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“Not worth the money!!!!” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Otter's Den Bed & Breakfast

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Otter's Den Bed & Breakfast
8578 Peaks Road, Bedford, VA 24523   |  
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Ranked #7 of 7 Bedford B&B and Inns
Roxboro, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Not worth the money!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

My first impression of this place when I pulled in was turn around and leave!!!! This B&B is so run down and obviously entirely too much for the owner to care for on her own. The landscaping is overgrown, the walk ways are hard to find due to overgrown shrubs and weeds. Everything has been neglected!!! While the inside is rustic and what you would expect from a home built in the 1700's. It was musty, dirty, and needs alot of attention. DON'T REFER TO THE PICTURES OR ROOM PRICES you see online!!!! They are outdated, inaccurate and do not portray what you see online. This place is completely overpriced for what you get. The owner should use the money she is currently ripping people off with by purchasing new mattresses,pillows, sheets, and a landscaper. She makes you feel almost bad for wanting to leave early b/c "it's her only income". The breakfast is ok and probably the only highlight anyones stay. I don't recommend this place to anyone. Go down the road to the Peaks of Otter Lodge instead!!!!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Conestoga, Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

It is so sad to see such a beautiful property fall to disrepair and neglect. The owner explained that her husband had passed away three years ago and that he was the one who took care of maintaining the property. It is clearly too much for her to maintain on her own. This is a very old log cabin retrofitted into a bed and breakfast with modern bathrooms. The yard was a mess and looked as though it hadn't been cared for all year. A decayed hot tub that was advertised on the website sat in the yard covered in weeds. I was informed that it has not been working for years. The rooms were musty and in poor shape although generally clean. Stink bugs filled the room at night. I opted for the room with a whirlpool bathtub. The bathtub must not have been used in a while since rusty water came from the jets. I had to use this bathtub because there was no shower or other means to get cleaned up in this room. The decor was generally shabby. The common room included a non-working fireplace at the time of my visit. The breakfast was an acceptable plate of scrambled eggs, grits, sausage and canned mandarin oranges. While I seriously wanted to leave and stay somewhere else, I decided to stay the night. Two couples had reservations for the same night and came in and made their excuses for why they could not stay the night. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone unless they are seriously interested in old log cabins and didn't mind the extremely rustic setting and bugs. For the price, there are many other bed and breakfasts that offer a more comfortable night's lodging. I don't like giving poor reviews but I hope this helps others to decide on the place based on a more accurate description than provided on the website and some older reviews.

Room Tip: Second floor room with whirlpool tub has ONLY a whirlpool tub to use for bathing. Other rooms have...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

Otters Den is a wonderfully historic inn nestled atop the Blue Mountains. We chose to stay here due to its setting in the woods, knowing that we were leaving the modern world behind. We love our wifi, and you won't find it here! Otters den did not disappoint. The view from the screened in porch was amazing and the sounds and smells of mountain country soothed our souls. We loved the 2 person tub for a morning soak while the birds sang.

Our hostess Mickie was very welcoming, like dropping in to visit a distant cousin. We felt good knowing our stay was a contribution after learning that her husband recently passed away. The grounds are needing some care, but the room was clean and well prepared. Over breakfast we learned just how much effort Mickie has to put in to keep the place going. She prepares an extremely hearty breakfast - we never tasted such good grits!

If you are looking for a place to stay in a natural setting, stay at Otters Den. It's also a great place to start your trip to Otters Peak hiking trails or the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Room Tip: Take the upper King room if it's in your budget!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2011

We stayed at The Otter's Den on a trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway. It is nestled in the woods, with wonderful flower gardens. The owner collects otter objects, so you see all kinds of otters around the Inn. There is a very large common room with a fireplace and TV. We chose the 1st floor room to have a screen porch with access to the gardens, attached to the room. It is an extremely old log cabin, so it is very cool to stay there.

Room Tip: I suggest a 1st floor room for outside access.
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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

The lodge is totally different taste from modern hotel. If you look for a place with all kinds of fancy electronic included, this is definitely not a good match for you.

The lodge itself is a over hundred year building but with excellent condition. All the interior decoration are very unique and cute. The owner herself is a big fan of otter so that you can see all kinds of otter related collection around the house.

The property owner is very friendly and talkative. She will provide with you abundant breakfast every morning and share you with the local information and experience.

But you may think about it before you decide to make a reservation if you are extremely sensitive to bugs. Due to the natural environment around, you may experience few stink bugs in your room due to the fact it is likely to be attracted by the light. But as long as you don't keep the light closed to you open all the time, they may not stay so close to you. I personally won't feel uncomfortable with it.

I definitely would still consider to live in Otter Den's B&B next time while I re-visit Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2009

A group of us visited Otter's Den whilst driving down the Blue Ridge Skyline Drive. We had tried to book by email but telephoned when we received no reply. The scenery and wildlife in the area are stunning but we were very disappointed with the standard of the accommodation. Michie was very welcoming and appears to do her best but the place seems too much for her. Her breakfasts were reasonable and she advised us where to eat in Bedford in the evening. However, rooms were scruffy; towels and linen were worn and marked; drawers were full of junk; One of our rooms had nowhere to hang clothes - one that did had an open rack in the bathroom; windows and flyscreens didn't close properly; the upstairs bedroom was really hot and the aircon was both noisy and ineffective; sinks and toilets were stained and marked. Sorry to be a dissenting voice but it really does need a major update.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, NC
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Otters Den. The view was really nice from the screened in porch off of our room. We watched the lights come on in the valley below at dusk and watched them go out again one by one at about 10:30pm. It was a very peaceful setting and a relaxing stay. The proximity to town was just right- not to close, not too far, and we explored alot of the shops and cafe's in Bedford. We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of artists works on display, and good restaurants, oh, and the " Well" (health and wellness shop) was a good supplier of essential oils, healthy foods, and, from their signage- reiki and massage. The owner of the Otters Den, Michie, is a very nice lady, and alot of fun to talk to. Her breakfasts were wonderful. We had to ask for less food- we arent eaters of huge breakfasts. She asked us what we liked and what time we prefered to eat- very accomodating. The Peaks of Otter mountains are beautiful, and the cabins location is great. The history of the cabin is facinating (I think 200 years old). I will definately stay there again. It is a great place for a romantic getaway, or to bring friends or family.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Otter's Den Bed & Breakfast

Address: 8578 Peaks Road, Bedford, VA 24523
Location: United States > Virginia > Bedford
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Bedford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Otter`s Den Hotel Bedford
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