The Inn at Little Washington is a singular property. If you have ever wondered about going there, do it!
We returned for a second time having bought a night there as an auction item at the L'Amour du Vin where Chef O'Connell was the guest chef. And I am so glad we did.
Everyone we met, from the gentleman who greeted us in the parting lot to the manager who checked us out at the end our stay was warm, welcoming, and helpful. The service provided by the staff was absolutely without flaw. And yet, the service was very comfortable, not obsequious or overdone. We felt like we were being welcomed into their home. Not easy to seamlessly hit all the bases. But that's what they did.
We stayed in the Clairborne house so named in honor of the chef and food critic Craig Clairborne. (This used to be Chef O'Connell's home.) This is a magnificent house; a beautifully appointed home with two story veranda and beautifully landscaped back yard. This is a wonderful place to stay and would be perfect for two couples.
To describe our dinner and dining experience I would have to exhaust every superlative in my vocabulary. If this was not the best meal I have every had, it was one of them. However, the experience was over the top. How so? Well, we ate in the kitchen at the chef's table. If you are offered this, don't even think twice. You will never have another dining experience like it.
As I said, this is a singular property. Chef O'Connell has invested his life into the inn and the kitchen. His commitment to excellence and attention to every detail is evident everywhere you look. And yet, he and his staff welcome you in as guests in his home.