Having stayed at several B&Bs, our first stay at the Longacre was fairly consistent with our expectations. The house and grounds are unique and well-kept, and the large lot allows for some outdoor wandering without feeling exposed or that you're intruding on the neighbors. Having several common rooms allowed for private relaxation, which is very important to us.
We arrived late in the afternoon on the day of our check-in; we were greeted by Dana, who was very friendly and understood our hurry at that time -- we had tickets to a Hillcats game in Lynchburg and just had time to unload our car and head for the stadium.
We stayed in the Maisonette Room, which is a 3-room suite. That was perfect for us, as we really like to spread out when we travel! Because of our late arrival, however, we didn't get the full check-in orientation and didn't realize that we could control the A/C in our room, which caused a fairly restless first night for us. When the A/C ran, we froze and when it didn't, we were too hot. So...midway through the night, we moved to the bed in the ante room. We slept there for the remainder of the first night and all of the second night. Part of the reason we asked for this room was that Dana told us over the phone that it's the brightest room in the mornings, and it definitely didn't disappoint in that regard, as there are lots of windows that get the morning sun.
The rooms themselves were clean on a "macro" scale, but there were some stray cobwebs and the windows were somewhat streaky. Note that we are very particular about cleanliness, yet we felt at ease in our surroundings, so we wouldn't let these couple things keep us from staying there again.
The breakfasts we had were consistent with our needs, in that Dana allowed us to be flexible with regards to what we ate and when we ate it. The French toast the first morning and bacon & eggs the second morning were both very good. There was also fresh fruit and some breads, which rounded out a nice meal to start the day.
Dana was a very accommodating, helpful, and friendly host during our visit. She met any request we had, which added to the ease and comfort of our stay. Because there was no one staying in the Carriage House while we were there, we could use the pool anytime we wanted to, so we took a very enjoyable late-evening swim on our last night.
There is an active railroad a few blocks away, so if you're a light sleeper, you might want to bring those earplugs for the nightly train that passes through the town.
All in all, we greatly enjoyed our visit to the Longacre, and we would stay there again.
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