The Staunton Choral Gardens Bed and Breakfast

Staunton, Virginia

(540) 885-6556

e-mail:  [email protected]

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE B&B:

* Free high-speed wireless Internet and cable television for all of our properties.

* "The Carriage House" actually has two TVs, one on each level, both connected to cable.

* Guest microwaves and refrigerators with snacks available all the time for all of our rooms and suites.  Two of our suites have small eat-in kitchens.

* There is an eat-in kitchen with full-size appliances and even a laundry room in "The Luxury Suite" and also in "The Sunshine Suite."

* Centrally air-conditioned rooms in every property.

* Ceiling fans in all guest rooms and Carriage House as well as in the bedrooms of both of our vacation rental houses (plus central air conditioning).

* Off-street parking at the B&B.

* Fireplaces in several rooms and suites and also in the vacation rental houses.

* Well-behaved children 12 and over are always welcome and we often make exceptions for younger children.

* Pets are welcome in a special suite at the B&B and also in one of our vacation rental houses, although some restrictions apply.

* Smoke-free environment in every house.

*SEVERAL GARDEN AREAScourtyard area (with large goldfish pond); lower shade garden and hillside garden; there is a covered swing in the lower garden; "The Carriage House" garden.  The "Downtown B&B Suites" also have a private back yard with an octagonal picnic table and tree swing.  Both of our vacation rental houses have large yards with gardens.

 

The Gilpin Willson, Jr. House (the main house of the B&B).

Architectural History of the House:

Sometime, around the early 1900's, this stately colonial (designed by Architect Sam Collins) was built for Gilpin Willson, Jr., the President of the local downtown bank.  Gilpin Willson, Jr. and his father, Gilpin Willson, Sr. were prominent members of Staunton society in the 1800's and early to mid-1900's.  It is said that Gilpin, Jr. gave loans on a handshake right out of this house, which sounds believable since there is an authentic built-in safe located in the center hallway.  Now, instead of passing out money as the original owner did, we have brochures, discount coupons, free passes, and other helpful things for our guests -- continuing the tradition, as best we can, of being of service to others.

Our double occupancy room rates are from $95 - $160 in the Main House.  Tax is always an extra charge.  We offer many specials so check our link for Guest Rooms. 

We also have "The Carriage House" (above), where Robert E. Lee boarded his horse when visiting his daughters (who attended Stuart Hall, a private boarding school for girls, directly across the street); and Lee also boarded his horse here when taking the train to Richmond, VA on business.  By horseback, Lee would travel from Lexington, VA (where he lived) to Staunton, VA, which today is about a 30-minute drive.

The rate for "The Carriage House" is $200/night + tax (double occupancy).  For more information, click here.

  

This building consists of two large suites, "The Luxury Suite" and "The Sunshine Suite."  The first floor suite (The Luxury Suite) is quite spacious with a Living Room featuring the original antique mantel and coal fireplace, and the Dining Room also has an original mantel and fireplace, one bedroom (with original mantel), a bathroom with claw foot tub/shower, a small charming eat-in kitchen, large pantry, a laundry room, and a private balcony overlooking the back yard.  The second suite (The Sunshine Suite) has three bedrooms but it does not have a laundry room.  It has a sitting/dining room and an eat-in kitchen, plus a large pantry.  There's a private covered balcony for this suite, also, overlooking the back yard.

Breakfast is included in the Dining Room at the B&B.  For more information, click here.

Several years ago, we were having lunch one day and reading the local paper when we saw an ad for an Open House for this house which was taking place that very afternoon.  We hurriedly finished lunch and went to the open house.  Just walking in through the front door made us realize how special this authentic-looking house is.  We called our Realtor immediately after the open house and negotiated on this property that very night, not wanting to miss out on purchasing it.  We call it "The Craftsman-Style House" because of the special craftsman details, including transoms above doors, period lighting fixtures especially in the dining room, wood paneling in craftsman style in the dining room, and arches in several rooms, even including the kitchen.

We rented the house for three years and when the tenants moved out, there was a lot of cosmetic repair which needed to be done and a thorough cleaning and fresh paint, sanding of the floors, and re-decorating.  The house was so special to us that we just couldn't rent it again and take a chance that tenants would be hard on it.  So . . . it's another very special vacation rental house, lovingly refurbished and decorated with many Mission Oak antiques, for our guests to enjoy!  For more information, click here.

call:  (540) 885-6556

e-mail:  [email protected]

 

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