Bay View Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

35350 Copes Drive, Belle Haven, Virginia 23306
Innkeeper(s): Mary Will and Wayne Browning
  • Introduction

    Bay View Waterfront B & B on Virginia’s Eastern Shore can be a destination or a home base to explore our area. On site we have a library, antiques, screened porch, pool, dock, small beach, crabbing, and fishing. Golf and tennis are available at the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club about 15 minutes away.

    Birding and sightseeing charters to the Virginia barrier islands and the local Chesapeake Bay tributaries are available with local outfitters. The Wachapreague Fireman’s Carnival offers good food, carnival rides, games, and family entertainment. The annual Chincoteague pony swim is the last Wednesday in July. Local shops and galleries offer wonderful browsing and special things to take home with you. Our restaurants have full menus and feature Eastern Shore seafood.
    Festivals are regular events during the summer as we celebrate our beautiful and bountiful Eastern Shore.

    Dianna Davis, watercolorist and teacher, conducts workshops at Bay View.
    Bay View Waterfront B & B offers spectacular sunsets, a gracious home, a full breakfast, and plenty of privacy for your romantic getaway or your family vacation.
    Call us at 1-800-442-6966 or visit our web site at

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mary Will and Wayne Browning for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    They like our area.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Great view. Great hosts.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Explore a new part of Virginia.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    A return visit.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Thursday night music at The Chair Place.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Nothing, eat, shop, explore our museums and natural areas.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?


    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Blarney Stone Pub in Onancock.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    How many rooms does your inn have?


    Do you accept pets?


  • More About Our B&B

    In Ground Swimming PoolFor a vacation experience to remember.

    Bay View Waterfront Bed and Breakfast is on a hill overlooking Occohannock Creek with an expansive view to the Chesapeake Bay and a dock to deep water. Guests can enjoy a superb view, reading, fishing, crabbing, biking, swimming in the pool or the creek, a small beach, croquet, basketball, volleyball, a full country breakfast, 140 acres of woods, farmland, and a creek shore to hike and explore and an large gracious home. The old part of the house is one room deep, which takes advantage of summer breezes and wonderful views of Occohannock Creek, Chesapeake Bay, and farmland from every room.

    Please read some of our previous guest comments:

    "Enjoyed visiting with you as much as staying in your beautiful home
    and feasting on Mary Will's bountiful breakfasts."

    "We so enjoyed your hospitality and beautiful, peaceful spot here. Many thanks. God bless."

    "We saw an extraordinary sunset."

    "Our visit to Bay View was one of the highlights of the year. We will be back."

    Built in the 'big house, little house' style unique to the Eastern Shore the three original sections date from about 1800, and feature heart pine floors, birds-eye-maple balusters, high ceilings and four working fireplaces. Additions in 1940, 1961, and 1972 continued the Eastern Shore style architecture until the house stretches over one hundred feet and has five roof levels.

    Come visit and enjoy the magnificent views from our dock from sunrise to sunset. Bay View was a featured Rural Retreat in Rural Living magazine, a highlighted B & B accessible by water in Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and the subject of Home Suite Home Away from Home in the Norfolk Virginian Pilot.

    A full breakfast is included in the room rate. Coffee or tea is ready on the sideboard whenever guests want it. Fill a mug and enjoy the morning on our porch, in our lawn chairs, or on the bench at the end of our dock. Breakfast is usually at 8:30, but we can accommodate earlier or later schedules. Breakfast starts with juice and fresh fruit. The main course may be an omelet, French toast, eggs Benedict, or a strata accompanied by bacon, ham or local sausage. There will be grits, rolls, biscuits, or muffins, and usually something seasonal from our garden or local farmers.

  • The Area

    Bay View is a beautiful and comfortable place to spend your vacation with our pool, porch, dock, library, games, and comfortable home. You can wile away hours or days. Our yard slopes gently to the water and small boats can be launched here. We have plenty of room for boat parking.

    If you want to explore the Eastern Shore, many area attractions are easily accessible. We will equip you with a detailed map and the Eastern Shore guide book, as well as recommend restaurants and "must see" places.

    At the northern end of the peninsula are Assateague National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. At the southern end are Kiptopeake State Park and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Eastern Shore is a major stopover on the Atlantic Flyway during the spring and fall bird migrations. The spring migration is celebrated with a Weekend of the Islands in April and the fall migration with The ES Birding Festival in October.

    Onancock is a charming waterfront town with shops, restaurants, galleries, established neighborhoods, and the ferry to Tangier Island. Wachapreague is the flounder fishing capital of the world and has waterfront restaurants, fishing charters, shops, and galleries. There are 1950's movie theaters showing first run movies on weekends, several antique malls, a Bay Beyond outlet, and many small working galleries featuring the work of local artists and artisans.

    North Street Playhouse, Eastern Shore's Own Art Center, and Arts Enter offer live entertainment on a regular schedule. Eco-tours of the salt marshes, barrier islands, tributaries, and other ecosystems of the Eastern Shore are available with experienced guides.

    Golf is available at Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club, which also offers tennis and meals, and at Bay Creek Resort, near Cape Charles, which has both a Jack Nicolas and an Arnold Palmer golf course.

    The Accomack County airport is about 12 miles north near the Eastern Shore Community College, the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, and Blue Crab Bay Co.. Shore Memorial Hospital is about 12 miles south near Brownsville, the Eastern Shore home of the Virginia Coast Reserve.

  • Weddings at the Inn

    Weddings at Bay View

    Picture your wedding on the beautiful grounds of Bay View with the sparkling Occohannock Creek in the background. The rate is $3500. Includes use of the grounds and the Allison and Brook rooms the day of the wedding. You are welcome to use your choice of vendors. We can furnish a list of local vendors. We do not cater or have any other equipment such as tents, tables, chairs, linens, portalet, etc. However, if you want us to plan and arrange everything for you we can do that. Prices would be as invoiced to us +20%. Deposits would need to be paid in advance. Come for a visit. We can discuss your budget and what you envision, and make it happen for you.

    Please note:

    • We have 1 half bath in the garage
    • Other than that we do not have any facilities or equipment
    • Everything for your wedding / event needs to be brought in
    • We have accommodations for overnight guests all year
    • Check our rooms and rates page for availability and rates
    • The rate includes a full breakfast
  • Kid Friendly

    We raised 5 children here and we welcome all children.