Sharon Yenni, Richard Yenni
Circa 1895. Situated just two blocks from the oceanfront, this historic Victorian cottage with a two-story wraparound porch is furnished with period antiques and reproductions. The verandas boast inviting rockers...
You Will Want to Return
My wife and I just returned home from another visit to Barclay Cottage in Virginia Beach. This time we celebrated our wedding anniversary. As usual, our stay at our “home away from home” was nothing short of perfect. Our hosts, Steve and Marie-Louise greeted us with open arms and walking through the doors of the Cottage was like returning to see an old friend. Every nook and cranny of the 100+ year old inn (also a school for a number of years) is full of charm and comfort from another era with original woodwork, antiques, a homey great room and each meticulously detailed and comfortable guest room. Steve and Marie-Louise have combined casual ambience, friendship and service like we have not experienced at other B & B’s.
The highlight for me is breakfast served at 9:00AM. Coffee is ready for guests around 6:00AM and it is a great start to the day to grab a cup and sit on the first or second floor wrap-around porches and admire the gardens and the birds. A little before 9:00AM guests begin to gather in the great room with comfortable stuffed chairs and sofa and here is where the magic begins. It is such a pleasure to rekindle friendships from previous visits because if you visit once, you will want to come back. This morning we had breakfast with a guest we met during a previous visit and it was wonderful to catch up with each other while meeting new “friends” at the breakfast table. Steve and Marie-Louise always join the guests after serving one of Marie-Louise’s delightful-and to die for-breakfasts that always amaze me and the other guests. Our hosts have a down to earth way about themselves that fosters interesting and friendly conversation among the guests about each other and about a variety of topics. My wife and I have never enjoyed a finer breakfast experience than that provided by Steve and Marie-Louise at Barclay Cottage.
Virginia Beach has a lot to offer throughout the year with many fine restaurants and attractions. Steve and Marie-Louise know the area well and can offer as much or as little help as you wish. They are always accommodating and truly enjoy helping guests get the most out of their visit. We are already planning our next visit and I urge you to book your stay at this gem if you plan on visiting Virginia Beach. Just be prepared to want to return.
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An Oasis In Virginia Beach
My wife and I continue to be unabashed cheerleaders for Barclay Cottage and are regular visitors to this wonderful B&B in Virginia Beach. The B&B's location is ideal - just close enough to the boardwalk/beach to participate in the nearby activities and just far enough away to enjoy a quiet, residential neighborhood when you want to relax. When you first enter the cottage, there is a little message which says, "Welcome Home!" - and that about says it all. The innkeepers, Steve & Marie-Louise LaFond, obviously have a deep love for their work and a strong dedication to making sure that all of their guests are feeling relaxed and pampered! The breakfasts are delicious & plentiful; the rooms are delightfully decorated and very comfortable; the wraparound porches just beg you to sit in the rocking chairs with a good book; the atmosphere is warm and inviting; and the many amenties are well thought-out and detailed. We are always extremely reluctant to go when it comes time to leave. Who could ask for anything more?!
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100% would stay again
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Virginian Pilot (various 2003-present), Washingtonian Magazine (May 2004), Continental Magazine (June 2004), Coastal Living (Oct 2005), Philadelphia Inquirer (May 2006), Atlanta Journal Constitution (May 2006), New York Times (June 2006), WRIC TV Richmond, VA, several Norfolk and Richmond TV stations.
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