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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
Great Falls, Va
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“Perfect splurge for an anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

We stayed at L'Auberge Provencale Sept. 15, 2012, for our 15th anniversary, seeking restfulness, a culinary adventure, a bit of Virginia history and yes, some luxury.

We got all that and more. We were quickly directed from the main house to a villa about .5 miles away and were pleasantly surprised. Both properties are delightful, with abundant places to sit, sip, swim and/or chat. French country decor throughout, with statuary and thoughtful touches.

Our room at the villa (#17) was just lovely - a big bedroom with bed, chaise lounge and fluffy robes, and a huge bathroom with claw-foot tub attached.

We headed back to the main house for dinner and it was hands-down the best we've ever had (also the most expensive! Bill: $270 including tip). We began with cocktails on the wide front porch, gazing at the mountains and marveling at the train that passed across the landscape as the sun went down.

Inside, my husband got the chef's tasting menu, while I got three three-course meal. It was a long dinner, but every plate that came out had a taste and texture combination that was new to us. Fantastic scallops and steak. Amazing risotto. Delightful cheese plate.

Back to the villa at 11 p.m., at which point I took a bath in the huge tub. Husband zzzzzzzz.......

Breakfast was a delicious quiche with homemade granola and yogurt. I read the paper by the pool, accompanied by one of the owner's two dogs, Bernadette. What a character.

Perfect, playful end to a delightful getaway. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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101 reviews 101 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We had a two-night stay here last week that included two fabulous dinners and two innovative breakfasts. The food here is absolutely first-rate and the wine list, which I believe was built by Celeste, has many wonderful selections. They hold the "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator, one of less than 900 locations on the planet.

The breakfasts deserve a special compliment...one included duck breast and the other pork loin as the meat.

If you live within four or five hours of Boyce, Virginia, and you want a romantic food-centric getaway, L'Auberge is worth the trip.

Room Tip: We were in Suite 1 which is spacious and conveniently located.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Leonardtown, Maryland
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband and I have been coming here through our entire relationship, from our first trip tgther through our engagement to our pregnancy with our daughter. We have never been dissapointed.

The rooms with steam showers are amazing and quit relaxing, comfy beds and the extras they provide are always wonderful.

The gourmet picnic baskets are the best! I have severe food allergies and they always accommodate me. One basket included lobster salad along with with steak and avocado sandwhiches! They even arranged a canoe trip for us to take our lunch on.

They are centrally located to great vineyards to spend the day at. The staff always remembers us when we come back. And the breakfasts have always been outstanding! We have never had dinner in the restaurant though. When I was pregnant they sent us up a small dinner to the room since I wasn't feeling well.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ProvenceVirginia, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Engagements, Marriage and now a baby! We are happy to have been such a nice part of your life! Maybe, on a special anniversary you can try the dinners. That is what we definitely are about! A gourmet picnic is pretty yummy too, I must say.
And as noted we are always happy to accommodate any allergies or food restrictions for all of our guests here at L'auberge Provencale! We look forward to your return!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I just stayed here in Suite 11. This place is so special. We felt we were in the French countryside! The staff is so nice and friendly, particularly Celeste and Jamie. The restaurant is worth trying at least one night and our suite was beautifully decorated, big, and romantic. Breakfast was a dream; it was our favorite and we were always greeted with a smile from Jamie. The place is also close to wineries, horseback riding, and other activities. Definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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ProvenceVirginia, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Hi, this is from Celeste. I am really glad you enjoyed your time here at our little touch of Provence! Jamie and I enjoyed having you here at L'Auberge Provencale. We are glad that you found your suite and the food up to a 5 rating which is what we strive and work hard for. We care about our guests experience and are certainly glad you had a fun time! Come in the winter for one of our cozy winter specials to cuddle up by the fire!
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We stayed at L'Auberge Provencale in early July. The building is quite old, but the rooms have been decorated tastefully and with attention to detail. We felt that the manager's attitude was one of arrogance when he greeted us and when he showed us to our room. The remaining staff were much more pleasant, yet still rather "stuffy". Our dinners were well prepared but quite expensive when compared with others we had enjoyed on this trip. The delicious buffet breakfast included ample offerings as well as a hot entree. Overall, we felt it was too expensive an experience and seriously doubt we would return if revisiting this area of Virginia.

Room Tip: Plan to spend a lot of money for a good room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 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 13, 2012
The "manager" is no longer with us at this time. If anyone greeted our customers with arrogance we do indeed apologize. Alain, Christian, myself and the rest of our staff are courteous and nice people. I am very puzzled that the impression was "stuffy" from the rest of the staff.
At L'Auberge Provencale we use only the very best of ingredients in our cuisine. That translates into higher food costs. Our scallops are diver "day boat", and all of our fish is wild and line caught. It is shipped to us in some of the most beautiful boxes you have ever seen overnight by Fed Ex. The fish is caught at 4:00 today and will arrive tomorrow morning by 10:00. Our Kobe/Angus, Wagyu Beef is $24.95 a pound now. The rest of our meats are bought locally to support local farmers and are raised impeccably at a much higher cost then what you buy in a grocery store. All the gourmet items, including the olive oils, vinegar, and spices are top notch. And we pay our chefs very, very well.
One has to expect a higher cost for the quality of ingredients. It is very hard these days with the rising cost of energy and food (two things not counted in inflation) for us to make a small profit.
Our staff is professional and nice people who work hard and need a living wage. We are a low volume, high end experience for the discerning traveler.
Hopefully, if you do a return visit you will be greeted with a smile!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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
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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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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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