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

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 2,650 sq. ft.
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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Bohannon Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2650 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • We recommend each guest bring a pair of water shoes if they plan on accessing the water. Oyster shells can wash up with the tides
  • Put inside & outdoor furnishings & furniture back to original place before you check out. It is a huge help to us as we get ready for the next guests
  • Strip used bed sheets and leave in bedroom floor. Take all used towels downstairs to washer area. Remove any other soiled bed linens; put on floor
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 ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • 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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Farmhouse on Bay/River estate, Child/Dog friendly Wrap-around porch, Sandy beach
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Stay at Mariner,s Legacy in Bohannon, Va

  • 5 of 5

We are back home in Florida, but will always remember our stay at the Mariner,s Legacy as perfect, and absolutely delightful.

The house was so beautiful and unique. The views over the river were stunning.

The house was immaculate and fully equipped with everything one could need.

The hosts were so friendly and beyond accommodating. The Northeast storm, Grayson, was approaching on the eve of our departure and Danette and Rick stopped by to advise us to stay another day at no charge. When they made a run into town, they stopped to see if we needed anything and, again, to clean the snow off our cars and to give us the tools to do so the next day.

We cannot say enough good about the house or the hosts and highly recommend the Mariner.s Legacy in Bohannon, Va.

Bonnie and Ron Eichholtz

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Wonderful property and house.

  • 4 of 5

The house had everything we needed and the property had amazing water views.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, historic home with wrap around porch and great views of East River.

  • 5 of 5

Home furnished with everything needed for a comfortable stay - great bedding and modern bathrooms with well-stocked kitchen. Everything is top-notch from towels to the hand soap to the comfy throws. My favorite spot was the hammock and rocking chair on the sunny back porch- sheltered from the cool wind off the river, but still able to view the river bend.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had our annual girl’s trip at Mariner’s Legacy. The house is absolutely charming and could not have been cleaner. The views were amazing. We kayaked and used the fire pit. It got chilly on the second day, but there were plenty of throw blankets to keep us warm so we could stay out on the porch to enjoy the view. The owners were so attentive it almost like were staying at a B and B. Really enjoyed it.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location to recharge!

  • 5 of 5

Loved it so much, we came back another year! Truely wonderful owners, well appointed home that charms us more every visit. The whole family had so much fun at the waterfront and cruising the river/bay in our boat all week.

Seriously, you need to rent this home- but not my week! *wink*

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Haddonfield, NJ

Peaceful abode

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, our 4 kids (ages 14, 11, 9, 6), and my dad stayed in Mariner's Legacy for the week as we celebrated my dad's 70th birthday. Danette and Rick were a delight to work with through the entire rental process and provided us with a perfect vacation. The house itself is something to behold. The layout is spectacular and the house has been restored in a lovely way. The linens were of high quality, and everything we needed for our week was available. We have rented several other homes before and always need to bring quite a few things from home. Not in this case. Just bring food for meals and everything else is there. My favorite aspect of the kitchen was the ramekins, and my husband was pleasantly surprised to see a glass mug chilling in the freezer which he used for his beer. Our dogs were welcome and enjoyed chasing the fiddler crabs and rolling around in the grass. There is a small sandy beach area right on the property, so our kids spent much time there in the water. We went into the town of Mathews a few times, and it was very quaint. The food at Richardson's was incredibly tasty. The gentleman at Sibley's General Store was very helpful in pointing us to the lighthouse. Each member of our family enjoyed this house and vacation!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Danette Aldrich Machen
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

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 Bohannon

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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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Newport News/Willamsburg International
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
Mathews Village
Nearest Golf
18.3 Miles
Piankatank River Golf Club
Nearest Train
21 Miles
Williamsburg, VA
Nearest Motorway
38 Miles
Interstate 64 @ Lee Hall Exit
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Mathews Village
Car: necessary

Located in Tidewater Virginia, a region rich in history and water recreation opportunities! Visit Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. William Kelso says Jamestown 'is where the British Empire began ... this was the first colony in the British Empire.' Colonial Williamsburg is a living history museum, where you can step back in time and experience what it was like to live in the 18th century. The end of the Revolutionary War occurred at Yorktown, a small tobacco port located on the York River. The Colonial National Historical Park links all the three of these treasure.

The Mariners Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, is located in Newport News, VA. It has rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and so much more. Downtown Norfolk is 64 miles away with multiple museums, such as Chrysler Museum Of Art, MacArthur Memorial Museum, and Nautilus Museum. Virginia Beach, located on the Atlantic Ocean, has the Virginia Aquarium.

The Daffodil Festival, held every Spring in the Gloucester Village, celebrates the official flower of the Middle Peninsula. The Oyster Festival, the official state oyster festival, is always the first weekend in November in the town of Urbanna. If you love oysters, you have to go to Merroir: Topping, VA. At the Rappahannock River Oyster Co. tasting room, slurp down a dozen just feet from the water where they were harvested. Or try Angels on Horseback, baked oysters with thick, crisp slices of Edwards ham.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Damage Insurance $99

Pet Fee is per dog. Please communicate with us at initial contact the number of dogs. Maximum number of dogs is three regardless of size or breed.
Check-out is 10 AM firm. Summer season check-out day is Saturday

Rates are subject to change before reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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