We've never been to Spring Lake and we have to say we were wonderfully surprised. Spring Lake was not overly crowded, not commercial, not overly touristy, not full of big hotels, or motels; gorgeous beach, great boardwalk with nothing commercial on it; beautiful homes, wide streets, and quaint shopping. Everything felt fresh, safe and clean; a great residential neighborhood.
The Villa Park House was wonderful from the time we arrived, until the time we left. Matthew, the house owner, was outside when we pulled up late Friday night, and helped us with where to park, a quick tour and a nice conversation of what to do in the area. We stayed in the suite 8 & 9. Perfect for having a kid or two with you. The kid slept in a separate room that had a twin bed with trundle; his own tv/vcr, ceiling fan, dresser, full window, big closet and comfy big sitting chair. Our room (9) had a large brass bed, dresser, ceiling fan, two full size windows, closet and a full bathroom for the suite. We also really loved the color of our room, soothing and comfortable.
Breakfast was made to order (of any egg selection) along with a few choices of an omelet or wrap, fresh fruit, and yogurt parfait. Eg: The ham and cheese omelet had five different types of Colby cheese; the wrap had salmon, greens, capers, creme cheese, light and fluffy eggs. There was always a choice of meat and Matthew's version of homefries--- delicious. There is nothing worse then going to a B & B and not liking the breakfast or not having enough to eat.... you will not have to worry about this at the Villa Park House, because Matthew is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and you can guarantee your breakfast will be awesome! Of course coffee and tea, and from the mouth of the Kid, "This is the best grapefruit juice I've ever had!"
There are some bikes to borrow, beach passes, beach towels, umbrellas, & chairs! A great wrap around porch for relaxing with a cup of tea, reading or dining for breakfast. Matthew is very friendly and knowledgeable on where everything is in town.
This was the perfect place for our last minute weekend getaway. Thank you Matthew for a fantastic stay! We definitely plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Park House is one of the few Spring Lake bed and breakfasts that welcomes families with children and pets, making it a wonderful family friendly alternative to hotel lodging.The Villa Park House is a grand, Victorian era home that has been a welcomed retreat for visitors since 1886. Villa Park Farm was one of four farms that has made up what is now known as Spring Lake. Our historic bed and breakfast was originally built as a guest house to accommodate the friends of Villa Park Farm's owner. Villa Park House has been the choice for many wanting to relax and rejuvenate near the Atlantic Ocean. Linda and Peter Foy, former owners of Ashling Cottage Bed and Breakfast, rated #1 in Spring Lake, are pleased to announce the purchase of Villa Park House. The renovations that are being made will help to reach our goal of providing Villa Park House guests an impeccably clean and comfortable room, a hot and hearty breakfast, and enjoyable common grounds. Please watch for the exciting changes to appear on our web site in the near future, and then pay us a visit to experience a step back in time in an amazing Victorian town called Spring Lake. ... more less
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