Modern comforts with period charm. An excellent value, this is the real deal -- an old inn on the main street of a small country town surrounded by rural delights. Sure, you may have to wait 5 minutes to check in, but it's worth it. The people who run the place are nice, and they're busy.
The sophisticated country ambiance of the dining room is reflected in the impressive menu. On a recent Sunday night in January, after a delicious dinner, I slept blissfully in the Monroe Room, unaware of any noises from the street, as did my travelling companion. There is perhaps more traffic on Saturday nights, but it is only sporadic.
While authentically quaint, this is not a frou-frou B & B. Although it is only a few minutes from the entrance to Skyline Drive (a national park), It is not entirely "out in the country" either, inasmuch as Stanardsville is the seat of government for Greene County (the smallest county in Virginia). Cell phone reception was excellent in our room, and there were 65 cable channels on the small TV. Some rooms have wireless Internet access.
As for minor complaints -- Our friends who were traveling with us could tune in only about 12 TV channels in the room next to ours, the Jefferson. (Twelve channels would have seemed fine, except that we had so many more.) They never noticed the hotel guide that was in their room on a shelf under the telephone. Maybe it could be more conspicuously placed in the room, with a cover that would be more immediately identifiable than the plain black one currently in use. Also, we found the complimentary champagne unpleasantly sweet. But it was a good idea. My one other quibble is with the ghostly photographs and the admittedly lifelike and amusing ghoulish butler statue on the stair landing. They weren't in evidence when we'd last stayed at the inn in March 2008, so I must assume that they appeared for Halloween -- when they would have been cute --and just stayed on. I find them a little out of place in January. Nevertheless our most recent experience at the Lafayette was wonderfully relaxing.