Summerfield Inn Bed & Breakfast

101 Valley St. NW, Abingdon, Virginia 24210
Innkeeper(s): Janice and Jim Cowan
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Table Of Contents

  • Introduction

    We invite you to explore our elegant 1920's era home centrally located in Abingdon's Historic District. Historic Abingdon, Virginia, rich in history and a center for both commerce and culture, offers a small town atmosphere with southern hospitality. A gem waiting to be discovered is how first-time guests talk about their impression of the town and Summerfield Inn. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians and secured in the valley formed by the Holston River lies Abingdon. This area of Southwest Virginia is known for unparalleled natural beauty, rich in tradition and history.Abingdon is known as the gateway of Southwest Virginia. The rolling, tree lined streets transport visitors back to bye-gone days. Historical homes dating from the 1700's bring a sense of charm and warmth.


    Welcome to Summerfield Inn, a beautiful Abingdon Virginia bed and breakfast inn lodging. Located in the historic district, we are a short walk to many Abington attractions. Enjoy all that Abington has to offer, with a restful night at our cozy bed and breakfast inn. Tour the Barter Theater, Abingdon Vineyard and Winery, Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum and the Virginia Creeper Trail from your exclusive Abingdon bed and breakfast inn lodging hideaway. We are the ideal home base lodging for your Virginia adventures in southwest Virginia.


    Let us pamper you with sumptuous breakfasts, beautiful gardens, high speed wireless Internet, chocolates, green lodging and more. At our exquisite Abingdon Virginia bed and breakfast inn lodging, a most memorable vacation awaits.

    We invite you to explore our elegant 1920's era home centrally located in Abingdon's Historic District. Our air-conditioned inn is open year round. We provide many amenities to ensure a comfortable and memorable visit. The open sitting areas and library are wonderful spaces to enjoy a lifelong collection of European and American antiques. A full breakfast is served each morning in the dining room and sunroom. Guests enjoy an afternoon social time with light refreshments and complimentary wine. A large wrap-around porch with swing and rocking chairs draws you back outside to relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and roses. Walk to the Barter Theatre, antique shops, restaurants and the Virginia Creeper Trail. 



    Four large guestrooms are located on the second floor. Each has a private in-room bath, hair dryer and robes. All have individually room controlled central ac/heat, ceiling fans, telephones, radio/alarm clock, sitting area and decorated with antiques and oriental rugs. Rooms have whirlpool/shower combination or shower only bath, desks and cable TV. A TV/VCR is located in the study. A butler's pantry including refrigerator for guest use is located downstairs.



    Built in 1995 and accessible to the main house by covered portico, the ground-level carriage house is home to three large guest rooms. Each has a private in-room bath, whirlpool, hair dryer, and robes. All have individually room controlled central ac/heat, ceiling fans, telephones, radio/alarm clock, sitting area, desk and cable TV. A guest pantry including refrigerator is conveniently located in the entrance foyer.

    Exceptional Amenities

    • Queen & King size beds
    • Smoke free Inn and Guest rooms
    • 3-Ground level guestrooms
    • Air conditioned Inn
    • Guestroom controlled A/C-Heat
    • Phones in room, local calls free
    • Ceiling fans
    • Iron and ironing board available
    • Chocolates in Rooms and Inn
    • Whirlpool Baths - Shower Baths
    • Bath Robes
    • Hair dryers
    • Cable TV- Guest Rooms, Study
    • High Speed - Wireless Internet
    • A Full Breakfast is served from 8:30-9am
    • Early morning coffee and tea, 7:30am
    • Complimentary- wine, snacks
    • Complimentary- sodas, coffee, tea
    • Butler's pantry- main & carriage house
    • Guest refrigerator- main & carriage house
    • Large parlors - sitting areas, antiques
    • Gas Fireplaces- living room and study
    • TV/VCR and video library in study
    • Wrap-around front porch, swing-rockers
    • Smoking permitted on grounds, porch
    • Beautiful gardens, roses
    • Paved and illuminated off-street parking
    • Dinner Reservations

