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Inn at Narrow Passage
Ranked #1 of 3 Woodstock B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 December 2013

The Inn at Narrow Passage is in a great location - allowing easy exploring of the beautiful surrounding areas and visiting some of the best wineries in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. This is a rustic inn, with the comfort of modern day convenience. Ed and Ellen were great hosts and our room was very comfortable, complete with fire each evening right in the bedroom - nice! The breakfasts were homemade and yummy, especially the large variety of homemade baked goods. The fresh fruit was a welcome addition to the rest of the feast. Thank you, Ellen, for the surprise goody bag. I enjoyed the muffins on our drive home. We come to this area every couple of years and would stay here again!

Room Tip: There are several rooms with fireplaces. I recommend one if the weather is cool. There are stairs...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Sadly the weather was against us but Ed and Ellen made us feel right at home. Best sleep we've had on this trip and the breakfast was top notch. Attractive, authentic property. Enjoyed the walk down to the river, across the swaying bridge and watching the birds. Recommended.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

We found the Inn at Narrow Passage by accident. Last minute we wanted to get away for Veteran's Day. We were able to stay one one of the rooms in the original structure complete with log walls. The room was comfortable, the breakfast good but with outstanding baked goods made in the kitchen. Ed and Ellen Markel live on the property and were a delight to talk with. We've been at more luxurious B&Bs, but this in is homey, very friendly, and comfortable beyond just creature comforts. Add the river a few feet away and a wonderful walk over the river and up the hill from the inn and it was a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Ed and Ellen Markel have created a haven for people seeking to enjoy the surrounding Shenandoah Valley. Ed is the frontman: friendly and full of stories. Ellen puts a bountiful breakfast on the table. Rooms are cozy. I love the rustic inn with its fireplace and 18th-century decor. There's nothing pretentious here, just friendliness in a great location.

Kelly Ruckelshaus

Room Tip: In the cooler months, ask for a room with a fireplace.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

If you are a Civil War buff or a lover of early American history generally, as I am, you will love the Inn at Narrow Passage. The oldest part of the Inn was built in 1740 with an addition in 1780 I believe. There is a new section as well which keeps the colonial motif, but the rooms are a bit more modern. The Inn boasts awards for Excellence in Preservation and for “Celebrating Its Sense of Place,” and those awards are well deserved.

From the moment we arrived, we felt like house guests stepping back in time to a colonial home. The innkeepers Ed and Ellen have owned and managed the Inn for 30 years. They seem to really enjoy welcoming guests to the Inn and provide the Inn the tender loving care a building over 250 years old requires. Ed reminds me a bit of my grandfathers—warm, amiable and a veritable fountain of wisdom. He was always happy to provide some direction regarding places to visit in the area or to accommodate almost any request. It was like being a guest in Ed and Ellen’s home. Their hospitality is one of the hallmarks of the Inn.

We stayed in the Stonewall Jackson room, so named because Stonewall himself stayed there. The entire building and grounds were used by the Confederate forces during the Civil War. At the time the house and grounds were owned by P.Stover. An historical sign on the road entering the Inn’s grounds tells the story. The Stovers are actually buried on the grounds as well, another piece of history.

The furniture is antique and very much in keeping with the period, and our room also had a fireplace. Ed provided us a log the night we arrived, and a log was delivered to us for the second night. These are manufactured logs which burn brightly for about three hours and give off a fair amount of heat, so guests need not worry about starting a fire or keeping it stoked.
Guests should be aware that shifting winds and a variety of things can cause a fireplace to leave a smell of smoke in a room. At least that has been my experience. I don’t know if there is any way to deal with that kind of thing with a fireplace and chimney dating from the 18th century. If you have any kind of allergies or respiratory issues, you might wish to choose a room without a fireplace.

If your image of a bed and breakfast or old inn is that of a Victorian home with lacy curtains, plush bedding, and amenities too numerous to mention, the Inn at Narrow Passage may not be for you. The Inn has won an award for celebrating its “sense of place.” Sitting just outside Woodstock, the fourth oldest town in Virginia (remember, of course, that Virginia was settled in the 17th century), surrounded by historic places and memorials regarding the history of the Civil War (including an annual reenactment), the Inn has celebrated its sense of place by maintaining the Inn as much as possible in its original state. Even many of the windows date from 1740, not to mention the rough-hewn logs interspersed with mortar from that period. If stepping back into the quiet of another era appeals to you, though, I think you will enjoy the Inn.

