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“Enchanting!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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1868 Magnolia House Inn
Ranked #13 of 18 Lexington B&B and Inns
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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35 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Enchanting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

This was our first trip to Lexington,VA and staying at a B&B. We absolutely had a wonderful time!It was our wedding anniversary and a romantic setting. Our host Wes couldn't have been more helpful and hospitable. We stayed upstairs in the Garden room and it was lovely. We had a private bath and a nice sized room, bed was comfortable and there were extra pillows in the closet. There is a common balcony upstairs where you can enjoy coffee in the morning or just sit and relax. There was complimentary water,drinks, and snacks also.Coffee was served at 6:30am and breakfast was at 8:00am. Before morning coffee is served you can brew your own for 50 cents donation( can't believe some people complained about the cost!) The decor is charming, and the breakfast was fantastic!It's an easy walk to Stonewall Jackson Cemetery and downtown. We would definitely stay there again and recommend it to our friends! Enjoy!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

My wife and I spent two nights at the Magnolia House Inn while attending a wedding in town. The inn was comfortable, but not fabulous. Wes, the inn host, was very nice and attentive to our needs. It seems that the owners do not run the inn on a day-to-day basis.

We were in the Sunshine room. It was very comfortable and well maintained. Overall, the house is rather dark and has a cluttered feel. It is located in easy walking distance to the center of town and Washington and Lee University. Our fellow guests were all visiting Washington and Lee.

Sitdown breakfast was at 9:00, prepared by Wes. It was very good and offered a good opportunity to speak to the other guests.

Although the Magnolia House Inn was good, if I were to return to Lexington, I would probably investigate other B&Bs in the area.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Keighley, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

We came to Lexington as part of our Civil War pilgrimage, to see the Lee and Jackson historical sites. This inn is situated on a quiet road on the edge of town, but only a gentle walk from everything we wanted to see and all the cafés and restaurants in Lexington. Our room was very comfortable, if a little small, furnished to match the age of the house With many interesting items. The shower was excellent! We really appreciated the hospitality area, with a fridge stacked with complimentary water and soft drinks, and home-made cookies to go with the tea and coffee. It is also handily situated by the balcony, where we sat with a nightcap, admiring the soft Southern evening air. Wes, the live-in assistant manager could not have been more helpful. As well as making dinner reservations and keeping me supplied with ice, he cooked breakfasts to die for! We were the only English guests so we also enjoyed the opportunity to sit at the big table and chat to the other residents. We would certainly stay here again if the opportunity arose.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

We stayed one night here while touring colleges with our son. We thought it was quaint and clean, but certainly dark. At least a tv in common area would've made my men happier. I agree with the writer who said the "tour" was about rules of the house. I also thought the offering cup for coffee was excessive. It provided the second bed/room we desired, so that was good. There are surely nicer b&bs in the area, but not many have a suite option. We asked to have breakfast earlier than the 8:30, since standard tour time is 9am, and the proprietor was accommodating.

Stayed October 2013
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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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84 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed only one night, and arrived late, at 10 pm and had to leave early the next day at 6 am. The innkeeper was extremely solicitous to orient us to the layout and amenities of the inn. In addition, since we weren't able to partake of the prepared breakfast, he packed us a takeout bag to sustain us in our travels. We greatly appreciated his kindness and service orientation.

Stayed July 2013
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Keighley
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30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

Stayed for four nights in the Sunshine room, which was comfy and well-appointed. The breakfasts were excellent, and very elegantly presented. The hosts, Tim and Janice, were helpful but not intrusive. We were the only people staying in the house so the balcony, which is perfect for the early morning cup of coffee, was ours!
The extra asset of this B & B is it's proximity to all the historic sites Lexington has to offer. You can walk to the VMI and Washington & Lee campus, and Stonewall Jackson's burial place is just along the road.
Many of the shops and restaurants are also easy to walk to.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Asheville
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

The “assistant innkeeper” greeted us upon arrival. He showed us our room and proceeded to conduct a tour of the house for us. It turned out that the tour had nothing to do with the history of the dwelling but rather the RULES of the manor. “No noise after 10 PM and if you have a self-serve coffee please leave a small donation to cover our expense.” Pardon me? The tariff for one night at this joint is over $200.

They have no television, no glasses in the room for water, the shampoo is in a community dispenser and morning coffee isn’t served until 7:30. At 8:30 a bell rings ordering lodgers to a single breakfast table. The innkeeper sets the menu. There are no choices. The other lodgers are there to visit students at VMI and I feel as though I'm sitting in on a filibuster as we hear about the rigors of military life. Our assistant innkeeper interrupts the breakfast to announce that our bill is ready. We take the opportunity to leave this happy gathering and head back to the real world.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: 1868 Magnolia House Inn
Address: 501 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450
Location: United States > Virginia > Lexington
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Ranked #13 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — 1868 Magnolia House Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
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