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“Very welcoming B&B, and pet friendly to boot!” 5 of 5 stars
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A B&B at Riders Rest
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A B&B at Riders Rest
225 Alphin Lane, Lexington, VA 24450   |  
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Ranked #10 of 20 Lexington B&B and Inns
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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10 hotel reviews
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“Very welcoming B&B, and pet friendly to boot!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

Bernie was a very friendly and welcoming host for us and our Golden Retriever. We never thought we'd find a B&B that was large dog friendly, so we had looked at some of the hotel options in Lexington and frankly found them underwhelming, they all just looked old and run down. Through Trip Advisor I found the link for Rider's Rest, and we enjoyed a very comfortable two day stay there the week before Thanksgiving. We would definitely stay here again.

The house is beautiful and obvious care and attention has gone into designing the guest rooms. We stayed in the Kingfisher Room which was very large and had a super comfortable King size bed and quaint clawfoot tub. The furniture was period authentic with some gorgeous walnut pieces. Loved the linens as well, very luxe feeling.

The house has a pretty yard with a gazebo out front, we enjoyed drinking a glass of wine there while throwing the tennis ball for the dog...we all got to unwind and the scenery is really gorgeous. The house cat even put up with the dog chasing her down through the yard.

Breakfast was fresh and hearty both mornings, we loved the crispy toast. We were especially impressed with Bernie's handling of some guests who had very specific breakfast food needs which you'd think they'd have had the courtesy of mentioning to him before he prepared their food. He was incredibly gracious about the whole situation (more so than I would have been able to be).

We ate dinner at the Southern Inn the first night, loved all of it. Great wine selection and early on a Sunday evening we had the place to ourselves. Service was excellent and we enjoyed all the courses we had. Second night after a full day of touring we just opted for some bar food at The Palms, again enjoyed all of it, another meal with fast and friendly service.

We toured the Stonewall Jackson House, VMI (definitely go for the free cadet-led tour offered middays), Washington & Lee University (so somber to see General Lee's office, it really looks like he just stepped out of it) and walked most of the very quaint downtown area. You can do all of this in one day.

On our way home we visited several of the wineries off of I-81, our favorites were Rockbridge and Barren Ridge. Overall a very relaxing vacation and a great stay at Rider's Rest.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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Annapolis, Maryland, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

We had a great time here. Our host Bernie, was a fantastic cook, funny, flexible, and courteous. The B&B was lovely and welcoming. Spotlessly clean! We have already rebooked for another weekend!

Room Tip: There are rooms suitable for both kids and adults.
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  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

My family met at the Riders Rest B&B in Lexington, Va., this past weekend for a reunion. We took over the entire B&B, quickly making it our home away from home. Riders Rest combined a comfortable, homey feel with a touch of elegance. Innkeeper Bernie welcomed the children in our party--ages 5, 10, and 11--as well as the adults. We all enjoyed his lovely English accent, wicked sense of humor, and hardy breakfasts (ham-and-egg casserole with homemade toast one morning and egg souffle with hash-brown potatoes and biscuits the next). The bedrooms were lovely and very clean, and the beds were comfortable. Beautiful views of the mountains and the Virginia Horse Center. All this at a reasonable rate and only minutes from downtown Lexington. Loved it! Cassie Price

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2011

A comfortable B&B, which provides all the amenities. The Blue Jay room is small and the bathroom was not immaculate as there was hair on the floor. The smell of bacon in the morning invaded the whole house and, even worse, our room and our clothes were malodorous the whole day. Having said, Bernie is a very charming man and was very kind to us. I’d give it a 6 out of 10.

Room Tip: Not the Blue Jay room!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kents Store, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

EXCEPTIONAL service and ammenitites! Bernie was a super host and the proximity to the horse park was perfect for us as we had many trips back/forth during the 4 day stay. We enjoyed the swallow and cardinal rooms which were wonderful and very much the comforts of home we hoped for during this stressful event for our daughter who was participating in the horse show. We HIGHLY recommend this B&B for your stay in Lexington and we will DEFINATELY stay here again! Thank you Bernie for helping us make an American Flag pole with your tools for the show opening ceremonies - your help enabled several kids to have matching poles/heights and we are grateful for your neighborly assist here to get this done with no notice. Thank you!

  • Stayed September 2011, 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 October 3, 2011

Just back from a 5 night stay at Riders Rest. What a welcome we received from Bernie the Innkeeper even though we arrived just before midnight. He had upgraded us to the Kingfisher room even though we had booked the Swallow room. The room was fabulous, bed was massive and very comfortable and there was a beautiful claw foot bath.
Bernies breakfasts were the best ever and he put something extra special into it every morning.. Ask him for his delicious sausage gravy, yum!
He made us feel so at home, like we were staying with family, Bernie kept an eye on us so well we felt like film stars.. He gave us plenty of advice on things to do and scenic places to go, he was a star.
We wouldn't consider staying anywhere else next time, See you soon Bernie!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful, Kingfisher room was the best.
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Florence, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

The rooms where clean and fresh. His breakfast was a delicious experience. Bernie was very understanding about my food allergies, and made me a separate breakfast.
We felt an instant connection to this wonderful house and charming host.
Thank you Bernie, we will see you again.
We hope our son will attend VMI or Annapolis... either way we will be staying at Riders Rest.
Our Home away from Home.

Room Tip: Oh I want the room with the Big Fancy Tub next visit... so save it for me Bernie. :)
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about A B&B at Riders Rest

Address: 225 Alphin Lane, Lexington, VA 24450
Location: United States > Virginia > Lexington
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 1920's Guest House is situated in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. We offer four bedrooms all with private bathrooms and A/C. We are within walking distance to the Virginia Horse Center. Two miles from Historic Lexington, The Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University and 10 miles from Blue Ridge Parkway. We offer a full breakfast, BBQ available and Wireless Internet Broadband. ... more   less 

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