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Review of Laurel Point Retreat

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Laurel Point Retreat
Ranked #1 of 7 Monterey B&B and Inns
Warrenton, Virginia
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102 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2012

Instead of thinking of this wonderful hideaway as a B&B, call it a "boutique mountain lodge--without pretensions." How good is it? The main, expansive "cabin" has five rooms, plus there's a small cabin two-hundred feet off in the woods. During our stay, three of the couples present were return guests--and two of those were back for their third visit. What's so great? Start with one of the most beautiful views in the world (no exaggeration, since I've visited seventy countries and stayed in many a lovely spot). Perched just in the lee of one of Virginia's highest mountains, the main building is sited with a flawless panoramic view of a succession of mountain ridges stretching deep into West Virginia, and as the sun moves across the sky, the nuances of the landscape shift (sort of a leafy Grand Canyon). The deciduous trees are largely maples, so the color is spectacular. But there's more than just that world-class view: The hosts, Jim and Lorraine, are incredibly welcoming, patient and eager to please. The main "cabin" is a masterpiece of recreating a true pioneer cabin feel (but with a lot more space, good plumbing, and a splendid kitchen, where terrific country breakfasts are prepared). Even the house dog, Jody, was terrific, herding us along on our long hike from the cabin into the State Game Management area above four-thousand feet in elevation. More praise? My standard complaint about B&Bs is the wimpy coffee, but, here, even the coffee was bold and perfect for a chilly autumn morning. This is a place that just makes you happy to be there and to be alive. And you'll learn some unexpected things: Highlands Country, big and beautiful, has only about 2,300 inhabitants--astonishingly wild for the East Coast--yet has a great deal of history, including fascinating Civil War battlefields. Of course, in so rural an area, dining options are limited and the Laurel Point Retreat only serves breakfast (included in the rates), but two miles down the mountain, in Monterey, you can get an acceptable dinner in the old Highlands Inn Hotel (have reasonable expectations, and order the local trout or red meat--keep it simple) or in High's Cafe across the street, a family-style rural diner where you get big portions of rural-diner food. This isn't a foodie destination, but you'll do okay, if you're not a total snob. And the important thing is the transcendent beauty of the surrounding nature. Get out in it. You won't be able to avoid glorious exuberance. This realized-dream of Jim's and Lorraine's gets my highest possible recommendation.

Room Tip: Cabin in the woods in private and lovely, but most guests will prefer the main building, where most...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2012

I was in Monterey, VA on business and at the recommendation of others stayed at Laurel Point instead of the local Inn. What a wonderful experience. Lorraine and Jim are the owners and just as nice and accommodating as anyone could hope for. The B&B is clean and well maintained and the breakfast was just wonderful. My colleague and I were asked each evening, what time we wanted breakfast and what we would like to eat. Lorraine bakes all of her breads fresh, makes wonderful jams, jellies and spreads and the eggs are fresh with no processing. The scenery is just wonderful; magnificent mountains that you can just sit on the patio and take in. I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Ask for the mountain view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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Springfield, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

My kids and I enjoyed a great time at Laurel Point Retreat. Jim and Lorraine were very welcoming and helped us feel right at home. The breakfast was incredibly good. The view is amazing. We had the best time ever.

Erica, Chris and Elianna.

Room Tip: Mountain View room was the best.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Macon, Georgia
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114 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2012

We knew as soon as we saw this beautiful place that it was worth the 80+ miles off our path going home. It is simply unforgettable! It was a very comfortable place very tastefully filled with Colonial antiques. Early American Magazine should do a story on this place! If you don't like that style period, no one with a brain can ever say the location and view are not one of the best on this planet! The owners were away when we stayed, but they had the most wonderful couple take care of the inn and we could not have asked for a better experience...what wonderful memories we all had from our trip there. It is a long way from Georgia, but we want to go back again. While we were there we met others who had returned. It's like the Grand Canyon...words and photos just don't give you the true picture...you need to see it to believe how beautiful it is! We stayed in the log room on a very hot day in July. Since I am the hot flash queen...I was worried that it would be too hot at night. They had fans going in the windows that we had to turn off because it got too cold. I am just mentioning this so that you know what to expect. If I was comfortable...anyone would be!

Room Tip: The log room is perfect for families and contrary to the description they give...it has a lovely vie...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2012

This B&B is a real gem. The first thing that hits you is the staggering view of the mountains of Virginia. But then you see what a gorgeous home this is. The hosts are a friendly warm couple who built this place from the ground up with all recycled materials and a whole lot of love. The room we stayed in (log room) was comfortable, clean and full of character. There are homemade quilts, antiques and charming spaces throughout the house, and the property is a working cattle farm. We loved it here, and wish we could have stayed longer. A retreat in every sense!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Camp Hill, PA
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

Out of all the places we've stayed, I believe Jim and Lorraine came closer to treating their guests like "family" than any other hosts we've experienced. By the time you leave, you may feel like you should be offering to wash the dishes! The meals by Lorraine are fantastic; the house, which Jim built all by himself, is incredible. And the view is simply unbelievable. You have to drive a ways to get there, and you may have to drive quite a ways to get to a restaurant you like. BUT Hiighland County is so beautiful I'll bet you don't mind the ride at all!

Room Tip: See it the room with the 75 (100?) mile view is available.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

My family of four (two children) stayed at the Laurel Point Retreat for one night on our way to ski at Snowshoe, WV. Jim and Lorraine accomodated our late arrival, during a snow storm no less, without a problem. Our room was spacious and warm and even had heated tiles in the bathroom. It was tough to get out of the comfortable beds the next morning but we could smell the great breakfast already. Jim and Lorraine made us a wonderful and early breakfast that fueled us for a day of skiing. They even allowed our kids to help grind the morning coffee on their antique grinder. We had a great stay, the home is beautiful and the hosts were friendly and helpful. We highly recommend the Laurel Point Retreat!

-The Khatchadurians (FEB - 2012)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Laurel Point Retreat
Address: 414 Sounding Knob Road, Monterey, VA 24465
Region: United States > Virginia > Monterey
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Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Monterey
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Number of rooms: 5

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