Our 18th century farmhouse is on a real working farm. Cows graze in pastures behind the Inn. Sequestered in one of the oldest historic areas of the country, we are a short (free) ferry ride across the James River from historic Jamestown & Williamsburg.
Agrarian by design, this area has been in cultivation since humans first began to plant seed.
We are an hour's drive to Richmond, to Virginia Beach, to Norfolk and less than that on the ferry to Williamsburg.
The farmhouse, while still on the working farm is far enough away from the comings and goings of the farm to provide a quiet, peaceful setting.
We traced the lineage and know all the inhabitants from the 1700's. A meditation teacher used it for a month to plan her year!
You may walk all over the farm and see the cows (Belted Galloways, or Oreos, & Angus), horses, heritage breed pigs and chickens. AND we have a blueberry and blackberry orchard too. Want to walk in the woods? Our farm is over 400 acres with 200 or so in cultivation, the other 200 are wooded.
Because we are a real, working farm, we stay pretty busy most of the time. You are free to wander around. If we aren't planting, harvesting, helping w the birth of an animal, collecting eggs or any of the 1000 chores we perform daily, we will be happy to answer questions!
If you want a more interactive experience, tag along on morning rounds. People have been farming here since the early 1600's. And before that the natives spent centuries calling this place home. You can just feel it...it is quiet, calm and country. And the people are very, very nice. It's a great place to walk, run, ride a bike, motorcycle or drive.
There is no public transportation in the country. Did I say you are in the country? But still close enough to Williamsburg to enjoy all the amenities. The farm is 13 miles from the ferry landing, truly in farming country. It is rural, but there is a grocery store, pharmacy and a few restaurants 2 miles away in nearby Wakefield, home of the iconic Virginia Diner. We don't have TV or wifi in the house, but that you can have that anywhere, right?
We are farmers, educators, lovers of nature, history, agriculture, animals and natural and healthy foods. Plus, Michael loves the taste of food produced on this farm, he swears it has so much more flavor than factory farmed food. Wait until you step inside the smokehouse...you can smell a hundred years of smoking meat.
|Zip Code: 23888|
|Nearest Airport||Norfolk International||40 miles|
|Nearest Bar||Hampton Roads Winery||7 miles|
|Nearest Beach||Virginia Beach||60 miles|
|Nearest Ferry||James River||15 miles|
|Nearest Restaurant||Virginia Diner||3 miles|
|Nearest Train Station||Petersburg/Richmond/Norfolk||45 miles|
People have been farming here since the early 1600's. And before that the natives spent centuries calling this place home. You can just feel it...it is quiet, calm and country. And the people are very, very nice.
Come and enjoy the peace and serenity of our farm and historic home- within close proximity to Williamsburg/Jamestown historical areas. Palmyra Inn circa 1745 was built by John Presson one of the first settlers in the yet to be formed Sussex County.
Many families have called this their home over the centuries, come make memories and feel the warmth of historic country living.
Luggage dropoff allowed
For guests' convenience when they have early arrival or late departure
Long term stays allowed
Allow stay for 28 days or more
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We has a wonderful weekend stay. Our kids (and the parents) really enjoyed meeting all the farm animals (bull, cows, goats, chickens, dogs, and lots of pigs) as well as picking blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries. We spent a lot of time just enjoying relaxing on the porch swing and exploring the farm but also enjoyed local sights such as Bacon's castle, Chippokes state park and biking around Jamestown . Amy and Michael were gracious hosts and encouraged us to freely explore the farm. The house was clean and comfortable with a great blend of historic integrity and modern conveniences. We highly recommend a visit for families.
Stayed June, 2022
I grew up on a farm nearby and greatly enjoyed this weekend with my husband, my daughter & her husband and 2 children (4 & 6).
