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Reviewed April 17, 2010

A trip to Highland County in search of property was made perfect by my stay at Laurel Point Retreat. Hosts Jim and Lorraine are quite energetic and interesting "over 60's" who will either leave you alone or, if you prefer, will eagerly share their love for the area. They fix the best regional breakfast you could imagine from buckwheat pancakes to breakfast casserole to fresh bacon, sausage, fresh-squeezed juice, and more. They always have some zucchini bread or other snack available during the day along with coffee and a wide variety of teas with condiments.

The whole place is a work of art cleverly disguised as a bed and breakfast. Years of toil and talent have made this mountain-top oasis a real gem. The panoramic views change all the time and the property is steadily evolving. They offer a nice selection of lodging choices on the property from secluded cabin in the woods, to the intimately adorable "bird house" mini cabin, to bright sunny upstairs rooms with incredible view. More are in the works as the barn and other areas are being developed. Every bit of work done on the property has been with genuine "green" principles in mind and in nestling their retreat into the surrounding natural beauty. I'm frustrated to not be able to describe this place as it deserves to be but know that even the pickiest reviewer would give this place five stars.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 1, 2009

Our family of 5 booked a night at Laurel Point Retreat on our way from the DC area to southern W. Virginia. We couldn't have been made more welcome. We were treated literally like family: it was Thanksgiving night, they had children and grandchildren over, and we visited with them as we ate their homemade pies. Aside from the holiday festivities, there was hot water available both evening and morning for hot chocolate and a variety of teas. We were offered our choice of about 3 breakfast menus for the next day, all hearty family fare, and our choice of serving time. We enjoyed the homemade biscuits, bacon, and eggs sandwich-style, taking a cue from other family members. There was also homemade raisin bread, which I sadly was too full to sample.

The bedrooms were more spacious than they appeared on the website, and each had a cute private bath with either a shower or a tub-shower combo. Each room had at least 2 chairs and a dresser, and cushy-cozy bedding. Being in the upstairs bedrooms, we could hear the snowstorm rattling and occasionally crashing through the tin roof. The kids and I thought that it added to the charm, but my husband, a light sleeper, put in his "pilot" earplugs and slept just fine.

The house is filled with early American antiques and handcrafted items (some made by the owners). They moved an 18th century log house to the property and added on, using salvaged wood floors and keeping the period feel. The website pictures don't do the place justice. There is a little sitting room complete with small telescope for watching the birds at the feeders outside, and board games. Our host Jim was more than kind to our youngest, showing him the birds and teaching him about maple syrup making, which we were surprised to find goes on in this area. The mountain views are outstanding, and we enjoyed walking back to the pasture to meet the horse and cattle, accompanied by Jodie, the dog. Our stay was made more magical by the fact that it snowed overnight, and our Florida-born kids made their first snowballs and generally had a great time. We ended up wishing we'd planned 2 nights here, as we could have gone on some of our planned day trips (to the National Radio Observatory, for instance) from here.

One warning: if you're not used to driving mountain roads, try to get here before nightfall. All in all, I'm giving it an enthusiastic 5 stars, not for upscale luxury, but for a totally welcoming, relaxing and fun experience. Thanks, Jim and Lorraine!

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with family
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