Barclay Cottage B&B

400 16th St , Virginia Beach, VA 23451 USA (Show map)


Ocean breezes, home baking, verandas with wicker chairs and rockers all await you at Barclay Cottage Bed and Breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you to our Coastal Inn. Built in 1895, a school for 50 years, and accepting guests since 1917, it is the most historic lodging facility in Hampton Roads. Located on a quiet street in a residential neighborhood, it is just a two minute walk to the ocean and the resort area. The Cottage is completely modernized with such conveniences as jetted spa tubs and free WIFI. Relax on our porches and patios.BOOK BY PHONE OR ONLINE FROM THE TOP OF EACH PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE -- CLICK "VISIT WEBSITE"




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

Perfect B & B, Five Star Breakfast

5 on January 05, 2018

Our Christmas trip had us going up the east coast visiting relatives and friends. We decided to stay two nights in Virginia Beach. Barclay's owners Sharon and Rich met us with a smile and perfect settings exactly as Sharon described. Clean, Comfortable, and eye candy in the whole house, candles just like home away from home should be. The only thing better than the accommodations was the FABULOUS breakfasts served and described by Rich just right on a very cold Wintery Day! We will be back. Highlights: The lights on the boardwalk at night, you can ride the beach stretch in comfort and "warmth" or your own vehicle. It's over the top Top Golf: If you are a golfer, fun and heated! + Big Sam's-on the Wharf - Great food and service.. not fancy, but perfect for local ambiance.

Wonderful winter weekend!

4.8 on February 28, 2017

From the moment we arrived, Rich and Sharon really made us feel 'at home'. Our room was small but tastefully decorated and very comfortable. The great room invites you to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and sample Rich's home made cookies after a day of exploring. The highlight of the stay was definitely the one-of-a-kind, gourmet breakfast! Rich truly excels in the kitchen and Sharon's artistic touches to the presentation are comparable to any highly rated restaurant. Highly recommend!

Simply Outstanding

5 on July 31, 2016

Barclay Cottage B&B offers outstanding service, food, amenities, location, and setting. Rich and Sharon are great hosts and chefs, going out of their way to make sure guests are comfortable and well fed. The accommodations are clean and spotless. The location provides an easy walk to the boardwalk and beach, but it is on a less traveled street, so sitting on the porch with coffee in the morning while shaded by the flowering trees is very pleasant. We took advantage of the bicycles in the garage and went on a ride one morning to see the entire boardwalk area in a short time. We definitely recommend Barclay Cottage B&B to anyone wanting to stay in Virginia Beach. You can park your car on premises and never need it until you decide to pry yourselves away from the pampering you will receive. Ruth and Dave

Hoping for Spring

5 on April 10, 2015

I chose Barclay because the photos looked lovely and there were several porches - my favorite! We were not disappointed. The house is lovely, the company of hosts Sharon and Rich fantastic, rooms and beds comfortable, and the breakfast to die for. And Steve graciously handled food allergies and preferences. Although the late winter weather did not grant us some early spring days, we loved staying at Barclay so much on the first night of our long trip that we went back on our last a month later. It was like greeting old friends. The weather was still too cold for outside sitting but we can do that on our next trip to VA Beach. Recommendation to Tautog's Restaurant nearby was so good the first time we did that again also. Excellent place to stay - Marilyn & Alan

Everything we were looking for, and so much more!

5 on January 09, 2015

I've nothing but compliments for this cozy little place. My friends and I planned a trip away from big hotel chains and were looking for b&bs with a soul. We struck gold on our very first one. Sharon and Rich received us like we were friends of the family, showed us to our gorgeous rooms and asked about food preferences for breakfast. The place is lovely and you can see in every detail all the heart they put into it. Cute amenities, lovely fresh cut plants and the bed... The most amazing bed I have ever slept on. I never wanted to leave! Rich made us a breakfast I'll crave for the rest of my existence. And as we indulged in yet another cup of coffee and played with Fiona, the cat, we didn't realize we spent close to 3 hours talking to Rich and Sharon about every and anything. We can't recommend Barclay Cottage enough.

Comfortable and Relaxing

5 on April 29, 2014

Rich and Sharon are some of the nicest people I have ever met. They are so warm and welcoming. They are easy to talk with and have good suggestions about things to do in the area. Our visit was a long weekend to just rest and relax and their home made it easy to do so. We enjoyed bike rides every morning after a lovely breakfast prepared by Rich. We relaxed on the porches and read. We strolled through the neighborhood and up to the beach. We enjoyed beautiful warm weather that was so welcome after a snowy cold winter! The area offers many things to do and enjoy, but by far the best thing about this trip, our first to this area, was most definitely having the pleasure of meeting the owners who made us feel like friends. We look forward to spending time with them again! Terry and Ray Miller

Thank you Rich and Sharon!