    Abingdon Attractions and Points of Interest

    • William King Regional Arts Center
    • Arts Depot, artists in residence
    • Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum
    • Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area
    • Historic Downtown & Residential District
    • Historic District, self-guided walking tour
    • Barter Theatre, State Theatre of Virginia
    • Virginia Creeper Trail, hiking & biking
    • Centrally located in the Historic District and within walking distance of local attractions, antique shops and restaurants, Summerfield Inn offers a memorable and convenient lodging experience
    • Attend a matinee or evening performance at the world-famous Barter Theatre.
    • Enjoy a leisure walk or bicycle tour of the Virginia Creeper Trail, a 34-mile hiking, biking, horseback riding trail, winding through Virginia's most beautiful scenery.
    • Walk along our tree-lined streets and enjoy well-preserved historical homes and buildings
    • Visit the Arts Depot and observe artists at work
    • Tour the Fields-Penn 1860 House Museum for a look back into history
    • Visit the William King Regional Arts Center, an Affiliate of the Va. Museum of Fine Arts
    • Treat yourself to a horse-drawn carriage ride or a hot-air balloon tour
  • History

    Summerfield Inn was built in 1921 for John L. and Margaret Jennings Bradley. John Bradley was a partner in Miller & Bradley, lumber dealers in Abingdon. In 1927 the property was purchased by the Methodist Church and became the District Office in Southwest Virginia. For the next 49 years, it was used as a parsonage and place of residence for traveling ministers of the Methodist Church.  (1.)
     
    In 1976 the property changed ownership, becoming a private residence. In 1986, Champe and Don Hyatt purchased the property and completely renovated the house in preparation for starting a bed and breakfast. Later that year they opened the Summerfield Inn, the first Bed and Breakfast in Southwest Virginia. In 1998, the present owners, Janice and Jim Cowan purchased the Inn. In 2000, a English style rose and perennial garden and walkway  were added providing an assortment of seasonal flora year-round. The Cowan's are proud to continue the tradition of southern hospitality at Southwest Virginia's premier Bed & Breakfast Inn.

    Historic Abingdon 

    Just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies a land that was once revered by Native Americans and jealously sought after by the white men. Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians and secured in the valley formed by the Holston River lies Abingdon. This area of Southwest Virginia is known for unparalleled natural beauty, rich in tradition and history.

    Abingdon, founded in 1778 was originally known as Wolf Hills and is the county seat for Washington County. Abingdon is known as the gateway of Southwest Virginia. The rolling, tree lined streets transport visitors back to bye-gone days. Historical homes and businesses dating from the 1700's bring a sense of charm and warmth. The antique shops, specialty stores and quaint merchant areas can be casually browsed.

    The Depression, while causing the downfall of lumbering and the Martha Washington College, brought to Abingdon one of its greatest treasures: the Barter Theatre. In 1933, Robert Porterfield gathered 22 fellow actors and headed to his hometown of Abingdon. Here, he established the idea of "ham for Hamlet," bartering foodstuffs in exchange for a ticket to the theatre. Playwrights, including Noel Coward, Tennessee Williams, and Thornton Wilder, agreed to accept ham as royalties. One exception was George Bernard Shaw, a vegetarian, who bartered the rights to his plays for spinach. Barter Theatre became the State Theatre of Virginia in 1946, with help from Eleanor Roosevelt; and in 1965 Lady Bird Johnson bartered a potted plant for a ticket. Barter's heritage is rich and colorful and includes many famous thespians: Ernest Borgnine, Hume Cronyn, Gregory Peck, and Ned Beatty, just to name a few!

    Today, Abingdon is proud of its history and rich heritage. As you stroll down the shaded brick sidewalks, it's as if you have stepped back in time. It's easy to imagine the frightful night spent by Daniel Boone, the girlish laughter echoing from the Martha Washington Inn, and the applause of an audience of poor farmers at the Barter Theatre. Abingdon is indeed a history-filled town and an entertaining trip through time. (2.)

    Reference:
         1. Places In Time, Volume II. Nanci C. King
         2. Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau- History

  • Directions

    GPS - Coordinates
    N  36º  42.722’
    W  81º  58.477’

    • Summerfield Inn Bed and Breakfast - 101 Valley Street NW
    • Take Interstate 81, Exit 17 into Abingdon, Cummings Street
    • Continue on Cummings Street until it intersects with Valley St.
    • Turn right onto Valley St.
    • The Inn is located two blocks on the left at the corner of Valley St. and Church St.
    • Enter Inn from Valley Street or Church St.
    • Paved and illuminated parking available behind Inn