Channel Bass Inn

6228 Church Street (Chincoteague Island), Chincoteague, VA 23336 USA (Show map)


The Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast and Tea Room was opened in 1995 by Barbara and David Wiedenheft. This Chincoteague Island landmark has seven very spacious, beautifully furnished, air-conditioned guest rooms, including two suites, each with en-suite bathroom. All rooms are particularly quiet and peaceful (no two rooms share a common wall), with comfortable sitting areas for reading and relaxing. Guests will certainly enjoy the serenity of the beautiful perennial gardens which surround the 6800 sq ft Inn, just across the way from the Chincoteague Bay! The Tea Room at the Channel Bass Inn offers visitors the opportunity to sample a taste of England! Prepare to be delighted by Barbara's "world-famous" scones, tea-sandwiches, trifle, Victoria sponge cake with strawberries and cream, Apfelkuchen (German apple cake), stuffed monkeys and more!



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining5.0

It Doesn't Get Any Better

5 on May 22, 2017

I took my wife here this past weekend for her birthday. Second straight year we have been there. Knew that we would receive outstanding service from Innkeepers Barbara and David. Already looking forward to next year!!!

Celebrating my birthday.

5 on September 17, 2014

My 2 daughters, my daughter-in-law and I spent a night there recently, celebrating my soon-to-be 90th birthday. Barbara and David made us feel so much at home - even had a special birthday "tea" on Sunday just for us! Everything was lovely, and we enjoyed it immensely. Thanks so much, Barbara and David. Everything was "outstanding"! Peg Hales, Salisbury MD

Simply Lovely

5 on July 23, 2014

The Channel Bass Inn truly is a home away from home. Barbara and David could not be kinder, more considerate hosts. They welcome you like family and make every effort to make your stay unforgettable. And the food! The presentation alone will make your mouth water but one bite and you will never want to leave the Channel Bass Inn. Can't wait to visit again! Mark and Meghan, Hamilton VA

A Rare Find

5 on May 13, 2014

My daughter and I recently spent a long weekend at the Channel Bass Inn, and found a home away from home. This was our first stay in a B&B, Barbara and David have set a high bar for any future innkeepers! We are definitely B&B converts. The Channel Bass Inn is a lovely old home, with interesting nooks and beautiful furnishings. We enjoyed our weekend in the Ambleside Suite, with a nice sitting room with TV & fold out couch and a very pretty bedroom overlooking the gardens. As we were the only guests on one of the mornings, we toured all the other rooms and found each one prettier than the last - we would be hard pressed to choose a favorite! Barbara serves the most delicious breakfasts, I can't imagine anyone going away hungry. We fell asleep each night anticipating the offerings of the following morning! Fresh fruit salad, or compote with granola and yogurt, nut breads, an egg dish. Scrumptious. The breakfast tea was very good, as expected (as Barbara is originally from England), but we were pleasantly surprised by the delicious coffee. Barbara puts a lot of effort and love into her breakfasts and it shows. The interaction with our hosts, as well as the other guests, put us right at ease and we had the most wonderful conversations each morning, lasting well past the breakfast hour. I'm sure Barbara and her staff wanted to shoo us away so they could clean up, but they indulged us, allowing us to linger over coffee/tea. Afternoon tea is a must, if you visit on a day it is offered. The most delicious scones we've ever eaten, along with tea sandwiches and a choice of trifle, apple cake, butterscotch pecan pie, etc. We didn't need a full dinner that evening, we were so stuffed! When it came time to say goodbye, we felt we were leaving old friends and truly did not want to go. We hope to return to the Channel Bass Inn soon, and often. It is a gem in the beautiful setting of Chincoteague Island.

The best yet!

5 on May 07, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for our 15-year anniversary this past weekend. We love to stay at B&B's, and The Channel Bass Inn was our favorite by far. The house is beautiful, the inn keepers were so sweet, welcoming, and accommodating. And the afternoon tea was my favorite part of the whole weekend, absolutely delicious as well as the breakfast each day. We will definitely be back to visit!!

