Where We Live: Courtyard cottage inn near campus

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Forged with solid brick and an all slate roof, The Inn at 802, near the main campus of the College of William & Mary, from the outside is made with traditional features.  

Step inside and one will find a few more interesting features in this 6,011 square foot former full-service bed & breakfast, some likely not found in a more modern home, says owners Joe and Cathy Bradley.

One such feature are the peculiar trap doors that are present in the floors of the downstairs rooms.

“It's got a lot of really unique features in it. Every room in this bottom floor has a big trap door,” Cathy Bradley explains. “They're big heavy wood doors. There's a really clean crawl space under there.”

Nestled within the campus of the College of William and Mary, across from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business on Jamestown Road, this property now operates as a self-catered bed & breakfast.

Since its renovation, the couple says it now gives them plenty of free time to enjoy living within walking distance to many of the city's popular destinations.

“The big picture though, I think, is the location. That's what we like about the house,” Joe Bradley says. “We walk everywhere. Everywhere we want to go. Out to dinner, out to drinks, or whatever. See friends. We walk all over the place, it's very convenient.”

According to the Bradley's, the home was originally constructed in 1946 by a builder who also broke ground to erect some of the neighboring houses.

“It's a well built house. He [the builder] built this house for himself,” Cathy Bradley says. “It has an all slate roof, and it's solid brick. All hardwood floors.”

She designed an addition to the residence, which was completed in 2004. It is essentially a second house connected by a breezeway between the two.

“It's two houses in one, basically, and it can support itself as far as a business venture, and it has a lot of room for multiple families,” Joe Bradley says.

He explains that the addition was designed so that they could enjoy some privacy, even when they had guests at the Inn.

“And the way we built the addition on, that Cathy actually designed, the layout...on the back of the house...gives us a nice courtyard, a nice private area... and it's in the city."

“And there's two courtyards, actually. And they're both private, surrounded by that fence and the shrubs, and landscaping.”

The couple says at one time a guest stayed there. She lived in the apartment above the garage from 1962 to 1963 with her husband when they were first married.

The guest requested to revisit the apartment that she shared with her husband. She had an emotional reunion when walking through the living quarters.

“And they said ‘Yeah, well my husband was getting his doctorate at William and Mary, and we honeymooned in the apartment above the garage,’ ” Joe Bradley explains.

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