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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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Calendar last updated:
June 25, 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 Virginia

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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 27
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Bring water shoes for your guests Put inside and outdoor furnishings & furniture back to original place No weddings allowed
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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
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  • 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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Farmhouse on Bay/River estate, Child/Dog friendly Wrap-around porch, Sandy beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews

Susan B

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. Danette and Rick are very friendly and hospitable. The house is beautiful. Our grandchildren had a wonderful time fishing from the beach, playing croquet, and roasting marshmallows.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect House & Hostess

  • 5 of 5

I booked this house for my bridal party as I was getting married up the road and needed a place for the bridal party to stay. It was perfect. Half of my guests were from Ireland, and they loved being close to the river for swimming, enjoying the fantastic view from the back porch in the morning, sitting on the front porch at night, and being introduced to corn hole.

Danette is friendly and communicative, and she makes sure everything is perfect for her guests.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had twelve people and two dogs in our group. There was plenty of space for everyone. No need to leave the house - kayaking, biking, fishing, paddle boating, lawn games and lounging on the porch. Lots of exploring for the dogs. Danette and Rick did an amazing job restoring Mariner's Legacy. The house is super clean and comfortable. We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Three generations of our family spent a week in this home to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary - couldn't have been more perfect!

The pictures do not do the home justice. Not only was the house perfectly decorated but it was immaculately maintained. I think this was the first rental house i have ever stayed in that I did not feel the need to "reclean".

Most of our time was spent at the house: morning coffee on the porch, fishing, kayaking, playing games, naps in the hammock, reading - on the porch or in any of the many reading nooks, campfire, etc.

We spent an afternoon in Yorktown, a day at Busch Gardens, hit up the Farmers Market in Mathews, and seafood from J & W. Very convenient access to all.

I can't say enough good things about Mariner's Legacy. Danette and Rick were wonderful. Just got home but can't wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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the perfect getaway...

  • 5 of 5

Cannot say enough about this place. It is perfect for any family situation or size that is looking to getaway and relax in style. The home, land, and amenities are amazing. The pictures are great but you really need to see it to appreciate how nice everything really is. Plenty of room inside and out. Very comfortable beds and pillows; immaculate bathrooms and beautifully decorated throughout. The owners live next door and are available just in case you need something or have a question...super friendly and helpful. They thought of everything from grilling/cooking supplies to food condiments, firewood, crab pots and nets, a paddle boat, bikes, dog bowl, cleaning supplies, baby crib, and more. This is truly a high-end vacation rental that is welcoming and wonderful.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing stay with fond memories that will stay with us forever.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect. First, the location was absolutely wonderful. We were a group of family and friends who gathered together to remember, meditate, and pray for a son/brother/cousin/friend who died in an accident. He was a lover of nature and I know that he appreciated our gathering in his honor at such a beautiful place. Part of our group stayed in a nearby rental and others in local hotels, but we gathered for meals and spent time together around the fire pit. We loved having coffee on the deck in the morning and watching the boats and wildlife. Some of our group went kayaking for the first time ever and discovered a new hobby!

The high quality of the furnishings, and bedding made the stay so comfortable. We truly felt like we were home. The house and location were perfect. Thank you so much; the stay meant so much to all of us.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Newport News/Willamsburg International
Nearest Barpub
11 Miles
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Nearest Golf
18.3 Miles
Piankatank River Golf Club
Nearest Train
21 Miles
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38 Miles
Interstate 64 @ Lee Hall Exit
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11 Miles
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Rates & Availability

Bohannon Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
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

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

Check-out is 10 AM firm

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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