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Waterfront to kayak, bird watch, crab, fish, star watch & enjoy beautiful views

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

$350 per night on sale for $175 per night. And now available for an annual lease for $1250 per month plus utilities!

Serenity. Peace and quiet. Charming. Great location. Wonderful home with everything for a relaxed, complete vacation. A great place to stay with your furry friend without the hassle and noise of a hotel. That's what our guests say!

Stay here! You will enjoy Fish Tales Lodge on 1.3 acres on the Corrotoman River of Virginia's beautiful Northern Neck with delightful boat watching along the river between fantastic sun and moonrises. Grill your catch on the deck, cook in the fully equipped kitchen or dine out at many local restaurants.

Enjoy free wi-fi, Cable TVs, VCR & DVD, along with a movie collection. Fish Tales is In a vacation community offering a private swimming pool, marina with boat launch, playground, picnic area. Chip and putt golf is right at the driveway and for an additional fee, arrangements for 18 hole golf with amenities may be made at the local highly rated country club. Central heat/air throughout + 2 fireplaces. New Washer & dryer. Dishwasher, Range and convection oven.

Tour charming waterfront villages, the Chesapeake Bay, vineyards, or historic homes & gardens. Washington, D.C. 2.75 hrs, Richmond 1.5 hrs, Colonial Williamsburg-Busch Gardens & King's Dominion theme parks.

Amazing fishing, boating. We prefer Friday to Friday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

More Details

Property Manager
Catherine Bennett, Realtor, Broker & Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Catherine Bennett, Realtor, Broker & Owner

Hi, I'm Catherine Bennett, a full-time real estate broker. After showing and selling thousands of waterfront properties during the past 20 years, it was time to find a waterfront getaway of our own! Robert is an architect, professional engineer and Class A contractor so renovating this home is a delight for us. We're constantly updating and decorating, and are eager to share this special property with you.

Catherine Bennett, Realtor, Broker & Owner purchased this house in 2001

Why Catherine Bennett, Realtor, Broker & Owner chose Lancaster

This property appealed to us because:

First, it is located right on the Corrotoman River, my favorite river because it is very clean and excellent for fishing and boating. It is THE river for sailboaters! By 'right on the water', I mean it is built about 25 feet from the water. Waterfront homes are now allowed to be built no closer than 100 feet from the waterfront.

Second, it has an amazing tidal pond that serves as a grocery store for the local waterfowl and a habitat for ducks, otter, and other fascinating woodland creatures. You'll be amazed at the drama that nature unveils daily, including the awesome birdwatching right here on the Atlantic flyway.

Third, it has a floorplan that makes it cozy for a couple or excellent for more people with gathering and privacy spaces. Two fireplaces make it charming in winter and the wrap around porch with screened porch below make outdoor living in Virginia's excellent weather ideal. And because I love tall rooms, the vaulted ceiling in the front half of the first floor makes it wonderful!

Fourth, it has woods on two sides, the river on the third side and on the fourth side, up the hill, is one neighbor. You can't get much more privacy! Fish Tales is 1.3 acres, including the tidal pond that is accreting, the opposite of eroding!

Fifth, it is in Corrotoman By The Bay, a wonderful little community with a terrific salt-water swimming pool, beautiful professional quality tennis courts with pickle ball. Free exercise equipment and wi-fi at the clubhouse, playground, and many other features. Parties, parades and other events are highlights of this area.

What makes this house unique

Most guests comment on the incredible views throughout the house of one of the most beautiful rivers in Virginia. There's occasional kayakers, fishing boats, and sailboats that distract you from the awesome birds and wildlife who live on and follow the river.

