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!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming and secluded B&B in the Virginia countryside. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn At Vaucluse Spring Hotel Stephens City