The Emory House Bed & Breakfast is located between Glade Spring and Meadowview, 7 miles outside historic Abingdon, VA. The house was originally built circa 1954 by Dr. and Mrs. Rolfe L. Hillman, M.D. Dr. Hillman was physician to Emory and the surrounding communities, as well as Emory & Henry’s student physician. Dr. Hillman’s brother-in-law, Dr. J.W. Ashworth, a noted Baltimore surgeon, became the second owner of the property and also served as college and community physician. In the year 2000, Dr. and Mrs. A. E. ‘Rocky’ Underwood III purchased the property, and after several years of using the property as a second residence, the decision was made to completely renovate and remodel the house in a fashion that would facilitate its’ use as an area Bed and Breakfast home. The project was completed in 2008, but the plan for the Bed & Breakfast didn’t come to complete fruition until 2010. Our vision for the property is to primarily accommodate guests connected to Emory & Henry College, the family and friends of community residents of Emory and surrounding towns, as well as the many tourists who come to enjoy the many attractions of the historic town of Abingdon and surrounding area. Additionally, we are now able to accommodate groups of as many as 15 people in our historic Revolutionary War Cabin, Edmondson Lodge, relocated to the rear of our B&B property. Please see our heading “Edmondson Lodge” for more information on this amazing 1600 square foot piece of early American history.
Why choose us
We continually seek to distinguish The Emory House as a premium Bed and Breakfast. We offers guests all the typically expected comforts and hospitality features of a B&B, but in addition to what might be considered typical or expected, The Emory House offers it’s guests accomodations that go far beyond ordinary. We have endeavored to create an environment that can perhaps be best described as casually elegant with great attention to detail. All appointments are of high quality, including premium bedding, furniture that includes many antiques as well as comfortable upholstered pieces, every imaginable amenity available throughout the house, and hot, gourmet, southern style breakfasts. Additionally, we have retained a licensed massage therapist who will bring her table, etc. to provide a massage in the confines of your suite, at very reasonable rates.
Recognizing that guests do not usually desire to be confined to a bedroom, we designed the property to offer a variety of outdoor accomodations to enhance the enjoyment factor for not only registered guests, but for family and friends as well. A brick courtyard built around a magnificent Norway Maple offers 5 tables with chairs as a place to relax, converse, and perhaps enjoy a glass of wine. A patio at the main entrance has benches, rockers, and chairs around a lovely birdbath, all with a commanding view of the front yard and the Emory & Henry campus. There are also Adirondack chairs as well as my grandparents’ cushioned “bouncey” chairs in the shade of mature trees overlooking the front yard For those cooler evenings, there is a semicircular stacked stone and brick firepit sitting area built into the slope of the front yard. Finally, there is a magnificent covered front porch with a wicker swing, wicker rocking chairs and sofa, and tables and chairs for relaxing. And when the weather doesn’t permit use of the outdoor facilities, the guestrooms as well as the parlor offer a most comfortable home-like setting. We think it just doesn’t get any better than this!
We seek to pamper our guests by providing exceptional hospitality, comfort and amenities. In addition to making snacks, fresh fruit, coffee, water and soft drinks available throughout each day, we are also pleased to provide an opportunity for evening “libation”, whether it be red or white wine, a frosty glass of premium beer, or a hot cup of authentic Irish Coffee on cold evenings. Finally, we can provide a cake for special occasions, sparkling cider and flutes for celebrations, chocolate dipped strawberries for a special indulgence, wine and cheese trays with grapes and crackers to share with friends, and a gift shop in the foyer. And although we’d like this to be an expected surprise, we’re compelled to tell you that we keep cups of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in the freezer for your late evening ingulgence!