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By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages

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491 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Glen Cove, New York
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28 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Value for the price was awful, the breakfast basket was good. It was cute and they put a lot of effort into the details. They drive the prices during key weekends at JMU which is where they get in trouble with the value proposition.

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Thank Bill D
ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Your initial comment leaves no doubt that value was a disappointment. Your appreciation of our breakfast service and the effort you observed is most appreciated. Graduation and Family Weekend for James Madison University always overwhelm lodging capability within Harrisonburg. Every facility locally upcharges for these high-demand weekends. Since we are located minutes from campus activities, downtown Court Square, and since... More 

Damascus, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the Manor house and we were warmly greeted and loved the history of the house. It was comfortable and quiet and we will definitely be back!! Loved the fireplace in the room and the comfortable bed with a tv.

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Thank Frank F
ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Nothing makes us happier than knowing you enjoyed your stay! Can't wait for your return! More 

Milton, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

By the Side of the Road Inn is a wonderfully quaint B&B in Harrisonburg. The Eselyn Taylor Suite was very comfortable with the cozy fireplace in the room. The spacious bathroom with the sunken tub and separate shower was a nice feature. The amenities in the room like the robes, wine glasses, corkscrew, and especially breakfast served in our room.... More 

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ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

We always imagine the Napa Valley as exceptional and cannot thank you enough for the comparison. Hope your Skyline hiking was wonderful. If you return to Virginia, you have a friend By the Side of the Road! More 

Gainesville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We have stayed here in the past and our most recent visit was again outstanding! Usually we stay in the main house but this time I decided to book a weekend in one of the cottages for a much needed break from everyday life. We could have been very happy to stay for longer than a weekend but I would... More 

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1 Thank DianeTell
ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

We so enjoyed your latest visit and your photo on Instagram is one of our most popular posts there. So many friends you have; and no wonder! Thanks for taking time to review us this visit and we can't wait for you next one!! More 

Frederick, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It was a fine weekend and It was nice. I just wish Breakfast was situated in one big place. the room was nice and cozy, and they 2 person tub was great. Hopefully again next year....Not a lot of great restaurants in town, but we did not search hard

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ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Our "community breakfast", which is definitely the style of a traditional B&B was replaced after a year-long canvass of guests' preferences. We understand that some still want a "breakfast situated in one big place" experience. We can seat you in the Common for your next visit, if you'd like. We will be happy to do so, and look forward to... More 

MD
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

My son and his wife had stayed in the Water Lilly suite and raved so much my husband and I plus my brother and sister-in-law decided to visit for a long weekend. I prefer hotels to bed and breakfasts because I don't like to feel like I'm staying in someone's guest bedroom and waking up to breakfast with strangers, so... More 

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ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Hi, Sherry - this is a very helpful review and we thank you for it. You will be pleased to learn that our rates have been reduced following an intensive review of our 2015 fiscal year. Our goal is to have NO drawbacks! ;-) We wish you all the best! Janice More 

Olney, Maryland
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33 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Firstly, I am new I am new to B&B stuff...so that must be said before I review. I had booked a two night stay at the Water Lily Suite for my gf's birthday. We thought it would be romantic and quaint. The room was new and nice enough. It is probably better during the spring when you can enjoy the... More 

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ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Your review is concise as to quantity of food and quality of coffee relative to our tariff. We sincerely regret that your experience as a new B&B guest was negative. We are always excited when it's a "first B&B" guest, hoping to create an experience that keeps you traveling to B&B's going forward. We failed to do so and again,... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

My wife and I stayed one night in the Water Lily Suite on 10/18. While the room was new and clean, it felt like we were in an apartment building more than a bed and breakfast. The bed was very uncomfortable to the point that my wife pulled the sheets up to see if it was an air mattress.... It... More 

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2 Thank P C
ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

The Water Lily Suite is extensively photographed online and hopefully reveals exactly what is offered. We prepared fresh entrees everyday (no Eggos or microwaved products) and regret that this was the impression of your breakfast. We serve Columbian Dark Roast and yes, Folger's DeCaf, but both are fresh. We believe the disappointment in our accommodations may be based on your... More 

Greensboro
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

My husband and I visited the Shenandoah Valley area for a three day anniversary getaway recently and stayed in the charming Eselyn Taylor Suite. We absolutely LOVED our stay! The innkeepers were so friendly and accommodating. The house is gorgeous and offers a variety of rooms. The Eselyn Taylor Suite (located in the main house) is very elegantly decorated with... More 

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ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

And we can't wait for your return! Thanks so much for your comprehensive review. It is most appreciated. More 

Bergen County, NJ
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25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

My wife and I visited Harrisonburg recently, staying in the 1790 Suite for the 2nd time. Room was extremely comfortable, though a severe storm did expose a few minor leaks and drafts in the otherwise charming late 18th century house. The inn is quite convenient to JMU while still being on the fringes of the beautiful Shenandoah countryside. Breakfast was... More 

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Thank 88JimS
ByTheSideInn, Owner at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review your visit - stormy & leaky as it was. Alas, a 1789 house will spring leaks in a storm like the one you experienced. We do apologize for any inconvenience. Can't wait to see you again in May 2016! More 

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