Virginia Bed and Breakfast

A Country Bed and Breakfast Located in Hanover Virginia.


Experience the nature, serenity and intimacy of Shady Acres.

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Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast

At Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast we look forward to making your visit a rejuvenating experience, with clean comfortable rooms, affordable rates and full complimentary home-style breakfasts featuring our own free-range, farm-fresh eggs.

Shady Acres is a country bed and breakfast convenient to I-95, yet just far enough away from it all, for the peace and quiet of country living.

As a “Certified Green” bed and breakfast, we concentrate on reducing our environmental footprint while still providing luxury amenities in our two comfortably appointed guest rooms featuring;

  • extended length king beds
  • 42” HDTV
  • Free WiFi
  • in-room charging stations for your mobile devices
  • cozy fireplace
  • private on-suite bathroom
  • picturesque views of flower gardens and farm fields

You’ll find us the perfect destination for a well-deserved getaway or to celebrate any special occasion.  Enjoy a romantic escape to the country with the convenience of nearby cities and towns, such as Richmond, Fredericksburg and Ashland, offering an abundance of things to see and do during your stay. Visit our Events and Attractions tabs.

Hanover and Caroline Counties have so much to offer with their interesting stories of Virginia people and places, historic battlefields, the Stonewall Jackson Shrine, local wineries, restaurants, quaint antique shops, adorable and fashionable boutiques, golf courses, botanical gardens, the Virginia State Capital, Hollywood Cemetery, Segway tours, numerous museums, paddleboat and canal cruises, hot-air balloon rides, event parks, Nascar, the Historic Hanover Courthouse named for Patrick Henry, Hanover Tavern with its charming stage theatre and favorite gathering spot of many historic figures, The Meadow Event Park home of the Virginia State Fair and the birthplace of the all-time favorite professional racehorse and movie inspiration “Secretariat.” All this and more, only minutes away from Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast.

Perhaps a day trip is more your style. Whether you take the local and scenic back roads or the convenience of I-95, a day trip to Washington D.C., Virginia Beach, the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Historic triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown & Jamestown is always a treat. History enthusiasts enjoy our central location along the Virginia Civil War Trails.

With our own, on-site Marriage Officiate, Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast is the perfect choice for a country wedding. We perform ceremonies for small intimate weddings for just the Bride and Groom, as well as, host events with 150 guests in an open-air or tented venue for weddings, receptions, reunions, showers, birthday and anniversary celebrations and business events.

Shady Acres Gift Certificates always make a delightful gift that you know they’ll love…and will express your heartfelt fondness or appreciation in a unique yet affordable way! Gift a night, or a weekend, at Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast! 

Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast is a participant of, and proudly selected to be featured on the 2015 “Inns of Virginia Wine Country” Go Virginia Getaway discount cards.

We invite you to check-out our 5 star TripAdvisor Reviews and on-going “discounts, packages and specials”.

Guest Reviews

Was a very quiet and peaceful retreat. Gail and Ralph were perfect hosts. Plan on repeat visit soon and will probably be a goto spot for us. Would recommend as a great place to unwind. I had a problem with the web site for booking but called and Gail had resolved and returned my call very quickly. I give Shady Acres a 5 out of 5 star rating! Jim S. July 2015

Gail and Ralph, We really enjoyed our stay. Your hospitality is always outstanding. Teresa and I appreciate the special touch you gave to our anniversary. Thanks to you both, we look forward to our next visit. – Jerry J 6/19/2014

Gail, Wanted to thank you and your husband Ralph for the hospitality you showed us during our visit. It was a relaxing and enjoyable experience for both of us. The food and facilities were excellent. We look forward to our next visit. 
 Take care and thanks again – Jerry & Teresa  MGySgt Jerry J. Gooch USMC(ret)
"One of the best b and b's I have ever stayed at. Certainly the most hospitable folks running a b and b; they are constantly asking if you are hungry even if it's not breakfast time; in fact they gave us food when we arrived late Friday night. It is quiet except for the occasional reassuring "country noise" from the roosters outside and grandfather clock inside. The room was large and the bed very, very comfortable. Located in a beautiful setting. Alan Levine, Washington, D.C. On May 19, 2014
Me and my fiancé stayed with Ralph and Gail in early August 2013. We loved the stay! Our primary reason for the visit was to spend a couple days at Kings Dominion, which is only about 12 minutes down the road, with Shady Acres having an perfect location. If you are looking for lodging accommodations near the shopping mall or next chain restaurant, Shady Acres is not for you (the home is located at the end of a remote road) which is one of the main reasons we choose to stay there. We could not of asked for better hosts, which created a very relaxed environment.
Mr. and Mrs. Olberg – Just wanted to say how much my husband and I enjoyed our stay at Shady Acres.
It was great watching the sunset from the front porch while sipping tea. We enjoyed Walker, the dog, Romeo the rooster and Sandi and her 4 chicks. Hard to believe all your chickens have names. Seeing all the wonderful antiques and hearing the stories behind some of them was very interesting. Our breakfast of eggs and country sausage was also a hit.
Am going to recommend your place to our friends. Sincerely, Gee and Jack Stuar
Dear Gail and Ralph,
We wanted to thank you for being a wonderful host. Your house is delightful. My room was very comfortable with soothing view from our window. Our private bath and the fireplace very romantic. Watching the chickens run around the yard was really a great experience. Breakfast was delicious every day with fresh eggs. Can't wait to return and relax. Life is so busy for everyone it is really needed to relax and Shady Acres bed and breakfast is a great place to relax. See you again soon.
My husband and I stayed at Shady Acres B&B while in the area for the Secretariat Celebration and truly enjoyed the accommodations. The setting is very convenient, but it is away from the hustle and bustle. Breakfasts are delicious, especially the eggs produced by the friendly resident free-range chickens. We saw baby squirrels and enjoyed the company of the resident fur-baby. The rooms are lovely. The beds are especially comfy, and we were able to enjoy Duke basketball on the super nice tv. The room was cozy and nice.

We return to Shady Acres Bed and Breakfast every year for Nascar. The location is convenient, the breakfasts are never disappointing, the SleepNumber beds are fabulous and the hospitality of Ralph and Gail is over the top. S&S.H.

Gail & Ralph, Thank you so much for your hospitality over this past weekend! We were looking for a weekend get-away and you provided just that! We'll be sure to spread the word about Shady Acres! R&B 9/21/2014