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Fairbanks House

Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA (Show map)
4.7
27 Reviews
$150 - $395
per night

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Romance, fine living and privacy prevail at this Select Registry 1885 8000 sq ft Italianate villa, built for the founder of the College of the South, the Florida Citrus Growers' Association and the Florida Historical Society. Convenient to everything but soothingly situated in a quiet, upscale Victorian neighborhood, the mansion, its cottages and pool rest on a full manicured acre where guests will find a smoke-free atmosphere - including patios, porches, pool and gardens. Rooms are uniquely appointed with antiques, oriental rugs and period pieces, and offer comparable baths with spa robes and amenities. Daily gourmet breakfast, evening social hour with hot hors d'oeuvres, and complimentary bikes and beach equipment complete the luxury experience. Be sure to ask about Romance, Honeymoon, Girls and Holiday packages.

Rooms & Rates

Room #1 - Library

Features - 1st floor, queen bed, candles in carved soapstone fireplace Bathroom - Walk-in shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Library

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room #2 - Guest Room

Features - 1st floor, queen and twin bed, candles in fireplace Bathroom - Walk-in shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Guest room Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Getaway Package available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Room #3 - Kitchen Suite

Features - 1st floor suite, king bed, private living room with electric fireplace, private porch overlooking gardens, private entrance Bathroom - Two person jacuzzi with arched windows overlooking gardens, separate walk-in shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, refrigerator 1800's Use - Original kitchen, pantry and porch Deluxe Romance Packages available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room #4 - Emerald Suite

Features - 2nd floor suite, king canopy bed, private living room with electric fireplace, private porch overlooking gardens, kitchen Bathroom - Two person jacuzzi with shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, microwave, fridge, iron 1800's Use - Nanny's quarters and children's playroom Deluxe Romance Packages available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room #5 - Magnolia Suite

Features - 2nd floor suite, four-poster king bed, large sitting area with electric fireplace, sunroom with view of gardens Bathroom - Victorian clawfoot soaking tub with overhead shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron, refrigerator 1800's Use - Daughter's bedroom and possible nursery Deluxe Romance Packages available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room #6 - Tapestry Room

Features - 2nd floor, four-poster king bed, candles in fireplace, loveseat Bathroom - Very large bathroom, two person jacuzzi with shower, electric fireplace next to jacuzzi, lovely windowseat Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Mr. Fairbanks' bedroom and office Classic Romance Packages available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room #7 - Captain's Room

Features - 2nd floor, four-poster king bed, candles in fireplace, cedar closet Bathroom - Victorian clawfoot soaking tub with overhead shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Mrs. Fairbanks' bedroom Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Getaway Package available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Room #8 - Country French

Features - 2nd floor, four-poster king bed, candles in carved soapstone fireplace Bathroom - Victorian clawfoot soaking tub with overhead shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use- Daughter's bedroom Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Getaway Package available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Schoolhouse Cottage

Features - Private one-bedroom cottage, king bed, living room, electric fireplace, kitchenette Bathroom - Two person jacuzzi with shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Original schoolhouse on the island Deluxe Romance Packages available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Servants Quarters Cottage

Features - Two-bedroom cottage, queen bed downstairs, two twins or king up, living room, kitchen Bathroom - Victorian clawfoot soaking tub with overhead shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Servants' quarters Rate covers up to four people; a fifth can be added for $50 per night Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Getaway Package available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Hideaway

Features - Private floor of large cottage, private entrance, king bed, kitchenette, private driveway Bathroom - Large jacuzzi, separate shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's Use - Caretaker's house Classic Romance Packages available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Grand Tower Suite

Features - Entire third floor of main mansion, 1600 sq. ft. total. King bedroom, queen bedroom, living room, dining area, kitchen, exclusive access to Tower, extremely private Bathroom - Small jacuzzi with overhead shower Amenities - Telephone, cable TV in living room and king bedroom, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron 1800's use - Third floor playroom and attic, tower lookout Rate covers up to four people, fifth can be added for $50 per night Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Getaway Package available for this room

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Twin

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Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.7

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27 Reviews

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Picture Perfect Elopement

5 on March 11, 2013

Theresa helped us plan the perfect elopement. The Fairbanks House is a lovely vintage home on beautiful Amelia Island. We had a sunset wedding on the Florida coast. Horsedrawn carriage, champagne and wedding cake! Professional and personal! When people ask we reply - We had the Perfect wedding!! Thanks Theresa.


