Hotel Weyanoke's restoration blends historic architecture, mid-century modern décor

Hotel Weyanoke has opened as the newest boutique property in Farmville, Va. Taking its cues from Hotel Weyanoke's century-long history, the design blends vintage touches with modern amenities and technology.

The interiors were designed by Hightower Collaborative Design and Hunter Mabry Design, with the hotel's interior style rooted in elements that are locally inspired and sourced, a vision championed by General Partners, which was also involved in the design process. The result is an integration of historic architecture and mid-century modern décor that creates a residential ambiance.

The lobby has high ceilings and includes four original circa-1925 chandeliers as well as the original marble flooring and check-in desk. Deep channeled-velvet sofas in pale gray are complemented by modular settees in pink accented by throw pillows in an abstract print.

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The design retained many of the hotel's original elements, including the tin ceilings in the coal-fired-pizza café and a collection of trim-work, windows and doors throughout the historic building.

In the guestrooms, in use are neutral tones, blond wood flooring and beds, sculptural armchairs in textural light gray fabric with walnut accents, and woven area rugs. The palette also showcases each room's unique artwork: paintings, drawings and metal sculptures inspired by Virginia's culture and history, as well as an arrangement of yarn spools in homage to the state's textile industry heritage. In keeping with the local connection, the property also has locally crafted water tumblers and coffee mugs by neighborhood pottery store Mainly Clay.

Additionally, some of the hotel's furnishings are sourced from Green Front Furniture, a one-million-square-foot complex of brick warehouses in Farmville.

Hotel Weyanoke is a brick building located on High Street directly across from Longwood University. It was opened in the late 1920s, with past guests including author and activist Helen Keller. A picture of her visit is on display in the lobby.

In total, the property has 70 rooms and suites housed in two wings. The original Historic Building has 27 rooms and a newly constructed Cumberland Wing, which has private balconies, has 43 rooms and suites. There are four categories – Historic Building Guestrooms, Cumberland Wing Guestrooms, Cumberland Wing Junior Suites and Cumberland Wing Two-Room Suites. All guestrooms have a walk-in shower, free Wi-Fi, 49-inch LG televisions with DirectTV, Gilchrist & Soames London towels and linens, pillows by Northern Feather, a mini-fridge, a Hamilton Beach one-cup brewer and Counter Culture coffee, Boca bathrobes and Molton Brown toiletries.

Hotel Weyanoke has four food and beverage outlets – two restaurants, a coffee shop and rooftop bar. Sassafras Coffee Bar has an outdoor patio; Effingham's First Call is a casual café; Campagna is a fine-dining restaurant with an adjoining wine bar/lounge; and Catbird is located at the hotel's rooftop terrace.

Hotel Weyanoke also has a gift shop is stocked with made-in-Virginia products ranging from jewelry and handbags to pottery and artwork.

Photo credit: Hotel Weyanoke

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