I think it is important to note that some rooms, like ours, have no television, so if you are looking forward to curling up by the fire and watching a movie, you should request a room with a television. Although I missed the television for a short time, even to watch the morning news, it was nice to not be distracted and to have time to read and catch up on conversations with my wife that we often don’t seem to have time for at home, e.g., future travel plans, long term retirement plans. Actually though we had plenty of electricity and the room was well lit, I conjured up images of Abe Lincoln reading by the fireplace. As to the news, the Inn has excellent Wi Fi free to guests which allowed me to surf our local newspaper and keep abreast of the world. There is also a newer section of the Inn which has wall to wall carpet and other modern elements.

Breakfast was quite tasty with scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh apple crisp, fresh fruit and several breakfast pastries the first morning and French toast fresh fruit, sausage and assorted breakfast pastries the second. Ed welcomed each guest coming down for breakfast and as always was happy to accommodate any request. We appreciated as well the hot cider in the evening when we returned from dinner. In addition, there is a refrigerator in the living room stocked with soda and snacks for guests, as well as a well-stocked candy jar.

The grounds are lovely and the fall colors in the distant mountains were striking. We were there Friday night through Sunday. The first day was a bit nippy, but Sunday was warm enough to sit out in the patio area and savor the beauty of the distant mountains and the grounds generally. There are nice touches on the grounds, too, including a swing for two.

Woodstock itself boasts three or four very pleasant places to eat and some interesting shops, though I think the natural elements of the area are the most striking. Woodstock is a good base for visiting Shenandoah National Park, historic sites, antique shops, etc.

Specifically I recommend the Woodstock Cafe for lunch or a snack--they have wonderful homemade pies, cakes and other goodies, as well as sandwiches and beverages. They also sell wine and gourmet foods. A wonderful stop in town.

The Spring Valley Tavern is another good place to eat with reasonable prices and great food.

If you want to move upscale a bit, but not break the bank, go to Joe's Steakhouse. The menu is diverse with a number of fresh seafood items as well as steak and an array of other things. The wine list is more than satisfactory and the prices are very reasonable. My wife's stir fry and my steak were very good, as was the service and the whole experience.

There are a number of antique shops in the area and a local winery. If you like flea markets, yard sales and the like go to visit the Flea Market, just down the road from the Inn. They have some 90 booths with the greatest variety of items I have ever seen, including a fair number of antique items. Needless to say, we returned home with a few things we discovered.

In sum, if you are visiting Woodstock or environs consider the Inn at Narrow Passage. Prices are also quite reasonable in my view, especially when compared to many other Inns within driving distance of Washington, DC, our home. It is a delightful setting in which to get away from it all, and just for a short time to step back in time.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

This, past week-end, October 18 thru 20, 2013, we spent another wonderful three days at the Inn at Narrow Passage. Such a wonderful place to relax, meet new friends, have a GREAT breakfast and most of all, have delightful conversation with the Innkeepers, Ed and Ellen.. They are the best. We look forward to our next visit as soon as possible. YOU NEED TO GO AND ENJOY

Anne. (MARYLAND) and Becky (VIRGINIA)

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

On our first stay at the Inn we found a delightful location, rich with history, and innkeepers who made you wish you could stay longer. Our room was very comfy, breakfast was very special, and the overall experience one of the best B & B experiences we've ever had. I'm already thinking of what adventures we can fit in on our next stay---canoeing? Luray Caverns? definitely Joe's Steak House again, fishing? unwinding.....

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 30 Chapman Landing Rd, (Rt. 672), Woodstock, VA 22824-2857
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Region: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah County > Woodstock
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Woodstock
Price Range: £64 - £135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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Historic lodging near Woodstock, Virginia, on the Shenandoah River. River Access for fishing and canoeing. free internet full breakfast included ... more   less 

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