The Holladay House Bed & Breakfast

155 West Main Street, Orange, Virginia 22960
Innkeeper(s): Sam & Sharon Elswick
 
  • Introduction

    Experience Virginia at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast!

    The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast offers gracious accommodations in Virginia's celebrated wine country. Built circa 1830, this stately Federal-style inn is situated in the heart of historic downtown Orange, within walking distance of art galleries, antique shops and restaurants. The historic Holladay House’s six guest rooms offer a range of modern luxury options, including fireplaces, double-sized whirlpool tubs, private porches, and complimentary wireless internet access. The current owners, Sam and Sharon Elswick, have earned a reputation for their hospitality, locally-sourced breakfasts and made-from-scratch confections.
     
    Investigate the lives of President James Madison and Dolley Madison at James Madison's Montpelier, and marvel at the architectural brilliance of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and Barboursville. Ash Lawn-Highland, home of President James Monroe, is also nearby. Civil War battlefields and historic trails dot the nearby landscape. In addition, we offer a variety of packages, itineraries, and room upgrades to create your own unique getaway. We are happy to make all of your travel arrangements for you!
  • 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 Sam & Sharon Elswick for sharing their  own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    What sets your inn apart?

    Convenience! We are the only inn located on Main Street and are within walking distance to many of the area's art galleries and restaurants.

    What makes your inn unique?

    The architecture of our beautiful inn makes us unique. We are proud to say that we are the oldest structure in the county.

    What are you best known for?

    Our guests know they can count on our great customer service. They also depend on our knowledge of the area. People love our great food and that we use locally produced ingredients. Guest favorites include our delicious cookies made from scratch!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    We are close to James Madison’s Montpelier Mansion. The 2nd floor library has the best views of the area!

    What is the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    We love it when guests tell us that "It feels like home" and that the inn is "very comfortable and relaxing". We pride ourselves on being an historic home with modern amenities.

    What is a fun thing to do in the area (must do)?

    We always recommend a visit to the James Madison Montpelier Mansion, and you must visit at least one winery during your stay!

    What other activities will you do in the area?

    There's plenty more to do. Guests enjoy visits to other Presidential mansions as well as some of the local breweries. Other popular activities include hiking, skydiving, and hot air balloon rides.

    What is your favorite recipe?

    We have a wonderful family recipe that has been passed down through the years we call our Holladay House Biscuits. They are delicious and requested by guests on a regular basis.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The restaurants in this area wonderful. We could never nail it down to one, but we do have a few favorites we are happy to suggest to our guests when they ask.

    What’s the season that you like the most at your inn? Why?

    Springtime is our favorite. It's not as busy as fall, the blooming flowers are simply beautiful, and there are several local festivals including the Historic Gardens and the Montpelier Wine Festival.

    Any good area guides that travelers could reference?

    We believe that the best visitor's guide for the area is actually on our website: http://holladayhousebandb.com/visitors.html There's also a great guide on the Orange County, VA website: http://www.visitorangevirginia.com/ that travelers can peruse. http://www.visitorangevirginia.com/

     

  • Amenities

    Our historic Virginia bed and breakfast includes six guest rooms and offers a range of luxury options, including:
    • Fireplaces
    • Double-sized whirlpool Jacuzzi suites
    • Private patios
    • Desktop computer and printer
    • Free wireless Internet access (WIFI)
    Savor fresh, made-from-scratch cookies on our screened side porch, or curl up in front of the nineteenth-century marble fireplace in our parlor. Free wireless internet is accessible throughout the house. Awaken to a full breakfast every morning, created from the innkeepers' personal collection of delectable recipes!

