I wanted a place in the Ghent neighborhood and this B&B was right there, next to the Chrysler Museum and also easy walking distance to many places in the Freemason neighborhood. In fact, I'd say it was a little more convenient to the attractions across the footbridge and up on Granby Street, versus the 21st Street strip and beyond.
The neighborhood around the B&B was lovely and you could spend all day just admiring the architecture as you walked around the tree-lined streets. The B&B itself has been restored in every detail, with Victorian-period antiques and polished woodwork. The owner tries to keep the theme going with Port/Sherry canisters on hand and lemonade in the afternoons to sip as you rock in the chairs out front.
They kept the rooms clean and tidy, and allowed for guests to really use the parlor areas and the garden/terraces. The breakfast was substantial - your choice of latte or regular coffee, plenty of fresh fruit pastries and a choice of two hot cooked breakfasts in the morning. The proprietor and her staff also enjoyed talking with folks and discussing the local area. And they were very nice about letting me bring a visitor for breakfast one morning.
I stayed in the Percy Room, which is one of the less expensive rooms on the third floor up in the corner - it was quiet, private and well-appointed. But since heat rises, especially in a heat wave, it was warmer than the rooms on the first and second floors. The windows are not meant to be opened, in part because they do not have screens (so if you do open them, you are letting yourself in for some non-paying visitors and also letting the cooler air out). I kept the fan going and was comfortable. I also spent more time away from the room - I enjoyed one later evening reading in the parlor and sipping Sherry.
Norfolk has a surprising variety of things to do, all within walking distance of this B&B. I wandered across the street to the local river/bay-fed pond called the Hague and sailed a remote-controlled ship and borrowed a kayak for a quick paddle up to the riverfront and the "Wisconsin." I ate dinner a short walk away at some fine restaurants. There were people on hand for a concert that weekend, others dropping off college kids, someone interviewing at the hospital, and even some honeymooners. It was a really mixed bag. There was a Caribbean Festival in the waterfront park. I also noted that there was a truly nice shopping mall within walking distance and on the tram line.
I cycled around and the owner let me keep my bike in their work area so it stayed dry during the summer thunder boomers. Although Norfolk is not as cycle-friendly as other cities and I had no access to an actual bike trail, they appear to be building cycle lanes on the streets and encouraging cycling. Which really makes sense since this is a flat place. What would really be great is if they would invest in a direct cycle route between Virginia Beach and Norfolk! Well maybe in a few years. In the meantime, enjoy Norfolk and this B&B.