200 South Street Inn

200 West South Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Innkeeper(s): Liz Hanson
 
  • Summary

    Elegant Downtown Bed and Breakfast

    Elegance and comfort collide in a beautiful and friendly Virginia bed and breakfast with a convenient downtown location and well connected staff.

    200 South Street Inn of Charlottesville, Virginia is conveniently located in the downtown area just one mile from the University of Virginia and four miles from Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello. A quick walk across the street will bring you to the historic pedestrian mall full of antique shops, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants, and movie theaters. For hiking, biking, and breathtaking views, Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway are 25 minutes west of the Inn.

    A stay at 200 South Street Inn includes free parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. Each guestroom has its own private bath, antiques, individual controls for heating and air conditioning and high-definition televisions with HBO.

    Mornings begin with a large continental breakfast served Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 10:00AM and weekends from 7:30AM to 10:30AM. Breakfast includes baked granola, cinnamon pecan coffee cake, various sweet breads, fresh fruit, locally baked toasting breads, yogurt, freshly squeezed orange juice and freshly brewed organic coffee.

    In the evenings, from 5:00PM to 6:30PM in the library, guests are invited to attend a complimentary wine and cheese reception with cheeses from a local business, crackers and fresh fruit. Tea and coffee are also available throughout the day along with signature Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies baked fresh on-site.

  • Introduction

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    Welcome to 200 South Street Inn!

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    200 South Street Inn is a beautiful Charlottesville VA Bed and Breakfast, centrally located just one mile from the University of Virginia and 4 miles from Thomas Jefferson's home and Monticello. This inn offers old world elegance and pleasant lodging in Charlottesville's lively downtown district. All of our accommodations include continental breakfast each morning, wine and cheese in the evenings, and a room with its own private bath. Free parking is available to all of our guests.

    All of our rooms feature private baths, antiques, heating and air conditioning with in-room thermostats, complimentary WiFi and cable television. Prices include a large continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese and tea or coffee during our regular working hours. Room prices are based on room size, location and in-room features like fireplaces or whirlpool baths.

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    200 South Street Inn is also only two blocks from a bustling pedestrian mall filled with antique shops, art galleries, coffee shops, bookstores, movie theaters and restaurants. Being a college town, most restaurants accept casually attired guests. But at finer restaurants, you may feel less out of place dressed neatly, though for men, a tie is rarely required. Because we make so many reservations for our guests, our front desk staff generally has good luck obtaining reservations at local restaurants during busy stretches.

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  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Liz Hanson for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    People stay here because of our downtown location.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    The general ambiance of the inn is what makes us unique. We are a very comfortable and elegant inn. Our size is one of our assets. We have great deal of energy here. We make fresh breads daily.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    People come to the area to visit Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We receive many great compliments on our staff. Here are a couple: "WOW! A very friendly staff." and "The staff was very, very friendly and helpful."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    One of the best kept secrets is the great music venues we have in Charlottesville. We have an outdoor and indoor pavillion and the Paramount Theater which was renovated from the 20's.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    For travelers staying more than just a weekend we suggest they visit Monticello, the University of Virginia, the vineyards, the breweries, art galleries, and we have many festivals.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are located in the heart of downtown Charlottesville. We are right across the street from the historic pedestrian mall and the Farmer's Market that runs from April through December.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    We have several favorite restaurants including:
    1.) Revolutionary Soup - lunch take out
    2.) Bizou - sit down diner
    3.) The Whiskey Jar - soul food
    4.) Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar - rooftop bar / indoor and outdoor seating

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    We just refer guests to our web site which has a lot of area information about restaurants and things to do under the Location tab southstreetinn.com/location.htm

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 19 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets.

  • Breakfast at the Inn

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    Breakfast:

    At 200 South Street Inn, we work hard to make sure our guests can sample an array of fresh homemade goodies. In Charlottesville, Virginia, delicious food is our specialty. For our continental breakfast, we bake our own granola, cinnamon pecan coffee cake, and sweet breads with a variety of flavors such as banana nut, zucchini raisin, carrot walnut, pumpkin apple and lemon blueberry. We squeeze our own orange juice, and always have plenty of freshly brewed organic coffee freshly roasted from a local coffee shop, Shenandoah Joe's. We also serve fresh fruit, locally baked toasting breads from Albemarle Bakery, cereal, and individual yogurts, including Greek Yogurt.

    At 200 South Street Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, breakfast is complementary, and is served Monday-Friday 7:30-10:00 am, and Saturday and Sunday 7:30-10:30 am.

    Wine & Cheese:

    We serve a complimentary reception in our library each evening from 5-7 pm.

