We are a family of four (including our two college-aged children), and we found Chris and Annie's waterfront guest suite on the James River to be ideal for our recent weekend getaway. The suite itself was spacious, spotlessly clean, and had all the modern conveniences we needed (including snacks and drinks waiting for us when we arrived -- a very nice touch). We really liked the property, which had a totally out-in-the-county feel, with several well-kept family farms nearby. The river was a short walk from the back patio. We availed ourselves of the kayaks, and in the evening enjoyed S'mores (personally delivered by Chris!) over a camp fire, under a full Virginia moon.
Re: the "best of both worlds" part: Richmond is a short drive away, so you can get anything you need, but you also can feel (wonderfully) like you've dropped off the grid, and gone back to a simpler time and place :-).
We highly recommend this rental for your own ideal country getaway!
Scotch Plains, NJ