The Red Fox Inn is a charming inn in the lovely little town of Middleburg. The location of the inn can't be beat as it is right on the main street of Middleburg and smack dab in the heart of town near shops and restaurants. The overall feel of the inn, especially the restaurant, is very warm, cozy and historic. However, there are a few things that are lacking. We stayed in room 26 in the Stray Fox which is an outbuilding near the main inn. The room was very nice, but the mattress on the bed was atrocious. We both woke up with sore necks and backs. It is one of those mattresses that is so soft (but not in a good way) that you sink into the bed, and when the other person moves even a fraction of an inch you feel like there is a major earthquake in the bed. It was truly awful. Also, the pillows were not good. (I admit am a bit of a bed snob--from pillows to sheets to mattresses.) Also, I had an issue with the breakfast, which is included with the room. We looked online and saw the very nice menu. However, when we arrived at the restaurant for breakfast we were given a little card with three options. Apparently guests at the hotel have three choices, but if you are not a guest at the hotel and go to the restaurant for breakfast you can order off a very nice menu. Not a good way to treat their guests, I think! I saw lovely plates of French toast, eggs benedict with crab, etc. pass our way, but those options were not available to us unless we paid for them. Very disappointing. I did mention this to the woman who seated us and expressed our disappointment (after all, it was not made clear on their website when I booked the room that we would have a very limited breakfast menu) and she was kind enough to let us order off the regular menu. However, the next day she said we could not because the restaurant was serving brunch. Also, when we checked in the girl checking us in wrote on the little map (the one we were given to lead us to our room in the Stray Fox building) the time for breakfast. 8am-10:30am. When we arrived for breakfast at 9:40am on our second day, which was a Sunday, we were told that breakfast for guests ended at 9:30am. Our waitress was nice and said she would still serve us, but we were a bit put off being told we were late. I double checked the sheet and sure enough, it said 8am-10:30am. The girl who checked us in failed to tell us that breakfast hours were different on Sundays. When I mentioned this to the front desk upon check out, they offered a very bland apology.
All in all, it was a very nice stay at a charming inn, but there were a few negative aspects.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the quaint village of Middleburg and inspired by four centuries of Virginia Hunt Country tradition, the Red Fox embodies the Piedmont’s cultural heritage. Established in 1728, our four story fieldstone Inn and Tavern boasts hand-hewn ceiling beams, heart pine floors and paneling, working fireplaces, and walls adorned with sporting art. Join us in the heart of Virginia’s famed Hunt and Wine Country to enjoy a hearty meal in our tavern followed by a relaxing evening in one of our cozy guest rooms. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Fox Hotel Middleburg