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Cottage on a Private Island in the York River

Bedrooms 3
Space 139 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 6 nights


About the property

1500 Sq. Ft. 3 Bdrm, 2 Bath, With Water Views And Access

Enjoy the peace and quiet of a waterfront cottage on the beautiful york river but minutes from historic yorktown, williamsburg, busch gardens and water country usa. For the nature enthusiasts enjoy the beautiful wildlife, including ospreys, egrets, bald eagles and blue herons right in your back yard. Bring your canoe or kayak and navigate the creek or river shore. The general store and post office are an easy one mile bike ride away. But if you only need to rest sit in the porch rockers and enjoy the gentle river breezes with spectacular sunrises to the east of the deck and sunsets to the west of the front porch. Come and make your own island memories and savor island life. Amenities include three bedrooms (2 qn, 2 twins/cottage style bunks) 2 full baths. The house comfortably sleeps 6- 8 with the queen sleeper sofa in the living room. The cottage is fully equipped with Cox high speed wifi, cable, flat screen tv in the family room and cd player. The kitchen is fully furnished with frig, dishwasher, microwave, gas stove/oven and small appliances. If you are interested in fishing the York River, the Gloucester Pt. pier and beach are 3 miles away. Historic Yorktown is 6miles away with a great beach and shopping area with local eateries. Water Country USA and Busch Gardens are within 20 minutes with a lovely parkway drive. Beat

the congestion of staying in Va. Beach or Williamsburg and come enjoy peace and quiet as your tour the area or beach it nearby.

More Details

Mike and Donna Mills
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 August, 2017

About Mike and Donna Mills

We love fishing, gardening, long walks and sunset golf cart rides with our children and visiting grandchildren to count the egrets and heron.

Mike and Donna Mills purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Mike and Donna Mills chose Virginia

The property is a true getaway but so convenient to everything in the area. We moved to the main house in 2006 and purchased the cottage in 2012 to have available for famiy, friends and guests. Everyone loves to come to and stay on the island!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Hayes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 139 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , 2 twins- cottage style bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • bay fishing
  • wind-surfing


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Cottage on a Private Island in the York River
average rating of 4.9594593 based on 74 reviews

Cottage stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying in the cottage. It had a beautiful view and was a very quiet neighborhood.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved the cottage and the location. The views were beautiful and we really felt like we were away from it all each time we crossed over the bridge. We enjoyed watching the birds daily and even saw dolphins swimming close by on several of the days we were there. The cottage had everything we needed for a home away from home and the decor was just perfect for the location. It is also close to all of the historical sites which made each day trip easy. There is so much to do in the surrounding areas. We would definitely stay again if given the opportunity!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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private with great views

  • 5 of 5

This is the kind of house we are looking to retire to. It was our first experience with VRBO and everything went smoothly. The house is comfortable, modern and away from crowds (very important to us!). The wildlife was obliging from the ospreys and egrets to the little crabs who live under the shed. Beautiful sunsets - you will not be disappointed. Convenient to all Williamsburg attractions. Note: there are mosquitoes so come prepared in the summer! We hope to do this again some day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful comfortable home with its own island wildlife accessible to lots of attractions

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 10 days at the Island Cottage. The house is private, spotlessly clean & furnished to a high standard. Visiting from Scotland, we were grateful that our charming hosts were very efficient in dealing with the few email and one practical queries we had. Carmine's Island is rich in wildlife and very peaceful with stunning views - we were especially taken with the ospreys, the bald eagles, the blue as well as the green herons, the cardinals, the mockingbirds and the hummingbirds not to mention the swallowtails, turtles and mink. We had many interesting visits including the Eastern Shore, the American Revolutionary Museum, the Living Museum, the Aquarium & Virginia Beach, Busch Gardens, Water Country, the USS Wisconsin & Colonial Williamsburg. All very interesting. We also hired a motor boat and tube to enjoy the water & explore the coastline which was great fun. We would also rcommend some great restaurants: I Hop, Texas Roadhouse, Juan's, the Shanty on the Eastern Shore, Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar and the Country Grill & Steakhouse. We would love to return!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Escape

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year at the cottage and we are already looking forward to the third visit! Nine nights still not enough! Loved the back porch for early morning coffee, watching the sky brighten to start the day, and the front porch for evening tea and gorgeous sunsets! There is no shortage of wildlife to keep you entertained! Be sure to bring your camera! The only problem is that it is hard to decide what NOT to take a picture of!! The inside of the cottage is quaint and cozy but not short on space. Lots of windows to keep it bright and to enjoy the beautiful river views. Tastefully decorated and impeccably clean. Fully equipped kitchen made mealtime easy. The owners are a pleasure to deal with and were very "forgiving" when an email address error caused a lengthy delay in them receiving the second payment. You will not be disappointed with this property. My only concern is that it will become more popular and possibly not available when I need it next. 😉?

Donna and Mike, thanks again for a wonderful stay. Looking forward to visiting your little paradise again next year.

The Ottawa girls

P.S. Your "welcome" treats were well received and appreciated. Very thoughtful.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Patrick Henry Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Miles
Surry Ferry
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Williamsburg Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Route 17
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Juan's Mexican
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Yorktown Beach
Car: necessary

Our island cottage is located on a privately owned 15 acre island in the York River. The cottage is only 2 miles from all convenient amenities but you are in your own quiet, secluded waterfront setting with gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. The island is less than 15 minutes to historic Yorktown's Riverwalk shopping and beach community. Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are only 20 minutes via the Colonial Parkway. This is one of the most gorgeous, tranquil scenic drives in America.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Hayes

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
4 Jun 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
6 night minimum stay
Standard rate
1 Jan 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
3 Jun 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee A$126.39
Damage Deposit A$94.79

Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed. We do give a 10% military discount to active duty military guests. Please read our Short Term Rental Agreement in detail before booking. Call the owner if you have any questions before reserving. Thank you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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