The Anderson Cottage Bed and Breakfast

208 Old Germantown Road Po Box 176, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484
Innkeeper(s): Lily Bruns
  • Overview

    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 is available year-round.

    The Anderson Cottage Bed & Breakfast sign

    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.

  • Policies


    A 50% deposit is required when booking. Full payment is due two weeks in advance of your stay and will be charged to credit card on file. If booking within two weeks of your stay, full amount will be charged.

    Two-night minimum stay is required if checking in on Friday or Saturday. 

    Please contact us if you have any questions, special arrangements must be made by phone.



    Should you need to cancel your reservation, please provide at least two weeks notice by phone or email. With at least 2 weeks notice, a full refund less a cancellation fee of $50 will be given. 

    Cancellations made within the 14 day period will be charged for the full amount of the reserved stay unless we are able to rebook the room, in which case a full refund will be given.



    Rooms are available for check-in by 3pm. Please note your expected arrival time when booking and call if you are arriving after 6pm.

    Check-out is at 11am. Later check-out may be arranged if your room will not be occupied to the following night.



    No smoking inside
    Quiet time 10pm-8am




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    Rates are given for two guests per night, and additional guests may be added to your reservation for $25 per additional guest per night.

    The number of beds available and maximum occupancy in each room/suite can be viewed in room descriptions and when making your booking. A queen-size, raised, pillow-top air-mattress may be added in select rooms, please call to arrange.




    We may allow dogs or other pets by advance arrangement in select rooms or the cottage. A cleaning fee of $15 per pet will be charged. If pets are left in the room while the owner is away, they must be kept in a crate. Please call for more information if you would like to stay with a pet.




    Verizon and AT&T provide local cellphone service. The signal is stronger outdoors and can be spotty inside the house. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint offer WiFi calling for some phones, and with some limitations. All four carriers (and other cellphones that use or roam onto their networks) have service in downtown Hot Springs.




    Free WiFi is provided and accessible in guest rooms, along with the Kitchen Cottage.




    Yes! A hot breakfast is served at 9am to all guests, and a continental breakfast buffet is also available starting at 8am. If you are staying in the kitchen cottage, you may choose to eat in the main house or have breakfast supplies provided.





    Mini-fridges are provided in suites, and space in a shared refrigerator is may  be arranged. A microwave and toaster are available for use in the dining room. Hot water and a coffee pot is also provided.

    The Kitchen Cottage has a fully equipped kitchen.




    Yes! Please make a note when booking or call ahead to arrange. All food is prepared in a central kitchen.

  • History

    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."


  • Area Information

    The Anderson Cottage Bed & Breakfast bridge

    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.

    Lake Moomaw

    Location: West of Warm Springs

    Milk House Market and Old Dairy Barn

    Location: Warm Springs

    Jefferson Pools

    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

    Marina at Lake Moomaw

    Location: west of Warm Springs

    Bath County Historical Society

    Location: Warm Springs

    Warwickton Mansion

    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

  • Insider's Info

    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
    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.


  • How to Find Us

    From Staunton

    1. Rt. 254 west to Buffalo Gap where Rt. 254 becomes Rt. 42S in a straight line
    2. To Millboro Springs, leave Rt. 42, stay with Rt. 39W to Warm Springs
    3. At foot of mountain left with Rt. 39W, then immediate right with Rt. 39W to left on Old Germantown Road (Rt. 692) to #208
    4. Fourth house on left with big side porch

    From Roanoke

    1. I-81 north to Rt. 220 north through Clifton Forge, Covington and Hot Springs to Warm Springs
    2. 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.

    1. I 66 W to I-81S; Staunton exit to Woodrow Wilson Parkway / Rt. 262S to exit Rt. 254 W
    2. 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