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4.2 on February 25, 2013

My partner and I recently spent 6 nights at Fairbanks House and our accommmodation added greatly to our overall enjoyment of Amelia Island. Theresa and Bill are great hosts, combining the friendliness and personal service of a B&B with the professionalism and privacy of a small inn. They were experienced and intuitive in understanding what dining and sightseeing suggestions would work for us, helpful in booking things, and also personable and wryly humorous, which we enjoyed. Great breakfasts--not for the calorie-conscious, however--and appetizers at Happy Hour, as well as congenial company. No compulsion to join in, but the kind of place where one wants to. We've stayed at numerous B&Bs in the mid and deep South in the past, never for as long as at Fairbanks House, and it was a superior experience which did not disappoint as the days went on.


Ideal B & B experience

4.8 on November 06, 2012

Fairbanks House has all the components of a great B & B. Innkeepers are friendly and knowledgable. The Country French room was spacious and the bed was great. The two course breakfasts were tasty and lasted us all day with just a granola bar for lunch. We enjoyed all four different breakfasts including their famous pumpkin pancakes. The evening hors ouvers and drinks are a good opportunity to compare notes with other guests. This was helpful because the little town has a host of restaurants and you want to end up at the best like 29 and Lulu's. They were just putting up Christmas decorations for the annual cookie tour. We enjoyed getting to peek in several other rooms as the decoration went up. It would be special to stay in the rooms when they are decorated for Christmas. The home made treat every night at bed time was a nice touch. The house is just one block from a good local bakery and the historic museum. It is 3 blocks to town and 10 blocks to the marina. The beach is two miles. We debated between staying on the beach or in town. I doubt there is a wrong choice, but we were pleased with ours. The free bicycles are an alternative to driving.


Last Minute Stay

5 on June 27, 2012

We recently took a day trip to Amelia island and were having so much fun we decided to find a place to spend the night. Even though the website had listed a two night minimum Theresa and Bill did not hesitate to let us stay. From the moment we checked in we knew we were going to enjoy the experience. Theresa was so friendly and super funny! There was a social hour from 5-6 which included beer, wine, and AMAZING homemade appetizers!!! (I almost didn't want to go out to dinner). We also got to take our drinks out to the pool which I was not expecting them to let us do. The room we stayed in was clean and had great decor. The bed was so comfortable that we didn't want to get up for breakfast. Glad we did though because Theresa made delicious pumpkin pancakes. We will definitely be back. Thanks for a great time!!!


Great New Year's Weekend

4.4 on January 03, 2012

Last minute decision to get away for New Year's weekend. We found the Fairbanks House on the web - loved the exterior and thought "let's try it". What a wonderful weekend! Theresa and Bill are wonderful hosts! In fact I can't imagine anyone more helpful and friendly than these 2 people. We'll be back. Loved it!


Wow what a trip to Ameila.

4.0 on December 30, 2011

We had a wonderful stay at the Fairbanks House. Theresa and Bill couldn't have been nicer. This was a complete surprise for my husband as it was his Birthday/Christmas present. Let's not forget the much needed honeymoon that we have never taken. Once Theresa and Bill had collected information from us regarding our trip they made it more memorable then we could have asked for. We highly recommend staying at the Fairbanks as it is the best breakfast and hospitality on the island. I don't want to forget about the awesome carriage rides. Joe and Jacquie


A must

5 on October 15, 2011

The Fairbanks House is beautiful and Bill and Theresa are the absolute Best. I really cannot say enough about them, from their delicious breakfasts, top notch service, wine slush (oh yeah), and beautiful accommodations. They go above and beyond to make you feel at home. We have stayed on 3 seperate occasions and each one better than the next (and I never thought there could be room for improvement). The Fairbanks House exemplifies the Bed and Breakfast experience.


