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Carriage Inn Bed and Breakfast
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   417 E Washington St, Charles Town, WV 25414   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 Charles Town B&B and Inns
Yorktown, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Sleeping in History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

We arrived at the Carriage Inn after several days visiting Frederick MD, Gettysburg PA and Harpers Ferry WV. We had been immersed in history, visited welcome centers and taken private tours of the battlefields. Imagine our surprise when we learned that we would be sleeping a house that held several generals and important civil war meetings.
The B&B is artfully decorated with period furniture, historical books & history books to read, civil war prints on the walls, and beautiful arrangements of flowers and other memorabilia.
Beyond this wonderful feeling of being in a southern mansion during that time period, the welcoming warmth of the managers made our short stay a special one. From the smile that greeted us at the door, the beautiful room we slept in, and the complimentary tea and soda, to the delicious breakfast, we felt like cherished guests.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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La Verne, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

The Carriage Inn was a wonderful place to stay. We had no idea when we booked this property that we would be so thoroughly pampered!

The rooms are beautiful, the hosts are friendly and full of information to help you make the best use of your time, and the house itself is full of history to fit right with the surrounding area. And then there's the breakfast!

When we arrived, Marie greeted us with the history of the house. We did not realize the house played such an important part in the history of the Civil War. Since touring some of the sites of the War was the reason we were visiting the area, we were thrilled to hear all about it.

Because we were among the first guests to arrive that afternoon, we were able to peak at many of the as yet unoccupied guest rooms. Each room we saw is spacious and beautifully decorated.

We stayed in the the Carriage House Suite in the 'old slave quarters' which is in a separate building. There is a sitting room, bedroom and hot tub down stairs, and another bedroom upstairs. The rooms come equipped with juices and sodas, and in the dining room each afternoon, there is a yummy snack awaiting your arrival. We rarely have the opportunity to stay in such elegant settings, which made this all the more special.

Marie and Donn were the most gracious of hosts. They are very knowledgeable and eager to share the history of the house and surrounding area. We had many questions and they were always ready to help with anything we wanted. We enjoyed our chats with them throughout our stay.

The breakfasts were WONDERFUL! At home, I often don't eat in the morning. However, there was nothing they served I could pass up. Also, we had interesting conversations with other guests at the table in the mornings so it was good we were not on a schedule that required we head out quickly each day.

The Carriage Inn was a perfect place from which to tour Civil War sites as it is close to Harper's Ferry, Antietam, and many more... Even Gettysburg is only an hour away... (During that hour's drive, we traveled through 4 states. That's difficult to imagine coming from California.)

It's not an inexpensive place to stay, but the Carriage Inn is worth every cent. Having such a wonderful breakfast adds great value to the room, and being a part of the history makes the experience 'priceless'.

Room Tip: There are some rooms where the bathroom is down a short set of stairs. It's a private bath, but...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

I wanted to surprise my Boyfriend with a Birthday getaway! We were pleasantly surprised! We had a late check & felt as if the Inn Keepers were waiting for us all along! We were Very welcomed! Our diet needs were specifically meet,Breakfast was delicious. The whole house was immaculately spotless! Every detail was managed, & nothing over looked. They were very accommodating with an ample variety of refreshments & home made baked goods. We also enjoyed all the rich history in the house & the area! While leaving I had no idea I had left my water canteen, along with my travel guides,Don (one of the Inn Keepers) went out of his way to bring it to me,while I was about to get in car! We defiantly will be staying here again in the near future! We loved it!

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

Donn and Marie made our 2 night stay so special. When we arrived Donn gave us a potted history of the building which was fascinating and then showed us up to the Sunrise Room which I absolutely loved. The windows face the front and side of the house, its a beautiful room with a very comfortable bed and cosy sitting area. The bathroom was immaculate.

Breakfast is served in the wonderful dining room--there are hot and cold drinks available throughout the day both here and on the second floor landing. Home made snacks are also available--just wonderful. The breakfasts were amazing---everything fresh and in season---cooked beautifully and the presentation was great. Fruit, granola and yoghurt in a cocktail glass! Fabulous!

I was sad to leave the Carriage Inn, we had such a great stay in a beautiful town. I'd love to go back one day.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Yorklyn, DE
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The bed was comfy and the room large and spacious. We love the history attached to the inn provided by Donn. The always available tea,juice and snacks is a real bonus and the breakfasts were great. We can't wait to try a different room in the future.
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Room Tip: All seem large. Upper floors could be more private.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Liverpool, Ohio
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

The first thing that comes to mind about the innkeepers is their friendliness. Also, Marie and Donn were very generous with their amenities: cookies, coffee,tea, and soft drinks were available any time you wanted them(unlike most B AND B's which have a set time that these items are available, if at all) There was the most luscious ginger-peach spray in the bathroom as well as an offer for a free sample of the homemade soaps, which I forgot, unfortunately, to collect. The breakfasts were the BEST we have ever experienced in a bed and breakfast;I am still raving about the stuffed French toast!! The electricity was off due to high demand in 100 degree weather, which initially made me concerned, but Marie brought us an old-time oil lantern to use for the two hours that the inn did not have power.As Marie noted, it lent an extra ambiance and historical flavor to our experience! The inn was close to restaurants and a museum, which is well worth seeing! The history of the inn was brought to life well by Donn as we checked in! Our only disappointment was the Shenandoah Suite. It was an "upgrade" due to the Garden View Room not being available, but the bathroom was too crowded, and the bed was not very comfortable. The extra space on the covered porch area was not comfortable for sitting except for one chair.

Room Tip: I would suggest a regular room or one of the more spacious suites. The Copper Beach seems to have th...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

The reviews here are accurate so I'll save you time. Great place, wonderful hosts, excellent breakfast. Right in town so many things are in walking distance. Appreciated that it was not endowed with small breakable nick-nacks everywhere. Hard to find anything bad about this place! Relive history firsthand here. Here you experience Charles Town!

Room Tip: The Shenandoah Room has a nice "sun room" (eastern exposure) to allow you to "spread...
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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: 417 E Washington St, Charles Town, WV 25414
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Location: United States > West Virginia > Charles Town
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Charles Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Carriage Inn Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in a National Register of Historic Places site, The Carriage Inn Bed and Breakfast, with seven rooms and suites, is the perfect place for your relaxing getaway, "close to home" vacation, or romantic weekend away! Business Travelers will receive special care including flexible breakfast times, high-speed wireless internet, and a "no charge" cancellation policy. Nearby attractions include Harpers Ferry National Battlefield Park and Antietam National Battlefield. Antique shops, great restaurants, and Charles Town Races and Slots are within easy walking distance! ... more   less 
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