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“The Guesthouse: Private, Secluded, Adult-Only Nature-Haven”

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Guesthouse Lost River
Ranked #1 of 3 Lost River B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Frederick, Maryland, United States
2 reviews
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“The Guesthouse: Private, Secluded, Adult-Only Nature-Haven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2012

Husband and I had our first getaway in a long time and luckily chose the Guesthouse. Gary and Michael are SO sweet and clearly LOVE their place and what they're doing. Dinner's a little pricy but that's normal for these sort of places (entrees start at 18) and it was decent. The real delight are the group breakfasts (complimentary!) on Sat and Sun mornings... Very Common-Room Inn feeling, getting to rub elbows with fellow guests, get tips and feedback about their previous day excursions... if you like hiking or similar outdoors stuff this is the home camp for you. The mountains here are gorgeous and the hiking is varied.. a little something for beginners and more ambitious climbs for the seasoned... The weight room is awesome though we noticed a couple machines out of order there was still plenty to do. Beds are soft, clean (yes i check for bedbugs everywhere.. not a trace in our room!) and the maid service was solid. I will definitely consider going back again, no question. It was a real treat, the whole experience.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
Thank you for your feedback Erin! :) We strive to provide high quality service and cleanliness is huge for us! I guess that's what you get when you have one owner and head of housekeeping who make sure the guest rooms, cabins and main Lodge of the Guesthouse are always kept tidy! I wouldn't say we have OCD but others have self diagnosed us with it. At least it benefits the guests. ;-) We look forward to your next visit!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

Took my wife for a weekend getaway to Guesthouse Lost River.

Michael & Gary were very hospitable, right from the check in, we received a tour of the Guesthouse, it is much larger, than your standard B & B. Outside has multible large decks, with beautiful views, and a pool that will open around Memorial Day.

Our Room was a Suite, which had a large King Bed, very comfortable, with a nice sitting area, and a very specious shower. No TV, but Wi-Fi is needed.

Breakfest both days was out of this world!! They bring it out all at once at 9am sharp, we enjoying getting to know the other guests. Saturday, was scrambled eggs, juice, tea, cofee, hash browns, homemade biscuits, and the best, my perfect Bacon ever!! Sunday, Homemade pancakes, sausage, OMG!!! Plenty to eat, and delicous.

We also had Dinner both nights, dinner was fantastic at the Guesthouse.

The bar is also very nice, I should mention, that the servers, cooks, bartenders all made you feel welcome, and glad to be there.

Stay at the Guesthouse, you will no regret the hometown feel , to this hidden jewel.

Lots to do in the area, hiking, shopping, etc, we came from 45 min north of Baltimore, well worth the 3 1/2 hr ride, for a quiet getaway.
Thanks Guesthouse!!
Fred & Cindi

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 11 June 2012
Fred you both were awesome! I don't have much more to say except we look forward to having you back soon! Thank you for the kind words and we are glad we were able to provide a great getaway!
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

I was taken to the Guesthouse as a Birthday present, and it was the best present. If you need some peace and quiet from the bustling city life, Lost River and the Guesthouse is the place to go. It's not that far of a drive from DC, and the drive is beautiful. We were warmly greeted when we arrived, and given a tour of the place. The menu in the restaurant looks wonderful and I couldn't wait to have dinner. There are many places in the main building to sit by a fireplace, play pool, or enjoy some quiet time. Even though the place was full that weekend, I think you could have sat in any of the common areas and still felt like you had the place to yourself. The food in the restaurant both nights was delicious, and the filet melted in my mouth. Breakfast is served in the mornings with the ringing of a bell, and the food again was delicious, especially the homemade biscuits. The owners made sure to chat with all of their guests, and make you feel right at home. The area is quiet and just plain relaxing. If you are looking for a weekend get away, then by all means book a room at the Guesthouse, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Brandon- Thank you so much for your wonderful review of the Guesthouse! It was a pleasure having you out to celebrate your birthday weekend! We look forward to having you back as a guest very soon! Cheers! Michael
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

