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Highlawn Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Ocran, Virginia, United States
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43 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Go even if it snows!”
Reviewed 10 January 2013

Stayed 2 nights in late December; after snow and through new snow. Wonderful front large bedroom with King and adjoining sitting room. The breakfasts are to die for in quantity, quality and variety. The cats, especially the young female that adopted our room are a true joy. Parking after a snow can be a little challenging, but this old Yankee survived that and negotiating the less steep hills around Berkeley Springs easily.

A previous post claimed a cafe down on the main street (US 522) was as good as Lot 12 and not as pricey and larger portions. Well forget that. The chef's sister desires to sell the property and the sign says: "Closed, not to reopen". Lot 12, as always, was superb as was Tari's, although Tari's no longer has their great French Onion soup; minor disappointment.

Room Tip: Talk to Sandy before declaring on which room you'd like as couple are smaller. All rooms above...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 7 January 2013

Sandy at Highlawn Inn is a most gracious and competent hostess. This was our second time there and again we found the perfect get-away for a quiet, friendly, delicious, and comfortable respite. Lynn and I could not recommend the Highland Inn any more highly!
Ira

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

Cannot say enough about all of the amenities at Highlawn Inn. The rooms are immaculate, the breakfast is scrumptious, the cats are darling and the proprietor is as nice as she can be. This was our 2nd time at this Inn and both times we enjoyed our stay immensely. So much so that we plan on going back again sometime this year. Would recommend it highly. Lynn & Ira

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Linden, Virginia, United States
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2012

I would rather keep this little gem to ourselves, but I can't! This is a wonderful bed and breakfast. Our 1st trip was 15 years ago for our honeymoon, and again every 5 years after that. Each time it is the same wonderful service, food, cleanliness, and people. If you are able to go in the fall there are several times they do special dinners. All the rooms are wonderful and well appointed AND we love the wireless (not there the last 3 times:)) Thanks Sandra!
The Highlawn Inn is a special place to visit and within walking distance of everything in downtown Berkeley Springs. We parked our car and for 3 days we walked everywhere! I can not say enough about Sandra, Tim (behind the scenes) and all the staff! Together they will make your experience a real memory and a very special time.
Thanks for everything. Maybe we will break with tradition and try again next year!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

My adult daughter and I just spent three delightful days here. Sandy, the proprietor, is an amazing chef and baker. Her delicious breakfasts were a highlight of our trip. Our room was inviting, warm, and comfortable, just like home. Sandy's staff were gracious, friendly, and catered to our every need. Even the resident kitties were friendly! I highly recommend Highlawn Inn to anyone looking for a lovely place to come home to after exploring the town of Berkeley Springs.

Room Tip: Victorian Room in the main house has it's own porch. Clawfoot tub and lovely decor add to the ch...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2012

I have the same exact complaints as another reviewer concerning the Herb Garden Nook room that I stayed in. The bed was very uncomfortable because the mattress needs to be replaced. You could feel a dip in the middle of the bed so you would slowly slide into the "pit" during the night. It was very hard to go to sleep since I couldn't get into a comfortable position. The room and bathroom itself was adequate but it needs a little bit of TLC. The rocking chair was broken (which I was warned about) and the TV was a small 10 inch TV.

However, the staff was friendly and excellent. They advised us of where to eat and even got reservations for us. Breakfast was also very interesting. They cooked original recipes and I tried new breakfast dishes. Some I didn't like so much but was interesting to try. Also, there was free Wi-fi and the location was great! You were walking distance to the main street.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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East Coast USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2012

First, the positive: we were treated very kindly and enjoyed everyone (staff and
guests) we met. The breakfasts were fine (& the coffee is fabulous).

My suggestions for our room (#5, the Herb Garden Nook): because the bed is a double, my guess is that this room is usually used by solo travelers. I'm guessing that because the mattress has a definite, pronounced "gully" on the side of the bed closest to the bedside table. (This is visible even before the bedcovers are pulled back.) Please consider a new mattress or at least turning the mattress that is there. Also, there are a number of areas where the wallpaper is peeling a bit at the seams, and some cracks, dents, small holes, etc., in the bathroom flooring. This room could use one comfy armchair: there is a wooden side chair, nice enough but not for extended reading, and an armless wicker-seat rocker on which the wicker seat has been completely destroyed (as in, it looks like someone put their foot through it; this has been covered by a cushion, but it's still not comfortable to sit on).

Given the high number of "loveliest B&B" comments in other reviews, I can only assume that our room is the exception to the rule. And, please note, none of the above issues made this an unpleasant stay for us - we were just expecting a bit more, based on reviews, and wanted to offer our hosts some constructive suggestions.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Highlawn Inn
Address: 171 Market St, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411-3470
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Region: United States > West Virginia > Berkeley Springs
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Berkeley Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ten room Victorian Inn in three separate buildings. All rooms have private baths some with double whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. ... more   less 

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