I bought a coupon through Recoup for 2 nights in a suite, with breakfast both days, a picnic lunch, a wine and cheese reception, and tastings for 2 at 3 winerys. Before purchasing the coupon, I did my homework on the dates and days of the week allowed for the stay (these are CLEARLY labeled, check before you buy) and on basic information about the manor especially since I had never stayed at a B&B before. Rosemont is a historic B&B, NOT a Comfort Inn, adjust your expectations accordingly. Before I get into details, I have to say we went with the purpose of unplugging, relaxing, and exploring VA wine country. To that end, Rosemont was PERFECT and we will definitely return. Frankly, I cannot imagine staying at another B&B because I feel like Rosemont will just put them to shame.
-It only took us about 80 minutes to get to Rosemont from DC, and it was an easy drive. Definitely doable for a 2 day stay!
-The staff were AMAZING. So nice, so helpful, so accommodating. We had to reschedule multiple times because of freak occurrences (my mother passed away, snow storm, etc.) and they could not have been nicer. Many of them asked what we planned to do while in the area (and seemed genuinely interested) and offered up advice on places to go based on those interests.
-You know when you see amazing pictures of something, show up and are like "Eh." This was NOT like that. It is just as immaculately kept as the pictures show. The portico is amazing and the floors are made out of special material that doesn't absorb heat or inclement weather the way real wood does. You can tell that is is lovingly cared for. Really well done.
-ALL of the rooms and suites have private bathrooms. I found this to be a major plus, as it seems to be a luxury at most B&B's.
-breakfast was WONDERFUL day one was a really yummy parfait with banana nut french toast and sausage and day 2 was a sweet potato pancake with bacon, eggs, and fresh fruit.
-No TVs! Again, this is a historic old home, so the walls are a bit on the thin side. It was nice to know we could come and unplug without listening to another room blasting a tv all night.
-Less than 5 minutes from downtown Berryville (which had some surprisingly expensive food -- I'm looking at you Battletown Inn with that pathetic $8 starter salad) but while on the portico it felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. Best of both worlds!
-Disclaimer: I knew this going in because I checked their website, but while the rooms all have private bathrooms, each one is different. Some only have showers, and some only have baths with handhelds. Again, ALL of this information is on their website, so check before you pick a room and make sure you're comfortable with what you choose. We stayed in the Churchill Suite, which had duel sinks and an AWESOME giant tub. It was a little weird washing my hair with a handheld (mostly because I was terrified of ruining the amazing mirror above the tub) but it was fine for 2 days on a lazy vaca, and frankly I wouldn't have traded that tub for anything. The water pressure on the handheld was too light for my thick hair, though. The bathroom is definitely more modern than most of the others, which seem to have claw foot tubs.
-The reason I couldn't give 5 stars: bugs. So I am TERRIFIED of any and all bugs. There seemed to be bugs on the large side (not like cockroach large but definitely sizable) throughout the manor. They looked like stink bugs, but there were 5 in our bathroom during the stay, at least 5 throughout the room, and I saw them occasionally throughout the manor (on a love seat, in a flower on the table at breakfast, on door frames, etc.) I realize it was spring in an old home, but it was a bit disconcerting when I put on my glasses in the morning to realize I had a ladybug chilling on my lens. I ended up making sure that our bags were firmly zipped shut throughout the stay to avoid any unwanted critters making the trip back to DC.
-The free guest parking was nice, but keep in mind its not directly on top of the manor (like 2 minutes walk on the grounds) but in the dead of night, that walk is blocked by the space they seem to use for wedding receptions and special events and therefore that walk is pretty dark. My city imagination was running wild, but I'm sure there was nothing to worry about, just something to keep in mind.
-The suites are A LOT bigger than most of the rooms, if you're not a light packer, or if you think you will want some space in your room to relax, go with a suite.
-The newer wing is down a hallway away from the grand staircase, and as a result seems like the room might maintain better heat in the cold months.
-The Roosevelt suite is perfect for those unable to do a long set of stairs, because it is on the first floor. BUT, keep in mind, it is on the first floor, and it's right next to the guest entrance/exit.
-You cannot walk to the wineries from Rosemont, so plan ahead and don't drink and drive!
-I know it says that restaurants in the area are open until 11 on their respective websites... but they're not. We walked into a restaurant in town at 8:45pm and was told they were about to close the kitchen (they were SUPER nice and still sat us - we made it quick getting soup, salad, and a sandwich) and the server warned us "I know some small towns aren't like this, but this one totally shuts down at 9pm. One time a couple from DC asked me what nightclubs were good around here." Berryville... nightclubs...c'mon America, let's not embarrass ourselves.
-Do your research in advance, EVERYTHING you could ever need to know about Rosemont is on their website, just look! THEN ask for advice and they'll give you awesome recommendations!
- Also Known As:
- Rosemont Manor Hotel Berryville