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Inn at Meander Plantation
Ranked #1 of 2 Locust Dale B&B and Inns
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“Meander on Mondays! We will always travel this way”
Reviewed 3 April 2005

My partner talked me into taking a sick day to get out of town and a much needed break from alot of recent stress. As the family work-a-holic, it was for my mental health, so it counts!. It was absolutely and utterly amazing. None of the traffic and crowds, no waiting at the restaurants or standing in lines at the attractions. I'm totally convinced that this is the way to travel from now on. And I'm not waiting till retirement to do it again.

We got to the Inn at Meander Plantation on a Sunday night. Even though it was later in the evening, both the owners were there to meet & greet us. Since it was dark, I couldn't tell just how special this place was until the next morning. I grabbed a cup of early coffee and sat outside just taking in the countryside. It was so peaceful and quiet, I truly felt like lord of the manor.

The hosts, Suzie and Suzanne were warm and friendly, treating us like old friends even though we'd just met them. They managed to come up with a fabulous dinner (a picnic basket with china!) and we were settled in like long lost friends within moments. How completely different from the stress and impersonal attitudes we have gotten while traveling to other places.

Since we weren't there on a busy weekend, we got a personal tour of all the rooms and to really learn the history of this unbelievable estate - slave quarters, buildings that are almost 250 years old, rolling hills that were marched over by soldiers from out nation's past. The owners have done a fabulous job in keeping all of the sense of history, but making sure we had every modern creature comfort we could ask for. And the owner's willingly share the passion they have for for their place in all that they do.

Our suite, the Summer Kitchen, had fireplaces in both the sitting room and the bedroom (the one in the sitting room was a "walk-in" where they used to cook meals for the mansion). Soaking in that clawfoot tub was just what I needed to completely relax and finish leaving the world behind. I curled up in that bed, snuggled up in mounds of pillows and blankets and woke up feeling years younger as the tensions had just rolled away overnight.

Breakfast was an absolute treat. I had forgotten just how satisfying something as simple as sharing a cup of coffee with someone who has just personally baked you warm muffins made from scratch could be. When we finally piled in the car to go touring Monticello and some of the area wineries, I hated to leave. I feel like I've made new friends and can't wait to get back.

I've already told the boss I'd be taking some more sick time, even if I had to work some Saturdays to make it up. Who needs the crowds when you can have such an intimate place all to yourselves.

  • Stayed March 2005
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 27 January 2005

Winding your way out to Meander Plantation gives you the feeling of stepping back in time. The gracious house and lovely rooms validate that feeling. But, I'm sure that folks from that long-ago era never feasted so well or were so graciously entertained. Suzanne and Suzie and their staff certainly know how to pamper their guests.
We were there for a cooking school and we learned a lot. If you have an opportunity to participate in one of their schools, don't pass up the chance.

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Reviewed 3 December 2004

Dining: Be sure to have dinner at The Inn at Meander Plantation. Elegant service (beautiful tables, fine china and crytal, nice silver) in a lovely historic dining room with scrumptious meals, course after course. Candles, flowers - very elegant - this is a great place to celebrate a special occasion (HINT to my husband!).

Accomodations: We thoroughly enjoyed the Shearer Suite. Big comfy bed with quality linens, and a separate sitting room with a fireplace. The hallway opens only onto two suites, making it very quiet and private. A door from inside the suite leads out onto the balcony verandah and you can sit in the rocking chairs and watch the sun set over the distant mountains and see the horses grazing in the meadow.

Overall: The innkeepers are professional, adept, and gracious. They do their utmost to insure that your stay is over-the-top. We wished they lived next door. :)

Lots to see and do for day-trips. We enjoyed the wineries and Jefferson's home the most. Meander Plantation makes a great central point to see this lovely bit of rural Virginia.

We do recommend it.

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Reviewed 3 December 2004

As you pull off the road into the entrance you can immediately feel the history unfold before you. Imagnie riding up that long winding driveway in a horse and carriage. The grounds are beautifully manicured and the stately house looks almost exactly as it must have looked some 200 years ago.

Suzie and Suzanne, your hosts are wonderful innkeepers. Their company is always enjoyable and fun.

The food, both at breakfast and their wonderful dinners, is remarkable. The ladies, along with Chef Paul and staff consistently offer up delicious gourmet delights. The vintner dinners are not to be missed.

The rooms and common areas are well furnished and comfortable(we've stayed in several different rooms. The Summer Kitchen is our favorite.) Remember you're coming to an historical 'museum'. Don't look for data port connections or TVs in the room, etc.

This is a quiet place. A place to rest and relax. Enjoy a walk down by the river. Sit on the back porch overlooking the gardens, and the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance, and ponder life.

