Holladay House Bed And Breakfast

155 W Main Street , Orange, VA 22960-1528 USA (Show map)


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.




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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Intimate Wedding

4.8 on May 25, 2017

Holladay House B&B was the perfect choice for my intimate wedding, which had many of the aspects of a traditional wedding on a much smaller scale (and budget!). Sharon handled all of the details: the ceremony was short but meaningful and personalized, the bouquet and boutonniere were very pretty, the cake and apple cider were delicious, the dinner afterward (at Vintage Restaurant) was superb, and the photos were high-quality. Great experience!

Very comfortable inn with great location for historic sites and wineries

5 on August 21, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay. Very large and comfortable room with great breakfast! Innkeepers, Sharon and Sam, were super helpful in pointing us to and arranging our visits to nearby attractions. Look forward to staying again and seeing more of historical sites and wineries in central Virginia!

Great Place to Stay in Central Virginia

5 on August 19, 2016

This is a great place to stay! Room/suite was large and very comfortable and breakfast was wonderful. Inn was very convenient to historical sites and wineries in central Virginia. Innkeepers, Sharon and Sam, were great hosts and went all out to make our visit great!


5 on July 29, 2016

They work very hard and the get it right. It's easy to tell when owners love what they do. Really clean and well-managed B&B, friendly owners, in a very nice, progressive, small southern town.

Wonderful small wedding venue!!

5 on September 29, 2015

We recently had a small wedding at Holladay House for our daughter. Sharon was outstanding in all aspects of the wedding preparation and planning! She was a joy to work with, clear in her communication of what she could do. She arranged for the justice of the peace, the cake, provided recommendations of restaurants for the wedding dinner and was in every way someone I felt I could rely on in the wedding planning process. And on the day of the event, when the ceremony was supposed to be in the park and it was raining, she turned the parlor into a cozy spot for the ceremony all on a moments notice. Holladay House is a beautiful bed and breakfast with old world charm, lovely decorations, excellent attention to detail as well as sparkling clean. I can't speak to the food or accommodations as all her rooms were booked except one for the bride and groom. But as a venue for a small wedding, we couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience. Thank you Sharon!

More than I had hoped for!

4.6 on August 24, 2015

Stayed at the Halloday House for just one night and it was lovely! Was upgraded to a bigger room upon check in and had a great chat about the inn. The town is small, but has one of the most amazing restaurants just a short stroll from the house. Everything was superbly clean, quiet and well stocked. The complimentary wine, beer and coffee was a real surprise! Breakfast was delicious! I now know why the biscuits are the talk of the town! I wish we had been able to stay longer. We will definitely make an effort to come back! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

our wedding

5 on July 13, 2015

Sharon made our wedding last Saturday at the Holladay House an unforgettable, stress free experience. The bed and breakfast is gorgeous, the service is amazing, and the attention to detail is unsurpassed. We are so happy we decided to stay here and we will be back. We highly recommend the Holladay House. M B

A+ B&B!

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!

Wonderful Bed and Breakast

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!

A MUST Stay ... Excellent

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

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Rooms & Rates

Holladay Hideaway

The romantic and relaxing Holladay Hideaway Suite includes a double-sized whirlpool tub with chromatherapy and heated back rest, so you can enjoy the benefits of a spa in the privacy of your own room. Wrap yourselves in the warmth of thick soft robes and fall into the king-sized bed. After a good night's sleep, take in the morning air on your private side patio! In addition to the air-jet whirlpool tub, this room includes a newly remodeled vintage American style bathroom with walk-in shower + bench.

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

Ivy Suite

Comfortably nestled in the historic English basement, the Ivy Suite is a romantic Virginia bed and breakfast escape. This spacious three-room suite is our largest guest room and whirlpool suite, and includes a softly-lit bedroom, a comfortable living room, and a luxurious bathroom with a double-sized whirlpool tub. This bed and breakfast suite integrates historical charm with modern convenience. The living room is appointed with period-appropriate antique furniture and lighting, but we also celebrate the realities of modern life with a comfortable 3-person sofa, a 50 inch plasma screen television, and a DVD player! An enormous whirlpool tub and a walk-in shower with two shower heads bring luxury and romance to your getaway, and thick robes, plush towels, and luxury linens complete the experience. With prior arrangement, the living room sofa can fold out to a queen-sized bed to accommodate two extra people. We can also add a single rollaway bed to the bedroom, if requested.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath

John Madison Suite

This suite is a large, elegantly decorated romantic space, 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 television and DVD player. The large private bath with tub and shower is included. The John Madison Suite is named for one of its Civil War occupants, John Madison Chapman. This charming bed and breakfast suite is one of the two most historic accommodations at the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast. The room dates to approximately 1830, and all of the woodwork and trim is original, including the decorative antebellum mantel and fireplace in front of the bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Oak Room

The Oak Room is decorated in warm Williamsburg colors, with a queen-sized bed with high carved antique oak headboard. A matching dresser and end tables compliment it nicely. A TV/DVD player sits conveniently across from the bed, along with two chairs and a large rolltop desk. The private bath with a tub/shower combination is included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Blue Room

This spacious room includes a queen-sized tester bed, romantically draped with airy white curtains, next to the original fireplace and mantel (now equipped with a heated electric fireplace). Two rocking chairs 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. Some of the antique furnishings in this room are Holladay family heirlooms and have been in the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast for over a century. The Blue Room is one of the original bedrooms in the house, and it still has all of its original woodwork, window glass, and a Federal-style wooden mantel piece.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Helen's Haven

This bright and cheerful room is the perfect place to settle down after a fun day of exploring. This room features original 1910 woodwork, including an original built-in wardrobe, solid wood doors, and crown moulding. The pleasing green trim (a Holladay family favorite) and early twentieth century furnishings (including an antique carved wooden headboard) provide ample historic charm, while the new addition of period-appropriate Japanese accents makes the room fresh and inviting. Relax with a good book in the cozy slipper chair or curl up in the queen-sized bed in front of the television. The private bathroom includes a stand-up shower.

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

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Location Type

Main Street, Countryside, Downtown, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 60 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive, Breweries, Cideries, Kayaking, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Parking, 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.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 8:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No Parents or guardians must accompany children at all times.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night stay required for peak season, special events, holidays.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Full cost of the reservation is required upon booking your stay.
  • Cancellations: If a customer cancels 11 days or more prior to the date of check-in, a full refund will be issued, minus a $25 cancellation fee. If a customer cancels 10 days or less prior to the date of check-in, the customer will be refunded for each reserved night and room that The Holladay House can re-book, minus a $25 cancellation fee. If The Holladay House must discount the room to book it, then the customer who canceled will have to pay the difference, plus a $25 cancellation fee. “No-shows” will not be refunded.
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Samuel and Sharon Elswick

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About the innkeepers

Sam and Sharon were first exposed to bed and breakfasts in Virginia at their own wedding. After numerous champagne toasts, enthusiastic support from loved ones, and the unparalleled service received from the smaller bed and breakfast wedding venue, these two innkeepers were hooked! Three years later, they launched their own plan to own a bed and breakfast in Virginia, and realized their dream in September 2006. After settling in the Town of Orange, VA, Sam and Sharon have never looked back!

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  • Time Served: 8-9:30A, or earlier if desired
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan

Signature Dish

Crustless Herbed Quiche
An individual serving of herbed cheese quiche wrapped in ham instead of a crust. Served with homemade warm fluffy biscuits.


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