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“Great but looking forward to a Springtime visit” 4 of 5 stars
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Killahevlin
1401 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Front Royal B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great but looking forward to a Springtime visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

The Inn was lovely and the stand-in innkeepers were very welcoming. The room was beautiful and I look forward to a warmer time when we can take advantage of the adjoining porch. The gazebo on the property also looks like a great place to relax when it is warm.

The downstairs pub is a generous treat too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

My partner and I wanted a relaxing stay at a place close to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive - we are so happy we chose this place! We were greeted by Tom when we arrived, who gave us a tour of the entire house, ending at our room. We stayed in the white room, chosen for two reasons: 1. the enclosed porch and 2. the clawfoot tub! My partner grew up in an old farmhouse and loves clawfoot tubs, so I surprised her with this. The room was very large with plenty of storage. The fireplace had an electric fireplace in it, which was perfect during this February weekend. There was a bottle of sherry with two small glasses - a nice touch. The bathroom had shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, soap, and a hair dryer. I thought the navy blue washcloth (used for 'makeup') was a nice touch, as I did have makeup to take off. The porch was very large, expanding the entire front of the house, and is accessible by two rooms - the white room and the blue room. They have partitions up so you wouldn't be able to see anyone else on the porch, so there is privacy - or, if you were traveling with other people, you could open it up and have access to the entire porch together. We spent a few hours on the comfy chairs, with our feet up, reading on the porch. The view is great, and we were able to watch the sunset over the mountains. The bed had extremely comfy sheets and fluffy pillows - we slept quite well.

The rest of the house was also fantastic. The living room has large brown leather chairs/ottomans and sofas which are extremely comfortable. We spent some time down there, drinking a beer. We loved that this place had a pub - Harper lager was on tap with a few other bottled beer in the fridge. The fridge also had a mix of red and white wine and some soda. In the pub was a TV and some board games - it would be a nice place to hang out, especially if you were there with a group of friends.

We had recommendations to eat at Element by people at the visitors center AND Tom, and so we did. It was fantastic. The menu is small, which is a great sign. It was probably the best scallops I've ever eaten, and my partner got steak which she could not stop raving about. They are closed on Sundays. Go eat there!

Breakfast at Killahevlin was so good. Tom let us know it would be served between 8:30-10 at our own leisure. We came down at about 8:15 because the smell of delicious coffee woke us up. Tom gave me a choice of tea (I chose Irish Breakfast) since I'm not a coffee drinker, and it was great - I had never drank loose tea before. The main dish at breakfast was Eggs Benedict - and since I don't like soft boiled eggs, Tom made mine with scrambled. And earlier I had mentioned putting hollandaise sauce on asparagus, and so Tom offered us asparagus with breakfast (not on the original receipt), so I said yes - and I'm glad I did! It was a great accompaniment. It was so nice of him to offer.

Tom and Kathy were so friendly; they answered all of our questions, gave us a lot of history of the house and surrounding area, and tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there. I highly recommend this B&B. You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: The white room and blue room are at the front of the house, so they face the West. This is great for...
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  • 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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Fairfax, VA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
65 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

I was looking for a place that would be close to northern VA for a relaxing getaway weekend for my husband & me. Killahevlin sounded perfect so we reserved Blue Room. It was our favorite from all of the write ups. We were met by Tom when we checked in. He was very gracious, provided some history of the area & gave us a tour of the house. Some of the furnishings in our room were a 4 poster queen bed with 4 pillows, an antique armoire and a fireplace with an electric stove insert. A bottle of sherry & 2 glasses were on a side table. The bathroom was quite large with a pedestal sink with a table on the side, a colorful nightlight & with a wonderful extra large Jacuzzi tub. The towels from Turkey were very nice including a black wash cloth that was to be used for washing off makeup. The one item that the room could use was a box of tissues.

The items that we liked the best were the enclosed porch with chairs, a table & lamp that was just perfect for reading, relaxing & watching the sun set, the main living room with its comfy leather chairs and the Irish bar. The bar had Harp Lager on tap, several wines to choose from and a refrigerator with other beverages.

And then there was breakfast that was scrumptious and so filling. Killahevlin is about 1 mile from the Shenandoah National Park. So we spent half of one day hiking & driving Skyline Dr. and the other half doing some wine tasting. For dinner, go to Apt. 2g.

This was just what we had hoped for – a very relaxing weekend.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We went to Killahevlin for the first time in 2011 for our "minimoon" and returned this past weekend for a night for our anniversary. We stayed in The White Room both times and it was just enchanting. The breakfast is TO DIE FOR and the tea is excellent. The tiny pub is fabulous and perfect for a quick pre-dinner drink or apertiff. The decor really makes you feel like you have been transported to the Old Country. Tom and Kathy are accomodating and kind and helpful. For dinner, try Jalisco's (Mexican) or Apt. 2G! Can't wait to visit again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

A perfect overnight stay on New Year's Eve, to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary, accompanied by two other couples, our Dear friends! Clean, comfortable, hospitable above and beyond, welcoming, and the "icing on the cake" was an over the top, delicious and copious breakfast! Thank you for a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, VA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The place is a great B and B. We had the tower rooms. They aren't too cool with kids but we had our boys out of the way in the tower. Our boys enjoyed the small room at the top. Breakfast was a treat and nicely presented. It's a convenient location for visiting the Shenandoah valley and the Skyline.

  • Stayed March 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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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We three, shall I just say mature, ladies enjoyed our stay in December 2012 immensely. We had gone to "look over" Killahelvlin in the fall and decided immedately that ti was the place to stay while being in Front Royal to visit our dear friend. When we told Tom, the innkeeper, that we would be a party of 3 he showed us the beautiful Raspberry Room and bath which accommodates a roll-way bed with plenty of room to spare and we put a booking on it immediately in our heads. Then he showed us the cozy bar downstairs and it was a wrap! Sherry in front of the fireplace on the beautiful settee in the room is a great way to settle in for the night. What a great breakfast room and breakfast too!

Room Tip: The Raspberry Room and bath are both very large.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Address: 1401 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630
Location: United States > Virginia > Front Royal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Front Royal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Killahevlin is a circa 1905 mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. We enjoy views of the mountains from all of our rooms. ... more   less 

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