Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast
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Built in 1895, Barclay Cottage is one of 2 remaining Victorian cottages in Virginia Beach. The warmth of this historic inn welcomes you with "open arms" from the moment you arrive. Antiques, hand-made quilts, high-quality bedding, thirsty towels and luxurious robes await you in each room.
"We are AAA 3 Diamond Rated"
Enjoy a sumptuous full breakfast of fruits, baked goods and hot entree served in the Great Room each morning. After breakfast, head for the beach with complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas, towels and boogie boards - or ask us for other suggestions ... there is so much to do here at the beach. In the summer, it is fun to watch the fireworks over the water ... and you won't have to leave your second floor porch rocker to do it!
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Stephen and Marie-Louise LaFond for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most travelers stay at our inn because of its location and historic status (2 blocks from the beach and built in 1895).
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our inn is welcoming and provides a very homey atmosphere so that our guests feel very comfortable here. Our bed and breakfast is one of only two beach cottages remaining in Virginia Beach from the 19th Century - the other is a museum. It has been a guest house or bed and breakfast since Miss Barclay started welcoming guests in 1917. She also ran a private day school on the property for over 50 years. We love that our B&B has such happy vibes - ghost hunters head elsewhere!
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Obviously, our 34 miles of Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean pleasure beach (Guinness certified longest in world) would have to be the #1 reason people visit our city, but they find that it has so very much to offer - history (First Landing where John Smith and the Settlers first came ashore in the New World, Oldest Lighthouse built by the U.S., 7 historic house museums, etc.); nature (two state parks and three National Wildlife Refuges); art (sculpture gardens on the Boardwalk at each cross street, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, etc.); sports (many public golf courses, Tennis Center where Women's Junior Nationals played, hiking, jogging, etc.) and, of course water sports (such as swimming, diving, surfing, kite boarding, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, boating, jet skiing, hang gliding, etc.) fine dining (over 700 restaurants); dancing; and the city has two symphony orchestras and the area has the Virginia Ballet, the Virginia Opera, many theater companies; and minor league sports teams (Tides baseball, Admirals hockey, etc.)
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliment we receive about or inn is that it "feels like home". That's the feeling we strive to have our guests experience.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret about the area is its many independently owned restaurants, and cultural scene. (Ballet, Opera, Symphony, Art Museums, Theaters)
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Four nights in Virginia Beach is still not enough time to see all the sights and experience its natural beauty. Just look at the things that are available as set out above!
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Within walking distance from our B&B: 2 blocks to the beach; 4 blocks to the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier; little more than 1/2 mile to the Virginia Beach Fishing Center where one may charter a fishing boat, go out on a party boat, rent jet skis, kayaks, go hang gliding, etc. About 50 restaurants including everything from pizza joints to 3 AAA 4 Diamond Rated fine dining restaurants, 10 clubs, shopping, miniature golf, amusement parks and more are all walkable from our location.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Zoe's for fine dining can't be beat and is only 6 blocks away. Our favorite Italian Restaurants are Bella Monte (1.5 mi) and Il Giardino (5 blocks). Waterman's (11 blocks), Rockafeller's (1 mi), Tautog's (7 blocks), and the Lynnhaven Fish House (11 mi) are our favorite seafood restaurants. Croc's (Virginia's 1st GREEN CERTIFIED restaurant 6 blocks) has a great menu and often some terrific Lebanese specials. Thai Arroy for Thai food (1 mi), Nawab for Indian (5 mi), Eurasia for Asian Fusion 1.25 mi), Black Angus for steaks and chops (7 blocks) There are just too many to only choose one!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our website has a page called "Plan Your Stay" with some suggestions and links to other sites. The official Virginia Beach Visitor Site is www.visitvirginiabeach.com where most information about the city can be found and links to other cities in Hampton Roads may be found
How many rooms does your inn have?
Our B&B has 5 individually decorated rooms.
Do you accept pets?
Our B&B does not accommodate children or pets. We can make recommendations for a couple of excellent, caring nearby kennels/pet hotels.
In your room, you will find upscale bathroom amenities (including make-up mirrors and hair dryers), high quality thick, soft Turkish towels and robes, 500 thread count cotton sheets, quilted blankets, CD players that will accept MP3 input and CDs that will lull you to sleep. In the winter, you will nestle under your puffy duvet. No feathers, though. All of our blankets and pillows are faux-down, in consideration of our guests who have allergies.
Additionally, for no extra charge, you will enjoy using our backpack style beach chairs, beach towels, umbrellas, boogie boards, bicycles and helmets.
On the first floor, there is a pantry where you will find complimentary snacks, water and soft drinks, as well as common toiletry items (in case you may have forgotten something) and a recycle bin for your empty cans and bottles. Help yourself to tea from the full tea bar and some complimentary chocolates. We bake cookies every day... they are a food group here! Coffee is available at 6 am every morning, with covered to-go cups so you can take your coffee to the beach.
We have a generous selection of books for beach reading (take one, leave one in its place), reference books on interesting subjects in which to lose yourself, lots of CDs, many DVDs, games, puzzles, and playing cards.