The Inn at Forest Oaks

20 Houston Tavern Ln , Natural Bridge, VA 24578 USA (Show map)


The historic Forest Oaks Manor House now functions as a bed & breakfast with six bedrooms, each with a private bath. Situated on 50 acres of rolling meadows and forest land, the Manor House boasts stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When entering the mansion, you are greeted by the impressive two story center hall and gallery along with the common areas on the main floor which are tastefully appointed with period antiques. The Manor House was built in 1806 by Matthew Houston who was a cousin of Sam Houston of Texas fame. The house served as a store and tavern as well as home to the Houston family and their sprawling plantation. After significant restoration, the home now has six guest rooms all with large private baths. Natural Bridge and the surrounding area are teaming with history, fun and beauty. Spend a day strolling through the historic town of Lexington, hike in the George Washington and Jefferson national forest, fish in any number of streams and rivers, or spend a day kayaking or tubing on the James River. You can also visit our local Natural Bridge zoo and the Virginia Safari Park or spend time marveling at Virginia’s crown jewel, the Natural Bridge State Park and the Natural Bridge Caverns. Once you experience the beauty and history of our area, you will want to come back again to take more in.




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  • Guest room5
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A Must if you love B&Bs!

5 on September 15, 2018

If you enjoying staying at B&Bs, then please treat yourself to a stay here. You won’t be disappointed. Spectacularly and historically restored down to the tiniest detail... we are so grateful to Cliff and Chris for providing such a beautiful home to appreciate and enjoy. A weekend stay would make a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion or as a unique wedding gift. We had a wonderful time...and be sure to ask to see the antique shop where you will likely find something to remember your stay. Many thanks to our hosts!

Visiting the (improved) past

5 on August 18, 2018

Stunning! Magnificent, 11,000-sq.-ft. manor house in spectacular setting. Talk about atmosphere! An incredible home, furnished exactly as if it were the 1920s, but totally updated with modern comforts and amenities. The gorgeous woodwork in the grand two-story entrance hall was imported from England during the 20s, giving it the feeling of an English country manor. Room after splendid room of authentic period antiques. Even with all the grandiosity, the house is still comfortable, including central AC. Chiming clocks, working Victrola, and period radios. Cliff, the owner, is most welcoming, the breakfast is delicious, and Molly the dog is a sweetheart..Beautiful views of the inn's 50 acres and mountain ridge from rocking chairs on the back porch. We are readers and really appreciated the cozy study/library.Be sure to ask Cliff about the fascinating history of the house and his loving restoration of it. Thomas Jefferson was a guest of the house (when it was a tavern) so were we, and that is very cool. Worth seeking out!

Fantastic B&B

5 on August 18, 2018

Our stay at Forest Oaks was a complete pleasure. The owners Cliff and Chris were very friendly and so accommodating to all of our needs. The home itself is a treasure from 1806 and they have done an amazing job restoring and redecorating. While there we met several guests that had already been there as many as 4-5 times before and it has only been open not even a year at this point. That pretty much says it all right there. Also right next to door to Natural Bridge and only 20 minutes to Lexington.

Great Hosts and Wonderful Accomodations!

5 on August 16, 2018

Beautiful home and surroundings. Kind and gracious hosts. A definite must-return-to location!

The Inn at Forest Oaks

5 on July 26, 2018

The Inn at Forest Oaks is incredible and absolutely the perfect retreat to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The hosts Chris and Cliff are gracious and inviting and certainly make you feel at home. It was a joy to spend time speaking with them both and learning not only the history of the property, but how the dream of Forest Oaks came to life. The meticulous attention to detail through out the manor immediately transports you back in time to a majestic and simpler time while providing all the modern day comforts. I loved not having TV in the rooms and spending the time exploring the grounds, seeing the surrounding area, and reconnecting with my wife. The breakfast is to die for and we thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other guests as we all had breakfast together. My wife and I have already started looking at our calendar and thoroughly look forward to our next visit.


5 on July 05, 2018

We happened upon Forest Oaks on our way down to South Carolina from New York. Our stay here was the highlight of our trip. Cliff and Chris are truly gifted and love what they do as is evident in the remarkable way they have not only restored but have brought life back into this beautiful home. We continue to rave about this rare gem and are already talking about needing to find time to go back and staying longer next time.

