We visited the Berryville Inn to celebrate our 21st wedding anniversary, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Berryville is a small community in the northern Virginia wine country with a recorded history dating back to the Colonial era, as evidenced by the museum of the Clarke County Historical Association, which is small but thoughtfully laid out, and by the Josephine School Community Museum, which chronicles the history of the African-American community in the area and is worth a visit; both are within walking distance of the Inn. Berryville is also located within an easy drive of numerous other sites of historical, cultural, and natural interest. (The county tourism website is at http://www.clarkecounty.gov/tourism. For neighboring Frederick County and the city of Winchester, see http://www.visitwinchesterva.com.)
The Inn itself is set back from one of the town’s main streets, but is situated so that our room was undisturbed by the sound of traffic throughout the long weekend of our visit. Off-street parking was provided at no cost. We were greeted on arrival by two friendly and well-behaved dogs, who never intruded into the guest rooms or the adjoining areas during our stay. They were followed shortly by the innkeepers, Tom and Janet Keithley, who showed us the common areas and our room.
The downstairs common areas (sitting and dining rooms) were decorated with works of local artists. Janet and Tom made us feel comfortable and quite at home, and offered good suggestions for visiting the area. As other reviewers have noted, the innkeepers have a talent for providing company and conversation when their guests wish it, and privacy when that is preferred. They are excellent hosts.
The three guest rooms are on the second floor. We occupied the French room, which was comfortably and cheerfully furnished, and had a balcony overlooking the back garden (visited occasionally by rabbits). Wi-fi was provided at no extra cost, which helped us find opening hours and directions for local restaurants and other attractions. Although the private bathroom dedicated to our room was not en suite, it was adjacent to the room and the Inn provided large, cozy bathrobes in the room. The weather during our stay varied from cool and drizzly to sunny and quite warm; thanks to a variable-speed ceiling fan, we were comfortable in the room pretty much all the time.
Breakfasts included both a selection of cold cereals and creatively prepared hot dishes based on what was in season, as well fruit juices, coffee, and a variety of teas.
We enjoyed the Inn and its permanent residents, and would be very pleased to visit again. We thought it provided excellent value in its price range.