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“Farm life with beautiful vistas and quiet rustic surroundings.” 5 of 5 stars
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11 Pops Lane, Bridgewater, VA 22812   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Bridgewater B&B and Inns
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“Farm life with beautiful vistas and quiet rustic surroundings.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

If you want to be in town where things are happening---stop reading now. Dixie & Scott run a scenic and quiet family farm B&B in the countryside 5-7 miles outside of Bridgewater,Va. Yes, they have chickens,goats,horses, 2 llamas, and an assortment of friendly cats. We stayed in the Blue Room cottage(former-life a smoke house) with a very comfortable king bed, and decent size bathroom with a tub my wife soaked in both nights of our stay. Con---very little space to store / set luggage,computers,clothes, toiletries, etc. One small pole to hang a few clothes,and a chest with small drawers. Pro- you will park about 7-10 steps from your front door, so leaving items in car to retrieve as needed solves storage space problem. Everything was very clean--caution don't leave your door open as curious cats will visit. We enjoyed going for walks around the farm,and down the lightly traveled road leading to the inn. Dixie produced two very tasty and filling breakfasts for us---enough we just had light snacks instead of lunch. Snacks,candy and water available at all times in the great room,and sweet snack available each evening. No phone in the room and the TV is only there to play DVDs--no reception---who cares when you're there to get away and relax. Do have wifi,and it worked reliably. Again, you're a 10-15 minute drive from town,so be prepared as there's not a 7/11 a block away. We had a delicious Italian dinner at Francescos in town and I suggest it for a great meal,good service, and a very reasonable price(separate write-up). We also visited Natural Chimneys regional Park nearby,where there's not only the natural beauty oh the stone pillars, but great level hiking area,that abuts the North River. Also,we visited the Mennonite shopping area near Harrisonburg that Dixie recommended,lots of neat indoor shops with unusual items,including my new cowboy hat. I highly recommend this B&B for good food,beautiful scenery and peace and quiet. You have 2 good hosts that want you to enjoy your stay--and we did.

Room Tip: I prefer the 2 outside cottages instead of the upstairs room in the house.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

My husband and I recently spent two nights at the Thistle Ridge B&B. Scott and Dixie were very gracious hosts for our stay. The accomodations were cute and very comfortable from the king size bed to the gas fire place in the room. There was a homemade sweet for us each evening along with an area where I could make tea anytime I wanted to. Dixie's breakfasts were delicious with many local ingredients being used. Dixie and Scott printed out directions for each place we wanted to go since we really were out in the country. Our stay was very quiet. We would highly recommend this B&B to anyone staying in the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Thistle Ridge last Friday and Saturday night to attend JMU family weekend. What a wonderful experience. We stayed in the Blue Room . It was so spacious, king size comfortable bed, a tub that you can totally relax in and very clean. It was like being home away from home! Dixie and Scott were wonderful. Had a great time talking to them, spending time on their back deck taking in the awesome mountain stars and had the company of some very wonderful and loving cats. Very quiet. The breakfast were wonderful. Dixie sure can cook and we delighted in everything that was served to us. Each night they had a dessert waiting on you which ended the day just beautiful. I highly recommend it and have told all my friends and facebook friends about it. We are looking forward to going there again.

Lynn and Debi

Room Tip: We stayed in the Blue room and loved it but we would have no problem in staying in any room availabl...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 August 20, 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by what Scott and Dixie have done with this old farmhouse. We stayed in the Yellow Room - they've completely renovated the room with a huge soaking tub (with handheld shower attachment), superb bed, and comfortable furniture.

The property is located in a rural setting with all sorts of animals on their property. We met two friendly cats outside. The location is so quiet and peaceful.

Breakfast was excellent. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My husband and I just returned home from two nights at Thistle Ridge B&B. We were given the Living Social deal for Christmas, but after looking at the prices on their website, the rooms are more than reasonably priced regularly.

