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Thomas Shepherd Inn
300 West German Street, corner of German and Duke Streets, Shepherdstown, WV 25443   |  
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Richmond, Virginia
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13 hotel reviews
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“Great Escape!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We just came home from a wonderful weekend in Shepherdstown, WV. Put all your WV prejudice aside as this is a lovely small town and the Inn is right in the heart of it. We chose the room with the garden view which gave us light from two walls. Beautiful period furniture, floor and woodwork. Only a block's walk to several great restaurants and shops. Private bathroom was nice for a historic home. Inn owners were very accommodating about us requiring gluten-free breakfasts. Breakfast included very fresh fruit and greens from the local farmer's market. One suggestion. Do park off the street in their lot behind the Inn. Eventhough there was some traffic noise at rush hour, there was absolute quiet during the night.

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  • Stayed December 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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Thomas6, Owner at Thomas Shepherd Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay! We do agree that Shepherdstown is the best-kept secret of West Virginia, but we're glad to help others discover its charms, including the restaurants that you enjoyed. Please note that all of our rooms have private (not shared with another room) baths, and only Room 3 (value-priced) has a private but DETACHED bath located a few steps across the hall. Thanks for sharing your comments.
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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stafford, va
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Thank you for honoring veteran's with a free night's stay. We truly enjoyed
our visit to the town and your Inn We purchased wine at a shop down the street
and took advantage of the bottle opener and wine glasses to have drinks before
dinner on the upper porch. We loved the rocking chairs. Breakfast was
delicious. The inn was very quiet and relaxing even though you were at full occupancy.

  • Stayed November 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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Thomas6, Owner at Thomas Shepherd Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
We're glad that you enjoyed your stay on Veteran's Day. We are so proud that our state association of B&Bs started the B&Bs for Vets program several years ago, and to one of the original inns offering the complimentary night for Veteran's Day. We appreciate your kind review and are glad that you took advantage of our amenities and Shepherdstown's wonderful shops.
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Wheaton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B. The owners were very accommodating, from offering suggestions on where to eat, places to see and special breakfast accommodations as I am a vegetarian. Our room (#6) was very clean, nicely decorated and had many windows that let in lots of natural light. The full breakfast was delicious and there was always coffee, tea, cider, spring water and hot cocoa available throughout the day. We enjoyed the 2nd level back porch which had rocking chairs and pillows for comfort. Plenty of snacks were provided in the afternoon. The town had many eclectic stores, some fine dining establishments, bookstore, quirky coffee shop (really good coffee) and wine store (knowledgeable staff). Would definitely stay at the Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Keswick, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We journeyed up from Central Virginia on the weekend before Susan's birthday to do four things: see St. James School across the Potomac in MD where he Dad had attended school in the 1930's and early 1940's, to drive through the Antietim battlefield on this the 150th anniversary of the most deadly battle in the Civil War, to see Harper's Ferry and to sample the unique town of Shepherdstown. The last thought in this agenda was where we would stay. But in hindsight the high point of the trip was not the excellent dinner and waitress (ask for Denise) we enjoyed at the Press Room, the visit to the small boarding school nestled in fallen yellow-and-red maple leaves, the drive through the somber battlefield north and east of Sharpsburg or the walk amidst the preserved authenticity of Harpers Ferry. It was our lovely room and the outstanding breakfast with two other sets of guests that made our trip really special. If you are visiting the Shepherdstown area, stay here. Jim and his lovely wife will make you feel like family, suggesting where to eat and what to do. We wandered the town before dinner on Saturday and after our hearty breakfast at the Inn the following morning, to find an excellent wine store with a very knowledgeable owner and staff, a cutting-edge running store and a bike shop with an employees who was a trove of information about cycling the C & O trail and its spur up to Pittsburgh. Susan was so inspired that we are now talking about making this cycling excursion, perhaps when the Opera House is featuring some plays. We also caught the Sunday farmer's auction which had a great variety of local food (even Mexican salsa). We left the Thomas Shepherd Inn on Sunday morning, determined to both return to the Inn and to Shepherdstown. You will not be disappointed by either.

