TheLions Gate  




Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to some of our policies, which may affect the services we provide.

Our Rooms

 Our comfortable rooms offer private baths and include breakfast.  Come see what we have to offer.


We are located in historic Wake Forest, NC, the  original home of Wake Forest College, before it relocated to Winston-Salem.  Formerly known as the JL Reid House, the Lions Gate was built in 1901.  With the addition of the 2 wings in the 1950's, the house was used as a nursing home.  Between the years of 2003 & 2006 the home was lovingly restored by Louise and Bill Howard and opened to the public as a bed and breakfast.


Recently purchased by the Akaris in February 2017, they plan to maintain the bed and breakfast and continue Louise's tradition of hospitality and community involvement.

Guests may enjoy the tranquility of their room, explore the surrounding area of the Raleigh/Cary/Durham triangle, or take a stroll through the streets of historic Downtown Wake Forest that boast dining, shopping, and a friendly atmosphere.





Breakfast is served from 9 - 10 am every morning.



Picnicking in the shade or basking in the sun are strongly encouraged.



Soap, towels, and hair dryers are provided.  No need to worry about forgetting them at home.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rooms will be cleaned every 3 days.

Free Wifi


Reservation/Cancellation Policy

Check in: 3 - 7pm/Check out: 11 am.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic temperatures will be checked upon arrival and  face masks must be worn while in common areas.

Cancellations less than 7 days will be billed 50% cost of room.  Cancellations with less than 24 hour notice will be charged for the entire stay.

Only registered guests allowed in guest rooms.

No smoking permitted inside home, outside only.

No guest pets allowed as owner's have pets in private quarters.



Lions Gate
Lions Gate
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Side patio
Side patio
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The Lions Gate is located in the historic district of the Town of Wake Forest.  Wake Forest offers residents and visitors alike the small town feel while close to big city amenities. 

A visit to the Wake Forest Historical Museum exhibits the town’s history of education, industry, and diversity; while a walking tour of the historic district discusses the town’s developmental and architectural history.

Downtown Wake Forest offers guests shopping, dining and entertainment.  You should especially make sure to include a Friday night visit when streets are closed for Friday Night on White events coupled with a Saturday morning stroll through the Farmer’s Market.

Outdoor enthusiasts can look to either E. Carroll Joyner park, which has 3 miles of trails, or Falls Lake, with its 12,000 acres lake and 26,000 acres of woodlands for fishing, boating, swimming, biking, hiking, and camping.

Visit the Town of Wake Forest calendar for a full list of activities and the Official Guide to Wake Forest.

Those interested in venturing outside of our charming town should look to Raleigh or Durham for things to see and do.