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Review of House Mountain Inn

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House Mountain Inn
Ranked #8 of 18 Lexington B&B and Inns
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“Relaxing and Romantic getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2006

My boyfriend and I stayed at the House Mountain in January and we had a wonderful experience. That weekend will always be very special to me because my boyfried proposed to me there. The staff went above and beyond to make this a great weekend. I had no idea of the proposal but they did and made it extra special and for a occasion like that you really want to have a good memory. The food was great and was on time as scheduled. They were very prompt at serving the meals and you were never rushed to leave you could sit there as long as you want. The rooms were very clean and very well decorated. If you would like a place to getaway from life and relax then this is definitely the place to go. The staff there will make sure your stay is unforgetable.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington, DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2006

My husband and I stayed at the House Mountain Inn for two nights in January 2006. Here’s our review:

The Good:
The inn is in a beautiful remote location so we really felt like we were getting away from it all. It is a brand new building with an impressive Great Room as you enter on the ground floor, which includes a large fireplace and plenty of couches. Lexington, Va. is a lovely historic town. We had a great time just wandering the streets and touring the campus of Washington & Lee College. We loved our room. It was one of the smaller rooms that they offer but we found it very big and warm and welcoming. The gas fireplace, cathedral ceilings and hot tub on the deck were extra special. The wine and cheese gathering in the afternoons is a nice touch and we participated one night.

The Bad:
The bed linens were very, very scratchy. We don’t sleep on fancy sheets at home but these sheets just didn’t cut it even for us. The beds would be absolutely dreamy if they just invested in better sheets. Also, the walls are very thin. We were on the second floor but we could hear everything that was going on downstairs. We heard the soft dinner and breakfast music they played at each meal and heard everyone going up and down the staircases. The food is mediocre. I especially didn’t like the dessert served with the dinner at one meal – and I’m usually never picky with anything that involves sugar.

The Ugly:
The worst part about our stay occurred at our checkout. We had been given a generous gift certificate by our friends as a wedding gift. The gift included two nights in a particular room plus the romance package (dinner one night, and champagne and strawberries the next night). Well when we went to check out we were told we had to pay an additional amount because their room prices had increased since the certificate was purchased a few months prior. If our gift certificate had been for a certain dollar amount then maybe this would be justified, but it wasn’t. It was for two nights in this particular room and the romance package. I feel it is a very poor business practice not to honor your own gift certificates. We spent the entire three hour drive home fuming about this. We’ve since written a letter again stating our frustration, but have received no reply from the House Mountain Inn.

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2005

We stayed here for a few days and even though the scenery is exquisite, this place needs some lessons to learn to run a great B & B. First, the bed linens were cotton/poly and very scratchy. So if you like a nice thread count, forget it. We had to turn our pillowcases inside out because there was extensive pilling on the outside...ugh! Our bathroom had not been cleaned after our first night there. The towels weren't replaced, nor our used small bar of soap. The man-made pond was this odd color and we were told by staff that it was being treated for some "funky" problem. This place looks great in their pictures, but beware that all is not what it appears.

Stayed September 2005
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Nags Head
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2005

My girlfriend and I stayed at the House Mountain Inn recently for a few days. The Inn is located a short drive from downtown Lexington on the side of a mountain, about 3 hours southwest of DC.

The Inn is relatively new, and looks the part. The rooms and gathering areas are very clean, and impart a lodge-like elegance (high ceilings, lots of wood, real stuffed animals, stone). The website presents a mostly accurate portrayal of what the Inn looks like.

We stayed on the first floor, and our room was wonderful. Comfortable carpeting, a spacious bathroom, a large firm bed, a warm gas (not wood) fireplace, nice tv with satellite cable, and a hot tub on the deck which was spacious enough to hold 2 comfortably (i don't know about 4, though). The hot tub was already hot enough to get in when we arrived, with strong jets, and was private enough to allow you to be naked on your deck without worrying too much about others seeing you, if you like that kind of thing.

The mountain that the lodge is located on is very pretty, and we spent the large part of one of our days hiking it. The hike was invigorating.

I am not giving the Inn five stars for the following reasons. Please take these criticisms with a grain of salt, as I don't think most people will notice, or care, about these things.

However, if you are used to staying in the best luxury inns and/or dining in the big cities, you will notice these things:

(1) Food - the food is only mediocre. Actually, I found dinner to be mediocre and breakfasts to be below average.

