5 on May 25, 2016
I spent a weekend at the Federal Crest B&B this past March and it was like a home away from home. The Ripley's were wonderful hosts, they provided terrific meals and treated me like family. I couldn't have asked for more gracious hosts or a more beautiful home to spend the weekend in. The photos of their home do not do it justice, it is truly magnificent. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, I hope my travels take me to lynchburg again so that I can stay at the Federal Crest once more.
5 on March 10, 2016
My husband and I spent four nights at the Federal Crest Inn. Ann and Phil greeted us at the door on our arrival and made us feel welcome from the very beginning. We stayed in the Willow Room which was a delightful room with a warming fireplace and a private bath. The house is a beautiful and well maintained home. We had a busy weekend and were so thankful to have a comfortable room to return to each night. We had great conversations with both Ann and Phil. They were very helpful in suggesting sites we could see in the time we had between family events. If you are looking for a B&B in the Lynchburg, VA area, you can't go wrong in choosing The Federal Crest Inn.
5 on March 23, 2015
We stayed one night at this beautiful B&B, wish we could have stayed longer. The hosts, Ann and Phil were very welcoming and the conversation was wonderful. We enjoyed looking at Ann's paintings and guessing their themes. The historic downtown area was very close and we found a wonderful restaurant for dinner. This B&B also has its own butler who greets you at the front door, he is very "sweet". We highly recommend you staying here.
5 on September 01, 2014
Stayed for two nights over the Labor Day weekend and found the place to be extremely charming. Ann and Phil were excellent hosts. Always had answers for our tourist questions and gave us great options on dinner places and sites to see in Greater Lynchburg. If you plan to visit Lynchburg, look no further than the Federal Crest Inn for your lodging needs.
5 on April 13, 2014
We stayed at the Federal Crest Inn and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Ann and Phil ripley are warm and welcoming into their absolutely lovely home. The first level of this stately home has an immediate "wow" factor when you see the central grand staircase with the large landing. Lovely dark wood finishes with glowing fireplaces throughout the entire home. It was a damp, chilly weekend and I sincerely appreciated the warmth of the fires upon entering! We stayed in the Dogwood room and found it romantic and enchanting. Sheets, bedding , and mattress were extremely comfortable as well. Breakfast was delicious and presented so thoughtfully. Thank you Ann and Phil for making your home our home! Courtney and Glenn
5 on April 04, 2014
5 stars for phil and ann for the tremendous accommodations to each guests needs. If you want to relax, take in the culture and history of lynchburg, or need to get some work done while on a business trip Federal Crest Inn has it all and more. I would make the drive from Minnesota anytime if Federal Crest is the destination. Southern hospitality is alive and flourishing in this place.
5 on February 17, 2014
This was our first stay at a B and B. Ann, Phil, and Jackie truly set the standard. This was a beautiful home, with great hosts, and a fabulous breakfast. We truly enjoyed the stay and look forward to going back. - Mike and Pam, Finksburg, MD
5 on October 12, 2013
We had a most delightful stay in this lovely inn, filled with many treasures the owners have displayed in a warm and homey way. The food was excellent, the rooms comfortable and clean, the hosts were most helpful and kind - it really couldn't have been a nicer stay! We now have 2 friends in Lynchburg, Va. and are looking forward to staying in this lovely inn again. Thank you, Ann and Phil.
5 on October 11, 2013
Ann and Phil are delightful. B and B was charming. Food was amazing. Location was perfect. I had charm and warmth. Can't wait to return Vicki and Joanne St. Louis, MO
5 on October 10, 2013
My husband and I spent the weekend at the Federal Crest Inn a few weeks ago for a romantic weekend getaway. We were so impressed! Ann & Phil really made us feel welcome and at home. The room was elegant and comfortable. The food was just delicious! I can not wait to spend the weekend there again! I highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast. Southern charm & elegance!
