Lightwood Forest,  With Over Two Miles Of Private Hiking Trails

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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, it is important to know what the bedroom arrangements are. The house has five bedrooms, four of which are upstairs and comprise two larger bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed; one small bedroom with a double bed; and the attic room with two twin beds. The attic room is unique because it adjoins the yellow queen bedroom, and in order to get to the upstairs bathroom from the attic room, you have to make your way through the yellow queen bedroom. This works very well as a family suite. A quite small bedroom downstairs is located directly off the living room. This quaint room has a double bed, which 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. Each bedroom  contains at least one chest of drawers. Upstairs there is a small closet and one wardrobe in the blue queen bedroom. Both sets of stairs are steep, so be aware going both up and down stairs.

​Lightwood boasts 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 marble 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. A large fenced-in front and back yard keeps our canine guests safe when they are not scampering about and exploring the 100 acres of woods, meadows, and streams with their human companions.

Lightwood is located in rural Surry County, Virginia, south of the James River, 1.2 miles from the Town of Surry, where restaurants, a post office, a bank, the county courthouse, a 7-11, a Dollar Store as well as gift shops can be found. 

Lightwood is 3.5 miles from the free and frequent, 24-hour car ferry to Jamestown/Williamsburg, which docks at Jamestown on the other side of the river. From Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg is a six-mile drive; Busch Gardens is eleven miles away.

Petit Downstairs Double Bedroom

Back Porch And Patio For Outside Dining And Relaxation

Upstairs Bath

Christmas In The Hall

Downstairs Bath With Six-Foot Jetted Tub And Separate Walk-In Shower

Small Upstairs Double Bedroom

Fully Equipped Kitchen

Yellow Queen Bedroom


The Living Room, Circa 1795, Is Elegant, Cheerful, And Bright

Blue Queen Bedroom 

Dining Room At Christmas

Lightwood- 447 Rocky Bottom Road, Spring Grove, VA 23881


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View Of Historic Jamestown From The Ferry

Attic Twin Bedroom

Winter...Cozy Evenings By The Fire

Free 24 Hour Car Ferry Ride To  Jamestown/Williamsburg. Crossing Takes About 18 Minutes.


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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 her planter husband, 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 twenty-first 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, Jamestown, and Yorktown offers an opportunity to experience both the rural as well as town life of 250 years ago.  

Another benefit of staying at Lightwood is the natural environment surrounding the plantation house. Lightwood boasts over 1oo acres of forest, meadows, and streams that can be enjoyed from over two miles of private hiking trails. The forest is ancient, with many trees over two to three hundred years old and changes from beech, to oak and poplar, to pine, as one meanders along the trail. Ancient road beds make up some of the paths along the trail.

Both front and back yards are fenced in for the benefit and safety of our canine guests, two of whom are welcome at Lightwood along with their human companions. Lightwood is a true canine paradise!

Children love Lightwood, with all its nooks and crannies and places to explore, both inside and out. While Lightwood is elegantly furnished, the furniture is sturdy, so kids can have the run of the house. A play area with swings, slide, and sandbox (Tree Trunk Tower) is in the back yard. Be sure to search for the fairy tree in the forest, where children (and adults) can tie wishes written on cloth strips to the tree's branches. According to legend, these wishes come true, so be careful what you wish for!

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 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!

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