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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I spent an evening at Shenandoah Manor. It was peaceful, situated in beautiful countryside, and sounds of frogs, creek, fountain and baby birds nesting on my own balcony. The breakfast was hearty and delicious and the innkeepers Nancy and Jan were very attentive and welcoming.

My room was spotless and very comfortable. I would not hestitate to recommend this b and b and hope to return sometime.

Date of stay: July 2013
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Thank eliza339
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

What place would you setup for yourself if you wanted to relax, unwind and create? Probably you would be sure to place yourself in an idealic countryside bursting with aromatic smells, farm sounds that welcome you and beautiful little creatures in spring green forests and warm fields. Then you would have someone cater to your every need, (with a smile). Overfeed you for sure. You would also want a teacher to encourage you, but not overcrowd you.
Oh! I have found that place-Shenandoah Manor. You want this! You will be relaxed, pampered and inspired. Enjoy!

Room tip: All rooms have a lovely view and airy feel.
Date of stay: May 2013
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2  Thank Natalie R
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We just returned from a trip to Lexington, staying at Shenandoah Manor. The care, hospitality, and attention of the owners, Nancy and Jan-Willem Boer, is evident in all that they do. Their inn is extremely clean and tastefully decorated with interesting items and paintings, many by Jan-Willem, who was a commercial artist. The breakfasts were very delicious with an array of freshly prepared food items. They noticed I do not like eggs, and were anxious to provide something I might like to substitute. The brightly colored new quilts on the beds made the rooms very inviting. There was a comfortable feeling of spaciousness as none of the rooms was crowded with too much furniture or decoration. We enjoyed sitting out on the private porch connected to our room, overlooking the garden. The sound of the stream and the fountain made it very relaxing. We were on the second floor of the main house, but there is an adjacent smaller house which would probably be easier for guests who find stairs difficult. We did not notice any problems with the availability of hot water. The Boers were always friendly and kind, offering a welcoming glass of wine, and brought us some hot tea after we arrived back in a thunderstorm from Lexington. They are interesting to talk to, and are sensitive to being professional as well friendly. The price was quite reasonable for the quality of the inn and the breakfast. For us, it was wonderful to be out in the quiet and peacefulness of the country yet close to the restaurants and sights of Lexington. Unless you want to be in the center of downtown Lexington, this is an extremely enjoyable place to stay. We would have liked to remain some days longer!

Date of stay: May 2013
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Susan N
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Shenandoah Manor occupies the old Inn at Union Run building on Union Run off Collierstown Rd. (Rt 251) south of Lexington. The owners, Nancy and Jan-Willem, have beautifully renovated the building, making it home-like for guests without over-populating the space with knick-knacks and clutter that sometimes overwhelms other B&B establishments. Jan-Willem's paintings adorn the walls and his lively studio is visible in the bright front room of the house.

The bed and bedding were comfortable, and we slept soundly while listening to the night sounds and rushing creek outside our open windows. We enjoyed our adjacent balcony and private bath. As far as I could tell, all of the bedrooms are upstairs, which provides quiet privacy. The common dining and living area is on the first floor.

Breakfast both mornings was three courses (!) and all were lovely. Coffee was excellent--smooth and strong--and there were a selection of teas available as well.

As others have mentioned, the rooms do not have locks. We were not bothered by this but it is something to be aware of. I agree with another reviewer that the towels provided need to be replaced--they do not absorb water well and are uncomfortable to use. Another desirable upgrade would be to increase the number of electrical outlets or provide power strips for guests, who often come with laptops and phones that need charging. We were able to negotiate enough plugs, but they were in inconvenient locations in our room. There is wi-fi access in the house; however, we had to get the code from the owners since it is not on the information sheet in the rooms themselves. Cell phone service out on Union Run is spotty. My AT&T iPhone worked at times but had a very weak signal. As others have mentioned and the hosts noted upon arrival, the plumbing is a bit quirky (hot water takes a while to arrive, for example) but that is to be expected in an old house and did not negatively impact our stay.

Guests needing ADA accommodations might first call the owners to ascertain accessibility -- the property is situated on a hill, and the various walkways might be hard to navigate for those with limited mobility. With bedrooms upstairs in the main house, you will want to call ahead. However, there seemed to be another building on the property where guests could be lodged, and so this might be a possibility for guests needing special accommodations.

Room tip: Ask for a room with a balcony, if possible -- I am not sure that all have one.
Date of stay: May 2013
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Thank Honeybee530
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

We spent the weekend of our 39th wedding anniversary at the Shenandoah Manor Bed & Breakfast and had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. The owners Jan-Willem and Nancy are welcoming, gracious and thoughtful yet give plenty of space for alone time. The food was hearty and served with a sophistication that wasn't intimidating or off-putting. The decor spoke of world travels and the country without being cutesy or "precious".
Jan is an incredible artist and illustrator known world wide and the "Art destination" portion of the weekend was my anniversary gift. I was lucky enough to be the only participant of the art workshop so I had a private tutor for the entire weekend. Jan provided just enough input to engage and encourage while leaving me time for lone painting as well. He is capable of relating to artists of all levels and abilities and I heartily recommend the Art Destination for professionals looking for a change of pace and a creative breakthrough.

Room tip: Grab a balcony room for wonderful summer cross-breezes
Date of stay: May 2013
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Thank nick b
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