5 on October 10, 2013
We loved staying at this Georgian Mansion. It is like stepping back to yesteryear down to the old fashioned keys to open the doors. Ann had everything decorated beautifully for fall along with her hand-painted glassware on the table. Chocolate chip cookies waited for us upon our return every night. Breakfast was ready when we were with a delightful thought for the day on our morning muffin. We enjoyed eggs Benedict, Spanish souffle, french toast, warm oatmeal drizzled with honey and topped with fresh fruit. Our room was a cozy place to relax and rest. We felt very welcome at the Federal Crest Inn.
4.2 on October 10, 2013
I travel frequently to Lynchburg for work. I choose the Federal Crest as my home away from home because of just that... it feels like home. The hosts are very accommodating. It just nice to have someplace where I can put my feet up, relax and settle in for a nice read by the fire. You can't beat the value!
4.6 on October 10, 2013
My husband and I took a trip last month from Washington DC to Lynchburg, VA to visit family and get a little Virginia history in. We have stayed at other bed and breakfasts, but this exceeded expectations. Ann & Phil are amazing host. The property was beautiful, charming and historic. A great place to stay for die hard historians. Whatever you may need on your trip was available for use. We even borrowed a picnic basket/cooler one afternoon. Breakfasts were delicious as well.
5 on October 05, 2013
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at this lovely Inn. It was clear to me and my wife that the Innkeepers take personal pride in the "total experience" for their guests. Our room (the Magnolia) was very comfortable and romantic! We loved all the amenities and the attention to detail. This historic inn provided us with a very special memory and comfortable overnight stay. We can't wait to return!
1.6 on September 28, 2013
So disappointed. The house is in a very run down area. Rooms were smelly and very dusty. The masked the smell with roses. We didn't even eat after the coffee had things floating in it. Very overpriced for the value. Many nicer places.
We are very sorry Federal Crest did not meet your expectations. Although we and the other guests that weekend disagree with your claims, we sincerely strive to please. We refunded a portion of your stay and did not charge you for the second night you had booked. Our Inn is in a historic neighborhood with many charming homes, but we understand that B & B’s are not for everyone and we wish you the best.
5 on August 28, 2013
My husband and I were so impressed with Federal Crest Inn! Phil has a vast knowledge of the area and could share so much information about the Civil War sites in the Lynchburg area. Ann is the perfect hostess; she truly knows what southern hospitality is all about! Our room was very comfortable, the afternoon cookies were a special touch, and the breakfasts were amazing. We left Lynchburg feeling as though we have close friends in the Lynchburg area! We will definitely return to Federal Crest Inn!
5 on November 30, 2012
My husband took me here for our 21st wedding anniversary. Phil and Ann are gracious hosts. The Christmas decorations are breathtaking. Service was excellent. We stayed in the Magnolia Suite and it was perfect. The room had many special touches from water, snacks, and chocolates. Each space downstairs was unique and decorated beautifully. When you go, ask Ann to see her paintings. Amazing!!
5 on October 23, 2012
We celebrated our 25 wedding anniversary here. Having never been to a bed-and- breakfast before, this was a very good experience. The inn is clean and uniquely decorated. Each room was an adventure unto itself with its own decorations yet tastefully done. Phil and Ann greeted us as guests but we came away as friends. We have recommended Federal Crest to other family members and friends. They have had the same experience. We have returned there a few times since our anniversary as a means to “run away from home”!
4.2 on June 11, 2012
Rooms are of a very good size and have sitting areas. Some rooms have nice porches. Hostess very accommodating. Breakfast creative, delicious, plentiful. Would certainly return if near Lynchburg.
5 on June 11, 2012
We stayed at the Federal Crest Inn last week, and thoroughly enjoyed the Inn and the Lynchburg area. Our hosts, the Ripleys, were very gracious, and helped us with sightseeing and dining recommendations. The breakfast were excellent, and accommodated our dietary restrictions. Our room was very elegant and comfortable, with plenty of room. We especially enjoyed the pot of coffee ready each morning for us early risers, and lounging on the front porch until breakfast was served. We highly recommend this B&B.
