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Hillbrook Inn
3.0 of 5 Inn   |   4490 Summit Point Road, Charles Town, WV 25414   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 Charles Town B&B and Inns
Ottawa, Canada
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“A most comfortbale escape from the city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2010

We had decided to escape form the city and spend the weekend in the country. The Hillbrook Inn offered exactly what we were hoping for. A comfortable, if somewhat small room – be forewarned, when they say that rooms are small, they mean it! - in a very quiet setting. The set five-course dinner menu was uncomplicated and decent enough- although nothing spectacular to write home about. Same would apply to the breakfast, although we were lucky to be there for the monthly brunch which offered a good variety of dishes.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HBInn, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, October 13, 2010
Thank you for your visit to the Hillbrook Inn! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Brunch at Hillbrook. James Paul, the Brunch Chef has been working hard to make it a sumptuous and enjoyable experience for all to enjoy. As for your dining experience at dinner and breakfast, I will be sure to have a discussion and review menus with the Chef's that were cooking those meals. Allowing us to see what we can do to make a delightful and memorable experience at those times as well. We appreciate the time you spent at Hillbrook and sharing your experience with us so we can grow as a business and create a better experience for guests!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, NY
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

My husband and I shared a lovely, relaxing weekend at Hillbrook Inn in late August. Having never been to the area, I have to admit, we were a bit nervous. A European-like chateau in the middle of West Virginia? We feared something tacky and Disney-like, but that's not what we found at all. Hillbrook is a lovely more than 100-year-old Tudor home with creaky floors, nooks and crannies galore. It's filled with quirky and eclectic antiques, and the owners are accessible but not in your face. We loved it. There were a few hitches that keep me from giving it five stars, but I'd still recommend it to friends without reservation.

The room:
We loved our room, the Point. We were a bit nervous about it too, as it's the cheapest room available ($169), but it was perfectly fine. (In fact, we were really glad we didn't splurge for one of the more expensive suites. They're probably more spacious, but they're not part of the original house, which leads me to believe they lack some of the character we loved.) The Point isn't large, but it was certainly large enough for us. it has a full/queen bed, a decent-sized closet and a sitting area with a table and two chairs. You have to duck when you enter it through a tiny hallway, but that's part of the charm. Because it's right above the kitchen and the office, though, we could hear commotion downstairs in the morning. It didn't bother us, but if you're sensitive about noise, it might bother you. Another thing to know: no hair dryer or ironing board. Oh, and no TV either.

The breakfast:
Breakfast is included with your stay, which is quite a bargain. You eat whatever the chef prepares. One day we got a fruit plate and then pancakes with fresh whipped cream. Another day we got a yogurt parfait and then an omelet with sausage links. The coffee was some of the best I've had. And the breakfast room -- a solarium looking out on the grounds -- is lovely.

The dinner:
We decided to splurge for the $65/person five-course dinner, based mostly on the rave reviews we read on TripAdvisor. Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed with the food. The dining experience, however, was wonderful. You eat in the home's lovely dining room. Think dark wood, high ceilings, candles. It feels very romantic and intimate, and indeed it is! The night we were there, there were five tables of two and one table of five. I doubt they could ever fit more than that. The food, though, was not what I expected for $65/person. First course: a spinach-pastry something-or-other topped with a deliciously tart sauce -- the whole thing was surprising, interesting and good. No complaints about this course. Second course: a simple salad with parmesan cheese. Really? A salad? That feels like cheating. Third course: penne with a light white sauce. It was fine. And it was homemade. But a basic pasta? That's not a particularly interesting culinary experience, if you ask me. Fourth course: filet mignon with asparagus. It tasted good, but again, this isn't what we expect of a restaurant that calls itself gourmet. FIfth course: for dessert, a chocolate cake. Again, good, but gourmet? No. If we had to make the choice again, we'd eat about five minutes away in Charles Town, where there was a restaurant called Dish that looked to have similarly fresh, simple, good foods, but much cheaper.

The grounds: There's enough space for a nice walk, but not enough for a run. We had a nice time lounging on a hammock. We were also very excited about the life-size chess game, but we were disappointed to realize so many pieces were missing that it was impossible to play.

