Old Log School Getaway


North River, Mathews Waterfront

486 Old Log School Lane
Cardinal, VA 23025

CBRAR #1623678

Own a piece of Mathews history – former log school, circa 1900, now a romantic and secluded “getaway” for the family!  Log and stucco exterior, original hardware on wide-swing windows, Dutch doors, wide plank flooring, log walls, solid wood kitchen counters, and screened porches at side and kitchen. This 10.5 acre property has a southwest exposure catching all the breezes and gorgeous views of the North River.  There is a 2-4′ MLW pier with a floating dock installed in 2013. Also new are the septic system (2009) , garage roof,  water treatment system, and newer gas furnace.


  • Acreage

    10.5 acres
    Southwest exposure

  • Waterfront

    North River
    2-4' MLW Pier
    Floating Dock

  • Garage

    2 Car Detached

  • Front View with the utility room on the right, furnace, washer/dryer, water treatment, plus lots of LOFT storage accessed by a staircase

  • Large wooded yard, 10 acres, with lots of room to play, relax, and garden

  • Detached 2 car garage, cinder block construction

  • View from the river and pier to the home

  • Waterside view of the home

  • Main view on the North River from pier with floating dock built in 2013


  • Built

    Circa 1900

  • Square Footage

    2392 square feet

  • Foyer


  • Living Room

    23' x 15'
    Original log wall
    Opens to porch

  • Kitchen

    25' x 15'
    Solid wood counters
    Built in cabinets
    Dining Area

  • 3 Bedrooms

    23' x 15' Master
    Windows on 3 sides
    Soaking Tub
    2 Guest Bedrooms
    15 'x 10'
    14' x 10'

  • Bathrooms

    2 Full Baths

  • Laundry/Utility Room

    18' x 11'

  • Additional Rooms

    Study/Sitting Room
    Upstairs Landing

  • Appliances

    Gas range
    Stack washer/dryer
    Water Softener

  • Foyer room with stairs to the second level. Living Room is off to the left wit the kitchen off to the right

  • Living Room has original log wall, built in bookcases and storage, beautiful fireplace, and gorgeous beamed ceilings!

  • Close-up of the fireplace with brick work and intricate wood trim on the mantle

  • Side view of the fireplace and mantle

  • Living Room with view out to the screened porch

  • Charming Dutch doors! Downstairs windows have been replaced with period appropriate thermal windows.

  • Dutch door entry

  • Log wall and beamed ceilings

  • Additional view of the Foyer area and stairs to the second story.

  • Stairway to 2nd floor

  • Custom stairway to second level landing

  • Oversized eat-in Kitchen. Chef grade gas stove, solid wood block counters.

  • Dining area and Kitchen

  • Chef's grade gas range

  • Built-ins with additional hardware

  • French Doors open to outside

  • Log wall solid as a rock!

  • Second level landing 13' x 13' includes enough room for a play area, reading area, etc. Note WHOLE HOUSE FAN. Thick log and stucco walls plus a fan means no need for A/C.

  • Light filled bedroom (14' x 10')

  • Additional Bedroom (15' x 10')

  • Master Bath with log wall and soaking tub

  • Full bath on second level

  • Bath counter and wide swing window

  • Screened porch with lovely views of the North River

  • Utility Room with workshop space

  • Master Bedroom with three walls of windows. Note textured stucco walls over log walls. Windows are wide swing to capture breezes and have original hardware.

  • Sitting area in Master Bedroom


Mathews County

Mathews is the second smallest county in Virginia, with 252 square miles, and has a population of approximately 9000.  In 1791, Mathews County was formed from a part of Gloucester and named for Revolutionary War General Thomas Mathews.  Well-known for its waterways, Mathews boasts 214 miles of waterfront, with much of that frontage on the Chesapeake Bay, Piankatank River, North and East Rivers, and Mobjack Bay. All this water makes Mathews a haven for boaters, kayakers, fishermen, and nature lovers.

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