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North River
Bed and Breakfast

Gloucester, Virginia

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Surrounded on three sides by salt water, The North River sits majestically on 100 acres of Virginia countryside in the historic Tidewater region off the Chesapeake Bay. 

Known as the cradle of our nation, Virginia is steeped in tradition and history. You'll find plenty to discover right outside your door. The river and creek provide the perfect setting for walks, as well as explorations in our canoes. There's even a walled 18th century garden for you to enjoy, and down the lane our rare 18th century icehouse to visit.

Established as the 17th century estate of sea captain Thomas Todd, these broad fields stretching down to the tidal river have been farmed for more than 350 years. Toddsbury, the original home on the property, is a National Register and Virginia Historic Landmark house, which today serves as the private home of the Montague family who own and operate the Inn.

An avenue of towering red maples serves as your welcoming committee at the North River.

Standing tall and stately, these silent sentinels guide you up the lane to the place you'll call home during your stay.

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The North River is housed in three distinct historic structures, each on a different location on this 100-acre estate. Our historic Virginia inn property includes the Creek House, Toddsbury Cottage, and Toddsbury Guest House. All are on the water, at the ends of private lanes, with exquisite views and river access. Every room offers its own ambiance and appeal, with 18th and 19th century English and American family antiques, private baths, air conditioning, and telephones. From a single room to a complete house, from an intimate honeymoon guesthouse all to yourself to facilities for meeting groups up to twenty, we can tailor our accommodations to fit your needs. The North River provides everything you need for your Chesapeake Bay vacation. Create one of your favorite Virginia getaways now!

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Originally designed by renowned preservation architect Thomas Waterman, Creek House is patterned after British colonial homes in the West Indies. Tall French doors open onto the tidal creek, bordered by an inviting brick terrace and charming walk accented with flowering trees. Creek House, the largest of the three structures, has four and one-half bedrooms, four and one-half baths, and sleeps a total of nine people. This beautiful home features tray ceilings in the formal living-dining room and in the master bedroom, a second large dining room suitable for workshop meetings, and an upstairs sitting area. The house has wireless internet. A canoe and kayaks are available for your enjoyment. Creek House sleeps nine people. Discounts off the nightly rate apply to extended-stays



Toddsbury Cottage offers you elegant accommodations with privacy and comfort, perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway. The salt-box style house features brick-floored front and back screened porches, overlooking our horse pastures and the North River. Inside, a sitting room and dining room both have working fireplaces. There are three bedrooms and two baths. Toddsburry Cottage sleeps five people. Discounts off the nightly rate apply to extended-stays



Guest House An exquisite gem, our Guest House gives you the opportunity to accommodate two additional guests in your party. An exceptionally elegant private retreat., the Guest House features a ground-floor richly appointed sitting room with oriental rugs, floor-to-ceiling bookcases, and a glowing fireplace. Upstairs, a tall-post canopied bed and second fireplace decorate the bedroom overlooking the North River. The Guest House sleeps two people. Discounts off the nightly rate apply to extended-stays



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Breakfast at North River

At the North River, we take our breakfasts seriously. On the weekends, enjoy a generous, hot breakfast prepared and served family-style by the Inn's professional chef , Marjorie Hayes, at Creek House. Our menu ranges from a variety of egg dishes, both Southern and international in flavor (made from our free-range hens' eggs), as well as homemade pancakes and waffles, served with sweet or savory toppings. Southern grits, enriched with sharp cheeses and herbs from our gardens, often make an appearance on our table. Our breakfast meats - thick, Virginia bacon and sausage - are prepared and served separately from our other dishes. We begin breakfast with fruits in season, muffins, and end with fresh pastries. And we always have plenty of hot coffee or freshly brewed tea.

During the week, enjoy a different kind of breakfast: a "self-catered" full continental meal, eaten in the privacy of your own building, of fresh bread, pastries, fruit, cereal, milk, juice, coffee, and tea.

For Groups and Meetings:

  • The North River is the ideal setting for meetings and groups up to twenty people. Privacy, and our ability to tailor our accommodations to fit your needs, assure a perfect retreat.
  • Our large library-meeting room easily seats twenty people at tables. Telephones and FAX are available, as is a fully outfitted kitchen, and all-day coffee and cold drinks. Our handsome sitting-dining room serves as an adjunct meeting and "breakout" room to the primary conference room.
  • The North River Inn offers several miles of quiet walks for conversation and discussion -- along the shore . . . down our country lanes . . . to our rare 18th century ice-house . . . inside our 18th century walled garden, a full acre-square.

Out here, where the land meets the water and the present meets the past, you'll have a rare glimpse of life as it once was in rural Virginia . . . unhurried, gracious, and breathtakingly beautiful.


  • Advance reservations are required. We also require a three-night minimum stay. House rates are subject to change without notice, and are exclusive of tax and cleaning fee.
  • A credit card number or receipt of a deposit within seven days of reservation is required to hold rooms.
  • We accept Master Card, Visa, Travelers Cheques, personal checks, and cash.
  • Discounts available for stays over three days and for Sunday-through-Thursday stays.
    For cancellations prior to three weeks of arrival date, we will refund the twenty-five percent deposit in full, less a $25.00 handling fee. For cancellations under three weeks, we will charge for the whole stay, and also issue a gift certificate for the same amount, good for use within a year.
    Check-in time is from 3 to 7 p.m., or by prior arrangement with the hosts. Check out time by 11 am
    A generous Continental breakfast is provided in your house Monday through Friday. A full Virginia Country breakfast is served on weekends. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements at the time of your reservation.
    Corporate rates and catering are available for meetings.
    We are an irreplaceable antique. Sorry, no smoking.
    We cannot accommodate pets.
    Well-behaved children over 12 are welcome in all quarters, younger children by prior arrangement in the Cottage.
    Canoes are available for $25 per day.

North River is a member of the following associations:
Bed & Breakfast Association of Virginia
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Professional Association of Innkeepers International (PAII)

North River
Bed and Breakfast

P.O. Box 695
Gloucester, Virginia 23061
(804) 693-1616
Fax: (804) 695-0303
Email: info@northrivervirginia.com
Homepage: www.northriverinn.com
Innkeepers: Breck & Mary Montague

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