A charming, 1830s Federal-style Virginia inn, the Holladay House combines historic elegance with modern amenities. Luxury rooms with whirlpool tubs, a library filled with books and DVDs, parlor games, full gourmet breakfasts, homemade cookies and complimentary beverages. Only 90 minutes from Washington, DC and Richmond, VA, Orange lies in the heart of wine country. Nearby attractions and activities include: Civil War battlefields, Montpelier (home of James Madison), Charlottesville, Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson), the University of Virginia (UVA), wineries, vineyards, fishing, the Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, hot air ballooning, horseback riding and hiking/biking trails.
5 on December 31, 2014
We chose this B&B out of several others based on their amenities for an elopement, location, and most of all-- reader reviews. I could not be happier with our experience there and Sharon was nothing short of wonderful in helping me make our wedding just what we envisioned and more. The house was impeccable and beautifully decorated for the holidays. Sharon took care of every tiny detail and I had nothing to worry about prior to our ceremony. From the pictures, the cake, flowers, music, dinner reservations...etc etc.. it was all gorgeous. Breakfast was delicious (my new husband enjoyed it at the table and brought me a tray; lucky me!) and both mornings we enjoyed a wonderful meal that was every ounce gourmet. We stayed in the Garden Room; it was very clean, well appointed, beautifully decorated and comfortable. I love the unique jetted tub! If you are a light sleeper, be aware that you may hear some footsteps above early in the morning when breakfast is being prepared as this room is below the kitchen. I'm a super light sleeper, so doubtful this would bother anyone who sleeps like a normal person! Location is in the center of town, but the beautiful countryside in this area is just a few minutes away. There's a great selection of unique restaurants close by and we even walked less than a block away for dinner after our ceremony, to Elmwood at Sparks, in wedding attire. It, too, was delicious! Sharon is a true professional and it's clear she puts every effort into making every experience one to remember. We wish her and her family continued success and plan to visit again, perhaps for our anniversary!
5 on December 29, 2014
My experience at the Holladay House was incredible. Sharon was so warm and welcoming, she made us feel right at home. The House is beautiful and has a lot of interesting history to it. The room was absolutely beautiful and very clean. Sharon helped us with anything we needed (which wasn't much- she had everything taken care of!). The breakfast was delicious- Sharon even gave me a recipe for one of the dishes I loved. I highly recommend the Holladay House!
5 on November 06, 2014
We spent our honeymoon here and it was the most pleasant experience from the moment I made the reservation. The owner Sharon Elswick is pleasant, funny, hospitable, knowledgable and an awesome cook! The food is farm to table fresh. She is great at helping you plan your day. I highly recommend this bed and breakfast! The Urbina's
5 on October 21, 2014
We were at the B&B on October 17 to October 19, 2014. Our room was exactly what we had expected from the brochure. Sharon was very friendly with everyone and the food was excellent. She is very knowledgeable about the area and asked the right questions about where you wanted to go and what you wanted to do so that your visit would be every thing that you had hoped. The inn is in a central location to the vineyards and historic places so that you don't have to spend time driving long distances. I would definitely recommend this B&B and hope to go back.
5 on August 29, 2014
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Holladay House in Orange, VA.. We were unexpectedly impressed with the cleanliness of the rooms, the quality and taste of the food, and the warm welcome. We felt as if we were comfortably at home. I would recommend this without hesitation for a quiet get-away.
5 on May 14, 2014
We couldn't imagine an easier way to elope than our trip to VA and Holladay House. Sharon handled every detail, all we had to do was show up with our license. Flowers, wine, background music, decor in the parlor, nothing went without Sharon's expert eye and everything was perfect. We enjoyed our stay in the John Madison Suite which was plush and comfortable. Breakfast in the morning was delightful! For couples looking to run away and get married, there's no better than Holladay House to make your dream come true! We're looking forward to returning!
5 on March 29, 2014
Our wedding overnight was perfect in every way. Three cheers and six stars to Sharon and the Holladay House B&B for thinking everything through so that my husband and I could enjoy each other and the occasion. We had the loveliest time from the big picture to the last detail: the parlor, cake, flowers, breakfast, suite... We look forward to returning with our thawing cake for our first anniversary!
