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1 bedroom, memory foam beds, in-room safe, iron/ironing board
1 bedroom, memory foam beds, in-room safe, iron/ironing board

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Follows industry sanitization guidelines

Explore the area

    Popular LocationDorey Park19 min drive
    Popular LocationGlendale/Malvern Hill Battlefields Visitor Center20 min drive
    AirportRichmond, VA (RIC-Richmond Intl.)21 min drive
    Popular LocationShirley Plantation29 min drive

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About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire house boat to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City

Beachfront houseboat for sun and fun
Dear future guests,I do not need to tell you that we are in the midst of a very dangerous pandemic. Nor will I try to tell you what works for you. But what I do know is that none of us should live in fear or crawl up in a corner until the all clear signal is given. I will admit that there is no completely safe place to spend your time, but you may want to consider coming to the GiaMaria or the Jewel of the James where the air flows freely up and down the river, across farmer's fields, and through the nearby forest We are in the country, yet only ten miles from downtown Richmond. Here you will find what I believe is a safe place to hike, bike or run on nearby county roads, National parks, or on the Virginia Captiol Trail. Or you could just choose to read, paint, write, fish, sun, or work "from home" by using our Verizon Jetpacks. You will also find a great deal of personal space and solitude which will become immediately apparent as you drive down either of our two first highways, Osborne Turnpike, or Kingsland Road to experience America's first river; the James.The river in this area has a few very old and calm oxbows, where the GiaMaria and the Jewel of the James are berthed. Indeed, they are awesome places to spend your time. They are in fact, places like no other in the entire United States, and I will make an honest attempt to back up this statement in the description that follows given the few words that are allowed. As for the GiaMaria, she is a 50' Chris Craft houseboat that has been completely remodeled inside and out in order to give our guests a home-like atmosphere without losing the feel of being on an old riverboat. It is modern in every sense of the word. It has been reconstructed to have a large bathroom with a full sized vanity, a 4' designer shower, ventilator fans, and its own USCG certified sanitation system. It comes complete with a queen eleven inch memory foam mattress (Sleep Innovations) and high quality bedding, a small but complete galley and a large salon for relaxing. Outside you will find a large open upper deck with great views for morning coffee or evening drinks and a lower covered bow deck. The Jewel is equally as nice, however character limitations in this space do not allow such an elaborate description if I am to describe this unique area where the boats are docked. But you can find the Romance of the Jewels unique listing here on Homeaway.But it is not just the GiaMaria or the Jewel that you will enjoy. It is also there unique locations. The Richmond Yacht Basin and the Kingsland Marina are both in the country less than 10 country road miles from downtown Richmond. And their setting cannot be duplicated. Close by, Richmond National Battlefield Park, well kept privately owned farms and Osborne Landing, a county owned facility including a nice fishing pier, a Bass Master's boat launch, great walking trails along the river, canoe and kayak launch ramps, pavilions for picnics/cookouts, bathrooms and a wonderful playground for kids, always in tip-top shape, and it is all free to the public. After a beautiful canopied drive which will take you to the marinas, you will find yourself standing on the ground where so many famous people lived and events took place that shaped our nation's history. Some of the historical people who lived in the nearby Indian settlement of Arrohateck included Chief Powhatan's son, Tanx or (Parahunt) and Pocahontas his daughter, who married her English born husband John Rolfe. Pocahontas and John Rolfe after marriage made their home here and with the aid of many nameless slaves, (black, Indian and white) they saved Jamestown and the first English colonists by producing a type of "Varina" tobacco that would have tremendous economic value in many European countries. It is a spot where Captain John Smith found his "sweetest water" during his explorations of the "wilderness", and in later years of sail the area surrounding those springs became a local stop- over known as "Sailor's Tavern". People like George Washington, Patrick Henry, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee' mother, Anne Hill Carter, John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Susannah Bowling, Layfayette, Benedict Arnold, Gen. Cornwallis and many other great and not so great men and women passed thru this oxbow in the James River on their way to transform our nation. Battles on land and in the river were fought here too, during both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. And during the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold sank our Colonial Fleet within eyesight of the GiaMaria before burning Richmond. Union Ironclads like the Monitor and Galena fought other Ironclads like the Confederate's CSS