Braehead Manor was built in 1858 for John Howison and was originally called "Greenview" after the childhood home of Howison's wife, Anne Richards Lee. After the Civil War ended, John Howison sold the residence, farm, and dairy to his younger brother, Robert Reid Howison.  It was Robert Howison who changed the name of home to "Braehead". 

Braehead Manor is both historically and architecturally significant. On the morning of the first battle of Fredericksburg, Robert E. Lee had breakfast here with his cousin's family. Hidden by thick foliage, Braehead was also a safe way-station for travelers going to and from Fredericksburg during the war. As it was hidden from the view of Union Army, the house and surrounding fields were often used by Confederate troops and later, the house was used as a hospital for wounded Union soldiers.  What makes the building architecturally different, is the side passage style of the manor and the Grand Greek Revival interior.

In May of 2000, Braehead Manor was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and a historic easement was placed on the property to protect it into perpetuity.  This easement protects the historically relevant building.  It also prevents the 18.84 acres surrounding the house from being subdivided. 

Today Braehead Manor stands as a testament to appropriate restoration and fine elegance. The Greek Revival home boasts 6231 square feet of living space and stands on nearly 19 lush and serene acres. The exquisite workmanship is immediately apparent when one enters the gracious front hall. The original woodwork was preserved during restoration, including the mantles, moldings, staircases, and heart pine flooring on the first and second floors. The original 19th century, wood graining and faux marbling techniques used on the mantles and moldings were also preserved. The original sandstone thresholds and doorways have been maintained and with the 11-foot ceilings and oversized pocket doors, they carry the character and charm befitting this 19th century home. 

Tucked away in a phenomenal location, inside Fredericksburg Battlefield National Park, this gorgeous property is just waiting to be enjoyed by the right buyer who wants to live surrounded by and alongside history. With the superior craftsmanship of its era amidst modern luxury, you’re sure to enjoy this breathtaking home, which includes ample space for all your living needs. Provide your information in the form below if you’d like to receive more information or schedule a tour.



This property not only has the highest level of preservation but also a wide variety of amenities to cover your every want and need. Take a look below to learn more about everything that’s included in this one-of-a-kind estate.


Along with the extensive restoration work that was done, Braehead Manor was also brought into the 21st century.  Some of the modern amenities brought to the residence include; a new concrete slab in the basement to allow for the addition of a vapor barrier, the coating of the basement exterior to prevent water intrusion, new HVAC, to include a geothermal system, new plumbing, new wiring, new kitchen, and new bathrooms. The basement was completely renovated and a new imitation slate roof was installed. High-speed cable internet was also introduced to this remarkable home.


The kitchen of Braehead Manor is located in the fully renovated English basement.  Along with ample storage, the kitchen boasts soapstone countertops, a marble-topped island with a copper prep sink, a copper farm sink, and stainless steel appliances. One of the eight original fireplaces adorns this room but is not functional. 

Four luxurious, modern bathrooms accompany the six spacious bedrooms in the residence. The bathrooms include clawfoot tubs, glass enclosed showers, and lovely marble countertops.


The grounds of Braehead are unparalleled in today's marketplace.  The front and back porches were completely restored when the home was renovated in 2012. The current owners added the front patio and leads to a large parking area. A side terrace was also added and features flagstone and cut blue stone. It also boasts a built-in grill, perfect for entertaining! The grounds and lawn have been professionally landscaped and immaculately maintained.


Braehead Manor has been a successfully operating, five star, Bed & Breakfast and Event Venue and could be again.

Braehead's unique location is an  ideal base for Civil War and U.S. History enthusiasts. Close to several major battlefields, overlooking the Rappahannock River, and minutes to downtown Fredericksburg and the VRE station, one will have an abundance of experiences to choose from.  


Braehead has hosted numerous weddings, receptions, family reunions, corporate Christmas parties, business meetings and other events. The potential to expand the offerings of this exquisite family home is endless.



Interested in learning more or scheduling a showing? Get in touch today!

Offered at $1,349,000


(540) 408-3878



For More Information


Robb Almy, Realtor

Exit Realty Group

608 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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