What better opportunity to marry a love of fine historic homes with a spirit of entrepreneurialism than operating a B&B ? And what better place to purchase a gracious Bed and Breakfast featuring fine Southern hospitality than in Cape Charles, VA which offers an exciting coastal lifestyle in an intimate small historic town environment ? Presto, Blue Heron Realty Co. has just listed a fine opportunity to follow your dream of both owning a gorgeous historic home and running your own business with this charming 7 bedroom, 8 bath beauty. Located on the beautiful Southern Tip of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which is the slender terminus of the DELMARVA peninsula, bordered on the West by the Chesapeake Bay and on the East by the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a dream location for anyone interested in coastal traditions. And the charming Victorian town of Cape Charles is the epicenter of cultural and maritime events on the Shore, so it’s a terrific place to live a water-oriented lifestyle as well as to operate a business that takes advantage of these special assets. In fact, in 2012, Cape Charles was named by Southern Living magazine as one of its ” 5 Best Little Beach Towns.” And we’re also proud to announce that Cape Charles and Blue Heron Realty Co. were recently chosen by the Home and Garden TV Network (HGTV) to be a featured episode, airing in January, 2014, of its exciting new series entitled “Beach House Bargain Hunt”.
Introducing the Cape Charles House Bed and Breakfast, one of the town’s largest and most opulent homes. Constructed in 1912 on the highest point of land in Cape Charles, this 5900 sq. ft. classic Colonial Revival was lovingly restored by the current owners. Featured on the well-known HGTV program, “If Walls Could Talk” and a recipient of the coveted Governor’s Award for B & B Hospitality, this long-established B & B has been welcoming guests since 1993. With 5 spacious guest rooms, each with a sitting area, an en suite bath and individual climate control, Cape Charles House offers guests a great place to just unwind and relax. Numerous large, sunny windows in guest rooms and in the spacious common areas create a pleasant, light and airy feel throughout. The gorgeous original hardwood floors were hand restored. The original moldings, pocket doors and high ceilings help maintain the integrity, warmth and beauty of this stately historic home. Outfitted with comfortable furniture and plenty of reading material and games, the common rooms include a large dining room with fireplace, a spacious living room with fireplace, a roomy parlor and, of course, the cheery kitchen with “never-ending” self -serve coffee and tea service plus guest ice maker .
The gracious wrap-around porch is a favorite guest amenity and the perfect place to kick back on a balmy summer’s eve. Filled with pots of blooming flowers and decorated with white wicker furniture, guests love to relax and unwind here, enjoying the refreshing breezes flowing off the Chesapeake Bay just a few blocks away. The town’s soft, sparkling sand beach and swimming area is not just a favorite of Southern Living magazine, it is one of the many prime recreational amenities that attract guests to Cape Charles House year after year. Golfers fall in love with the two side- by- side 18 hole award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature and the Jack Nicklaus Signature golf courses located less than 10 minutes away. The deep water Cape Charles Harbor Marina and the King’s Creek Marina are both boater’s delights– in fact, lots of B&B guests arrive by boat and golf cart rentals are available for guests to tool around town during their stay. For Nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, the nearby Eastern Shore of Virginia Wildlife Refuge and the Hawk Observatory at Kiptopeake State Park offer a full range of unique outdoor activities. The Cape Charles Historic Area boasts vibrant little shops, art galleries, restaurants and the beloved Palace Theater, a lovely venue for live dramatic and musical performances. ( As a matter of fact, some impressive artists, including the Virginia Philharmonic Orchestra, have played at the beautifully restored Art Deco design Palace. Theatre. ) Fine and casual dining opportunities, both in-town and nearby, offer a variety of delicious cuisines including luscious local seafood, the famed steamed Chesapeake Bay blue crabs and authentic Southern-style BBQ.
Prospective purchasers will really appreciate being able to retreat to the roomy owner’s quarters. Offering total privacy from the rest of the house, the third floor has been remodeled into an owner’s penthouse apartment, complete with a master and a guest bedroom, an office area, a sitting room and a kitchen. The owner’s quarters sunny master bedroom overlooks park-like grounds and includes a huge walk-in closet and a sumptious master bath. At the end of a busy day, the owner’s apartment provides the perfect place to relax and retire into your own private world. What a great house and terrific town for actually being able to live the dream of owing a spectacular historic home and being your own boss !! In addition to the real estate itself, the purchase price of $695,000 for Cape Charles House B & B includes most furnishings, as well as ownership of the trade name, website domain name, the telephone number, the B&B’s very attractive website and its valuable guest list. Financial information is available upon request by calling the Blue Heron Realty Co. listing agent team of Gerry Forbes and Heather Brady, who may be reached at 757-678-5200.