At this bayfront bed and breakfast in St Augustine FL, the owners and their staff put the vitality to the hospitality. They claim to coordinate your every wish and spoil you every second, and they really do! That hospitality high is compliments of inn owners Joy and Andrew Warren. Both England born, the Warrens ventured to the United States 40+ years ago. They spent many years in the Southern California hotels and hospitality business--Andrew with Preferred Hotels® and then his own company, Woodbridge Hotels Inc., and Joy as director of catering at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. St. Augustine’s Westcott House has been their “home” since spring 2009, and they have since showered thousands of guests with that earlier-eluded-to hospitality.
Located on Avenida Menendez in St Augustine FL, this St Augustine bed and breakfast, Bayfront Westcott House, was built in 1880 as a private residence for Dr. John Westcott who was well known for his prominent military career, interests in transportation and politics, and research efforts in the cause and cure of yellow fever. He was a land surveyor for the St. Johns Railroad (whose tracks spread from the San Sebastian River to Tocoi) and was a heavy hitter in the development of the Intracoastal Waterway that links the St. Johns River to Miami. The house changed hands a few times over the years and saw its fair share of soirees amongst St. Augustine’s elite. In the 1970s, it was converted into a guest house and has been entertaining tourists and travelers ever since! Today, Bayfront Westcott House is a 16-room, full-service bed and breakfast. Every room has a private entrance. Most rooms have a Jacuzzi tub, electric fireplace, and outdoor sitting area. In every room guests enjoy hypoallergenic microfiber sheets; plush but ecofriendly towels; and HydroSpa bath products.
Early risers experience a tangible slice of Heaven when they grab some coffee and take in the St Augustine FL bayfront sunrise, with all the sights and sounds associated. Each morning, there is a signature hot entrée and many scrumptious extras (served indoors and out). Complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soda, and water are available throughout the day, and there is always some sort of sweet treat available in the dining room. A fantastic spread of hors d’ouevres is presented each evening. The exclusive (and popular) Fact or Folklore social hour happens every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7 pm and is hosted by a professional story teller from Ancient City Tours. Guests enjoy hearing stories of St. Augustine’s colorful past (that they likely won’t hear elsewhere) and decide for themselves whether fact or fiction.
If you decide to actually leave the bed and breakfast and explore downtown historic St Augustine FL, you’re but a short walk away from all that the historic district has to offer--breathtaking architecture and historic landmarks, museums and art galleries, quaint and eclectic little shops, dozens of restaurants and street-side cafes, and so much more! Lovers will find evening romance while sitting on the seawall in front of the Inn, feet dangling over to the water’s edge, listening to the current and the occasional cough coming from one of the bay-slip boats, stars and moon above, distracted only by that dim, patterned beam emanating from the St. Augustine FL Lighthouse across the way!