My partner and I wanted a relaxing stay at a place close to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive - we are so happy we chose this place! We were greeted by Tom when we arrived, who gave us a tour of the entire house, ending at our room. We stayed in the white room, chosen for two reasons: 1. the enclosed porch and 2. the clawfoot tub! My partner grew up in an old farmhouse and loves clawfoot tubs, so I surprised her with this. The room was very large with plenty of storage. The fireplace had an electric fireplace in it, which was perfect during this February weekend. There was a bottle of sherry with two small glasses - a nice touch. The bathroom had shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, soap, and a hair dryer. I thought the navy blue washcloth (used for 'makeup') was a nice touch, as I did have makeup to take off. The porch was very large, expanding the entire front of the house, and is accessible by two rooms - the white room and the blue room. They have partitions up so you wouldn't be able to see anyone else on the porch, so there is privacy - or, if you were traveling with other people, you could open it up and have access to the entire porch together. We spent a few hours on the comfy chairs, with our feet up, reading on the porch. The view is great, and we were able to watch the sunset over the mountains. The bed had extremely comfy sheets and fluffy pillows - we slept quite well.
The rest of the house was also fantastic. The living room has large brown leather chairs/ottomans and sofas which are extremely comfortable. We spent some time down there, drinking a beer. We loved that this place had a pub - Harper lager was on tap with a few other bottled beer in the fridge. The fridge also had a mix of red and white wine and some soda. In the pub was a TV and some board games - it would be a nice place to hang out, especially if you were there with a group of friends.
We had recommendations to eat at Element by people at the visitors center AND Tom, and so we did. It was fantastic. The menu is small, which is a great sign. It was probably the best scallops I've ever eaten, and my partner got steak which she could not stop raving about. They are closed on Sundays. Go eat there!
Breakfast at Killahevlin was so good. Tom let us know it would be served between 8:30-10 at our own leisure. We came down at about 8:15 because the smell of delicious coffee woke us up. Tom gave me a choice of tea (I chose Irish Breakfast) since I'm not a coffee drinker, and it was great - I had never drank loose tea before. The main dish at breakfast was Eggs Benedict - and since I don't like soft boiled eggs, Tom made mine with scrambled. And earlier I had mentioned putting hollandaise sauce on asparagus, and so Tom offered us asparagus with breakfast (not on the original receipt), so I said yes - and I'm glad I did! It was a great accompaniment. It was so nice of him to offer.
Tom and Kathy were so friendly; they answered all of our questions, gave us a lot of history of the house and surrounding area, and tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get there. I highly recommend this B&B. You won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Killahevlin is a circa 1905 mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. We enjoy views of the mountains from all of our rooms. ... more less