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The Watson Guest House
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We were greed by our host, Bob Mabin, who helped us unload and get to our room; he gave us all the information we would need to make our stay pleasant, suggested a few of his favorite places to eat and told us "You need to ride the trolley!"
We found our room to be very comfortable, pleasantly appointed with antiques that set off the room nicely. The bathroom was large enough to comfortably get around with, complete with an antique tub and shower that added to the class of the room. The bed was very comfortable.
Their website really undersells the breakfast provided. There is fresh fruit and a nice variety of freshly baked treats, all baked that morning by Carole Mabin. You will not go hungry. The coffee is drinkable--which is a big thing for me--though I'd have preferred a stronger blend.
The Watson House is quite historic and Bob was happy to explain the history of the house, the
Watson family's involvement in the island's history and explain about anything else of interest in the area. He's a great source of information to get a vacation started. Yes, we did ride the trolley. Bob was right.
They have bicycles available for riding around town or to the park, and towels and beach chairs provided for use on the beach.
The only downside--if it can be called that--is that breakfast on the porch is so enjoyable, that we tended to get something of a late start each morning; but it's vacation! That's what you're supposed to do.
It's a great place and is on our "go back" list.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

We stayed at Watson House through Labor Day Weekend. My wife looked on-line late and we were worried that we wouldn't find a nice place. Fortunately Watson House was available - and we were not disappointed. This is a great B&B!

The experience was a quintessentially idyllic B&B experience. The House is a beautiful, charming Victorian gem from a better, slower time. It is updated with modern amenities, down to wonderful soap for en suite bathrooms, hairdryers for the ladies and wifi. The rooms vary in size. Our was nicely decorated, with a beautiful antique oak bed. The mattress was exceptionally comfortable and we slept like babies.

What makes this B&B special is the warm hospitality of Bob and Carol. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Breakfast featured fruit, coffee/tea, yogurt and fantastic baked biscuits and different breads with yummy jams. Bob was exceptionally helpful and friendly in pointing out all the local history, sights and even offered us a beach pass. We made use of Bob's beach chairs and towels on our daily trips to the beach. As we departed (wistfully) - Bob insisted on washing the salt and sand off of our car with his garden house.

Clearly Bob and Carol have carefully considered how to run a wonderfully welcoming and restful B&B - and have succeeded.

When we come back to Chincoteague we will stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Travel_Carma
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

My wife and I stayed here for a weekend just to get away. The house is well maintained and cared for. The rooms were excellent and the host was exceptional. Every morning the biscuits and baked goods were freshly made along with nice strong coffee, just the way we like it. Bob is an excellent baker and very knowledgeable of the island. He gave us some great insight on where to go, what to see and what all there is to do. This allowed us to enjoy a peaceful weekend. We'd also like to give a highly and well deserved 10 star rating to their guard cat, Clyde, who had walked us to the front door and made sure we arrived safely. Clyde is a very good at keeping an eye on the vehicles and makes you feel like your at home.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank viannakuhar
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Great bed and breakfast. The Inn Keepers had a great sense of Island history and recommendations for dining and adventure that we happily took. Visiting the local beach was easy with the B&B provided beach chairs, towels, and bicycles.
Very easy location with parking and plenty to do and see in walking distance.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Keith B
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We just spent a long weekend here and loved it! The location was perfect, only a few blocks walk to the town center shops and restaurants. And Bob was such a great host, he gave us lots of tips on where to eat and what to do. He even keeps a copy of every menu from all of the restaurants around town. Breakfast is tasty in the morning- fresh coffee, a variety of fresh breads, yogurt and fresh fruit. The house itself is very well kept, and the rooms are very comfortable. I would highly recommend this B&B!

Room Tip: The Birds Nest room is in the back of the second floor and is more private than some of the others
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank megs924
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

Bob and Carol are so welcoming and knowledgeable. They give great suggestions on where to eat and what to do around the island. They were also instrumental in making sure we were prepared for the pony swim. Carol is an amazing cook and you would be silly not to stay here and try out her cuisine for yourself. I look forward to returning to Chincoteague and The Watson House.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Thank PTrishWorldwide
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Reviewed 4 October 2011

We stayed at the Watson House on August 4th - unfortunately it was only a one night stay on our way to Virginia. We arrived and were immediately greeted by Clyde, the big, beautiful white cat! We were then greeted by Bob, who took us on a tour and history of the Watson House. We stayed in the Front Porch Room, which was right on the main floor. It was very nice, but the small sitting area is directly behind the porch, so you can see and hear some of the guests on the front porch. That wasn't too bad, we also went out on the front porch and joined the guests. We had a good time chatting with a couple who have been coming to the Watson House for over 15 years. Bob gave us good suggestions for dinner and made our reservation. The breakfast was wonderful -- Carole is a terrific cook, we did get to meet her briefly before our departure. I did wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you Bob for the map of the local wineries.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank SunnyRia
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Additional Information about The Watson Guest House

Address: 4240 Main St, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2801
Region: United States > Virginia > Chincoteague Island
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Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Chincoteague Island
Price Range: £64 - £100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1898 in the Chincoteague Island style for the wealthy, the house features six bedrooms and seven baths. There is a light morning breakfast of home made breads, buttermilk biscuits, fruits, yogurts and such items. The location is downtown, near shops and restaurants. The Watson House is the closest B&B to the National Seashore on Assateague Island. Come enjoy our little piece of Paradise. ... more   less 

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