Don't miss the tea!

5 on October 08, 2013

You don't want to miss the wonderful tea served at the Channel Bass Inn during your stay in Chincoteague. It was one of the highlights of our vacation. The tea was flavorful and served hot throughout the event. Barbara's selection of sweet and savory treats was exceptional. David warned us that we needed to come hungry and that we would go away full but that was an understatement! we had delicious sandwiches, a whole basket of scones, butterscoth pecan pie, and Barbara's world famous "stuffed monkey." While my friend and I didn't get to share tea and life stories with other guests, we did share stories with hostess, Barbara W, which was equally enjoyable. So don't miss this special treat when you're in Chincoteague.

3rd Visit -- Still as wonderful as ever!

5 on August 14, 2012

My husband and I visit for our anniversary each year, and we loved it just as much as ever. The inn is charming, the innkeepers welcoming, and the afternoon tea absolutely delicious!

May 2012 vacation

4.8 on June 15, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Channel Bass Inn very much. Barbara was very helpfull in suggesting area resturants and even was able to arrange for a boat tour at the last minute. Breakfasts were excellent.

Channel Bass Inn

5 on February 01, 2012

Very nice tea & breakfast, great rooms & service. Nice people.

Excellent Inn

5 on October 27, 2011

The Channel Bass Inn is by far the best B&B at which I have stayed. I have been to many lodgings and in Europe and the USA and this inn provided me with the most friendly, relaxed stay that I have experienced. The Innkeepers, Barbara and David, are exceptional hosts. Barbara and David make every effort to make ones stay a pleasant and enjoyable experience. My room was clean and the upkeep of the inn was excellent The breakfast and tea are wonderful and filling. Each day’s breakfast was different, with residents’ culinary preferences and restrictions taken into consideration. The inn also has a lovely garden where residents can relax and enjoy the flowers and greenery. One should not miss enjoying a nice cup of tea in the garden.

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Rooms & Rates


A bright, airy, and beautifully decorated large room with spacious sitting area, overlooking the perennial and Japanese gardens. Very quiet and peaceful room - a guest once wrote "perfect for two people focused on one another". Guests appreciate the fluffy towels, snuggly bath-robes and triple sheeting on the wonderfully comfortable king bed. Private bathroom with tub/shower combination.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $220


A beautifully furnished, very large room with views over the Japanese garden and over the Chincoteague Bay in the distance. Perfect for a romantic getaway and to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city - enjoy the peace and serenity of this very quiet room. Generously-sized bathrobes and fluffy towels will add to your enjoyment -- the triple sheeting on the king bed is another touch of luxury. Private bathroom with tub, shower and small refrigerator tucked away - perfect for that bottle of champagne or midnight snack.

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

Nightly Rate: $160 - $230


Cozy room. The sitting area by the window has two wing armchairs. From the room the Chincoteague Bay can be seen across Main Street. Very quiet room - perfect place to enjoy the many books we provide for your reading pleasure. The very comfortable queen bed is triple-sheeted for your comfort. The private bathroom, which was redecorated at the end of 2004, has a tub/shower combination.

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

Nightly Rate: $130 - $185


The sitting area by the window has a comfy love-seat for two ! Enjoy a glass of wine, or catch up on your reading -- you'll find plenty of books to choose from. The Scarborough has a distant water view of Chincoteague Bay. Enjoy the peace and quiet -- no two rooms at the Channel Bass Inn share a common wall. Our guests always appreciate the fine linens and the triple sheeted queen bed. Private bathroom with tub/shower combination.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $205

Ambleside Suite

Lovely, newly-decorated suite has separate bedroom and sitting room. The bedroom has a triple-sheeted queen bed and is beautifully furnished. Adjoining bathroom has tub/shower combination. The sitting room has a TV, comfy small sofa and two armchairs. Beautiful artwork adorns the walls of both rooms. You'll appreciate the soft linens, towels and fluffy bathrobes.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $160 - $230

Winder Room

Smaller, but very comfortable and cozy Victorian-inspired room with double bed. Room is beautifully furnished and has two small armchairs and bookcase with good reading matter. Beautiful oriental rug. Bathroom with tub/shower combination. If needed, an additional comfy bed can be placed in the room for a third person.

