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“Wedding at the Inn: elegance, relaxation, happiness”

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The Inn at Vaucluse Spring
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 20, 2007

We did months of research (including incognito eating and staying at all our potential venues), and the Inn at Vaucluse Spring was an overall standout winner for our intimate (30 person) wedding in November 2006. Because we rented out the whole property, we were able to see all rooms in the inn as well as to get to know the staff more than the average guest.
The whole property is a beautiful countryside setting with lovely views over the rolling hills. While this is a country escape, it is within very easy reach of Interstate 81, and although is is faintly possible to hear I81 when standing outside in the grounds, you have to strain a little to hear it. The property's main road winds from building to building up toward the main manor house. The manor house (where meals are served) is an easy and short walk from the other buildings, though we wouldn't recommend you wear heels. The road is a little hilly and unpaved.
The staff at the Inn are wonderful, with accommodating and friendly service from the wait staff and charming hosts, Barry (the Innkeeper) and Neil (the chef). This is a very high point. There are many thoughtful little extras, such as cider and cookies in the afternoons, a cocktail hour on Saturday evening, and beer, wine, soda, water and snacks stocked in kitchens throughout the property. The dinners and breakfasts were superb, and the wine list was short but good, and well priced.
The renovated civil war era manor house and slightly more contemporary guest houses are well done and charmingly decorated. Exteriors are attractive, with beautiful old exposed stone, wood, etc. The interiors are very agreeable: rustic and elegant with tolerable levels of chintz and lace. The rooms are all interesting and have their own character; no cookie cutter decorating here! The bathrooms and amenities are nice and modern, which you do not always find with historical properties; there were lots of fluffy towels and good quality soaps, etc. Many rooms had fireplaces (gas, not wood) though some of those in the main house had a single fireplace in a living room area which was shared by a few rooms.
There is a nice pool, though we did not take advantage of it due to the winter weather. There are also lovely walking trails on the property. If the weather is less than pleasant, the Inn has many games and books in the rooms and the common areas of the Manor House and the Chumley House for guests to use.
The Inn at Vaucluse Spring is an outstanding value and well worth the trip! We would recommend it for a romantic weekend or for a special event where you rent the whole inn. It is a casual and relaxing getaway. We really enjoyed having all our family and friends in such a lovely setting for our wedding; it encouraged people to get to know one another and spend lazy afternoons talking over a beer, a board game, or a cup of tea by the fire. We love this place and would recommend it to anyone!

Stayed: November 2006
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Reviewed January 12, 2007

The Inn is a fantastic getaway if you want to escape the DC metropolitan area without driving for miles and miles. Nine of us visited during the holidays and we could not have been happier with the accommodations, the food, or the exemplary service. First and foremost, we were able to make a reservation for just one night for that weekend which is just what we needed. Secondly, we were able to book rooms which included a wonderful "gathering room" for our use with fireplace,
Christmas Tree, and a full kitchen! We chose to enjoy the Saturday evening four course dinner offered by the innkeepers - a wonderful meal and a wonderful evening with our own private dining room. Breakfast the next day was equally delicious. One word of warning - you will be charged for dinner if you make a reservation but don't show. We made a reservation for dinner for 10 but at the last minute, one friend was unable to be with us. The website is not as clear as it might be about that policy. We were charged $48 plus an 18% gratuity for our absent friend. (Don't be deterred by the junk yard you pass enroute to the Inn - once you arrive the surrounding grounds are fantastic!)

Stayed: December 2006
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Reviewed January 8, 2007

We loved our second stay at Vaucluse Spring - accommodations were beautiful and cozy, the food was fabulous, the innkeepers were friendly and funny and attentive. Hope to get back again soon!

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2007

We have stayed with Barry & Neil several times over the past few years and each time the experience seems to reach a greater high !! And our latest stay with them just last month in December was great !! No matter what the season, the Inn, its accomodations, the food, the staff, and especially Barry & Neil are just top notch. Relaxing and quiet with 5 star service & treatment, do not miss a chance to spend a day or two at Vaucluse. The grounds are a treat for your eyes, the old Mill House, the cabin on the Hill and the Main House, the natural springs flowing year around !! Bring your camera along with your leisure reading, you are sure to have a great time.

Ernie & Cecilia

  • Stayed: December 2005, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 2, 2007

This idyllic inn was fantastic! Great location, near Winchester, the Shenandoah River and many wineries. Good food, friendly staff and a host with a sense of humor. Will go back often.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 29, 2006

We enjoyed walking around the beautiful property and staying in a quaint, historical room and eating tasty comfort food. We will return again soon.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2006

We just returned from a weekend at the Inn and cannot believe how wonderful it was. Every year my boyfriend and I pick somewhere not too far from the DC area to have "our Christmas" before Christmas Day. I read about the Inn in Southern Living magazine and decided this would be our adventure this year. We stayed in the Cabin on the Pond and had supper Friday night and dinner Saturday night. The property is beautiful, quiet and relaxing, the Innkeepers were friendly and helpful, and the food was some of the best we have eaten. Everything was superb and we thank the Inn for making our annual Christmas trip more special than ever.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Inn at Vaucluse Spring

Address: 231 Vaucluse Spring Ln, Stephens City, VA 22655-5454
Location: United States > Virginia > Stephens City
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Stephens City
Price Range: $140 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming and secluded B&B in the Virginia countryside. ... more   less 
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The Inn At Vaucluse Spring Hotel Stephens City

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