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The Villa Bed & Breakfast, Galveston, Texas
A Charming B&B Nearest to the Beach
by Carl Burnham
Located just a short walk from the beach, in the Silk Stocking historic district, the Villa B&B is of a Mediterranean stucco style architecture with a distinctive front porch topped with wooden rafters that have curved tailings. Built in 1914, the Inn includes three guest rooms appointed with exquisite antiques throughout, a porch, with secluded courtyard to relax after a hearty breakfast.
Front Entrance By Stairway
When entering the Villa through the impressive 4 1/2 foot wide front doorway to the large hallway, you instantly feel at home. The main parlor areas are appointed with antique sofas and chairs, satellite TV, reading materials, large fireplace, and ample room for relaxing. We especially enjoyed playing downstairs with the owner's two friendly and well mannered Bishan/poodles, Dolly Momma and Raz-ma-Taz.
Besides the front porch and yard, with Knock Out roses that bloom year-round, the back courtyard has huge Bougainvilleas blooms, with the smell of jasmine in the air. A barbeque grill is available for guests, with a new porch just added next to the fish pond.
From beginnings as a residence in 1914 for Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Haden, the Inn retains it's unique island charm, such as original wood flooring that was salvaged lumber from the 1900 Storm and fascinating antiques throughout. In addition to guests, the Inn is a popular venue for weddings and social events.
Each of the guest rooms are equipped with queen-sized beds, armoire, as well as modern conveniences such as CD clock radio, satellite TV, with DVD, air conditioning and heating, and their own private bathrooms. The hallway by the guest rooms has snacks and a stocked refrigerator with soft drinks and champagne. Coffee as you like it is brewed fresh every morning waiting for you before breakfast. A sunroom and reading room is next to the back of the house which exits downstairs to the courtyard.
The Provence Room
The Provence Room and Heart-Shaped Hot Tub
The Bordeaux Room
The Bordeaux Room has pleasing wine colors and flower arrangements around the windows, with queen-sized bed, antique chairs, desk, armoire, and private bathroom.
The CoteD'Azur Room
Breakfast at the Villa B&B
German Apple Pancakes
After breakfast, consider taking a walk around the neighborhood. There are many historical architectural wonders that surround the Villa in the Silk Stocking District, or hop on the Trolley and see attractions or shop in the historic Strand.
Children under 10 are not permitted as guests in the Inn. The Inn has a front and back door secure keyless entry system. There is no smoking indoors or pets.
A cell phone is available to make free calls within the domestic U.S. during your stay.
A 20 percent discount is offered to active military personnel.
Free parking for cruise guests is available.
View here for cruise ship departure schedules for Galveston.
Linda Waldren, the owner, is also an Ignite Associate which provides an opportunity to save on utilities and be rewarded as well. As she suggested, we will be sure to take the Ghost Tour of Galveston next time we visit, which is now ranked #3 in the country.
We would like to thank Linda and the Galveston Bed & Breakfast Association for assisting with our feature and accommodating us.
I-45 becomes Highway 87, then Broadway once in Galveston. Turn right on 25th, go 7 blocks and The Villa B&B will be on the corner of 25th and Avenue O 1/2 Avenue (pink house).
The Villa Bed & Breakfast
1723 25th Street
Galveston, Texas 77550
The Villa Bed & Breakfast is located in the historic Silk Stocking District, just 3 blocks from the beach, and the only B&B with a trolley stop conveniently on the corner in front of the Inn. Trolleys are in vintage styles like the ones that ran on the island in the late 19th century.
If you are here during the fun festivities of Mardi Gras, the parades pass by the Inn. Parades are family oriented, even ones for kids and pets.
Taz Dressed to the Nines
While we were there, we met friendly neighbors of the Silk Stocking District who held a party prior to going out Christmas caroling. All own houses that are at least 100 years old, each representing a rich heritage of the island. One large house with 47 bedrooms across the street at the corner was in the process of being repaired. Dating to 1896, it is the former Letitia Rosenberg Home for Aged Women that was built by Alfred Muller. It was saved from being torn down, and is going through a multi-million dollar renovation.
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