This property survived bombardment of Tappahannock by the British during the War of 1812. It is authentic and lovingly maintained by the caretakers Jeremy and Rick. Jeremy is a gracious and attentive host and Rick is a gourmet cook. We truly felt welcome and at home, not like the feeling of being intruders that overshadowed us at other B&B's that we stayed at. The property is like a little oasis in this small historic town, with a warm and cozy private patio garden and a 450 year old knurled Basswood tree. We were invited to help ourselves to wine and beer in the refrigerator and sit out on the patio to enjoy.
Rick started our breakfast with an appetizer of small pastry shells filled with melted brie and stewed, caramelized apple - a delight ! It was followed by a egg quiche omelet with all local and authentic ingredients (e.g. Virginia Ham) and other secret ingredients. mmmmmm-good. This included fresh made buttermilk biscuits and home-made plum jelly from the plum tree in the yard. They even encouraged us to pick some plums to take with us.
Unfortunately, we only stayed one night. That day we took the Rappahannock River Cruise and the following day we took the Tangier Island Cruise, so we just needed a place to stay between the cruises. If we had to do it all over again, we would have not taken the River Cruise and stayed an extra day at the Essex House. (Don't recommend the River Cruise but do recommend the Tangier Island Cruise - but that's for another review)
Van and Jan
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four rooms and four suites all with en suite bathrooms, luxurious amenities and Wi-Fi. All have working fireplaces, cable TV, air conditioning, hair dryers, irons, luxurious linens and plenty of oversized soft towels. Guests have access to a refrigerator and microwave, a screened-in porch and a private brick courtyard for outdoor relaxation and smoking. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. A full, three-course breakfast is included along with afternoon snacks, wine and beer. ... more less