I wasn't really sure where to stay on my first visit to the New River Gorge area, and really lucked out by choosing to stay in Fayetteville (the town closest to all the activities and sites, and with the most restaurants), and especially by booking with the Country River Inn. I truly love unique guest houses and accommodations, and this one is full of charm.
The location is just a mile or two outside of town - it only takes about 5 minutes to get there, so don't fret. It's in a quiet, idyllic country setting, which is lovely. Be sure to get directions from the owners or their website, because GPS may not always be reliable - and call if you get lost! As you have probably already read, this B&B is a renovated school house -- and that's exactly what it looks like, with its red brick walls and green trim. Don't let the outside fool you - the inside is clean and comfortable, and the decor is, not surprisingly, like a country inn. In fact, it's shocking how clean and updated the inside of the building is - the owners really deserve credit for the renovations. They really did a great job, and should be commended with how well the building and the space have been re-purposed. The lower level, which used to be the cafeteria and kitchen, is now appropriately the kitchen and breakfast area, along with the check-in desk and a sitting area. The classrooms used to be upstairs, which is now where the six bedrooms are. The walls are thick, since they are brick, therefore the rooms are very quite (nice!).
The rooms themselves are generously sized, each with two comfortable queen-sized beds which are piled with pillows (awesome!). The vanity and sink are outside of the bathroom (brilliant), along with a hairdryer. There is a TV (we never even turned it on), a small microwave and mini-fridge, a small closet area, and two suitcase stands (yay!). There are also plenty of electrical outlets, which is very appreciated. The bathroom is clean and updated, with a nice rain-showerhead and plenty of towels. There is a toiletry dispenser in the shower with shampoo, conditioner, and liquid soap. The only suggestion I would have for the bathroom would be additional towel racks, in the event that extra towels were used for the pool or hot tub, or even if you're just trying to hang all 4 towels up to dry at once.
The raised wooden deck out back has some tables and chairs, and a small swimming pool and a hot tub, both of which were clean and comfortable. The deck is surrounded by a small yard and backed up against some trees. We very much enjoyed relaxing in the hot tub after a day of hiking, watching the stars and the fireflies.
There is complimentary WiFi throughout the building, but it works best in the breakfast area near the wireless router. I didn't have trouble connecting on my PC, but my friend had difficulties with her iPad. The owners are aware of the troubles with apple products and the router, and I believe are looking into a solution.
Speaking of the owners - it was a slow weekend, so we only had the pleasure of meeting Rick (his wife, daughter and dog weren't there), but he was a fantastic host. He was friendly and helpful, always happy to chat with us, give us information, and provide recommendations for things to see/do and places to eat (all of his recommendations for restaurants were spot on). He cooked us a lovely hot breakfast each morning (eggs, sausage and biscuits/jam one morning, blueberry pancakes and sausage the next - each time with juice and coffee/tea),and then spent time visiting with us, making sure all of our needs were met, and giving us tips for sightseeing or other information about the area.
Overall, I would very much recommend this B&B. It's clean, comfortable, unique, in a convenient location, and you'll feel right at home with Rick and his family taking care of you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Country River Inn provides clean and comfortable accommodations in a quiet country setting. All of our rooms are non smoking with a private bath and walk in rain showers, 2 queen beds, microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, individually controlled heat/AC, and free wireless internet. ... more less