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

Nightly Rate: $125 - $175

Wetherby Suite

This ground floor suite has been beautifully refurbished and comprises a large, comfortable sitting room and separate bedroom with queen bed, dresser, and antique armoire. The spacious en suite bathroom, with walk-in shower, is quite lovely with its tiled floor and wainscoting. The sitting room and bedroom have bamboo flooring. The Wetherby Suite is ideal for our guests who prefer ground floor accommodations, but is not suitable for pets or small children. Sleeps maximum of two.

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

Nightly Rate: $170 - $245

The Room with No Name

The Room With No Name is comfortably furnished with a queen bed and a cozy sitting area. It is a light-filled room with two large windows and a white oak floor. The room has a beautiful new bathroom with a tub/shower combination. This is a second floor room that sleeps a maximum of three.

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

Nightly Rate: $140 - $205

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Location Type

5 miles from National Seashore, 2 miles from Assateague Island and Wildlife Refuge, Walking distance to shops , Biking trails nearby, Restaurants nearby, Nature cruises close by, Downtown, Island, Oceanfront, Small town


Norfolk, VA (ORF) 100 miles

Directions to property:

When you come onto Chincoteague Island take a right at the lights at the foot of the bridge onto Main Street, and take the 5th street on the left ~ that is Church Street ~ (after Clark Street and Smith Street.) You'll see the Channel Bass Inn on your immediate right-hand side. Please park in front of the Inn and come into the front porch. You can reach us by picking up the red phone, or ringing the doorbell. WELCOME!

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Annual Pony Swim in July, Seafood Festival, Oyster Festival (May & October), 2nd Saturdays (shops open till 10 p.m.), Blueberry Festival (July), Arts and Decoy festivals, Firemen's Carnival in July, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone , Beach Towels and Beach Chairs, Bicycles and Backpacks, Beach Umbrellas and Coolers, Binoculars and Birdbooks, Channel Bass Inn Soaps, Triple Sheeting on Beds, Fluffy Bathrobes and Towels

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Assateague Island Nature Tours, Nature and Sunset Cruises, Wild Ponies, Pony Rides, Horseback Riding Lessons, Miniature Golf, Birdwatching, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Beaches, Art Stroll, Festivals, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Well-behaved children are welcome.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes We accept well-behaved dogs, preferably crated
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 or 3 nights on weekends; 2 night minimum stay midweek in July through mid-Augu
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card information is required to secure your reservation. We reserve the right to process the credit card once the required ten-day notice of cancellation has passed.
  • Cancellations: A ten-day notice of cancellation is required. If less than ten days notice is given, any refund will be based on our ability to re-rent the room. All cancellations are subject to a $25.00 processing fee.
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David and Barbara Wiedenheft

Languages spoken

Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish

Resident Pets

Outdoor cats only

About the innkeepers

Barbara was with the British Embassy in Washington and has lived in the UK, Paris, Holland and Tunisia. David used to be a school psychologist,a Montessori teacher, a blue-grass musician and a chimney sweep. Barbara calls him her Renaissance man! They moved to Chincoteague in 1992 to buy a bed and breakfast inn and acquired the Channel Bass Inn 3 years later.

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  • Time Served: Usually around 9 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Porch (provided the temperature is comfortable), Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian lactose/gluten free,

Signature Dish

"World-famous" eggs
Barbara's recipe, but David always makes them! Scrambled eggs with scallions, Louisiana hot sauce, crushed red pepper, dill, salt and pepper, and grated, mature cheddar cheese. We serve them with croissants, straight from the oven!


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