Meet the Innkeepers

Pam and Chris, your hosts of Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast, lived in Virginia before moving to the coast of North Carolina. Owning a bed and breakfast was a dream of the innkeepers and became a reality in April 2015. Each room has been inspired by Chris and Pam’s journey in life. The Pleasant Valley room begins the hosts' life adventure when Chris, as a volunteer firefighter in Arcola, Virginia met Pam. They bought a small home together and Chris was hired as a firefighter for Fairfax County. They opened a thriving restaurant which the couple ran together. Pam’s father built their first new home in Coventry, a small community in Fauquier County, Virginia, where they raised their two daughters, Stacey and Christie. Later, the innkeepers moved to Stafford, Virginia to introduce their growing daughters to a better school system. Once it was close to Chris’s retirement from the fire department, the Bastin family moved to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. After their daughters moved out of the house, it was time to start a new endeavor. They decided to follow their dream and Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast was born.

Pam and Chris of Heart & Soul in Mt. Airy
The innkeepers chose Mount Airy for its beautiful change of seasons, small town charm, and memories of the slower pace life they were used to in Virginia so many years ago.

The innkeepers are excited to share their journey, this exquisite 1901 home, and unique community with you. They enjoy getting to know their guests through their stories and look forward to forming lasting relationships.

May all who enter as guests, leave as friends.

The History of William E. Merritt and His Home

William Edward Merritt moved to Mount Airy in 1888. His interests helped to develop Mount Airy into the town it is today. Mr. Merritt was an entrepreneur which has been shown in the many business endeavors he helped develop throughout history. When he arrived to Mount Airy, he opened a hardware store known as “Merritt Hardware” and later expanded into the brick yard business. The hardware store is now incorporated as part of today’s Regional Historic Museum. The bricks from his brick yard, was used to construct his home, as well as his parents home, which was next door, and supplied his hardware business. Mr. Merritt also helped develop the Renfro Textile Industry, a major part of Mount Airy’s economic history.

His home, at 618 North Main Street, was constructed in 1900 by general contractor J.A. Tesh and took approximately one year to complete. J.A. Tesh also constructed the Trinity Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and the Mount Airy Depot. The house was one of the most prestigious houses in Mount Airy for its time, with its two and half story bay, wrap around front porch, and granite accented string courses and window trimmings. Inside, the house reflected the Colonial Revival Era, seen in the houses mantels, staircase, and built-in. The house was then passed down to his daughter, Elizabeth Merritt, who kept the house true to her father’s design.

Today, the William E. Merritt House is home to Heart & Soul Bed and Breakfast. The Bastins are the fourth owners of the William E. Merritt house and they have fully restored the home to its original elegance and charm.
Chris and Pam Bastin, Innkeepers