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

Bedrooms 3
Space 204 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 6

$350 per night on sale for $200 per night. Available for an annual lease for $2,000 per month beginning in September 2016.

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 at driveway and arrangements may be made at local country club - some additional fees are required. Central heat/air throughout + Fireplaces. Washer & dryer.

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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2017

About Catherine Bennett, Realtor, Broker & Owner

Hello, I'm Catherine Bennett, a full-time real estate broker. After showing and selling thousands of waterfront properties, 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 Chesapeake Bay - Northern Neck

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 space and spread out 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 a lovely 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 happy time in the living room.

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:
  • 204 m²
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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 4.787879 based on 35 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time here! Our family with 2 teens, my Mom, and our dogs enjoyed the cottage different ways. The house is clean, well equipped. The view is spectacular. The owner is so nice to let us check in early as we arrive at 1:30. We definitely recommend this house! Thank you Katharine and Robert for sharing their house!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is our joy that your family, encompassing three generations and furry fellows, enjoyed Fish Tales. Please think of us again next time you are in Virginia. You were a pleasure to host.
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Fishtails is a beautiful property overlooking water with many amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Fishtails is a beautiful property overlooking water with many amenities. Very private with many trees surrounding the property. My father and I were very happy to be able to vacation there. Catherine was the best and was always available

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Property owner very kind. Beautiful views. Quiet and peaceful. Long drives to do things.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is our pleasure to share our vacation home with others who do not have the true joy of living full-time in the Northern Neck of Virginia. In cities, despite being stuck in traffic, most people talk about how many miles to this or that. Out here, we talk about how much time it takes because you may go several miles but they fly by in minutes, especially on these scenic highways and byways. We hope everyone will take time to take it out of high gear and relax. Stress is such a killer. It took me a full six months to stop frantically checking voicemail (ages before email and texting) after I left my corporate career more than 20 years ago. We hope to offer a little time off to enjoy the beauty of a natural place. It is our happy place to relax, too.
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Serenity on the River

  • 4 of 5

Our family spent a week at Fish Tales. It was a relaxing and peaceful time. We loved the views from the deck. We started each morning on the deck with coffee and the views. The beds are comfortable and the quiet surroundings made for great sleep!

The community pool was wonderfully refreshing. We took our own paddle boards and enjoyed using them on the river at the property, as well as at Belle Island State Park which was just a 10 minute drive away. The tandem kayak was great fun for two and our dog loved jumping from it into the river for a swim. The community members were all friendly to us when we would see them while on a walk or at the pool.

The property's kitchen was well stocked for our cooking needs. Having a dishwasher and washer/dryer was perfect.

The path down to the river for launching watercraft is not kind to the feet. Wear good shoes! Dried holly leaves, sticks, thorns, and pine cones hurt! I would've raked the path if a rake was available. This really was the only downfall of the property. If you wait until low tide, the sandy area grows and does provide a bit more space to slip off your shoes before paddling away, but keep an eye out for sharp objects.

Catherine did a wonderful job providing a large kennel and many toys and treats for our dog. Overall we felt well taken care of. Great trip!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, Comfortable, Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Lots of personal touches, very comfortable, and well equipped especially for what turned out to be a mostly rainy weekend - scrabble, piano, interesting selection of books, movies. Great bird and fish watching! Enjoyed a casual seafood lunch at "The Corner Grill" and otherwise grilled or ate in. We did walk and ride bikes but too stormy for the pool, kayaking, crabbing or the giant duck float! Very close to the water and looks like easy walk in access. A dock would have been nice to crab or walk out on but as advertised not one on the property. Belle Isle State Park is minutes away. Rode around and looks amazing but again weather canceled our concert and picnic plans. Would definitely take advantage of their activities next visit. Directions were great but the driveway entrance area to Fish Tales is easy to miss. Thanks Catherine for a nice weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Adorable house on the river

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful weekend enjoying this home on the river! Enjoyed the community pool with the kids and loved the kayaking​!

The beds are all very comfortable!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$63.4

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 canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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