Stuff to do: We mostly enjoyed a lazy weekend, but we also trekked to Harper's Ferry (about 20 minutes away) and went riving tubing on the Shenandoah (about 10 minutes away).

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillbrook, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, September 26, 2010
Thank you so much for the lovely review. I know it wasn't perfect, but you had so many wonderful things we wanted to address. First, thank you for appreciating all the hidden nooks and crannies, and great architecture of the Inn. It is a little hidden jewel that we love deeply and enjoy sharing with others. In addition, I wanted to touch upon the hustle and bustle of the Inn. I have approached the staff to remind them that their could be a guest above them, and to remember to be courteous to the guests and their quiet time. Each guest chooses rooms or suites that are fitting to them and we would be happy to discuss every room at the Inn and describe what it has to offer. I will also advise my staff to remind guests of the Points exact location in the future. The cottages are in a separate building and have a lot to offer guests that like extra amenities. There are a total of four suites containing antiques, hand panted walls and as built to emulate the main house. Although it is a newer building it has its own set of charm and character. As for the hair dryer, iron and ironing board...housekeepers were told about this matter and they have been replaced. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. I am so sorry that you did not enjoy the dining experience to the fullest. Our Chef works very hard to make sure our guests have a pleasant dining experience and I have shared this information with her. We hope that during a future visit you will mention your experience and allow us to create something more for you to enjoy! I also agree that the Dish is a wonderful restaurant and send guests weekly to visit Doug and his establishment. I also dine there often and can appreciate what they accomplish. I also wanted to let you know that a gift came in the mail this week! A NEW chess set from a guest. A guests at the Hillbrook Inn, that we enjoy having purchased and sent us a new chess set for guests to enjoy! The thoughtful gesture really touched us and we are so grateful for their kindness. These are the type of guests that visit the Hillbrook and we are blessed to enjoy the time with them during their visits. Thank you for taking the time to write this review for others to read it is helpful when planning a get-a-way and we enjoy hearing the feedback, because it helps us to grow and critique Hillbrook!
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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

Beautiful decore with antiques throughout and a first rate staff. Although the room (Locke's Nest) was very nice, it was overpriced (probably double what we would be willing to pay again for the same). We would definately come back for just the dinner; Christine Hale (Executive Chef) did an amazing job!

Unfortuantely the grounds are in need of some attention up close to the Inn. Front patio is crumbling and is actually kind of dangerous. Hot water takes a while (anytime of day) but once it gets going, it is pleantyful. Air conditioning (understanably window units) is not really adaquate, and the warmth was was uncomfortable in the breakfast room (converted porch) .

Overall an enjoyable stay but in my opinion, overpriced.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillbrook, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, September 2, 2010
We appreciate that you took the time to share your experience of the Hillbrook Inn. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your stay as much as we would have hoped. We need to know feedback from our customers...the good and the bad...and will take everything you said into consideration. We also wanted to say we agree with some of your comments. The front terrace was in need of repair and we had it on the schedule for this summer. The gentleman just finished the work yesterday morning. We completed an entirely new front porch off the living room. It beautiful and now safe...which puts my mind to ease as well. In addition, we have been looking into air units that will help cool rooms in the future. Unfortunately we were unable to active it this year, we are hoping to do it in the future. The next room for a face lift is the lovely porch you were talking about! The new high energy efficient doors are here and again we are looking at new ways to cool this 1920's building (it can be a feat with the original glass windows and rock and log walls). We agree Christine is amazing and are glad you enjoyed the dining experience! We look forward to sharing Hillbrook with you in the future and hope that some of the changes we made will be noticed! As always we want your stay to be enjoyable and want to make your visit worth the value! Again thank you for your time, suggestions and most of all kind words.
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Taneytown, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2010

Nestled back a long gravel driveway off a road that my GPS wouldn't even acknowledge was the 1920 english tudor, Hillbrook Inn and its cottages. The main house felt like a page out of a storybook with its small doorways, winding steps and ivy covered facade.

Our room, the Bamford, located at the end of the main house hosted a queen bed, sitting area with fireplace, itsy bitsy bathroom and patio. The room painted in eggplant purple was filled with antiques, english tolietries, a Keruig coffee machine with samples of coffee / tea and a welcoming dessert plate of brownies and macaroons. The only downside to this room was a slight musty smell, I needed to get water for the Keruig machine from the bathroom (small water bottles would of been nice) and there was no TV. We were told that the cottages had TV's though...