5 on March 04, 2012
Although we were an unexpected arrival, our hosts, Phil and Ann, welcomed us as if we were long awaited special guests! The inn is beautifully appointed with great attention to detail and the comfort of her guests. All of the rooms are furnished with beautiful antiques and the handpainted walls in the bathrooms add a touch of additional whimsy and warmth. Breakfast was not only delicious and plentiful but beautifully presented with fresh flowers dressing the plates. We have stayed in many bed and breakfasts over the years, but this had to be one of our very best experiences! Highly recommended!
4.8 on February 29, 2012
My husband and I have stayed here three times now and love it more each time we are there. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and Ann & Phil are so welcoming & kind. The home is beautifully adorned and each room is filled with charm, elegance but it also warm and inviting. The breakfast is always delicious and time spent in the home, enchanting. This is such a special place for us and we hope to return as much as possible.
5 on February 16, 2012
My wife and I stayed one night and had such a delightful time, we extended our trip another night. The house is absolutely beautiful both in it's turn-of-the-century architecture and interior decor. The antique furniture, hardwood floors, and fireplace in the room made it the perfect romantic getaway. The Innkeepers, Ann and Phil, could not have been more friendly and accommodating (even making a gluten-free breakfast for me). The dining room was very elegant and made for a wonderful backdrop for a yummy breakfast! I would highly recommend it to anyone and we hope to return.
4.0 on February 15, 2012
Ann and Phil welcome their guests as if they are entertaining angels.
4.8 on January 23, 2012
What a wonderfully relaxing stay we had at the Federal Crest Inn. The working fireplace in the beautiful Dogwood room made for a romantic and memorable setting.
5 on December 04, 2011
On a recent trip to Virginia my sister and I were lucky enough to find this beautiful bed and breakfast. I can't remember when I had a more enjoyable stay away from home. Federal Inn is a beautifully restored mansion that is more like a gracious home than an Inn. The Innkeepers, Phil and Ann Ripley have filled the rooms with beautiful antiques that are both inviting and comfortable. Our physical needs were met by the charming surroundings, but, due to the Ripley's gracious warmth and the Southern hospitality they showed us, we felt like pampered and special guests. What a delight after a grueling business meeting and hammering down the highway in order to get there! Breakfast was a five star event with perfect eggs benedict garnished with pretty flowers from Ann's garden and home made muffins! We did not want to leave! I plan on returning to this beautiful spot and bringing my Massachusetts husband, so that he too can relax in this elegant Inn/ B and B, and experience genuine, old fashioned hospitality.
5 on November 11, 2011
My daughter and I were on college visits in Virginia and had a wonderful stay here. The house is lovely and has so many neat details, furnishings and paintings. The hosts, Ann and Phil, are so warm and friendly. The room was at the same time both spacious and cozy with its roaring fireplace and inviting decor, many things beautifully hand-painted by Ann. We loved staying in the Dogwood room. Ann's breakfast was delicious and had so many wonderful "finishing touches" to the food and the table. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer! Definitely a place we will return to and will recommend to anyone who is traveling to or through the Harrisonburg/Charlottesville/Lynchburg/Blacksburg corridor.
5 on November 07, 2011
I had a great weekend at the Federal Crest Inn. The atmosphere was very friendly and accommodating. I love antique furniture and this inn had great taste in it's choices and arrangements. The room was warm and clean with a welcoming fire place and comfortable bed. The breakfast brought back memories of those wonderful home cooked meals, the way that Grandma used to prepare. The table was arranged with lots of throught and attention to detail. The inn is full of incredible art work by the owner with a story behind each one. I enjoyed going through the hall and up the stairs taking in all the paintings. I did not get to meet Phil, since he was out of town, but felt that Ann and I had been friends forever. I'll definitely go back.
