My husband and I stayed at the Middleton Inn to celebrate our 1 year anniversary, and had a wonderful time. Neither of us had ever been there before. The Middleton Inn is about an hour and a half from DC, and very pretty on the outside, with a large front lawn and porches with chairs for the guests on both the front and back of the house. We were greeted by Mary Ann (the owner) and her two friendly dogs as well as a few similarly friendly cats when we arrived. We stayed in the comfortable and quiet Churchill Room and were thrilled (and surprised!) to find champagne on ice & a cheese platter in our room in honor of our anniversary (thanks again Mary Ann - very thoughtful). My husband actually reserved the B&B as a surprise for me while he was out of town on a business trip, and Mary Ann helped him by recommending local restaurants and even making our dinner reservation. Breakfasts on both days we were there were excellent, made by Jerry, the chef. I am a big fan of fresh fruit with breakfast and was not disappointed. The cherry scones in particular were delicious (and Jerry made them again for us for our 2nd breakfast after we told him how much we liked them on day 1!). We also loved the fruit/yogurt/granola parfait. We appreciated all of the little extras, including dark mint chocolates placed on our pillows when our bed was turned down (I got to enjoy my husband's too as he is not a big fan of mint), port wine in the sitting room, very comfortable high quality bed linens, and complimentary bottled water placed in our room on a silver platter & crystal glasses. Overall we had a great time and would highly recommend this bed & breakfast to others, for a nice romantic and/or relaxing getaway or to celebrate a special anniversary or event.
A few recommendations for things to do & eat in the area: We enjoyed hiking the Little Devil's Stairs (which runs along through a gorge with small waterfalls in the creek to enjoy during the hike) in the Shenandoah Mountains, as well as the free wine tasting to the Gray Ghost winery (where we bought 2 bottles of wine). We loved the fish & chips, hanger steak, and cheesecake at the Blue Rock Restaurant & Pub (we sat on the "pub" side) and the duck breast at the Thornton River Grill. We also enjoyed just relaxing sitting on both the front and back porches of the Middleton Inn with something to read.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Middleton Inn, circa 1840, a Four Diamond award-winning bed and breakfast located in the historic district of "Little" Washington, only two blocks from the famous restaurant of The Inn at Little Washington. Middleton offers seven elegant accommodations in the manor house, romantic cottage and original log cabin, all with working fireplaces, mountain views. The cabin and cottage are pet friendly. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast prepared by our chef before strolling around our six-acre estate, visiting wineries, hiking in Shenandoah National Park and browsing in antiques stores. ... more less