The Villa Inn


You'll think you're in Iberia upon entering this more-than-70-year-old Spanish mansion's great room with its fireplace, baby grand piano, and terra-cotta floors. If you want out-of-place opulence, this is the place. A sun room equipped with a TV and DVD player, a formal dining room, and a breakfast nook are also located downstairs. The lush backyard surrounds a pool and a covered Jacuzzi.  Upstairs, the nautically themed Christopher Columbus room has a vaulted ceiling and a small balcony overlooking the pool. The largest unit here is the King Carlos suite, once the original master bedroom, with a four-poster bed, an entertainment system, a fridge, a rooftop deck with hot tub, and a bathroom equipped with a seven-head shower. The Queen Isabella room has a royal crown hanging above a queen-size bed, while the Marco Polo room features Chinese black-lacquer furniture and Oriental rugs.​

Once you enter the gated estate, a staff member will greet you and provide a tour of the property and the history of the original socialite owner.  The tropical garden area is complete with a heated pool, hot tub spa, and several areas to get sun.

Choosing The Villa will provide you with a vacation gateway to the many Central Florida attractions, which are less than an hour away.​




  • Secured onsite parking

  • No optional resort fees

  • Wi-fi Internet access

  • Daily newspaper

  • Business services  

  • Daily Maid Services

  • Bottled Water, Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea

  • TV/VCR/DVD player in all rooms

  • Tea & coffee making facilities  

  • Microwave and Refrigerator in all rooms

  • Use of Private Pool and Hot Tub as well as Pool/Beach Towels, rafts, Beach Chairs, and Bikes.

  • Continental Breakfast


Mr. B. J. Donnelly was born in Springfield, MA in 1867 and lived most of his life in Swampscott, MA, near Boston. He acquired a vast fortune through ownership in marble, granite and stone quarries in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. His estimated wealth in 1928 was over six million dollars. In 1929 Donnelly contracted the famous architectural firm of Kiehnel & Elliot from Miami to design a winter residence in Daytona Beach resembling a Spanish villa. Kiehnel and Elliot were instrumental in designing El Jardin, the Carlyle, Barclay, and Shorecrest Hotels, and the Scottish Rite Temple in Miami, and the master plan for Rollins College in Winter Park. Here in Daytona they designed the Princess Issena Hotel. Ted Paulson, who also built the Princess Issena, did the construction of Donnelly's house. Donnelly spent five winters in the new Florida residence, traveling from his northern mansion with his chauffeur in his Pierce-Arrow limousine, accompanied by his two maids, staying only for the months of January and February, until his death in 1935 at his northern mansion. During his stays in the Daytona Beach area he spent time with John D. Rockefeller, a personal friend. Records show that Donnelly left the bulk of his estate to St. Johns Roman Catholic Parish in Swampscott, MA with the stipulation that his cousin could remain in the Northern Mansion until her death or decision to move elsewhere; then the property would be sold, and the church would erect a chapel in memory of his mother, on the church property. His will required that the Florida mansion be sold including all of the original furnishings, most having been custom designed and built in Coral Gables, FL. At that time the mansion was valued at $50,000. The property remained on the market for 11 years until it was sold for $25,000 to a Michigan family, who owned it until 1962 when the Mahaffey family purchased it and lived there for 30 years. In 1992 James A. Camp - who had the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Florida Historical Trust, and the Daytona Historic Preservation Board - purchased the mansion. At this time Mr. Camp established The Villa Bed & Breakfast. True to its Spanish style, the mansion is textured stucco, with red barrel tile roofs, arched windows, wrought iron light fixtures, second floor balconies, dark oak beams, hand painted and stenciled plastered moldings, and stucco walls. The main staircase is clear heart cypress with white oak treads. The main house has 10 rooms - a center hall, main staircase, four bedrooms and four bathrooms, a formal living room, conservatory, kitchen, formal dining room, and a breakfast room. The servants' quarters in another wing have two bedrooms, bath, and sitting room. Located under here is a basement which originally housed the laundry and boiler for the heating system. Above the two car garage is a self-contained apartment used at that time by the chauffeur. B. J. Donnelly's monograms can be seen in a cartouche above the front door and over the master bedroom arched windows. A coat of arms is located at the rear of the house between the master bedroom dressing and bathroom windows. Two massive wrought iron chandeliers grace the living room. All the interior light fixtures and wrought iron valances are original to the house. The mansion with its impressive moldings found in the living, dining, and breakfast rooms are the works of the Mizener Studio. The mansion, at 801 N Peninsula Drive, is one of the finest examples of Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture, rivaling structures in Palm Beach and Miami. The present owner has beautifully and authentically furnished the mansion in keeping with the architecture of the period with massive sideboards, carved chairs and art objects collected to compliment all, creating a warm ambiance. The extensive landscaping includes a variety of tropical plants native to Florida, all of which have been enhanced with a new circular driveway and beautifully decorative fencing and entry gates. Located at the rear of the property is the original pump house, which housed the sprinkler system that was installed in 1929. The property is over an acre and a half, and when the mansion was built, one could see the river and the ocean from the master bedroom terrace.

  • Check In:     4:00pm

  • Check Out:  11:00am  A later check out may be available for an additional charge of $20.00.  Request a later check out time when booking your reservation.

  • A minimum stay may be required to receive special room rates, packages, promotions, or during weekends, holidays, or special events.  

  • Smoking in the mansion is strictly prohibited.  Violations of our smoking policy will result in an additional charge of $200 when your stay is settled.  Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas.

  • We realize that adults need time to themselves and a place to escape from young children.  As we wish to provide a peaceful environment for all, we regret that we cannot accept children under the age of 14 as guests at The Villa.

  • Accomodations are for registered guests only.  

  • All rooms are single or double occupancy only.  

  • Valid government issued photo identification as well as a credit card or cash deposit are required to check in.  

  • All rates are to be considered base rates.  These rates do not include taxes.  Taxes will be added to your total due at the time of payment.

  • All rates are subject to change without notice and all promotions and room rate specials are normally not available during holidays or special events unless otherwise stated. 


Please be advised that we have a house cat on premises.  Our house cat is free to roam the grounds as well as the public areas of the mansion.  Our house cat is not permitted and does not roam freely in to our guest rooms.

Refund & Cancellation


Please read our refund and cancellation policy carefully. If you have any questions, please ask.  Our Bed & Breakfast is a small Inn with only a few rooms; therefore, cancellations have a significant effect on our bottom line. Room cancellations must be made 14 or more days prior to your reservation for a full refund. Guest House reservations must be cancelled 30 or more days prior to your arrival date for a refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. Room cancellations made less than 14 days prior to your arrival date are considered a "late cancellation". We will make an attempt to re-book your reservation; however, if we are unsuccessful at re-booking your reservation, you will be charged the full price of your complete reservation. If we ARE able to re-book your reservation, you will be subject only to a $50 cancellation fee or a $100 cancellation fee if you are cancelling your reservation for the Guest House.  If you have booked a reservation during a special event (bike weeks, races, shows, etc.) we ask that you provide us a 30 day notice prior to your arrival date. If we receive your request to cancel 30 days prior to your arrival date, only a $50 cancellation fee will be charged. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to your arrival date, the same terms apply as listed above regarding the "late cancellation".




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