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“Charming Ocean Front B&B”

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House of Sea and Sun
Ranked #24 of 31 St. Augustine B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Neptune Beach, Florida
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Charming Ocean Front B&B”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I had tickets to a show at the St. Augustine Amphitheater and decided to stay over rather than drive back to Jacksonville late at night and we found this gem on the Internet. Although the website said weekends were a two-night minimum, the room we chose allowed us to book just one night, so I called to confirm. The Inn Keeper said there was an error on the website but she allowed us to book just the one night. She was also very flexible with check-in and check-out times.

The inn is a fabulous old-Florida-style with cedar shake shingles apparently built by the granddaughter of Henry Flagler. There is beautiful woodwork inside including a stately staircase to the third floor, an oak fireplace and many built-ins (which showcase the Inn Keeper’s extensive collections of depression glass and Liadro). Breakfast of creamy scrambled eggs (made with cream cheese) French Toast and fresh fruit is served on the sun porch, which is fully glassed with a stunning view of the Atlantic. There is also a nice second floor deck for watching the sunrise or enjoying an afternoon cocktail.

We were in the second floor Mary-Lily, which technically did have a slight ocean view from the porch along the back of the house. A guest on the lower level jokingly commented to us that he was in the “dungeon”. Although there was a lovely front porch that ran in front of his room, I think the adjacent large sand dunes made him feel closed it. I am sure he was exaggerating, but if you want an ocean view you should choose a room on the upper level. But the ocean is literally just out the front door and even the sea-oat covered sand dunes were beautiful.

Our room was a rather strange/quirky setup. The entrance from the living room takes you immediately into the large bathroom. But there was a back entrance as well, which was nice and private. The shower stall was quite small but the water pressure was fabulous and there was plenty of hot water. The room was spacious and was decorated nicely and the bed was comfortable.

Patty, the Inn Keeper is a charming and gracious host and she has two sweet small dogs that serve as the welcoming committee. I also saw a guest with a dog, so apparently it’s a pet-friendly inn. The staff was very friendly and accommodating as well.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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ASHEBOro, North Carolina, USA
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Beautiful Private Beach Wedding! Amazing ocean front B&B. The weather was perfect, the ceremony was perfect, they helped make my wedding perfect. Cake, Champagne, flowers, pictures, the memories are priceless! We did not know the places to go and Patty and Ray helped with siteseeing info and restaurants. We had a great time! Beach chairs and towels were included. I will go back to see my new friends.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

My husband and I came to the House of Sea and Sun two years ago to elope on the beach. Upon checking in, Patty (the innkeeper) made us feel very welcome. We were absolutely in awe at the character and charm of her home, not to mention the fact that it is literally right off the beach. Each room had it's own unique features and dazzling view of the ocean. We immediately fell in love with our room, the Los Vientos, with it's beautiful, luxurious decor, clean and comfortable bed, and window overlooking the beach. Breakfast was by far the best we've ever had on both days! Their elopement package was wonderful and definitely worth every penny! Thanks to the help of Patty and Rae, they made planning very easy and stress-free. We had the ceremony at sunset on the beach that included a sand ceremony, delicious cake, a champagne toast, and over 300 breathtaking pictures. Les, the photographer, put other wedding photographers to shame. Let's just say that we were definitely the envy of many when we returned home! We truly had the best wedding anyone could every imagine. We were thorougly impressed with our entire experience here-we came as guests, and left as family.

