John Madison Suite


bed and breakfast fireplace suite in virginia

History and Hospitality, Comfort and Charm

bed and breakfast antique accessoriesThe John Madison Suite is named for one of its Civil War occupants, John Madison Chapman. John Madison Chapman was a great-nephew of President James Madison, a Justice of the Orange County Court, and Mayor of the Town of Orange.

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. In 1862, at the height of the Civil War, the Seventh Virginia Cavalry battled the First Vermont, Fifth New York, and the First Maryland Cavalries on Main Street in front of the house, a battle which the Chapman family could have observed from the second-story vantage point afforded by this comfortable room.

Throughout the early 1900s, this room served as Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Holladay’s sitting room and bedroom. Now, the room is a large, elegantly decorated romantic suite, 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 in-room.

If you love history, you will love staying in the only inn in Orange that was standing during James Madison’s lifetime!

The antebellum mantel and fireplace add an appealing formality to this historic bed and breakfast suite. In the winter months, the gas fireplace makes this our most popular suite for an intimate romantic getaway.


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Rate: $199 plus tax. Seasonal discounts may be available – check the availability calendar. This rate applies for up to 2 occupants.

Extra Occupant fee: With prior arrangement, this room may accommodate up to two additional occupants, for a total of up to 4 people. Extra occupants can either sleep on the sofa in the sitting room, or on a twin-sized rollaway bed. See our Policies page for details.


Indulge Yourself...

Guests that select this room love our Cupid Package with the John Madison Suite room upgrade! This Virginia Romance Package includes:

Visit our Romance Packages in Virginia page for pricing and additional details!

Tour some of Virginia’s best wineries with free tasting room passes, and a basket filled with an assortment of cheese, meat, crackers, gourmet chocolate truffles and sparkling water!

Check out our Special Upgrades page for other ideas to craft your perfect getaway!

Also, be sure to find a great local event using our Calendar of Annual Events, and decide how to spend your vacation with our online Visitor’s Guide to Orange and Charlottesville!