4.8 on October 29, 2011
Staying at the Federal Crest Inn was the 'ideal' bed and breakfast experience. Stunning house, comfortable rooms (with fireplace!), and gracious hosts. Highly recommended!
5 on October 12, 2011
Upon returning to Tennessee from Williamsburg, VA, we, four friends decided to stop in Lynchburg to see Poplar Forest. We spent the night at the Federal Crest Inn. It was the highlight of our trip. Ann and Phil were gracious inn keepers of a beautiful home. We were welcomed in the drive by a Jack Russel terrier who was very glad to see us. It was just the beginning of a lovely overnight stay. Rooms were wonderful with comfortable beds, beautiful decor, and working fireplaces to ward off the chill. There are nooks and seating areas for conversation or just curling up with a book and some peace and quiet. Breakfast was delicious and Phil kept the coffee cups filled. We had enjoyable conversation and enjoyed meeting others at the breakfast table. The dining room was decorated for fall with bright color and really put us in the mood for the season. We hope to return to Lynchburg and do the antique scene later in the year. We will definately stay at the Federal Crest Inn again. Four friends from Nashville
4.8 on September 06, 2011
Very welcoming reception, beautiful home and gardens, many small touches that bring beauty and enjoyment to your visit - turn-down service, fresh flowers at breakfast, classical music - and modern amenities - wireless internet - are brought to you by a fine, caring couple. Great location to explore the many wonders of Lynchburg! A must stay!
5 on June 15, 2011
Visited this amazing B&B as a surprise anniversary trip planned by my husband. I was impressed with the fine details and the wonderful company provided by Ann and Phil. The accomodations were outstanding and comfortable and our 3 days were made so enjoyable by personable service with details like chocolates on the pillows in the evening and fresh flowers to decorate your breakfast plate. The food was excellent and all amenities were provided so all we needed to do was sit back in the front porch rocking chair and enjoy our stay. We will definitely return again to enjoy this beautifully decorated gem!!! Karen and John Anderson
5 on May 08, 2011
We had an excellent experience at Federal Crest. Beautiful accomodations with excellent hosts. Look forward to staying there again.
2.6 on June 18, 2010
Beds & pillows are too hard and uncomfortable - couldn't sleep all night. Innkeepers friendly but monopolize all conversations! Dusty in rooms and bad for allergies.
5 on May 14, 2010
My husband and I spent three nights at the Federal Crest Inn and were very pleased with the whole experience. The inn was centrally located so that we were able to make day trips to many of the sites we had come to see. This was a major reason we had chosen to stay in Lynchburg, and we could not have been luckier in our choice of B&Bs. In addition to its central and convenient location, the breakfasts were superb, the rooms large and comfortable and the hosts very knowledgeable and helpful. If we ever return to Lynchburg, we would not hesitate to stay here again.
4.0 on May 08, 2010
My mother and I attended Grandparent's Weekend at VES and were thrilled with our last minute B&B find. With a working fireplace in our large suite, comfy linens and fine chocolates on the bed stand, we slept better than well! The Ripleys were kind and accomodating, even going the extra mile to share their antique shopping resources. J Andrews
5 on April 28, 2010
The Ripley's have been in this business for 16 years. They have honed hospitality to a fine art. Nothing was lacking.
4.6 on February 14, 2010
The Federal Crest Inn is a delightful bed and breakfast that is certain to exceed your expectations! My wife and I just returned from the inn having spent Valentine's weekend in Lynchburg. The innkeepers are wonderfully kind and inviting. They welcomed my wife and I with a cup of hot chocolate and cookies! We selected the Magnolia Suite which is beautifully decorated and, like most rooms at the inn, has a fireplace. It was a perfect setting to relax together with the cozy fire creating a warm atmosphere. The breakfast is delectable! Unlike the standard fare at many B&Bs the breakfast are thoughtfully prepared and exceed restaurant quality! The entire experience was like taking a step back in time to the luxurious life of an early twentieth century aristocrat! I would recommend the Federal Crest Inn to any traveler seeking an opulent setting for a relaxing vacation!
