Perfect stay at this little gem of a B&B.
The room was stunning and had direct access to the gorgeous garden at the back of the house. The bed was extremely comfortable and the bathroom was huge and simply beautiful, with a powerful shower, jacuzzi batth and original stained-glass window! Everything was in keeping with the age and history of the property and felt very luxurious.
My only gripe is there was hardly any room to walk about the room, the bed was enormous and seemed to have been 'crammed' into the room. For only 1 night though, this wasn't really a problem for us.
The fridge in the sitting room was full of complimentary drinks, including beer & speciality beer, red & white wine and soft drinks. Then, only moments after taking our pick and sitting down, the owner Glenda arrived with port, sherry and a selection of mouth-watering cakes and chocolates! It was very special and welcoming.
I was a little disappointed with breakfast the next morning but that may be because I'm from the UK and it may be a US speciality - it was sausages, cream, icing sugar, a savory-tasting pancake and fruit - all on the same plate... It tasted odd and unfortunately 3 out of 4 of our party agreed it was bizarre and quite inedible. The B&B has a different hot item every morning however, so I guess it was just our bad luck... It was lovely though to take our coffee and juice and sit on the verandah outside, you could practically feel the history of the place.
The garden has a huge fountain more suited to a royal residence, with a lovely tented area for smokers with comfortable chairs and tables. Sitting there late in the evening listening to the bull-frogs' mating call was wonderful (and very noisy!).
There is a lot of information scattered about in relation to the history of the house and St Augustine itself, which made very interesting reading and Glenda was only too happy to explain further. Glenda was also only too happy to make recommendations for restaurants (A1A Aleworks was excellent). Glenda respected her guests' privacy and didn't hang about getting over-friendly and nosy like some B&B owners we have found.
The Peace & Plenty Inn was the best value for money stay that we had during our road-trip down the East Coast and we found ourselves being very disappointed we were only staying for 1 night. Very highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn is located in the very heart of the historic district and steps away from three of the most important landmarks in St. Augustine FL: the Alcazar Hotel, circa 1880 (now the Lightner Museum), the Ponce de Leon Hotel, circa 1888 (now Flagler College), and the Hotel Cordova, circa 1887 (now the Casa Monica Hotel). A two block stroll will take you to the Ancient City's center and Plaza de la Constitution. Retreat into our quiet neighborhood or walk downtown and bask in the city's vibrant nightlife. Guests enjoy the best of both worlds without sacrificing ease of access for quiet repose. Our lovely walled garden is the ultimate in romance. It features fountains and a cozy pergola with propane fire pit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peace And Plenty Inn St. Augustine, Florida