The Amelia Island Williams House
Luxury Rooms in Amelia Island
Steal away to this cozy room on the second floor, our tribute to the pirates and smugglers of Amelia. Sleep the night away in the canopied wrought iron queen size bed. Read your favorite novel or watch a movie from the unusual cantilevered window seat. Enjoy your own private veranda with wicker sitting area or “heat up” in the large hot tub with that someone special. Private bath with shower.
Smuggling, privateering and the slave trade attracted pirates to Amelia Island’s harbor which was the back door to the US since the Embargo Act of 1807 had closed off trade with Europe. With the secret blessing of the US, the Patriots overthrew the Spanish and hoisted their own flag in March of 1812.
Spain demanded return of the island and built Fort San Carlos to help protect their territory. Pirates’ treasure and Spanish galleons are reported to be buried in Old Town beneath an oak pierced by a hanging chain. However, the tree only appears to those lacking a shovel.
Luxury Victorian B&B Accommodations
This room has the masculine feel of a gentleman, though neither of its namesakes could be called such. Shades of deep red, khaki and brown with oriental touches such as the hand carved headboard over the king size bed, Chinese writing desk and chair complete the rooms exotic feel. Separate room has seating area with loveseat for watching that favorite movie or relaxing for the afternoon. Private bath has two-person shower. Located on the second floor.
Sir Gregor MacGregor took it upon himself to “free” Florida of its Spanish hold, starting with Amelia Island. He sent a spy ahead to spread rumors of the impending attack and with a force of only 55 men marched upon Fort San Carlos. Swarmed by gnats and mosquitoes the men stuck sprigs of dog fennel in their helmets as they advanced along the shoreline. When Morales, commander of the fort saw the men he was convinced of the rumor and fled. Without a single shot being fired they raised the MacGregor family flag, the Green Cross of Florida. Several months later Luis Aury, a privateer sanctioned by the revolutionary Republic of Mexico and joined by members of Jean Lafitte’s band of pirates sailed on Amelia and raised her sixth flag, the Mexican Revolutionaries. The United Sates sent in troops and ended Aury’s claim, holding the island in trust for Spain.
Isle of Santa Maria
Luxury Amelia Island Accommodations
As beautiful as its name this room, located on the second floor, has a Victorian queen size bedroom suite of burled walnut and is covered with a velvet comforter of deep burgundy. The walls which are draped in a wallpaper matching the burgundy create a deep rich feel to the room. Beautiful gold draperies and accents complete the old world elegance of this room. French doors from the room allow easy access to the porch and sitting area. Spacious bath features a claw foot soaking tub and separate two-person shower.
The Spanish launched a brutal advance against the French led by Pedro Menendez de Aviles in what proved to be a struggle not only between two nations for territorial rights, but also for religious beliefs. The Spanish Period had begun, followed by 236 years of Spanish domination. In an effort to further validate their claim they established a mission on Amelia Island called Santa Maria de Sena whose purpose was to convert the Native Americans to the Catholic Faith and to supply crops to support survival. This mission would serve as the inspiration for the island’s second European name.
Luxury Amelia Island Lodging
Enjoy the luxury of this room fit for a “queen.” A king size bed with French screen headboard, French dresser, and a white marble gas fireplace add to the rooms elegance. French armchairs offer a place to relax and read. French doors in the room open to the porch where the two of you can sit and enjoy a beverage or the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. This room has an elegant bathroom with a huge Jacuzzi tub for two, separate shower, antique vanity and even a loveseat to spoil you. Comfy spa robes, soft Frette towels, refrigerator, Flatscreen TV, DVD player and CD player to enhance you stay. This first floor room is located in the Hearthstone House.
Catherine De Medici, Catholic Queen Regent of France seized the opportunity to expand France’s frontier in the New World. The French Huguenots, who had suffered cruel persecution by Henry II, were in need of sanctum. When Gaspard Coligny, leader of the Party, presented the option of seeking an outpost for France, Catherine was all too willing to expend the Huguenots at the prospect of seizing a share of the riches of the New World. On May 3, 1562, Jean Ribault gazed on Napoyca, a name given to Amelia Island by the Timucuan Indians, claiming it for France. He called this refuge the Isle de Mai.
Egmont Indigo Suite
Luxury Florida Lodging on Amelia Island
Our largest guest room is located on the second floor of the inn and is decorated in shades of blue from the floor to the ceiling. King size English cherry bedroom suite will surely make for a restful nights sleep. The beautiful bay window in this room has a full size twin daybed filled with pillows for reading or napping. A comfy loveseat in front of a gas fireplace offers another area for enjoying the wonderful amenities of this room. A lovely crystal chandelier and Chinese rosewood writing desk complete this elegant room. The private bath for this room has a large whirlpool tub and is located across the hall from the room. Comfy Spa robes are provided. Flatscreen TV. This room will sleep up to 4 guests and also offers easy access to the 2nd floor verandah and comfortable wicker sitting area. Perfect for Girls Getaway and families.
England had won rights to settle Amelia Island and Sir John Perceval, the Earl of Egmont was given 10,000 acres on Amelia. He saw great potential for plantation owners in the Amelia River because of its deep-water bar. Through the successful management of Stephen Egan, Egmont and his heirs profited by raising indigo and turning it into rich blue dye to be exported to Europe.
Luxury Fernandina Accommodations
This cozy first floor room is surrounded by views of the gardens, including the courtyard’s 500-year-old live oak tree. The queen size bed is custom made from antique wooden architectural columns with a head board made of antique windows. A soft velvety comforter of pastel green covers the bed. Relax by the fireplace in our cozy sitting area or read that novel you’ve been saving by the wicker desk in the bay window. Private bath with whirlpool tub/shower.
