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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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“A haven of beauty and peace, exquisite in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

What an experience! My husband and I spent last Friday night here. We stayed in the Villa, the part of the inn that is separate from the main house...Villa la campagnette. We loved being a little bit removed from the main guest rooms but then also loved spending the evening at the main house for our Chef's tasting and 5-course dinner at the restaurant. This was a trip to remember....a very special unique time, when you wanted to just stop time and remember every detail forever. You really feel as though you are in Europe. Every nuance, from your welcoming treats (dried fruits and nuts, baked delectable goodies, fresh lemonade) to your full gourmet breakfast the next morning (fresh croissants, other baked breads, homemade granola, freshly squeezed mango juice, local ingredients from surrounding farmers), you are made to feel special. Like your stay really matters to Celeste and Alain. My husband and I never met Alain but had some special time to speak to Celeste and hear of her stories and travels. A must for anyone in need of a very special getaway. I must say though, be prepared to spend quite a few dollars, unless you happen to come across a last minute special of Facebook promotion.

Room Tip: There is a difference in price with all rooms, I guess primarily due to size. We stayed in Villa Sui...
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  • Stayed June 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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ProvenceVirginia, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments. Alain and I have striven for 33 years to provide a small respite, a "touch of Provence" in the Virginia countryside. Our chefs are involved with our farm to table concept, much like in Europe and our three menus allow our customers to have their choice between a 3 course, 5 course and chef's tasting menu. All showcase what is best and freshest of the season.
Yes, some might view this as a splurge, but you deserve it! A gentile respite from an otherwise hectic world.
It is always a pleasure when I do get a few minutes to have a lively discussion with my guests.
We look forward to your return to L'Auberge Provencale.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

L'Auberge Provençale is a lovely Bed and Breakfast in Boyce, Va. The owner, Alain, is also an amazing chef and we enjoyed the most wonderful dinner and breakfast. They grow everything on the property!

  • Stayed June 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is our second stay at this beautiful B&B, so we knew what to expect...and our expectations were high for everything from the room to the food and service. We were checked in by a charming and helpful man, who informed us that he would be our waiter that evening. He also helped with our luggage, which was good as my husband has some mobility challenges and the room (which is outside of the main building) is 150 or so feet from the parking area and has several steps to navigate. The room was lovely and the steam shower is heavenly! We chose the 5 course meal and asked our waiter to recommend wines for each course. He recommended half glasses as we were eating different things and his choices were superb (though we didn't check the prices before ordering). The food and wine were top notch -- definitely a splurge for us. Overall, it's been a lovely experience. We'll definitely be back!

  • Stayed May 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My girlfriend has treated me, for my birthday, to dinner, overnight stay and breakfast for the last 8 or 9 years at L'Auberge. Obviously we LOVE the place. We have found our favorite room ( sorry it's a secret ) and have managed to reserve it most of the time. L'Auberge has both rooms and suites and some villas a few miles from the main house. The suites, I believe, are the separate accommodations and a short walk (100 feet) from the main house. We have stayed in them and they are great but now we prefer staying in the main house. The suites are great if you want a little more privacy but the rooms in the main house are also very quiet and private. The dinners and breakfasts have been exceptional and seem to get better every year. And the staff is very friendly and helpful. Two of the pictures attached are from our 2012 visit since I didn't take any inside room pictures on our 2013 visit. The 3rd one is of the new kitty, Noelle. L'Auberge is about 60 or 65 miles from D.C..Getting there is pretty easy once you get on Virginia roads. It is basically a straight shot on Route 50 until you make a left onto 340 with L'Auberge on the right about 3/4 mile down the road. And if you like cats, go visit Noelle in the office.

  • Stayed February 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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Newport News VA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Superlative food, extensive wine list, friendly and efficient service make for a memorable stay. Room decor and amenities are luxe and the grounds are beautiful. Altogether a wonderful place for a special occasion getaway.

Room Tip: Rooms in the historic main house are lovely
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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ProvenceVirginia, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
We strive here at L'Auberge Provencale to give our guests a great experience in both food, wine, service, grounds and decor. All of us at the inn appreciate your high praise and are extremely rewarded you had such a lovely time.
Hopefully, we will see you again in the future at L'Auberge Provencale. And thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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Ellicott City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

