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“Old Country Feel with Southern Hospitality”

The Conyers House Country Inn & Stable
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Sperryville
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Owner description: A great place for a horseback ride to view fall foliage in Virginia.
New York City, New York
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“Old Country Feel with Southern Hospitality”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Conyers Inn & Stable is an old historic house, with parts being built as far back as 1790. If you are looking for an old country house look and feel, this is your place. The house is littered with old photos, paintings, an abundance of chachkies and creaky floors all adding to the appeal of the house.
Miss Sandra Cartwright-Brown will make you feel right at home upon arriving at her B&B (picture attached) greeting my girlfriend I with cookies and homemade lemonade on the back-porch to enjoy a chat and view of the horses grazing in the field nearby.
We stayed in Grampie's Room (picture attached) and were very satisfied with the room and bed, getting a great nights sleep. Breakfast in the morning was delicious, starting with fresh cut fruit and grapefruit juice, followed by moist homemade pancakes and juicy sausage.
Overall our stay was great with my only reason for not giving an excellent due to the steep price for 1 night of $195.

Visited May 2014
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SandraCB, Owner at The Conyers House Country Inn & Stable, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
This guest will fondly be remembered for having solved a month long problem in the Old Kitchen where breakfast is served: a beeping fire alarm. So many of us have searched for it and he found it in a cabinet behind closed doors! The battery on this unused alarm was dated October 2010. No one had ever looked in the cabinet with glass doors before. Thank you, thank you. Also, they were really good sports on hearing my stink bug tutorial and consequently following my advice.
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Centreville, Virginia
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25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“EXPERIENCE HUNT COUNTRY AND AN AUTHENTIC WAY OF LIFE”
Reviewed 18 December 2013

Upon arrival at The Conyers House, what came first to mind was a classic children’s book about a stuffed toy bear so cherished, that over the course of years, his “fur had been loved off” making him all the more appealing in his condition of lovable wear and tear. We soon realized that The Conyers House was not the typical, artificial, conjured B&B, soullessly staged to appeal to the masses hoping to experience charm. This is a place that feels familiar, settled, authentic, lived-in…and well, over the last nearly 200 years, some of its “fur had been loved off”.

Although aged, “rustic” is not the correct descriptor for The Conyers House. The beauty and character seem to have been coaxed, cajoled and guarded through thoughtful restorations and upgrades, and with that, the voice of the house has been masterfully preserved and it speaks vociferously through the lexicon of creaks, yawns and groans. Details describing its antiquity and evolution remain such as the brass corner plates on the stairs, the exposed beams and siding and the hook and eye latches. The house is a labyrinth of shadowy, cozy niches containing tableaux vivants, many with equestrian or fox hunt themes, and many expressing the rich, adventuresome life of the owner, Sandra, and perhaps that of some passersby feeling compelled to add an artifact to the collection.

The Conyers House huddles in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a quiet, lonely road winding through a valley that once served respite to exhausted troops during the Civil War. The wooded hollow is sanctuary to bubbling brooks, wild flowers, rock formations, and a myriad of wildlife including black bear (we admired three, in awe, from the vantage of horseback), coyotes, and of course, the noble fox who, unbeknownst to him, drives the passions of the community.

The Conyers House offers horseback riding (to qualified riders) aboard spirited hunt horses instructed for the trail. Sandra provides a solid education in all things equestrian including tacking, horsemanship and the fox hunt. Sperryville, Virginia is hunt country, but this community is not characterized by snobbery and exclusivity dictated by the moneyed class. This group welcomes all levels of expertise and they are impelled by a genuine love of the art of the craft. We learned something of the community because, unexpectedly, we were invited to join Sandra to the “opening ceremony” of a real hunt. Fox hunting is about the skill and athleticism of the horse and rider (and hound and rider), the relationship between them as well as the coordination of the teams of hunters, all while tracking a sly, stealthy fox (the fox is not killed). This, attempted in an impossible morass of trees, bushes, vines, waterways, rocks, embankments, fences….So, on a misty fall morning, we experienced the excitement as we watched the assembly of baying hounds and nervous horses carrying their genteel riders decked in proper tack and turnout, respectively. The terms were announced, bugle sounded, and they were off! The grandeur and elegance of the affair was breathtaking and an honor to witness.

Much of the Conyers B&B experience is shaped by the lovely owner, Sandra, who started her business over 30 years ago. Sandra treats her guests like old friends she has been hoping reunite with. Morning starts with complete silence broken by the sound of birds singing in the distance and welcomed with a gourmet meal made up of brewed coffee, eggs, fresh fruit, and juices prepared with a juxtaposition of flavors such as cranberry mixed with orange juice or fresh rosemary sprinkled in the fruit compote or salsa and sausage over pancakes or eggs benedict over creamed spinach. Yes, it works and it tastes even better when eaten with new friends over an old wooden table surrounded by a kaleidoscope of personal treasures telling the story of a family, community, a craft and the love of a sincere way of life lived on a quiet, lonely, winding road hugging in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Visited November 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Charm and Character/Amazing Innkeeper”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

I chose the Conyers House Inn due to its proximity to the Castleton Festival and the opportunity it afforded go horseback riding. The Castleton Festival is a music festival aimed at fostering the careers of young artists. We had wanted to go for a long time, and attending the music festival in the context of a country getaway was relaxing. We stayed at Conyers for three nights.

