Claiborne House B&B is elegantly poised in the heart of Rocky Mount Virginia within minutes to major attractions.
Located in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The B&B is just 15 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway MP 121. (click here for map) The Blue Ridge Parkway is unabashedly America’s drive-through National Park. The BRP is a 469.1 mile long with zero stops. “America’s Favorite Drive/Ride.” The movie “Lawless” was made about our Franklin County Virginia and her notorious moonshiners The Bondurant Brothers, based on the book “The Wettest County in the World” by Matt Bondurant. Learn more here.
We are at the starting point for The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail here in Rocky Mount. Booker T Washington National Monument is just a short drive from The Claiborne House. Walk in the footsteps of history.
Visit the fantastic Smith Mountain Lake with its 500 miles of shoreline, festivals and restaurants or our other scenic mountain lake, Philpott Lake with hiking trails, good fishin’ and swimmin’ holes; we have TWO Lakes to visit, wait we also have nearby Fairy Stone State Park (and lake). We are flip flop approved!
Shellie and Tony have owned the circa 1895 Victorian Queen Anne “The Claiborne House” since 2004. They moved to Rocky Mount Virginia from the Pacific NorthWET where they lived and built a home on some acreage. Prior to that they lived in Australia where Tony served 10 years in the Royal Australian Navy and Shellie worked for the Health Dept and DoD. They have been married nearly 25 years and have two lovely daughters, one who works with Mum at the inn, and one who is in high school active in marching band. GO EAGLES!
Shellie calls herself the “Innside” innkeeper as she does all things B&B related inside, from creating this website you are reading now, our funky blog Coffee Talk, and loves nature photography, outdoor exploration, and more! She does all the marketing, business management and decorating at the inn. She is also the cook and creates the fantastic breakfasts she knows you will innjoy.
Tony is the cheeky Australian who has his hands full with all things “Outside” the inn. He built the three ponds in the gardens, remodeled the wash house into “The Love Shack” and more. He is the Aussie Bob Villa, the handy-man with a dash of Tim-the-Tool man-Taylor. Landscaping, gardening, and all things exterior are his forte, even down to brick restoration. But these are the things that keep him busy in addition to his full time job in I.T.
Meet Assistant Innkeeper Sierra, she is the eldest daughter of Shellie & Tony and happy to make your acquaintance.