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Farmhouse on Bay/River estate, Child/Dog friendly Wrap-around porch, Sandy beach

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 246 m²
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

A secluded 22 acre estate with 1100 ft of river shoreline & phenominal views!

Mariner's Legacy-circa 1867.

**No weddings allowed**

You will be looking 1 1/2 mile up and 2 miles down the East River. The spectacular views will take your breath away as the river laps literally feet away from you. East River has been called 'Little Annapolis' by the 'Chesapeake Bay Magazine'. The uncongested waters provide for a cruising heaven for you to watch kayaks to yachts travel pass. If you want to experience what it is like to live on the water, you must come to Mariner's Legacy. There is nothing comparable to it in Mathews County on the rental market for maritime history, 22 acres of open space and privacy as well as wide, miles long river views and proximity to the Mobjack Bay and Chesapeake Bay,

The home and property have been passed down from great grandfather, Isaac Ward, a sea captain, to present day owner and husband. The oak wood flooring, molding, chair railing, wainscoting, 10 foot columns and ceilings, doors and door handles are original to the house. The home has been lovingly and completely remodeled and open for the first time on the rental market In July 2015.

The house was built by ships carpenters [ships wrights] after the Civil War for Captain Isaac Ward of Somerset County, MD. He had been a blockade runner in the Civil War and had used Williams Wharf to "drop off" goods bound for Richmond. He bought this property with his war profits from Mr. Williams' brother. Mathews County maritime history radiates throughout the house through decorative items and books describing the long and eventful history of the ancestors and the Chesapeake Bay region.

The porch is a perfect place to watch all that nature has to offer; ospreys' catching the evening meal as their mates call out to them, eagles as they soar over your head, dolphins chasing schools of fish and fiddle crabs scurrying across the sand.

The house is on a double peninsula that looks due north 1 1/2 miles up the East River, past Williams Wharf into Put-In Creek and southeast 2 miles down the river towards Mobjack Bay as well into Mill Creek and Raines Creek. This means you have the river in front of you and the creek behind you.

You will be able to launch your boat and moor it at a dock and boat ramp owned by the owners in the adjacent Raines Creek. Mariner's Legacy is perfect for the fisherman in your group. If you bring your boat, cruising the rivers of the Mobjack Bay is a favorite activity, as well tubing or running out to New Point Lighthouse.

Or if you prefer, you can anchor your boat just off shore the sandy beach and walk up to the house with your daily catch. The sandy area is perfect for launching kayaks and small sail boats. This area has a hundred foot or so gradual walk to deeper water, typical of Tidewater Virginia. The sandy river bottom has been a perfect area for generations of children to enjoy the water without fear of getting into deep water quickly. Four kayaks are provided with the house.

There is a 7 acre wide expansive grassy yard overlooking the rivah and is perfect for a pick-up game of soccer, crochette, volleyball & cornhole. The children will love playing tag & chasing lighting bugs as generations of children have done before them! The fire pit is on the western side of the house so you can sit and enjoy the sun setting over the East River as you roast your marshmallows.

The house is a three story classic Tidewater vernacular farm house. The theme is nautical-chic. The neutral walls are offset with fabrics in farmhouse colors (deep red, navy, khaki). The palette is echoed throughout the house-from the first floor "rivah" room and dinning room to the third floor gathering area.

The ground floor has an enclosed heated porch with washer, dryer and second refrigerator. This opens into the Back Foyer, which has storage for outdoor dining ware. Laundry products, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and napkins are provided. Dish and dishwasher detergent as well as any clean-up products are provided. You will also find the crab steamer, with wooden mallets and crab seasoning provided as well as the sturdy brown paper to put on the picnic table for you own crab picking while watching the sunset. One of our guests said "You know it has been a good meal when you can wrap it up, throw it away and hose down your table!"

The updated kitchen has new stainless steel appliances. Cooking for 12 will be no problem in the top of the line well appointed kitchen. The dinning room has a farm table with seating for 12. Plenty of extra cozy seating on 2 additional leather sofas for reading or conversation are also in this room.

The 'rivah' room overlooks the expansive views of the East River, with lots of seating for watching the 55 inch flat screen HD TV, playing games or just enjoy relaxing. The full downstairs bathroom is on the west wall.

The second floor has four bedrooms with queen size beds with high thread count luxury linens and reading alcoves overlooking the river and creeks. There are two full bathrooms are on the second floor. Oversized luxurious Egyptian cotton bath linens are provided to each guest.