5 on October 21, 2009
The Federal Crest Inn in Lynchburg, VA is a wonderful, elegant mansion with a charming hostess and some delightful amenities.
5 on October 21, 2009
Federal Crest Inn is the most outstanding place we have ever stayed. It's our first experience with a B&B but hopefully will not be our last.
5 on October 03, 2009
We stayed at Federal Crest in Lynchburg, Virginia for the two nights of September 26 and 27, 2009. It was our first B & B experience and future stays at other places will have to match a high standard! The accommodations were clean and obviously well kept. We stayed in the Magnolia suite and the suite was tastefully decorated and comfortable. Because we were to be away from home and family for almost a week, we found the available wireless internet very helpful. Breakfast each morning was a lot of fun. Our hosts were present and attentive to every need, and the guests we met were all fine people. The conversation rambled from travel to grand kids to dogs to theology to farm critters and whether there are enough goats in America to eradicate kudzu. Ann runs the kitchen and the meals were tasty, well presented, and of copious amounts. Phil was always nearby in the dining room and served graciously and tactfully. Phil and Ann Ripley were just fabulous hosts. Beyond the high level of quality they brought to the food and accommodations side of the business, they are both engaging, well informed people who obviously enjoy their work and meeting new people. Ann is a very talented artist and her work appears at various places throughout the house. Prior to retirement Phil worked in a number of places and brings a wealth of detailed knowledge to the conversation – along with a wry sense of humor! His ability to give precise directions to various places in the Lynchburg area was very helpful. Our stay in Lynchburg was prompted by a work assignment that took us there so we tagged a few days of vacation onto the backside of the working trip. Our only regret about the trip was being there about three weeks ahead of the fall colors. We hope to make it back to stay again some time when it is peak season for viewing the seasonal change in foliage.
4.4 on August 26, 2009
The inn itself had so much to explore as well as amenities to make you relax and feel comfortable. Great food and the hosts were delightful.
5 on July 30, 2009
Very good B&B -- good food & great value.
5 on June 28, 2009
As I sit down to write this review, I have been at the Federal Crest for three weeks-I am going home tomorrow. Part of me is sad that this is the case, because I have had such a wonderful time here in Lynchburg. I have been attending classes and working on my doctorate at Liberty. I chose to stay at the Federal Crest because I thought it would be more comfortable and hospitable than a regular hotel, and I was right. My hosts, Ann and Phil, have been more gracious than I could have imagined, and I feel as if I have become one of the family. From my very first day, they were more than willing to assist me with anything I needed-from simple directions to just letting me vent about my day! My room was spacious, clean and well equipped. If I needed anything that was not already in the room, all I had to do was ask. Even the girls who cleaned my room were friendly and eager to please. The house is filled with artwork by Ann, beautiful woodwork, and comfortable furnitrue. I will most definitely return; not only because of the lovely accomodations but also because of the wonderful friendship I have formed. I highly recommend the Federal Crest to everyone. Whether you are traveling for leisure or business, it is truly a home away from home.
5 on May 27, 2009
Exceptional- exceeds expectations. This is a way-above average B&B. I am a business traveler and decided to treat myself and stay in a historic turn of the century beautiful Greek revival home. The pampering, gourmet breakfasts and authentic elegant surroundings knocked me out!
5 on May 07, 2009
I travel weekly for my job and was thrilled to discover this jewal B&B! Clean, beautiful historic home. Well maintained. Amazing landscaping and grounds. Phil and Ann's attention to detail in every room is lovely.
5 on March 27, 2009
Decorated so tastefully and lovingly. Fireplace in bedroom, lace curtains, delicious breakfasts, generous hospitality, comforting peaceful. lots to see in Lynchburg!
