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“Look Forward to it Every Year” 5 of 5 stars
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1211 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903   |  
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Washington, DC
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Look Forward to it Every Year”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2007

We are headed to our third straight year of going to the Dinsmore House in early winter this weekend. We love it every year and I thought I should add to the glowing reviews here on trip advisor. I couldn't ask for anything more than available from the Dinsmore House. They have an incredibly friendly and accomodating staff, great location and wonderful atmosphere.

Stayed February 2007
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Rocky Mount
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2006

Great B & B in a fabulous location and extremely helpful and friendly staff!
Recommend Highly!

  • Liked — Friendly staff
  • Disliked — No phone to contact front desk
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wollongong
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2006

Over a five night stay, we enjoyed the delight of being a guest at the Dinsmore House, bed and breakfast. From the first moment of arrival, we knew our experience would be special. The owners and hosts were extremely gracious and accommodating, a great introduction to southern charm. The Dinsmore House is filled with beautiful furnishings and the themed rooms (we stayed in the Library Room) added to uniqueness of our stay. We indulged in fabulous breakfasts which are changed daily and enjoyed meeting the other guests over a glass of wine and cheese, on offer each afternoon.

The Dinsmore is conveniently located to Charlottesville's many attractions and we appreciated the free trolley car as means of exploring the town.

  • Liked — Fabulous service
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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McLean, Virginia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2006

My wife and I had a great stay recently at the Dinsmore House. The accomodations were wonderful, and the breakfasts were amazing. Great location - walking distance to much of C'Ville, comfortable bed, and the proprietors were gracious and very helpful. One word of caution: Ryan is very unrealistic about his expectations for the Redskins - when I left, he was muttering something about the "brain trust." Outside of that, awesome place - we'll definitely return.

  • Liked — Comfort, convenience.
  • Disliked — Not much - maybe could have had a bigger bathroom.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Alexandria, Va
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2006

After having stayed at the Dinsmore House Inn B&B at least five times, I thought it was time to post on tripadvisor.com to let others know what a great experience it has always been. Having grown up in VA, specifically Williamsburg, I have a great appreciation for historic places. The Dinsmore is an historic building from the early 1800s with incredible character. All the rooms I have stayed in are very tastefully decorated. While you can appreciate the history of the building you never leave the comforts of the 21st Century behind. The bathrooms are great and the beds are incredibly comfortable (I suffer from chronic lower back pain) and always sleep well there. The owners Ryan, Denise and Gail are very friendly, accommodating and customer focused. They are quick to give you solid advice on local attractions, restaurants, and things to do should you have any questions or need suggestions. After a great night of sleep you have a delicious breakfast awaiting you. Truly, a wonderful experience time and again.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Tips/Secrets — great golf and wineries close by ask Ryan for tips
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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South Portland, ME
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2006

My husband and I have been staying at inns all over the east coast (from Cape Cod to Cape May to Savannah) for about the last 10 years. We traveled through Charlottesville recently during our exploration of the Civil War south and were fortunate enough to pick The Dinsmore House out of the B&B association guide.

Whenever we stay at a B&B we always grade out what we liked and didn't like about the inn. After our 2 nights at the Dinsmore House, Richard and I agreed that it ranks as one of our favorites.

The main criteria we use for our ratings are:
- Innkeepers (VERY engaged and helpful)
- Cleanliness (we're sticklers about this)
- Food (the creme brulee french toast was to die for)
- "Intangibles" (Jeffersonian ties)

The Dinsmore House rated out great on all criteria, especially the helpfullness of the innkeepers (Ryan's the owner and Maxine is the hostess). The "intangibles" in this case is a beautifully restored historic home that could not be more convenient to restaurants and entertainment in Charlottesville. We walked out the door of the inn, hopped on the free trolley to the downtown mall and enjoyed a great meal at ZoCaLo (excellent recommendation!) followed by a Lyle Lovett concert at the downtown amphitheater (what a show!).

Ryan and Denise (husband and wife) have done a great job with the inn, and we can't wait to return in the future.

  • Liked — The helpful staff and great location
  • Disliked — leaving
  • Tips/Secrets — Try zocalo for a great restaurant
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, England
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2006

We were in Charlottesville as part of a 2 week trip around the East Coast, for an old college room-mate's wedding. Having lived in Williamsburg for a year I had been to Charlottesville before, but staying at the Dinsmore this time round made my trip truly memorable.
We had booked one of the cheaper rooms, but were upgraded on arrival to the Dinsmore room for no extra cost - which was a lovely surprise. The bed was the biggest I have ever seen, and very comfortable. The whole house was restored very well, and my friend was in the Library Room, which also oozed character.
Ryan and Denise were welcoming and helpful, particularly when it came to dinner recommendations, which were made as we all enjoyed a glass of (good) wine together in the early evening. The restaurant they recommended was exactly what we were looking for, which also added to our enjoyment of our stay - we wouldn't have found it without their recommendation.
The breakfast was delicious, and they were very accommodating to the food allergies of one of our party, making something special at no notice.
This was our first experience of B&Bs, and the experience we had here has definitely changed the way we look for accommodation in the States. I had stayed at a chain hotel for my previous visit to Charlottesville, but it was definitely worth the extra few dollars to stay at the Dinsmore - and it really was only a few dollars difference, for an experience that felt like it should have come with a much larger price tag!

  • Stayed September 2005, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1211 West Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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Location: United States > Virginia > Charlottesville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #12 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Charlottesvill...
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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