As you enter the third floor family area, there is a Pottery Barn sofa and 48 in flat screen HD TV with "take your breath away river views"! Plenty of additional seating is provided to read or lounge.

On this floor are two bedrooms, with two twin beds in each room. One of the bedrooms is decorated for your favorite pirate. Family lore has been passed down that Captain Ward's brother had a parrot and a peg leg! Capt. Ward inherited the parrot, which was know to say "Captain Ike, someone's at the mill!" The western window overlooks the remnants of this tidal mill. A half bath is on this floor.

The porch wraps around three sides of the house and all three sides overlook the East River. The proximity to the water provides panoramic views for your morning coffee right through evening cocktails! There are seating areas on each side of the porch beckoning you to come and sit awhile. A hammock with hooks on either side of the porch allows you to follow the ever present breeze that being on a peninsula gives you.

Keywords: Chesapeake Bay, Waterfront, Riverfront, Beach, Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Kayaking, Crabbing, Dock, Boat Ramp, Family, Reunion, College Graduation, Kids, Biking, East River, Mobjack Bay, Mathews County, Historic, Victorian, Maritime, Civil War, Privacy, Weekend trips from Washington D.C.

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Danette Aldrich Machen
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
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April 29, 2017

About Danette Aldrich Machen

Mariner's legacy has been in my family since 1867. My father farmed this land and I grew up in the house. I learned at an early age how to be a good steward of this special place we call home.

I married my Mathews High School sweetheart after graduating from nursing school in Richmond in 1979. I have worked as an RN at the local hospital in the ICU, ER and as coordinator for the cardiac rehab. Working in your hometown hospital requires a high level of accountability as you are truly caring for your neighbors and friends. Good prep as I enter this new phase of offering my family home to others!

Both Rick & I have volunteered for various organizations in the county while balancing busy professional lives, raising two wonderful daughters and taking care of our own adjoining 6 acre property and home. Rick and I have poured our blood, sweat and tears into this house and land, just as my ancestors have done for years.

Danette Aldrich Machen purchased this estate in 1867

Why Danette Aldrich Machen chose USA

Mariner's Legacy has been my families home for generations. It is a pleasure and an honor to share our families home with other families to continue their legacy of wonderful memories.

The water views from each room are truly amazing. Come sit in the nooks and crannies and read your favorite book as I did as a child. Or enjoy your morning coffee on the wrap-around porch while watching the osprey couple fly in front of you to search for their chick's breakfast.

Watch the local water 'women' come in with her catch and dock in the creek. Put on your water shoes and wade along the river's shore line searching for Indian arrowheads. Put the kayaks overboard and explore the many creeks on the East River, which is a Blue Water Riverway.

There really are not adequate words to describe how much I love being on the East River I look forward to the opportunity to give others the same experiences I've been blessed to have for the last 57 years.

My family means everything to me and I cherish each opportunity to be with my children and grandchildren. Mariner's Legacy has hosted generations of family get-togethers and family "dinning's". We have brought the home into the 21st century so all the current families can enjoy this incredible place.

What makes this estate unique

Guests will have access to additional waterfront property with commercial size dock, boat ramp and one slip to moor your own boat on adjoining creek with protected cove. Enjoy crabbing with string and chicken necks! Public fishing pier located directly across the river. Watch osprey couples hunt for fish each evening right in front of you while you sit on the wrap around porch enjoying your evening drink! Heron and egrets hunting along the shoreline as the tides changes.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for the GREAT weather & house & fun times & great place
Oct 2015
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Bohannon Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 246 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Large walk-in shower with seat
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Third floor half bath just right for children
  • Brand new vanity in the first floor bathroom. Newly renovated bathroom in the second floor bathrooms with new vanities, toilets & combination tub/shower. Newly constructed half bath in third floor.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Full size designer crib with extra crib sheets
  • All Bedrooms have wonderfully comfortable mattresses with new luxurious high thread linens. Guests frequently ask us "Where did you get such comfortable mattresses and pillows?" I hate to travel and then sleep on miserable beds! So I want our guests to feel and be pampered with the best beds possible. This is a home built in 1867, where clothes were hung in wardrobes. There are not closets in each bedroom but hooks are provided if the room does not have a wardrobe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Mariner's Legacy is not available for hosting weddings. We would be delighted to recommend wedding venues located in Mathews County. Please visit Mathews County Vistors Center


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(26 traveler reviews)


Beautiful ... and so relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough nice things about this property!! It is a GREAT place to go to simply get away from everyday life and relax. Stunning views, immaculate house, comfortable beds, etc.... this place has it all. The owners could not have been any nicer or more accommodating (I feel like I gained a friend in Danette). We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Memorable Family Gathering!

