Within the expansive and protected boundaries of Lightwood Forest, many delightful and secluded camping sites can be found. Choose between expansive green meadows or woodland settings with ancient majestic oaks, stately poplars or silvery beeches and sycamores as your nearest neighbors. A well-trodden walking trail, over two miles long, meanders through this, your very own
Within the expansive and protected boundaries of Lightwood Forest, many delightful and secluded camping sites can be found. Choose between expansive green meadows or woodland settings with ancient majestic oaks, stately poplars or silvery beeches and sycamores as your nearest neighbors. A well-trodden walking trail, over two miles long, meanders through this, your very own Hundred Acre Wood. Up hills and down ravines, along ancient cart paths and road beds, wander at your own pace through this beautiful forest, watching all the while for, and sharing your space with, Lightwood's very own forest denizens. Who might that be, you ask? Well, look for quite the array of bird species, including woodpeckers and owls, hawks and wild turkeys, ravens and crows. Be on the lookout for woodland tortoises and turtles as well as raccoons and possums who all live within the protected boundaries of Lightwood Forest. You may not see them during the day, but if you look closely on the little sandy beaches that line the mossy banks of the streams that run through the property, you'll see their tiny paw prints, letting you know they were there, drinking at leisure from the clear, clean water of their protected forest home.
In the depth of winter, a house on neighboring property can be glimpsed at a distance through the woods, but other than that, camping sites deep within Lightwood Forest are completely secluded from any sign of civilization.
The cozy and comfortable historic eighteenth-century house sleeps up to ten guests as well as up to two doggy friends. All modern conveniences are available, including WIFI, a six-foot jetted tub and walk-in marble shower in an expansive downstairs bathroom.
Lightwood Forest is a land steeped in history. The main stream that traverses the property marked the southern boundary of the wedding gift given by Wahunsonacock, alias Chief Powhatan, upon the marriage of his favorite child, Pocahontas, to John Rolfe, in 1614.
While the property seems far from civilization, the small town of Surry is only 1.5 miles away. Additionally, a short ferry ride away, across the mighty James River, are the nationally renowned historic museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Historic Jamestowne. All lie along the beautiful, scenic Colonial Parkway.
Lightwood is the perfect retreat for lovers of both history and nature as well as for souls in search of peace, quiet and solitude.
- Check in: After 4PM
- Check out: Before 10AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 3
- Accepts bookings: 18 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 100%
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Delightful woodland retreat
Lightwood House was the perfect retreat for a 3 night break and we'll definitely be back for another trip.
Here's why: the location is absolutely beautiful almost in Lightwood Forest itself and the house was a perfect size for our family. We loved that we could take our dogs with us and the immediate garden (as we English say) was fenced in so they could have lots of fun running around too. They (and we) enjoyed the extensive forest and trail around the house. The house was beautifully appointed with fabulous antiques but maintained a cozy and intimate feel rather than formal. The owner Cliff is clearly knowledgeable about his 4 grandfather clocks and has written a charming article about the history about them. Fear not! The clocks were not set to chime - just another indication of how thoughtful our hosts were, but the gentle ticking of the clock was a delightful throwback to my childhood family home. Although the weather was a little muggy outside, the air conditioning ran very efficiently throughout the house. We took advantage of the local restaurants in Surry for take-out food but the kitchen at the house was thoroughly equipped - I could easily envisage being able to host a substantial family meal without worrying about sufficient pots/pans/utensils. It's an easy drive to the car ferry across to Jamestown which was a fun outing and provided easy access to larger shopping/restaurant opportunities should you wish to do so. We just loved the isolation so just enjoyed the ride over and back post ice cream. I'm already thinking about an occasion to go back which is the best recommendation I can give.