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203 Duke St, Tappahannock, VA 22560-2200
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#1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Tappahannock
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Four rooms and four suites all with en suite bathrooms, luxurious amenities and Wi-Fi. All have working fireplaces, cable TV, air conditioning, hair dryers, irons, luxurious linens and plenty of oversized soft towels. Guests have access to a refrigerator and microwave, a screened-in porch and a private brick courtyard for outdoor relaxation. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. A full, three-course breakfast is included along with afternoon snacks, wine and beer.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Banquet room
BBQ facilities
Street parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
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Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
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Tile / marble floor
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temeraire53 wrote a review Jul 2022
Northern Virginia, Virginia64 contributions27 helpful votes
We stayed for two nights. The historic home is beautiful and the grounds equally so. The owners, Greg and Jennifer, are friendly and helpful people. Greg, a former history teacher, will tell you the history of the c. 1850 house, guide you to historic spots around the "Rivah" or Virginia's Northern Neck, or simply talk about the home's art or their plans to open a historic "ordinary" tavern in an 18th century building across the street, which they are currently renovating. Jennifer is equally willing to pass the time in conversation or offer suggestions. The food is wonderful -- the breakfasts are generous and varied and currently they also offer an evening patio drinks and food service on weekends, which they hope to move across the street when the "ordinary" renovations are completed. Already you can tell that the local residents appreciate their food and hospitality. Our room, the "Beige Room," was clean & well equipped with a comfortable king bed. There's plenty of free parking in front or on the side of the Inn. The Essex Inn exemplifies what the B&B experience should be.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Carol L wrote a review May 2022
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We were so glad we decided to stay at the Inn. The owner is a former history teacher. So, we were enchanted by his providing the history of the inn. I felt like I was in an art gallery with every room full of beautiful paintings, some replicas of famous paintings and some originals. There are lovely rooms to relax and read as well as outside gardens. The bedroom was cozy with a big four poster bed that was incredibly comfortable. Had a great sleep. The owners are in residence and are extremely hospitable. We had an early morning event and were going to miss the time of the breakfast. They accommodated by cooking us breakfast when we returned. And, the breakfast is probably the best breakfast we have ever had in a hotel. Everything was made with fresh ingredients from local farmers. We highly recommend you spending a night or two at the Essex Inn!! It is beyond charming.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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James W wrote a review Apr 2022
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We spent the weekend at Essex Inn and were blown away by the experience. From the great hosts, Jennifer and Greg, to the wonderful home and it's impressive history, the entire experience was first class. And the breakfasts created by the staff were beyond 5 star. We have been visiting B&B's for over 20 years and the Essex Inn in easily in our top 3. We will be visiting again soon. Thanks for a great experience.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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bksublette wrote a review Apr 2022
Charlottesville, Virginia6 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent two fabulous nights at the inn in the comfy Beige Room, from which we could see the Rappahannock River. Jennifer and Greg are both warm, knowledgable and helpful hosts, clearly committed not only to creating an outstanding stay but also to bringing out the historical significance of their property. From the antiques and treasures Jennifer has found to the fascinating renovations Greg is undertaking in the 1710 Ordinary, they are pouring themselves into this project. Greg’s breakfasts are works of art: home made pastries, a healthy and tasty fruit course, and delicious omelets with inventive sides, such as a potato cassoulet. We were fueled for both days’ explorations and also well-prepared by the maps and advice our hosts provided. It was relaxing to return from our adventures to sip wine on the cozy screened porch overlooking the lovely gardens. We can’t wait to come back, especially once the Ordinary opens, and found ourselves missing the inn as soon as we left.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Matthew D wrote a review Feb 2022
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Outstanding experience from start to finish. Wonderful hosts who were friendly, responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful. From the a glass of wine and a tour of the historical home after check in, to the beautiful room and a delicious breakfast (including homemade pastries to rival the very best of Paris), our time there was delightful from start to finish. We look forward to our next stay.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Greg Huff, Owner at The Essex Inn
Responded Feb 28, 2022
Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us. We appreciate the feedback, and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Judi0712 wrote a review Feb 2022
Raleigh, North Carolina3 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent a wonderful night at the Inn right around Christmas time. We found the Inn to be beautifully decorated for Christmas with lots of little details. Its Victorian décor made it feel like we were back in time but with all of today's amenities. It was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delicious and customized to our special dietary needs. The hosts, Jennifer and Greg were genuine and welcoming. We got a history of the house and the town which was quite educational and interesting. It is a great place to get away and feel like you have gone somewhere special. We hope to get back soon!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Greg Huff, Owner at The Essex Inn
Responded Feb 28, 2022
Thank you for spending time with us during the holiday season. We are always looking for ways to ensure that our guests have a pleasant and relaxing stay. We look forward to seeing you again soon, thanks again for your kind words!
