I do not recall where I found the Orchard Inn, but thank God I did. We were seeking a place to stay for the weekend of our son's graduation from Univ of Virginia (UVa) as all the in-town and nearby hotels were either full, charging premium rates, or demanding 3 night stays. I was intrigued by the various rooms on their website,and the hardest decision was which one. We chose the Northern Spy,which I recommend most heartily - spacious, lots of windows so very bright, great bed, very comfortable, nothing to mar our enjoyment. The grounds too were terrific - altho there are no truly spectacular views, the gardens are just so welcoming that you are drawn to the front porch chairs, hammocks, etc, just to listen to the many birds singing their heads off. What bliss! So inviting! The decor in all the BRs as well as common rooms was excellent - very elegant without seeming pretentious, very comfortable and truly inviting. The hosts too were simply terrific. We have stayed at hundreds of B&Bs around the world, and very few have had as charming, friendly and helpful hosts as Deb and Richard. They really made you feel they valued your friendship, and wanted you to enjoy their home - not just their business. Never intrusive, but always there if needed, and ready to socialize if you so chose. We were especially impressed with their breakfast offerings. Not only extremely unique (and delicious), but served in a most convivial manner,with particular attention to individual needs. We for example cannot eat pork, so they very subtly substituted turkey sausage and turkey bacon for all guests at each weekend, making us feel even more welcome and valued. My only regret is we only discovered this superb venue on our likely last visit to Charlottesville. Although the Inn is nearly 30 miles from downtown Charlottesville, the drive is very easy, and it actually took us far less time (35 minutes) to get to UVa from that distance than it would have coming from any other direction (especially from the northern side of town). It truly is an ideal base for a weekend trip to the University,or to Monticello, local wineries, etc. Even the local restaurants had very good food,equal to Charlottesville restaurants, at prices substantially lower than the premiums charged in town. My only (constructive) criticism is that the hosts should warn guests of the potential speed traps on Rt 29 in the early morning. The road is full of hills, and therefore very easy to exceed the limit when coming down a very long and steep hill, but very hard to see the hidden police cars and their radar devices. I might have been more cautious had I been forewarned. But that was just a minor cloud on an otherwise perfect horizon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Orchard House B&B! An historic farmhouse built in 1874, it was once the location of a thriving apple orchard for many years. Start your visit with a glass of wine and homemade cookies on our front porch. Stroll around our picturesque 14 acres and watch for the resident bunnies scampering across the lawn. While at the Orchard House, you can choose to be as busy or as relaxed as your mood decides. Enjoy our chauffeured wine tours, hike the famous Crabtree Falls, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, tour Monticello, explore the various antique shops nearby, visit the local orchards or swimming quarries, check out the multitude of wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Or choose to lay in the comfy hammocks gazing up at the endless skies, take a dip in the pool, stroll through our one-acre vineyard, relax in the new gazebo, listen to the frogs chirping from the pond, identify the beautiful birds that flit from one birdfeeder to the next, read a book in one of the many Adirondack chairs that grace the front lawn, rock on the sprawling front porch while soaking up our amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No matter what you choose to do while visiting us at the Orchard House, we guarantee your time will be rejuvenating, memorable, and filled with good food, good memories, and new friends. Relax and rejuvenate in an elegant country atmosphere. Leave feeling better than when you arrived! ... more less
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