Bonnie and Jeff moved in during November, 2013 and started renovations almost immediately. Their storied journey started in New Zealand and was highlighted in articles published by “The News Leader” newspaper twice, “Shenandoah Valley Living” Magazine (page 19), seen on ABC affiliate WHSV TV and heard on National Public Radio.
This magnificent Queen Anne is situated directly across the street from the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson and was first occupied by R. H. Catlett and his family in 1896. Mr. Catlett worked at Virginia Military Institute for a number of years prior to the Civil War and was a close personal friend of Stonewall Jackson (a teacher at VMI). The Catlett family occupied the house for almost 77 years.
Because the proprietors, Bonnie and Jeff, painstakingly restored this grand old lady and turned her into on of Staunton’s best bed and breakfasts many historical details remain within its 8,000 square feet. The Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast is beautifully decorated for the period, but modern conveniences are available for your comfort. Reserve your room today.
See a Show and Spend a Luxurious Evening at Berkeley House
Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast is thrilled to partner with Staunton's American Shakespeare Center, offering our guests a memorable night for two at the Blackfriars Playhouse! When making your reservation with us you'll see the option to add the package. Finally, send us a message of we'll call you to confirm which play, date (if reserving more than one night with us) and show time you prefer. We'll reserve your seats and you only need to collect your tickets at Will Call before your show time. Rooms and tickets are subject to availability. Check the Blackfriars Playhouse Schedule now.
About the American Shakespeare Center
Shakespeare is very well known here in Staunton. Not personally, of course. Shakespeare died 400 years ago; before Staunton and most of American cities were even on a map!
The American Shakespeare Center recovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theater, language, and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education.
The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) has become a cultural treasure for Virginia and an international resource for scholars and students of all ages. A quarter of a million people - 50,000 of them students - have enjoyed Shakespeare in his "natural habitat" since the Blackfriars Playhouse opened in 2001.
Blackfriars Playhouse is short walk from Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast; about a 5 minute stroll if you take your time. When you walk in the theater you will be amazed at all the fabulous woodwork inside. A master carpenter must have taken his time because it is stunning. All the seats are good seats and afford you the opportunity to experience the play that happens almost all around you.
The ASC puts you in the center of the action by leaving the lights on you. Lit by chandeliers and wall sconces, the Blackfriars Playhouse allows the actors to see the audience and include you in the world of plays. The actors in your midst turn you into the court of King Lear, Richard II's army, and Hamlet's confidant.
The actors are amazing and convey Shakespeare’s meaning and purpose flawlessly. Even if you didn’t study the play or Shakespeare in general you can follow the action and will find yourselves moved by what is happening all around you.
If you have not experienced a performance at the Playhouse, there are some things you should know.
They do it with the lights on. Meaning, they leave all the lights on the whole time. Why? Because Shakespeare did.
They open the doors to the Playhouse 30 minutes before the show and live music starts 15 minutes before the show. You'll hear anything from Bruno Mars to Frank Sinatra. Why? Because music was an integral part of performances at Shakespeare's Blackfriars Playhouse, sometimes played before the performance and almost always during the interlude.
The actors will talk to you, act with you, and if you sit onstage on a gallant stool, may ask you to participate.
They happily accept cash or credit cards at our bar onstage. For their fuller houses, they'll open the upstairs bar as well. Both bars serve refreshing beverages and delicious snacks such as amazing gummy bears. Please leave your own food or drink at home. ABC regulations do not allow outside food or drink.
You'll be in the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre. The audience sits on three sides. There are wooden columns. There are chandeliers. There are tall people with big hair (sometimes). All of these things may block your view from time to time. BUT, our actors move a lot, so you won't miss much.
Brave gallants must claim their seats 15 minutes before the show starts. Because our performances are interactive, if you are sitting onstage (on a gallant stool), you need to arrive 15 minutes before the show begins. Gallants on the stools are part of the show, and need to be in place before they begin. Actors will offer empty gallants' stools to patrons during the pre-show speech.
