We very much enjoyed our stay at Hopkins B&B and would recommend this place to others. I now think our reviews of other B&Bs may have been overly generous as I do think Hopkins nails what it is seeking to offer better than some other B&Bs. From what I have seen, I believe this to is probably the best B&B in the area in their price range ($150-200/night).
Setup: run by a great couple. They aren't "too country" and are very hospitable without being intrusive. They live in the back of the B&B, across a formal divide (kitchen), so it is like they are off-premises and feels much more like small hotel/inn than someone's home (always our concern about a B&B).
Facilities: Owners said B&B rennovated 4 years ago (used to be an apartment building), and it shows. Very modern, but classicly done. Shower was big enough to stand/sit. Patios are very well done. See attached photos... Only complaint would be beds are a little creaky and 2nd floor floorboards can be a little creaky, but the latter we didn't even notice after a day.
Location is great. Sperryville is a tiny "town" and location is right on the "main street"..which is perhaps 4-5 blocks long. Thorton River Grill is literally around corner, so this is a great dining option in close proximity. This is important as the other two good fine dining options (aside from Inn at Washington) are literally in cities 30-60 minutes away from each other. We did to drive to one, and it was fine.. basically drived straight till we were at restaurant 25 min later in Culpepper. Horseback riding was 2 min drive away. Shenandoah Park was ?10 min? drive away, but a nice winding drive. Also on the Main Street there are a new BBQ restaurant (decent), deli, pizzeria. We spent a little time in Luray and Culpepper and very glad we stayed in Sperryville. More "class" in this town and B&B from what we have seen. We drove by one B&B in Front Royal that we had considered staying at for less $, but very glad we had paid up as that other place seemed a bit scuzzy.
Breakfast: Well done. Since folks have talked about them, I will provide more detail... breakfasts are all homemade from scratch (some herbs come from their own garden) and they clearly source local ingredients. Breakfasts are generally fruit + entree, with occassional scone tossed in. We had i) cheddar-corn waffles with heirloom tomato salsa and jalapeno syrup, served with fried egg on top, ii) lemon/blueberry scone + frittas served 3 ways (ricotta/squash/tomato, goat cheese/something, feta/something), iii) peach french toast + bacon. I have requested an extra egg, or egg on side etc. and these requests were accomodated without incident. I read about the waffles and actually emailed them ahead of time to request it, and they were happy to do so (though they may have done it anyway as corn was in season). They offer seconds and are glad to accomodate dietary restrictions etc. They like to cook. And I like to eat, so that worked out well.
Concierge: Owners are *very* responsive via email, which I value highly. They helped us design itinerary (horseback riding, restaurant reservations, which vineyards to hit, which organic farms to hit), and specifically which hiking trails to hit for different desires (difficulty levels, watering holes, more/less crowds, etc. etc.). I am not a hiker and this was a 1st trip to Shenandoah Vallye, so this was all great. There were some restaurants which we avoided as they simply just didn't mention them.. they are foodies so we came to trust their judgement.
Extras: Place has Wi-Fi, but I didn't try to use it. There was a closet stocked with hair dryers, towels, blankets, and other toiletries which was great to have easy access to. A shared fridge is provided for the few guests, which we used to store wine/cheese. We borrowed utensiles/olive oil from kitchen to barbeque with which was very helpful. They bake cookies every day and leave it for guests.. their chocolate chip cookies were amazing.
Clientele: tend to be older, but we were absolutely fine there despite being much younger. There was another couple our age that joined later on the trip on their honey moon. Everyone really seems to just soak in the vibe of the area/B&B and are friendly and respectful.
In conclusion, a very nice B&B that manages to incorporate contemporary demands (wifi, customer service, modern facilities) with rustic expectations (cozy, quiet, quaint).
If this is helpful, we didn't spend much time at the B&B. Basically had breakfast, drove away. Would return sometime at 5-7pm, clean up, and then head out for dinner. then return for sleep. Spent some time on the patio reading newspaper after breakfast, or perhaps after cleaning up/before dinner or borrowing their chess set. We used this B&B as a staging ground for the day's activities.
- Also Known As:
- Hopkins Ordinary Bed And Breakfast
- Hopkins Ordinary Hotel
- Hopkins Ordinary Hotel Sperryville
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hopkins Ordinary Bed and Breakfast is a recently renovated inn located in the historic village of Sperryville, Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Shenandoah National Park. Several restaurants are within walking distance, and a dozen wineries are within a half-hour drive. ... more less