That's what it's all about.

  • Stayed November 2004, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 November 2004

I find myself looking forward to another trip only to visit the Inn. There is something about having morning coffee outside by the garden, an amazing view of the mountains, as horses trot by in a nearby field. The house is beautiful, and the friendly Innkeepers love to share all the history of the property. The meals are amazing- plan to stay for dinner.

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Alexandria, VA
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Reviewed 3 July 2004

We spent two nights at the Inn of Meander in the Groom's Cottage; unfortunately this room is VERY run down. The bath room is particularly bad. The shower head only permits a dribble and no spray. There is no door to the bathroom, just a cloth cover that you slide to enter and close. The sink has large dark rust stains in it, and the toilet is pitted and in definite need of total replacement.

In the main bedroom area, the furniture needs an upgrade; it appears that this room was furnished at a flea market with some good and some badly marked pieces. The artwork is strictly Ross or Marshall's. The lighting is quite adequate and the queen size bed was comfortable, though there were stains on the sheets which had been cleaned. The outside of the Groom's room is in desparate need of repair. Both rotting wood and badly peeling paint.

We were not inside other sleeping quarters so we cannot comment about their interiors.

The main Inn lodging has a very presentable parlor and an attractive dining room. There is a grand piano in the front entry area. The bathroom in this area is very nice.

Some other positive points about the Inn include it's pet friendly character; there are several pet friendly rooms, and we were able to bring our two small dogs on the trip. At least three other rooms are pet friendly. The price for two of these are identical to the Groom's Cottage.

In addition, the Innkeepers are quite friendly; we had some good chats about their nice old dog, Honey, and recent travels. Also, the food is pretty good and prepared by a friendly chef, Paul. One negative on dinner was the tough piece of steak served; both of us felt that we were eating a cheaper cut of meat that was smothered with great ingredients. Another negative is over reliance on salt. One can have four of the five dinner courses served with a different wine made in Virginia. The wine stewardship was quite good.

The breakfasts were particularly tasty and generous.

It was disappointing that Madison's home, Montpelier, the main attraction in the area, was undergoing a major renovation. Skip the tour; they charged $11 each and you can not see much of the exterior which is largely covered and you cannot enter any of the rooms except the small dusty old unfurnished basement. The renovation is supposed to take 4-5 years.

Orange and Culpepper have a few nice spots but mostly they are old uneventful towns. There is a good restaurant in Culpepper (Its About Thyme) that we found enjoyable and we could sit out in front with the dogs. There is a well planned city park with lots of picnic tables and a good paved walking trail.

Bottom line: Based on the Grooms Cottage, I would say that a lot of money has to go into renovation. The food is good and the owners are friendly and accommodating. One added pleasure is sitting on the deck and watching the hummingbirds zip over the beautiful herb and flower gardens. Before you book this place have a very good idea of the nature of the specific room you are targeting; don't rely alone on the web site to guide you. We thought the Groom's Cottage looked inviting on the web site.

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Blanch, Owner at Inn at Meander Plantation, responded to this review, 14 August 2010
This room has been updated and is always one of our most popular rooms. We constantly work to keep our rooms fresh, clean and well-maintained while preserving the historic character of the property.
The renovations at Montpelier have been completed and work is now being done on furnishing. It is a fabulous and well-worthwhile place to visit.
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Reviewed 29 March 2004

My husband and I escaped DC life for a quick mini-vacation last weekend. We couldn't have found a better place than the Inn at Meander Plantation. The chef, Paul Deigl, is phenomenal. The meal that he prepared for us was absolutely incredible and he even prepared special selections for my husband who couldn't eat meat because of Lent and is very anti-seafood. Each morsel was phenomenal. The breakfast was also great and they definitely lived up to all of the hubbub about bed and breakfasts. While we were at the Inn, we took a long hike over their 80 acres and even went to visit the Fry family cemetary. We will be returning to the Inn at Meander Plantation very soon.

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Property: Inn at Meander Plantation
Address: 2333 N James Madison Hwy, Locust Dale, VA 22948-4837
Region: United States > Virginia > Locust Dale
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Locust Dale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at Meander Plantation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover wine country at our romantic Virginia B&B, minutes to Culpeper, Orange, and nearby Montpelier. Our Culpeper bed and breakfast is a historic getaway from hectic city life on a beautiful sprawling estate with luxurious rooms and private cottages. Don’t miss out on a truly spectacular and memorable meal at our elegant Orange, VA restaurant. Our Pet friendly Virginia bed and breakfast combines elegance and comfort for a truly romantic Virginia getaway. ... more   less 
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