The SpaceChatswood is a cozy suburb on Auckland’s North Shore where we lived for quite some time. We still have many friends in Chatswood. This room is one of our five luxurious chambers/suites and has a bright and airy appeal and was perfect for our collection of rattan furniture. The en suite has a claw foot tub as well as a shower. If you are looking for a bed and breakfast in Staunton, VA — a stay in the Chatswood Chamber would be an excellent choice. See our website for details of our other rooms as well as details on discounts and promotions.
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. Guest AccessBesides your spacious and luxurious room you'll have access to the common areas including the two foyers, the parlor where you can play a game of chess or enjoy a conversation with our other guests, the music room complete with a baby grand piano and many fine literary collections, the dining room for great culinary experiences, the TV room where you can watch programs and movies, and the wraparound porch when you can lounge around and enjoy the views from our high position in Staunton. Interaction with GuestsBonnie 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), and heard on National Public Radio.
We love our guests. You'll find us around the mansion most of the time whether we're in the kitchen cooking and baking, outside gardening, moving around the common areas (parlor, music room, dining room, foyers, TV room) making things more beautiful, or just lounging around in our 3rd floor apartment.
You'll always see us at breakfast where we'll have as many as 10 guests sitting around our large dining room table enjoying a home cooked full breakfast. We won't be eating with you but we're sure you'll love the food and the company of other guests of Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast.
We haven't had the opportunity to generate reviews yet on Airbnb but here's what our guests are saying so far:
"Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. The food was amazing, the hosts were gracious & accommodating, and our room was beautiful, comfortable and luxurious. Thanks for making our stay in Staunton memorable!"
Mallory & Eric Young - May 2015
"We had a perfect stay! The house is just gorgeous and restored beautifully. We kept noticing details that we hadn't noticed before. Bonnie and Jeff were so kind and hospitable. Breakfast was delicious and the sweet treats in the afternoon were delectable! We will definitely be staying here again the next time we are in Staunton!"
Mike & Lisa from Tennessee - May 2015
"What a lovely stay! From the phone conversation at booking to delicious brownies upon arrival and the gorgeous, cozy room, everything has been just perfect. Thanks so much!"
The Sutherlands, Texas - May 2015
"We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this weekend. We love their place – it's beautifully decorated, wonderful location, great breakfast! Thank you so much for a wonderful time in this lovely place!"
Marlena & Michael - April 2015
"Thank you so much for providing such a lovely place to stay. It is so peaceful and restful. The room was so comfortable and breakfast was delicious! We hope to be back soon!"
Aaron & Nicole Butt - April 2015
"The Woodrow Wilson Suite gave us such amazing views with the large deck and urban/historical ambiance. Every day was a culinary delight. We would recommend your unique property to anyone. We thank you again for the perfect balance of conversation and privacy."
Christian & Vanessa - April 2015
"The house is a lovely Queen Anne style house with a wrap around porch and a wrap around deck on the second floor with panoramic views of downtown Staunton. It is across the street from the Woodrow Wilson home and also right next to the Mary Baldwin campus. It is only a short walk from the American Shakespeare Center. In other words it could not be better located. However, it is on a quiet residential street, so there is not a lot of street noise to keep you up. Jeff and Bonnie have beautifully renovated the home and decorated the entire place. The room was well appointed and had a great bathroom. There were freshly made chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon when we arrived. The breakfast was fabulous, a Dutch baby pancake with bananas. They also had homemade blueberry muffins. We definitely be staying here again when we are down in Staunton."
Melissa B. - March 2015 The NeighborhoodThere are many things to see and do in Staunton. Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast is located within walking distance of most of Staunton's greatest experiences.
You'll journey to a place where the sites are endless. Staunton extends many exciting activities for families, couples, and even the single person. Pick among our museums, art galleries, and outdoor interests to fill your day. Your trip wouldn't be complete without seeing some of the wonderful attractions we have to offer.
Some of Stauntons offerings include:
Arts & Entertainment
Historic Attractions & Museums
Tours and Services
Vineyards, Gardens, Farms & Markets
Wine & Beer Tastings Getting AroundWe're walking distance to nearly every amenity Staunton has to offer. For those who prefer to ride, the Trolley stop is a few steps from the mansion.
Welcome to one of the most exciting
destinations in Virginia.
Recently named one of "Best Small Towns in America," Staunton is buzzing with arts and culture offerings. Enjoy a night of theater at the American Shakespeare Center, with the world's only authentic recreation of the Blackfriars Theater. Step back in time at the Frontier Culture Museum, an outdoor living history museum illustrating the daily lives of Shenandoah Valley's earliest settlers. Discover the life and legacy of Woodrow Wilson at the only presidential library in Virginia; right across the street from Berkeley House Bed & Breakfast.
Known for its historic architecture packed into six National Historic Districts, Staunton is best explored by foot. Its compact downtown features over one hundred unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Music festivals beckon all summer long. And a fun selection of wine bars, coffee houses, vineyard tasting rooms and small- batch breweries round out the local flavor.
And if you feel the call of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, you'll be happy to know we're just a few miles from both Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway. Other Things to NoteBerkeley House mansion at 303 Berkeley Place has been historically known as the Catlett House; named for its first occupants. “The Catlett House” is considered “Staunton’s best example of the Shingle Style of architecture. Although there are elements of Queen Anne and turn-of-the-century classicism, its serene and well-proportioned design exhibits most of the characteristics of the Shingle Style – strong overall horizontality, stone foundation and first floor, patterned shingles, grouped windows and dramatic roof line.”
– Historic Staunton Foundation
The City tax rolls claim there was a structure on the property in 1896 but other books state it may have been in 1897. Richard Henry Catlett owned the property but didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful mansion much, if at all, as he died March 21, 1898 of Bright’s disease. His obituary stated that he was one of Staunton’s most prominent businessmen – “He was born in Fauquier County seventy years ago, the son of Robert Catlett. For a while he was in business in Orange County, and then moved to Lexington, where he was treasurer of the Virginia Military Institute, and while here studied law under Judge Brockenborough. While in Lexington he was the intimate personal friend of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.” At the time he died, he was married to his second wife Fanny Bowling Gay Catlett, a descendent of Pocahontas.
According to “Historic Houses of Staunton, Virginia,” R. H. Catlett “served on Virginia Governor Letcher’s staff when the Civil War began and then served as a major in the Confederate Army. He stopped in Staunton in 1865 with General John Echols and was persuaded by Major Henderson M. Bell to form a partnership, Echols, Bell and Catlett, attorneys-at-law.”
Other Notable Catlett Trivia:
R. H. Catlett’s first wife was Mary Mercer Patton who’s great grandfather, Hugh Mercer, was a friend of George Washington and a Revolutionary War Hero.
Charles Catlett, first son of Richard and Mary, donated funds in 1896 to construct a three story addition to King’s Daughters Hospital. He was one of the founders of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation that opened the Birthplace to the public in 1932. Charles’ major legacy is Betsy Bell Park. He donated 50 acres in 1941 for the park as a “perpetual memorial…” and specified the site be maintained in its natural state.
The house at 303 Berkeley Place remained in the Catlett family until 1973, with Amy Pendleton Catlett and her sister Elizabeth Gay Catlett living here until their deaths. It then passed to Ida Showker who used it for an assisted living home until the early 1980’s. Dan and Susan Ruffner bought it from Mrs. Showker and continued providing care to the elderly and disabled (Dan and Susan now run a B&B in Pennsylvania) until 1992 when they sold the house to Bob and Glynda Barker. Bonnie and Jeff bought the house from the Barker’s late 2013 to turn it into the Staunton Virginia bed and breakfast you see today.