Gay Street Inn SOLD
160 Gay Street
Washington $995,000 SOLD
Gay Street Inn is the premier Bed and Breakfast in Rappahannock County, Virginia. It has an excellent location, outstanding facilities, and a very successful business model.
The inn is located at the end of Gay Street, a quiet street in Washington, Virginia where the closest neighbor is the stately and historic Washington Baptist Church. Gay Street (named after George Washington’s sweetheart) is in the heart of one of the most picturesque villages in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A stroll down Gay Street is like walking through history as you pass the courthouse square, historic commercial buildings, old churches and charming village homes. The inn is within easy walking distance of galleries, shops and the five star restaurant "The Inn at Little Washington".
Gay Street Inn is an 1850s farmhouse that has been recently restored and redecorated. Now it is a fine country house with five guest rooms (all with en suite bathrooms), lovely gardens and a casual sense of comfort.
The front porch of the inn is where guests arrive and they are always transformed by this old-fashioned American original with comfortable chairs and a peaceful western view of Jenkins Mountain and the Shenandoah National Park. It is the ideal spot for relaxing, reading and enjoying the gentle sights and sounds of small town living.
The “public” spaces of Gay Street Inn are the library and sunroom where breakfast is served. The wainscoted library has a quiet sophistication with a tiled surrounded fireplace, built-in bookshelves and warm woodwork. It is designed to be a comfortable and inviting space for games, reading and conversation.
The sunroom is a bright cheerful space with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the rear lawn and gardens. Paneled walls, Arts & Crafts style details and ceramic tile floors contribute to the comfortable country ambiance. This area is adjacent to a health department approved kitchen for preparation of breakfast and occasional special ordered meals for guests. The kitchen is open, airy and features premium grade stainless steel appliances including a Wolf cook top and double oven. There is also a large island with silestone counter top, a heavy gauge stainless steel sink and three dishwashers. The downstairs is completed by a large laundry/linen room and an inn keeper’s office with built in filing cabinets and bookshelves.
The second story owner’s quarters are the perfect retreat for the busy inn keeper. The generous master bedroom has French doors that can be opened to overlook the beautifully landscaped gardens and let in the cool evening air. The master bath features a double shower and can be accessed either from the master bedroom or through the walk in closet.
Owners can dine in their own private café. This unique room is beautifully lit with a large arched window overlooking Gay Street. One wall boasts a built in book case perfect for grabbing the latest novel while you are relaxing. The floor is a rich Brazilian Cherry. The living room is very comfortable and perfect for hanging out with a few friends or watching a movie. This room could double as a second bedroom since it has a full bath and a walk in closet.
Gay Street Inn features five uniquely decorated guest rooms, each with its own private bath and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. Three of the rooms are on the second floor and two are on the main level. One of the main level accommodations is a suite that features a bedroom with king-sized bed, a sitting area and a complete private eat-in kitchen.
The home sits gently on the land, surrounded by mature landscaping, lush lawns and lovely ornamental gardens. Despite the in-town location, the property is pleasantly private.
Gay Street Inn has been in operation for seven years and business has increased steadily each year as the inn’s reputation has grown. Currently Gay Street Inn is ranked by tripadvisor.com as the best B&B in Rappahannock County. The inn’s gross revenue is over six figures and it generates a tidy pretax profit. There is ample opportunity to improve revenues and profits as the current owners operate the business only an average of four nights a week and, on average, the Gay Street Inn boasts some of the lowest room rates in Rappahannock County.
Gay Street Inn is a very viable business and a delightful way to make a living. It is convenient to the towns of Flint Hill and Sperryville (about 5 miles away in either dirction), and 20 minutes to either Front Royal, Warrenton or Culpeper and only about 1.5 hours to Washington DC. The home and property are in excellent condition so you can move right in — the owners imagine that the transition to new owners can go quite smoothly. The Gay Street Inn is being sold as a turn-key business. Please contact Cheri Woodard Realty for a list of furnishings that convey.
Gay Street Inn is about 15 miles from the Castleton Festival and Chateauville Foundation, which brings in world-class concerts, operas and other performances much of the year. It's only a 15 minute drive to the Shenandoah National Park boundary offering an amazing array of waterfalls, canyons, trails and hikes. Rappahannock County has many fine restaurants and wineries that draw visitors to the area with an array of great activities every weekend.
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From Warrenton - Take 211 West for approximately 21.6 miles. Turn right onto Mount Salem Avenue and continue for 0.3 miles. Turn left on Gay Street and property will be on your left.