Braehead Manor

123 Lee Drive , Fredericksburg, 22401 USA (Show map)


Find history and tranquility in the heart of the Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park just minutes from historic Fredericksburg, VA. Our B&B is perfectly located for a weekend away or leisurely mid-week break. Property features two suites which can accommodate four guest each and one room accommodating two guests. Stay includes gourmet breakfast for guests. Built in 1859 by John Howison, Braehead is a 6,200 square foot manor house nestled on 27 acres in historic Fredericksburg, VA. Robert E. Lee took breakfast at Braehead on the morning of the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. The home bears the marks of the Union Army occupation after the 2nd Battle of Fredericksburg when the home was used as a hospital.




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  • Guest room5
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5


5 on March 22, 2018

We loved our stay!!! The house is exquisite! Mary Windsor Cline, the innkeeper, was a phenomenal hostess. The breakfast was the best breakfast I’ve had in a very long time. I can not emphasize enough how much we loved this place.

Just Beautiful

5 on November 16, 2017

I only stayed for one night and I wish I was able to stay longer then that. But there are not enough words to describe how amazing my experience was. Mary was a wonderful host, and full of information! And the history of the place was just fascinating! I'll be definitely be returning!

Historical Treasure

5 on August 16, 2017

Braehead Manor is an historical treasure. Strategically situated along Lee Drive this B&B delivers relaxation, and southern hospitality. Mary sets the stage with a warm welcome and it only gets better. Highly recommended!!! Rick N


5 on August 04, 2017

Prior to our arrival we were asked if we had allergies. We arrived and were immediately greeted by Mary, the innkeeper. She gave us a tour of the home and the history. She asked what time we would like breakfast the next morning. The breakfast the next morning was amazing! The coffee was from a local roaster and Mary advised she buys everything fresh and tries to buy local. She made a stuffed apple pecan French toast. It was divine. Fresh fruit, and coffee cake. It was such a beautiful and relaxing stay.

Amazing Experience

4.8 on July 30, 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Braehead. The house is beautiful; it is like taking a trip back in time. Mary's breakfasts are delicious. I would love to stay there again sometime!


5 on July 25, 2017

Everything about our stay was wonderful. From the beautiful accommodations and delicious breakfast to hanging out with Mary, the Innkeeper. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and will stay there again.


5 on July 13, 2017

This is a five star/diamond value! Everything about our stay was extraordinary. From the beautiful home and rooms, to delightful breakfasts, and the ever-helpful and friendly, Mary. We had a memorable stay, and are extremely grateful for all of Mary's help with planning our vow renewal. The weekend was perfect. The next time we are in Fredericksburg, we will stay at Braehead Manor again.

Perfect for Civil War Battlefield Trips

5 on June 18, 2017

With its own Civil War history, the Braehead Manor is the perfect place to stay when you're touring northern Virginia battlefields. We enjoyed breakfast in the dining room where Gen. Lee ate on the morning of the Battle of Fredericksburg and stood under the tree where he tied his horse, Traveller. It's an easy drive to several battlefields--including Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. Our hostess, Mary, was a delight and was happy to accommodate our special dietary needs. We'll be going back soon. Too many battlefields to explore in one trip.

Braehead Home History

5 on April 21, 2017

Our stay at Braehead was special on many levels. As a part of my personal family history it is comforting to see the home restored and preserved. As a B&B Braehead meets the highest standards of comfort and charm, a most welcoming experience. For those interested in history Braehead is unique in its location.

Heritage Battlefield Manor

5 on March 27, 2017

A refuge from the hustle and bustle of the urban strip hotels. Slight distraction with the unfortunate encroachment of truck depot.

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Rooms & Rates

Jane Howison Beale Suite

Jane Howison Beale, the famous diarist of the Civil War and sister of John and Robert Reid Howison, escaped the horrors of the siege of the City of Fredericksburg by retiring with her children to Braehead. This two room suite has its own bathroom and is located off the library and includes period furniture.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Graham Stephens Suite

The last family member in the Howison line to own Braehead, retired emergency room physician Graham Stepehens ensured the legacy of Braehead lived on by including almost all of the period furniture original to the manor when the manor was sold. This two room connected suite located on the south side of the manor boasts spacious sleeping arrnagements, a sitting room and its own bath. The sitting room trundle bed can be utilized for sleeping arrangements for additional guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Robert Reid Howinson

After the Civil War, John Howison, original owner of Braehead fell on hard times having lost two sons in the war and also losing his wife during this time. John's brother, Robert Reid Howison, a prominent Richmond lawyer and later a Presbyterian minister, took over the home and its mortgage. This guest room has been known through the years as Robert Reid's room and is where this Virginia gentleman stayed. The room boasts some of the only orginial closets in the manor and has its own private bath.

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Secluded, Small town


55 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Tours, University, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Mansion

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Piano, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Wi-Fi

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside Designated Areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Pet Fee of $25 per night. Must call ahead.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash



"Mary Windsor" Cline

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

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  • Time Served: 8:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Happy to accommodate any dietary or allergy restrictions