Garden and the Sea B&B Inn

4188 Nelson Road , New Church, VA 23415 USA (Show map)


Escape to the Garden and the Sea Inn for an elegant, yet casual respite. Soak up the sun or enjoy afternoon refreshments while lounging by our outside pool. Your pets are welcome also. Whether you're looking for a romantic, candlelit getaway, or just a quiet relaxed atmosphere to return to at the end of a day at the beach, or visiting some of the Eastern Shore's charming, quaint towns and marinas, the Garden and the Sea Inn provides just the right combination of personal attention and Victorian ambiance. The Inn sits peacefully on a quiet lane, yet is easily accessible to the major route of travel for the Delmarva Peninsula, Route 13. Located in New Church, VA, the Inn is situated in an area rich in history, architecture and natural beauty.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.7

8th Year at The Garden and Sea Inn

4.2 on September 20, 2015

My sister, my dog and I spent 4 days and 3 nights at the Garden and Sea Inn a couple weeks ago. Our stay was very relaxing and enjoyable. The breakfasts were nourishing and delicious. We swam in the refreshing pool and were able to bring back snacks and water in the parlor room of another house to our room. We always ask for the Chardonnay Room in our particular house because of the space, comfort and easy access. Dorothee, the innkeeper, provided us with fresh towels everyday. In addition, she was most helpful in recommending the Ayers Creek Adventures for kayaking in Berlin, MD and the Charlotte Hotel for dinner in Onancock, VA. Both were fabulous. My kudos to Dorothee and her pleasant and accommodating staff. See you again next year!

Wonerful Stay

4.6 on September 02, 2015

We book this for a 1 night stay in transit and wished we vould hsve stayed longer

Great place!!

4.8 on August 20, 2015

My husband and I stayed here for he first time this past weekend. We were very impressed with the accommodations and will definitely be back. Our room was very comfortable and private, and we absolutely loved the common areas and gardens on the property. The value is outstanding when you consider that just 20 minutes away, in Chincoteague, hotel rooms are averaging $250 a night with no personal touches or good food. We really enjoyed being away from the hustle and bustle, but still close enough to head over to the beach. The only reason I am giving 4 stars in cleanliness is because of a couple of spider webs and minor things in our room. It's summer, and it's buggy, so it didn't really bother us at all. The bedding and bathroom, etc, were immaculately clean. The dining was great. We were served pancakes with honey butter sauce. Yum! Everything was very fresh and tasty. The presentation was great. Our server was even accommodating to our 2.5 year old, giving him napkin rings to play with while we waited for our food. We were only able to stay for one night, but it gave us just enough of a taste that we will plan to be back (without children next time). It's a great place. We felt right at home.

An anniversary get-away

5 on August 16, 2015

My husband and I needed a get-away and this was perfect! It was quiet and out of the way, but close enough to Chincoteague that we had something to do in the evening when we needed to have a nice dinner and sight see. Thanks for a great place to stay!


5 on August 16, 2015

Warm welcome from the owners even before my arrival. They emailed me to let me know they were aware of my late arrival and told me how to find my room, the key and snacks. I had a very comfortable stay, breakfast was outstanding! I will definitely recommend this B&B to friends.

Wonderful Stay at a Wonderful B & B

5 on August 14, 2015

I immensely enjoyed my brief stay (only one night) at the Garden and the Sea B&B Inn. The only drawback is that I couldn't stay longer. The breakfast was perfect - french toast stuffed with homemade cheese and covered in a tangerine drizzle with a side of bacon. It was delicious! The room I stayed in -- The Nelson -- is named after the home's owner. I loved the throwback bathtub and antique furniture. The artwork on the walls is beautiful. Another plus? The staff here are very warm and welcoming. Upon my arrival, I was given a tour of the facility and directed to the port wine and cookies available to all guests. If you're looking for a clean, safe, quiet B&B, this place is definitely for you. I can't wait to return.

Loved it!

5 on July 01, 2015

Lovely place and excellent food. Innkeepers very professional and friendly. Will definitely stay ther again.

Lovely BedandBreakfast

5 on June 09, 2015

Our first experience in a BedandBreakfast but surely not our last. Everything was so clean and accommodating. Everyone was so nice and helpful with even info about local attractions.

nice and quiet

5 on May 22, 2015

We greatly enjoyed our weekend and will certainly be back.

