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“Elegant but not the best” 3 of 5 stars
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Rosemont Manor
16 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville, VA 22611   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Berryville B&B and Inns
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“Elegant but not the best”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The Rosemont Manor sits back off the main road in it's own wonderful grounds. It definitely did not look as elegant as I first thought when I drove up but it's because you are entering the house through the back and not through the original front with the beautiful portico. That part of the house looks out on green fields and trees. It's a spectacular porch and very relaxing.

The receptionist did not greet us with a smile or a "Welcome to the Rosemont", instead she gave us our room key and sent us on our way. I asked if we could make coffee in our room but there is no facility for that in these rooms so I asked if it were possible to get some. She seemed a little disturbed that we asked. She did however, inform us that there would be a wine and cheese reception for guests starting at 5.00pm. This was only available on our first day.

We stayed in the Nixon Room on the second floor with an attached porch (original sleeping porch). The room itself was elegant but as soon as I opened the door to the outside porch it smelt musty and old. It was not very inviting at all. It is a shame that they have not restored the sleeping porch back to it's original state. The nails and paint make it impossible to open both top and bottom for airflow. The rug is old and worn as well as the furniture. My suggestion would be to go back to wood floors - no rug.

The rest of the house is elegant and it is very relaxing to walk around the grounds and sit on the porch. We would usually take our coffee our there in the morning and enjoy the views. Breakfast were tasty and the lady who was responsible for making it always made sure that she came around and talked to the guests. The waitresses were also very attentive.

All-in-all it was a pleasant two day trip that gave us an opportunity to explore the countryside with it's many vineyards, strawberry picking fields and visit the town of Winchester.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback. We appreciate very much that you mentioned several of the things you did enjoy about your stay as well as letting us know what we need to improve on. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the elegance of the manor house and the views from the Grand Portico. The fact that the guest entrance to the house is on the opposite side allows us to keep the Grand Portico and East Lawn area natural, quiet, and a relaxing place to sit in a rocking chair with a cup of tea and a good book, without foot and vehicle traffic disturbing your respite.

I am sorry to hear that you were not warmly greeted upon your arrival. This is most definitely a top priority for Rosemont and although it is rare for us to hear that it did not occur, anything less than 100% in this area is unacceptable to us. Please accept our apologies. We do also try to be ready and attentive in providing coffee or tea when requested, if other than during the mornings when coffee and tea are already "on tap" in the reception area. The wine and cheese reception you mentioned is our "Welcome Reception" and as such it is offered on the evening of your check-in.

Thank you also for your feedback on the Nixon Suite. We appreciate your suggestions and will look into maximizing possible improvements, as our guests' comfort is of the utmost importance to us.

In closing, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your breakfasts, and received top-notch customer service from our kitchen staff and servers. It sounds like you made great use of your time by enjoying the 60 acre estate grounds and nearby attractions in Winchester, Berryville, and the surrounding northern Shenandoah Valley area.

Sincerely,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Middletown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Loved being there sitting on the porch, walking the lovely grounds, eating the wonderful breakfast and chatting with the friendly staff and other guests. The house is beautiful and historic and I felt at home. Loved reading the old magazines and books along with the photo albums of weddings that took place there. The welcome gift of goodies in the room and the wine reception were excellent! We also received coupon discounts for local attractions and restaurants. Will definitely be coming back there!

Room Tip: Stayed mid week in the addition. Very quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your review, and once again Happy Birthday! We are so glad you enjoyed your "goodie basket" and coupons/discounts for local merchants, in addition to the history and scenery at Rosemont. We do hope you will come back soon and see us again!

Warmly,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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Birmingham, Alabama
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My husband and I stopped here on our way back down from Vermont. While we only stayed one night, the experience made me wish we had stayed longer. Upon our arrival we were greeted by a friendly history buff who made us feel welcome. I enjoy all that historical background, so I was enthralled and kept him talking. My husband....not so much. We stayed at the Johnson Suite on the second floor. It had an attached bathroom which was small but still provided everything we needed. I believe most of the rooms are on the second floor. I saw one room on the first floor, so if you have bad knees this may pose a problem for you. My favorite part of the stay: watching the fire works from the huge porch on the rocking chairs. The breakfast itself was too sugary for my taste (some sort of pan cakes with berries) but the presentation was excellent (I don't buy expensive china but I do appreciate it when I get to use it elsewhere!). This is a lovely plantation property.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
Thank you so much for your feedback and thank you for choosing Rosemont for your lodging as you travelled down from Vermont. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! There is a lot of history available to learn about the manor, for those who are interested, and it sounds like you took good advantage of that. We are also pleased that you received friendly service and enjoyed your room.

To clarify, we do have two options for guests needing first-floor accommodations: The Roosevelt Suite, which is the one you saw on the main floor of the main right near the entrance, and also the Byrd's Nest Honeymoon Cottage, which is a separate structure just across the driveway from the main manor.

Again, thank you for your review and we hope you will come back and see us again soon!