Dinner was good overall, but seemed pre-packaged. The meat dishes we had were served with the same brown mushroom sauce, and the same sides of roast potatoes and mixed vegetables. There was not much imagination or creativity. Plus, dinner is served in the main gathering area (the same place breakfast is served) at long tables with no privacy, and under bright lights, hardly making it a prelude to a romantic evening.

Breakfasts looked a lot better on the website than they tasted on the plate. They start you off with fruit and either yogurt or a piece of coffee cake. On one occasion, the yogurt was overrun by either molasses or some other sweetener that made it too sweet. The coffee cake tasted like something you would buy from a store or decent bakery, rather than the homemade cake/pastry we were expecting. The eggs were standard scrambled fare. The bacon was similar to that you would cook yourself at home, and was not crispy enough. The home fries tasted like they were from a bag from the refrigerated foods section of a supermarket, and the pancakes tasted like they were from an Aunt Jemima box.

Having said that, a couple at the table next to us found the breakfast to be too "frous frous", so, I suppose it all depends on your tastes.

The best part about breakfast was the freshly squeezed all-you-can-drink orange juice - delicious.

(2) Bar - the bar is housed in a large open room capable of doubling as a conference room/meeting area. As such, it lacks atmosphere/intimacy. In addition, when we were there, the lights were cranked up all the way, detracting from the atmosphere that otherwise could have been created with candles, dim lighting, and some lounge, or other atmospheric music.

(3) Thin walls - i recommmend strongly that guests stay on the second floor, as we could easily hear the couple above us walking around, turning their tub on, talking on the phone, etc. A fair bit of noise was also coming through the vents in the room. Given that people are coming to the Inn to get away from noise, this was a particularly frustrating aspect of staying at the Inn.

(4) Hosts - for the most part, I found the hosts to be very helpful and friendly. By the same token, it also seemed to me that the hosts are not accustomed to and/or do not care for a demanding clientele. Given that the Inn is designed and advertised as a a luxury inn, the owners need to decide how they want to handle that, as the nature of a luxury inn is that it will attract a discerning clientele - you can't have it both ways.

(5) Lexington - it is a small, very plain town with not much to do. While we did not care, due to our short stay, if you are looking for entertainment/fine dining outside the Inn, you will have a difficult time finding any.

(6) Bathroom - while our bathroom was large and spacious, it appeared unfinished, as there was no painting/decorations on the large walls to add design or style. Some comfortable mats on the floor would also have been nice.

At bottom, this is a wonderful Inn. If the Inn took care of just a few things from the above list, I think that even the most demanding customer would be inclined to give it 5 stars.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2005

My wife and I visited this Inn just as it opened in Fall '04, and fell in love with it. We were searching for a gorgeous place in the mountains to get married and HMI was impossible to resist. The term 'rustic elegance' perfectly describes this property- they obviously spared no expense and seem to have gotten practically all of the details right. No question this Inn has been discovered and is already booking months in advance (weddings galore). While the Inn and the grounds are gorgeous, the staff is what truly sells the place- Jamie, Jeff, Meg, Dave and everyone else give a personalized touch that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

The only suggestion I could make is that I think they should limit the # of weekends they allow the Inn to be rented entirely- otherwise only wedding parties will get to experience this outstanding Virginia B&B, certainly one of the best in the state already.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Roanoke, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2005

We just returned from our second visit to this wonderful inn. It is essentially a new inn built with an upscale, yet rustic ambiance. The rooms are large and each has either a double jacuzzi tub inside with a porch outside, or a large hot tub outside.

The hosts are quite accomidating. Their chef is available nightly and quite good. He also prepares breakfast and this AM he prepared what was likely the best eggs benedict of my life.

Activities such as horseback riding and atv excursions are available, but it was too wet and cold during our visit. The town of Lexington is a short drive and full of history and small shops.

If one would be offended by mooseheads, etc, it would be best to go elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2005

House Mountain Inn is a gem waiting to be discovered. Located just outside historic Lexington, Virginia, the new facility will undoubtedly become a favorite of those who want an elegant lodging experience in a rustic mountain setting.