Room Tip: We stayed in the room with the twin beds, but still found ourselves with plenty of space. The beds w...
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  • Stayed October 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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Thomas6, Owner at Thomas Shepherd Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for your kind review - we hope to see you on that bicycle trip soon! Shepherdstown is ideally located for both outdoor activities and historic touring. We're glad that you enjoyed your stay in Room 4 with its two double beds - the beds and bath were updated last winter.
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is one of those B&B's that make you want to stay extra nights or plan your return visit immediately. My husband and I stayed here for the location (which is excellent) but would come back for other reasons. Shepherdstown is a small, historic town located within easy driving distance of Washington, DC, Baltimore, and many Civil War battlefield sites, such as Antietam, Gettsburg, Harpers Ferry and Manassas/Bull Run. The town itself boasts easy access to hikes and bike riding along the C+O Canal and kayaking/rafting on the Shenandoah river. Our reason for going to Shepherdstown, though, was more local: the jam session at O'Hurley's General Store on Thursday nights, which has been providing amazing Celtic/mountain/heritage music for at least 30 years--highly recommended! The innkeepers were very detail-oriented, gave us a great tour of the home when we arrived, and made our dinner reservations (based on their excellent recommendation) in advance. Their afternoon snacks, evening sherry, and early-morning coffee and home-made spiced biscotti (served before a hearty and tasty breakfast) were outstanding. It's clear that they take pride in their property and enjoy their guests, and you can choose to be as sociable with them and other guests as you like. Very clean, great amenities, and reasonable - what else could you ask for?

Room Tip: Room 1 is charming - king-size bed, fireplace, and huge bathroom. Just be prepared for some early-m...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Thomas6, Owner at Thomas Shepherd Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thank you for your review! The free Appalachian jam session at O'Hurleys General Store on Thursday nights is one of our favorite things to do in Shepherdstown. We're glad you enjoyed your stay in Room 1 - guests find that the king bed and triple panes in the windows help a good night's sleep along.
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We are regular B&Bers. To me there are a few that really stand-out location or decor-wise (usually $250+ per nite).

The rest are nicely decorated, clean, comfortable, safe and functioning. If you look hard enough you can generally find a couple of annoyances. That's about 90% of our experience. Still not one out of probably one hundred overnights can I categorize as disappointing (either all inn keepers are pretty good or we're of the mindset that it takes a lot to spoil a fun outing)

The Thomas Shepherd Inn falls into this category. It, like many others, should be a 4-Star experience, except for owners who with their friendliness and attention to detail earn that extra star.

Filtered water, sherry, tea and coffee, homemade chocolate chip cookies, spiced biscotti, etc. etc. Lots of maps, menus and local information at every corner.

It seems lately many B&B owners don't spend much time with their guests, Maybe the tough economy and/or difficult guests have something to do with this? Jeanie sat down and spent 45 minutes with my wife and another couple at the breakfast table (good breakfast too!). Jim was also very friendly and interested in us achieving a productive and happy visit.

My annoyance? Oh yeah. The TSI is on a very busy corner at the top of the 1/4 mile downtown area. It can be pretty noisy at times from about 8:30-5:00, but quiets down after (we're not usually in our room during that time frame anyway). But just in case Jeanie & Jim put a large fan in your room's closet to deal with the noise factor. Our night's sleep was quiet and excellent even though our windows faced the street..

Details...that's what I'm talking about!

Room Tip: We stayed in room #6. Sofa for seating nice. Lots of windows (street side). If noise is a factor cho...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thomas6, Owner at Thomas Shepherd Inn, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
We're glad we were able to help you enjoy your stay! I must have been letting Jim do all the kitchen work so that I could chat at breakfast time. We like to provide the things that we enjoy when we're away, hence the fans in the rooms and the white noise CDs in the bedside alarm clock. We hope you continue to enjoy B&Bs - The Better Way to Stay.
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Burke, VA
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

The inkeepers are amazing. The property is clean, bright and well appointed. Close to all the wonderful shops and fantastic restaurants. And just when you think it could not get any better - it's time for breakfast! Great stuff and we will be planning another trip with friends in the near future.

  • Stayed April 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: 300 West German Street, corner of German and Duke Streets, Shepherdstown, WV 25443
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Location: United States > West Virginia > Shepherdstown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Shepherdstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Thomas Shepherd Inn offers guests the experience of gracious hospitality in an historic setting. Unique shops and restaurants are within walking distance. Antietam Battlefield and Harper's Ferry are short drives away. Bike or hike on the C&O Canal Path 1/2 mile away. We offer six spacious, air-conditioned guest rooms with private baths. Our living room with fireplace, guest lounge with TV and porch overlooking our garden are available for your enjoyment. Full breakfast included. ... more   less 

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