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242 Tarnbeck Lane, Lexington, VA 24450   |  
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Ranked #10 of 22 Lexington B&B and Inns
Richmond, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

Exotic locale off the beaten path, but close to Lexington. Small room, felt confining. Hard mattress. Porch did not have access to outside. There's a short walk to the top of hill with great views (that's the best thing about the place). Nice pool with gazebo. Breakfast was good (fresh juice, coffee, waffles, sausage, small fruit cup). We enjoyed it for the location but probably will try other places in the future.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

No, not what you think. This tranquil and beautiful B&B on the outskirts of Lexington, Virginia is anything but chaotic. Happy and Chaos are two of a group of llamas owned and operated by the Innkeepers Chris and Linda, and my wife and I had the privilege of trekking them (the llamas, not Chris and Linda) through the nearby woods and fields. Happy and Chaos were well-behaved and very agreeable traveling companions. The Inn itself is a delight, with comfortable accommondations and attentive and gracious hosts. Chris and Linda are singing members of a local chorale and Linda is a very talented painter -- her artwork is on view throughout the Inn. The town of Lexington itself is most attractive, with two prominent in-town colleges (Washington & Lee and Virginia Military Institute), many good restaurants, and several interesting stores in which to browse. And lots of churches with prominent steeples. An unusual weekend experience, in the best sense.

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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Blackstone
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

My wife and I just spent two wonderful days and nights here and I can't say enough good things about the place. The Shenandoah Valley is beautiful this time of year and the Inn is set on a large private property that gives you a real feeling of peaceful isolation, even though the town of Lexington is only about 10 minutes away. Our room was very cozy, nicely decorated, quiet and comfortable. We took the European room and so had access to the hot tub, which was a very relaxing experience. The whole place was spotless and there is a well-stocked kitchen and a mini-fridge on the first floor that guests can use, so we never wanted for anything while we were there.

Breakfast was top-notch both times, filling and healthy but also very tasty. It was served in a very nice dining room and our hosts Chris and Linda ate with us and kept us entertained with great conversation. They are very polite, personable, and fun to chat with. I tend to be a shy person and usually keep mostly to myself but I found them so easy to converse with that I looked forward to sitting down with them on the second morning.

We went on a llama trek and had a wonderful time. The llamas can be a little intimidating at first, as they are very large animals and seem to be a little skittish. Our hosts went into considerable detail about how to lead them and interact with them before we set out on our trek, and of course they accompanied us. After about 10 minutes of leading my llama I felt quite at ease with him, and the feeling was apparently mutual, as he walked right beside me and maintained my pace with no problems, pausing occasionally to grab a mouthful of grass or leaves, which he'd munch on happily as we walked along. It was a very relaxing experience and I'm thankful for the opportunity to interact with these beautiful animals.

The two days and nights we spent at Applewood were some of the most relaxing I've ever had in my life, and my wife and I are already talking about how we'd like to visit again sometime next year. I highly recommend Applewood to anyone looking for a comfortable getaway and/or looking to get a little closer to nature.

Joshua S.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

Between the gracious hosts, wonderful location, comfortable amenities, massive property to explore and hike, great breakfasts, and pet-friendly with stunning views, what more could anyone want for a getaway in the Virginia mountains? With a jacuzzi and a gas fireplace, as well as a sitting area and an extremely comfortable mattress, the Blue Ridge Room was roomy and perfectly sized for my wife and I and our two English Setters. We also had exclusive use of a large enclosed porch and small outdoor porch that overlooked the llama pasture...our dogs loved it!!!! We had booked our room 6 months in advance as we stayed for over a week and fell in love with the entire ambiance of the Inn, punctuated by the ever gracious hosts Linda and Chris Best. The specfic timing of the area leaf color this October was incredible, and we can't wait to go back during the summer to enjoy the pool and the affection of Sammy, their official 'greeter' dog. A great place to relax and savor life at a slower pace, and one of the top B&B's we have visited anywhere in America.

  • Stayed October 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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Fairfax, Virginia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

Everything here was perfect and we've been back twice and will go again. Chris and Linda are great to chat with, breakfast is always delicious, we love the decor of the rooms and also the homey common room. It's always been very clean. The rooms are each very private and delightful, with more amenities (like hot tub or jacuzzi) than most b&b's.The house is situated on the side of a hill, atop which there's the best view in all the blue ridge, we think. This is our favorite b&b in this area.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

Me, my wife, and our dog stayed here for a couple nights and were welcomed by Chris and Lynn who made their home ours. We stayed in the European room which opens onto a private porch and hot tub, and also onto a garden patio. The room was smallish, quaint and comfortable - and fairly quiet, although you'll have no problem waking up for breakfast as the kitchen is overhead. A good breakfast is served at 830 although they will make arrangements for earlier/later if necessary. They also have a great in-ground pool which was nice to relax in after a long hike in the mountains nearby. The main reason we chose the inn was because it is pet friendly, and there is plenty of room for dogs to run about on the lower or upper part of the property which is pretty expansive. There is also a great swimming hole nearby which our Lab loved. Lexington is a great little town with some decent dining options and a great ice cream option called the Sweet Shoppe. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

My husband and I enjoyed a getaway weekend at the Applewood Inn. Our hosts, Linda and Chris, were warm and welcoming and the food was yummy! There are so many beautiful, quiet spots to just sit and relax, whether at poolside with a glass of wine or on a shady porch with a good book. We trekked with the llamas and chuckled about each of their distinct personalities, while enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside. A thoroughly enjoyable and unique weekend!

Room Tip: Loved the European Room with the private hot tub!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 242 Tarnbeck Lane, Lexington, VA 24450
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Location: United States > Virginia > Lexington
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
36 hilltop acres of woods and pastures surround Applewood Inn, providing 365 degree views of the Blue Ridge and Alleghenies. Three rooms all have queen beds, fireplaces, private baths, whirlpool or hot tub and private porches. All rooms are pet friendly and two will accommodate extra persons including children 8+. One of these is a suite sized room that will comfortably sleep four with in-room refrigerator, coffee maker and bar sink. A full hearty whole grain breakfast is included as well as complimentary snacks and beverages. Wonderful patios and gardens surround the inn along with a full sized in-ground swimming pool. Activities include swimming, hiking, fishing in Buffalo Creek, bird watching and exploring all the attractions of the Lexington area, including Natural Bridge, the Virginia Safari Park, the Virginia Horse Center, Washington and Lee University and two wineries and much more. ... more   less 

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