This place is admittedly not for everyone but if you expand your horizons a little I am sure you will be delightfully surprised by this gem in the hills/woods of WV. My fiance and I stayed here for a night and it proved to be a great surprise with great service/contry charm.
Let me start by saying that I don't have much commentary on "location". I was born and raised in this area, on the Ohio side of the River :), and I honestly can't think of a good reason you would visit the area. Pittsburgh is a good 45+ minutes away, Wheeling is probably the same, maybe a little less, and those are the closest places I can think of as places of interest. If you are in the area, it is probably becasue, like me, you used to live here and are visiting friends and family.
And if that is the case, there are very limited hotel choices for the general area (Ohio Valley) and this place is definitely worth a visit. And if you are visiting Pittsburgh or Wheeling and you have some free time, then places is likely worth the visit....it is very unique...and experience that won't be replicated anywhere else.
You will start off driving on the main road and then turn off to go back into a small neighborhood just off the main road. You might think you are lost already but make one turn, start going up hill, and you'll run into an large, iron/electric gate with brick pillars. Hit the button, wait for someone to buzz you through, and you will be driving into a massive piece of property, on a road that will eventually lead you to an old mansion/world that really doesn't exist anymore.
Note, if you will be staying here, it would be to your advantage to arrive during the daylight. First, if you are from these parts, you'll be less scared/nerveous in the daylight :) Second, the drive will be easier, and third, you can enjoy the views! The road is a very long road, that is still dirt, and can be rough a times, but nothing too bad. It can easily be negotiated by any four door sedan, which is what my fiance and I were driving. Just keep going and going and going until you find the main house, which hopefully you'll notice because of the other parked cars.
Park your car, grab your bags, and walk in. Hopefully since they buzzed you in someone will be waiting and direct you to your room. Note, this place was rescently purchased by the current owners, and they are still in the process of getting it together. I notice lots of works/work being done but never really noticed any noise. The place is massive!!!!!
Rooms are pretty standard...bed, couple chairs, some dressers, flat panel TV, shower, toilet, sink. Place was very clean and comfortable. My fiance found the bed a little hard and I'd agree but nothing that was terribly problematic. We told them the night before we'd have breakfast at 9:30am, and of course our intention was to head to the kitchen. However, at 9:30am, two ladies came by with our breakfast in trays....a nice touch.
We were only staying for the night and in the morning, we were packing up to leave and a lady came out to tell us the owner was giving us champagne on the house and late check out. Unfortunately we didn't have too much time on our hands but did have a drink and ended up hanging around for a little longer.
I am not going to try and summarize the history or grandeur of this place here, as you can use google, but the place is massive, with tons of history and elegance, and if you stay here you need to just spend an hour or more walking around....and that doesn't even count the outside. Deep in the place is a cool little bar area with a pool table and we ended up playing a game of pool in an old fashion game room.
The night we checked in they said they set up a place for dinner for us but since we didnt' think they would have food options late in the evening we had already eaten, and the next moring, walking around, I was disapointted we had because I found the place they had set up for us. A grand table settling all by ourselves...it would have been great.
I can't say enough about everything there is to see in this place...you could get lost...you may want to ask for a tour.
As long as you know what to expect, you will enjoy this "big" gem in the hills/woods of WV. If you can go in the fall/spring I bet it would be beautiful. I wish we had better weather and time to spend walking the grounds. Very private area all to yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- About the ManorOriginally known as Vancroft, this architectural achievement was designed by Alden & Harlow, the legendary architects to the affluent elite. Built in 1901 the Manor is situated on a private 600-acre nature preserve overlooking the Ohio River. Guests have access to the grounds for hiking, bird- watching, cross-county skiing or private catered events. Nearby activities—theatre, biking trails, music, golf, fishing, horseback riding, museums, casinos and shopping—are short distances from our resort.AccommodationsSeven B&B Rooms with in-suite shower/bathSix Premium Economy Rooms with European style bathing facilitiesSixteen Economy Rooms with European style bathing facilitiesEvent FacilitiesWith Six different locations on property to host your Event, Aspen Manor can accommodate up to 175 guests inside and an unlimited number of guests in a tented outside venue on the grounds!Where We AreLocated in the panhandle of West Virginia, in the town of Wellsburg, one block east of WV State Highway Route 2. Aspen Manor is 44 miles SW of Pittsburgh, 10 miles south of Weirton. Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as the Amtrak Station and Greyhound Bus line, is less than an hour's drive away. ... more less
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