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oneisawanderer wrote a review Feb 2022
Arlington, Virginia171 contributions39 helpful votes
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The Essex Inn was the perfect romantic get-away! Jennifer and Greg, a former history teacher, were brave enough to restore and re-open the inn during the pandemic. They are dedicated to exploring, interpreting, and sharing its history. The inn's main house is gorgeous, with spacious rooms and private bathrooms. The espresso machine makes it fun to fix a cappuccino or caffe latte and relax in one of the sitting rooms. Dog lovers can bring their pooch and stay in one of the suites behind the house, in the former enslaved persons and servants quarters. The Rappahannock is a block away, nature preserves and hiking trails abound, and there's everything from fine dining to down-home cooking in town and nearby Warsaw.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Greg Huff, Owner at The Essex Inn
Responded Feb 6, 2022
Thanks for the great review of the Essex Inn. We absolutely love it here, and enjoy hosting guests who have a love of history, and an appreciation of the efforts that go into maintaining it. We enjoyed hosting you at the Inn, Pepper seemed happy, and we hope to see you back at the Inn for one of the fun local events! Thanks again for staying with us!
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SuwaneeGirl2014 wrote a review Jan 2022
Suwanee, Georgia3 contributions
We enjoyed a relaxing , calorie-laden stay at the Essex Inn! The daily three course breakfast was so great we did not even think about lunch. Greg accommodates and seeks to prepare what you like. Greg and Jennifer make sure this historic inn is in top shape. The rooms are nicely decorated , clean and comfortable. Even though Greg and Jennifer are newcomers to Tappahannock they have quickly become involved in investing their time and talents into building up the community. Tappahannock is a great little town to visit and the Essex Inn is the place to stay!! Great job, Greg and Jennifer! ,
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Greg Huff, Owner at The Essex Inn
Responded Feb 6, 2022
Thank you for all the nice comments. We really do strive to make sure that every one of our guests has the best possible stay with us. We hope to see you again soon!
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Kelly C wrote a review Dec 2021
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This is the best B&B I have stayed at! The rooms are clean and well decorated. The Inn Keepers, Greg and Jennifer, are friendly and welcoming. The best feature by far is the breakfast. We had a 3 course breakfast that rivaled any 5 star restaurant. The first course included a selection of pastries, including an apple tart, chocolate croissants, and scones. The second course was a poached pear and fruit in a white wine sauce. The third course offered a variety of different omelets , French toast or waffles. I had a goat cheese and spinach omelet with a side of maple sausage, bacon, and breakfast potatoes. Everything was delicious! This is the only Bed and Breakfast I know that offers so many different options for breakfast. My husband and I will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Greg Huff, Owner at The Essex Inn
Responded Feb 6, 2022
Thank you for staying with us, and we look forward to seeing you again. Thanks as well for the kind words, we enjoy seeing happy people!
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Jyrki I wrote a review Nov 2021
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We visited Essex In during local oyster festival. It was very charming, clean and welcoming experience. The owners made us feel like we were part of the family and the hospitality was outstanding. I would recommend this B&B to anyone that is planning a trip to Northern Neck. And the breakfast is something that is hard to describe… A+
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Greg Huff, Owner at The Essex Inn
Responded Nov 16, 2021
Hello! We are so happy that you all chose to stay with us for your visit to the Oyster Festival. I hope to see you and your wife again next year, or even sooner! Thank again for the kind words, we wish you all the best of luck in the coming year. Greg
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Essex Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Essex Inn?
Nearby attractions include Essex County Museum and Historical Society (0.08 miles), Thyme In A Basket (0.2 miles), and Tappahannock Art Gallery (0.04 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Essex Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Essex Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at The Essex Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at The Essex Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Essex Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include TO DO CAFE & SEAFOOD, Java Jacks Coffee House, and NN Burger Tappahannock.
Is The Essex Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Tappahannock.
Are pets allowed at The Essex Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Essex Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting DAW Theater (0.05 miles).