5 on April 17, 2014

Our stay at Barclay Cottage B&B was fantastic. The cottage is conveniently located 3 blocks from the boardwalk but tucked away on a quiet street. It is extremely cozy, clean, and our room was spacious. Rich and Sharon were the perfect hosts. They go out of their way to make sure all of their guests are having the best possible stay. They had lots of recommendations for restaurants and nearby activities. Rich bakes fresh cookies every afternoon and his breakfasts are delightful. We will definitely be back!

My happy place

4.8 on August 15, 2013

I felt like I was staying with family. Steve and Marie-Louise went out of their way to make me feel welcome and comfortable. I hated leaving. Alice's room was charming and cozy and exactly what I needed on my mini-vacation pamper me trip. I can't wait to go back.

Great stay, cozy room, and very friendly people

5 on January 08, 2013

Stayed in the Lighthouse room, which includes a private full bath. CD player in room, and plenty of relaxing CDs to choose from. Also, books, snacks, and variety of drinks availabl - including a very pleasant Sherry. The room was very clean as well. Withing very close proximity to the beach. The main event though was breakfast, and it was absolutely delicious! The LaFond's truly follow through with excellent sevice.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for recognizing our excellent service. That is one thing that B&Bs can do so much better than hotels since the ones providing you service are often the owners. Breakfast is a lot of fun for us and our guests. It is a chance to discover what everyone did the day and night before, compare dining notes, and plan for the new day. It also gives Marie-Louise and me an opportunity to provide more service by suggesting things to see and do, by making reservations for activities and dining, helping with travel directions, etc.

- Steve LaFond (innkeeper)

Charm at the Beach

5 on November 15, 2012

I ate and slept in a totally charming building, but was at the beach listening to the waves in less than five minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay because it included excellent food and interesting decor that told many stories about the history of the area.

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Rooms & Rates

Lillian's Room

Large first floor room with queen size bed and private bath with jetted spa-tub. Miss Lillian's classroom in Miss Barclay's School. Pictures of Miss Lillian as a child, antiques from Victoian era. BOOK THIS ROOM ON PHONE OR ONLINE FROM THE TOP OF EACH PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE - CLICK ON "VISIT WEBSITE"

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

Lighthouse Room

Cozy first floor room with queen bed and private bath with jetted spa-tub.
Lighthouses everywhere!

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

Alice's Room

Second floor room with queen bed and large private bath with soaking tub/shower. Charles Lutwig Dodgson's (Lewis Carroll) Alice in Wonderland motif BOOK THIS ROOM ON PHONE OR ONLINE FROM THE TOP OF EACH PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE - CLICK ON "VISIT WEBSITE"

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

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

Garden Room

Second floor room with king size bed and shared bathroom across the hall. All hearts and flowers this room is a garden of delights!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $110 - $210

Shore Room

Second floor room with Euro-king bed (a little shorter than regular king) or two twin beds and shared bath across the hall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $110 - $210

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Location Type

Historic Neighborhood, Oceanfront, Oceanview


Norfolk, VA (ORF) 18 miles

Directions to property:

I-64 East to I-264 East. I-264 turns to 21st Street at the Oceanfront. Take 5th right on Arctic Avenue and go south 5 blocks. Barclay Cottage is on corner of 16th and Arctic. Cross over 16th Street Parking lot is in rear off of Arctic.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Very large beach recreational area, Golf Courses and Tennis Courts Nearby, Whale & Dolphin watching, Free Street and Beach Entertainment, Oldest Lighthouse built by US, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wired internet , Most historic and romantic lodging facility., Full ABC license, Jetted Spa-tubs in some rooms, Free WIFI throughout property, Free Beach Towels Daily, Beach Chairs& Umbrellas, Free use of Beach Cruiser Bicycles

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Rollerblading/rollerskating, Para-sailing, Whale and Dolphin Watching, 9 golf courses nearby, Surfing/Bodyboarding, Public Tennis Courts nearby, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3-6 PM
  • Check Out:: 11AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On porches and patio only - Private label cigars available
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No Each room accommodates 2 adults only (18+ only)
  • Childcare Provided: No Adult (18+)
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No All rooms hypoallergenic
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nites weekends in season - 3 nites on major holiday weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of total amount of stay by credit card at time of reservation which may be made on phone or online from the top of every page of our website... click VISIT WEBSITE
  • Cancellations: Deposit will be refunded if cancellation is received 14 days or more prior to arrival date. For later cancellation or shortening stay, there is no refund unless the room is re-rented (All changes subject to $25 charge).
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Richard & Sharon Yenni

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Cats in owners quarters only

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  • Time Served: at 9:00 am
  • Serving Location: Sunrise Breakfast "to go" by advance request, Dining Area or we can pack a, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian by advance request

Signature Dish

Quiche Lorraine
Decadently creamy quiche with ham or bacon and extra cheese. PLEASE ADVISE us of any FOOD ALLERGIES, FOODS YOU DON'T EAT, or FOODS YOU STRONGLY DISLIKE by explaining in the "Notes" section when you Reserve Online - by clicking on the "RESERVE ONLINE" Link at the top of each page of our website. Get there by clicking "VISIT WEBSITE" on this page.


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