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L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   13630 Lord Fairfax Highway, Boyce, VA 22620   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Boyce B&B and Inns
Baltimore, Maryland
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“Closest thing to France you can imagine...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I recently visited for the second time and this time surpassed our expectations -- once again. This time we stayed at Villa Capanette. Our room (#13) was cheerful, spacious and overlooked the meadow. The Villa has a beautiful pool which was very welcome with the heat. Breakfast was served around the pool the next morning. On our previous visit (February), we stayed at the main Inn. The room was again beautiful, spacious and had the most exquisite bathtub. The meals at L'Auberge are divine - from the full breakfast (our first morning five courses including peach panna cotta and second morning an incredible eggs benedict) to the dinners (which defy written description here except to say that EVERYTHING is worth having. If you stay two nights, you must go there both nights so that you can plan your next night. The grounds are beautiful with many spots to just sit and take in the countryside. Day trips include Winchester and wineries. Celeste, Alain and Christian are wonderful hosts for an extraordinary experience.

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely. We enjoyed #13 at the Villa (overlooking the meadow) in July and the pool was...
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  • Stayed July 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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, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 11, 2012
They say that Virginia is for lovers, well you two were the perfect loving couple. We enjoyed helping with your year long "honeymoon" and am glad you returned for another visit to L'Auberge Provencale! Thanks for the beautiful pictures as well.
We will look forward to your next visit.
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Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Everything was impeccable, the rooms are clean, very tastefully decorated and welcoming, giving you the feeling you are actually in France. The grounds are well taken care of, with a beautiful garden and flower beds in front of each room. They also have their own herb and vegetable garden, a large porch in front of the house, and a patio area outside the restaurant, refreshments and pastries for the guests.

Dinner was amazing, both in terms of plating as well as taste. We tried the three-course menu for one person and the five-course menu for the other and split everything. It's the kind of food you have to savor slowly paying attention to every taste and texture. It may seem a bit pricey, but the executive chef does an amazing job. We heard him explain to someone that he personally picks the ingredients for each day's menu, so everything is fresh. The service was outstanding, better than at any other restaurant we had been to before. Wine is expensive.

Breakfast was cooked by one of the owners, who is French, and was delicious.

What impressed us the most was the attention to detail in every category. You cannot stay/dine here and not notice the effort that goes into ensuring you, as a guest, feel welcome.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Spent one night and would love to go back for more. It was a beautiful place with great staff and a wonderful breakfast.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 9, 2012
Thank you so much for the kind words. The staff and myself, are very happy you enjoyed your stay. Perhaps next time you can make your getaway a little longer so you can really get a chance to relax and enjoy the Shenandoah Valley. Have a great summer.
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Oakton, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

We received a one-day gift certificate for L'Auberge and stayed for a special package--2 nights and get the 3rd free. This was an exceptional value and we were so glad that we had those extra days. We chose to stay at the Villa La Campagnette which is about 3 miles down the road. The gardens and pool were heavenly and the countryside peaceful and gorgeous! It was worth the stay just to have the delicious and generous gourmet breakfasts served at poolside! The large room had an attached sitting room--both comfortable and cozy.There were cookies, fresh fruit, and lemonade available in the dining room throughout the day, along with soft drinks and water in the pool area.The area surrounding the inn had many activities to enjoy when not relaxing at the pool or in the room. We enjoyed touring Virginia wineries, walking the roads/paths of the state arboretum and hiking up to the Appalachian Trail. The innkeepers were friendly and informative; the staff at the restaurant were attentive and efficient; the housekeeping staff were nice and friendly. All in all, we had a wonderful time and look forward to returning to experience a different season in the Virginia countryside and to feast on more local fare prepared with elegance and fabulous flavors!

  • Stayed June 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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, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 7, 2012
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here at L'auberge Provencale. Not only to hear about the inn, but also, to hear that you really enjoyed the local area of the Shenandoah Valley. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful place to be, with the proximity of some of Virginia's best wineries, the State Arboretum, Skyline Drive, and great hiking. Also, just lazing by the pool can be a welcome respite from the otherwise hectic world.
If you come in the fall you can enjoy the changing of the leaves, the harvest of grapes, and crackling of a nice fire in your room. Crisp air and warm and cozy nights by our outside fire pit. S'mores?
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Fort Meade, Maryland
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12 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

This is a B&B that you would love to tell everyone about, but then again wish not to, just to hopefully keep this one to yourself. First of all, you're surrounded by the Shenandoah mountains and far enough from DC that you have enough bars on the mobile phone to make that text or phone call. If you're looking for an outstanding stay and absolutely marvelous fine dining experience without breaking the bank (well almost), then pack your overnight bag or maybe stay a few more nights, drive West for about 1.4 hours, well, maybe you should stop at our favorite winery (Barrel Oak) and visit these fine folks (Celeste and Alain Borel, Innkeepers). You will not be disappointed... if you're disappointed, then nothing will satisfy your palate or comfortability. Enjoy!

