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Review of River Garden Bed and Breakfast

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River Garden Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 16 Abingdon B&B and Inns
Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Awesome experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2007

We have stayed in many bed & breakfast places -- this is at the top! Paula and Scott HInes are friendly and sincere owners. They made us feel at home. Our accomodations were wonderful - the bed was very comfortable and the bathroom had a great shower - good water pressure. No wimpy showers here! We stayed in the Angler Room. I love the deck overlooking the river - very peaceful with sounds of the river and birds. The best thing was the food - Paula goes all out for the guests. Breakfast was extraordinary - not the usual french toast you get in b & b's. Plenty of fruit, homemade cookies, biscotti, fresh ground coffee to start off with before the main course. I wish them the very best with the River Garden! We can't wait to go back. Penny & Buddy Bennett

  • Liked — the owners
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2007

I would like to give the River Garden a stronger recommendation, as the setting and view are great, the new hosts (the Hines) are friendly and very welcoming, and the accommodations are nice, but from my experiences at many bed and breakfasts, I can't bring myself to recommend our experience to other travelers as having been better than average (and in some respects, due to no fault of the Hines, less than average - see below). Take the following for what it is worth, as I understand some are likely to consider it a plus and others are sure to be less pleased, but to give a description of our experience, we found it to be more like a stay in a family's home as compared to other past stays as bed and breakfasts.

The Hine family began their adventure hosting the River Garden in September 2006 and they clearly have good intentions to warmly welcome travelers and to further improve the accomodations.

The home is in a very pretty valley between rolling hills about 10 to 15 minutes to the west of Abingdon, situated on the banks of the gently rolling North Fork of the Holston River. It lies across a small, quiet road from a very small farm, between a large open field (with a campground beyond that) and a more wooded area. Outside, there were very few sounds other than birds, the rustle of trees, and the passing river water.

As you may see in photos of the home, the River Garden resembles from the front approach a ranch style home, but has three guest rooms built below the central floor, apparent from the rear of the home (on the river side). Entry into the front of the home finds you by the dining room kitchen and small living area, open to guests and including a television, books and games. The guest quarters are well separated from the rest of the home by a stairway leading down to a short hallway off of which lie the three guest rooms. In most respects, the guest rooms are fairly well secluded from the rest of the home, allowing guests much more privacy or solitude than found upstairs, even including private outside entrances to each room, a real plus. You may hear family footsteps upstairs, however.

The Hines have three guest rooms, each of which are shown in attached photos. We stayed in the Angler room, a nice, clean room having plenty of room for the two of us. The room provided a dresser, a small table with two chairs, a small bench, and a king size bed with a memory foam mattress. The room also had a private bath, as I believe each of the rooms provided.

The greatest feature of the home, in my mind, was the back porch overlooking the river. The wooden deck/porch is ample, running much of the length of the house and bears numerous rocking chairs, some gameboards, and a refrigerator with water and space for any leftovers brought home from dinner. The porch is where you will find the outside entrances to each of the three rooms, and the porch would be shared with any other guests -- plenty of room for that.

Our breakfast showed Paula Hine to be a very good cook - we enjoyed a very tasty, sizeable omelet with asparagus, cheese and ham, as well home fries, fresh squeezed orange juice, and a tart/pastry. Paula also kindly offered fresh fruit and coffee. Her efforts should be well noted because, here is the less than average part of our experience, we had no electricity from midnight through the time of our departure due to a thunderstorm. Paula also made offered cookies and drinks the prior evening.

Also reflecting their efforts to well accommodate guests, the Hines worked hard to adjust to the unexpected loss of electricity, working early in the morning to try to determine how to get the water pumps hooked up to a generator (we had no water/showers), considered bringing in breakfast (but Paula did what she needed to given that she had a gas range), etc.

As I mentioned, we did feel from the outset that we had dropped in and were staying in the home of a family (as we were). While in the common quarters of the home, the Hines and their very gracious children passed through frequently and Paula worked in the kitchen and took phone calls -- not overbearing to us, but I do expect that to be a put off to some others.

We enjoyed our conversations with the Hines and can appreciate that they do have good visions for the bed and breakfast. While we did not have the opportunity to take them up on it, I understand they can offer and/or assist with various activities, such as canoeing, attending a show at the nearby Barter Theater, and the like. They also intend to make physical improvements to the home, which should make the accommodations that much better, and they seemingly welcome feedback and suggestions about otherwise improving guest stays. While improvements to the "feel" of a guest stay could be made, I gather from their graciousness and intentions that the River Garden will well improve as the Hines move forward with their home.

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2006

We found River Garden to be delightful. The setting on the North Fork River is beautiful. Whether biking on the Virigina Creeper, canoeing out the back door or enjoying the Barter theatre, Paula and Scott Hine will help you bring out the best in those experiences. Delicious breakfasts start the day and homemade cakes and pies brought our days to a happy close. We highliy recommend the River Garden.

Stayed October 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2006

This B & B has a marvelous mixture of privacy and comforts of home. With private baths and your own entrance off the beautiful deck overlooking the river it's like having your own place at the river. Large rooms with table, chairs and loveseat give you a place to have quiet time or sit next to the river just outside your room and enjoy the best of southwestern Virginia. The innkeepers are delightful people and very welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will return.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2004

This is such a precious Bed & Breakfast with absolutely precious innkeepers. The view is amazing & the food delicious. There is so much to do in Abingdon. My husband & I just spent our first anniversary there. We would definitely reccommend going to the Barter Theater. It was all such a great experience & we hope to return.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2003

I found this B & B to be a great place to stay. The Innkeepers are wonderful people and made me feel at home. The food is excellent. If you enjoy the scenic outdoors and the sound of a river, this is the place for you.

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Property: River Garden Bed and Breakfast
Address: 19080 N Fork River Rd, Abingdon, VA 24210-4560
Location: United States > Virginia > Abingdon
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Ranked #4 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Abingdon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the scenic bank of the North Fork of the Holston River, nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Clinch Mountains and just outside historic Abingdon, Virginia, The River Garden is a place where you can feel at home away from home. With only 3 guest rooms, we provide you with the personal attention you deserve. Each comfortable room has an interior door for access to the inn and a private exterior door which opens onto a covered deck. ... more   less 
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