They also love how beautiful the house is and the wooded setting. Best of all, they love that we welcome your family dog! The picture is of Robert with our darling Old English Sheepdog, Fanny, enjoying a few minutes of snuggle time in the living room at Fish Tales. The sofas are leather so they are dog friendly.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you so much for letting us rent Fish Tales! We had so much fun. I love how much detail you put into every room. Your online pictures really don't do this place justice because it is so much prettier in person. Even the dogs loved it! Dad loved crabbing (when he caught some), Heather (my sister) loved the pool, my aunt loved helping my dad crab (most of the time she had better luck than he did), Mom loved watching the way the sun reflects on the water, and I loved taking pictures of nearly everything. The little red sailboat absolutely fascinates me! Do people still use it? Mom and I think it is just for show. We even named a snake that comes to the cove right beside the deck. His name is Sssteeeree haha! We all wish we could stay longer, but unfortunately we have to leave. I hope you like the sign that we made. Until next time...
Jun 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Lancaster, Virginia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Town ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • fax
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main bath - toilet , bath with shower , Marble
    Downstairs bath - toilet , shower enclosure , & sink
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , & sink
  • The main bathroom is on the second level. Fresh as a daisy, it has natural materials including marble and wood. The second bathroom is on the first level, as you enter the property. There's a powder room with toilet and sink and a second shower room with sink. This means there's no waiting while someone is showering! The laundry area on the ground floor has a full size washer and dryer and a service sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Catch of the Day - 1 large double bed , Four poster
    Hook, line and sinker - 1 double bed , Main level
    Lookout - 2 single bed , TV, sofa
  • When you can finally get away, isn't nice to feel special and pampered? Fish Tales gives you a beautiful master bedroom with Queen Kingsdown luxury set with custom decorating and TV in closet for those who must sleep with your favorite stars (and not the ones in the sky)! The lovely second bedroom with queen size bed and antique headboard is so comfortable you may sleep later than you have in years! Kids often fight for the third upstairs 'super' size loft-bedroom with two full sized beds and TV! Some adults like to push the beds together for a super sized king sleep. All have either a view of the river or woods, or both! Every attention has been paid to the comfort of our guests from double pillows per person to cotton linens. You'll enjoy the treat away!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • video player
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Pedal Boat
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • conservatory
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
We are active members of the Northern Neck Kennel Club and know what a wonderful traveling companion your dog can be. When we traveled a lot it was hard to find a place accepting our dog who was better behaved than most children! So, we decided to welcome well behaved, well groomed dog to Fish Tales! Nearly all the floors are 'dog proof.' Please leave the property clean of dog impact. Please pick up and dispose of the poop, and if your dog sheds, please vacuum and clean the hair as a courtesy to us so we will continue to welcome other dogs. No cats or other pets are allowed.


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Waterfront to kayak, bird watch, crab, fish, star watch & enjoy beautiful views
average rating of 4.75 based on 46 reviews

Great place to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house on the river. We spent four days there last week for a family reunion. It worked out perfectly for what we needed. It is a remote location (i.e. bring food and drink with you) but we knew that was the case and were prepared.

The house is just as described and furnishings were abundant. Several evenings were spent on the enormous deck just looking at the beautiful scenery which included a bald eagle. The charcoal grill was great for not only cooking dinner but making smores.

Would recommend it to anyone who wants a very comfortable place to gather.

  • Review Submitted: 25/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always heartening to know that Fish Tales is part of wonderful vacations and time away. So glad it is part of your family's memories. Y'all come back soon!
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Even in the rain, Fish Tails was a perfect weekend getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Our adult family of six enjoyed the cozy setting of Fish Tails for the weekend. The house was well-appointed, the beds comfy and the view of the river, serene. Catherine made sure we had everything we needed , especially a detailed description of places to visit in the area and local activities. Although the weather was rainy, we did get a few hours of sun before we left to take advantage of the kayak and paddling along the river—it was heaven.

We will look forward to returning for another visit.

  • Review Submitted: 31/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, incredible view

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Fish Tales. We spent some time in the kayak (there is an osprey nest nearby!) and on the paddleboat, and also went for a swim in nearby Belle Isle State Park. The house is very comfortable, and the deck is a great place to watch the boats go by. Very relaxing. And I appreciate that we were able to bring our doggies with us! They also loved lounging on the deck.

  • Review Submitted: 28/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The best of nature : woods and water view.

  • 5 of 5

This is one of my favorite HomeAway stays. A beautifully decorated home in a peaceful neighborhood with woods on one side and a serene river cove on the other. Multiple areas for enjoying the stunning views and some covered for when the sun is high - perfection! The kitchen is complete for when you enjoy cooking, and the dining options in nearby quaint Kilmarnock are outstanding. This home is a balm for the soul.

