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“Late night decision led to early morning delight!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Woodward House on Manor Grade

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413 South Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Front Royal B&B and Inns
NJ
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“Late night decision led to early morning delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Road tripping through Front Royal with some friends and we needed a place to stay the night. We stopped at a gas station to figure things out. While we were searching TripAdvisor we looked up and there was Woodward House. We checked the reviews, made a call, booked, and headed up the hill.

First, Joan and Bob were awesome. Very friendly and great to talk to, they did a fantastic job making us feel welcome. The rooms were very nice, clean, and had everything one would need, even some homemade cookies! The breakfast was awesome. I ordered a vegetable omelet and I literally thought it was made in the garden! Everything was so fresh, even the eggs...they have chickens! Fresh fruit, juice, coffee, delicious cinnamon bun!

So if you're in the area I highly recommend it. It's also less than a mile from the start of Skyline Drive which is a great ride. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We got a room towards the back of the house which was great, we didn't hear any road noise at ni...
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  • Stayed September 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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Linden, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

My fiance and I had the pleasure of staying with Joan & Bob at their B&B near the entrance of Skyline Drive. The house was perfection the breakfast was divine and the hosts were as full of personality as their home. We had the pleasure of staying in "The Julia Suite" the room was filled with all kinds of treasures as well as goodies to munch on. The fresh baked cookies being a favorite. Our evening was spent mostly on the front porch, we both decided we could sit and pass the time there unending. Our hostess joined us and we spent the evening watching the sun set and learing of the homes history. The following morning we were treated to a delicious home cooked meal and Bobs humor. Needless to say we will return and hopefully soon, what a nice break from the daily grind.

  • Stayed September 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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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Additional Information about Woodward House on Manor Grade

Address: 413 South Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630
Location: United States > Virginia > Front Royal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Front Royal
Number of rooms: 8

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