1868 Magnolia House Inn

501 S Main Street , Lexington, VA 24450-2307 USA (Show map)


An example of the Shenandoah Victorian style, the house boasts high ceilings, tall windows, many fireplaces, and several porches. Guests may enjoy the parlor, the dining room, the Hospitality Room—stocked with cold drinks and snacks, including Jan's homemade cookies—and the front porches on both levels overlooking the garden. Enhanced with antiques and traditional furnishings, the inn reflects the gracious warmth of Victorian elegance, combined with the casual comforts of today. Located on Main Street in Lexington's Historic District, 1868 Magnolia House Inn is a short walk from the quaint downtown restaurants and shops, the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson Memorials, the campuses of both Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute, and the Lexington Visitors center. Nearby are the Virginia Horse Center, Natural Bridge, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6


4.6 on December 27, 2013

Stayed for a week to visit daughter and her husband. Loved the antique furniture in the parlor and throughout the house. The breakfast was divine and each day we were treated to delicious fresh pastries. Wes the innkeeper made the stay very pleasurable. We love BB and this was one of the best stays.


4.8 on June 04, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Mangolia inn the first night of our honeymoon. We stayed in the Lexington Room which has a king size bed that is very very comfortable. The innkeeper was great and accommodated our late arrival. The food was beautiful and tasty. We enjoyed our stay.

Quant, comfortable stay...and gourmet!

4.0 on July 09, 2011

This was our first stay at the Magnolia House. It was quaint, historic and beautiful. It was very clean. Beds were quite comfortable. The A/C dealt with the muggy heat quite well. Our rooms were well-maintained, albeit a bit dark, however, this is typical of old houses. Breakfast was a very large portion and over-the-top with taste. The 'hospitality' amenity room was a welcome surprise with drinks, water, and snacks for free. The grounds were well-manicured. The innkeepers were very attentive, hospitable, and helpful. We highly recommend this B&B to those visiting the Lexington area.

Everything Perfect!!!!

5 on June 19, 2011

The inn keepers were very kind and interesting. The inn was beautifully decorated and meticulously clean. Breakfast was gourmet. I would recommend this to anyone.

Lovely, comfortable getaway!

4.6 on November 08, 2010

We enjoyed a very comfortable night's stay October 24th in the Sunshine room - the room was so cozy and romantic, all the details of the room were well-thought-out w/ the attached bathroom the same. We loved the feel of history throughout the house and the breakfast was divine!! Russ and Mary Stuart made us feel right at home during our brief stay. We'd definitely stop there again!

very comfortable

4.4 on October 25, 2010

We had a very nice time. I wish they would have know more about resturants and nights opened. We enjoyed the morning breakfast and talking to other guests.

Great stay at the Magnolia House Inn

4.0 on October 18, 2010

Tim & Jan are very gracious innkeepers! This is our 3rd visit back to the Magnolia House and would highly recommend it for anyone staying in Lexington. (Also the towels and linens were very soft.)

Magnolia House like being at home

4.4 on October 06, 2010

Our stay at the Magnolia House was fabulous. Besides a B&B having accommodation for our son, which is unusual in a B&B, the service was excellent. Tim and Jan made us feel right at home. There were many sitting areas/porches to enjoy. The fresh baked cookies 24 hours a day were a delight to my son. Will definately return.

Short stay at 1868 Magnolia House Inn

3.0 on September 29, 2010

A very short stay (arrived 6.30pm, left 6.00am) but room was comfortable and Jan was welcoming.

great mom and pop b&b

3.8 on September 28, 2010

The rooms are nice, kind of like stay at your grandmothers home. Service is A+

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Rooms & Rates

Lexington Room

The finest of our Virginia accommodations has first-floor convenience, a king four-poster bed, a gas-log fireplace with the original mantel, and a private bath with a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub/shower A marble-top antique Eastlake dresser has been converted for the bathroom vanity with a vessel sink and period bronze fixtures. The room's ambiance is classic and comfortable, with original wainscot paneling painted a soft gold and surmounted by old-fashioned floral print wallpaper. A vintage tapestry over the bed depicts a mountain forest scene reminiscent of the Blue Ridge. The polished hardwood floor is softened by an Oriental carpet. The appointments include antique oil lamps, a leather wing chair and an upholstered loveseat/chaise, and a small writing table with convenient electric outlets for laptop and cell phone recharging. 1868 Magnolia House Inn’s Lexington Room features a private bath with a Jacuzzi whirlpool tub/shower, air conditioning and WiFi Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Shenandoah Suite

