Federal Crest Inn Bed & Breakfast
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Visit Historic Federal Crest Inn Bed & Breakfast in Lynchburg, Virginia.
This stately 8,000 square foot mansion was built on almost an acre of land at the crest of Federal and Eleventh Streets in 1909 by a wealthy Lynchburg lawyer.
A granddaughter of the original family says she remembers there were always so many guests at her grandparents' home that you never knew from one day to the next who would be at the dinner table
The current owners, the Ripleys, have affectionately restored Federal Crest to again offer a haven for refined guests, combining elegance with a personal touch.
The tradition of old-style Virginia hospitality continues, examples of the original charm are seen in the magnificent woodwork and the classical columns leading to the grand central staircase. Guests can enjoy the unique mantels of seven fireplaces found in the parlour, library, dining room and bedrooms. Viewing the architecture as it was built at the turn of the century in early Lynchburg is a real treat as one strolls through the home. A delightful surprise can be enjoyed in the "50's Café" off the dining room and perhaps there will be a special visitation to the third floor where the original owner constructed a stage for his children to give plays.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ann and Phil Ripley for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Or college parents.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Hospitality and attention to detail. Our inn has a theater on the third floor. We love the elegance of the Georgian Revival architecture.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We are centrally located in the state and you can visit over 70 sites that are one hour or less away.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We are the best B&B they have ever stayed at.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
We have everything…great dining, history, sports, art museums, mountains, colleges, culture, etc.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Go in a different direction each day: visit Appomattox to the east; Bedford’s D-Day National Memorial, Poplar Forest and Natural Bridge to the west, see inner city of Lynchburg’s historical sites, museums and a baseball game. They could also go north to Jefferson’s Monticello and to wineries.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Yes, the Visitors Center, downtown market, restaurants, various stores, antique shops, Old City Courthouse museum and Memorial Terrace steps.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Main Street Eatery and the Depot Grille
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Discover Lynchburg and of course, our website.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Four main rooms with some of them being two-room suites.
Do you accept pets?
- Point of Honor
- Jefferson's Poplar Forest
- Old City Cemetery
- Old Courthouse Museum
- Minor League Baseball Team
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Living Christmas Tree
Eagles Nest Conference Theater
Over 1,300 sq. ft. - Zoned for 50 people. Perfect for small business meetings, training sessions, off-site seminars.
$150 per day plus tax (Over 20 people - $5 per person)
- Theater equipped with stage
- Lrge screen TV with VCR
- Overhead projector
- Flip chart stand
- Conference tables
- Lounging sofa
- Beverages (hot & cold)
- Ice water
- Crunchy snacks
- Mints, etc.
- Powder Room on second or first floor
Arrangements can also be made at no extra charge to use our parlor and library with dividing pocket doors for private meetings.
- Breakfast and lunch
- Overnight accommodations
- Discounts for multiple days
- Various seating & table arrangements for the theater
Weddings & Receptions
Elegant & Spacious Inside & Out
- Beautiful hallway entrance with stunning center staircase
- Spacious mezzanine landing with leaded glass window (many ceremonies are held here)
- Large side yard with rose archway and flower gardens, patio adjoins area for socializing and dancing.
Rental of the Federal Crest Inn includes the magnificent front foyer with the spectacular grand center staircase and spacious mezzanine, the formal parlor, library, dining room and fifties café, powder room, spacious side yard and patio, plus the lovely front porch.
"It was love at first sight when we first stepped into the foyer of the Federal Crest Inn Bed and Breakfast. We knew this was it -- our dream come true after 2 years of searching for the perfect place. After all, how could it not be meant to be when the exact wallpaper we had chosen was already in the hall foyer?"
Pre-innkeeping, Phil owned a publishing business while selling real estate in the Northern Virginia area. An avid Redskin and University of Maryland fan, he sometimes misses the D.C. area and those sports arenas. However, his devotion to one of his other hobbies, searching out and attending antique auctions, blossomed. There is always a reason to be looking for something for the Inn.
Phil also became absorbed in the Inn's renovations and personally designed the bathrooms and did much of the work himself. "We really enjoy our guests, chatting with them and trying to help them experience the best vacation or trip ever. The guests are always changing and bringing new stories, new personalities, and new places into our world, so every day is different."
Before becoming an innkeeper, Ann was a high school teacher and gymnastics coach in Northern Virginia. Her teams won four Virginia State Championships during those years. Ann also has a major in Art and she welcomed the opportunity to expand her talents and skills with the decorating and hand-painting of walls and crystal at the Inn. "I love the breakfast presentation best of all, and with every season there is a genuine excuse to decorate!"
How to Find Us
- From the Route 29 Expressway, exit Main Street (downtown)
- Proceed on Main several blocks and turn left on Eleventh Street
- Continue 6 blocks to Federal Street where you will see on the left corner the red brick Inn
- Pass the blue Federal Crest sign and kindly park in our guest parking lot just off of Eleventh
We're looking forward to seeing you!