    Room Amenities

    • All six of our guest rooms include the following amenities:
    • Queen-sized or king-sized beds with luxury linens
    • Private bath with soft fluffy towels
    • Satellite TV and DVD player
    • CD player and alarm clock
    • Free wireless internet on a secure network
    • Natural hypoallergenic bath amenities
    • Hairdryer
    • Bottled water
    • Air conditioning and a cozy electric fireplace heater
    • Iron and ironing board (upon request)
    • Some rooms may also include:  thick robes, gas fireplaces, separate sitting rooms, private side patios and double whirlpool tubs

    Inn Amenities

    • We are pleased to offer the following amenities to all our guests:
    • Always open coffee and tea station
    • Made-from-scratch baked goodies, such as Sharon's Chocolate Chip cookies and scones.
    • A selection of books, magazines and games in the parlor
    • Antique Italian marble fireplace in the parlor with gas fire (winter months only)
    • Regularly updated DVD library

     

  • Breakfast

    An elegant two-course breakfast is served every morning from 8 to 9:30am. We are happy to serve an earlier breakfast with prior notice. We have a variety of recipes that include some old favorites (Sharon makes fantastic French toast), as well as some more creative dishes (such as our signature crustless quiche). When possible, our ingredients are fresh and locally produced, from the locally-roasted coffee to the farm-fresh eggs purchased at the local farmer's market across the street. The innkeepers at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast are pleased to accommodate the dietary needs of all guests. If you have a special need, notify us at the time of your reservation.

  • Corporate Rates

    The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast welcomes guests traveling for business on a per diem budget. Having been frequent business travelers ourselves, we have designed an exclusive program to accommodate the special needs of business guests.

    Exclusive Program Features

    • Express checkout with flexible cancellation policy
    • Flexible breakfast schedule (or a "Breakfast-to-Go" if you're in a hurry!)
    • Free and secure wireless internet access throughout the house
    • Free document scanning available
    • Complimentary coffee and tea service available around the clock
    • Keys to your room and to the inn, so you can set your own schedule
    • Full breakfast in our dining room, or choose a "Breakfast-to-Go"
  • In the Press

  • Weddings

    Wedding Elopement Services

    Our Virginia Bed and Breakfast specializes in intimate ceremonies and receptions. The innkeepers themselves had an intimate wedding at an inn a good number of years ago -- so they know exactly how to cater to the wedding couple! We will happily help you create your own memorable occasion.

    With either package, we will take care of all the details. All you have to do is bring each other (and your wedding attire and license!)

    Traditional Elopement Service

    This elopement package is priced to include the bride, groom, and up to four additional guests - $599, plus tax.  The package includes:

    • One night in our romantic John Madison Suite, furnished with an overstuffed four-poster queen-sized bed next to a cozy gas fireplace and historic antebellum mantel. The room includes a separate sitting room with television and DVD player and an in-room private full bath.
    • All of our great amenities.
    • Exclusive use of the 1830’s parlor with antique Italian marble fireplace for one hour.
    • Use of Holladay House music equipment and bridal music selections.
    • Up to 4 additional guests to witness the ceremony.
    • A licensed officiant to conduct the wedding ceremony (we'll make all of the arrangements for you).
    • Fresh, in-season Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonnière.
    • A bottle of sparkling wine to toast the occasion!
    • Full gourmet breakfast for the bride and groom the next morning.
    • Late checkout – relax and enjoy yourselves until noon!

    Luxury Elopement Service 

    This elopement package is priced to include the bride, groom, and up to six additional guests - $899, plus tax.  The package includes:

    • One night in one of our two secluded whirlpool suites.
    • All of our great amenities.
    • Exclusive use of the 1830’s parlor with antique Italian marble fireplace for one hour.
    • Use of Holladay House music equipment and bridal music selections.
    • Up to 6 additional guests to witness the ceremony.
    • A licensed officiant to conduct the wedding ceremony (we'll make the arrangements for you).
    • Fresh, in-season Bride’s bouquet and Groom’s boutonnière.
    • A bottle of sparkling wine to toast the occasion!
    • Wedding cake for two to cut, eat and celebrate!
    • Gift certificate for a romantic dinner for two at a selection of local restaurants.
    • The Bath Bliss upgrade, where we will set the stage for a relaxing and romantic whirlpool bath experience.
    • Full gourmet breakfast for the bride and groom the next morning.
    • Late checkout – relax and enjoy yourselves until noon!

    License

    The Orange County Courthouse is two blocks from the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast. If you would like to get your license in Orange, both parties must be 18 years or older and present with driver's licenses and $40 cash. The Courthouse is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm. The license is valid the day of approval.