New owners of Bethel Beach Inn cap off busy summer season

by Peter J. Teagle - Posted on Nov 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Photo: The Bethel Beach Inn, which was changed slightly to Foster’s Bethel Beach Inn upon coming under new ownership, has been operated by Carol Manglos-Foster and her husband David Foster since July. Currently the house features one suite that can be booked for vacations or long weekends; however, the couple may add to the facility in the future.

The Bethel Beach Inn, which was changed slightly to Foster’s Bethel Beach Inn upon coming under new ownership, has been operated by Carol Manglos-Foster and her husband David Foster since July. Currently the house features one suite that can be booked for vacations or long weekends; however, the couple may add to the facility in the future.

Photo: Carol Manglo-Foster, left, and her husband David Foster have been operating Foster’s Bethel Beach Inn since July. Carol works as a pastoral counselor and whole-health expert and David recently retired from a career as an electrician. The pair makes use of these skills to provide breakfasts of locally-sourced ingredients and tackle maintenance and groundskeeping duties, respectively.

Carol Manglo-Foster, left, and her husband David Foster have been operating Foster’s Bethel Beach Inn since July. Carol works as a pastoral counselor and whole-health expert and David recently retired from a career as an electrician. The pair makes use of these skills to provide breakfasts of locally-sourced ingredients and tackle maintenance and groundskeeping duties, respectively.

This past July saw new owners take over the Bethel Beach Inn at Onemo and the change in seasons has given Carol Manglos-Foster and David Foster time to reflect on their new venture.

The property sits on 11 acres between the Bethel Beach Nature Preserve and Onemo Post Office. The house itself boasts new furnishings added just before the July acquisition and is split between the owners’ living space upstairs, a guest suite downstairs, and a common living room, kitchen, and dining room.

As it stands, guests can rent the “Pineapple Suite,” so called for its warm color scheme and namesake fruit appearing on pillow shams and wall art. The suite has a bedroom, master bath, mudroom area, and private egress to a deck and backyard firepit.

“We had people staying with us almost every weekend,” said Manglos-Foster of her and her husband’s inaugural summer as bed and breakfast operators.

Manglos-Foster works as a pastoral counselor and whole health expert and her husband recently retired as an electrician. The pair split their management duties, with Manglos-Foster handling the cooking and meal prep while her husband tackles grounds-

keeping and upkeep duties to make use of his past work experience. They, of course, come together to agree on booking, marketing and larger business decisions.

The two manage their booking entirely through sites like Airbnb and Booking.com, as well as making use of the Mathews Visitor Center and Virginia tourism websites to get their name out to potential guests.

So far, Foster reports that guests have traveled from as far away as Connecticut, England and New Zealand to stay at the inn and take in all that Mathews has to offer.

The couple also mentioned an “all positive” response from the community.

“We were drawn here initially because it’s a one-day drive to our family in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York, plus the warm weather and low taxes,” Manglos-Foster added.

The couple said they fell for the “extremely friendly and extremely welcoming” people of Mathews, as well as for the undisturbed natural sites like the nature preserve and the “privacy and strong sense of community.”

The pair said they believe Mathews is a “natural fit” for them and will continue to look for opportunities to grow their new venture.

They plan to add a kayak launch to the property in the next year and within five years hope to add either a tiny house or a single-family dwelling at the back portion of their 11 acres to further capitalize on the lodging location.

The owners are hopeful that more visitors and locals alike will, as the Inn’s motto states, “come and stay and relax by the bay.”