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“Perfect weekend away from DC!” 5 of 5 stars
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Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking
242 Tarnbeck Lane, Lexington, VA 24450   |  
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Ranked #9 of 20 Lexington B&B and Inns
Alexandria, Virginia
1 review
“Perfect weekend away from DC!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

The inn was a perfect place to unplug and get away from the city. Nestled amidst rolling hills, the B & B grounds were stunning. We spent hours walking the nature paths, admiring the stunning 360 views of the Shenandoah.

The breakfasts were delicious and wholesome and Chris and Linda were excellent hosts. They seemed to strike the perfect balance between being there to help us with any questions or requests we had while also giving us privacy.

We stayed in the Quilt room which was pretty spacious and cozy at the same time. We were there in the summer so we spent a good deal of time in the pool, if we were to stay there in the colder months we would definitely try to get one of the rooms with a hot tub.

We also went on their llama trek which we highly recommend. It definitely added that little something extra to a weekend getaway that made it that much more memorable.

  • Stayed July 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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  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We were traveling through Lexington on business and selected the Applewood Inn based on Trip Advisor and its location. Upon our arrival we were greeted by our gracious host Chris. He showed us around the property and we were thrilled with the fact it was located a mile off the main road. The setting was beautiful and we enjoyed visiting the llamas. It was a great way to spend a summer evening and put work behind. We relaxed on the outside bench and enjoyed our porch. We had to leave early the next morning due to a work appointment and Chris rose early, fixed an awesome breakfast, while being extremely considerate of the other guests. Please stay at the Applewood! We will return.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Fairfax, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

We went to the Applewood Inn Bed and Breakfast and had a wonderful time. The owners are very nice and the place is very peaceful. Although we did not specify ahead of time, it was LGBT friendly. The owners, Chris and Linda greeted us when we arrived and were very friendly. The grounds are hilly and you can go into the llama pen if you choose to do so. They also allow you to walk the llamas for a very reasonable fee. There were two other couples there (both on their 2nd visit) and we had a delightful conversation over a delicious breakfast. I would definitely recommend it. My only complaint was that our room, the Quilt room, was close to the front door and a bit on the noisy side when people came inside.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Virginia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The inn was perfect for our holiday getaway. The inn seems so isolated, all we heard at night were tree frogs. So much better than hearing random trucks on a highway! Our room was large, it used to be two rooms but they remodeled it into one large room. The room came with a mini fridge with some sodas, and a coffee maker and a selection of coffee pods. Breakfast was provided in the inn's dining room. Pancakes, sausages and fruit. We did the llama trek in the morning after breakfast. It was about an hour long, I believe it was cut short because it was so humid. Nevertheless, I had a great time with the llamas and an hour seemed like the perfect duration. They had a pool, but we didn't have time to try it out.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

My daughter and I stayed one night at the Applewood Inn on a road trip home from her college. It is a beautiful location and the llamas make it a unique stay. Chris & Linda were very nice and seemed genuinely interested in talking to us. We had a delicious breakfast and around the clock coffee, tea, soft drinks and cookies were available. Our room was clean and comfortable. This was my first stay at a bed & breakfast and I enjoyed it very much. The pool and grounds are beautiful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shenandoah Valley
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11 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

A friend and I shared a room over the weekend with the couple who runs the Inn. Our room, the European, was a very small room, but installed with a small gas stove, it was very cozy. Our room sported a connected hottub, and access to the services of the inn. It was winter, so we did not take advantage of the Inn's amenities, but we enjoyed walking the grounds around it, and watching the llamas!
The food was a bit plain the first morning...waffles and fruit, but the following morning offered an excellent frittata and homemade jams. There was a self-service tea and coffee station that was well-stocked, which we enjoyed immensely! The couple was a touch reticent about socializing with us, the wife not speaking to us much at all, even when addressed, but the husband was very outgoing.
The house itself was very charming, and built of a unique construction which allows a contant flow of air around the house, keeping the temperatures quite comfortable. The hot tub was a real bomus as well!
Over all, the stay was very enjoyable, and the remoteness and scenery was delightful...we walked and walked near the river, and had encounters with wildlife, and horse enthusiasts. Destpite its remote feel, its not a far leap from the interstate to get to this hidden treasure, and plan on visiting again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

The positive reviews on TripAdvisor steered me to the Applewood, but I'll admit that some of them we're so gushy and positive that I was a bit skeptical. It couldn't be that perfect, could it?

Well, it is. The Applewood Inn is lovely, set on a hillside 2-3 miles outside of Lexington, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The scenery is wonderful, it's quiet, and when you walk up the hill, you get a gorgeous 360 degree view.

Our rooms were beautiful without being overdone, quiet, perfectly clean, absolutely comfortable. Me and my friends had the two, and only, rooms on the first floor. We had gas stoves, and private enclosed porches off our rooms. One room had a big soaking bathtub, the other had a jacuzzi on the private porch. We had genuine patchwork work quilts on the beds, and comfortable furniture. There was a little bar between our rooms in the hall with a Kuerig coffee maker, a vast array of coffee, sugar and creamer, plus a little refrigerator.

On the second floor is the kitchen, with a nook with mugs and at least 30 kinds of tea that we could help ourselves to. The office, dining room and a common room / living room are also on the second floor. The innkeepers, Chris and Linda, live on the third floor, so it's very private and quiet for everyone.

We had two generous, tasty, healthy breakfasts during our stay, everything made from scratch - multigrain muffins and pancakes, veggie omelettes, fresh mixed fruit, fresh squeezed juice, good coffee. Linda and Chris are friendly and interesting, but not intrusive. They answered our questions about birds, trees, the mountains, local history and of course, llamas.

We loved our trek with the llamas. We had a leisurely two hour walk up and down the hills, through the trees and along a stream. The llamas are beautiful, calm and gentle. My friend and I are both photographers and Chris and Linda were very patient and helpful with us taking pictures of the llamas. We both want llamas now.

The inn is convenient to Lexington, where there are many good places to eat lunch and dinner. The inn is not at all hard to find, yet it felt very private and faraway. I'm so glad we stayed here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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 Applewood Inn and Llama Trekking

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 #9 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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