(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - July 15th, 2014 - Dr. John Westcott (born in 1807) built this house on the St. Augustine FL bayfront in 1880 as a well-deserved retreat from a prominent military career. Known for his ground-breaking work as land surveyor for the St. Johns Railroad, he also was a heavy hitter in the development of the Intracoastal Waterway (linking the St. Johns River to Miami). In the years just prior to his death, he focused his efforts on researching the cause and cure of yellow fever.
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!
Today, Bayfront Westcott House is a 16-room, full-service bed and breakfast is ranked as the #3 St Augustine B&B. Every room has a private entrance. Most rooms have a Jacuzzi tub, electric fireplace, and outdoor sitting area. Every room features hypoallergenic microfiber sheets; plush but ecofriendly towels; and HydroSpa bath products.