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Colonial Houses-Colonial Williamsburg
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

We visited Williamsburg in June 2013 as part of a tour of Virginia.

It was our second time staying in the Colonial Houses, and I had requested and been allocated the Robert Orell Kitchen, which is a charming little cottage with a living room, bedroom and two bathrooms in its own grounds. It also has the benefit of being right at the bottom of the Williamsburg Inn drive, which makes it handy for breakfast!

I find the call centre of Historic Williamsburg (with whom I booked a house) a little hit and miss as they refuse to tell you in advance what property you will be staying in, but I did get my request. Thankfully, once I’d booked, people who stay in the Colonial Houses have the same privileges as guests at the Williamsburg Inn (the poshest hotel in the group), so you benefit from the concierge service, room service, housekeeping, breakfasts etc. I can’t emphasise how helpful the inn staff and the concierge in particular is. We were so impressed by Dora Lynn Hornatt, who facilitated our entire trip via emails between the UK and the US and my requirements were not simple – in addition to restaurant reservations, I also wanted theatre tickets, concert tickets, carriage rides and a spa trip. All done perfectly.

We love Colonial Williamsburg and love to immerse ourselves in the historic atmosphere there. We were a five minute walk from Duke of Gloucester street, which meant we were quiet at night. I love walking through the streets and taking in the atmosphere.

We had good meals at all four of the taverns, although my favourite was the Kings Head. Make sure you try one of their punches! We also had a good meal at the Regency Room in the Williamsburg Inn, which is excellent fine dining and a knowledgeable sommelier!

There is so much to see in the historic triangle, but perhaps my favourite trip was to Berkley Plantation up the James River Road, where we had a picnic on our last day in beautiful British style country gardens.

My only complaint was that the aircon in the cottage is rather old and was certainly noisy and ineffective in the upstairs room. It could do with replacing. It wasn't helped by a radiator going full blast in the upstairs bathroom when it was 35c outside, but maintinence sorted it out on the same day.

Overall, the experience has to be done rather than described. We can’t wait to go back!

Room Tip: The Robert Orell kitchen is a nice private cottage for a couple. If you want privacy, be sure to request this with the reservation agent on the phone, otherwise you might end up sharing a house with strangers!
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Colonial Houses accommodations in Williamsburg are great for special occasions! It's like stepping back in time with colonial furnishings with modern conveniences! Go between Jan. 2 and middle of march for cheaper rates!!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We were so thrilled to be able to stay in an original colonial home on our spring break trip with our teenage boys. We stayed at the Brick House Shop just off the main road of Colonial Williamsburg. About 10 minutes after we checked in, we could hear the fife and drums coming down the street! We loved being so close to the main street and all that it has to offer, and it was quiet at night. This is an experience my kids will never forget.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

From our check in through checkout, this was a fabulous place to stay.
The wood plank floors, the canopy bed, the location on the main street of the colonial town, we had a great stay!
Everything in the tavern was in period, the living room for the tavern was a great place to relax after a day of exploring the town.
Everyone at the lodge was truly interested in our experience and went out of their way to make sure we had a good time.

Room Tip: The Market Square Tavern first floor street side is the place to be!
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

This was our fourth stay in the colonial houses. We were given the Nicholas-Tyler Laundry. That was its name in the colonial era. It was charming! We had two rooms plus the bath. It had a working fireplace. House keeping would bring the firewood and start your fire. If you asked for more wood, they'd be there quickly with another load. Service was always cordial and professional. We love walking the restored colonial area. It is so romantic.

Room Tip: Talk with the reservation specialists to find just what fits your style.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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