I have an unrequited love affair with Bed &Breakfast’s. The reason they are so quaint and adorable is because they mainly cater to adults, couples (honeymooners or romantic getaway-ers). In other words, not kid friendly. Most of the B&B’s that I have contacted in other parts of the country have told me that they can put my family in their largest rooms with two beds, but eating breakfast with the guests is not allowed. Without using these exact words they said: The guests don’t like to be bothered by kids. And quite frankly, if I was on my honeymoon the last thing I’d want is be bothered by someone else’s kids.
The reason why is that most B&B’s don’t have outdoor space for the kids to burn off their energy.
But I didn’t give up. After a good long search I found the Bayfront Marin House in St. Augustine, Florida and contacted Sandy (the owner). From the website there was clearly an absolutely adorable courtyard and right on the waterfront, so I felt there was hope.
Sandy responded within minutes excited that I wanted to stay there with my family and young kids!
During our back and forth correspondence, Sandy mentioned that they just opened two-bedroom beach cottages less than ten minutes away, and staying there gives you all the privileges of staying at the main Inn. Those benefits included free parking in Historic downtown St. Augustine, breakfast and afternoon tea and drinks.
After thinking long and hard, we decided on the beach cottages. Having two bedrooms and living room with a full kitchen sold me. But we did enjoy our breakfasts.
Breakfast at Bayfront Marin House
My family and I have stayed at MANY hotels that included breakfasts, but none can compare to the Marin House’s feast. In our rooms we received an order sheet of what we’d like to get for breakfast to be filled out the night before. From reading it, it basically asked if we wanted to have toast, fruits, yogurt, and cereal. It didn’t sound like too much so I checked them all off.
The next day when we arrived we were led to the gazebo, I requested that – you can also sit at the outdoor tables, and the food started to come out.
I must have missed the breakfast special that everyone gets which is a HUGE quiche with bacon.
After our bellies were bursting out of us, I wanted to get a quick tour as the kids ran around and swung in hammocks burning off the energy.
The rooms are elegant with bathtubs and amazing views.
The service was great. Sandy and Mike (the owners) are super accommodating, the staff is friendly, not in your face yet always there when you need them.
History of Bayfront Marin House
As with most things in St. Augustine history plays a major role for every building and most parks. The same holds true for the Marin House.
- First notice on the house was in 1788 on the Roque map and it was shown as a wooden building in terrible condition it was occupied by Francisco Marin
- The colonial house at 47 Marine Street (the rear section of the front lot at 142 Avenida Memendez) dates from the Second Spanish Period. It is built to the regulations laid out by a royal ordinance issued by the King of Spain in 1573: “All town houses are to be so planned that they can serve as a defense or fortress against those who might attempt to create disturbances or occupy the town.”
- Captain Henry Belknap came to St Augustine as guests of the Alcazar, but fell so in love with the town that he bought the Victorian Cottage that stood at 142 Bay Street (now Avenida Menendez). He also purchased a cottage owned by Andrew Burgess in 1893, that was located just north of the Marin house, moved it east on the lot, and attached it to the back of his own home. Immediately, bought the remodeled coquina Marin house and began to make wooden additions to it. Now it was three houses, ranging from the colonial period to the Flagler era.
- After Captain Henry died in 1909, the building was sold to John Cambell. He transformed the single-family house into modern apartments.
- In 1932, the building was sold to Beulah Robinson Lewis of Virginia, who kept it in her family until it was purchased by the Graubard and Stacklum families in 1988.
- They made it into an apartment building called The Villas de Marin, short-term rental units for 14 years.
- Finally the house was converted into The Bayfront Marin House: Bed and Breakfast Inn, which was fully restored and open for business in July of 2003.
- The original Marin House now consists of The Francisco Marin Room, The Coquina Suite, The Governor White and The Lyndsay Michelle. The Burgess Cottage, The Forrester Suite, The Princess Margaret, and The Marine Street rooms complete what once was the original Burgess Cottage. The original Hopkins Cottage is today made up of the King George, The Marie Antoinette, The Hopkings Cottage, The Bridge of Lions, The Robinson Lewis and the Captain Henry.