, while Christmas Day is very much in demand, if not available, Christmas can be celebrated at Lightwood anytime in December!
Christmas In The Hall
Downstairs Bath With 6 Foot Jetted Tub And Separate Walk-In-Shower
Small Upstairs Double Bedroom
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Yellow Queen Bedroom
BEDROOMS AND HOUSE LAYOUT
The Living Room, Circa 1795, Is Elegant, Cheerful, And Bright
Blue Queen Bedroom
Dining Room At Christmas
We always want to make sure that Lightwood will answer the needs of our guests. When the party is at, or close to, our maximum of ten, they need to know what the bedroom arrangements are in order to see if things will work. There are five bedrooms in the house. There are four bedrooms upstairs; two larger bedrooms each with a queen-sized bed, one small bedroom with a double bed, and one attic room with two twin beds. The attic room adjoins one of the queen bedrooms, and 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. There is one more very small bedroom downstairs with a 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. There is one closet, and one wardrobe to hang things in the house, but each bedroom has a chest-of-drawers. Stairs are steep in case someone might have difficulties using them.
There are two large bathrooms, one up and one downstairs. The upstairs bathroom has a tub/shower arrangement, and the downstairs bathroom has a six foot jetted tub, as well as a separate walk-in shower.
The rest of the house is large enough to spread out in, with a large entrance hall, large dining room, comfortable living room and fully equipped kitchen. There is a large fenced-in front and back yard, and 100 acres of woods, meadows and streams to explore on our two miles of hiking trails.
Lightwood is located in rural Surry County, south of the James River. It is 1 and 1/2 miles from the Town of Surry, where basic essentials may be found, including restaurants, post office, hardware store, bank, county courthouse and a Dollar Store.
The house is 3 and 1/2 miles from the car ferry to Jamestown/Williamsburg. The ferry leaves frequently, is free, and runs 24 hours a day. It docks at Jamestown on the other side of the river. From Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg is 6 miles away, and Busch Gardens 11 miles.
Petit Downstairs double Bedroom
Free 24 Hour Car Ferry Ride To Jamestown/Williamsburg. Crossing Takes About 18 Minutes.
Back Porch And Patio For Outside Dining And Relaxation
Attic Twin Bedroom
View Of Historic Jamestown From The Ferry
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