The Anderson Cottage Bed and Breakfast
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Anderson Cottage has been welcoming guests in Warm Springs, Virginia since the 1790s, as a tavern, girls school, summer inn, and, for over thirty years, as a Bed and Breakfast. In this “wonderful old house” that has been in our family since the 1870s, we offer three suites and two bedrooms, plus a three-bedroom cottage by the stream.
The main house is open from March to November. The Kitchen Cottage at the Anderson Cottage is available year-round.
Warm Springs provides an easy base for day trips and the county abounds in walking trails and beautiful drives through the mountains. The cottage is located in the village of Warm Springs, but is at the rear of the Anderson Cottage property with privacy and seclusion. Restaurants are nearby, one just three doors away.
The warm stream from the mineral springs flows through the back yard. A small balcony overlooks this, with views up and down the valley.
- No smoking inside
- Quiet time 10pm-8am
- 50% deposit to hold reservation
- Full payment at least two weeks in advance
- $50 cancellation fee
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Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Most guests have stayed here before. Travelers come for the Garth Newel Chamber Music Center, mountain scenery, hiking trails, and the Warm Springs mineral baths.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Probably my side porch, full of rocking chairs and the yard with lots of flower beds, shrubs, and trees.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Chamber music a 5-10 minute drive away is a great reason to visit.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Perhaps the breakfast table conversation is the best compliment.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The whole county and its scenic beauty 4 hours from Washington, D.C. is the best kept secret.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
A traveler should make a couple of day trips to Lexington and Staunton, VA and Pocahontas County, WV. Travelers also go to the three recreational lakes within 30 minutues. They should also enjoy Chamber music concerts, a day here sitting on the porch, lying in the hammock reading.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Jefferson Pools – warm mineral baths -– are within walking distance. An art gallery, another gallery, a shop with lovely furniture, and an antique shop are close by. Also a convenience store and the Milk House with sandwiches and deli items, and two excellent restaurants at Gristmill Square and the Warm Springs Inn.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
In a small community we have very good restaurants, some family fare, some upscale. The chamber music center has dinners following concerts during the summer and on special occasions. A special menu item is mountain trout.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
County of Bath, VA., 540-839-7202 firstname.lastname@example.org
How many rooms does your inn have?
The main house has three suites and two bedrooms. Each suite has a private parlor, bath, and bedroom, and the other two bedrooms share a hall bath. The Kitchen Cottage has three bedrooms and two baths.
Do you accept pets?Well-behaved dogs and other pets may be welcome by special arrangement, agreed in advance.
Anderson Cottage has been welcoming guests in Warm Springs, Virginia since the 1790's, as a tavern, girls school, summer inn, and, for over thirty years, as a Bed and Breakfast.
The dining room and Tavern Parlor were the first two rooms of Bell's Tavern, built of rough-hewn logs. While the elite frequented the Warm Springs Inn by pools, the tavern in Germantown served drovers taking livestock to market and other working folk. Two more rooms were added upstairs, still built of log, as shown in several rooms where portions of the old log construction are exposed. Rooms and porches were added on back, and connected to a brick kitchen that may have been built in the 1820s. A second, frame house was moved to the north of the log structure, and was first connected with a open breezeway. A new roof then covered the entire structure, including five chimneys serving twelve fireplaces.
The house had a series of owners, serving for a time as a doctor's office and later as a girls school. In the 1870s, Samuel Wilberforce Anderson, a widower, moved to Bath County, bringing his three young daughters to the home of his late wife's family in Warm Springs Gap. He married Margaret Foxhall Dangerfield and they opened the Anderson Cottage as a summer inn. It catered to those escaping from the summer heat in the city, and enjoying the Warm Springs pools. Somers Anderson, managed the the inn from her stepmother's death in 1911 until the 1950s. She used the name "Locustlyn" based on the large locust trees which used to shelter the house. She was known for her wildflower gardening.
Somers Anderson left the house to her niece, Jean McAllister Randolph, and in the sixties and seventies the house was used as a vacation home. Jean Bruns, who had lived at Anderson Cottage as a child in the 1930s, brought her family every August. They were sometimes joined by her sister Beverley's family, creating a group of cousins who had grown up playing together at Anderson Cottage. Over the years, Jean worked to preserve and restore the house, with support from her maternal grandfather and others. In the 1980s, she moved to Warm Springs. After hosting Garth Newel Musicians, she opened Anderson Cottage Bed and Breakfast and continued to run it for over three decades, until she passed away at the end of 2015.
Her son, Bryan Bruns, and other family members are working to keep Anderson Cottage in the family, and to continue sharing "this wonderful old house" with family and guests. As she wrote "It continues to live, the Anderson Cottage, well into its third century, rich in memories, future bright, and filled with hope."
Anderson Cottage is a short walk from the famous Warm Springs pools. Fine restaurants are nearby.
Sports facilities nearby include riding lessons; fishing in local streams; and lake sports at Douthat Park, Lake Moomaw and the Dominion Generation Recreation Area. The area abounds in natural beauty and there are miles of walking trails and scenic drives.
Shopping is available at craft, antique and specialty shops in Warm Springs, Hot Springs and Monterey. In the summer months and on special occasions during the year, chamber music of high quality is offered at Garth Newel Music Center.
Warm Springs is a good base for day trips to Lexington and Staunton, home of the Museum of American Frontier Culture and to Pocahontas County, West Virginia, to the west, and Highland County, to the north.
Location: West of Warm Springs www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/LakeMoomaw/
Milk House Market and Old Dairy Barn
Location: Warm Springs
Location: Warm Springs
Hidden Valley Recreation Area and Campground
Location: West of Warm Springs
Dan Ingalls Overlook
Location: East of Warm Springs
Blowing Springs Recreation Area
Location: West of Warm Springs www.virginia.org/Listings/OutdoorsAndSports/BlowingSpringsRecreationArea/
Marina at Lake Moomaw
Location: west of Warm Springs
Bath County Historical Society
Location: Warm Springs www.virginia.org/Listings/Museums/BathCountyHistoricalSociety/
Location: Warm Springs
Bolar Flat Marina
Location: Warm Springs
George Washington National Forest
Location: half of Bath County is National Forest land
Winter Sports at The Homestead
Location: Hot Springs (5 mi.)
Garth Newel Music Center
Location: Hot Springs (2 miles from Warm Springs)
Cascades Golf Course at the Homestead
Location: Old Course at The Homestead and The Cascades, 5 and 9 miles
How to Find Us
- Rt. 254 west to Buffalo Gap where Rt. 254 becomes Rt. 42S in a straight line
- To Millboro Springs, leave Rt. 42, stay with Rt. 39W to Warm Springs
- At foot of mountain left with Rt. 39W, then immediate right with Rt. 39W to left on Old Germantown Road (Rt. 692) to #208
- Fourth house on left with big side porch
- I-81 north to Rt. 220 north through Clifton Forge, Covington and Hot Springs to Warm Springs
- Left on Rt. 619, right on Rt. 645, right on Old Germantown Road (Rt. 692) to third house on right #208
From Washington, D.C.
- I 66 W to I-81S; Staunton exit to Woodrow Wilson Parkway / Rt. 262S to exit Rt. 254 W
- Continue with Staunton directions above
Park in front to unload. Parking at foot of driveway.
For GPS please be sure to use the full street address:
208 Old Germantown Road, Warm Springs VA 24484