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“Center of Riding Heaven in Western Virginia”
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Firmstone Manor
Buena Vista, Virginia
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6 reviews
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“Center of Riding Heaven in Western Virginia”
Reviewed 6 June 2012

Our Internet motorcycle group gathers from time to time in various parts of the US and Canada, and for this spring's experience we chose Western Virginia. Searching for places to stay led us to the usual chains, but hey, it's a group; you want to stay as a group, not in the same wing of a motel. Looking at B&B's, the ones around the area all seemed to share the same characteristics: Price (high) and Size (typical house). Expecting to host a dozen people or more was beyond the reach of all except one: Firmstone Manor in Longdale Furnace. This place is HUGE. We booked the whole house for four nights; that entitled us to the use of the house and grounds, kitchen, grill, parking lot, etc. without having to compensate for other guests' tastes or behavior... :-) The rooms were tastefully appointed, the beds comfortable, and the breakfasts were excellent. This is a work-in-progress, as anyone who has had experience with house restoration can attest, so some aspects of the property reflect this. It lends an air of authenticity to the fact that it's a 140 year-old house, and you step back in time upon entering. That does not mean chamber pots, big water pitchers, or galvanized bathtubs; the baths are thoroughly modern, and the water supply is spring-fed.
All in all, the long weekend experience was superb, and recommended. The fact that the roads around the area have all of the great characteristics of classic motorcycling routes is just a bonus!

Room Tip: The Firmstone Room is the classiest, and it gets bright morning sun to get you going.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Gainesville, FL
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

We had the fortunate experience of staying at Firmstone Manor while on a cycling tour in the in the Shenendoah Valley. For less than the price of a Budget Motel, we had full attention of the hotel owner, who catered to our every need, from ice boxes to a place to do repairs on our bikes. Nothing was too much trouble The rooms were large and comfortable and uniquely decorated. Our Tuscan themed room was so comfortable, we wished we had the time to stay longer. No need or request was too much for the owner/hostess Barbara - she made us feel so welcome, it really did seem like a home away from home. Our only addition to the 'wish list' would have been AC.. but the bedroom overhead fan was very effective, so this was no great hardship, despite being the height of summer when we visited. We look forward to returning again in 2012!

Room Tip: all of the social themed rooms we had the change to see looked wonderful places to stay
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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Reviewed 6 February 2011

Our music group has been meeting at Firmstone for the past two years (next year already booked). It's simply the most elegant yet homey place we can imagine. The startling decor, largely the result of the innkeeper's creative efforts, will intrigue from the minute you walk in, and just when you think you've seen everything, some collection, like the Middle Easten scimitars or elephant statues from all over the world, will hit your eye and beg to be photographed. Yet it's a place where you can relax, put your feet up, and drowse if you like, with tons of books to read and dvds to watch. The innkeeper is a Polish emigre, authoress, and superb cook. We had her serve us soup and salad when we arrived on Friday evening and she knocked us out with her made-from-scratch onion soup with cheese crouton and garlic bread. Breakfast always includes meat and eggs, but in what combinations -- a sausage quiche, an apple flan with bacon.....OJ, hot tea, spring water.....and she gladly caters to a vegetarian and a diabetic in our group. Scrumptious cake is always available on the sideboard along with coffee. Then she leaves us to make music, and with our permission, invites friends and family in to listen. The beds are sturdy and snug, and every guestroom is decorated to the last detail. Wifi all through the house. The inn is pet friendly, too. I've attached two photos: the inn from the outside in winter showing the stately drive, and the wide staircase decorated for a wedding party. I would wholeheartedly recommend this for parties and special weekends, or just for an overnight stay. The surrounding area has plenty of activity -- skiing, the Greenbriar Trail, the Jefferson Pool, and historic Lexington, Va. Nice pub in Clifton Forge offers tasty meals too. Barbara Bamberger Scott

  • Stayed January 2011
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Gaithersburg
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

I had a small elopement ceremony at Firmstone Manor and was completely satisfied. Barbara did all the work in making the dinner, finding the officiant, getting our cake, decorating the house, and made my bouquet! I just showed up with a dress and the groom and she did the rest! Breakfast was delicious every morning and the dinner she made for our ceremony was phenomenal. My guests thought the place and the food was amazing. The property is beautiful and we even had a fire pit to watch fireworks next to!

Barbara is also VERY pet friendly. I brought my two dogs and it was very important for me to have them at the ceremony. Barbara has 2 dogs and one of them has the same mildly territorial attitude that mine does but she was great about letting them sniff each other and then kept them away from each other most of the time. Barbara also didn't mind after my one pup decided to "mark" his territory. So understanding!

We are definitely going to make another visit and cant wait!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Maryland
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

The Firmstone Manor is a gorgeously restored Victorian Mansion, ready to fold you into its beauty and comfort. The house and the area have a rich history, and offer endless opportunities to relax and take in the purity of the country. Our dogs love to roam the enormous grounds, and the owner, Barbara, welcomes them as much as us.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Virginia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

My wife and I wanted to visit Douthat State Park and needed a place to stay that would allow us to bring our dog.The Firmstone was perfect , Barbara greeted us at the door and made us feel right at home. We introduced our dogs to each other without any trouble at all. Her dogs are very sweet ,loving,and well behaved . They made Apollo feel welcome for the entire stay. Barbara is a wonderful, generous host with alot of great stories. The house is really cool with alot of history and neat furnishings. Barbara is restoring the home and doing a great job with it. The front porch is amazing with a huge gazebo and a porch swing to relax in.We very much enjoyed everything about our stay and plan on visiting Barbara, China and Snoopa (her dogs) again. If you are planning a trip to the area we would highly recommend paying them a visit. Thanks again for a great weekend in the beautiful Allegheny mountains . Your new friends Scott, Heather, & Apollo.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Murfreesboro, Tn
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

If you have a chance to go to Clifton Forge, VA don't even think about staying anywhere else but The Firmstone Manor. This 3 story 10K sq.ft. manor has been restored to better than it's original beauty with an artisticly talented hand. The rooms, as well as the whole house, are magnificently decorated with 1800's beauty. Every sq. inch has it's own unique look as it has been molded with the loving hands of Barbara. Just as a piece of clay is molded into a fine sculpture by the hands of a artist. You feel like you've gone back in time with the unique period furniture, chandliers, fireplaces, rugs and drapes and much much more. The gourmet breakfast are worth going off your diet... every bite savored and worth the gain. All served to you at your chosen time and place from the formal dining room to the breezy gazebo or in the privacy of your own room. The friendlyness of Barbara made us feel we were leaving behind an old friend. Her service and desire to please left nothing to be desired. We absolutely love Firmstone Manor, and we love Barbara, and cannot begin to tell you just how happy we are that we found them both. You will never regret staying there and will want to come back time and again, just as we will.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Firmstone Manor
Address: 6209 Longdale Furnace Rd, Clifton Forge, VA 24422-3618
Region: United States > Virginia > Clifton Forge
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Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Clifton Forge
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6

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