After searching for a Victorian home to restore for over 12 years the house at 404 Cabell Street in Lynchburg found Mike and Kathy! We drove down from Northern Virginia for a tour of the house. After looking at the main level of the home Kathy said, “We don’t need to see the bedrooms, this is the house, let’s go to the office and write it up.” We did finish looking at the house, and then wrote the contract and one month later it was ours.
Over the next four and one half years we worked on the home every weekend, on our days off and vacations restoring, renovating and bringing the house into the 21st century while maintaining the original charm and character the home was ready to welcome guests and visitors.
Mike and Kathy did most of the restoration work. We learned an entire new set of skills ranging from stripping up to 20 coats of paint from the woodwork and mantels to repairing plaster walls to refinishing antique tubs, re-glazing windows, laying tile, designing and building out the kitchen and how to get rid of those pesky groundhogs.
Prior to moving to Lynchburg Mike owned and operated a successful real estate company in Northern Virginia. He was graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in real estate and has been involved with the field of real estate in one way or another since 1972. An avid photographer, Mike hopes to be able to spend time improving his technique now that he is not working full time, but first he needs to finish the screen play he has been writing.
Kathy was graduated from James Madison University and taught home economics to 7th, 8th and 9th graders in Culpeper before moving to Northern Virginia. After working as a store manager for seven years she got her real estate license in 1984 and joined Mike at his firm. The world of real estate was challenging but proved to be the right niche for Kathy as she successfully helped hundreds of families find just the right house. In 2002 Kathy decided to attend massage school and has combined the two careers ever since. Stained and fused glass is her latest creative interest. She hopes to design and make windows for various rooms in this old house.
When we bought the home we had no plans on running a bed and breakfast, but as the home took shape the desire to share this fabulous home with guests and visitors is what led Mike and Kathy to the world of innkeeping. Opening the house as a bed and breakfast just seemed to be the right fit.