  • Review Submitted: 16/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place, lovely views

  • 4 of 5

Catherine was such a great owner to work with - relaxed, flexible, and fast replies. The house worked great for 4 adults and 2 kids. Eclectic layout but comfortable and well stocked. We would definitely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 17/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

When you're ready to step out of the "fast lane" and stresses of life, Fish Tales cottage is the perfect getaway. Our group of four found this charming home at the end of a bumpy, dirt lane at the edge of the water. Every morning you wake up to a gorgeous view of the river, perhaps a great blue heron, and a lovely sunrise. The house has lots of charm with many "fishy" collectibles. The upstairs bedroom loft has lots of space, just note the bathroom will be downstairs. All the bedrooms are very comfortable. The basement has a place for watching movies--just bring a quilt, it gets cool down there. The kitchen is well appointed. We were able to cook several meals, bake cookies and make big breakfasts. The fireplace works very well in case you want to try it. We used the tandem bicycle and also the two-person kayak. Even in the off-season, there was plenty to do! Nearby are several good vineyards and some cute shops and restaurants in Kilmarnock and White Stone. Wherever you are coming from, you will feel like you are very far away from everything resulting in a peaceful and tranquil experience.

  • Review Submitted: 29/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. Fish Tales is on a state-maintained asphalt road and the driveway all the way to the circle at the house is graveled. Part of the charm is that the house is very secluded but right on the water. There are plenty of quilts throughout the house, including in the downstairs "Fish Tales Theater" where the second 60 inch smart TV is located. Hi-speed cable is on all the TVs, along with super fast wi-fi to assist you in staying connected to what matters to you. We are constantly evolving and improving so come back often!
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
For private planes: Hummel Field, Topping, VA.
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Many in Kilmarnock, 2 in Lively, 1 in Lancaster
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Merry Point Ferry - free 4 car crossing this river
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Golden Eagle, Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Williamsburg 1 hours or Richmond 1.5 hours
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Located @ Rt. 354 & 201. Take: I-64 or 360 to area
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lively, Lancaster, Kilmarnock, Irvington, Reedvlle
Nearest Beach
on property at low tide but larger beaches nearby
Car: necessary

Fronting the scenic Corrotoman River in Virginia's beautiful & historic Northern Neck. It's been a boating, swimming and fishing paradise since Indian and Colonial days.

Wherever you go you are not far from incredible opportunities to boat, antique, enjoy farmer's markets & fairs , vineyards, local arts, music, crafts and restaurants or cruise the old pirate islands in the Chesapeake Bay.

Use of private community pool, tennis courts, boat ramp, pier, playground.

Belle Isle State Park on the Rappahannock River and Hughlett Point Nature Preserve on the Chesapeake Bay are nearby. Excellent golfing offered at several championship courses.

1 hour to birthplaces of Rbt. E. Lee @ Stratford Hall and George Washington @ Wakefield,

A short drive to Washington DC, Richmond and Williamsburg-Yorktown-Jamestown, which makes this narrow, picturesque peninsula a sought after destination to escape city turmoil. Captain John Smith visited area in 1608, still largely unspoiled!

Other Activities: Historic sites: birthplace of Robert E. Lee, George Washington. Captain John Smith water trail. Take cruises to Chesapeake Bay islands.

Golf: Guest may be permitted to use owner's membership at Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club for golfing on the club's 18 hole golf course. There is a chip and putt course for guests and owners in the community where Fish Tales is located.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Lancaster, Virginia

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
To Labor Day
21 May 2018 - 5 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning AU$67.19

Welcome to Fish Tales Lodge on the Corrotoman River. You will be enjoying this entire beautiful waterfront home located on 1.3 Acres fronting thePristine Corrotoman River, not just a room in someone's house or a commercial motel. Our rent is extremely low because we have had wonderful experiences with our guests who treat the opportunity to enjoy this home as a treasure, but like anything, what we charge is subject to change until your reservation is confirmed. Please do not delay. *Cancellation Policy: If you would like to cancel your reservation without a charge you may do so within 14 days of the check-in date. Cancellations made inside of 14 days will result in a charge to the credit card used to make the reservation.Congratulations on your wedding or party. I can assist you in booking the community clubhouse, which is just up the driveway from Fish Tales, for your event. I'll need to sponsor your event and there is a $100 cleaning deposit that is refundable when the space is returned as you found it.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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