You're about to experience what we think is a wonderful re-creation of not only Shakespeare's indoor theatre, but the entire lively, interactive, fun, moving, wonderful, theatrical experience that Shakespeare's audience enjoyed. (Except you'll have cushioned seats, indoor plumbing, and air-conditioning/heat). We hope you have a wonderful time.
Celebrating an anniversary, birthday or wedding night? Or just want to top off that romantic evening at Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast? Add the Champagne Package to your reservation today.
We will be delighted to provide a fine bottle of Pol Roger Brut Reserve or Pol Roger Brut Rose Champagne for your special night. It will be on ice in your room either when you check in or after you return from your celebration. Of course, we're happy to add some flowers in season and chocolates to impress!
Add the Champagne Package to your reservation for only $119 (plus tax). Guests must add the package a minimum of one week before check in. When making your reservation with us you'll see the option to select the package. Please send us a message to let us know if you prefer the Brut Reserve or the Brut Rose. Packages are subject to availability.
Relax with a luxury one hour couples massage by professional massage therapists who deliver first-class services and pampering in your own room at Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast. Add the Spa Package to your reservation today.
A team of professionally trained, highly skilled and compassionate massage therapists provide the best in therapeutic care. They bring the spa to you.
Therapists strongly value health and wellness and strive to support our guests in maintaining their own well-being, through a relaxing massage in the comfort and privacy of their own room.
Add the Couples Massage Package to your reservation for only $199 (plus tax). Guests must reserve a minimum two (2) nights before adding the Spa Package. When making your reservation with us you'll see the option to select the package. A single massage is available as well for $109 (plus tax). Please call us at (540) 480-6706 or email reservations@BHBandB.us to book your single spa package. Packages are subject to availability.
Craft Beer Package
Have you got your Shenandoah Beerwerks Passport yet? If not, it’s time to pick one up and get started on The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast is proud to partner with Redbeard Brewing Company here in Staunton and get you started on the Trail in an extraordinary way (or continue on the Trail if you already have your Beerwerks Passport). When adding the package to your room you not only get a great stay at Berkeley House but the opportunity to taste some of Staunton’s finest craft brews at Redbeard Brewing Company right in the downtown area.
The package includes:
2 taster flights at Redbeard of 4 – 5oz beers of your choice and 2 souvenir glasses of your choice
Redbeard Brewing Company is an award winning small batch brewery about 10 minutes walk from Berkeley House. They typically offer a selection of 8-10 draft beers, including styles from Belgium, England, and America. Their beers are only available on site, so you’re not going to be able to buy them elsewhere:
American Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Belgian Saison, Imperial Stout English Brown Ale, Coffee Stout, American Black Ale, English Pale Ale, Belgian Quadrupel
When making your reservation with us you’ll see the option to select the package. Just set the quantity at “1” for two people.
Don’t miss out! Add this to your room today for just $40 (plus taxes )!! Don’t forget to tip your server.
- AC, Central
- AC, Room
- Bath, Private Ensuite
- Bed, Full
- Bed, King
- Bed, Queen
- Hair Dryer
- Iron/Ironing Board Available
- Streaming TV Service
- Common Fireplace
- Common TV Area
- Complimentary Snacks
- First Floor Rooms
- Internet Access
- Massage Services On Site
- Off Street Parking
- Outdoor Guest Areas
- WiFi Throughout
- Farmers Markets
- Fine Dining
- Historic Sites
- Horseback Riding
- National & State Parks
- Unique Shopping
- Small Town
Well Suited For:
- Group Getaways
- LGBT Friendly
- Romantic Escape
- Breakfast, Full
- Coffee/Tea available 24-hours
- Evening/Afternoon Snacks
- Meal Options, Gluten Free
- Meal Options, Vegetarian
- Alcoholic Beverages Permitted
- American Express Accepted
- Cash Accepted
- Children 12+ Permitted
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Smoking Outside Only
Minimum Stay Required:
- Weekends, Fall
- Weekends, Summer
- Diamond Collection (BNB.com)
- National Historic Register
- Select Registry