Virginia while trying to pass Drewery's Bluff, the confederate "Annapolis" in order to try and subdue Richmond.And Just around the river's bend just east of Richmond Yacht Basin is Henricus, the London Company's second settlement after Jamestown in the New World. Unfortunately the original "cittie" was destroyed by Opechancanough, Chief Powhatan's successor "brother" during the Indian Massacre of 1622. Today however, Henricus is a thriving reconstruction of what it was like in the days of Sir Thomas Dale's early 1600's "town", and many of my guests who have visited there say it is on par with Jamestown.Just down the road heading east along Route 5 (a Virginia Bi-Way) are plantations like Shirley, still owned and operated by the same family since its beginning in 1613, Berkley, where Taps was first composed and played, and where the first Thanksgiving was arguably held, Westover, the home of President William Henry Harrison (Ole' Tippecanoe), Sherwood Forrest, the home of "His Accidency", President John Tyler. And there is also Evergreen, the birthplace of Edmund Ruffin, who is the father of modern agriculture and the southern firebrand who is credited with firing the shot that started the Civil War. These are just a few of the historical places or attractions to be found within a few minutes of the docking space of the GiaMaria or the Jewel of the James. Going west on Route 5 into Richmond you will find St. John's Episcopal Church where Patrick Henry told the King of England, to go to hell, or Hollywood Cemetery where a great many historical figures are buried like the Presidents Monroe and Tyler. Within minutes if you are a Civil War buff, then you are in luck because you will be set squarely in the middle of where the Battle of the Crater took place, as did Cold Harbor, Malvern Hill, White Oak Swamp, Deep Bottom, Chaffin's Farm, Pamplin Historical Park and City Point (Gen. Grants headquarters during the siege of Petersburg) and many other well known and not so well known battle sites and fortifications.Much about our old and dusty beginnings causes us to be proud, but at the same time ashamed. However, because of the lessons learned from our past, the Richmond area today has become a bright and shiny place set like Rome on seven hills.Here you will find many and varied museums or river rapids for those brave enough to take the plunge, sports events of every kind, major universities and hospitals like Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia, world class car races at Richmond International Raceway and cycling (the UCI world championship 2015), as well as the Richmond Marathon (rated the 18th largest in the nation). There are also restaurants galore from local favorites to world class dining. Richmond is fast becoming a gourmets delight and the Craft Brewery Capital of the South. Chic shopping districts like Carytown, River Road, Short Pump or Stoney Point are all within a short distance, as are outlet malls and several large shopping centers. Watersports and tours of many kinds are offered in several nearby places. Major garden tours (voted one of the best in the country) like Lewis-Ginter Botanical Gardens or Maymont Park as well as national, state and local parks are all within minutes of the GiaMaria. And in one to two hours by car you can be in the Blue Ridge Mountains or Charlottesville or Virginia Beach or Washington, DC, or Williamsburg or Jamestown, or Yorktown, or Petersburg, or Kings Dominion, or Busch Gardens, and several major outlet malls. We even now enjoy the Virginia Capital Trail. It is a cycling/walking, running hard surfaced path of 52 miles that links Richmond, the Capital of Virginia, and the Colonial Capitals of Williamsburg and Jamestown. And all of this is only a sampling of what you will find within a stones throw of either vessel. The area though is also a wildlife lover's delight. There are many native species of plants and animals such as rare Lady Slippers, Bald Eagles, ancient swamps of Cypress and Junipers, Running Cedar, and Song Birds galore. There are Foxes, both red and silver, and occasional bobcats, beavers and otters. We are also a flyway for many species of animals, such as Butterflies, Purple Martins, Ducks, Geese, Humming Birds, Robins, Northern Bald Eagles. Fish such as Striped Bass, American and Hickory Shad and American Eels spawn here in the spring. And in the fall, ancient Sturgeons weighing more than 500 pounds can be seen jump out of the water.As for fishing, we have both Large and Small Mouth Bass, several species of Catfish, record sized Crappie and several local guides will guarantee that you will catch a catfish of 40 pounds or more during late fall and throughout the winter. But if dancing is your thing, then the tobacco company is just down the road where you can party late into the night or we can hook you up with a lively Salsa or Argentine Tango group for some lessons or a Milonga. One thing is for sure concerning where the GiaMaria or the Jewel of the James rests, you will not be hard pressed to find places to suit your interest, because it is all here. However, nothing in my opinion can compare with the peace and tranquility of witnessing nature from the decks of our boats.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this houseboat offer fireplaces and safes. Rooms open to patios. Accommodations offer separate living rooms and include sofa beds. Beds feature memory foam mattresses. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.

Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Ronald M. Blaha
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Follows regional sanitization guidelines of CESCO (S. Korea)
Follows industry sanitization guidelines of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • On the beach


  • WiFi available

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking
  • Car recommended


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Spices
  • Electric kettle


  • 1 bedroom
  • Memory foam mattress
  • Bed sheets provided
  • Sofa bed


  • 1 bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Towels provided
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room
  • Dining room


  • TV
  • Stereo
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Patio
  • Barbecue grill
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near laundromat


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Safe
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • On the waterfront
  • In the city center
  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location
  • Near a hospital
  • Near outlet shopping
  • Near a zoo

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Boating on site
  • Kayak on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Ice skating nearby
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Winery tours nearby
  • Marina nearby
  • Water tubing nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Theme parks nearby


  • Sleeps 4
  • Unit size: 350 sq ft (33 sq m)



Check-in time starts at Flexible
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before Flexible

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Parties and events are allowed on site

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Warm Cozy 50' Houseboat Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit
Warm Cozy 50' Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit Richmond
Warm Cozy 50' Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit
Warm Cozy 50' Houseboat Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit
Warm Cozy 50' Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit Richmond
Warm Cozy 50' Houseboat Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit
Warm Cozy 50' Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit Richmond
Warm Cozy 50' Gated Quaint Peaceful Marina cit

About this area


Located in Richmond, this houseboat is in the city center and on the beach. The National and Altria Theater are cultural highlights, and travelers looking to shop may want to visit Broad Street and White Oak Village. Richmond Railroad Museum and Putt-Putt Fun Center are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with jet skiing and water skiing nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with hiking/biking trails and ecotours. Guests appreciate the houseboat's location for the sightseeing.
Visit our Richmond travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Dorey Park - 19 min drive
  • Glendale/Malvern Hill Battlefields Visitor Center - 20 min drive
  • White Oak Village - 22 min drive
  • Shirley Plantation - 29 min drive
  • Magnolia Grange - 30 min drive

Getting around

  • Richmond Main Street Station - 22 min drive
  • AirportRichmond Intl. Airport (RIC) - 21 min drive


  • Chen's Chinese — 18 min drive
  • Jalapenos — 18 min drive
  • Narita Japanese Sushi — 18 min drive
  • Cesare's Ristorante — 19 min drive
  • Divine — 19 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City?
Check-in begins at Flexible.
What time is check-out at A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City?
Check-out is at Flexible.
Where is A Warm and Cozy 50' Houseboat in Gated, Quaint and Peaceful Marina Near the City located?
Located in Richmond, this beachfront houseboat is in the city center, 4.4 mi (7.1 km) from Richmond National Battlefield Park, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dorey Park and Malvern Hill Battlefield Park. Libby Hill Park and Broad Street are also within 12 mi (20 km).
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
1 - Terrible




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Perfect most relaxing stay ever
We had the best time and Ron was the perfect host. The place was super clean and very quiet. Loved the atmosphere of the surroundings and the stories that Ron told us of the history of the area. I would definitely recommend this place

5/5 Excellent

We enjoyed this stay to wake up and enjoy our morning tea and coffee on the upper deck overlooking the calm waters. People nearby were friendly. Captain Ron was wonderful, personable and we enjoyed hearing his stories and seeing the personal touches of the GiaMaria

5/5 Excellent

Peaceful Escape
It was a pleasure meeting Ron. The houseboat is in a beautiful location, peaceful and quiet. We enjoyed our stay.

4/5 Good

Lovely stay
We enjoyed watching the herons on the river. The boat was well supplied and organized. Our kids had a ton of fun! Captain Ron is personable and amiable.

3/5 Okay

Difficult to get excited about this property
We really enjoyed our 4-hour river trip with Brad (Captain Ron's friend). Brad's house boat is great. Brad is a great communicator, gave us restaurant recommendations, suggested to go to Belle Isle, etc. Captain Ron's boat was disappointing. - Photos of the boat here on VRBO website do not reflect the current condition of the boat. The photos were taken 15-20 years ago and show a lovely bright houseboat. It is very different now. - The boat is covered with two tarps. Roof leaks I guess. Tarp is tied to the boat with multiple ropes. The ropes reduced the passageway to the upper deck to 2x2 feet opening. This opening is almost impassable. We had to climb out of the window in the bedroom. Also, the tarp collects large amounts of water and showers anyone moving on the boat as the boat rocks. While to some all this sounds cute...it is really not that cute. - Bathroom stinks beyond an appropriate boat stink. I worked on boats. Working boats do stink with that exact smell (stronger or weaker but this smell). But this is not a working boat. - It is a house boat with one deck facing the marina (I did not want to look at the marina) and with a deck facing the river. The deck facing the river does not have any shade/umbrella so during summer day time it becomes unusable because it is too hot. Also, the deck does not have any lights, so it becomes unusable at night. And, it stinks inside...what do you do....

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