Every year (for the past ten or so), the North Carolina Wine Festival is held in Tanglewood Park. The first year my husband and I went was 2004. Because I knew we'd be drinking our share of wine, I wanted to find a hotel or motel nearby so we wouldn't have to drive the 2 hours or so back home. I was delighted to discover that, right in the park, there is a B&B called Manor House. I booked a room for the night of the festival.
The B&B is well within walking distance to the festival, so, this was the primary benefit (we thought). As it turned out, our stay was wonderful, so, we go back every year we go to the wine festival.
This year was our fourth visit. We decided to stay two nights; spend Saturday at the wine festival as usual and then golf on Sunday.
I like this place for many reasons; the first being, you can look on-line to get good descriptions of the rooms. There are ten or so guestrooms, plus, they rent out guest houses/cottages at a weekly rate. You do have to call to make an RSVP, though; they don't do on-line RSVP.
We've stayed in 3 rooms so far (one room, #322, twice; our "particular favorite" because it was the first one we stayed in). They have all been fine, although the one we stayed in this year, #324 (because it had a king-sized bed) was sort of dark inside due to a huge tree blocking the window; next time, we'll go back to our favorite room!) These two are standard rooms, the rate is $100 per nite (cheaper Sun-Thursday as we discovered this go-around); the other room we stayed in, #310, was larger and it was $125 per night. Frankly, I didn't think the extra space was worth $25 so I'd opt for a standard room.
Anyway, the inn itself is usually very quiet; except, every time we've stayed, there has been a wedding reception going on! Depending on what room you are in, you can hear the festivities, but, they've always ended quite early (by 9:00 pm). There are some lovely gardens surrounding the inn; we've often seen bridal parties being photographed there.
The rate includes a full breakfast. On the weekends, it is served buffet style; dishes of eggs, bacon or sausage, gravy, biscuits, potatoes, etc., but also fresh fruit, yogurt, cereals, pastries, etc. There is usually one or two workers in the kitchen serving juice and coffee once you seat yourself.
On week days, the cereal and fruit is out, but, you get a breakfast cooked fresh and hot by a friendly worker.
As I mentioned, this time we actually stayed an extra day and drove around the quite lovely park. One usually pays $2 to get into the park but this fee is waived if you are staying at the B&B. There are three golf courses, a driving range, boating, fishing, a large swimming pool, horseback riding, hiking, etc. And, of course, the wine festival if you happen to be there the weekend it is in town.
Although check in to the inn isn't until 2, we've usually been allowed to check in when we arrive (around 11). This time, though, the woman at the reservation office was not so very friendly and made us wait until 2. When we came back around 4, she was somewhat apologetic for making us wait (my guess is she was just a stickler for the rules, chances are, our room was ready and we could have checked in).
That, though, has really been our only "problem" and that certainly wasn't a huge deal.
I'd highly recommend this place, especially if one is going to the wine festival, but also, for a few days of peaceful R&R; golfing, boating, nature, etc.
The only downside is one does have to drive out of the park to find dinner. Over the course of our various stays there, we've discovered a few places, but, we usually bring a big picnic basket, pop open a bottle of wine we bought at the festival, and chill out at the inn!