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“A delightful experience in Old Town Alexandria” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Peake-Fairfax House Bed&Breakfast

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Peake-Fairfax House Bed&Breakfast
501 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 Alexandria B&B and Inns
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
1 review
“A delightful experience in Old Town Alexandria”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

If you have an appreciation for homes from the early 1800’s Federal period, then you will find the Peake-Fairfax house to be something very special and with great character. It is larger than you might expect, nicely restored and beautifully appointed. Dorothy Nagle had been an art dealer so you will find much to enjoy including a large 17th century tapestry in the Poetry room.
The home sits in a lovely area of Old Town Alexandria where a stroll in any direction is enjoyable. The location is close to everything and just one block from King Street which is populated with many restaurants and shops. Mount Vernon is just minutes away and that is a must see if you have never been there.

New Year’s Eve is special in Old Town as they have music and entertainment in more than twenty locations. Fireworks along the river topped off our evening.

Chet and Dorothy Nagle are most gracious hosts and were a pleasure to get to know. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary and were surprised with a vase of roses in our room when we arrived. They made reservations for us at their favorite little French restaurant for New Year’s Eve and hosted us by the fire in their large and beautiful drawing room prior to dinner. Over Champaign and hors d’oeuvres, we got to hear about Chet’s most interesting background and career around the globe. You must make time to hear his stories and check out his thriller novels as well.

It was a great way to start the new year.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Gentil, Gabon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

It all began when we decided to spend Christmas back in the US in a "nice" place, not in some routine hotel. We found Peake-Fairfax B&B on the internet and began corresponding. Our first pleasant surprise was that they would take us into their family home for two-plus weeks right through the holidays. But as soon as we arived we understood: this family is amazing. They are the very notion of hospitality, graciousness, warmth and kindness. They thoughtfully accommodated our every need and tolerated all our comings and goings with perfect aplomb. If we put on Trip Advisor everything they did for us, they would be deluged with expectations, so just suffice to say the house, the location, the parking, the local advice - all these merit anyone's choice to stay there - but the Nagles are in a class by themselves and we are truly grateful to have gotten to know them. Stay at the Peake-Fairfax for any goood reason: romance, convenience, charm, healthy food, or just go there so you can know the Nagle family. But go.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orono, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Stayed for a week and we had a wonderful time. Location was perfect, right in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, and within walking distance to both a free trolley and the train. The house is a restored colonial that is decorated beautifully. The owners Dot and Chet were the perfect hosts, charming and accommodating. We felt welcome in their home and they were always on hand if we needed anything, from packing breakfast to go when we had an early start, to inviting us to join them for a glass on wine the last night of our stay. Highly recommenced for anyone looking for a place to stay in Alexandria, hope to go back again one day!

Room Tip: Stay in the The Palladian Suite if you can.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

My mom, sisters and I spent this past weekend at the Peake-Fairfax House to celebrate my baby sister's 50th birthday, and I must say, it was spectacular! The home is beautiful, the Nagle family is wonderful, friendly and welcoming, and the town of Alexandria is gorgeous! We were just a block from the main shopping thoroughfare of King Street, and just a few minutes drive to National Harbor and Mt. Vernon. If you are looking for a delightful B & B in a delightful town, be sure to visit the Nagle family at the Peake-Fairfax House. You will NOT be disappointed!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

We had a wonderful time celebrating our 5th anniversary with the Nagles!! The house is beautifully decorated and loaded with charm. Great location in Alexandria. Their hospitality was greatly appreciated--they even made our anniversary dinner reservation at a local French restaurant. The Nagles provided a delicious breakfast each day, and they were sure to provide food that was safe for my food allergy. We highly recommend this B&B!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Dorothy and Chet Nagle's restored colonial home is a perfecf place to stay near WA, DC and to enjoy the surrounding countryside. Every room is beautifully appointed. The location just one block off King Street is close to all the main Old Town sites and access to the free trolley to Metro.
Their suggestions for restaurants and places to see were fantastic and they went out of their way to help us enjoy our limited time. Healthy breakfast. But most enjoyable is the chance to get to know these charming hosts. Be sure to ask Chet to talk to you about his two recently published novels and the next to be published soon, and if you are lucky he'll have extra copies available which he will graciously autograph. Thanks Dorothy and Chet....we'll be back!

Room Tip: Bedrooms are on the third floor so do be prepared for stairs.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Beautiful home in a fabulous location. Beautiful town to walk around & within easy reach of the metro for Washington. We stayed in the Poetry suite which had the most comfortable bed! The hosts Dorothy and Chet went out of their way to make our stay the most memorable.It is obviously such a happy family home that it shines through. It was lovely to meet the family & we really enjoyed the wine. Couldn't fault anything and would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Peake-Fairfax House Bed&Breakfast

Address: 501 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Location: United States > Virginia > Alexandria > Old Town
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Alexandria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Peake-Fairfax House B&B is an 1816 Old Town Alexandria Townhouse, elegantly furnished with period antiques and modern amenities, and on the Historic Registry. Located in the heart of Old Town only 4 blocks from the waterfront and one block from King Street, you will find restaurants, galleries and shopping just steps from your door. 3 guest suites with fireplaces and private baths. ... more   less 

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