    Gourmet cheeses come straight off the block from a local business, The Wine Guild.

    These receptions are family friendly and include offerings of crackers and fresh fruit as well.

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  • Area Attractions in Charlottesville

    Charlottesville, Virginia

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    200 South Street Inn provides lodging in Charlottesville's downtown historic district. It is four miles from Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, and one mile from the University of Virginia. 200 South Street Inn is two blocks from a bustling pedestrian mall filled with antique shops, bookstores, movie theaters and restaurants (so good, even the New York Times and Washington Post rave). There is even an indoor ice-skating rink. Besides Monticello, our bed and breakfast is also near two other presidents' homes: Ash Lawn, the home of James Monroe, and James Madison's Montpelier. Twenty- five minutes to the west are the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, where the beautiful countryside makes for perfect hiking and biking. The Old Michie Tavern, located only a quarter of a mile from Monticello and serving 18th century fare, is a nice stop for lunch. Many wineries in the area welcome visitors.

    Seasonal Activities:

    Farmers Market

    April through October held directly across from the inn. www.charlottesvillecitymarket.com

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    Summer Fridays after Five

    Each Friday evening in summer a free concert series is offered on the downtown mall at the Pavillion, within walking distance of;200 South Street Inn. Bring your own picnic to the outdoor concerts if you wish complete with beer and wine trucks! Dancing is optional. First Fridays The first Friday of every month is the opening night for all of the Downtown Art Galleries, including the McGuffy Art Center. Peruse the new exibitions while talking with the artists about their work.Hors d'oeuvres and wine are a great bonus!

  • Two Houses, One Inn

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    The 200 South Street Inn offers old-world elegance in the middle of the lively historic downtown of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Inn combines two restored houses, the larger house, and the smaller house, together becoming an unforgettable Charlottesville Inn.

    The larger house was built in 1856 for Thomas Jefferson Werenbaker, the son of a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. The building was a private residence for many years, and then for several decades led a checkered career -it went from girls' finishing school, to brothel, to boarding house. The transformation to an inn was completed in 1986. Meticulous attention to detail was paid in every aspect of the restoration, from the wide, welcoming neoclassical veranda, to the solid walnut, two-story, serpentine banister in the main hallway.

    The smaller house, known as the 'cottage,' was built in 1890. It was a private home and boarding house until it became part of the Inn in the 1980's. English and Belgian antiques fill every room, and many of the rooms have whirlpool baths, fireplaces and canopy beds. Suites with living rooms are also available, and every room has a private bath.

    We serve a continental breakfast featuring an array of our home-baked breads and coffee cakes. Enjoy it on the garden patio or veranda or in the cozy library. Be our guest in the afternoon for wine and cheese. Come visit Charlottesville VA and experience the elegant dining of this downtown bed and breakfast.

  • Guest Reviews

    “And incredible cookies too!!” All good, great place to stay! Will definitely return when in Charlottesville. Wine and cheese, continental breakfast, and, of course, those cookies were all most welcome perks. Fireplace, whirlpool tub most appreciated. Very comfy bed and room-darkening blinds-could have snuggled in forever. The owners have had this Inn for 20 years and you can definitely tell that it is much loved.

    “Adorable and charming B&B” We went here for a birthday weekend for 4 adults. It was exactly what we wanted. The Inn is charming and romantic. We stayed in Suite 24 which had a fireplace in the room and a step- down sitting area which was perfect for having a cocktail with our friends before dinner. The location was great for restaurants and shopping - within walking distance. Besides the historical sites, there are many wineries. We visited a winery owned by Dave Matthews! It was beautiful and only about 15 minute drive away. BONUS: The proprieter was always baking in the kitchen and it smelled lovely every time we entered. There were fresh-baked breads, scones, etc. in the morning and cookies all day!

    “Lovely, clean, quiet and well-located.” Stayed at the South Street Inn with a friend. We were in town for a concert. The Inn was a perfect choice for a couple of moms in need of a break! It was 2 short blocks from pedestrian only Main Street, where the concert venue was located. We could walk to everything. The Inn was quaint, comfortably "shabby" without being worn looking. It really felt like we were in someone's home filled with antiques and old rugs. Our room was at the very top of the Inn - not huge but the last one available when we booked. It was very nice and well appointed. The staff was very, very friendly and helpful. We had a great experience and would definitely stay there again.

    “Great Place” 8 couples who were going to a wedding in Charlottesville stayed there last weekend. Nice bedrooms, and public rooms were great places to congregate. Breakfast was fine. Orange jiuce was fresh and sweet. Our group eat dozens of their ever present home made cookies. The location near the downtown mall was a big plus.