A delightful surpise hidden quietly in the hills. 5 star dinning and true solitude. Don't look for televisions or internet here. This well appointed facility leaves technology in the city and guest are forced to relax with nature. Staff greeted us upon arrival making us feel at home from the moment we stepped out of our car. Rosebud cottage is pet friendly and allowed us to bring our faithful pet Jessebelle. Only concern was lack of keys for rooms. You lock up when your in but no way to lock up when your gone. Great location for the outdoorsman with national parks offering hiking, biking, water activities and horsebackriding. Quaint towns nearby offer a whimsical look at days gone by. Truely a space for rest and relaxation. Highly reccomend.. !!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Jean- Thank you so much for your wonderful review! :) We loved having you all visit and Jessebelle was so very well behaved and pleasant. :) We actually do have WiFi throughout the property-- sorry if we didn't let you know that. :) But yes no cell phone signals and many days I know I am thankful for that! As for the door locks, thank you for the suggestion! We have never had any issues, however, it is something we will take into consideration especially as we begin to update some of the guest rooms. We look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers! Michael
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Lovettsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2012

A real West Virginia gem! Quite and lovely. Unlike B&B's and most small inns, They have so many public areas, you will never feel crowded...if you want to mingle you can but you can just as easily sit apart and read your favorite book or have a private chat.
Breakfast is communal style...great opportunity to meet other guests and pick their brains for day trips in the area.
Dining menu is limited but well prepared with some seasonal offerings when available. Small but well-stocked bar.
The art work and furnishings are very well done.
They owners, Michael and Gary are just marvelous hosts.

Room Tip: They do have a pet friendly room near the spa. Otherwise, the top-floor suite at the end has a priv...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! :) We look forward to having you back again soon at the Guesthouse! The pool is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend! Cheers! Michael
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2012

Don't come to the Guesthouse looking for a lively nightlife. However if your goal is to simply get away from everything for a weekend then by all means book now. We recently visited the Guesthouse on Easter weekend. We arrived late on a Friday and were promptly greeted and made to feel right at home as the manager checked us in and accompanied us to the bar so we could get something to eat before the kitchen closed. We were traveling with our dog which was not a problem as we had booked one of the Dog friendly rooms at the Guesthouse. The next day we woke refreshed and stumbled on down to the Main house for breakfast. At first I did not think I was going to like the family style seating but it was actually quite pleasant talking to the other guest finding out little bits of information and tips on what to do during the day for Hikes. The breakfast itself was great changes daily and I'm told the pancake recipe keeps being handed down from chef to chef. For the area The Guesthouse could get away with serving up a mediocre meal, but the dinner menu includes brined pork, beef filets, and there is always something special. The pool was not open because it was still early but they were putting a new deck down and I could see how this will be quite the place to unwind on a lazy summer day. It's very close to DC but I'm from NYC, so it’s a little bit more of a commitment for me to go there, but I know I will be back.

Room Tip: There are two rooms which allow pets. We stayed in the Tower and Loved it.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Thank you so much for the great review! :) As a born and raised NY'er it was great to have some other NY'ers come visit us! :) Taylor was such a great dog and he seemed to get as much relaxation as both of you up hanging out on the grassy hill! We look forward to seeing you guys again soon! Cheers! Michael
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Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

Need to drop off the grid for a while? This is the place. Beautiful grounds, good food, well-stocked bar, comfortable rooms and owners who couldn't be more helpful. The public spaces are spacious and numerous. Parks for hiking and riding are nearby. If you're okay with no cell service - and sometimes it's great to just unhook from the technology - this inn makes the perfect weekend getaway.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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GuesthouseLostRiver, Owner at Guesthouse Lost River, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Thank you so much for the great review of our Guesthouse Lost River! We look forward to future visits! I also couldn't agree more about your room selection and the views! That along with the Guesthouse have some great views-- especially the sunsets. Cheers! Michael
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Property: Guesthouse Lost River
Address: 288 Settlers Valley Way, Lost River, WV 26810-8392
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Region: United States > West Virginia > Lost River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Lost River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come find yourself in Lost River! Whether you're looking for an intimate getaway for two, a celebration with a group of friends or celebrating a life event such as your commitment ceremony or wedding, you've found the right resort with the Guesthouse at Lost River. ... more   less 
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