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The Ashby Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Paris B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 5, 2010

New chef, Tarver King, definitely has skill in the kitchen, as almost every dish I tried, I loved. The food is also very fairly priced. I felt I was eating closer to a $75 meal, when it was actually priced around $35. The rooms in the main house are on the small side, so I definitely recommend staying in the Schoolhouse instead (although not connected to the main building).

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed October 30, 2009

My husband and I came here for our honeymoon. We stayed in the Lafayette room in the school house and it was lovely. The woodburning fireplace and beautiful views were worth the extra expense of not staying in the main lodge. Their fall special (a two nights for the price of one Sun-Thurs) made this a much more reasonably priced experience than it would have been otherwise. The bathroom was lovely and entire room was cozy and well kept. Service was generally good - We had dinner reservations set up in advance for the Sunday evening we got there (be advised - restaurant is closed Mondays and Tuesdays for anything other than the breakfast that comes with the room) and our waitress was attentive and nice. They gave us our bottle of wine for free (already half price for Sunday evening dinner) and brought us free port. Dinner was delicious. The breakfasts were also excellent, although service at breakfast was slightly more spotty. We had ordered a picnic basket in advance so that we wouldn't have to find food on Monday during the day, and after some scrambling on their parts to find our order, we received a lovely lunch. The manager in the office was a tad abrasive, honestly the only thing to mar the experience at all. In general though, we had a lovely experience. Probably would not stay there as a single person though. When we were there, the other rooms were all occupied by couples celebrating their anniversary. Hiking in nearby Sky Meadows Park is beautiful and there are a number of wineries nearby. A quiet and romantic retreat that I'm sure we'll go back to in the future. Maybe even to celebrate our anniversary.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

We went to the Inn for dinner this past weekend based on recos from friends. They were not terribly busy, but the service was a touch slow. No bread was brought to our table, but we saw another table had some, so that was odd. Maybe you had to ask for it? The appetizer was good (carmelized onion & tomato tart w/ goat cheese). I had the special - chicken - which was average, and my husband had a filet, which was good - juicy, cooked perfectly & good flavor. The mashed potatoes for both of us were thin & watery. I had carrot cake for dessert, which was cold & a little hard & dry. My husband ordered the chocolate velvet cake, but they'd run out of it, so he just had icecream, which he said wasn't anything special. Our biggest disappointment was the total lack of anything seasonal on the menu! It's October in the Piedmont for crying out loud! No pork, no apple pie or tart, no sweet potato soup, or pie - you catch my drift.

Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2009

We visited The Ashby Inn using a gift certificate given to us by my husband's parents years ago. They had stayed at The Ashby Inn and loved it. Unfortunately, since that time ownership and management have changed. The manager honored our gift certificate as she was obligated to do but could barely conceal her apparent anger towards us for using a gift certificate. She failed to inform the wait staff that our dinner was covered by the gift certificate and then left the premises, creating a very awkward, uncomfortable situation for us and the wait staff. Even though our gift certificate was "all-inclusive" which my in-laws understood to include wine, on the next night, the manager required the waiter to inform us of her decision to charge us for the wine, as she evidently could not bear to have a direct conversation with us (again, putting the waiter and us in an awkward situation). On Sunday morning at breakfast, she went around and chatted with every single table except ours. A very elderly couple was there the same weekend we were--they had stayed at The Ashby Inn a handful of times previously and their dinner reservation was screwed up--they had specifically requested outdoor seating and this request was not honored. The manager refused to apologize and instead explained to them why they got what they got--apalling treatment especially for repeat customers. We had a wonderful hike at the nearby Sky Meadows State Park and the scenery was wonderful. However, we won't be back to The Asbhy Inn!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2009

My fiance and I traveled 60 miles to have brunch as a sampling of their food to potentially have them cater our wedding. Although we called in advance and noone answered, we did not make a reservation.

We were refused service without a reservation even though there was plenty of room and they were in process of seating another couple who had a reservation. It was disappointing to say the very least and at the most big mistake from a strategic business perspective.

If you do go, make a reservation.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 8, 2009

Spent one night in the Glascock Room in the Schoolhouse. Schoolhouse has four rooms in total—sort of like a small apartment building. Room was nicely done—typical rural look. Of course, the setting is the draw; not the furnishings. Check-in was relatively straightforward, but the bed and breakfast type experience is always a bit more jumbled. Balcony looks out over the vegetable garden and the scenic countryside beyond. A great place for an anniversary if both of you enjoy quiet tranquility. Apart from a 30-minute drive to Middleburg, there is very little to do nearby.

Had dinner at on-site restaurant and the food and service was excellent. I stress “was” as I have since returned to the restaurant and the service was beyond atrocious—to the point where you think you are the subject of a practical joke. Others (on this site and others) have written that the new owners of the property are the cause of the service downturn and I have no reason to disagree, as our two dinner experiences were polar opposites. Ashby Inn has a good reputation to draw from, so it may survive just fine, but if the new owners are as bad as it seems, hopefully market forces drive them away and a more committed owner brings this property back to its true standards.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2009

This inn is tucked into a tiny village in the foothills of the mountains. It is quite quaint but yet very comfortable. We stayed in the Fireplace Room. The location is great for Shenandoah National Park as well as local wineries. We visited Barrel Oak Winery nearby. Dining is an epicurean delight. The food prepared by Chef Steven was fantastic.
We ate breakfast and diner both days of our stay. Service was excellent from our server Donna as she attended to our requests with genuine hospitality. Our internet special room rate even added more delight.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: 692 Federal St, Paris, VA 20130-1606
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Location: United States > Virginia > Paris
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Paris
Price Range: $171 - $335 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Ashby Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting at a crossroads of both time and location, The Ashby Inn & Restaurant exists as a tenant to history while offering a place for guests to dine and rest amidst the beauty and tranquility of the Virginia countryside. Situated at the cross-section of routes fifty and seventeen in the charming village of Paris, the inn includes ten guest accommodations on three acres of landscaped grounds that provide a view of Paris Mountain, Ashby Gap and Sky Meadows State Park. The restaurant prepares breakfast daily for all inn guests and is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday and for brunch and dinner on Sunday. The Ashby serves as a pastoral setting for weddings, special events, and retreats. Guests of the inn find no shortage of activities in the area to fill their time, including antiquing, bird watching, cycling, hiking, reading, shopping, and wine tasting. ... more   less 
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