Braehead Manor

123 Lee Drive , Fredericksburg, 22401 USA (Show map)
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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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  • Service5
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining5

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.

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.

Our Fall Anniversary Getaway

5 on November 18, 2016

We had a lovely time and our innkeeper Mary Windsor Cline was attentive, helpful and most considerate. We would highly recommend this B & B to friends and family.

Our new favorite B&B

5 on November 11, 2016

Gorgeous setting in the middle of a National Park. Mary, the innkeeper, prepares the most delicious breakfasts we have ever had- sorry mom:-) As a Fredericksburg native, Mary recommends the perfect activities and dinner restaurants in the area. We cannot wait to plan our next visit. For the most privacy, we recommend the Jane Howison Beale Suite which is located by itself on the 2nd floor. This was our room for our four night stay.

Our Fall Anniversary Getaway

5 on November 09, 2016

This was only the second time we ever stayed in a B & B and it was wonderful. Our innkeeper Mary was especially attentive to our needs and provided lovely service and delicious food.

Stayed here for a weekend and enjoyed every second of it!

5 on September 11, 2016

To start, this building is very cool and has a lot of historical significance. Everything in the house is original to the time period and it's fun to walk around and look at all the pieces of history. The beds are SO comfortable and clean and the bathrooms are large with all the amenities you could ever need. Mary the innkeeper is just a delight. She joined us for conversation over breakfast (which was delicious by the way) and really was the most gracious and energetic host you could ask for while also letting you have your space and let the house be yours for the stay. We'll definitely be back soon and highly recommend this place if you're in Fredericksburg or surrounding area.

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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
  • Cancellations: Rates are based on double occupancy. Additional guests may be added to your room at a rate of $25 per guest per room per night. Rates include a gourmet breakfast. If your travel plans change and you must cancel your reservation, please call us at least 10 days before your arrival date to cancel your reservation. You will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee. If you must cancel with less than 10 days notice you may receive a prorated refund based on the number of days before your intended arrival in which you cancel. If you need to shorten your stay or check out early, please understand that we must ask you to take responsibility for your entire reservation.



"Mary Windsor" Cline

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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