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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- House Of Sea And Sun Hotel Saint Augustine