What it’s Like Staying at the Cedars of Williamsburg B&B

This trip was a long time in the making! My husband and I booked our stay here as a weekend getaway back in March, but the day before we were stupposed to leave, Steve had to have emergency eye surgery for a detatched retina! So we thought we’d push it back a couple of weeks… But then COVID had other plans!

Fast forward six months, and our gracious hosts let us have our little getaway with no issues, despite the original reservation being non-refundable. We’re so thankful for their kindness in accommodating us—literally and figuratively. Next time you find yourself planning a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, check out this beautiful, historic, charming B&B! Here’s your guide to staying at the Cedars of Williamsburg.

The Location

The Cedars of Williamsburg B&B is located at 616 Jamestown Road, just 3/4 of a mile from Colonial Williamsburg. It’s the oldest and largest bed and breakfast in Williamsburg, boasting 11 rooms, including nine rooms in a three-story Georgian home and two rooms in a beautiful cottage on the property. Guests can also enjoy their lovely sunken garden, gazebo, and lovely walk to Colonial Williamsburg along the edge of the College of William and Mary.

Just across the street from the William and Mary campus!

Common Areas

Common areas are very important to me (even in the age of COVID!). I like to have a place to sit and enjoy a tea, do some writing, and see the accommodation’s charm. I loved the historic prints on the walls, antique books all over the house, and comfortable furniture. The Gazebo was a nice perk while the weather was nice on Saturday!

The parlor, or sitting room
The sitting room also includes a fireplace!
Don’t miss the Gazebo out back! Perfect for weddings or writing your next novel (which is what I was doing out there on Saturday)!

The Room

We stayed in the main house in the John Rolfe Room (named for the husband of Pocahontas, a.k.a. Rebecca Rolfe). It has a king-size bed, sleeps two people, and is located on the second floor of the main house. Other rooms boast queen size beds, twin beds, and more. Each room includes authentic antiques and period pieces, air conditioning, and its own private bathroom!

The John Rolfe Room
For something more private, book one of the rooms in the Cedars Cottage out back, which includes the Dogwood and Juniper Suites!

The Bathroom

Our room had a shower instead of a tub, which was perfect for us! I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the bathroom, as well as its cleanliness. Old homes are not known for spacious, clean bathrooms! Fun fact: Cedars of Williamsburg has the softest towels and sheets I’ve ever used, anywhere in the world!

Just a small corner of the bathroom! Not pictured: the stand-up shower behind me.

The Breakfast

The breakfast room is off the parlor on the ground floor, and it’s the perfect combination of cozy and bright. Snacks, tea, and coffee are always available, as are a microwave and mini-fridge.

The Breakfast Room
Coffee, hot cocoa, and tea are always available
Nutrigrain bars, chocolates, and chips are available all day.

The breakfast was amazing each morning! Alex is a one-man show, and he does a fantastic job. Be sure to stay on a Friday night so you can have an entire loaf of banana bread all to yourself—he always makes it fresh and serves it on Saturday mornings!

Friday morning: English muffin sandwich (I promise it’s under there!) with tomato relish, ham, spinach, and fried eggs, served with citrus slices
Saturday morning: Banana bread, bacon, scrambled eggs, fruit, and pecans
Sunday morning: Spinach and cheese quiche with shrimp, served with side of fruity salad (my favorite)

The History

The beautiful Georgian home and its accompanying cottage are the oldest bed and breakfast in Williamsburg; they were built in 1932 with bricks from a 100-year-old building from the College of William and Mary. The property was sold to two women, the Marsh sisters, in 1938 who decided to run it as a bed and breakfast. This was an opportune time to start a bed and breakfast because tourism was just starting up at the Nation’s Colonial Capitol.

Find out more on their History Page!

Just half a mile a way from Historic Colonial Williamsburg!

Want more? Check out my United States Page for all my posts about Virginia, Williamsburg, and the Historic Triangle!

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Hey there! I am an avid traveller and adventurer, and you're always welcome to join me! The things I love most are God, my husband Steve, and seeing new places! My favorite places include Sydney, Australia; Ise City, Japan; and Bergen, Norway--but there's always room for more favorite places!

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