The kids liked discovering the house and made a game of “who will sleep in this room”. The house was just the right size for us, had all the amenities we needed and was very comfortable on a very cold weekend! Had the weather been warmer, we would have explored the farm and met more farm animals. We enjoyed visiting the goats at the Hampton winery (unfortunately the goats were not climbing their tower!), drove past my childhood farm, visited the “spring” at Spring Hill Church and reveled in the ever beautiful Spring Hill millpond! Thank you for a wonderful and unique experience!
Stayed February, 2022
This is a very cute historic house on a large farm. We had fun in Smithfield and enjoyed the quiet nature of this location. We really, really enjoyed our eggs and sausage that came from the farm. In fact, we bought more sausage to take home!
Stayed October, 2021
What a beautiful step back in time. Between my 14 year old, my 41 year old self, and 69 year old mom...no need for TV here! (Although they did have one if you want). Charming farmhouse brimming with the feel of past generations, clean, stocked with pots and pans and lots of cozy blankets. We enjoyed waking up to the sound of hungry cows. Visiting the animals down the road...is that a sheep or a pig?! They were all so cute. The farm fresh eggs in the fridge were so good. And looking at the beautiful stars every night...amazing. My favorite time was sitting on the porch swing while Mom sat in the rocking chair and we watched my daughter talking to the cows. The calves were so cute and spunky...like puppies. Would definitely recommend this place if you're looking to unplug, play cards, and get away from city life.
Stayed April, 2021
It was real nice there. House was amazing. Wrap around porch was great for enjoying the country setting. Would stay there again.
Stayed March, 2021
Our stay at the inn was very lovely and cozy, and we appreciated how beautiful the furnishings were. The kitchen was very well equipped for the cooking that we did, and the hosts generously provided sausage and eggs from their farm for our stay. It was quite rainy so we didn’t get an opportunity to explore the area as much as we would have liked, but we did meet some very talkative cows who were fun to watch. We also appreciated the great communication with Amy and Brenda througout the booking process. Overall we would definitely stay here again and we recommend the inn to anyone who is looking for a peaceful retreat to the countryside. Thanks for the hospitality!
Stayed February, 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Palmyra Inn. It was very peaceful to be on the farm surrounded by cows, cornfields and forests. We spent many hours wandering the fields and the woods with our 2 little dogs. Really beautiful and, best of all, we felt blessedly far away from the bustle of Northern Virginia where we live. Amy and Michael are superb hosts, very gracious and helpful, not to mention friendly. Plus they left us fresh-laid eggs and very, very delicious sausage which made for some outstanding breakfasts.
Stayed December, 2020
We had a wonderful respite at the Palmyra Inn. We were looking for a change in scenery which we enjoyed in spades- watching the sun set over the field was a treat. The house had what we needed, including extra blankets for a few chilly nights. Thank you, Amy, for the brief tour and for your sincere hospitality!
Stayed December, 2020
We stayed at the farm for two nights with our young children and a dog a had a wonderful time. The house is lovely and well-equipped for guests, the setting could not be more peaceful, what issues emerged were dealt with promptly. The kids enjoyed visiting the farm and feeding the animals. We also took a trip to Williamsburg which was quite convenient. Looking forward to returning some day.
Stayed September, 2020
Read the other 5 star reviews!! Excellent, accommodating, and friendly hosts, this property will not disappoint. Great place to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life (although you have the option to check-in with family/work via wi-fi). It had everything we needed for our getaway with our two boys under ten. The porch is perfect for relaxing and listening to the sounds of nature. The boys were able to entertain themselves in the huge yard and on the farm, but we were also close enough to the Jamestown Ferry (free) to do some sightseeing/educational activities at the Settlement with them as well. Chippokes Plantation is definitely also on our list to spend a day or two exploring next time. We had a great meal at Surry Seafood Company on our way home off the ferry one day, they have gorgeous water views. This will not be our last trip to Palmyra Inn and we hope to take our family from overseas when they make it back over for a visit.
Stayed August, 2020