We’re Not in Virginia Anymore!

Ever dreamed of visiting the romantic mansions of Italy but don’t have the time or money to get there? We’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s a stunning mansion modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome just 20 minutes from our Inn! We visited it a few weeks ago and can’t wait to share our photos with you.

According to Wikipedia, Swannanoa was built in 1912 by millionaire and philanthropist James H. Dooley above Rockfish Gap, which is the southern end of the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park and the northern boundary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

It took more than 300 artisans eight years to build this amazing structure, complete with Georgian marble, Tiffany windows, gold plumbing and terraced gardens! At the time of its completion, it was a state-of-the-art structure, the first in Nelson County to have electricity and boasting both an elevator and dumbwaiter.

After a brief period as a country club, the mansion sat empty for many years until the current owner, J.F. Dulaney, Jr. of Charlottesville, began a major renovation in 1999. Since this time, Dulaney has been attempting to restore the property to its original glory. Today, small group tours, open houses and weddings are held on the property. We were one of the lucky pairs to tour this grand palace and marveled at its beauty!

Please consider joining us during your visit to the Swannanoa Mansion and truly step back in time with the rich and famous. If you want to see the rest of our pictures, please visit our facebook page!

Your Hosts,
Bill and Eileen Hoernlein

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Join us as we celebrate Independence Day!

Book 3 nights in the Manor (arriving July 2, 3 or 4th) and receive (at No Additional Charge!)
– A 2 hour early check in (2 pm)
-A local cheese ball, crackers, and bottle of wine waiting for you in your room
-Inclusion in our annual pool side picnic with grilled brats, sides and beverages

Mid-Summer Savings

Head for the Shenandoah Valley to escape the Summer heat! Reserve two or more nights in August in the Manor or a cabin and get a 10% discount on the room rate.  Book directly online to receive this special discount.

Bourbon Tasting Anyone?

Elevate your stay at Steeles Tavern Manor by booking a custom bourbon tasting.  With over 40 bottles in our collection, we have something for everyone.  See this package and others on our Packages & Specials Page.

Give The Gift of Steeles Tavern Manor This Christmas

Give your loved one a very special gift of a stay at Steeles Tavern Manor.  We offer gift certificates in many amounts.