“Our little piece of Heaven,” claimed an Australian guest as she and her family vacationed at The War Hill Inn. War Hill is just a short distance from the city limits of Williamsburg. The house and cottages are located near the center of the 32-acre estate. There are forests, an orchard, a vineyard and gardens that compliment the spacious grounds and yard. It is a quiet and relaxing retreat. The sounds of nature surround you as the crickets, cicadas, frogs and owls serenade you to sleep.
The Manor House and Cottages are located on a working farm. The Manor was built in 1968 under the direction of an architect from Colonial Williamsburg. Recycled building materials were gathered from as far away as the Dutch Country in Pennsylvania and as close as the trees that were cut on the farm to make the wood paneling in the living room. The wide heart pine floors came from an old school. Bricks were taken from Main Street in Norfolk. The stairs were in a Lutheran Church. The overhead beams are from a barn and the 8 foot long oak mantle over the fireplace is thought to be more than 200 years old.
Warhill was originally built as a the Lee family home. The Lee’s continue to live on site and have been operating War Hill Inn as a family run business since 1986. Bill Lee, a retired veterinarian, might be seen tending to the cows, riding the tractor or working on one of his many projects around the farm. Shirley’s love of antiques and folk art is evident throughout the house. Their son, Will, who currently manages the Inn, is an avid gardener and has a broad knowledge of local plants, wildlife and history. The Lees enjoy getting to know there guests who come from places all over the world. Many of the guests who frequent War Hill Inn become honorary members of the Lee family.
The War Hill Bed & Breakfast is named for the land on which it is built. On June 26th, 1781 a battle took place here giving rise to the name War Hill. Read the full story from James City County, Key Stone of the Commonwealth By Martha W. McCartney: View the PDF