The River Cottage – Kath Eats Actual Meals


My good friend Ellen and I spent two nights at a river cottage in North, Virginia. Right here’s the recap of our peaceable keep!

Cottage By The River

My good friend Ellen booked this tremendous charming Airbnb in Jap Virginia for 4 nights. She invited me to hitch for as many as I might get away, so I spent final Thursday and Friday along with her having fun with the peaceable quiet by the water. 

The River Cottage airbnb Eastern Virginia

The home is positioned in North, Virginia roughly quarter-hour from the city of Mathews and 20 minutes from Gloucester. It was second again from the water with entry to a pleasant dock. 

dock by the water

The home was SO CUTE!

I took so many psychological notes concerning the cute decor. 

The River Cottage Airbnb review

And effectively appointed with kayaks, bikes, an outside bathe, a hammock, adirondack chairs, an out of doors desk, and extra. 

inside a cottage by the river

inside a cottage airbnb by the river inside a cottage airbnb by the river in Virginia

It had 2 bedrooms, facet by facet, and one bathtub. Good for 2 buddies or a small household! 

The River Cottage 2 bedrooms

The cover cowl was sooooo delicate AND it had a zipper closure, which is my new requirement for duvets due to the cleaner line it makes. I checked the tag and the cover was by Kotten Cuture and 100% Egyptian cotton. A terrific value too! I feel I’m getting one…

Virginia airbnb bed

The view:

Virginia airbnb view

Chef Salads

For lunch we had chef salads. Scrumptious! 

Chef Salads for lunch

Paddleboarding and Kayaks

Ellen loves all outdoorsy stuff and she or he introduced her stand-up paddleboard. I gave it a check run with wobbly legs. I’ve the worst stability. 

Paddleboarding and Kayaks woman kayaking

We additionally went kayaking. The kayaks had fairly a couple of spider webs on them, and I used to be not sure if we must always go. My worry was {that a} spider would crawl out whereas I used to be on the water and I might be trapped! 

kayaking in Virginia

IT HAPPENED! AHHHH. Right here we’re filled with adrenaline. I nearly jumped within the river!  

two women kayaking

Dinner At The White Canine Bistro

We took showers and dressed up for a pleasant dinner in downtown Mathews at The White Canine Bistro.

Dinner At The White Dog Bistro

The restaurant has received many awards, and I can vouch that every one of them have been effectively deserved. We had an unbelievable meal! 

The White Dog Bistro exterior The White Dog Bistro outdoor seating

Amuse-buche: watermelon and feta

watermelon and feta

Superb crab and crawfish hushpuppies

crab and crawfish hushpuppies

a heat bacon and maple salad with herby goat cheese and candied pecans

bacon and maple salad

Pineapple scallops in a vanilla bean beurre blanc for me

Pineapple scallops in a vanilla bean beurre blanc

Surf + Turf for Ellen

Surf + Turf

Pecan Pie with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce

Pecan Pie with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce

Tidal Flooding

After we returned, we realized the water stage had come up fairly a bit! Apparently they’ve tidal flooding. It was creepy to see the place we had stood earlier was coated in water. 

Tidal Flooding

We watched the film “This Is 40” to unwind. Very applicable! 


On Friday morning we had leisurely espresso and breakfast – bagels from residence and the very best cantaloupe ever. 

coffee and breakfast breakfast bagels

Bike Paths

The neighborhood had a lot of sandy bike baths to discover. We went on a forty five minute experience throughout. 

bike baths

Energy Stroll 

Then I went on an influence stroll and Ellen when kayaking! (I used to be nonetheless recovering from the spider incident so I stayed on dry land). 

view of the dock | The River Cottage Ellen kayaking selfie | The River Cottage Ellen kayaking | The River Cottage

Chef Salads Spherical 2

This time we added a half glass of wine……after which extra!!

Chef Salads bowl

Afternoon Chill Time

Studying + nice views by the water. The climate was completely good!

Reading + great views by the water

Dinner at Gap In The Wall

For dinner we drove to Gwynn Island to eat at Gap In The Wall.

Dinner at Hole In The Wall

It was on the informal facet, and we bought the primary spot at a picnic desk on the deck. 

Hole In The Wall view Hole In The Wall view

Oysters on the Half Shell!

Oysters for dinner platter of oysters Kath holding oyster


Hushpuppies dish | The River Cottage

Blackened Flounder, Brussels, Cottage Potatoes

The potatoes have been out of this world – pimento cheese model! We liked the meals. Ellen had blackened flounder tacos.  

Blackened Flounder, Brussels, Cottage Potatoes


Our cottage faces due east, so we made a degree to get residence early sufficient to get pleasure from it on the dock. 

The River Cottage sunset

The top!

The River Cottage sunset view