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The 1804 Inn of Barboursville Vineyards
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Been some time since we were at the 1804 but thought it was necessary to provide another perspective to a truly unique property.

Stayed a Fri-Sat in the Malvaxia Suite. It was decorated as it is now in beautiful period furniture with art work and decorative detailing to match. A little know reason it’s so lavish is because it’s the Zonin family residence when they’re here from Italy – Gianni Zonin is the founder of Barboursville Vineyards, and head of Casa Vinicola Zonin, one of the Italy’s largest family-owned wine producers..

On arrival we found a bottle of the winery’s excellent sparkling wine and a lovely plate of cheese with crackers and fruit waiting in our room. At turndown there were nice chocolates. One minor negative re the Malvaxia is it’s one of two upstairs suites, access to is by a narrow circular staircase which could be an issue for some, especially the elderly, mobility impaired, or if carrying large luggage.

For the first night we had the entire property to ourselves!. We were literally all alone on 900 acres that includes the Inn, Winery, and a farm. The next night another couple was in the Octagon Suite, but because the suites are so big and so far apart we never realized they were there until the next morning. What could be negatives for the unprepared: it can be somewhat buggy; the road leading to the Inn is winding and very dark at night; although you don’t hear sounds of civilization the local wildlife will remind you this is the country. .

Breakfast! The kitchen offers breakfast in Suite for those staying in the main house. If you’re in the Cottage, as others have noted, you get to reheat it from day before. Our breakfast was beyond comprehension: three courses, served over 2 hours, on our 45ft balcony overlooking a lake, pasture, vineyards, and mountains.. we truly felt like royalty! Will never forget the over-the-top service provided by our hostess Leslie.

Near the Inn are plenty of trails for a nice walk, tour the ruins of Governor Barbour’s Jefferson designed Mansion, the vineyards, or up to the Winery. Course, there’s lunch or dinner at Palladio, the award-winning restaurant in the Winery, or at any number of superb restaurants nearby.

If you’re looking for a unique experience this might be it. Certainly for us it marked one of the most memorable weekend getaways we’ve ever had, and worth every penny!

Room Tip: The Malvaxia and Octogon Suites are upstairs in the Inn, both with private balconies and tremendous views (Octogon also has a private entrance to a garden). The cottages are very private, even a bit remote.
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SpanishTroubadour
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

This was the second time that we have stayed at the Barberra cottage at the 1804 Inn. Just as charming and romantic as the last time. The bed was comfortable, the small dining area and kitchen were fine and the bottle of wine, crackers and cheese with grapes that were left for us were very thoughtful. We took the wine and snacks out into the garden and sat at the wrought iron table to appreciate the sunset and the view.

When we got back from dinner at the Palladio (disappointment--food excellent, service mediocre), we had a fire in the fireplace, as the evening was chilly. How romantic!

After a restful night's sleep, we breakfasted in the garden. The breakfast food wasn't that great. Honestly, I would prefer some whole grain bread that could be toasted in the toaster in the cottage to the soggy pastries that were left in the refrigerator, and some plain yogurt and unsweetend meusli would be more appreciated than the quiche that had to be reheated in the microwave. and yet was still soggy. Breakfast at the 1804 could definitely be improved. But the room was clean and well-prepared and the innkeeper was very accomodating (we arrived after check-in time). I can't wait to go back for another romantic interlude with mon cher!

Room Tip: We love the cottages (versus the rooms in the main house)
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank charlotte7208
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We recently booked a night at the Inn and were mildlly disappointed. For $250 a night, our breakfast portion of the stay was day old breakfast that is left in your refrigerator before check-in. You then get to reheat a quiche that was pretty boring in flavor and scoop out the fresh fruit. The pastrys might have been decent if they had not been left in the refrigerator. They were just a soggy mess, as the only method of reheating them was the microwave. The cottage itself was adequate, but the bed was less than adequate. It was a mattress, no box springs, sitting on a wooden box. Every time I got out of bed, I hit the back of my legs on that wooden box. The restaurant, The Palladio, was an outstanding event. I can'[t say I would recommend this place.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank jstobey
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

For Thanksgiving, we decided to spend the night near Charlottesville, VA - and found 1804 Inn of Barboursville Vineyards through a guidebook. As you can guess, the inn was located on a vineyard and the setting was spectacularly beautiful. Lots of green rolling hills - hidden away from the main road. The site was located near the ruins of Governor Barbour's home designed by Jefferson of course. Instead of staying at the inn, we rented one of three cottages. We drove down a single country lane to the cottage - a little white house divided into two rentals. Our rental was basically one room (more like a studio) with a working fireplace and a small kitchen that was stocked with food for the next morning breakfast. Upon arriving we also received a bottle of red wine from the vineyard and local cheeses. It was very quaint and very quiet. We never saw any other guests (not that we spent the day much there) and we knew that other guests were there due to the two other cars parked near us. We sincerely felt like the place was just for us ........... We did walk around the property on trails through the vineyard for a bit. All very beautiful. Our stay there was a nice reprieve from our crazy busy lives. I would absolutely recommend staying there if you need a get away.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BobBrier
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