This B&B was recommended to us by friends who live nearby, and it was a recommendation we will pass on to others. We found the hosts, John and Diane MacPherson, to be very gracious and accommodating, and the B&B itself is beautifully maintained and tastefully decorated. It is located within walking distance to Washington, VA attractions as the Theatre VA, which holds concerts and other performances (Theatre-Washington-VA.com), the rightfully legendary Inn at Little Washington restaurant (and inn) and numerous shops. The town itself is very small, but has churches and homes of interest, and we had several lovely walks on un-busy roads leading out of town with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. We stayed in the Compton Rood, which was given to us as a complimentary upgrade, and enjoyed the big, beautiful wood-framed queen-size bed, love seat, electric stove (it was a chilly night) and the good-sized, fully updated bathroom with lovely ceramic tile and rain-water type shower head in a double shower. It also had a table-height cabinet with plenty of space for our toiletries. There's a nifty make-up mirror on the desk in the room and plenty of lighting (although the bedside lamps could perhaps be a bit brighter for nighttime reading, but it really wasn't a problem. They're very pretty lamps!). Our host offered to bring us wine (gratis) showed us where to find sherry and soft drinks that were always available and also without extra charge. The house has a computer for guests to use, but also has wireless access, again with no extra charge. As cell phone reception is poor to none, there are wireless phones available for guests to use without charge privately in their rooms. I was very impressed with these amenities, and feel that the hosts go out of their way to anticipate their guests needs, without charging extra. (The room we originally booked for a Sat. night was about $257 including $18 tax.) The literature in the room gave a history of the inn and invited us to park in their lot and feel free to use the powder room after we checked out but before we left the area. And there is a small library of books, including guides to area sightseeing, hiking, biking, the many wineries, etc. to help you make the most of your visit. The MacPhersons also offer an epicurean biking tour of the area, which sounds like great fun ( but bear in mind that it's a hilly area). Finally, I should mention the breakfast. When I heard it was a 4-course breakfast I had visions of gluttony, but it was not at all over the top amount-wise. The food was on the rich side, but portions were nicely modest, and each course was delicious: fruit/yogurt parfait, ginger scones, egg/asparagus souffle and a small lemon-filled pastry with fruit sauce. And orange juice and coffee. The company of other guests at the community tables was very pleasant.
So, all in all, this was a highly pleasant get-away about 90 minutes west of Washington, D.C. and I would encourage others to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the world-renowned Inn at Little Washington in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Foster Harris House offers comfortable, refined country inn accommodations in an enchanting setting. Each queen bed guest room has exquisitely soft linens, spa robes, and a private bath with a rainfall shower. Most rooms offer expansive views of the surrounding countryside. Enjoy afternoon wine upon arrival and awaken to a lavish, unhurried four-course breakfast. ... more less