  • 5 of 5

We are from Southern California in Dana Point. We were coming to Virginia for our son's United States Coast Guard graduation at Yorktown and wanted a place where our 4 generations of family members could come together for a week long gathering. I communicated with Danette prior to booking and based on that I decided this would be a great place for our family. We were greeted with the most genuine hospitality. Both Rick and Danette went above and beyond in their recommendations of local sights and making sure we were comfortable at the house. We were celebrating an early Christmas together and the house was decorated with the most beautiful tree and lights. It was truly a magical and memorable week that our family will cherish for years. We had so many amazing days from playing corn hole around the fire pit, to bike riding the country roads, to kayaking around the lake and much more. The house is steeped in history and we loved hearing the family stories from both Rick and Danette. This house and surrounding area are everything that's described and so much more!

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved Mariner's Legacy!

  • 5 of 5

Seven adults and 2 children spent Thanksgiving week at Mariner's Legacy and could not have enjoyed it more. Dannette and Rick welcomed us and made themselves available for any problems, we didn't have any. We had more than enough room in the house and the large space outdoors was great. The house was spotless and extremely well stocked, far exceeding our expectations. The little ones really enjoyed the great outside area running, flying kites, and playing on the outdoor playset. Family came from California, Maryland, Ohio, and Florida and all agreed it was the best gathering we have had. I would like to make a summer trip there sometime. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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So beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about this home, the location, the views and much, much more.

First the home: beautifully decorated, clean as a pin, stocked with everything you need for your stay. You really feel like you are home because every detail has been considered.

Second the location: breath taking views, great breezes on the porches while you read or nap, fire pit, rocking chairs and much more.

Rick and Danette are the most friendly owners and there whenever you need a recommendation or guidance of any kind.

We have stayed in many rentals, and this home trumps them all. Don't miss out!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Mariner's Legacy went beyond what we expected. My 3 daughters and their families are talking about coming next year. It was the perfect place to relax, enjoy each other and beautiful surroundings. The beds are super comfortable, everything you need to cook meals is available. The owner's had wonderful hospitality. I have recommended Mariner's Legacy to my friends. Hope to stay again-----Ginger S.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat for the whole family!

  • 5 of 5

It is challenging to be brief in reviewing our experience at Mariner's Legacy! From our initial inquiry to our final goodbye, Danette was wonderful- communicating details, answering our questions, and responsive to concerns.

As the driveway curved to the clearing, the waterfront's breadth met us while the charming architecture of the home beckoned to be explored! Danette and Rick welcomed us and we sank into the beautiful porch chairs and the stress of our busy lives began to slip away.

Three generations of our family joined us, ages 1 to 53. Our 3 year old grandson loved to climb into his pirate bed on the top floor and each of us had a beautiful room (the mattresses are AMAZING!) and well appointed, beautiful bathrooms. Have I mentioned the waterfront views from the windows? It is just beautiful! The house is oozing charm, with a surprise and a "Wow" around every corner. Rick brought the house through a complete renovation and Danette has done a beautiful job decorating the home. The Machens provide great info for field trips and resources.

Our activities of choice: Kayaking into sunrises, paddle boat fishing, Corn Hole tournaments, Sandcastle building, country bike rides, Campfires, napping in the hammocks, boating on the bay and river, playing hide and seek , chasing, giggling and snuggling with the kids, Watercolor painting by the water's edge, preparing our dinners in the fully equipped kitchen, gathering around the big farmhouse table for meals, more napping on the porch, puzzles, movies and more.

We had dolphins follow our boat and we spotted them from the house as well. Bald Eagles, Heron, and Egret all came fishing in the grasses at water's edge. Quietness and complete safety abound.

In a nutshell- Trust everything you read in their listing, we found it all to be true! Danette and Rick have made every effort to provide all you might need and continue to plan improvements to an already wonderful property (I heard tell of an outdoor shower in the works!) I just cannot stress how much joy this vacation home brought to us and I highly recommend it to all! Danette and Rick are great- We came as strangers, but left as friends. We hope to come again soon and often!

Colette B.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 26 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 20 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jun 17 2017 - Sep 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Years
Dec 17 2017 - Jan 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linen fee $250
Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $99
Tax Rate 5.3%

100% refund of owner's fees if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Rates are subject to change before reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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