"The Truitt House"--Historical and Fully Restored Bed & Breakfast in Suffolk, VA
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"The Truitt House"--Historical and Fully Restored Bed & Breakfast in Suffolk, VA

Fully restored and re-imagined as a charming bed-and-breakfast, this timeless estate originally completed in 1909 for a wealthy businessman and located in downtown Suffolk, VA, dazzles and delights with its stately portico of six massive white columns, first-floor chef’s kitchen equipped to wine and dine dozens, and an enormous third floor that was once a grand ballroom.

Truitt House is a 8,500 sq-ft masterpiece, a hidden gem selflessly guarding its place of prominence just off Main Street and restored to its former glory by noted architect Seth Ballard of Ballard+Mensua Architecture…with nothing to equal its classic scale anywhere in Virginia.

Accommodating up to 10 overnight guests in four bedrooms that are divided by a large landing on the second floor, guests are ensconced in luxury and allowed plenty of private space for low-key R&R in a history-book-like setting.

Address

  •   204 Bank St., Suffolk, VA 23434, US

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Description

 

Held in cooperation with Elite Auctions.  Please CLICK HERE for complete terms, conditions, broker participation guidelines, and remote bidding information, or contact Tara McLean (508-942-3769 or tara@eliteauctions.com)

Preview Schedule:  Saturdays & Sundays, August 6, 7, 13 & 14 from 1-4 PM.  Final Preview:  Thursday, August 18 from 1-4 PM.  Private previews also available.  Please call to schedule.

PROPERTY SPECIFICATIONS

  • Extraordinary spaces, painstakingly restored, including: grand parlor, butler’s kitchen, music mezzanine, third floor (previously used as a grand ballroom) and many others
  • Rich features throughout, like that of the study: rare curly heart of pine carpentry, floor to ceiling, wall mural info
  • Solid mahogany wood doors throughout
  • Renovated marble bathrooms
  • 5 separate heat pumps for in-between season heating, and for air conditioning
  • Gas boiler for radiator heat
  • Tankless gas hot water heater for 1st floor and guest room 5
  • 2 electric hot water heaters on the 3rd floor, with expansion tanks for 2nd & 3rd floors, just replaced
  • 9 fireplaces (one wood-burning)
  • Marble pathways
  • 8,500 total square feet
  • Carved marble front door entrance
  • Several included outbuildings (carriage house & garden shed)
  • Restored by noted architect Seth Ballard of Ballard+Mensua Architecture

 

– Remote Bidding Available –

Fully restored and re-imagined as a charming bed-and-breakfast, this timeless estate originally completed in 1909 for a wealthy businessman and located in downtown Suffolk, VA, dazzles and delights with its stately portico of six massive white columns, first-floor chef’s kitchen equipped to wine and dine dozens, and an enormous third floor that was once a grand ballroom.

Truitt House is a 8,500 sq-ft masterpiece, a hidden gem selflessly guarding its place of prominence just off Main Street and restored to its former glory by noted architect Seth Ballard of Ballard+Mensua Architecture…with nothing to equal its classic scale anywhere in Virginia.

Accommodating up to 10 overnight guests in four bedrooms that are divided by a large landing on the second floor, guests are ensconced in luxury and allowed plenty of private space for low-key R&R in a history-book-like setting.

The home’s four bedrooms feature ensuite bathrooms, beautifully-renovated with Italian marble, and Tiffany light fixtures that catch the eye with oblong crystals said to perfectly mimic the shape of those on the original bedroom overheads.

The king suite, which conveniently offers an adjoining sitting room, is stylishly appointed with a luxurious leather sofa and chairs and also provides access to a wide balcony overlooking the home’s solid marble front porch below.

The main area of the first floor features 14-foot ceilings and Palladian windows that flood the rooms in natural light and give the entire space an open, modern feel.

There is also a huge formal dining room and living room, joined by the foyer, that combine to form a much larger entertainment space that opens on either side to two terraces flanking the exterior.  The living room includes a delightful musician’s mezzanine that is accessed via a small, winding staircase.

Perhaps one of the most charming rooms in the house, the Butler’s pantry has been tastefully updated with custom cabinetry and countertops made from 200+ year-old cypress. An adjoining breakfast room that features warm wood and sunlight from its Eastern exposure, makes for an inviting space for coffee and conversation. 

The octagonal study, or library, features flooring, trim, and mantle crafted from incredibly rare curly pine, said to be sourced from a single tree and featuring a unique, burled pattern. Four sets of French doors, Art Nouveau light fixture, rich emerald green walls, and an original oil painting permanently mounted above the fireplace complete the space.

Large steel support beams in the basement and elsewhere (very rare in private homes of this era) and a lovely marble trim surrounding the exterior’s base are a few of its many unique and valuable details. Exterior walls are 16 inches of brick, and had to be painstakingly repointed. 

Another marble porch outside the back door leads to the home’s original carriage house, still in a state of disrepair, but which could someday be transformed into a restaurant, luxury boutique, or executive office spaces.

Entertainment and cultural options abound within walking distance of the Truitt House’s location, including a Cultural Arts center, several museums, wine shop, and the Nansemond Brewing Station serving local IPAs and Oatmeal Stout. 

 

Bid either live, in-person at the property, or remotely, and be ready to bid by 11 am, August 19, 2022!