When I stay at a B&B, the innkeeper usually is all about sweetness and light, providing a calm, pleasant, gracious, relaxing presence. They provide the first impression and are the source of local information, travel tips, and of course food and hospitality. That was not quite the experience we had at the Page House Inn.
The house itself is stunningly beautiful, and well located for a visit to the waterfront area, the Ghent District, or Old Dominion University. It is meticulously decorated, filled with history and charm, and has all the little touches - port in the parlor, sherry in the living room, cookies and chocolates and treats on every end table. Glasses, wine bottle openers, refrigerators, and many other conveniences are available.
Our room was just as lovingly decorated, on the third floor (Master Percy). It had two twin beds converted to a king that was quite comfortable. My only issues with the room were the somewhat cramped shower, and the huge skylight right over the bed that made it impossible to sleep in - no way to hide from the light!
Breakfast was well done - not the best B&B breakfast I have ever had, but well done, and if anything, it was nice to not have a huge over the top meal.
However, our experience would have been a little better if our hostess had dialed back the acerbic, snarky, sharp-tongued humor. I don't consider stories about rude guests, complaints about being tired, or other grousing to be appropriate to ensuring a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere. Maybe I just have a different idea of Southern hospitality?
Again, the house itself was gorgeous and all in all we had a terrific stay in Norfolk.