5 on March 25, 2014
This was our second visit to Holladay House. The Innkeepers made such a terrific impression on us the first time around, we had to make a second visit. The first time around, the innkeepers provided us with recommendations on sights and wineries near and around Orange. That first weekend away from DC was likely one of our fondest getaway weekends. For that reason, the next trip to Holladay House would be extra special. Sharon was absolutely instrumental in helping me plan the perfect proposal to my now fiancée. She made tweaks to my grand plan and offered to be a hostess to my parents and my fiancée’s parents...our parents were making a special trip from Chicago and North Carolina respectively, for the big surprise. Sharon worked extra hard to make sure our parents were comfortably hidden away until the right moment. My fiancée was beyond surprised and I know that neither one of us will forget this amazing weekend. I could not have pulled this weekend off without the help of Sharon, Sam, and their family. I'm sure the other Bed and Breakfast options in the area are great...but Ashley and I will only stay at Holladay House whenever we are in town. This incredible weekend and very special memory wouldn’t have been possible with Sharon and Sam’s hospitality. Stay here and be ready to be amazed...it’s hard to find hospitality like this anywhere anymore!
4.6 on January 10, 2014
My boyfriend and I recently spent a weekend here and had a wonderful time. The house is historic and quaint and perfect in every way. We stayed in the Blue Room which was nicely decorated and very comfortable. There are a few dining options in the town of Orange but we found that the the Tavern on Main Street was perfect and they have live entertainment on Friday nights. The food at the Hollady House was delicious and the inkeepers were very friendly and gracious. Sharon had to leave but her in-laws took over and they were a lot of fun to talk to. If you were to look up Bed and Breakfast in the dictionary, this is what you would find. It was perfect in every way.
4.6 on July 02, 2013
My husband and I just stayed here before picking up my kids at camp on Saturday morning. We enjoyed the wonderful food and the overall warmth of the inn. It was exceptionally clean and everyone was so friendly. Highly recommended!
The Blue Room is one of the two original bedrooms of the house, but the Holladay family used it as a formal parlor. Currently, this large room includes a queen-sized tester bed romantically draped with airy white curtains next to an original fireplace and mantel (now equipped with a heated electric fireplace). A rocking chair and comfortable sitting chair face the TV/DVD player and desk. The private bathroom includes a tub/shower combination, and is only two steps across the hallway. We furnish you with luxurious robes for your convenience.
Nightly Rate: $149 - $169
This bright and cheerful room is the perfect place to settle down after a fun day of visiting historic sites and wineries. Recently refreshed, the room features original woodwork, a queen-sized bed, private bathroom, comfy chairs, a TV/DVD player and free WiFi.
Nightly Rate: $139 - $159
Over 180 years ago, the space that is now the Ivy Suite was a dining room. One of our premier luxury accommodations, the Ivy Suite is a sensual haven away from the outside world. Cozy and comfortable, this suite includes a newly remodeled sitting room with plasma tv and DVD player. The bedroom is warm and comfortable, furnished with an antique mantle and electric fireplace. The double whirlpool Jacuzzi tub and the double walk-in shower makes this room a special treat. Perfect for a romantic getaway or rejuvenating spa experience.
Nightly Rate: $219 - $239
The Garden Room is one of our premier luxury rooms. Cheerfully decorated, this room is truly a place to pamper yourself. The comfortable king-sized bed and luxurious bed coverings afford a restful sleep. Savor the sensual massage of the air-jet tub, and allow the soothing effects of full-color chromatherapy to melt your stress away. Wrap yourself in a fluffy robe and warm yourself by the electric fireplace. You won't want to leave. This room includes a newly tiled shower for two, private patio, free wireless internet, television, DVD player, iPod dock/alarm clock/CD player.
Nightly Rate: $229 - $249
The John Madison Suite is one of two original bedrooms at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast. This room is now a large, elegantly decorated romantic suite, perfect for an anniversary or honeymoon. The overstuffed queen-sized cherry four-poster bed is accompanied by a gas fireplace with the original historic mantel. The sitting room adjoins with a comfy couch and cozy chair with ottoman facing the TV/DVD player. The large private bath with tub and shower is in-room.
Nightly Rate: $179 - $199
The Oak Room is one of our most popular. Rich with historic charm, this room is well-appointed with warm oak furniture and Williamsburg colors. This is the perfect room for a relaxing stay, and features a queen-sized bed, oak writing desk, and in-room private bath.