Chloe Merrick was eager to help educate the many freed men liberated by the Civil War. She arrived on Amelia and opened a school in the Episcopal Church. Harrison Reed was so impressed with her school that he helped her purchase General Finegan’s abandoned home for an orphanage. Reed became Governor of Florida and married Chloe in August of 1869.
King Ferdinand’s Royal Hideway
Luxury Accommodations in our Victorian Inn
Tiffany lighting frames the Victorian style king size bed made of English mahogany. Victorian side chairs create comfortable seating for reading, chatting or getting cozy by the fire. Windows on each side of the room offer views of our gardens and courtyard. Gas Fireplace. Private bath has whirlpool tub with shower. Cable flatscreen TV/DVD, wireless internet. Located on the second floor.
George Clark, a surveyor general for East Florida loved Amelia Island, Florida. He convinced Spanish Governor White that the post and town spreading around it needed a plan. In May of 1811, he was appointed to carry out a plan to align the streets and measure the lots. Governor White proclaimed that the town be called Fernandina in honor of King Ferdinand VII Catholic Monarch of Spain.
Emma's Cottage Suite
Our newest room is located in the Carriage House and has a private entrance covered by a pergola and includes an outside sitting area. Decorated in cool blues and greens with coral accents-tres beachy! Separate bedroom has comfy queen bed, and a chaise lounge for reading or napping. Bath has large 2 person shower. The living area has a sofa and wing chair which creates a nice sitting area to play games, watch TV or relax. Wicker desk and refrigerator complete this suite.
- Cable Flatscreen TV/DVD player
- Free wireless internet, complimentary bikes, parking and beach towels
- Gourmet breakfast each morning
- Complimentary beverage and snacks available all day
Princess Amelia Room
Luxury Fernandina Beach Lodging
Located on the second floor of the inn this beautiful room is decorated in white and gold. A crown canopy hovers over an 1850′s French camelback king size bed. The room has a gas fireplace with beautiful hand carved mantle. Two wingback chairs create a comfortable seating area to read or chat. This room has easy access to the upstairs veranda where we have comfortable wicker chairs to relax in and enjoy the quiet. Private Bath has a large shower, comfy spa robes and soft Frette towels.
In 1736 James Oglethorpe, founder of the colony of Georgia discovered an island, still owned by Spain, dense with the beauty of the woods and the scent of blooming orange trees. He named it Amelia in honor of the daughter of King George, II of England. Until her dying day, our namesake kept a locket around her neck with a likeness of Frederick, Crown Prince of Prussia to whom she was betrothed, but never married.
Fine lodging in Amelia Island In the Carriage House
Palm trees and pink flamingos adorn this room to create an island feel and whisk you away to another place & time. This room is on the 1st floor of the Carriage House and has a king size bed with antique shutter headboard, loveseat and wing chair. You’ll love the spacious bath with a deep whirlpool tub, separate shower, comfy spa robes and soft Frette towels. Cable TV/DVD, and refrigerator. This room is located next to the courtyard of the Inn with a view of our huge Southern Live Oak tree and koi pond and has a comfy sitting area to enjoy the view.
Present day Amelia Island can best be described as a place to relax amidst 500-year-old oaks laden with Spanish moss. You can saunter down streets past century old homes, lay on white sand beaches or sail off into a beautiful sunset. Go hiking, fishing, boating, golfing, shopping or adjust your clock to island time and do nothing at all.
Luxury lodging on Amelia Island
This room features a four poster King size bed draped in a green and gold toile pattern with gold matelasse coverlet. Two Italian style chairs with original crewel work create the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine, read your favorite novel, or just enjoy the view from the room. The large private bath has a separate shower and a whirlpool tub for 2. This is a first floor room which features a rear porch with bistro table and chair by a bubbling fountain which covers the original cistern for this historic home. There are also french doors in the room which lead out to the front porch of the Hearthstone.
Senator David Yulee, the architect of Florida’s statehood, supported her withdrawal from the Union. The flag of the Confederacy would fly over Fort Clinch. Legend has it that the Amelia Island Williams House was visited by Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He assigned General Robert E. Lee the task of examining coastal defenses south of the Carolinas, but after visiting the Island he recognized Fernandina’s vulnerability. Soon word of a Union Flotilla of twenty-eight gunboats reached Fernandina. On March 3, 1862 residents of Amelia along with her troops marched off the island. Without even a fight Union soldiers again raised the American Flag at Fort Clinch. The Hearthstone Williams House was used as their headquarters and as an infirmary for injured troops.
- Amelia Island Williams House is an exclusive property where every guest reservation is both important and special to us. An advanced payment is required for all reservations based on the number of days of your stay
- One night reservations and stays of two days or more require a one night deposit. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 14 (fourteen) days prior to your arrival date to cancel your reservation less a $25 processing fee
- In the unlikely event that you must cancel with less than fourteen (14) days notice, shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that we must ask you to take responsibility for your entire reservation. If we can rebook your room(s), a full or partial refund may be made
- A 30 day cancellation notice is required on whole house bookings and for some holidays and special events
- Rates/policies are subject to change and vary during high impact periods and special requests
- If you are using BedandBreakfast Gift Cards you must notify when making your reservation or we reserve the right to refuse to honor them. They may not be combined with additional discounts or used for special packages
- Check-in: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. If arriving outside of check-in times, please call to make arrangements
- Check-out: 11:00 AM
- Absolutely No Smoking inside; however designated outdoor smoking areas are available
- No Pets. Please call for help in making arrangements to board your pet
- Special situations allow for children; please call to make arrangements