History, mystery, and romance are what bring people to St. Augustine FL. Its dreamy historic downtown location on the water, vintage charm, stellar customer service, and unparalleled amenities are what attract people to this historic home in St. Augustine FL, which happens to be the number one TripAdvisor-rated luxury bed and breakfast.
You’ll find Bayfront Westcott House in the historic downtown area, on Avenida Menendez (formerly known as Bay Street) and overlooking Matanzas Bay.
This historic home was built in 1880 as a lavish private residence for Dr. John Westcott, well known for his prominent military career, interests in transportation and politics, and research efforts in the cause and cure of yellow fever. He was a land surveyor for the St. Johns Railroad (whose tracks spread from the San Sebastian River to Tocoi) and was a heavy hitter in the development of the Intracoastal Waterway that links the St. Johns River to Miami. He was also a thorough and laborious investigator of yellow fever, its cause and cure, and was at work on a volume embracing that important subject at the time of his death on New Year’s Eve in 1888. He is buried in Lot 128, Division A, of Evergreen Cemetery. His only daughter, Rachel, lived in the home until her death.
The house changed hands a few times over the years and saw its fair share of soirees amongst St. Augustine’s elite. In the 1970s, it was converted into a guest house and has been entertaining tourists and travelers ever since.