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River Terra Retreat
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Radford, Virginia
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15 reviews
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“A Fabulous Find!”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

Wow, River Terra Retreat and Kristine were wonderful!

My family and I stayed only one night, but the next time we will stay longer. Kristine's home was beautiful, filled with old-fashioned charm and immaculately clean, it was truly a special find. Kristine was warm and welcoming and she had a basket full of neat things that kept my five-year old daughter busy and happy! Kristine even brought out some precious children's books from her library as well as some amazing photography books of artists that she had known or met.

The food that Kristine prepared was delicious and gourmet. It was a rainy evening, so it was so nice to not have to get back in the car to find dinner. We were quite pleased and stuffed full with the tapas and wine. The baked brie, almonds, fig chutney, marinated tomatoes, olives, etc. were perfect. She even had peanut butter and apple slices for our little one! And to end the night with a brandy and plate full of cookies was quite a treat.
Kristine used many local foods: the chutneys, preserves, and sausages at breakfast were was absolutely filling and fantastic! The pear and rosemary potato dish was incredible, as were the sausage and candied walnuts, baked roma tomatoes, and everything else. Spoiled, we felt quite spoiled and we loved it!

The location of the property was in a quaint and cute neighborhood. Despite the drizzle, our family was able to enjoy a nice stroll in the neighborhood along a road that ran next to the water, as the house is only a couple of houses from the river. I believe that we even saw nesting osprey!

River Terra Retreat is a terrific B&B and I recommended it to anyone visiting the area.

Room Tip: All of the rooms looked wonderful. We stayed in the Fiori Blu Bedroom, which was located on the grou...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 May 2014

All of the other reviews are 100% true, Kristine is an amazing hostess and her cooking is fantastic! The food was so good, our room was gorgeous and clean, and the house as a whole is beautiful. We stayed in the suite, which I would recommend because the deck outside the suite is great, and the jacuzzi in the bathroom is wonderful as well. The food was out of this world! Kristine is an amazing cook, and the breakfasts and tapas are delicious. Night cap and snacks were also wonderful. After our second breakfast there, my boyfriend said he couldn't decide which was the best breakfast of his life- that breakfast, or the day before. I had never been to a bed and breakfast before staying at River Terra Retreat, and I don't think I'm going to go to any others, because I feel like all others will not live up to the high expectations that I now have. If we are ever in the area again we will certainly stay here again, it was a fantastic experience! The only downside is when you get home, your mundane breakfast before work will be very disappointing after eating the wonderful breakfasts that Kristine prepared while you were at River Terra!

Room Tip: We loved staying in the suite
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Yes, it's true what they are saying about Kristine and her delicious food! Tapas were so good and filling that we delayed dinner reservations. Breakfast was a delicious feast! The house is very nice and Kristine made us feel right at home. The hospitality was great!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

My husband booked a night for us in the large upstairs suite. The inside and outside was immaculate but everything felt very homey, like visiting a relative's home. Kristine was friendly and accommodating, she even drove us around town and pointed out places to eat and showed us where the fun stores were. After dinner we came back to our room to find the fireplace was on and there was the nightcap of brandy on the desk in the room along with a delicious assortment of snacks. The bed was soft and comfortable and it was so quiet we got an excellent nights sleep. We requested breakfast at 10 so we could sleep in and she had no problem with that. The breakfast she made was AMAZING!! So delicious we couldn't stop eating. She then made us a doggy bag to take home! The next time we can get away, we will be making reservations there.

Room Tip: We viewed all the rooms and they were all very nice. The large suite has a HUGE private bath which w...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Oakton, Virginia
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

we made reservations late and did not get one of the upstairs rooms, like the one with the balcony overlooking the river. BUT everything was really nice, the bedding was great and the rooms quiet. The service was outstanding, the tapas referred to are gourmet. The breakfast was unbelievable. Too much food and variety to describe. The place was so pleasant we did not even go out. The hostess was very accommodating and pleasant. We will be back.

Room Tip: Upstairs is best.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

My husband and I spent a night at River Terra Retreat to celebrate our first anniversary. We had an AMAZING time! We felt so welcomed. From being welcomed with a glass a wine and cold beer to delicious tapas cooked by Kristine. Kristine is a fabulous host. Her cooking is phenomenal. We felt very spoiled! Breakfast was gourmet! We cannot wait to go back and highly recommend it!!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Simply put, you will not be disappointed! My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary here (it was a surprise location for me) and we were both extremely happy with his choice. Kristine is a charming and genuinely personable host and to top things off, she's a fabulous cook! From our lovely room, to the fabulous breakfasts and evening refreshments, to our visits with feline host - Roberto, our stay was wonderful!

Room Tip: Upstairs master suite has a fabulous view of the river.
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Property: River Terra Retreat
Address: 37 4th St, Colonial Beach, VA 22443-1701
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Region: United States > Virginia > Colonial Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Colonial Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to River Terra in historic Colonial Beach on the Potomac River. We love hosting all guests and are friendly to pets, children, and motor cyclists. Your stay with us includes wine, tapas, bedtime nightcap and a full breakfast. Quiet your mind, unplug your phone, just relax, we've got you. Our charming house was built in 1911 and has four bedrooms, a lovely interior, big porches, a balcony and patio. We have an acre of fenced property for outside events, and provide custom designed retreats with yoga, massage, culinary arts and nature. Play cards on the sun porch, sleep late in comfy beds, daydream in the hammock, dine on locally grown food, walk or cycle, play on the beach, visit nearby wineries. We are rural, not boring. There are excursions and activities around town to explore year-round. Read our reviews. We give you the experience you want, the attention you deserve. ... more   less 

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