River Terra Retreat Bed and Breakfast

37 4th Street , Colonial Beach, VA 22443 USA (Show map)


River Terra Retreat offers The Cator House and Carlotta's Cottage for overnight guests, meeting retreats, special celebrations, and customized rare treat packages. Open in all seasons. Overlooks Potomac River in historic town of Colonial Beach, VA,approx 75 miles from Washington, D.C. or Richmond. B&B guests receive a full breakfast, all day seasonal fruit/beverages, evening wine and tapas, bedtime nightcap. Our website shows how you can enjoy the parks and riverfront, visit historical sites, picnic at local wineries, dine and dance in town, and relax on the balcony and porches at River Terra Retreat.




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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

Most amazing B&B we have ever stayed in

5 on September 08, 2013

As a couple who has travelled the world we can honestly say this B and B is the best we have ever stayed in. Ever. 1st. Kristine is an amazing woman who makes you feel like you just walked into your cherished family homestead. She had fresh flowers for our room because she knew we were a couple. From the moment we met her she treated us like her favorites. 2nd, this home built in 1910 and bought by her great grandfather in 1920ish is immaculate, amazingly appointed and wonderful to walk through. We LOVE the Italian tiled porch that she will tell you a wonderful story about. There are great little accents all over the house and if you have kids, don't worry. Her exact words to us today were "I don't want folk to worry that their kids are going to break some random piece of glass or crystal, I can always get more at Giti's (local antique shop) 3rd, breakfast and hors d'oeuvres at night are amazing! I know she will downplay how we'll she makes her food (as she did with us) but this food is delish!!!! The quality and quantity of her offerings were a meal for us. Both nights we thought about going for dinner after but then realized we were already stuffed. And her cooking really is Great. 4th, This place is pet friendly. Our two pups had the best time running around her large fenced in yard. They had just as great a Vaca as we did. Of note, make sure you let her know ahead of time if you want to bring pets. She wants to be a good host and just ensure that other guests are ok with it. Not an issue for us but you will want to pre-arrange. We stayed in the upstairs suite one night and the downstairs fior blue room another. All the rooms are wonderful, but I will tell you right off the bat, if you can, stay in the upstairs suite. It is huge, has a huge bathroom and you have an enormous deck to drink coffee, wine or just lounge. It is worth the extra.

The best B & B I have ever stayed out!!!

4.8 on July 28, 2013

OMG....you are never sure when you go to a new B&B for the first time, but this is a gem hiding in Colonial Beach, VA. It is a fourth generation house, with the most tasteful antiques and furnishings. Not to much to where you don't feel comfortable to just lounge around! Spotlessly clean, all the way to the front porch glass table tops! I called three b & B's before I called her and none of them would take children! It was just me and my 9 year old grandson, very surprised! She not only takes children, but well behaved dogs! Her entire property is fenced in, with hammock, a grilling area, a sun room and of course the front porch rockers!! Her breakfast spread was amazing, everything fresh and homemade...she even went out of her way to fix special little pancakes for my grandson! But that is not all....between 5 and 6pm she serves Tapas.....a whole tray for each room..fruit, cheese, one night steamed shrimp, the other flatbread pizza with asparagus, tomatoes and olives ... To die for!! Then before bed time a sweet snack is left out for you! For the money you get someone who goes out of her way to make sure you have everything you need! Even good wine! I am going back, and now my parents are excited to go down...please stay and live a weekend being pampered! ENJOY, I did.

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Rooms & Rates

Riverview Suite

spacious upper floor suite boasts a fireplace, sitting area, queen brass bed, TV, and private bath with shower and Jacuzzi; French doors open to the balcony. Sunrise visible while lying in bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $150 - $200

Greyhound Room

upper floor beauty lets in amazing light, has a double bed, two reading chairs, private bath next to room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $145 - $175

Fiori Blu Bedroom

Lovely room on main floor, queen bed, reading chair, full bath outside room (may share bath if other room on main floor is occupied)

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $120 - $150

Maple Bedroom

Cozy room on lower floor, vintage maple furniture, double bed, reading chair and full bath outside the room. May share bath if both bedrooms on lower floor are occupied

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $100 - $125

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Location Type

State Parks, Historical Sites, Potomac River, Pick your own "berry" farms, Countryside, Oceanfront, Small town, Wine country


Richmond, VA (RIC) 70 miles

Directions to property:

Easy access to Colonial Beach, VA using Interstate 95 or crossing the Potomac River via Harry W. Nice Bridge Route 301 South. Google Map or Map Quest are helpful tools to find your quickest route. All roads and bridges are in good traveling condition.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Golf Cart Community - Rentals Available, Annual Rockfish Tournament, Pick Your Own Berry Farms, Colonial Beach Drag Way, Jet Ski Rental, Off Track Betting at Riverboat Restaurant, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, Secretarial services, TV, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet , Kennel for pets, Gargage for motor cycles, bicycles, picnic tables, outside craft table for kids, can arrange for massage therapist, balcony with deck chairs, patio with hammock

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseshoes, Kayaking, jogging on paved roads, jogging on paved roads, jogging on paved roads, jogging on paved roads, Sailing, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited infants, toddlers depends on occupancy of other guest rooms
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of 50% of your stay rate is required to guarantee your reservation.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit, less a $50 fee, will be refunded if your cancellation is made five days prior to your reservation date. If cancelling with less than five days notice, deposit cannot be refunded.



Kristine Guido

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Conservations with interesting people, gardening, cooking, reading, socializing and community service.

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  • Time Served: guests choose
  • Serving Location: Balcony or porch, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian