September 23, 2017
Member Spotlight: Holladay House Bed & Breakfast
Posted by: Sharon Elswick
The Holladay House Bed & Breakfast is one of the oldest standing structures in downtown Orange, Virginia. This striking Main Street landmark dates all the way back to 1830. When you stay here, you are experiencing almost 180 years of rich American history. A charming red-brick building featuring white Grecian columns and navy blue shutters, the Holladay House was built in the classic Federal architectural style. It shares many similarities with another historic treasure of Orange, Virginia: James Madison’s Montpelier. The Holladay House is the only structure in Orange County that was standing during James Madison’s lifetime. The B&B is named after Dr. Lewis Holladay, who purchased the property in 1899 and used it as both his family home and the office for his medical practice. The home still contains much of its original woodwork, including floors, mantels, and doors, as well as a variety of period antiques onced owned by the Holladay family. The Holladay House is as rich in history as the area that surrounds it, making it the perfect choice for history buffs or anyone who likes to know that they are staying in a place with a story and character of its own.
Many guests say that stepping into the Holladay House is like stepping back in time. However, just because the property is steeped in the history of the region does not mean that the accommodations are out-of-date. The Holladay House strives to preserve the historic character of the home without sacrificing modern comforts and amenities. As a small, six-room bed & breakfast, the owners go out of their way to offer the highest hospitality to each of their guests. At the Holladay House, you can enjoy the luxury of a high-class hotel with the unique charm of an independently-owned bed & breakfast. Their clean, spacious, and well-appointed guest rooms include WiFi, plush furniture, and private bathrooms with huge jacuzzi tubs. Many of the rooms even contain antique, early-twentieth century furnishings, including head boards, mantel pieces, and fire places. With walls and furniture dating back to the Antebellum Period, staying at the Holladay House allows you to experience the history of Virginia in ways most visitors cannot.
The Holladay House B&B is also part of the Virginia Green Lodging program, with a commitment to providing eco-friendly lodging and lessening its impact on the environment. Furthermore, almost everything you use at the Inn is locally sourced, including the soaps, fabrics, sheets, jams, and herbs. This is yet another way the Holladay House puts a modern, forward-thinking twist on a quaint, historic property.
The beauty and history of the property also makes the Holladay House a popular destination for weddings and elopements. Over 250 couples have eloped at the Holladay House since it opened as a B&B. The Inn has been featured in USA Today as one of the “Top Places in Virginia for All Inclusive Elopements” and “10 Breathtaking Inns for the Big Day” by Inn’s Magazine. James Madison's grand-niece even got married here in 1864. Her father John Madison Chapman owned the property during that time and we’ve named a suite in his honor. If you are looking for a romantic and historic place to tie the knot, The Holladay House is the perfect choice. Visit our website for more information about Weddings at Holladay House.
The Holladay House is located in the heart of scenic downtown Orange. As soon as you step outside the door, you will experience all of the wonderful shopping, dining, and cultural offerings of the charming downtown area. The location is also ideal for exploring elsewhere in the region. It is a stone’s throws away from some of Virginia’s premier attractions, including hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, touring wine country, or visiting many of the famous historic sites, such as James Madison’s Montpelier and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
Need help deciding how best to spend your time in Virginia? Your hosts Samuel and Sharon Elswick are experts on the region and love using their “uber knowledge” to help guests plan their trip. They have lived in Virginia for most of their lives and feel a special connection to the beautiful Virginia landscape and rich Piedmont soil. Do you want to tour a lesser-known historical treasure? Track down the best antique end table you can find? Taste the finest merlot on the wine trail? They’ll even tell you which restaurants in a 25 mile radius have the best shoe-string or rough-cut french fries. With such wide and diverse knowledge of the area, Sharon and Samuel will make sure you have a trip you’ll never forget.
However you plan to spend your time in Orange County, the Holladay House Bed & Breakfast will ensure that your stay is as memorable and fulfilling as possible. With its convenient location in the heart of charming downtown Orange, the Holladay House offers unparalleled access to to the region’s major attractions while also allowing you to experience a bit of Virginia history before you even step foot outside the door.
Planning a trip to Virginia? Book a stay at the Holladay House to experience the beauty, history, and charm of Orange, Virginia.