My fiancée made reservations last May for their Honeymoon weekend package plus one extra night.
We had GREAT expectations this however was not to be. We made the mistake to book a room with a private entrance, we were not told that the rooms with a private entrance are not part of the main house but like a very small strip mall motel. I think that is why there were no photos of the outside of the private entrance rooms.( had we known we would have booked a room in the main house ) The cost of the separate entrance rooms were more expensive. The room was adequate in size but do not go with their photos it makes the room look 3 times the actual size. the water pressure in the room wasn't so great, you would expect a lot more shower pressure. There isn't a phone of any kind in the room and they do not answer the business phone in the evening, so if you have a problem or need something you have to walk to the main house which is locked in the EARLY evening and then knock very hard there was no bell. We were enjoying a quiet bottle of wine and cheese that we had brought with us. ( there is no mini bar or fridge in the room luckily we brought a cooler with us, we had about a 4 hr. ride from home ) when we heard this loud banging coming from the room attached to ours.
After about 10 minutes I had to get dressed and walk about 150 feet to the main house, it was only 8 pm but the door was locked. When someone answered I told them about the disturbance. I am 60 years old and have been to many b&bs thru out America and Europe, you could always get tea coffee cookies scones etc. until at least 11pm. NOT HERE Any way by 8 20 the noise had stopped, it it sounded as if someone was bouncing a bowling ball. It started again at about 10 pm the same thing get up get dressed and walk back to the main house, a phone to communicate from your room or a # where you could reach them at night would have been nice.
The noise stopped again only to start at 7 am on Sunday morning.
Celeste the one owner had helped my then fiancée put on her wedding gown, but it was rush rush rush like she had someplace to go.
Celeste had taken many photos of us both which was VERY IMPORTANT because my friend who came in from N.Y had blurred most of the photos that he took of us..
Originally we had planned for a wedding dinner for 3 on Sat. night at 5pm we later changed that to dinner on Sunday for two.
Well on Sunday afternoon my Wife asked to change our Honeymoon dinner to eight pm, she was told no we had to have it at 5.
The evening dinner is open to the public as well as guests and I believe they serve until at least 9 or later. They have a lovely room with a large fireplace that was not being used during the summer, we thought that was to be the room for the promised romantic honeymoon dinner.
When our forced five pm meal was served in the main breakfast area were every one else was being served dinner I asked could we not get a more private romantic spot.
They moved up us 6 feet away to were they put out a breakfast buffet soon to be joined by another couple at the table next to ours.
We could have the same romantic dinner at any restaurant in town. NOT AS PROMISED NOT ROMANTIC AT ALL.
( VERY DISAPOINTING )
We were there the end of June and the weather was very hot, the following day after we arrived we found out from a guest that there was access to a pool. We did not see that from their internet ad at the time nor were we informed when we spoke while booking the wedding package.
We were told that tips were not included with the package price, but we weren't told that they would be added in for us when we paid the bill. So we actually tipped everyone twice.
They should have told us up front that mandatory tips would be added.
I like to tip according to the service received not a % chosen by the establishment. ( what about you )
We were also promised a treasured departing gift which we never received.
We never gave them written or verbal permission to do anything with the many photos that Celeste had taken YET WE NEVER RECEIVED A ONE.
In closing it is a very expensive place we would have been better off with a 5 day cruise it would have cost the same. So if you have this kind of money to spend we would recommend finding a different venue.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ProvenceVirginia, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
We have been hosting weddings here at L'Auberge Provencale from intimate elopements to large under tent affairs for 33 years. This is the first time I have ever received a complaint from any of our brides or grooms. My brides have written glowing reviews, sent cards and even gifts with appreciation to the attention to detail we give to all our brides and grooms and families, here at the inn.
The rooms described as a "strip mall" are intimate attached cottages by our herb and flower gardens which are beautiful and serene. Pictures of the gardens and entrances are prominently displayed on our website and are our most requested rooms, especially Le Chambre des Amis.
We have three intimate dining rooms which each have around 7 tables. We do not have a private dining room for just a couple getting married, but we do make sure they have a nice intimate table to enjoy dinner together.
Our wedding package includes flowers for the bride, champagne and chocolate strawberries on arrival, a dinner for two, a toast of champagne (which we gave you a whole bottle), and a parting gift.
I am sorry you did not have the best honeymoon experience, but there are only certain things we can control in sometimes an imperfect time. Suffice, I would not discuss this in a public forum.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Stayed here for a weekend getaway with my hubby.

The Room - French country decor. Pretty and quaint. Very clean.

Restaurant - We did the 5 course meal. It was delicious. It was a bit overpriced in my opinion along with the drinks. The cheapest glass of wine was approximately $16.00. I live in DC and that is high even for DC standards. The breakfast was included. They are more than willing to make accommodations. I don't like sweets. They accommodated me and my savory breakfast was tasty!

Grounds - Very pretty. Plenty of fresh herbs and wildflowers. You may see a few bunny rabbits hopping around. This Inn is a little closer to the road than I imagined. You can hear cars drive by but it is not very noisy.

Service - Friendly service. I felt very relaxed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ProvenceVirginia, Owner at L'Auberge Provencale Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your stay here at L'Auberge Provencale. At our restaurant here at the inn, La Table Provencale, We are really seeing the fruits of much labor with the gardens bursting with fresh herbs and vegetables. The orchard is coming along nicely and we should have cherries any day now. All of the things we grow here at the inn, give our customers the chance to experience the freshest and best of the season.
At the inn we offer a three course menu, a five course menu and a chef's tasting menu. In order for us to procure our fresh products we must have things shipped in Fed - Ex every day. Our fish can come from day boats in Florida to Hawaii. We buy sustainable farm and ocean foods only to serve in La Table Provencale. This is a very expensive venture and we do believe our prices of 68.00, 89.00 and 105.00 (for the seven course menu) are really reasonable. We include fresh baked bread with each meal and an amuse buche and petit fours.
In the afternoon's we are now serving iced cold fresh minted lemonade, fresh fruit, pastries and cookies, roasted rosemary mixed nuts and our own dried fruit for our inn guests to enjoy.
We are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences for our guests. Thanks for giving us notice so we could make you the savory breakfast!
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Address: 13630 Lord Fairfax Highway, Boyce, VA 22620
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Location: United States > Virginia > Boyce
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) 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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