Our favorite by far! We will be back!

5 on July 20, 2011

I have stayed in many B&B and always like to try a new one each summer. I will not try a new next year. I can't wait to go back. The Inn is just beautiful but more than that - totally comfortable and you feel right at home. The hostess is a blast and they go out of their way to do the little extras. Breakfast was wonderful and we couldn't wait each afternoon for Happy Hour. Our room #5 was unbelievable. Could not have asked for more. Our favorite part was the pool. What a wonderful place. A must if you want peace, quite and sweet Inn keepers!


Happy 30th!

5 on February 26, 2011

We recently spent our 30th wedding anniversary at the Fairbanks House and it far exceeded our expectations. The decor is quietly elegant and Bill and Theresa are wonderful, caring hosts. Theresa, (she had me from "hello") is very knowledgeable about the island, the restaurants, attractions and services and is happy to share her expertise with you, or if you prefer, make all your arrangements for you along with a few surprises. We had just gotten seated at our dinner reservation when a split of champagne arrived at our table courtesy of Theresa and Bill to help us celebrate our anniversary. The nightly social hour features yummy hors d'ouvres and Bill serving soft drinks and adult beverages. Breakfast alternates with sweet and savory items. We are still talking about the strawberries in ginger cream and the Banannas Foster french toast. By the end of the trip, we left feeling like we had spent the weekend with friends. We will definitely return to Fairbanks house and hopefully soon.


Our stay at the Fairbanks House

5 on December 17, 2010

My wife and I chose the Fairbanks House because the pictures were stunning. Of course we wondered if the experience would measure up to what we saw. It didn't........it far exceeded what we hoped for. Bill and Teresa are absolutely wonderful hosts. The Inn itself is elegant, full of history, very relaxing, and there are numerous rooms that each have their own character. The Inn is very close to all the shops, restaurants, and sites you will want to see. We cannot wait to go back!


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Location

Location Type

Island, Small town, Village

Airport

Jacksonville, FL (JAX) 35 miles

Directions to property:

From the airport go north on I-95. Use exit 373 from I-95 and follow the signs for Fernandina Beach along Highway A1A, 200 East and come straight onto the island. After the bridge go 3.3 miles to Cedar Street. Turn left onto Cedar and right onto 7th Street. The parking lot will be on your left. We are 15 minutes from I-95.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Videos, Wi-Fi , Complimentary use of bikes, Complimentary use of beach equipment, Full concierge service, Evening social hour with drinks and hors d'oeuvres

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Children must be at least 16 years old.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No No pets, no matter how cute.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends generally require two nights, holidays three but please ask.
  • Deposit Amount Required: Confirmed reservations require a deposit of 50% of the total stay or a full deposit on a one-night stay.
  • Cancellations: All cancellations or changes will be charged a minimum $25 rebooking fee. Any changes or cancellations regarding your reservation must be e-mailed at least 14 days prior to your arrival date to have the balance of your deposit refunded. Changes or cancellations after that time will result in a forfeiture of your entire deposit unless we are able to fully re-rent your room. Forfeited deposits may not be applied toward another booking. No changes or cancellations within 48 hours of arrival.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Bill and Theresa

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Outside cats - never inside. Others

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8-9:30
  • Serving Location: Side porches and patios, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


Signature Dish

Cinnamon Orange Pecan French Toast
Double-layerd french toast made with sliced loaves of french or cuban bread, cinnamon, ginger and pecans topped with a heavenly caramel sauce and dusted with powdered cinnamon sugar. Mmmmmmm.


Details

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

227 South Seventh Street , Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA (Show map)

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