Barclay Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1895, Barclay Cottage is believed to be the second oldest beach house in Virginia Beach. It is named after Lillian St. Clair Barclay, who moved into the house in 1917 with her parents. She never married and continued living in the house running a school for grades K-3 for 50 years. In the summers she would rent out the rooms for vacationers. The school closed in 1972 when Miss Barclay was 80 years old. She still took in guests until she passed away in 1989.
Today the cottage is owned by Steve and Marie-Louise LaFond who purchased it in 2003. They have made the bed and breakfast into a nice homey place to stay. They have five rooms for their guests to rent. These are intimate rooms where guests can retreat from the hustle and bustle of their lives. Guests are welcome to relax in the great room where they can watch TV or a movie if they want.
Breakfast is at 9 am and the LaFond's will cook up a hearty meal to start the day. The guests are then ready to go off and enjoy the many things there are to do in Virginia Beach. The beach is a mere two blocks away. There is also golfing, museums, the aquarium, and shopping all nearby. Just 15 minutes down I-264 puts you into the waterfront of Norfolk and all the many exciting activities and attractions there as well.
Enjoy a quiet evening with a glass of wine on one of the porches either upstairs or down that wrap around the cottage. In the summer you can watch the beach fireworks from the porch. Be sure to ask Marie-Louise about many of the family heirlooms that decorate the house. There are many interesting items that their families collected through the years. And if you are planning a romantic get-away, this is a great place to visit. Barclay Cottage was named Number 3 by Continental magazine for the best places to go to "pop the question".
Come home to Barclay Cottage for a wonderful vacation you'll never forget.
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