John and Ellen Roberts have been the innkeeper-owners at Llewellyn Lodge for over 31 years. The Lodge was the first licensed B&B in Lexington in 1985. A very high percentage of guests to the Lodge are repeat visitors, most come back to experience - comfort, Lexington's small town charm, the helpful ,experienced advice from the innkeepers, the most convenient location, the friendly relaxed atmosphere and the excellent breakfasts which are custom made for them to name a few. Many guests have logged in from 100-250 or more room nights at the Lodge over its long history. Hosting guests to both Washington & Lee University Virginia Military Institute and Southern Virginia University has been an enjoyable part of this history as well.
Ellen grew up in Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island, New York. She spent 20 years in the hospitality industry, including airline, travel, hotel and the restaurant business before opening Llewellyn Lodge in 1985. Nantucket Island is one of her favorite places to visit, her parents lived there for many years. Alaska, Scotland, Panama Canal, paddleboating the Mississippi and cruising the Amazon have made for enjoyable trips over the last few years for your hosts. Ellen's breakfasts are legendary, how many B&Bs have you been to that offer a menu with several tasty entrees on it like custom made omelettes, Belgian waffles, eggs of most kinds, Virginia meats, lots of fruits , not and cold cereals to name a few. Ellen is also an avid golfer and will gladly assist you in setting up a tee time at our Country Club, 3 minutes away. Below is a picture of a recent trip to St. Andrews, Scotland with us standing on the famous old course Swilcan foot bridge. We had the great fortune of attending the British Golf Open at Muirfield as we followed Phil Mickelson who won.
John is a Lexington native, born in the ‘’Stonewall’’ Jackson House, once the town hospital, now a museum paying honor to General ‘’Stonewall’’ Jackson who lived there prior to the Civil War. he grew up exploring both the Blue Ridge & Alleghany Mountains. He will readily share his unique knowledge of the area. He spends his entire spare time outdoors, his Trail and Hiking Guide is sure to put you in some enchanting places. Maps and expert advice are provided. He loves seeing that guests get the most out of their trip to his hometown. He has several itineraries for guests to consider, whether it be historic, outdoor, or other special interest areas. John is also an expert Fly fishing veteran of over 58 seasons, his guided trout fishing trips and Introductory fly-fishing classes are outstanding and have been featured in several magazines including Southern Living and the Discovery TV Channel. Ellen and John love spending time and enjoying wildlife including Bald Eagles, hummingbirds and Eastern Bluebirds from the porch at their Bath County, Va. mountain retreat when business slows down. There just happens to be 2 nice trout streams on the property as well.