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“Watson House offers abundant amenities & gracious hospitality”

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The Watson Guest House
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“Watson House offers abundant amenities & gracious hospitality”
Reviewed 13 July 2007

We chose the Watson House B&B based on quite a bit of research, including TripAdvisor reviews of various Chincoteague lodging.

The price was comparable to other Chincoteague lodging, however, extra amenities such as the full homemade breakfast, plus use of beach towels & chairs, bikes, sunscreen, bug spray, and free WiFi access actually made this a superior value. It's in a great location on Main Street, within walking distance to the movie theatre, restaurants, the ice cream parlor, and stores. Each room has a small fridge in it, with bottled water provided in it daily.

Bob and Carole Mabin are warm, friendly and easygoing hosts. We checked in rather late in the evening, hungry for dinner, and Bob managed to secure us a reservation at Bill's Restaurant a few doors away, even though the place was packed when we arrived. On our first morning, Bob gave us a map and an overview of the area, so we could plan our vacation strategy. He offered more candid, helpful restaurant suggestions, and on our second night he wrangled another last minute reservation at the popular Etta's restaurant at a table with a water view.

Carole whipped up delicious, abundant breakfasts each morning, served on good china, with seating in the formal dining room or at two-tops on the wrap-around porch. Highlights included Praline French toast, banana nut bread and cheese blintz cakes. Upon checking out, Carole even packed up extra zucchini bread from the morning's breakfast for us to take on the road.

There was always a jar of delicious homemade biscotti in the parlor, which my husband raided every time we walked in the front door.

Our room -- called the "Sun Room" -- was spacious with a very comfortable bed. There was also a small sitting room attached, with reading material, including a copy of the iconic "Misty of Chincoteague" (written only a few doors down Main St.) Several daily newspapers were set out in the parlor to read each morning, and menus for all the area restaurants were available to peruse. It's a non-smoking house (hurray!!) and there are no televisions or phones in the rooms (double hurray!), but Bob will gladly phone in dinner reservations for you and/or you can make brief calls from their business phone.

We've stayed at numerous B&B's all over the US and at a couple in Ireland, and the Watson House was among the most pleasant stays. The hosts were helpful and available when we needed them, but didn't hover. If we ever return to Chincoteague, we will definitely stay at the Watson House again.

  • Liked — Friendly & helpful hosts
  • Disliked — No drawbacks at all.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2007

Our four day stay at the Watson House was wonderful. Bob and Carole are congenial and helpful hosts. Carole prepares a
delicious and bountiful breakfast each morning. A fruit course, a hot entree with side dishes, a baked treat, plus homemade biscuits and orange juice . Coffee is available at 7:15. Biscotti and Tea are set in the parlour during the day. Each room has
a mini fridge for water, etc.
Bob will recommend restaurants ,boat tours and answer any
questions you might have. He also made reservations for all the guests at the popular eating places( Bills was the best )which was a time saver.
The Inn is very friendly, everyone congregated on the front porch ,talking about the fun experiences of the day. The lack of television was actually a nice change.
Beach chairs. towels and bikes(we brought our own bikes) were provided by the inn.
The location on Main Street made walking to shops and restaurants convenient. We were there for the Art Stroll on Sat. Night. Many of the Galleries and Shops provide wine ,cheese, and sweets, and stay open until 10:00pm.
Assateague Island was so pretty and unspoiled. It is connected to Chincoteague by a short bridge which is just a short bike or a 3 minute car ride.away.The trails, the beach area( there are showers, changing rooms and portajohns ) and the refuge are all enjoyable. The ponies were visible from the road,so everyone was snapping photos.
We definitely plan to return to the Watson House and to Chincoteague Island.


  • Liked — period decor and good food
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Watson Guest House
Address: 4240 Main St, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2801
Region: United States > Virginia > Chincoteague Island
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Chincoteague Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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