- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 15% off
The vibe at Blackwater Birds and Bees
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We had a blast this weekend at James' property. James and his father went above and beyond to make our stay great—our entire group said we felt like we were at a luxury hotel with the service they provided. James went out of his way to show us around his property (and introduce us to his animals), shuttle kayaks so we could float down the river, and ensure that everything was taken care of (including trash, firewood, and all the little things that come with camping).
Beyond the warm hospitality, the property is beautiful. The Blackwater swamp ecosystem is truly unique for Virginia and is a fun area to explore on kayak. We spent hours enjoying the river. While we didn't do any fishing, we would want to bring poles next time. James even offered to set up a trotline for catfish. The campsite backs to this swamp and is a perfect location to watch the sunset and enjoy a beer and a bonfire. Highly recommended and would definitely stay again!
My girlfriend and I had a great time visiting James (and co.) on their south-eastern VA farm, and would recommend it to any friends/persons looking to get away! We were first clued into their kindness and hospitality when we got a message from James saying that there was a reservation mistake and HipCamp had somehow let us book a site even though they were full, however, James was willing to make us a new site with a campfire pit if we still wanted to come. The offer was too good to pass up. When we arrived, we were warmly welcomed and given a tour of the farm. We passed stands of long-leaf pines, wildflower meadows, and rustic, sandy roads leading off in all directions. We were showed their small lake and the canoes/kayaks that were available for use. We were then guided to our newly built site, which was complete with a campfire pit, table, plenty of firewood, a gallon of water, trash, recycling, and bug spray. After settling in for a bit we decided to say hi to the farm animals that are on the property. A gaggle of geese, some hens, a rambunctious rooster or two, and about five adorable goats greeted us at the gate. While the hens and geese were fun to observe, it was really the goats that stole our hearts. We strolled back to our campsite and on our return, it began raining. No sooner had we gotten our small two-person set up did the thunder crack and the heavens open. Since we only live 1.5 hours away, we decided to call it quits and pack up during a brief break in the rain. On the way home, we stopped in Smithfield for ice cream, which is an adorable colonial town. All in all, we had a splendid time at Blackwater Birds and Bees, even though we didn’t even spend the night!
This was mine and my puppy's first time camping and being a lone female camper, my friends and family had a lot of reservations. I could not have felt safer during this trip, my site was private but still close to the main house which was great for me. Phyllis was very kind and helpful and periodically checked in on us, especially after a night of thunderstorms. We ended up leaving a day early, but solely based on the scorching heat and possibilities of more storms. Overall, we had a great trip and we would definitely come back in the cooler months.
We had a wonderful time at James's property!
Even though it was our first tent camping, we didn't have any problem because James provided us lots of stuff.
First, we enjoyed the awesome barbeque on the grill and James provided us grill, firewood, and lighter fluid. We forgot to bring some essential stuff because it was our first time, but thanks to him we could do what we wanted to do without any problem.
Second, there are boats and kayaks that you can enjoy the wonderful scenery near the property. I and my boyfriend each did kayaking near our tent, and we could have a delightful private time on the calm pond.
Third, you can also go to the farm which has ducks, roasters, goose, and goats. They are super active and might approach to you so you can see them up close!
This property is very private and he also gave us some unique local fruit and water to drink. I really appreciate the care that James gave us and I highly recommend this place! We only stayed for a day but I'm sure you can enjoy many other things if you stay longer.