What You’ll Experience by Staying in a Williamsburg Colonial House vs. a Traditional Hotel

The Drummers’ Cottage is one of our most sought-after rooms at the Inn, and there are definitely some good reasons why. Here are a few things that make the experience of staying here stand out from a “traditional” hotel. 

Personal & Genuine Hospitality 

Sharon and Billy, your hosts at the Fife and Drum Inn, are both Williamsburg natives with a lifetime of entrepreneurial experience. Their passion for their city, as well as their expertise in good ol’ southern hospitality, lead visitors to feel completely at home and comfortable on their visits – a feeling that is difficult to achieve in a traditional hotel setting.

A Communal Space for Any Occasion 

Large parties, be it a wedding party, a reunion of friends, or a big family, generally have to go through the trouble of booking several separate rooms while staying at a traditional hotel. The Drummers Cottage at the Fife and Drum, however, allows for parties to reside in the same space, saving money and the hassle of extra reservations. Guests will still have plenty of space in the different quarters of the cottage while being able to enjoy the communal space of the living room together (the space is ideal for 4 – 6 if the visitors are close!)

brown sofa in study and shelves on wall


The Cottage is a building to itself separated from the Inn, just a few minutes’ walk across the street on a quiet block. This allows for guests’ complete privacy, which is quite rare to find with a traditional hotel.


In addition to the endless knowledge of the area and its history from your hosts, memorabilia and artifacts decorate the walls of the Cottage and the Inn, all of which hold interesting stories to learn from the past.

sofa with red and yellow pillows and plates hanging on wall

Priceless Location 

The location of our little “colonial house”, The Cottage, simply cannot be beat for your next visit to Williamsburg. Located on Boundary Street, just up the road three minutes away is the 300 year old Wren Building of the College of William and Mary – turn to the left and find yourself at the beginning of Merchants Square on Duke of Gloucester street, home to the best restaurants, shopping, and seasonal events that Williamsburg has to offer. Walk a half mile further and find yourself back in time in Colonial Williamsburg, conversing with some of the most important figures of the late 18th century, laughing (and sometimes crying) at the programs conveying the comedies and tragedies of this time period, and seeing your family’s eyes light up at the realization that where you are standing played a big part in the birth of our country.

brick path leading to statue in front of large building

An Unforgettable Experience 

The Cottage at the Fife and Drum Inn offers the “total package”, if you will. Mix great hospitality, incredible location, your group of loved ones, and you have the perfect Williamsburg vacation.


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