If Heaven looks
like this place, please book me a room.
~ Switzerland ~
We'll be back.
There is no reason to stay anywhere else.
~ North Carolina ~
The house at 708 Richmond Road is one of the oldest bed and breakfasts in Williamsburg. It was built in 1928 and has been providing welcoming respite to guests and Williamsburg tourists since the 1960s.
A professor from the nearby College of William and Mary was the original owner of the house. It is interesting to note that the professor ordered this house from a Sear’s catalog. It is the Jefferson model. To say the least they do not make houses like that anymore -- well constructed with lots of character!
During the construction of the house the professor lived in the garage, which had a working fireplace. In fact when we bought the house in 1999, the wooden wash basin and shower stall in which the professor bathed was still standing in the house’s basement.
The second proprietor of this house was the Postmaster General of Williamsburg.
Earl Stinnett purchased the house in the 1950s. The Stinnett’s owned the house for almost 50 years. Mr. Stinnett was a sales manager for one of the local shoe stores. It was Mr. Stinnett, who obtained the room rental license and rented out rooms to boarders and guests. It became known as the Elm’s Guest House. (On a personal note, I graduated from William and Mary in the 1970s and distinctly remember the Elm’s as one of the few guest houses or Bed and Breakfasts in Williamsburg.) The house was expanded under Mr. Stinnett. He added two huge bedrooms and an adjoining bathroom on the first floor to the back of the house (now the breakfast room, butler’s pantry, and the owner’s first floor living quarters).
We had the good fortune of having stayed at the Elm’s Guest House in the early 1990s, thus we knew the previous owner, Earl Stinnett. We enjoyed listening to his stories -- stories that he was willing to tell to anyone who listened – and he had some great stories! He was an elderly gentleman, who loved his house dearly and spurned suggestions from his family to downsize and move elsewhere. Alas, Mr. Stinnett passed away in 1996.
We became the fourth owners when we purchased the home in 1999 from Mr. Stinnett’s daughter and her husband. Sadly, the house and its grounds showed its age and suffered from considerable deterioration over the years. So, we began planning for its renovation and rejuvenation right away. The decision was made to transform the worn-out guest house into a magnificent Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast that is full of life and brimming with color, while maintaining the character and charm of the Old Dutch colonial house.
Paul White, a local Williamsburg architect, and Michael J. Hipple Builders, Inc. were contracted to perform the transformation. Looking back, we realize how fortunate we were to have teamed up with these folks, whose goals of preservation were the same as ours. They did a great job!
The B&B underwent extensive interior and exterior renovations during 2000. Interior renovations included the following activities:
Visit our photo gallery page to see pictures of our B&B.
Some of the visible exterior enhancements included widespread landscaping with perennial and annual gardens, and installation of brick and stone walkways. The end result was a magnificent transformation of a house and property to an award-winning Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast.
Then, in 2003, we built an addition onto the back of the bed and breakfast. This addition, the Washington Carriage House, is one of the most impressive suites in Williamsburg and has become the Inn’s most popular destination. The enchanting retreat, a favorite of Williamsburg wedding planners, is isolated from the main house and is ideal for a honeymoon in Williamsburg, anniversary, or special occasion. It is impeccably decorated and features a King-size canopy bed, Jacuzzi tub for two, and a two-sided gas fireplace.
We take great pride in our Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast Inn and invite you to enjoy it too.