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La Villa Romaine Bed and Breakfast
Bed and Breakfast in the European Tradition
Petersburg's Oldest Continuously-Operated Bed and Breakfast!
29 South Market Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone: 804-861-2285 or 1-800-243-0860 (PIN 1234)
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We now offer free high speed (802.11g -108 Mbps) Wi-Fi Internet access from all bedrooms!
La Villa Romaine is located between Washington and Wythe Streets in the heart of historic downtown Petersburg. The Villa is ideally located for easy access to and from Interstates 95 and 85, as well as being conveniently located near the restored Old Towne area of Petersburg. This gives our guests an excellent point of departure for sight-seeing, shopping, antique hunting, or just enjoying historic Virginia's Central Region.
You can sense the Villa's unique history from the noteworthy iron entry gates (which are used in nearly all of the Historic Petersburg Foundation's publications) to the ancient carriage house in the rear. Built in 1858 and continually used as a private residence, its doors are now open to those who wish to experience the gracious living of times past.
Approaching from the street, you find time has lovingly worn the marble and mosaic walkway, which leads to the massive double entry doors and the grand entry hall. Inside you will find each room in the Villa reflecting a different French decorating style, from Country French to more formal Louis XVI room.
Each morning you will be greeted with gourmet coffee or hot tea, accompanied by Mozart or Bach. After this, you will be treated to a sumptuous European-style breakfast served on china, silver, and crystal in the formal dining room. The day is now yours for business or pleasure.
A feeling of European charm and understated elegance pervades La Villa Romaine, and we look forward to your visit! In fact, many of the French antiques in the home were used by Sam Neill in the nationally broadcast CBS Miniseries Sally Hemings: An American Scandal! In each room we will let you know which pieces were used!
The formal dining room is decorated in a Louis XV Country French style, and is where the bed-and-breakfast guests share a sumptuous European-style breakfast each morning. The dining table, buffet, and chairs were made in the Provence region of France in the mid-1800’s. Decorating the walls are numerous 18th century French Provincial plates, as well as a pair of 18th century prints of Muses above the buffet. In the c1720 Dutch cabinet are a collection of 18th and 19th century porcelain from Mrs. Roy’s great-grandmother’s collection. The gold light fixture was purchased by the Roys while on an antique shopping trip to Lyon, France. The chairs around the dining room table were used by Sam Neill in the nationally broadcast CBS Miniseries Sally Hemings: An American Scandal!
As you enter the formal salon the first item you notice is the Pleyel Grand Piano. Made in Paris in the mid-1800’s, it is known as the "Steinway" of France Among the other major "period" pieces in the room are: a Louis XVI chest (owned by Mrs. Roy’s grandmother) made in the late 1700’s; a Louis XVI vase presented to Mrs. Roy’s great-great-grandfather when he was the Commissioner of the Interior of France; a pair of Louis XVI Begeres flanking the fireplace dating from the mid-1800’s; a black and gold dessert set from the late 1800’s; a Napoleon I coffee and tea set from the early 1800’s; and a Louis XV style gold and white porcelain dessert set from Mrs. Roy’s great-great-grandparents.
In the library we have some of the oldest items in the home.
Some of our favorite pieces are: a 17th century Louis XIV painted silk fan in glass; an 1860 Henri II card table, a period Henri II leather chair from c1580; an Italian marble fireplace, original to the house, as well as a Civil War cannonball found at the owner’s home in Gloucester, Va. Here we also feature a Henri II French bonnetierre made in the mid 1500’s with a fleur-de-lis carved into the front of it; a French writing table (made near the Spanish border in the early 1800’s); a mid-1800’s music stand with Mr. Roy’s grandfather’s violin on display; a c1860 Henri II Bibliotheque filled with a collection of 17th, 18th, and 19th century French hand bound leather books; a 17th century Louis XIV oak armoire; a set of swords above the armoire, including a Civil War Confederate Saber used by Mr. Roy’s great-grandfather during the battle of the Crater here in Petersburg; and a 17th century Louis XIII Bishop’s Chair, used in confession, with a drawer for a Bible. A small card table and chair set were used by Sam Neill as Jefferson's Parisian breakfast set in Sally Hemings: An American Scandal! The production company also used several hundred of our 17th, 18th, and 19th century French books in a scene with an outdoor book merchant in a Paris open-air market.
In our upstairs hallway we have set up an area for you to relax and unwind from a long day of visiting and sightseeing.
Just step outside your bedroom door, and you will find the cool breezes of our antique-style ceiling fans billowing over you, as well as access to a collection of books covering everything from the Civil War, to gourmet cooking, to old-house restoration, to antique cars. Or, plug in your laptop and use our wireless broadband to catch up on your latest emails from your family and friends.
This room is the most romantic bedroom in the villa, and is the only upstairs bedroom featuring a marble fireplace. In fact, the marble fireplace was installed by one of the previous owners in the 1870’s for his daughter’s wedding night! The 18th century Louis XV painted bed was owned by Mrs. Roy’s grandmother, and is the bed Mrs. Roy was born in. Interestingly, when the producers of the CBS Miniseries about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings came to town looking for authentic French furniture to use for Jefferson's Paris apartment, they chose to rent this bed. So, this is the same bed used by Sam Neill in the nationally broadcast Sally Hemings: An American Scandal! Other items of interest in the room are the mid-1800’s dresser, an oversize English tall chest of drawers, the French etchings on the walls, and a small 18th century Regency gilded mirror hung over the dressing table.
This room is furnished in the Louis XVI style, and features a French blue, white, and gold striped wallpaper. The Louis XVI King size bed (which began as a pair of French twin beds) was purchased by the Roy’s at an antique market in northern France, and was made in the mid-1800’s. The Louis XVI three door armoire and chevets are also from the mid-1800’s. The blue and white porcelain dishes came from Mrs. Roy’s family. The light fixture in this room, as well as the other bedrooms, are original to the house.
This room features a magnificent Louis XV country French bed and matching armoire. The bedroom also features an antique Provence iron wash stand, as well as a section of a balcony from an old apartment building from Nice converted into a plant stand. Decorated in a light and airy motif with a view of the gardens in the back yard, it is a trip to Provence in the Springtime.
The Renaissance Room is the only masculine bedroom in the bed-and-breakfast. It features a heavily carved Henri II bed, along with a matching bed crown the size of a small stage! Also in this room are a Henri II French desk, a Henri II armoire, and bookcase, dated mid-1800’s. It is believed Gen. David Birney of the Union Army stayed in this room (so he could keep an eye on Gen. Grant at the Thomas Wallace House down the street) after the fall of Petersburg in 1865.
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Our nightly rates are $95 per room (plus sales and lodging taxes for a total of $105.45), and include a European breakfast in our country French dining room.
Check-in time: 5:30 p.m.
Check-out time: 10:00 a.m.
Ken and Françoise Roy
La Villa Romaine
29 South Market Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
804-861-2285 (1-800-243-0860, PIN 1234)
WEB Site Last Updated: 10/17/08