We decided to stay here one night while visiting a local winery and to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. I thought the house was on more land but it is right up against a road. Also, the house is for sale, has been for a year. We had to turn around to find the enterance due to it not being marked. You have to walk through the grass to go around to the front but be careful about dog poop. There are two dogs on the premises and we had to dodge the poop (really!!). It has a nice backyard and garden but the house on the outside looks a little rundown. Inside, it is very unique and had LOTS of antiques and collectibles. Thruthfully, other than an island B&B and a few B&B-like inns in Ireland, this is my first in the US. The female owner, Janet, greeted us and told us what the schedule was for the food the next morning and showed us our room. She was polite and also brought us some cold water. The French Room was very nicely decorated. There is NO central air through the entire house, so the bathroom and hallways get VERY hot and humid. There is an a/c unit in the bedroom. We had to keep it cranked on 70 with both ceiling fans on at least medium in order not to be hot. The house is definitely old, and in some places it shows, but overall, they have done a good job keeping it nice. I would not recommend standing or sitting on the balcony off our room, I took one step on it and it moved and I was afraid it was going to fall apart. The coffee outside our room in the morning was nice, however, not enough Splenda for 4 people was provided and not refilled nor asked our preference as well as only cream was provided and had something black floating in it. Since a rundown of breakfast times was not provided again in person or in writing, we just guessed what it was again....something about cold food at this time, then warm food at this time etc.....cold food was greek yogurt, with a pineapple cut up with other fruit in it (covered in gnat and flies BTW) and Kashi cereal....really. Janet did however cook a crepe wrapped around an egg omelet with cheese portobello mushrooms and asparagus. It was good yes. But the mango salsa on the plate was from Costco she admitted. And then dessert was coffee icecream. So, to me, that breakfast was NICE but not anywhere near LUXURY. Coversation with the other guests felt a little forced since we had to come down and eat all at the same time.....but they were nice. So, a bit of a problem. Went to go take a shower, and no hot water. One of the other guests was showering, so I asked Janet. She said she never experienced that before, they had a huge water heater and that Jim was not there to check it out....and get this, "GO USE THE OTHER GUESTS SHOWER WHEN THEY ARE DONE!" Are you KIDDING me! You can imagine my thoughts, as I will not post them here. We did after 10 mins figure out that we could get luke warm water if we keep the knob in the "middleish" spot. Also, the showerhead had one setting and one pressure only, and it was pins and needles, I almost took my eye out tryng to wash my face. We will not return and will not suggest this place to others. I only give it 3 stars because overall the house is nice and 1/2 of the breakfast was good.
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As the Innkeeper/owner of the Berryville Inn, I totally agree with this guest’s self-assessment that “B&B’s are not for me”! Some travelers just need the predictability of chain hotel accommodations. However, true B&B guests thrive on the uniqueness of various accommodations regarding their guestrooms, menu, décor, grounds, local amenities, etc. that form the character of the property; the genuine B&B guest desires something beyond what home offers (or why leave home?) Compare this guest’s review vs the “A Real Jewel” review from guests who shared our accommodations on the same identical weekend of July 2!
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The only complaint of merit involves “poop” which is obviously not acceptable, and was a mystery as we follow a daily regimen of cleaning up from our 2 dogs. Upon investigation, we discovered that a neighbor dog had been paying nocturnal visit to our yard, offering deposits, which we have since discussed with his owner.
It’s not really shocking that the Berryville Inn B&B was offered for sale as a side interest as most B&B owners don’t continue with this business indefinitely. We don’t expect to go anywhere anytime soon! BTW, the B&B is well marked with a sign in front of the B&B on So. Buckmarsh St, as well as a second sign on the side street near the entrance.
The weather during the weekend of mention followed several weeks of unbelievably hot, humid conditions throughout No.Virginia, wearing on everyone’s patience. However, we offer individual air conditioning units in our guest rooms to allow guests their unique temperature preferences (i.e. a hotel); the bathrooms have 3 speed fans that are quite effective. The guestroom includes two 6’ diameter 3 speed ceiling fans; a screened door to the balcony; and a new GE air conditioning unit that could chill the room to 55 degrees if needed! The hallways are not air conditioned, but who lives in hallways?
The wonderful, effective shower has more than adequate spray force; the temperature gauge however is unique from most standard dials, but all previous guests have been able to feel the difference between “hot” and “cold” water.
This guest’s fear of walking on the balcony unfortunately prevented her enjoyment of views of the gardens and evening star gazing; the balcony was installed above the back porch roof during its 1910 construction as a common architectural feature of Colonial Revival mansions and is totally secure. Our lovely house has enjoyed many guests, parties and events for 103 years and its condition is maintained on a regular schedule.
The Berryville Inn is known for its wonderful breakfasts with menu offerings and flexible mealtimes clearly communicated to the guests upon arrival; other guests have typically appreciated this flexibility. The freshly split huge Dole pineapple apparently emitted such a sweet fragrance, it obviously sent an alert to an errant fruit fly in the neighborhood to annoy our guests during the 10 minute hiatus in the dining room when the pineapple was unguarded while awaiting the guests’ arrival to breakfast; in the future, plastic wrap will surround the fruit during this time. And, unfortunate that this guest felt forced to converse with another couple during breakfast!
We are quite pleased with the offerings of our 3 course breakfasts. After freshly brewed coffee and tea available just outside the guestroom doors, we offer in the dining room a self-serve healthy cold course of Greek yogurt, Kashi cereal, Bare Naked granola, fresh fruit, 2% milk, two juice varieties, plus the lovely pineapple shell filled with its cut contents and local blueberries and cherries. What’s wrong with that kick-start of the day?
The savory entrée during this visit was a freshly made crepe filled with creamed eggs, sautéed asparagus & mushrooms, brie cheese, topped with hollandaise sauce, bacon on the side. The dessert dish was Italian cappuccino Gelato and an Italian Pirrout cookie. The following day’s dessert was a baked turnover of our famous butter pie crust, enclosing a filling of fresh blueberries and peaches, picked from the local fruit farm on the previous day……too bad these guests in question didn’t spend a second day!
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