Nightly Rate: $159 - $179
Main Street, Countryside, Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Wine country
Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 60 miles
From Charlottesville: Take I-64 East to the Shadwell Exit (Exit 124). Go East on Route 250 for 2 miles to Shadwell. Turn Left on Route 22 immediately in front of the Shadwell Store. After about 8 miles Route 22 bears off to the right but continue straight on Route 231 into Gordonsville. At the traffic circle (roundabout) go straight onto Route 15 North. Continue 9 miles to Orange. When approaching Orange, go straight through the 1st stoplight and straight through the 2nd stoplight. Go another one and a half blocks, and if you do not stop you will literally run in the Holladay House! From Richmond: Take I-64 West to Exit 136 (Zion Crossroads). Take Route 15 North into Gordonsville. On the other side of Gordonsville you come to a traffic circle (roundabout). Follow the circle to the Right onto Route 15 then follow the above directions. From Washington, DC Via I-66: Take I-66 West to Gainsesville. Take Route 29 South. Route 29 South will merge with 15 South. Keep following 15 South. At the third Culpeper Exit, take the Route 15 South Culpeper/Orange exit. Come to the second stoplight and turn Right onto Main Street. The Holladay House is one and a half blocks on the Right. From Washington, DC Via I-95: Take I-95 south to Fredricksburg. Take Route 3 West (Culpeper) exit. Follow Rt. 3 (appox. 10-12 miles) to Rt. 20 South, which will turn Left towards Orange. Stay on Rt. 20 until you come to a stoplight at the intersection of Rt. 20 & Rt. 15. Turn right, go straight through the next stoplight. The Holladay House is another block and a half up in front of the stop sign.
Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, Breweries, Cideries, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Tours, Vineyard, Winery
Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn
BBQ grill, Board games, Library, Movie library, Videos, Wedding Facilities , Concierge services, iPod CD Alarm Clock (some rooms), Fridge/Freezer on site, Microwave on site, Concierge Services, Complimentary WIFI, wine glasses and corkscrews, selection of books, puzzles and games, brochures and magazines, local restaurant menus to browse, Victorian Italian marble fireplace in parlor with gas fire (during winter months), bottled water, hypoallergenic soaps and shampoos, robes, top-quality linens and towels, electric fireplace heater in rooms.
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Skydiving, Hot air ballooning, Wine tasting, Scenic driving, Theatre, Art & Antique Galleries, Shopping, Sight-seeing
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Gluten Free, Paleo
Crustless Herbed Quiche
An individual serving of herbed cheese quiche wrapped in ham instead of a crust. Served with homemade warm fluffy biscuits.
Romance your special someone! The Aphrodite Package creates two perfect romantic nights for you and your loved one. This package includes: * 2 romantic nights in one of our three luxury suites, which may include fireplaces, double-sized whirlpool tubs, private patios, and king-sized beds * two one-hour in-room massages * a bottle of Virginia wine (sparkling wine available for an additional $15) * a freshly baked, made-from-scratch, dark chocolate lava cake for 2 OR a fruit & cheese tray * dinner at a selection of fine local restaurants The Aphrodite Package costs $789, plus tax.
Romance your special someone with the Cupid Package! Perfect with a one-night stay for any occasion, the Cupid Package includes: * one romantic night in one of our three traditional guest rooms (luxury suite available for an additional $100) * a bottle of Virginia wine (sparkling wine available for an additional $15) * a freshly baked, made-from-scratch, dark chocolate lava cake for 2 OR a fruit & cheese tray * dinner at a selection of fine local restaurants The Cupid Package is $299, plus tax.
Unwind in the privacy of your own room. Get a one-hour full body massage by a licensed massage therapist. Need more? We will make arrangements for you to visit the exclusive Hamilton's Day Spa for everything from natural nails, waxing, makeup, skin care, body care, and body treatments. In-room massage $89.
Fill the inn with close family and friends to celebrate your wedding! Our Intimate Wedding Service package is ideal for the couple who wants to secure the entire house for their wedding event and customize their wedding celebration to suit their precise desires. For intimate wedding parties up to 20 people. Price: $1250, plus tax and includes 2 nights in a romantic suite for the bride and groom, plus a host of other amenities and perks. Call the innkeeper for full details: 540 672 4893.
