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“Amazing B&B” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Woodward House on Manor Grade

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Woodward House on Manor Grade
413 South Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630   |  
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Ranked #2 of 8 Front Royal B&B and Inns
South Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Amazing B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I invariably stay at bed and breakfast inns when we travel, as we try and avoid cookie cutter hotels. We both agree that our stay at the Woodward House on Manor Grade was the best thus far. The exterior when we drove up the steep driveway caused some caution as it seemed a bit worn. Ah, but looks are deceiving, as we were welcomed by the sweet proprietor Joan as if we were long lost friends. We retired to the the quaint little pub in their living room and had a nice draft craft ale before we even unloaded our luggage. Our stay of 3 days was regrettably too short, as Joan and her husband Bob, and sister Kathy were extremely gracious and treated us like family visiting their quirky, cluttered, invariably interesting inn. We stayed in the Elizabeth's Suite and it was nice having a little separate room for lounging and reading. The breakfasts we had each day were amazing and ample, and we had the good fortune to be here for the Sunday biscuits and gravy special (scratch cheese biscuits and homemade sausage gravy, the best ever.). We will be back to this small piece of paradise soon.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We are a family of 4 and were looking for somewhere to stay near The Shenandoah National Park and Woodward House was recommended in a Lonely Planet Guide. After seeing the rave reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided to book - and I'm so pleased that we did! Everything said in the reviews here is true - Bob and Joan really are the most generous hosts. The breakfasts are amazing, the rooms are charming. Just by way of saying something different - the location is great too!

  • Stayed July 2013, 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 July 9, 2013 via mobile

Joan and her husband made us feel at home from the moment we stepped in the door to the moment we left. The atmosphere was perfect as we looked out over the Blue Ridge. The breakfast was excellent. Thanks for the wonderful time.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 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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Chesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Joan and Bob are fantastic hosts and nothing is too much trouble. Everything is freshly baked, even the butter was homemade. It was the best breakfast we have had since arriving in the US a week ago. Woodward house is family orientated and warm and welcoming. They offered complimentary good quality wine and beer and were very friendly, warm and generous hosts.
The location was perfect for our trip along Skyline Drive which commenced a few minutes away.
Thank you Joan & Bob.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We have the pleasure of staying at Woodward House 2-3 times per year, and after every visit we begin to make plans for our next trip. We have been staying with Joan and Bob for many years. They are fabulous hosts! Whether you need a few quiet days away from Washington, DC or if you are just passing through Front Royal, you MUST STAY at the Woodward House. Every room is beautifully decorated and each has a private bath. There are two detached, huge cottages just steps away from the B&B, and they have gorgeous accommodations with private baths, kitchens and porches. Joan's daily to-order, skip-lunch breakfasts are First Class, and prepares you for a day of hiking, canoeing or walking around town. Enjoying the evening complimentary beer and wine is a perfect way to complete a peaceful day.

Room Tip: Splurge and reserve a suite with a fireplace. The two cottages are really fun, too, with a fireplac...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We have stayed at the Woodward House on three occasions and can honestly say that you cannot ask for better hosts or accommodations. The rooms are immaculate. The breakfast is amazing and our hosts are a delight. I particularly enjoy wandering around the house examining all the great objects they have collected over the years. You will feel completely at home.

Room Tip: We like Nancy's Perch. The cottages are quite nice though we have not personally stayed in them...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Central, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

After driving the entire length of the Skyline Drive we arrived at the Woodward House to be welcomed by the warmest of hosts. Our cottage was fantastic, breakfast as truly "no lunch necessary", and we will definitely return!

  • Stayed October 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
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Address: 413 South Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630
Location: United States > Virginia > Front Royal
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Front Royal

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