Room Tip: TV or no TV that is the question!
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  • Stayed July 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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Arlington, Virginia, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Overall, we had a favorable experience.

Pros: The room (Suite 1) was lovely. Big bed, loved the soft bamboo sheets (though the mattress probably could use replacing soon with something a bit firmer). Robes (though a bit frayed) were nice to have and the steam shower was great. Food was excellent (risotto, scallops, and any of the fish highly recommended) though they need to work on desserts, which were overall too heavy for the many-course meal and really just fine but not as outstanding as some of the other courses. Dinner took 3 hours and at most should have been 2.5 (people who came after us and had as many courses left before us).

Cons: The biggest one really is the proximity to the road and the heavy traffic, which definitely dampens the effect of eating outside on the patio. The grounds are lovely, though smaller than expected, and I wish they could find a way to move the patio out back where you could be further from the road and actually enjoy the view and the sunset. Although we were told that we could walk anywhere, is was really confusing about where we could go and not, so I would suggest that the staff could make and provide some kind of map of the property and some suggested walks.

We did request to look at some of the other rooms so that, if we were to return (leaning toward unlikely), we would have a better idea of what to expect.

This seems like a good place for Washington folks who have urban expectations. If you are trying to get away and relax, this would not be my first choice. We did look at guidebooks and drove around but the economy seems to have driven out most of the antique places and we really didn't want to spend all our time driving.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 7, 2012
I am glad overall you had a good experience here at L'Auberge Provencale. However, any lag in service is not excusable by management and this will be addressed. So we appreciate the comment.
It might have been better if you had dined inside in our "Sun Room". This room overlooks the patio and has many French doors, letting the "outdoors" in without any signs of the vehicles passing on the road. If the noise bothered you over our soft French music being played we would gladly have moved you in.
We do encourage our guests to visit our herb, flower and vegetable gardens and have seating through out the 5 acres surrounding the inn. A nice stroll around the property has never required a map before, but the suggestion is noted.
If you get back to the area we suggest you might want to go antiquing in Middleburg which has lots of shops(20 minutes drive), Old Town Winchester, or Strasburg which also have lots of antique and other specialty shops all about 20-25 minutes from the inn. Closer to us is the Boyce General Store, European Antiques, The Red Schoolhouse, and The Black Penny Antique stores which are 3 minutes from the inn. They are also by the Burwell Morgon Mill which is now grinding fresh flour from local farms. For a lovely walk we also recommend the Virginia State Arboretum, at Bland Farm, which is 750 acres of walking paths, gardens, and marked trees, 3 miles from our door.
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Washington DC
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We've have celebrated many anniversaries at this charming inn. Although it is only one hour from our home, we feel like we are in the South of France when we get there. The inn is surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful Virginia countryside. Once we enter, it's heaven! The gardens are so beautiful and the rooms are decorated in charming french style. Dinner at the inn is truly an experience to savor. The food is so delicious and the presentation, always perfect. And the service is excellent. And then there is breakfast - delicious. We often spend the next day at the pool enjoying the scenery and quiet. We always feel like we've really been away when we go to this inn.

Room Tip: If you want a lot of privacy, there is one room with its own deck that is lovely.
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  • Stayed June 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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Address: 13630 Lord Fairfax Highway, Boyce, VA 22620
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Location: United States > Virginia > Boyce
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Boyce
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a romantic Shenandoah bed and breakfast in beautiful White Post, VA. Our bed & breakfast in Virginia features luxurious rooms and suite with comfy beds, fluffy robes, flat screens and fireplaces. Don't miss out on a once in a lifetime dining experience at one of the best French restaurants in America. Executive Chef Joseph Watters at our Northern Virginia B&B creates culinary works of art utilizing the freshest local ingredients for an unforgettable romantic Virginia getaway. Enjoy too our Second Tier Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar with over 1,000 selections. Utilize our concierge service to tour the local vineyards, arboretums, art galleries and civil war museums in the area. ... more   less 
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