Stay in one of our luxury whirlpool suites, and let us be your bath sommelier. At a pre-arranged time, we will set the stage for a relaxing and romantic whirlpool bath experience: we will draw your hot whirlpool bath, surround the tub with lit scented soy candles, and complete the scene with chilled Barboursville Brut. Depart with a gift bag of locally handcrafted soap, bath sea salts, and body lotion. Price: $69, plus tax.
Are you expecting and need a chance to relax and rejuvenate before your baby enters the world? Would you like to spend a calm and romantic weekend with your spouse before the demands of parenthood take hold? Relax, we'll take care of everything. Your special babymoon getaway includes: • A pregnancy massage in your room from a licensed massage therapist • An elegant fruit and cheese tray served in the privacy of your room (we select pregnancy-friendly cheeses) • A bottle of sparkling non-alcoholic cider or grape juice • A delectable selection of gourmet chocolate • Gift Certificate for dinner at a local fine dining restaurant (there are several to choose from--we're happy to help you make your choice) Price is $189, excluding room rate and taxes.
Embark on a VIP tour of the Orange County Roasters facility, where the our coffee beans are lovingly roasted. Have the opportunity to purchase freshly roasted beans onsite. Depart the Holladay House with a bag of Holladay House's Signature Morning Blend and your own Holladay House coffee mug. Coffee Connoisseur - $49, plus tax. 24 hour advanced notice required.
A hot air balloon ride is an incredibly peaceful and gentle way to witness the beauty of Central Virginia. The Hot Air Balloon Package includes: • 2 nights at our historic bed and breakfast, including a delicious breakfast each morning (if you are taking a sunrise flight, we will provide a breakfast-to-go). • Hot Air Balloon Ride for two, either in the morning at sunrise or in the evening at sunset (flight time is about an hour, but the total event takes about 3 hours) • A champagne toast (a long-standing ballooning tradition) • Digital Photos taken by the ground crew (be sure to bring your own camera with extra batteries as well!) • Local pick-up and transportation to and from the launch site $850, for two people, plus tax.
Small, sincere, and intimate marriage ceremonies are popular at our bed and breakfast in Virginia. We will take care of all the details. All you have to do is bring each other, your wedding attire and license! Package includes: * One night in a romantic fireplace suite * Exclusive use of the Parlor with antique marble fireplace for your wedding * Licensed officiant * Bouquet and boutonniere * Up to 4 additional guests * Sparkling wine to toast the occasion Price: $599, plus tax. For full details, call 540 672 4893.
Small, sincere, and intimate marriage ceremonies are popular at our bed and breakfast in Virginia. We will take care of all the details. All you have to do is bring each other, your wedding attire and license! Package includes: * One night in a romantic whirlpool suite * Exclusive use of the Parlor with antique marble fireplace for your wedding * Licensed officiant * Bouquet and boutonniere * Up to 6 additional guests * Sparkling wine to toast the occasion * Wedding cake to cut and celebrate * Romantic whirlpool tub setup * Dinner gift certificate Price: $899, plus tax. For full details, call 540 672 4893.
Follow Constitution Highway (Route 20) and discover the homes and the landscape that influenced some of the greatest minds of America. Stay at the historic Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, a home formerly owned by President James Madison's grand-nephew, and be centrally located to at least 3 Presidential mansions open to the public. Package includes: • Two-night stay in one of our traditional historic inn accommodations, the Green Room, the Blue Room or the Oak Room. • 2 tickets to James Madison's Montpelier, 2 passes to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, 2 passes to James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland and 2 passes to historic colonial Michie Tavern. • 10% discount at the Montpelier Gift Shop. • Picnic basket filled with cheese, crackers, fruit, sparkling water and dessert for one of your day trips. • Full breakfast each morning. • Itineraries, maps and driving directions. • Homemade cookies and hot beverages upon your return. $549 two guests - add a third night and take 50% off that night! Upgrade to the whirlpool suites, the Ivy Suite or the Garden Room, or our popular historic fireplace suite, the John Madison Suite, for only $200 more!
