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“Great Bed & Breakfast!”
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Essex Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Tappahannock B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 14, 2008

My fiancee and I were recently in Tappahannock for the wedding of two close friends. This is a great option if your travels take you to this part of the country. The B&B is well appointed and the rooms are well decorated. The breakfast was the best I have ever had at a B&B. If you enjoy the B&B experience, you will love the Essex Inn. Beautifully maintained and a warm atmosphere- one caution, if you are allergic to cats you may want to stay somewhere else. They have three large cats that sort of rule the house- they are however very friendly. The location is close to the river and there is a nice area for walking around.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2007

We stayed there this past weekend while attending a family event nearby and were so pleased. It is restored and decorated beautifully with every amenity thought of for your comfort. The breakfasts were gourmet caliber. They have a room just for snacks with coffee, teas, biscotti, nuts, wine etc. and yes beer on tap. The men in my family loved that. It is an easy distance from Stratford Hall and several winerys. The Northern Neck is not too far, and Williamsburg is a doable drive. I hate to recommend it too highly, as I want there to be room at the inn whenever I want to return.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 8, 2007

Great Bed and Breakfast. The couple who manage the place are very frendly and have a number of cats who appear at various times of the day. This B&B appears to be recently done up, and is in great shape. The butlers pantry with the beer on tap (included in the room charge when I visited) is an excellent idea, and if I wasnt with my wife, I would probably not have left the place.

The beds and rooms are large and comfortable. We stayed in the suites, but travellers looking for a longer stay can pick the quarters that include a kitchen.

Tappahannock itself is a relatively small place, and there is not much to do as another reviewer noted. The location is great though for setting out on a trip of VA wineries, and is close enough for day trips to VA beach / Norfolk.

Highly recommended for a low stress weekend.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LeoCross
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Reviewed May 10, 2007

lovely house and B&B. Great breakfasts and a butler's pantry with snacks and 2 beers on tap! I Just had to sample the Sierra Nevada draft and it was excellent, but I had to check a few times to ensure I wasn't wrong.
Not much to see and do in Tappahannock, 2 reasonable restaurants Lowerys and Frerebees, not fine dining just good homespun food. You need to drive to see the sights, a relaxing 2 days is ideal.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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4  Thank Wiltshire_Eddie
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Additional Information about Essex Inn

Address: 203 Duke St, PO Box 2038, Tappahannock, VA 22560-2200
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Location: United States > Virginia > Tappahannock
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Tappahannock
Price Range: $172 - $196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Essex Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four rooms and four suites all with en suite bathrooms, luxurious amenities and Wi-Fi. All have working fireplaces, cable TV, air conditioning, hair dryers, irons, luxurious linens and plenty of oversized soft towels. Guests have access to a refrigerator and microwave, a screened-in porch and a private brick courtyard for outdoor relaxation and smoking. Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. A full, three-course breakfast is included along with afternoon snacks, wine and beer. ... more   less 
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