My wife and I stayed in the Alicante Barrel Grande Fireplace Suite for our fifth wedding anniversary. The experience of the winery, the our suite and the entire villa was wonderful. We would highly recommend staying for a weekend. The villa is very quite and extremely well decorated. We plan on staying at the villa again in the future.
Dede is a wonderful hostess and a lady of her word. The breakfasts that were prepared were excellent. We also enjoyed the conversations Dede and with the other couples who were also staying there as we ate.
As I was making reservations the April/May discount that I had found online made the pricing lower than was stated on their website. As I spoke to Dede over the phone about this she said that this deal was from a couple years ago and was no longer valid.
However, she said that she would honor the pricing since it was still posted on the web. I fully expected that she wouldn't honor the pricing because there are alot of businesses that would have just said sorry our mistake. In today's world she made a very classy business decision as we had decided to stay at the current posted rates anyways.
When coming to the villa please read the directions provided on the website. My GPS took us there by taking the shortest route which in the mountains is not always the best. Do not depend on your GPS around Grandfather Mountain either.
My wife and I had a great weekend hiking on Grandfather Mountain, visiting Blowing Rock and most of all having a relaxing getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Banner Elk Winery and Villa, a luxury bed and breakfast... it's a magical world.Nestled in the awe inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stands North Carolina High Country's original winery. Come for a tasting and tour, or stay for a week at The Villa, a highly elegant Bed & Breakfast that offers an idyllic setting, luxurious accommodations, and unrivaled service for discerning travelers.The age-old tradition of winemaking made its debut in the region with the establishment of Banner Elk Winery and Villa, the first commercial winery built in Avery and Watauga counties. Banner Elk wines pay tribute to the rugged mountain landscape and capture the delicate nuance and subtle flavors of the fruit. Our vintners produce excellent award winning wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you are interested in a wine tasting or guided tour, learning more about the art and science of winemaking, or just relaxing with a glass of wine, we welcome you to Banner Elk Winery & Villa.Restore your soul in the ambience of our Tuscan inspired Villa. We offer eight beautifully appointed suites, two with private fireplaces. Each features a king or queen-sized luxury mattress bed adorned in the finest linens and abundant pillows, private jacuzzi tubs, and thick plush robes. Breathtaking mountain views from every window several with semi-private terraces.Wake each morning to a complimentary chef-prepared gourmet breakfast in The Villa before you explore the gorgeous High Country where you can hike, bike, ski, fly fish, or play one of the many championship golf courses. Have a private massage in your suite, or enjoy a visit to Banner Elk's premier spa for additional services. Taste the wine, taste the produce, and taste a bit of luxury. It's the perfect place to relax, re-inspire, and rejuvenate – both inside and out. ... more less
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