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“A fun respite from the city”

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Osceola Mill Restaurant, B&B and Cabins
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We stayed at the Osceola Mill B&B this past weekend. We stayed for one night in the cabin, which is the old Mill Store. Check in was at 3pm, which was perfect for us to drive in unrushed from Washington DC and then hike at nearby Crabtree Falls (a 1.7mile hike with moderate difficulty, it is not an easy hike but it is lovely). The cabin is a nice size and has a queen bed, a large pull out couch, a small hot tub, a toilet and shower closed off, and a sink area. The cabin was perfect for us (a couple and our 9 year old boy). There was no internet, and our AT&T phone service was poor; this was, in a way, ideal. There is a little fridge as well as a coffee maker.

The hosts were very gracious. They offered us a glass of wine/a beer/a soft drink when we arrived. We made our reservations for dinner, and then we explored a bit on our own. We wandered in the adjacent woods to the creek and river to fish (we brought our own poles).

Dinner was a delight. The food was delicious. They were very accommodating for our boy. We enjoyed appetizers of oysters Rockerfeller, crab stuffed mushrooms, and perfectly cooked bacon. Our salads were composed of very fresh produce and were tasty. Our entrees were delicious. He had the filet topped with blue cheese. I had the New York Strip Diane (sherry reduction with shallots and mushrooms). Our boy had filet medallions. The food was not particularly creative, but this was a beautiful thing; sometimes you grow tired of fusion food/ cutting edge cuisine, and you just want a perfectly cooked piece of meat alongside a perfect baked potato. We each ordered our meat cooked to a different level, and each was perfectly executed. Additionally, the service was very friendly and attentive without being the least bit overbearing.

We didn't have any problems with headlights or road noise. The beds were comfortable and we were cozy. In fact, we all slept straight thru til 8am, something we had not done in recent memory.

Breakfast was omelettes made of fresh eggs, fresh produce, yummy bacon, and fluffy blueberry pancakes. All of these were cooked with care.

Our host Dave was very unassuming and accommodating. He made great recommendations to us as to things we might enjoy in the area.

I would encourage you not to listen to the reviewer who was hypercritical of this wonderful B&B. We came to Osceola Mill because friends had been there a few times and recommended it to us because they loved it so much. We had a great time and will happily recommend it to anyone who seeks a break from city life for a weekend in the country.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

It is just a great and relaxing place. Limited television and internet access. Lovely it is. And the sound of the water that ran the mill as it cascades is hypnotic. Nestled in a river valley, it feels like miles from everything.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Thank DonPBrooklyn
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Delightful setting. Did not stay in the B&B, but the restaurant was exceptional. Excellent menu with a variety of outstanding offerings. Would NEVER have thought of going to Vesuvius, Va for seafood, but it was easily as good as anything I've had dockside anywhere! Party of four and all of us raved about the quality of the food, the presentation, the ambiance. A simply wonderful evening. From salad to entree to dessert...all were excellent. Sorry it's taken us so long to find this gem - for it is a treasure. HIGHLY recommend!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Dakota2037
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

I was seeking accommodations in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to celebrate a special birthday for my husband. I wanted a venue which offered a unique ambiance and excellent dining. Our stay at Osceola Mill met my criteria and exceeded my expectations. Our room was unique and romantic with exposed mill beams. The sound of the cascading water lulled us to sleep and created an overall relaxing environment. It was a bit like a step back in time. Kevin and Kim were accommodating and gracious. The dining experience was quite memorable. We were never rushed and our hosts exhibited a genuine interest in us and were very helpful in suggesting outings of relevant interest. My fresh rock fish dinner, and my husband's fresh scallops, prepared expertly by Kim, were presented in a creative manner and was delectable. The cooked to order breakfast was fresh, utilizing local ingredients and was delicious. Thanks to our hosts for a delightful experience and we cannot wait for a return visit!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Susie H
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This bed and breakfast is one of our favorites. Located in an old mill not far off the interstate and close to the BlueRidge Parkway make it a great place to spend the night. The hosts are so accommodating and very knowledgeable about the area. The first floor has a terrific restaurant where our meals have always been delicious! In the morning they prepare a cooked to order breakfast that is great. It's always a very nice experience!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Jmohrhaus
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Good location, quiet and comfortable. Room was big and bed was nice. Hot in our room, the AC was a little window unit for a very large high ceiling room. There was no common room or anywhere to gather. No cable, old movies were available. Breakfast was common, no specialty items, just eggs and bacon. Good omelet and good bacon. It just did not rise to the level we expect for a B&B. We have been greeted by cookies, muffins and even an tea service, here we did not even get ice or water. The manager was nice, but it feels like it is slowly coming to an end. The entire place was poorly maintained and lacking in charm which it clearly used to have. We did have dinner in the restaurant. The manager was in town so we had to wait till 7:00 for him to return and cook. We were the only diners, the room smelled of "old" like mice or mold, not sure which. We had a Steak, very well cooked and flavorful, and scallops which were baked and very good as well. Problem is they each cost over $25, a lot of money for a place like that. We were very saddened to see what his place could be compared to what it is. So, if you go, go somewhere else to eat, bring a book, don't expect any greeting special. It is just a room with breakfast provided.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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osceolamill, Owner at Osceola Mill Restaurant, B&B and Cabins, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Osceola is a near 200 year old former gristmill,much of the mill works remain intact which includes the mill race and other parts of the water powered mill.Water runs in these mill works and do contribute to a dampness in areas of the old building especially in periods of heavy rain like we have had lately. I try to tell all my customers that because of water under and to the side of the building one can pick up the smell of dampness ,that is the nature of this waterowered mill.There is positively no evidence of mice in the building and the old building is sound and tight.we are quiet diligent and are routinely inspected with no problems indicated.
As far as food prices I would point out that 22.95 and 26.95 for baked scallops and Steak we feel are very reasonable for a private full course dinner.The patrons stated they were pleased with their dinner and the food was fully consumed.They chose to leave no gratuity .
To the other elements of the thie review I will do my best to follow up on and appreciate them brining it to my attention

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Whether you're looking for a room for the night or just a place to have a delicious dinner, Osceola Mill is a cozy, elegant place. Above all, the operators, namely Kevin who we interacted with most, are incredible. Kevin was not hesitant to strike up a conversation, whether about the area, occupations, or what have you, yet tactful enough to not trap you. I can't say enough about him. If you're here to eat, do not expect to drop in for a quick bite. This is an affair, and you pay not just for the meal, but the atmosphere and experience. Definitely a place to come to relax, escape, and live leisurely. So don't expect WiFi or 4G, however the rooms have TVs and DVD players while the mill stocks a small collection of movies to go with. If I found myself traveling in the area again, this would definitely be the place at which I stayed.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tyler Q
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Additional Information about Osceola Mill Restaurant, B&B and Cabins

Address: 352 Tye River Tpke, Steeles Tavern, VA 24476
Location: United States > Virginia > Steeles Tavern
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Steeles Tavern
Price Range: $110 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An 1800s Cyrus McCormick water-powered mill converted to a fine dining restaurant and B&B. Continental cuisine including steak, South African lobster, veal & fresh seafood. 15 min to Staunton or Lexington, VA. Receives excellent reviews. Historic mill structure remains including massive chestnut beams. Outdoor activities abound with some of VA's nicest scenery. ... more   less 
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