The Holladay House is ideally located in the Town of Orange, only one block away from the Orange County Historical Society and the Orange County Courthouse, the two primary records repositories in Orange County. This package includes: • 2 Nights in either the Blue Room or the Oak Room • Gift Certificate for lunch at Elmwood at Sparks • Personal introduction to the Orange County Historical Society staff, collections, and research guides • Complimentary one-year individual membership to the Orange County Historical Society (among other benefits, this gives you a 10% discount on publications and a discount on copying services) • Personal introduction to the Orange County Courthouse archives and staff • Free guided tour of the Orange Downtown Commercial Historic District • Complimentary copy of "Remembering: A History of Orange County, Virginia" by Frank S. Walker • Free WIFI and internet access • Use of our Library of Virginia library card for access to online records • Use of our own library, which includes numerous materials on local history • Advice and guidance from a professionally-trained Virginia historian and genealogist • Optional: Arrangement of a professional guide/concierge from Tourguide, Ltd.
Frank Walker, celebrated author and historian, has stated: you can't spit in Orange County without hitting a spot of historic significance. A fantastic storyteller, Frank and his tour guides will "connect the spots" and weave a great tale of the history of Orange County, Virginia. Frank can tailor the content of the scenic heritage tour to your interests - just ask! This package includes: • 2 nights at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in either the Green Room, Blue Room or Oak Room • 2 locally-sourced made-from-scratch breakfasts • a 4-hour step-on tour (in your vehicle) with Frank Walker or one of his personally trained tour guides connecting the county’s extensive heritage with the sites and venues all around you • a tour start-time of your choosing • exclusive access to special historic sites, like Robert E Lee's pew at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Orange, VA • a selection of beverages to take on your tour • a signed copy of Frank Walker's book, Remembering: A History of Orange County, Virginia • a self-guided tour packet to discover more history on your own • homemade cookies and beverages upon your return $599 for two guests
Get a front-row seat to one of the most celebrated restaurants in the region: Elmwood at Sparks. Chef Cooper's seasonally changed menus blends his Johnson and Wales training, his southern heritage and his dedication to local sourcing from natural and sustainable farmers. Just one short block away from the inn on Main Street, sit at the "chef's table" and have Chef Cooper personally serve you dinner. Add this package to any room reservation or other packages! This package add-on includes: • Private dining at the chef's bar overlooking the open kitchen. • Exclusive access to Chef Cooper, Sous Chef Ludwin and Restaurant Manager Laura for questions and discussions. • 3-course gourmet locally-sourced dinner plus non-alcoholic beverages served by Cooper, Ludwin and Laura $150 for two guests, not including alcoholic beverages, tax or gratuity. This package is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and is based on availability.
No experience necessary! Let American Canoe Association certified kayak instructor, Beth, teach you basic kayaking skills and lead you on a leisurely journey down the Rapidan River. As the sun sets, get a chance to view nesting eagles, great blue and green herons, otters, deer and other wildlife. This is also a unique way of viewing the flora and fauna of the region! The meandering river is mostly flat with mild rapids to test out your newfound kayaking skills. The Sunset Kayaking Package includes: • 2 nights at our historic bed and breakfast, including a delicious breakfast each morning. • 2 bottles of water and a snack pack for your trip! • Guided sunset kayak ride for two, starting at 5pm, with all instruction and equipment provided for you. $549 for two people.
Learn how to make jam with Brandy Hopwood of BerryWood Farm Market. Brandy's creative jams have been a hit at regional farmers markets! Only a few miles from the inn, this two-night package includes: • two-nights in the Green Room, Blue Room, or Oak Room • delectable locally-sourced breakfast each morning • a few hours in Brandy's kitchen learning how to make jam • a scrumptious lunch served by Brandy • a private tour of their farming operation, including the berry patches, fruit trees and Christmas trees • two jars of your own personally labeled jam you made that day • the opportunity to purchase Brandy's creative jams and bakery items at their Farm Store • homemade cookies and coffee/tea when you return to the inn • a list of other boutique farms you may visit in the area during the rest of your stay in Orange $459 for two guests, plus tax. This package is available year-round. Want to get a group together? Or do you have kids that would like to join in the fun? Contact us for group pricing. 72 hour advanced notice required.
Be chauffeured around Central VA Wine Country in a luxury Cadillac Escalade. A private tour for up to 6 people will take you to the wineries, cideries and breweries in the region. 6 hours of touring, ice, a cooler and complimentary winery tasting passes are included. Choose from two tours: "The Local", starting at $225; and "The Regional", at $325.