We stayed for the 5 course, $65 a person dinner located in the Main House. We were given the choice of pork or beef. Other than that, dinner was a complete mystery but each entree was a pleasant surprise created by chef Christine who made her appearance at the end of the evening. Breakfast in the morning was another refreshing suprise.

With no morning TV, my husband and I set out to explore the grounds of the Hillbrook. Winding streams, a hammock, tree swing, aglae covered ponds and an epic size chessboard were discovered. All in less than pristine condition and some in need of repair.

All in all the Hillbrook Inn is a perfect retreat for individuals looking to escape from the concrete jungle to the country for some peace & quiet and alone time with your partner. What makes the Hillbrook great is not it's luxury or value priced accomodations or activites, but the friendly, down to earth staff.

Go for: Peace & quiet

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillbrook, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, September 2, 2010
It was a pleasure to have you at the Hillbrook Inn. I appreciate your honesty and suggestions. We will begin to place water bottle in rooms for guests to utilize for coffee! Our grounds keeper has been working all summer on the property at Hillbrook, with the rough winter and stormy spring he has had his fair share of yard work and repairs. We have been working hard on the grounds itself this month! I appreciate the time you took to write on Trip Advisor, your honesty and suggestions. We have taken them to heart and hope on a future visit you will see the changes we have made.
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Frederick, Maryland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2010

What a delightful get-away! Hillbrook Inn can proudly boast of having a friendly, professional staff; cozy, comfy accommodations; and meals to delight the palate!

Chef Christine has a knack for cooking the freshest local produce as well as meats and fish to perfection! Each course is a wonderful surprise sure to leave you with memories of how foods ought to be cooked!

The Spring Cottage was warm and welcoming. We’d stay there again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Hillbrook, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, August 11, 2010
Thank you for enjoying Hillbrook with us! Christine is amazing and truly has a gift that she loves to share with others. I will pass on your kind words to her, because it is always nice to get feedback. It was a pleasure to visit with you and look forward to having you at Hillbrook in the future!
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Belcamp
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2010

My fiance and I decided to go to Charles Town for a night away and I couldn't have been happier with our stay at Hill Brook. We stayed in the Summer Cottage which was beautiful. The entire staff at Hill Brook did everything they could to make our stay perfect. My fiance enjoyed the Inn so much, we decided to stay another night. Becky, a staff member, was very helpful arranging another night stay. Since we stayed on a Wednesday night, we had a continental breakfast in our room. The fruit and muffins were delicious. However, we stayed again on Thursday night and woke up on Friday to the most delicious breakfast prepared by Becky. She spoiled my fiance with a yummy breakfast.
Ever since we have left, we can't stop telling our family about the wonderful Inn. We look forward to staying there again in the future!

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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Hillbrook, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, August 3, 2010
It was such a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Hillbrook. We are glad we were able to share this experience with you both and wish you the best! We look forward to your next visit...and Becky says hello!
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

Beautiful inn and exceptional meal. We were not going to eat at hotel and then at the last minute changed our minds. The meal was very well done. We stayed in the winter cottage and it was very nice and comfortable. Kind and accomadating staff. Beautiful place for a wedding.

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillbrook, Owner at Hillbrook Inn, responded to this review, July 2, 2010
We are happy that we could share the winter cottage with you and are happy to hear that you enjoyed dinner! Christine is an amazing Chef...but most of all a wonderful person. We hope you have a great day and appreciated your visit to Hillbrook!
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Address: 4490 Summit Point Road, Charles Town, WV 25414
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Location: United States > West Virginia > Charles Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Charles Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hillbrook Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover an unforgettable West Virginia Inn and Restaurant in lovely Charles Town. Our West Virginia bed and breakfast is a historic country estate with beautiful gardens on 17 wooded acres. Relax in a romantic suite at our Charles Town hotel with comfy beds, whirlpool tubs & fireplaces. Experience the gracious service and award winning dining at our secluded inn in Charles Town that makes us stand apart from any Harpers Ferry B&B. ... more   less 
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