Vacation Rental Description
Lightwood is an 18th century plantation house nestled in an ancient beech forest on 85 beautiful acres. Located near Williamsburg in rural Surry County Virginia, it is a quiet and restful retreat from the modern world. Carefully restored, both inside and out, it is furnished with period antiques and reproductions, including two canopy beds and a harpsichord. Lightwood also has all the modern conveniences one would expect in the 21st century, including air conditioning, modern kitchen, two large baths (one with marble shower and six foot whirlpool tub), WIFI, and free long distance phone calls in the US. . Linens, soaps, laundry detergents etc. are provided. Well behaved pets are welcomed.
The house exhibits many fine period details,from beamed ceilings to formal parlor, and is surrounded by lovely grounds; including a traditional herb and flower garden a picket fenced front and back lawn, and children's play area. Realistic gas-log fireplaces add to the ambience in the winter. Two miles of hiking trails take one through fields and forest and much wildlife can be seen, including deer, hawks, foxes, turkeys and an occasional bald eagle. Period outbuildings complete the scene, including a smokehouse used to smoke 50 Virginia hams for the coronation feast of King Edward the VII.
The Williamsburg area has many popular attractions, including the historic sites of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, and several famous plantations. The more modern theme park attractions of Busch Gardens and Water country are also nearby.
Lightwood is on the South side of the James River from Williamsburg and Jamestown. A free, 24 hour car ferry is 3 and 1/2 miles from Lightwood, and docks right at Jamestown, after a 17 minute ride. From Jamestown, it is 6 miles to Colonial Williamsburg. Richmond is an hours' drive, and Virginia Beach is about 1 hour and 20 minutes away.
Chippokes State Park is in Surry itself, with an Olympic sized pool, museum, and river beach access.
While Lightwood feels completely away from it all, it is really only 1 and 1/2 miles from the small town of Surry, where stores, several restaurants, banks and a post office can be found.
It is a love of nature, and a love of history which draws people to Lightwood, and there are few places in the United States where one is surrounded by so much of both.
There are many historic attractions nearby, and Chippokes State Park, 6 mile away, has an Olympic sized pool open during the summer. Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are available for rent near Williamsburg. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown,Yorktown, James River Plantations, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are all near by,world famous attractions.