Conyers is an excellent location from which to explore everything Rappahanock County has to offer. In addition to being close to the music festival, it is also very close to Old Rag Mountain, wineries, and Sperryville.

Conyers House has two porches -- the "saddle porch" on the front of the house and the "chuch porch" on the back of the house (a small Baptist church is down the road, but not visible from the porch). The church porch was my favorite place to sit and read, and where we enjoyed breakfasts -- the pancakes with marinated, spiced peaches were especially memorable. It was a lovely spot to sit and listen to the rain the first afternoon we arrived.

We greatly enjoyed our room (Helen's Room). The room was extremely spacious and had its own balcony/porch. I also looked at Uncle Sim's Room, which had its own sitting room in addition to its own porch. The tapestries in both of these rooms added a European flair, but the entire house had an air of a sumptuous but rustic country house -- lots of antiques, sculpture, objet d'art, memorabilia, pillows, books, claw foot bath tubs, even a fox immortalized by a taxidermist (the only item that gave me pause was a large spider esconced in resin in a curio cabinet in the hall -- fortunately, it was on a lower shelf and not too visible). If your tastes run more to spartan and minimilist, or if you have children who might damage things, you might want to check out another bed and breakfast close by, Belle Meade, which was down the road. We popped in to check it out and noticed it was very kid-friendly and had a large pool.

Now for the innkeeper -- a truly amazing lady. She was apparently the first innkeeper in the county and is a member of the local fox hunting club. In the aforementioned sitting room of the Uncle Sim's room, there was a photo of her in her formal fox hunting attire seated on her white horse. She had a lot of energy and did not mind being called when we came in late at night after attending the music festival. In the library, I pulled a gardening book off the shelf and saw that it had been sent to her by an Australian couple who had been her guests. I'm sure she knows people all over the world who enjoyed their stays at her inn.

Visited July 2013
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SandraCB, Owner at The Conyers House Country Inn & Stable, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
I was happy to learn in a subsequent email from this guest that she intends to resume horseback riding after our cross country ride. She was very timid, belying recent lesson experience preparing for riding in Iceland, and I'm glad to hear she wants to continue riding. I like giving the rider confidence.

Two years ago another guest hadn't ridden since college and now owns two horses having been bitten by the "horse bug" while visiting. I love when that happens. Another guest resumed riding here and is now an enthusiastic and popular member of our local hunt.

Last week a mother/daughter couple from Texas came as day trippers just to ride. Lovely to reintroduce them to the saddle again.
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“My Blue Ridge Sanctuary”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

Fifteen years ago, I visited the Conyers House for the first time. It started with a lovely horseback ride through the fall foliage of the mountains and ended in front of a crackling fire with hot apple cider and cookies - a much-needed respite from the hectic pace of life in Washington DC. From that day on, The Conyers House became my haven and I've returned season after season. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the property sits off a quiet country road, free from the sounds of cars, planes, shopping centers or people talking too loudly on cell phones. Innkeeper Sandra Cartwright-Brown has created an atmosphere of rustic elegance throughout the inn. Each room invites guests to slow down and relax, Sandra's vast collection of country antiques bringing character to every room - my particular favorite has always been The Old Attic. I love falling asleep to the sound of rain falling on the tin roof. And for horse-lovers like me, the equestrian touches throughout the inn, remind you that you are in the heart of Virginia horse country. Sandra is the ideal innkeeper. Warm and welcoming, she is always ready to answer questions and provide ideas for adventures of all kinds in the area. The best way to get a sense of The Conyers House and Sandra's own delightful personality is to watch the brief video on The Conyers House website. It introduces you beautifully to this inn which I have come to think of as my Blue Ridge sanctuary.

Visited June 2013
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Dunn Loring, VA
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“A great place to visit with 4-legged friends”
Reviewed 17 September 2012

We decided to take a last minute weekend trip from DC with our two Jack Russell Terriers and looked for a place that would accomodate pets. The Conyers House Inn and Stable was the perfect combination of a beautiful location, warm and hospitable B&B, and extremely pet-friendly (with Alex, a Jack Russell Terrier, of their own!). The Spring House provides lots of space and privacy, and is set away from the main house so as not to disturb other guests. Sandra Cartwright-Brown was very welcoming to us and our dogs. Alex was very friendly and well behaved (especially for a JRT), greeted us nicely as we arrived, and will provide fun for dog lovers, even if you don't bring your own. There are several dog friendly restaurants in the area and many places around to hike in the woods- one of our JRTs' favorite things to do. We are looking forward to going again soon. I highly recommend the Conyers House Inn and Stable for those who are looking for an adventure with their pets!

Visited September 2012
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SandraCB, Owner at The Conyers House Country Inn & Stable, responded to this review, 19 September 2012
I can't tell you how much fun it was to meet two happy, well behaved Jack Russells and have them stay in the Springhouse. I served breakfast on the saddle porch which is gated so they would stay in and the guests could dine without worries. Alex knows the gate is jumpable and we were happy the guest dogs showed no inclination to follow suit.

We'll look forward to their next visit.
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