Warmly,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed three nights at Rosemont and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room was one the smallest in the house but more than comfortable with a comfortable queen size bed and a spacious private bathroom. Our bathroom didn't include a shower head with the claw foot tub, but we didn't miss it. The staff is kind and attentive. The food was excellent and the portions are NOT small. The grounds and setting are stunning. Waking and awaiting breakfast service early in the morning became a routine of sitting in one of the rocking chairs on the porch enjoying the sun rising above the Blue Ridge Mountains. The perfect way to start a day of visiting the nearby vineyards. This truly was like being the guest in someones elegant home. We had a most enjoyable time and look forward to returning.

Room Tip: All rooms have private baths, but some rooms do not include showers with the bathtubs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your 3-night stay at Rosemont! We are glad that you were able to relax and enjoy the scenery of the northern Shenandoah Valley. Thank you for your feedback as well that you felt the breakfast portion size to be substantial, and that the room, bathroom, and customer service were all top-notch.

We're glad you didn't miss the hand-held shower head in the Harriman room/bathroom. All of the other rooms in the manor have either a full shower or a hand-held shower wand, but due to the layout of the Harriman bath, and the historic nature of that particular clawfoot tub, that one bathroom is the exception!

Again, thank you for your gracious review and we look forward to having you come for a visit again soon!

Warmly,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

The Rosemont Manor is like staying at a beautiful southern plantation with a large study, living room, dining room, grand staircase, and huge portico with an expansive, beautiful view. There are many books and a few games, but no TVs to disturb the quiet atmosphere. The Einstein Room had a comfortable queen bed, with a large bathroom and double head shower. Although the dining room was a great setting for breakfast and the service was excellent, the food served was average and portions were small. All facilities were immaculate. Overall our one night stay was a wonderful, relaxing experience in a unique setting.

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Thank you so much for your gracious review! We are so glad that you enjoyed a relaxing, peaceful retreat at Rosemont. We do our best to offer the best in southern hospitality - after all, Rosemont was a private home for 200 years, and we want all our guests to feel at home as well.

Thank you for your feedback about the portion size for breakfast. This is something we revisit often. Sometimes, we hear from folks that their "bellies are full" and so to reduce waste, we try not to serve too much. But we most definitely want our guests to feel that they got enough, so we appreciate the feedback and will take this into consideration as we plan our upcoming menus. We encourage future guests to discuss this with your server or our house chef while you are here at Rosemont, as well.

Again, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, and we hope that you will come back and see us soon!

Sincerely,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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Winchester, Virginia
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

On Sunday,July 7, 2013, I had the pleasure of attending a tea held at Rosemont Manor with friends. It was a wonderful experience. The owner, Mr Genda welcomed us and gave us a tour of the historic house and grounds. He explained the history of the house and showed us many of the trees and flowers on the property. He was so kind and made us feel so welcomed. The tea was grand! The teas, the food, the ambience were presented in such a lovely way. Tona, the Rosemont chef, did a wonderful job of explaining the the different finger sandwiches, scones and ice cream that were served to us, as well as telling us how she made them! They were delicious. Jonathan, the owner's son, came around to each table and showed us the artifacts that had been found on the property many from the civil war. His presentaion was top notch. Playing the grand piano in the living room was Ben ( another son of Mr. Genda) the music was just the extra touch to make the experience special. After the tea we were able to tour the guest rooms that were not occupied. What a treat! Beautiful, simply beautiful.Mr. Genda even showed us a two way mirror in the Kennedy Room bathroom. I will not give the explanation away, but do ask about it when you visit. Do visit the Rosemont Manor for an afternoon tea or an overnight. It is an amazing place and Mr. Genda and his staff go out of their way to make you feel special. Top notch in every respect!

Debbie Gathercole
Winchester,VA

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a kind and gracious review! As you mentioned, Rosemont is a family-owned business and we are so glad that you had the opportunity to meet and interact with Jonathan and Ben. All of the Rosemont staff strives to give our guests a relaxing and enjoyable experience, so we truly appreciate your words of encouragement and commendation! We hope you will come see us at Rosemont again soon.

Warmly,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Spent a delightful afternoon at Rosemont Manor enjoying a "Tea & Tour" package. The grounds are incredibly beautiful at any season; the food was delicious and the Manor is impeccably furnished & tastefully decorated. There couldn't be a better place for any event -- whether a simple afternoon tea, bed & breakfast, or wedding. Highly highly recommend you check it out!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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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RMInnkeeper, Owner at Rosemont Manor, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad that you enjoyed your tea and tour. We appreciate your gracious endorsement of all that we do here at Rosemont - teas, overnight accommodations, weddings, and other special events. In all aspects of our business, we strive for excellence in service and hospitality. Thank you again for your recommendation, and we hope you will come see us again soon!

Warmly,
William "Biff" Genda
Owner
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Address: 16 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville, VA 22611
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Location: United States > Virginia > Berryville
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