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231 Vaucluse Spring Lane, Stephens City, VA 22655   |  
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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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“Awesome stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We just spent our 40th wedding anniversary at the Inn. We stayed Friday and Saturday nights with dinner both nights at the Inn. The food was excellent and the setting is incredible. The innkeepers go out of their way to make your stay great! Is a definite "go again"!

  • Stayed August 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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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed an anniversary weekend stay at Inn at Vaucluse Spring, June 21-23. We had read the positive reviews on Trip Advisor regarding this property and had to stay there. We were not disappointed- every review was absolutely true. We stayed in The Cabin which was awesome. We had dinner both Friday night and Saturday night (a wine pairing dinner with Glen Manor Winery). Both were fantastic and fun. We enjoyed a bike ride on Saturday through the rolling Virginia countryside and afterwards, relaxed by the pool. Neil and Barry are gracious and generous hosts and their staff is top notch. We recommend this B & B with the highest "thumbs up" possible.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

My girlfriend and I have come here twice, and we'll keep coming back. The owners are amazing - down to earth, super friendly, and do everything in their power to make the stay easy and relaxing. The accommodations are beautiful and immaculate. Each guest house has its own character and charm. We love the Mill House Studio and The Gallery. Had the big pool over looking the meadows to ourselves this past trip. Love the interior of the historic manor house. Chumley Homeplace has a terrific lounge, kitchen, and library as common space. The grounds are private, quiet, and picturesque with adirondack chairs scattered in peaceful nooks throughout the property. There's a babbling brook lined with flowers, huge trees all over the property, a water mill and big pond, nicely mowed paths through meadows, gardens of lavender, and much more. It's the place to go if you want to get away from it all, unwind, connect with yourself and loved ones instead of the TV, and enjoy gourmet meals of the best quality.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 July 14, 2013

The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is charming and uniquely situated in a lovely complex of old buildings, beautiful landscaping, and soothing water features. Neil (one of the owners) made us feel very welcome. Our large suite (Jones) in the main house is both elegant and comfortable. The 5-course gourmet dinner is a high point of a visit. Adam is a personable and talented chef. His creative preparations and commentary make the 3-hour experience quite delightful.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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VaucluseSpring, Owner at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, responded to this review, July 26, 2013
We are delighted that you had a great stay, and heartily agree that dinner with Chef Adam is a high point for food lovers! We do want to clarify for those who might not catch the distinction, these guests visited during the week and enjoyed what we call Dinner with the Chef. This is a 5-course dinner prepared and personally served by the chef, allowing for plenty of interaction with the chef. This could well be a 3-hour experience depending on the pace set by the guests and amount of conversation with the chef. Dinner with the Chef is available Tuesday through Thursday nights. Guests considering coming for a Friday or Saturday dinner should not be concerned that a weekend dinner would be a 3 hour event, although guests often do adjourn to the common areas or porch after dinner to continue conversations or enjoy a glass of wine.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

For the 13th year in a row a group of us who used to work together visited the Inn at Vaucluse Spring for the weekend. As usual, hosts Neil and Barry Myers, made it a special weekend. The accommodations continue to be first class and I can't say enough about the Friday night supper, the Saturday night 5 course dinner and the wonderful breakfasts served at the Inn. We met some new friends as well as reconnecting with old friends so it was a lot of fun. How much fun was it??? Three of the couples we met are scheduling their visit next July to coincide with our group's weekend. That's one of the beauties of Vaucluse. Interesting people add to your own experience. We spent a couple of lazy hours at the pool, a few lazy hours on the porch with the breeze gently blowing past and a few lazy hours visiting orchards, wineries and shops. There is something for everyone, especially with the addition of the distillery now open in Sperryville and the new winery within 5 minutes of Vaucluse. Whether you're looking for a special romantic weekend or relaxing getaway or a place to call home while you hike and kayak at nearby areas, you can't do better than Vaucluse!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Every other review has written extensively on the grounds and the hospitality, all of which I agree with. I have yet to read a reveiw that remarks upon the unbearably slow food service. Someone called it leisurely -- I think it is much, much worse than that. First of all, my husband and I stayed for the Saturday dinner and were seated in a corner of the room which would have been fine except for the fact that we were at the end of the service rounds. Meaning everyone else who was seated at the same time as us was served ahead of us. I don't know what was going on in the kitchen but it took, no joke, 20 minutes more for our food to be served to us than it was for the first couple to be served. Which made us think if Barry seated my husband and I at that table for a reason -- did he think we were less worthy of getting fed on time? The whole time the dinner took place, which was almost two hours, my husband and I seethed which was not what we wanted to do on our romantic getaway. Certain couples seemed to get much better treatment than we did even though we all paid the same amount. The wait staff was pleasant -- I don't think it was their fault -- but it did seem to be a very conscious decision to serve the meal this way. Breakfast was even worse. Several couples were seated the same time as us but again, we were served last and so couples who were served first were done with their breakfast before we even got the crepes served to us. I just about wanted to explode. There is no excuse for it. It took us an hour to get fed. A serve yourself buffet might have been better. Again, the inn itself is gorgeous, beautifully landscaped and everyone was very hospitable. And in the grand scheme of things, food service may be an afterthought. But my husband and I felt slighted at each meal service which made everything else seem dingy and somehow less perfect. I would go back again but not for the dinner and I would bring a huge novel for the breakfast service for entertainment and find out the right place to sit.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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VaucluseSpring, Owner at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about these guests’ feelings about service of their dinner and breakfast, and appreciate their taking the time to share their feelings, both positive and negative. We consider that the timing of courses, even at breakfast, is an important component of the total dining experience, in addition to considerations such as the atmosphere of the dining room, the presentation of food on the plate, the colors, textures, and temperature of the food, and most of all the taste of each dish and its relation to the tastes of the other courses. Service is not an afterthought and we do take it very seriously.

That being said, it can happen occasionally that a series of events can conspire to slow things down, whether it is an accident in the kitchen or a long series of special accommodations for food allergies and restrictions for several tables. We do not know the date of this guest’s stay, so are unable to reconstruct the events of the morning and evening, but believe that the service as described is very unusual.

We have shared these comments with our waitstaff to encourage them to better tune into guests who may be feeling slighted or anxious to be served more quickly. At breakfast, we always try to respond to requests from guests who need to eat quickly and leave. We hope our guests will feel comfortable in letting us know if they need a quick breakfast. Bringing a copy of War and Peace to breakfast may send the wrong message, i.e., “I’m comfortable spending a lot of time in the dining room.” Direct, polite, communication with a server is always a good idea, and we strive to create an atmosphere where guests are at ease in doing so. We would welcome a return visit for an overnight stay by these guests or perhaps even another opportunity to serve them dinner.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We spent another wonderful weekend at the Inn at Vaucluse Spring, our favorite B&B. This time we stayed in the Cottage on the Hill, the only building on the property we hadn't stayed in yet. We loved the shady little terrace outside our back door, where we could sit and read on the adirondack chairs. The food was fabulous of course. And Neil & Barry Myers were as welcoming as ever. We've stayed at dozens of B&B's across the country, and the Inn at Vaucluse Spring is by far our overall favorite. Why else would we return 15 times?

  • Stayed June 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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Address: 231 Vaucluse Spring Lane, Stephens City, VA 22655
Location: United States > Virginia > Stephens City
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Stephens City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
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A charming and secluded B&B in the Virginia countryside. ... more   less 
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