Outstanding, perfect

5 on May 16, 2015

2nd time staying here Love it

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Rooms & Rates

Chablis Suite

The Chablis Suite is the perfect romantic get-away. This very special room upstairs in our yellow house has a private entrance, king bed, private bath with extra large whirlpool tub, separate shower, private screened porch and private open deck, sitting area with twin-size sleeper sofa, TV/DVD, refrigerator and coffee maker.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Shiraz Suite

This is our newest suite. A very large and private suite on the first floor of our new house. It features a private entrance, a full size living room with twin size sleeper sofa, a bedroom with king size iron wrap bed and an bright bathroom with two sinks, a jacuzzi and a separate shower. The apartment also has hardwood flooring, a gas fireplace, a large flatscreen TV with DVD/VCR combination and of course a refrigerator and a coffee maker. The perfect honeymoon or anniversary retreat or a great place for a longer stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Chantilly Room

Chantilly Room - This upstairs room in the Victorian House has a queen size bed. The large bath with a double Jacuzzi tub/shower is sky-lighted. TV/DVD. Refrigerator and coffee maker. Enjoy the morning sun in this bright, cheery room.

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

Cabernet Suite

The Cabernet Suite is our newest suite. It is the coolest and most modern room on the shore! Very large and private on the first floor of our Yellow house. It features a private entrance, a full size living room with a Queen size sleeper sofa, a bedroom with a king size platform bed and a inside bathroom with jacuzzi and a separate shower. The suite also has hardwood flooring and a large flatscreen TV with DVD/VCR player. Private screened in porch overlooking the pool and the back yard. This is THE suite to be in!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Champagne Room

Champagne Room is on the upper level of the Garden House. This very private romantic room highlighted by a king-size brass bed, fireplace, sitting area and double whirlpool bath, coffee maker, flat screen TV, DVD player and refrigerator. Great for anniversaries or special birthdays.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Sandpiper Room

Sandpiper Room - a cozy romantic room off a semi-private screened porch on the ground level of the Garden House. A queen bed, whirlpool tub with shower, and TV/DVD make this a most comfortable room. Refrigerator, coffee maker. Great to use with Lighthouse for two couples traveling together or for a family.

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

Lighthouse Room

Lighthouse Room - This Garden House room is ground level with a semi-private screened porch. This room features a queen bed and bath with whirlpool tub and shower, TV/DVD and cozy fireplace. Refrigerator and coffee maker. Dogs love the screened porch!

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

Nelson Room

Nelson Room - This upper level room in the Victorian House features a queen size cherry sleigh bed, sitting area and sky-lighted bath with claw-foot tub and shower, TV/DVD. Refrigerator and coffee maker. A trip into the past with the Antique Soaking Tub.

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

Chardonnay Room

Chardonnay Room is located on the main level of the Victorian House. This spacious room has a king bed, sitting area and cathedral ceiling/sky-lighted double Jacuzzi bath. Separate shower and dressing area. Refrigerator, coffee maker,TV/DVD. Very romantic! Easy access.

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

Merlot Room

Merlot Room A very private room on the second floor of the 1802 part of the Victorian House features a king size bed, private bath with double Jacuzzi and separate shower, a small sitting area with twin size sleeper/sofa, refrigerator, coffee maker, and TV/DVD. This room is great for those with pet allergies - no pets are allowed in this room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Attic Room

Attic Room A cozy room with sloped ceilings on the third floor of the Victorian House. This quaint room has a skylight, queen bed and large private bath with antique claw foot tub/shower. TV/DVD. Refrigerator and coffee maker. This room will remind you of days playing in Grandma's Attic.

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Secluded


Norfolk, VA (ORF)

Directions to property:

From the North: Take Route 13 South from Salisbury, MD; 1 mile past the Maryland-Virgina State Line. Turn Right at First Virginia Bank (Route #710 - just past the Virginia Welcome Center) From the South: Take Route 13 North from Virginai Beach, VA; 2 miles North of "T's Corner" (Route #175 intersection) trun left off of Route 13 at First Virginia Bank (Route #710 - just past the Virginia Weigh Station) The Inn is a large Victorian house on the Right, one quarter mile from turn-off.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Picnic area, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Pool, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , outside pool onsite

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Wildlife trails, Surf fishing, Channel fishing, Deep sea fishing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Quiet in the rooms, on leash outside, not allowed in the bed
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: most full weekends and last week in July
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One nights fee
  • Cancellations: Guests canceling/changing their reservation dates less than 10 days in advance of their scheduled arrival or during their stay, are financially responsible for all nights we are unable to re-book



Thomas and Dorothee Renn

Languages spoken

English, French, German

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:00
  • Serving Location: Patio, Dining Room, Guest room

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