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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Osceola Mill Restaurant, b&b And Cabins Hotel Steeles Tavern
- Osceola Mill Restaurant, Bed And Breakfast And Cabins