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“A Lovely Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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PO Box 1011, PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425   |  
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Ranked #2 of 10 Harpers Ferry B&B and Inns
Southeasten Virginia
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“A Lovely Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We spent one night at the Laurel Lodge and enjoyed our stay immensely. Chris, the innkeeper, greeted us upon our arrival. He gave us a tour of the house, told us about the history of the building and the various amenities and then showed us to our rooms. Our room was spacious with lovely views of the valley below. The bed linens were luxurious and the bed was comfortable. Our room had a TV and the Wi-Fi was as good as it gets - better than my high speed wireless home network! The porch was an inviting place to relax and to enjoy the amazing view. The house is beautifully cared for and everything is immaculate.

There was a wonderful chocolate tart waiting for us after our return from dinner as well as hot and cold drinks available anytime we wanted and the comfort of gas fireplaces to enjoy in the public rooms. We had dinner in one of the restaurants suggested by Chris which we thoroughly enjoyed. The living room had several newspapers and magazines from which to choose. Breakfast the following morning was scrumptious and the presentation was beautiful. Chris served some of the best coffee we've ever tasted. As well, he was genuinely interested in what our plans were for the day of our departure and offered some welcome information which helped make our trip very pleasant.

My husband and I thought that the hospitality and accommodations were simply wonderful and the attention to detail abounded. Chris truly made us feel "at home". Do not miss this place when you are in the area.

Room Tip: There are trains that run until about midnight which could be heard in the distance, but I love the...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Easton, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The inn is tucked into a quiet little street with a pretty view. The Lodge is restored with perfect touches. It is pristine clean. The host is gracious and the breakfast incredible. A little extra is delicious home baked treats along with coffee or tea. It couldn't have been nicer in this little rustic town.

  • Stayed October 2013, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights in the Maple view room . It was very spacious and clean . The bed was comfortable .The back porch had a wonderful view . There were refreshments available anytime and delicious homemade treats . The breakfasts were large ! Chris showed us around his house and it was well cared for .He suggested a great route for us to drive to see the sights . We met some very nice people also staying there . It was a pleasant stay in a quiet street and we'd recommend it if you are staying in this area .

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Incredible facility and hospitality. Great breakfasts, great mattresses and water pressure in the shower, gracious hosts who shared lots of info about the area, great location close to town and the surrounding natural and historical areas. We highly recommend them.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

My husband and I stayed here en route to Maine on our honeymoon. The view was just lovely, mountains in the distance and a wrap around verandah overlooking the mountains and the yard. I had a lovely time drinking a glass of wine (we brought our own, they provided glasses) and admiring the scenery with the neighbors cat while my husband went off looking at civil war stuff. The place is a reasonable walking distance into town, but we are walkers. Ten maybe fifteen minutes and its a nice walk down a hill. I actually thought the town was really neat on its own apart from its civil war history. I loved all the old houses. The rooms were comfortable and we had a very nice very large private bathroom, though it was down the hall. Our room had the most amazing view. Breakfast was great! We left a hanging bag in the closet and they called right away to let us know. We will definitely be coming back to stay for a long weekend sometime.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Great home, spacious rooms tastefully decorated with wonderful furniture and amenities. Common space is gorgeous, back porch has literally breath-taking view. Private quiet street. Great bathroom, especially the one down the hall.

The best parts of the wonderful weekend ... the hosts were super and the breakfasts were 100 percent gourmet treats. Oh, and the afternoon treats freshly made.

Read the other rave reviews, the parfaits, the garden-picked herbs, hand-picked fruit, fritatta, pancakes, biscuits, .... yum, yum!

Certainly a top B&B!

Room Tip: All great. The room with the hallway bath requires a walk down the hall w/ squeaky floorboards. Th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

The house is charming, but a bit too spartan for my taste. The woodwork is beautiful.

Yes, the train rail is in the valley right at the back of the house, and the trains blare every time, which is quite frequent, perhaps every 30 minutes? My husband was kept awake by the noise until after midnight, despite of being very tired and sleepy. We could hear the other guests clearly. -- It's just a house, so naturally there's no sound proofing between the rooms.

Breakfast is served at three time slots only: 8am, 8:30, or 9am, and we had to choose it right at our arrival. I wanted to do the day hike to the maryland heights, which would take between 2-3 hours, and hence ideally I'd like either to have a really early breakfast, say around 7am, so we can go hike, and then come back to use the shower before check-out at 11; or go hike first and come back to have breakfast at a later time, say 10ish. Apparently that was not an option. In the end we did 8am breakfast, checked out, went hiking, and remained all sweaty and uncomfortable thereafter.

As another reviewer mentioned indeed the owner would show the house and ask for the payment right upon arrival, in the room. We were quite tired and would really like to have a rest and refresh ourselves first, and were not thrilled about this routine.

Finally, harpers ferry is a tiny town without any activity after dusk. There's NO dinner place whatsoever. It's a nice place for a day trip if you are into american history, but not worth an overnight stay. It actually got a little creepy at night.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LaurelLodge, Owner at Laurel Lodge, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Trains are certainly a part of Harpers Ferry's heritage, having been here since 1835. Most of our guests find them far enough removed to be romantic rather than disturbing. But if we know in advance that you're a light sleeper, we can steer you to a room on the front of the house where trains are barely audible.

As a small B&B we provide a freshly prepared breakfast typically at your choice of three seatings. If we know a day or two in advance that a guest needs an early getaway we can provide a light to-go breakfast.

Like most lodging establishments, we do collect payment at time of check-in.

We are sorry these guests did not find that Harpers Ferry met their expectations. Harpers Ferry is a small historic village but after a day visiting the national historic park, hiking the trails, rafting down the river, biking on the C&O canal or enjoying the local shops, most guests are content sit on the back porch listening to the rush of the Potomac River and watching for eagles. There is a small collection of restaurants in town and a wealth of fine dining within a short drive.
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Address: PO Box 1011, PO Box 1011, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Location: United States > West Virginia > Harpers Ferry
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Harpers Ferry
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the history and scenic beauty of Harpers Ferry from this charming B&B. The stone Craftsman bungalow is a short stroll from Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Explore the natural wonders of our area by hiking the Appalachian Trail, biking the C&O Canal or floating down the Shenandoah or Potomac river. Or, simply relax on our wrap-around porch overlooking the Potomac River gorge. ... more   less 

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