My wife and I searched the Internet for a perfect "bed and breakfast experience" to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We looked at places in Asheville, North Carolina, Abingdon and Williamsburg, Virginia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We were willing to drive up to five hours away from our home near Blacksburg, Virginia for this special occasion. Eventually we found an Internet site that intrigued us, and decided to go to Lexington, Virginia to a newly opened bed & breakfast/inn just about two hours from our home. We were a little worried because there had been no reviews of this facility on TripAdvisor. However, the web page was so alluring that we decided to take the risk that the inn would be as special. We were not disappointed.

House Mountain Inn is about fifteen minutes from the Lexington, Virginia exit off of I-81. The directions for the facility found on the web site were easy to follow, and there was no way you could have missed the turn off for the site – an old western-style sign framed the entrance. After winding our way up the long paved access drive called Lonesome Dove Trail, (where we would later see wild turkey and white tail deer) we were delighted to see the stately inn towering regally on the hillside above a pond. While the landscape was not mature, the efforts at creating a garden-like atmosphere on the hillside and at the pond below are clearly going to yield fantastic long-term results.

Entering the inn we were awed by the size and décor of the great room. The massive room that serves as parlor, living room and breakfast nook rivals the lobbies of mid-upper tier hotels. The room was decorated with a moose head, a stuffed bear, fox, wolf, bobcat and trout. The rugs were colorful and the nature mural on the right wall was stunning.

There are nine rooms in the inn and we stayed in one on the low end of the price scale, paying $160 per night for the two-night minimum stay. The room had about 440 square feet in a bedroom/living room combination and the spacious bathroom.

The design elements of the interior were exquisite. No detail in the rooms was left to chance. The bed clothing was luxurious, the fireplace added a romantic touch, and the hot tub offered a relaxing respite.

The breakfasts were referred to as country breakfasts, but the fare was much more upscale than one would expect with that moniker. The first course on our initial morning was a sweet bread and attractive plate of fruit, followed by bacon, eggs and French toast. The second morning’s first course was a plate of fruit highlighted by a delicious cream cheese danish. A slice of egg and cheese casserole, two large link sausages, and four pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup made up the second course.

Entertainment options abound, both on-site and off. On our first morning there we took advantage of a trail that had been laid out by bulldozer for horses and ATVs. It is six-plus miles in length with an optional two extra miles that goes to a pond. A nice map was provided by the proprietors. Although steep, the first mile and a half was like walking through a butterfly garden. We saw about seven or eight different varieties of butterflies snacking on the teasel and thistles. On the hot August day, we should have turned back after the first mile or so, but instead took the whole six-mile loop. This proved to be a mistake, as we tired out in the mid-day heat and humidity, even though most of the trail was tree-covered and the last half was primarily down-hill.

We also toured the campuses of Washington & Lee and Virginia Military Institute, both in the city of Lexington. We visited the site of the Lime Kiln Theatre, a regionally-famous site of outdoor plays. Given the heat, we decided not to attend. On the second afternoon we drove about 10 miles up I-81 to Raphine and Steele’s Tavern where we visited Buffalo Springs Herb Garden, featuring wonderful gardens and dried flowers, and the Cyrus Hall McCormick Farm, where the first practical reaper was developed. Finally, on our way out of town we toured historic downtown Lexington, home of Civil War hero Stonewall Jackson. Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in Lexington.

It was a special two days for us, mainly because of the care taken by the owners of this inn to make everything perfect. We would highly recommend the facility to anyone who savors nature, and likes to be pampered.

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Property: House Mountain Inn
Address: 455 Lonesome Dove Trail, Lexington, VA 24450
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Region: United States > Virginia > Lexington
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Lexington
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape and discover a most unusual combination of attentiveness, solitude and satisfaction. Our 9 luxurious but casual guestrooms feature fireplaces, private hot tubs or Jacuzzi tubs, private porch, solid wood furniture, and the best bedding you can ask for. Leave the ordinary behind and immerse yourself in 0ur peaceful surroundings. We will help you enjoy and enrich your getaway by looking after all details. Come see why you will love our welcoming approach with each return visit. Spend the day relaxing or exploring Lexington's most well known mountain. Our 1,000 beautiful acres are just perfect for picnicking, meandering hikes, mountain climbing, wildlife watching, and sightseeing. Be sure to ask us about bringing your horse. End your search for the most unique setting for your next wedding or meeting. You will find we are well-equipped with the latest technology, making your gathering a success. House Mountain Inn has a variety of event facilities for groups from 10 to 150. All of which capture our rustic but elegant theme. We're Open All Year! ... more   less 
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