Perfect Weekend Getaway

5 on May 04, 2018

Chris & Cliff are the most gracious hosts imaginable. From the moment we entered, to the time we left, they made sure all our needs were met. We could of spent a week walking the historical house looking at every detail they have put together or the entire day walking the grounds. Breakfast served each day was perfect and well received by all. Very close to the Natural Bridge. Thank you Chris & Cliff for making our stay so memorable.

A mansion & a museum - a beautiful place to be!

5 on May 01, 2018

This dreamlike B&B sits on the green rolling hills of Virginia but it looked like Ireland as far as the eye could see! Our beautifully furnished room complete with a fireplace made me think of the movie...”Somewhere in Time”. I truly felt like I belonged among these royal trappings! The entire first floor was available for us to wander and view the most fantastic antique furnishings. The polished wood stairway is a great place for photos and if I recall correctly, it came from England and was assembled in the house. And, breakfast was served in the elegant dining room that would suit Lady Mary! We wanted a stopping place between PA and NC along our East Coast road trip. The Inn is situated close to the highway yet worlds away from your average B & B! I highly recommend that if Natural Bridge, VA is in your travel plan you too will come away delighted. The bad news is that for the rest of our travels, nothing even came close to The Inn at Forest Oaks!

Best B&B

4.8 on April 14, 2018

I feel blessed to have experienced this beautiful historic home. The owners were friendly and generous with their time of sharing some of the home’s history. Coffee on the veranda in a rocking chair with a gorgeous view will be memorable. Can’t wait to return to share with someone else.

Amazing experience!

5 on April 04, 2018

It was such a wonderful stay. The inn keepers were wonderful, the food was delicious, the view from the back porch was breath taking. I could have sipped my coffee and rocked my day away. We will be back!

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Rooms & Rates

Shirley Room

Named after the historic Shirley Plantation, the room has a full-sized bed with private bath and overlooks the estate’s bucolic pastures and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The private bath has vintage fixtures including a claw-foot tub/shower combination. Due to historic nature of the manor house, there are no elevators to the second floor bedrooms and access is only via stairways. All rooms are double occupancy. Children over the age of 12 are welcome.null

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

Nightly Rate: $99 - $129

Stratford Room

The Stratford Room - The Stratford Room is named after Stratford Hall, Robert E. Lees’ ancestral home located in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The room has a queen size bed with a fireplace in both the bedroom and the private bath. The private bath has claw-foot tub/shower combination.

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

Nightly Rate: $119 - $139

Long Branch Room

The Long Branch room has a queen size bed with private bath with a walk-in shower. The room is named after the historic mansion located in Millwood, Virginia.

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $139

The Oatlands Room

This spacious room has a queen size bed, large bath that includes both a claw-foot tub and a walk-in shower. The room is named after the beautiful Oatlands mansion located in Loudoun County, Virginia.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $159

The Milburne Room

Named after the Milburne Mansion located in Richmond, this room boasts a queen size bed, a fireplace and a large private bath with a claw-foot bathtub and a separate walk-in shower. Located in the west wing of the mansion, the room overlooks the estate’s rolling pastures and boasts spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $149

The Gunston Room

Named after the historic Gunston Hall located in Fairfax County Virginia, this room has a queen size bed with a fireplace in the bedroom and a private bath with a large claw-foot bathtub and a separate walk-in shower. Located in the 1812 addition to the mansion, the room overlooks the dramatic south portico and has stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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

Nightly Rate: $109 - $129

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 30 miles

Directions to property:

Take Interstate 81 North to Exit 175 and head east to Route 11. Turn right on Route 11 and head south approximately one-half mile to Houston Tavern Ln then turn left and you have reached the Forest Oaks estate

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, River, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Billiards, Board games, Fireplace, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Parking, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk, Hairdryer, Wi-Fi

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Children older than 14 years are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Cash
  • Cancellations: Full refund if cancelled 5 days prior to arrival.



Chris Walker; Cliff DeVito

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Owners Chris Walker and Cliff DeVito purchased the Forest Oaks estate in 2011 and have been diligently working on restoring the property since then. It was love at first site when the owners first walked into the Manor House. The transition from their home in Phoenix, Arizona to a rural Virginia lifestyle was seamless since both Chris and Cliff were looking for a change from the desert southwest climate. The four-season climate, lush vegetation and history of the region was a natural draw.

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  • Serving Location: Rear portico, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Vegetarian Gluten-free