Absolutely authentic experience of a 19th century living. Almost like living in a museum. The house which is 200 years old is very well maintained and beautifully decorated. A great weekend destination or a place to bring friends (especially visiting from the overseas as it is makes it a great and very unique cultural experience). We stayed there 3 or 4 times over the period of 2009-2010. In fact it is perfectly suited for two families who don't mind sharing bathroom as it makes it very very affordable then. Alternatively, there is a separate suite in a historic separate part of the building, which is a more expensive option for a romantic weekend.
The beds are less comfortable than usual as they are relatively small (I believe full size) but again it is compensated by a historic feel and touch on every piece of the furniture.
The owner is a very interesting individual with a rich past and cool hobbies. You will definitely feel as his personal guest (especially as he serves you breakfast -- and it is a CEREMONY that you should not disturb))). You should ask him for a tour of the property and to show you a passion of his life: a model railroad running through a 3' think wall in the basement of the building. If you have kids, they wont want to leave! Check youtube presentation on this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EiIXUGTsF0
The inn is 5 min drive away from the historic town of Washington VA and its Inn in Little Washington (http://www.theinnatlittlewashington.com/), which is a high-end gastronomic restaurant, and if you cant book a dinner there, it is worth visiting just on an improvised walking tour (including various properties around it). It is also 15 min away from Skyline Drive, which makes it a perfect base for exploring Shenandoah.
I give it overall 4 stars just to set your expectations low so you can be impressed in your own way. And of course it is not a conventional 5 star place. But for what it is (its authenticity, uniqueness, tranquility, value for money, location, etc), it could well qualify for a 5 star experience!
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- A 200 year old National Historic Register Federal-style home on a working cattle farm. ... more less
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