We just got back from celebrating our anniversary at the House of Sea and Sun this week. We had been looking forward to visiting again ever since we left two years ago. Everything was exactly as we had remembered it. My husband and I feel as though this is our home away from home. It is definitely worth every second of our 17 1/2 hour drive down and we look forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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AndrewsWay, Wedding Coordinator at House of Sea and Sun, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
It was wonderful to see you both again! I remember your elopement and the beautiful pictures we have of the two of you. Thank you so much for the review and we hope to see you next year on your 3rd anniversary!
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Hortense, Georgia, United States
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

We were going to get married here an honeymoon her.At first everything seemed great, But then 3 weeks before our wedding date, she decided to double the price, On there web-site it clearly said that the photographer was included in the package, then when she doubled the price, I asked how it jumped up soooo much, she said the photographer wasn't included. I told her there web-site clearly said it was. So with that an a few more reasons, I told her to cancel the entire thing an return our deposit. Then she says, she will give us the photographer as a gift, I said I don't think so. an this is 3 weeks before my wedding. I would not recommend doing business with these people, they are clearly out to take advantage of any an all they can. Thank God, we were able to find another place to get married at on Sept 1st, 2012, an were getting everything they offered and much more, for a lot less money, and this place is soooo much nicer than the house of sea an sun, in every way u can imagine. So a big Thanks to sea an sun... Not.......Not.... Not. they ruined everything I had planed, but thank the good Lord, we were able to find a better place, in every way...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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AndrewsWay, Owner at House of Sea and Sun, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
We are so sorry that Melodee misunderstood our Elopement Package, a special offer for bride and groom only. The written information we provide clearly states that this offer is for two people only and for mid-week only. Melodee planned to marry on a holiday weekend and to invite guests to join her, which changed her event from a two-person elopement to a full wedding. Our Wedding Package, of course, is a different level of pricing.

As we strongly believe in great customer service, we offered to cover the cost of Melodee’s wedding photography as compensation for the misunderstanding.
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Citrus County, FL
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Staying at the House of Sea and Sun for our second anniversary was like visiting old friends that we hadn't yet met! It was simply a feel good weekend. The destination can't be beat. Next time I probably wouldn't stay in the Roaring 20's room as the bathtub was in the sleeping area - and there was no separate shower. That wasn't the most comfortable. But other than that, very pleased with the decision to stay there.

Patty is lovely... as are her friends.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mims
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Our visit here was wonderful.
This charming historic Inn was a terrific find.
The Inn-keeper was ill and her friends and staff
did an impressive job of filling in for her. She is obviously well loved.
The staff was warm and friendly, with great tips and good directions
which enhanced our St. Augustine experience. The breakfast served
was delicious and more enjoyable served on the porch with sweeping views
of dune and the ocean.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

My husband and I were married at the House of Sea and Sun in April, and our wedding weekend couldn't have been more perfect. We rented the entire bed and breakfast for three nights for our family, and Patty and her staff made us all feel right at home. The house is absolutely charming, and the views of the beach are spectacular. The breakfasts each morning were the best I've had at a bed and breakfast.
The wedding itself was better than I ever imagined, thanks mostly to Rae, the wedding coordinator and officiant. Rae's expert organization skills and fun and helpful attitude made for a beautiful, stress-free wedding experience. Many guests commented that our wedding was the best they had ever attended. The one thing that will forever stand out it my mind is the touching ceremony Rae personalized for us.The food Patty and her staff prepared for our reception was fit for a king and queen.
I would recommend the House of Sea and Sun for a relaxing weekend getaway or a special event. The beach is wonderful, and St. Augustine is full of fun things to do. We plan to celebrate our first anniversary at the House of Sea and Sun and relive the memories of our perfect wedding weekend.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: House of Sea and Sun
Address: 2 B Street, St. Augustine, FL 32080
Location: United States > Florida > St. Augustine
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in St. Augustine
Hotel Class:3.5 star — House of Sea and Sun 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This magnificent oceanfront B&B was rated AAA 4 Diamonds and featured in the top 10 small resort inns in Florida by the St. Petersburg Times. Built in the 1920s by the heir to the Flagler fortune, the house was restored with love by innkeeper Patty Steder. Fall asleep to the ocean hum and wake to spectacular sunrises. Enjoy breakfast while watching the Atlantic waves through a speckle of sea oats. Welcome to relaxation. ... more   less 
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