The Watson House

4240 Main Street , Chincoteague, VA 23336 USA (Show map)


Featured on The Learning Channel's "Romantic Escapes", the Watson House is a recently restored Victorian Country home built in the late 1800's by David Robert Watson. Nestled in the heart of Chincoteague, it is within walking distance from favorite shops and restaurants. Guestrooms are tastefully and individually decorated with charming Victorian and Country antiques, nostalgic pieces, wicker and many other special touches. For those fun-minded adventurers, complimentary use of bicycles is offered to explore the beautiful islands. Virginia's only resort island, Chincoteague is world famous for its wild ponies that roam Assateague's seashore. Chincoteague is the gateway to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague National Seashore. A visit to Chincoteague Island is sure to leave you with memories you will cherish forever.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great weekend away

4.4 on October 11, 2012

My husband and I wanted to treat ourselves to a nice weekend away for our 5th anniversary. We found the Watson House in Chincoteague online and it looked like just the kind of thing we wanted--cozy, friendly, and centrally located to dining and shopping. Bob and Carole are gracious and lovely hosts (and Carole really knows how to cook--the breakfasts were amazing!). Upon learning it was our anniversary, Bob took care of getting us a dinner reservation at Bill's, considered the best restaurant in town (it was excellent). He also gave us a great rundown of things to do over the weekend, which we appreciated as we hadn't really done much research ourselves on that. We stayed in the front porch room, the only room with a private television (not why we chose that room, but it was nice). The room was a little small, but still comfortable. The nook where the tv is was nice--it had a door separating it from the main room so that in theory someone could hang out in there with out disturbing someone sleeping. It was very cozy. Fortunately, the window air conditioner had a heater because it got very cold that weekend! The Watson House definitely has the feel of a small Inn rather than a B&B (where you feel like your in someone's home), which is what we love. One of our favorite parts of the stay was the breakfast with the other guests. The house was completely full our first night and everyone was interesting and friendly. Since it rained that Sunday morning, no one was in a hurry to leave the breakfast table. It was really nice just hanging out in the warm, comfortable house drinking coffee and having great conversation. They also have a front porch with plenty of seating. It looked nice, but was too rainy and cold all weekend for us to sit out there. Next time!

Oct 2012visit

4.4 on October 03, 2012

Bob and Carole provided a wonderful stay. The food and accommodations were wonderful. Bob's insight as to areas to visit and places to eat were very helpful. I would recommend the Watson House to anyone visiting the Virginia eastern shore.

We had a wonderful time and were made to feel most welcome. Bob had some excellent suggestions for things to do and places to eat that we took andvantage of.

4.4 on September 28, 2012

Carole's breakfasts were delicious.. a memorable part of a great experience in Chincoteague.

40th anniversary

5 on September 25, 2012

Our stay at The Watson House was everything we expected. This was a beautiful location in a quaint little village. Many points of interest were within walking distance and the use of The Watson House bicycles made for an enjoyable local ride. We couldn't have asked for more. Mike and Janice Large

Great place, wonderful hosts!

4.2 on September 23, 2012

Great place, wonderful hosts! There is nothing to complain about at this place and Bob and Carol make everyone feel right at home. The Rose room is a little small (it is the smallest of all the rooms), and there was bar soap and bottled water in the room and refreshed ever day, but no shampoo or conditioner. Also, we are early risers and coffee is not available until 7AM.

Awesome B&B

5 on September 20, 2012

Bob & Carol are awesome hosts. We felt welcome the minute we arrived. We would definitely stay again. Carol prepares a fabulous breakfast each day. Everyone enjoyed chatting at breakfast while sharing their plans for the day or rocking on the front porch in the evening. A wonderful retreat for couples wanting to relax & reconnect.

Fantastic end-of-summer getaway

4.8 on September 03, 2012

The Watson House made for a great weekend getaway from the resort town of Virginia Beach. We greatly enjoyed our stay; Bob was the most hospitable host we've ever had, and the breakfast was delicious! For an extended weekend, you can't get much better than this lovely spot.

29TH Wedding Anniversary

4.2 on September 03, 2012

My husband & I stayed two days in the Watson House. Checking in was very pleasant, so much information to complete our stay. If looking for a peaceful quaint Island, this is the B&B. It completed our 29TH Anniversary. Thank you August, 2012

A wonderful place to get away from it all!!

5 on August 30, 2012

Our 4 day stay was just what the doctor ordered as a way to leave the world behind and decompress. The island was charming, the house was beautiful, breakfasts were fantastic, and the owners helped with every small detail of our stay in order to make every minute memorable!!

We love the Watson House!

4.8 on August 26, 2012

My daughter and I have been enjoying long weekends at the Watson House for many years. The house is in a prime location for walking to "downtown" or the Maddox Street shopping areas. Bob and Carole are great hosts -- making sure you have what you need and serving great breakfasts and wonderful tea-time biscotti. And, of course, Clyde is around to make sure you are greeted and don't miss your kitties while you're away!

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Location Type

Island, Small town

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Beach, Historical interests, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge , Assateague Natl Seashore, Wild Ponies, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Guest refrigerator, free use of bicycles, beach chairs, and beach towels, binoculars

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Fishing, Hiking trails, Shopping, Swimming

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  • Check In:: 2:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children over 10
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: weekends and in season
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Valid credit card #
  • Cancellations: 2 weeks cancellation required or credit card charged for total amount



Bob and Carole Mabin

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coffee, tea, biscuits with whipped butter and jam

  • Time Served: 8:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Side Porch, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

, Dietary Restrictions