The stately, inviting front rooms of Southern Sighs welcome you to stay, play and visit a while. Both feature hardwood floors, hand crafted French and Afghan Orientals and fireplaces with gas logs that add sparkle to a winter’s night.
This is the Inn’s formal public room. The art and furnishings are eclectic, and the walls inspired by the rich interiors of the traditional French Villas Innkeeper Mary Lynn visited in her early treks to Europe. Formal, yes, but also relaxing, inviting and soothing to the core. The room’s comfortable seating inspires conversation and an old world sense of congeniality. Enjoy a quiet moment with your special someone beneath the stately, gilded mirror or get to know your new friends.
It’s time for fun. Here, you can watch a game on the bar TV, enjoy a a slice of cake, relax with a glass of wine before dinner, engage in a lively game of Fussball or simply kick back, relax and take in the banter. Named after Mary Lynn’s great grandfather, Adolph Russow, who was the Vintner at Monticello Wine Company. The Winery began in 1873 and lasted until prohibition in 1916 and won awards at the Vienna exhibition in 1873 for their Virginia Claret. The Vintner’s Room combines French and American interiors with an inviting sense of play.
We consider the Delft Room to BE the true heart of the home. This is where your hot breakfast is served! In the Delft Dining Room, you will start the day with a cup of fresh hot coffee and plated breakfast in a room as cheerful as a bright spring morning. Enjoy it all in a setting that features antique Delft tiles on the fireplace, an English chandelier, the German Rosewood Hutch, antique sideboards and the long white dining table where you are bound to make new friends.
Second Floor Art Gallery
At the Inn, you can reach the upstairs suites through The Gallery. This welcoming, second floor parlor is a showcase for maritime, historic, local and European art. Sit awhile on the welcoming couch, plan your day, read a book, visit with friends or enjoy a few moments of quiet reflection at the end of the day.
Meet The Innkeepers
My husband, Bill, and I were driving on a hot July day in the summer of 2016 to go on vacation in North Carolina. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a "For Sale" sign and I was instantly smitten with my destiny. I asked my husband to turn around and drive up to the house. It is a very calming feeling to sit on the front porch and simply look around. We decided to call the realtor on the sign and she came over within 25 minutes to show us the interior of the home. As we crossed the threshold into the entrance hall, I think I knew that we were home. I felt a great sense of destiny and purpose which seemed to take control and guide us forward.
Ironically, thirty years earlier, I used to drive by this house sometimes with my father as we traveled from Baltimore to Hampton, Virginia. In the early '80's I was working in Baltimore and my father worked as a contractor for Martin Marietta. My father shared a condo with me in Baltimore and traveled home on weekends to my mother and sister in Hampton. Whenever I made the weekend trip with him, we passed by this house and each of us commented not only on the beauty of the home, but also on the welcoming impression that it made. The home reminded my father of happy boyhood times spent at his sister's home in Sanford, North Carolina. I, too, remembered visiting my aunt and uncle in Sanford, and remember the beauty of their home and it's welcoming atmosphere. In addition, I always wanted a bed and breakfast.
In October of 2016, we purchased the home and began many necessary code-required renovations, upgrades and aesthetically inspired enhancements. On November 17th in 2018, we had the blessing of the home and a dinner celebration for forty people. We look forward to welcoming you at Southern Sighs Bed & Breakfast.
Mary Lynn Landgraf
Mary Lynn Landgraf grew up in Hampton, VA and at nine years of age made a vow to herself to sail out of Norfolk, VA at age 18 and study in Europe. She wanted to see the world and she did. She worked in international sales and enjoyed cultural immersions and smiling faces in every country. After years in international sales and serving the U.S. government, Mary Lynn spends time promoting U.S. made technical textiles and regional, state and U.S culture.
William A. Budd (Bill)
William A. Budd (Bill) was born in New Jersey and has become a Southerner by choice. Bill worked in marketing and sales in the titanium industry for ATI for 30 plus years during the exciting decades of the '80's, '90's and early 2000's. Bill is now engaged in the graphite industry dealing with corrosion applications and covering North American sales for SGL. Two of his most exciting purchases at Southern Sighs have been his John Deere tractor and his Foosball table located in the bar.