I'll preface by saying that earlier this year, we stayed at a b&b in another state and had a terrible experience, so after that we were weary about coming to another one. We weren't huge b&b people to begin with, but we were willing to give another a try. As soon as I walked in and was greeted by Dixie, I felt at ease. The farmhouse is from the 1800s, so it looks older from outside, but the inside has been renovated. Upon walking inside off the main porch, there is a check-in desk, a mini-frige (with complimentary water and snacks), and a vintage desk with various tea accoutrements (yay!). Off to the right is the main sitting room, and off that is the sun porch where breakfast is served. In the main sitting room, Dixie showed us the bookshelves and the cabinet with games and DVDs for our use.

We stayed in the Yellow Room which is upstairs in the main farmhouse. The other two rooms are in the cottage right behind it. Usually I am not into the decor in b&bs - again, I was a skeptic - but I loved our room. It is painted a pretty, buttery yellow, with decor to match the farmhouse vibe. Dixie explained how old the building was and how they renovated the insides, so everything looked updated. The bathtub was huge (good thing, because I'm pushing six feet tall!), and so was the comfy king bed. The bathroom had all new fixtures as well. And a major plus for me was how clean everything was. Clean, clean, clean!

Scott and Dixie showed us around the backyard and the pasture, where they have a garden, horses, llamas, goats, dogs, sheep, chickens, and even a few beehouses! We had fun walking around and checking out the animals. Sitting right on the back porch at night overlooking the hill with the horses at sunset was very relaxing.

Every night Scott & Dixie have snacktime, where they deliver a tray to your room or downstairs if you are playing a game or sitting outside. We looked forward to our little evening snack, and missed having it tonight now that we're home! Breakfast was perfection. The sun porch is just lovely, decorated in farmhouse style as well. Dixie's cooking is wonderful! Breakfast was two courses both days, but the menu changed daily. (I'm craving the applesauce cake right now!)

Needless to say, we really enjoyed our time here. Considering we were skeptical after having a bad experience elsewhere a few months ago, no sooner did we get to our room here at Thistle Ridge when we knew this place was going to be much different. Before checking out today, we asked about dates later in the year so we can come back. We really enjoyed it that much! Dixie and Scott are wonderful hosts and really run a great place. The area is beautiful and located an hour or less from many fun places (we visited Charlottesville and Monticello). We recommend this b&b to anyone. We're in our 20s, and other couples there were older than us, but everyone was very nice. Definitely give Thistle Ridge a try!

Room Tip: There are only three rooms: Green, Blue, and Yellow. Green and Blue are accessed from the outside...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

My wife and I just spent a wonderful weekend at the Thistle Ridge Bed and Breakfast...in short, it was an all around great experience! We have nothing bad to say about it...the owners Scott and Dixie were totally accommodating, helpful, not pushy, had just the right touch of conversation with guests without "hanging on" to them. We wonderful little snacks in our room waiting for us each evening, a great breakfast each morning, (Dixie sure can cook!), as well as company from the 3 cats on the premises, really friendly:) We made friends with Sugar the goat, as well as a couple of their llamas! We loved sitting out in the yard or on the back deck watching the sunsets and listening to the crickets start up each evening...what else can we say? Our hosts do a wonderful job of running this small (3 guest rooms) inn, and make you instantly feel like old friends. Definitely should be on your list to stop here if you are visiting the area!

Room Tip: The Blue Room has a really great two person tub, my wife loved the bubble bath.
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Scott and Dixie are great hosts and will made sure we had everything we needed. The price was totally reasonable for the newly renovated and lovely room we stayed in. The b&b is located in scenic farm country but is a short drive from nearby Harrisonburg where we had dinner. Scott and Dixie called us prior to our arrival to ask about our dietary needs and Dixie made us a delicious breakfast and even leaves a snack in your room in the evening! This is a great place to stay, the hosts pay attention to detail and take really good care of their guests. We are just sorry we didnt have time for the wine tour!

Room Tip: I recommend the blue room because the bathroom is very nice. It is larger than the yellow room.
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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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Address: 11 Pops Lane, Bridgewater, VA 22812
Location: United States > Virginia > Bridgewater
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Bridgewater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Romantic getaway in the Shenandoah Valley. Quiet, peaceful property near nature, colleges, golf, skiing, and wineries. Chauffeured winery tours available and Virginia wine on premises. ... more   less 

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