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Welcome to Gwynn's Island in beautiful Mathews, VA!


Situated in the quaint county of Mathews, Virginia, Gwynn's Island is a small island located where the Piankatank and Rappahannock rivers empty into the Chesapeake Bay.

The Mystic Seahorse cottage and Starlight Inlet are located at the end of a private road with a view of and access to Kibble Creek which empties into the Bay. We have a dock on the creek with 5 kayaks and a canoe for our guests to enjoy on the creek.  Launch your own kayak here and explore the waterways of Mathews!  Our guests have access to two private beaches on the Chesapeake Bay that are only a short walk from the homes. The Island has a public boat ramp where you can launch your boat, canoe or kayak.

We are located within a hour of many historic sites, entertainment, and shopping: Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Busch Gardens, Kilmarnock Antique Mall, Williamsburg Pottery, and much more!

There are numerous wineries, breweries, and great seafood restaurants just a short drive away.  We would love to help you plan your visit and suggest some of our favorites. 

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The Island
Gwynn’s Island is 45 minutes north of Hampton just off the Chesapeake Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay area around Gwynn's Island is home to some of the most scenic boating and watersports in the country.Whether you’re paddling the river trails, fishing, sightseeing along the historic shorelines, or cruising with friends and family, Gwynn’s Island has something for everyone. The island also features a unique turnstile draw bridge that is one of the most active bridges in Virginia and the last in the state to open on demand to waterborne traffic. Gwynn's Island features its own museum showcasing island life from its first native inhabitants through the colonial years and to its more recent history.
The Island is home to the Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill which offers great food and great views.  You'll want to plan a visit!
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Mathews is a small, rural county on the Chesapeake Bay surrounded by water on three sides to include the Mobjack Bay and the Piankatank River as well as many smaller creeks and tributaries. Quiet and serene, the county is home to a wide variety of wildlife from coastal birds to woodland creatures that have inspired many writers and artists throughout the years. The county also includes the quaint and welcoming town of Mathews with its inviting Main Street. Lining Main Street is a collection of small shops of all kinds and restaurants featuring fresh seafood, local dishes and your favorite beverages. Mathews County truly is a destination for those looking for an unique experience of rural coastal living.

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