The Shenandoah Suite is a beautiful space in which to enjoy a Virginia getaway. In the suite's main room, a still-life tapestry hangs on the wall above the queen sleigh bed. A lounge chair and ottoman make a cozy nook for reading beside the built-in bookcase and gas-log fireplace — with its authentic period arched iron surround. The Empire sofa provides additional seating. The entire room is wrapped in soft shades of cream, beige, and misty green with accents of burgundy and light blue. A second room offers further lodging, with a single bed for a third person, or as an option for two people sleeping separately. This room opens to an extra sink/vanity in addition to the shower bathroom. Beyond is a sun porch sitting area decorated as a conservatory. (To host a family of four, a rollaway bed can be set up in the sun porch). 1868 Magnolia House Inn’s Shenandoah Suite features a private bath with shower and extra vanity area, air conditioning and WiFi Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Sunshine Room

The Sunshine Room of our Lexington bed and breakfast is a cheerful space with pale yellow walls that reflect the sunshine that streams in from east- and south-facing windows. Oriental design carpets lie atop a pine floor. Enjoy the nights of your Lexington vacation in the comfort of a queen sleigh bed that is plumped with yellow and white bedding. At the foot of the bed, a little antique brocade settee--custom-made long ago for missionaries in China--faces a vintage wardrobe. Beneath the original mantel, a faux-wood electric stove glows with charm and warmth. A pair of cream wingback upholstered chairs are nestled in a bookcase nook. (And look for the collection of ducks and geese parading about lightheartedly in various corners!) Enjoy many special touches and the personalized service you will experience during your stay. 1868 Magnolia House Inn’s Sunshine Room features a private bath with shower, air conditioning and WiFi Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Equestrian Suite

Be sure to make reservations in our beautiful Equestrian Suite. An equestrian toile paper and hunting prints on the wall, a huntboard beneath the mirror, and a warmly polished pine floor topped by an Oriental carpet set the tone of the main room and reflect our location in Virginia horse country. A four-poster queen bed, an Empire-style barrister bookcase, and a recliner and loveseat that flank the gas-log fireplace carry out the classic theme in deeper tones of burgundy, green and navy. A second room is furnished with country pieces, including a Victorian dresser, antique mirrors and framed prints, and a single brass bed to accommodate a third person or to provide a separate sleeping option. 1868 Magnolia House Inn’s Equestrian Suite features a private bath with shower and bathtub, a private outside porch furnished with a pair of wicker rockers, air conditioning and WiFi Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Garden Room

During your stay in our Lexington, Virginia lodging, you might choose the Garden Room, which overlooks the garden and is papered in a soft green stripe and decorated with a floral motif in fabrics and art. It is also the most Victorian guestroom of our historic inn with a variety of Victorian furnishings — a settee, an old rush-seat rocker, a dresser, a writing desk, period lamps, and a queen faux-bamboo bed. In colder months, the electric wood stove beneath the mantel lends quaint charm and extra warmth, making the Garden Room an excellent choice for a Virginia getaway, throughout all four seasons. 1868 Magnolia House Inn’s Garden Room features a private bath with shower, air conditioning and WiFi Internet access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location Type

Walking Distance to Both Colleges, Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 45 miles

Directions to property:

The Magnolia House is located at 501 South Main Street at the corner of Jordan and South Main. Entering town from any direction follow directions for Highway Business 11 South (Jefferson St. merging onto Main St.) We are four blocks from town center on the West side of street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Stonewall Jackson Memorial, Natural Bridge, Lee Chapel, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Horse Center, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Ironing Board, Parking, Telephone , Wireless Hi-speed Internet access, bottled water, ironing board & iron available, soft drinks, coffee/tea facilities in common area

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Antiquing, Art galleries, Museums and historical sites, Lime Kiln Theatre, Lenfest Performing Arts Center, Carriage ride through the historic district, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3-6 PM
  • Check Out:: 12PM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited well behaved over 12
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No accomodations at nearby kennel
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two-night minimum weekends 4/15 - 6/15 and 8/15 - 11/15...released prev. Sunday
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: We require a credit card with reservation.
  • Cancellations: For cancellation 7 or more days in advance (except for College Weekends and Special Reservations)--no penalty; cancellations less than 7 days prior to stay require one half amount due. Call for details on College Weekends and Special Reservations.



Patrick Simpson

Languages spoken

Mandarin, English, Spanish

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  • Time Served: 8:30 weekdays; 9:00 weekends
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room