I've never stayed at a B&B before. I always thought they'd be too personal intrusive, and we'd be forced to socialize with other guests when we really want to stay there to have time for ourselves. My husband, brother and I had some last minute travel due to a death in the family. We drove from Illinois to South Boston in one day and our stay at Charles Bass house was comfort and relaxation despite the somber reason for our trip. Local hotels are few and were getting full and I searched the internet for other options and found this B&B.
The home itself, built in 1904, is large, beautiful and nicely decorated. It has a nice presence on the street, in a quiet, older neighborhood in South Boston. We turned the corner and parked in back and were greeted with jazz music playing on the large back porch, complete with tea lights. The host, John, left a note for us to go on in. The guest suite locks and has its own key. The room is actually two separate rooms: a bedroom and a sitting room separated by a door - this was perfect as my husband and I stayed in the bedroom and my brother used the fairly comfortable sleeper sofa in the sitting room. There was a TV in the sitting room but we didn't really use it.
The bathroom was not huge, but was also comfortable and clean. The closet had extra toilet paper and towels and the bathroom had soap, shampoo/conditioner, and a nosy peek inside the medicine cabinet showed other things like contact solution and shaving cream which I'm sure we can use if we need to. There is a second half bathroom on the back porch near the hot tub which was nice to use since there were three of us getting dressed each morning.
A welcome note on our bed encouraged us to use the common areas to our desire - the kitchen, formal dining room, parlour/sitting room and sun room. The lower level is quite large and there are lots of coffee table books, art and music to explore. There's also a piano in the sitting room we were welcome to use. Soft drinks, tea, wine and beer were at our disposal. We were encouraged to make use of the large hot tub on the porch. We didn't have a chance during our stay, but I did enjoy the porch for a bit one morning - there are tables and chairs both under umbrellas and in the sun if you want to soak up some rays.
John was a great host. It seemed like he wasn't there, as he stays in his quarters upstairs most of the time and lets us have use of his home. He made us breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings which were simple, filling and elegant. Eggs and toast with an avocado/tomato/salsa garnish, as well as fresh sliced fruit in mini ramekins plus homemade jam one morning, french toast another. Complete with choice of juices and tea. John makes conversation when prompted but has his own breakfast in the kitchen as he waited on us. He makes it seem like you're an old friend and he's making you breakfast and staying in his guest room.
We were gone until after 11pm each night but we couldn't help but have tea and wine and browse the books and music and chat in the sitting room before retiring. John let us have privacy and his website states, he wants us to feel comfortable in his home and we did. Next time we visit family in South Boston, we will stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small, upscale bed and breakfast in the historic district of South Boston, Virginia. The Victorian home was built in 1904 by Charles Bass, hence its name. It is a half-mile walk to downtown with shops, restaurants and churches. And it is easy driving distances to The Prizery Community Arts Center, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, South Boston Speedway, Virginia International Raceway and other venues. ... more less
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