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“Top Tier B&B”
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White Birches Inn
Ranked #4 of 16 Abingdon B&B and Inns
St. Augustine, Florida
1 review
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“Top Tier B&B”
Reviewed 6 January 2012

We live in Florida in the winter and for the other part of the year we live above Roanoke Va. We visited with another couple White Birches in Abingdon. We've been to a lot of B&B's and White Birches is definitely in the top tier. The innkeepers were the most gracious and friendly hosts imaginable and they were the very model of gracious hospitality. Every inch of their home is beautiful and the breakfasts were wonderful. We hope to return next year to this outstanding inn.

Room Tip: Thornton Wilder Room
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, Virginia
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Reviewed 20 December 2011

I echo the other glowing comments about the White Birches Inn. We don't live far away but we just wanted to get away from everything. We very much enjoyed our stay. The owners are so gracious and served a fabulous breakfast. The grounds are fabulous . The fish pond and waterfall are so relaxing to the senses. Afternoon glass of wine was made even more enjoyable by stimulating conversations with other guests.. We stayed in the Shaw room, which was perfect because of my husband's recent knee surgery .The owners were very careful to tell us where restaurants were and kept menus available to be reviewed. We highly recommend White Birches Inn.

Room Tip: The Shaw room was very quiet and on the first floor.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 26 November 2011

My wife and I have stayed in another B&B in Abingdon before but this time I chose the White Birches. We were greeted by Paulette and Mike at the door and they showed us around the Inn. It was decorated exceptionally well with wonderful antiques and many oriental rugs. They showed us the very comfortable outside porch and lush garden which was landscaped so beautifully that I could have stayed there forever.They then took us to our room, the George Bernard Shaw Room which was on the first floor. It had a wonderful four poster canopy bed, fireplace and in the bathroom a whirlpool tub. We just loved everything. The breakfasts were
excellant and the wine on the porch in the evening made it a very romantic touch.This B&B is not one to pass up. It is truly OUTSTANDING in every way. I can't wait to return.

Room Tip: I found ours on their website.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

We absolutely loved staying at White Birches and we have stayed at many. Paulette & Michael helped us with Barter Theater tickets and the VA creeper trail. The Noel Coward Room was beautifully decorated and very clean. The grounds were fabulous. We will definaately come back. thank you

Room Tip: Noel Coward room was beautiful
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

We thought the innkeepers hovered over us whenever we were in the public areas.
We thought the food was stingy. China and silver do not make up for poor food.
Our innkeeper did get us theatre tickets and then charged us the 12% food and lodging tax on the tickets, which would not have happened had we bought directly from the Barter Theater, which we did for 2 more shows.
The grounds and the rooms are beautiful, but that did not make up for the negative aspects of the B & B experience.

Room Tip: Our room was small and over furnished. There was no place to put anything.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Grateman, Owner at White Birches Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2011
I remember these guests and was under the impression that their stay was enjoyable. that is what they told us when they left.
I don't understand the term "hovering". We always make it a point to spend time chatting with guests in the mornings over coffee or in the afternoon when they're having wine or other beverages. Our guests appreciate access to the innkeepers, as they gain insight into restaurants and places to visit. Guests are very aware that this is not always the case in B&B's.
As to "stingy food," we do not serve an"all you can eat buffet". We serve a sit-down breakfast in the formal dining room, as noted on our website. I suppose if you had an extraordinary appetite, anything less than a buffet would be considered "stingy".
Barter Theatre gives all lodging facilities a fixed price & if one goes on-line to buy tickets the fee is higher because of a preservation fee and service charge per ticket.
These particular guests were traveling with another couple and wanted to see an additional show. I told them it would be less money to buy the additional tickets at the box office because it was a morning show (10:30 am) geared to students and the cost would be $11/ticket. If we bought the tickets they would have been $27/ticket because morning shows are on a different theatre package. These guests were delighted when I gave them this information. So their comment about ticket prices is very confusing to me.
They stayed in our least expensive room at $159/night. It can be viewed on line and has 2 wing chairs, a queen size bed, 2 night stands, a luggage rack, a window seat for additional luggage, a closet with four shelves and an in-room private bath. Amenities included cookies, Hershey Kisses, complimentary wine,unlimited soft drinks, bottled water and juices of which they chose to help themselves when they left. Also included in the rate is a full sit-down breakfast. We also extended these guests an "early check-in" option of 1 pm.
Even though I am well aware of human nature.......I'm always saddened when we cannot please everyone!
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 October 2011

We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the White Birches Inn. The inn is beautiful, very comfortable and because it is within the historic district it is in walking distance to downtown and The Barter Theater. Our hosts, Michael and Paulette, were so friendly and made us feel welcome and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious both mornings. A wonderful escape!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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asheville
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Reviewed 24 September 2011

My wife and I made a last minute decision to go to the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Va. After reading the reviews of The White Birches Inn, we decided to make a reservation. Our particular theatre performance started at 2:00 p.m. and knowing this, the innkeeper suggested an early checkin time. This allowed us to leave Asheville at a normal time of day, get checked in, freshen up and make it to the theatre by our matinee show time. Our check in was quick, professional and the welcome we received was warm and inviting. We found the inn to be first class without the snooty atmosphere that many inns of this caliber display. Not only were the Innkeepers warn, friendly and "Genuine" people, the inn was extremely clean, the decor was very well done and the breakfast was supurb.
I highly recommend this inn to anyone looking to get away. We had a wonderful time and we will return.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are were nicely decorated and spotless. Any choice is a good one.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: White Birches Inn
Address: 268 Whites Mill Rd, Abingdon, VA 24210-2900
Region: United States > Virginia > Abingdon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Abingdon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
White Birches Inn is the only bed & breakfast in Abingdon, VA that can offer you a king-size bed, in-room fireplace, oversized whirlpool tub, and a private walk-in tiled shower. Our personalized service and luxurious accommodations are a wonderfully inviting alternative to typical hotel lodging. ... more   less 

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