5 on February 18, 2009
Our stay was relaxing and our hosts were gracious by sharing their beautiful home with us! We really hated to leave, but know that we will be back!
5 on October 27, 2008
we had a wonderful stay at Federal Crest. Accommodations were outstanding. Food was delicious and innkeepers were exceptional!
5 on August 27, 2008
The Federal Crest Inn was an absolutely delightful experience with its gourmet breakfast every morning. It is a magnificent place to stay if one is traveling thru the central Virginia-Lynchburg area of the state. Historical downtown Lynchburg is just down the hill with Liberty University a short drive away. Remember the Federal Crest Inn if you are in the central Virginia-Lynchburg area. An awesome destination spot. Thanks to the owners Phil and Ann Ripley whose southern hospitality puts the sugar on top! Bravo! Leslie Morgan and Greg Nagy
5 on July 16, 2008
We have stayed at many B&B's but Ann's breakfast is without question - the very best! (We had three (3) mornings!) In addition, the decor and wonderful welcome was great! Very close to historic sites. Great advise from Ann and Phil. A MUST VISIT!
4.6 on May 29, 2008
Great place to stay. Hospitality was outstanding. Breakfasts were very good. Each day was something different. Would want to return if in the area again. Highly recommended.
4.4 on May 29, 2008
Wonderful place to stay. Felt like home. The food was outstanding. Ann and Phil were great hosts. Will return again.
5 on May 29, 2008
5 on May 29, 2008
Warm and personal atmosphere. Excellent breakfast!
5 on April 24, 2008
Our stay at The Federal Crest Inn was both relaxing and exciting. We enjoyed the beautiful Victorian features of the old inn but found the company to equally as meaningful. We enjoyed the relaxed conversations as well as the cozy accomodations.
4.8 on April 22, 2008
As previous B&B owners, we are very Particular about where we stay. This is our 3RD visit ti Ann and Phil's place. As always we enjoyed our stay. They are very gracious, friendly hosts. Served a delicious breakfast in a delighful setting.
5 on April 22, 2008
This was our second visit here. One of most elegant B&B's we've ever stayed in and the owners made us feel like family! Would recommend to anyone.
5 on April 21, 2008
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Ann and Phil, and highly recommend it for other travelers. Ann gave us the "Cook's Tour"...the Inn is truly special. Comfortable room (the Dogwood) with fireplace, tasteful decor throughout, and an excellent breakfast. We also enjoyed our visit to nearby Bedford to see the National D-Day Memorial.
4.4 on October 15, 2007
Ann and Phil were superb hosts and provided a home from home. Lynchburg is a quiet town but the surrounding area is well worth the visit. The Federal Crest Inn was a beautiful building but we didn't feel overawed (even though we're used to somewhat smaller places in the UK!). We would be happy to stay again.
5 on September 28, 2007
We had a wonderful experience at the Federal Crest Inn. Both Ann and Phil were wonderful Innkeepers and were very knowledgeable about Lynchburg attractions. Breakfast was excellent and the rooms were magnificent!
5 on September 14, 2007
This was, by far, the best B&B we have stayed at. Ann's artistic flair and attention to details, combined with Phil's understanding of VA history provided us with a superb experience in Lynchburg!
5 on September 14, 2007
Nice location, wonderful city, good restaurant nearby.
5 on September 14, 2007
The breakfast was exceptional. Accommodations very, very nice. Highly recommended.
5 on September 14, 2007
This is a lovely B&B-- Owners very professional and hospitable.
5 on January 05, 2007
On my Birthday weekend, my husband surprised me with a get-a-way to the Federal Crest... and I must say, it was just delightful! The adornment is brilliant and the natural beauty of the house has been cherished. Mr. and Mrs. Ripley are charming hosts and we very much enjoyed our conversations. The breakfast atmosphere is cozy and the food is just delicious... we will definitely return!!