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"Ilahee" taken around the turn of the century, circa
King's Victorian Inn was built in
1899 by Dr. Henry S. Pole, a well known physician in Bath County, Virginia. He named
the home "Ilahee" which translates to "high
Victorian house" with an unusual exuberance of details and elements.
The irregular plan is typical, however the main stairwell has several landings
and runs in several different directions. The house has unusual
projections, turrets, bay windows, and a verandah which extends around most of
the house. The interior has been somewhat altered, although six of the
eight fireplace mantels remain.
The Pole family photo taken at their Valley View Farm home in the
Dr. Pole was a natural physician and through the many years
he practiced, he acquired an extensive knowledge of spa treatments which was
unequaled. This was especially appropriate due to the home's proximity to the
hot and warm running mineral springs located nearby. He was the first in
the area to purchase an automobile. The noisy machine caused many
residents to attempt to outlaw autos on Bath County roads.
Hot Springs, Virginia in the early 1890's
In 1928, the property was sold to A. E. Dudley. At
this time it became known as "Manor Terrace". During the
ownership of the Dudleys, "Manor Terrace" was used for many different
things, some of which were a restaurant, rooming house, barber house, leather
shop, etc. It was best known for its restaurant which was a favorite
eating place for many. James J. Brady purchased the property in 1974 from
Constance Pruester, who had owned it since 1965, during which time it was a
family dwelling. This was home for the "Brady Family" for
several years until his work took them away from Bath County to Tennessee.
Present owners, Liz and Richard King, discovered the
property while on vacation in July, 1987 and have restored the property and
expanded its offerings to be
one of Virginia's most exclusive Bed and Breakfast Inns.
Come discover the absolute beauty, charm and romantic
enchantment of the Inn and the tranquility of its surroundings. The
accommodations available to guests are superior in every sense of the word.
Large, comfortable rooms, beautifully decorated and furnished await you. A
stay at King's Victorian Inn will be long remembered. A relaxing blend of
a nostalgic past and the conveniences of the present.