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“Great Wedding Weekend”

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1890 Caroline House B&B
Ranked #4 of 10 Fredericksburg B&B and Inns
Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Great Wedding Weekend”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 via mobile

We were married at the end of May in Fredericksburg. The Bride's base was the 1890 Caroline House, where she had the place to herself Thursday night (staying in The Sawyer Scott room), and with close friends staying in the other two rooms on Friday and Saturday night. Several members of her family stayed at The Richard Johnston Inn just down the street, and Bride and Groom had breakfast there Friday morning. After the wedding Saturday, the married couple also stayed at the 1890 Caroline House. And boy did we like it! Friendly interactions with the staff were the rule from when we first called to talk about booking through our entire stay. Breakfasts were excellent and our accommodations very comfortable. We liked The Sawyer Scott as a generously sized room with a fantastic bathroom (we wanted to take the tub home with us!). It wasn't until we saw The William Riley Suite in person that we realized how big it was, and a different bride might have preferred the larger space on the ground floor more than the The Sawyer Scott. For us, however, we were quite pleased. The location on Caroline Street of both The Richard Johnston Inn and the 1890 Caroline House is terrific for enjoying historic district Fredericksburg with so much in easy walking distance. We were very pleased with the whole experience, and we look forward to staying there again in the years to come.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jackie L, Receptionist at 1890 Caroline House B&B, responded to this review, 10 June 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write such a kind review! We are glad that you enjoyed your wedding weekend. Please come to visit us again some time soon!
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Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

Nice place but could not stay there because they were not there and did not answer their phone or return calls. Same problem for their other property. Seems with two Inns they could have someone who could answer the phone.

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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LindiAnn711, Front Office Manager at 1890 Caroline House B&B, responded to this review, 5 July 2014
Your review is rather inadequate. Trip Advisor is a place for guests to reflect on their stay and help others with a making good decision based on the reviews from other travelers alike. We are very sorry that you were unable to reach us and that we missed your call. We are a small business and do not have anyone staying at the Inn after closing hours. We operate from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. Our Manager tend to guests after hours via telephone from home, which is also on her personal time. We do ask that if, you the caller do not reach us, to leave a detailed message with a phone number and we will respond immediately. Your review was hurtful and we hope that you would be able to give us a chance and stay with us for a night and see that we are more than just an unanswered phone call and 2 stars. Thank you kindly for your words.
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We were looking for a B&B somewhere in Virginia. The criteria for the area was that it had to have wineries nearby to tour and something historic to see. Fredericksburg fit both of these. The area is very historic and there are three nearby battlefields to tour.

We originally booked at the Richard Johnston Inn, which is the sister resort of the Caroline House. A few days before we were to arrive we received an e-main telling us that the Richard Johnston Inn was undergoing renovations and we were being upgraded to the Caroline House which is about two blocks away. We were also upgraded to the Riley Suite.

The inn-keeper, Lindi Ann greeted us upon arrival and gave us a tour of the public areas which we were allowed to use. Besides our very large suite we had access to the living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen had a keurig coffee maker and there was always cookies available.

Our room was a first floor suite which consisted of a very large living area, a two sided fireplace which opened to this room as well as the bedroom. The bedroom had a king sized bed and ample closet space. The bathroom was huge and consisted of two rooms, the first had a Jacuzzi and two sinks the other had the toilet, bidet and a very large shower. Parking was right outside the door. The inn is on the corner and we were able to park on the side street during the evening hours and overnight During the day if we were walking around down town we parked at the Richard Johnston Inn.

The inn is in what I would call the perfect location to tour Fredericksburg. There were many restaurants in walking distance and the Visitors Center was about a block away. Being mid-week and the off season a lot of places were closed.

While we were ther Jessica made us breakfast the first day, we were the only ones at the B&B. We are not big breakfast eaters so we told Jessica we would be fine with cereal. Of course we also had juice, fresh fruit and after the main breakfast there would always be some sort of pastry which we enjoyed with our coffee. We also told Lindi what we wanted for breakfast the next two days. During the week they do not serve any meat with breakfast but otherwise you could probably order what you wanted.

It was so enjoyable to go out during the day, came home and relax with a drink and then go out for dinner. After dinner we would go back to the Inn and make coffee and enjoy that with a glass of brandy from the decanter which was in our room while sitting in front of the fire. Complete relaxation. Everything in the Inn was perfection from the décor, the amenities, the cleanliness and the friendliness of the staff. When we left we told Lindi that we would probably not be in that area again but after leaving we are now talking about going to Fredericksburg again when everything is open and the weather warmer. The Inn has a beautiful patio which we would like to be able to enjoy.

Talking to Lindi Ann the second day when she made our breakfast she said she felt like she was working in a doll house and we also felt the same way. There is a book in our room which explained the renovation of the house. We did not get to see the other rooms but each of them in the pictures on the internet looked absolutely beautiful. The suite we stayed in was decorated in what I would call eclectic. Everything was done to perfection.

LindiAnn was helpful in giving us recommendations on restaurants which we enjoyed thoroughly. We were amazed at the quality of the restaurants and the prices which we thought were very reasonable.

I know what Lindi Ann meant when she said she was working in a "doll house" as I felt I was a princess living in a castle.

If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay within walking distance to much of Historic Fredericksburg I would not hesitate to recommend the Caroline House. Maybe next time we would stay at the Richard Johnston Inn. Either way you will not be sorry. As a final note, some people may think that rates at the B&B were a little expensive but for all that you get I would call it a bargain. Great location, full breakfast, free parking, gracious hosts as well as the extras such as coffee, tea, cookies, and brandy in the room. There were also bowls of candy everywhere to quench your sweet tooth. I don't think you will get this at a local motel.

Room Tip: We stayed in the William Riley suite on the first floor which had doors to the outside as well as t...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tidewater Virginia
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

I made a mistake and accidently booked a room in their sister inn (The Richard Johnston - very nice but when one has seen Paree...). I was disappointed to learn that the first floor suite in my preferred location (the 1890 Caroline House) would not be available, but when the staff saw my face they quickly came up with a game plan. They had the beautiful first floor suite ready for us in 30 minutes. After our walk around downtown, we settled into comfortable chairs in front of the gas fireplace in the beautiful space and enjoyed a nice bottle of wine. The suite, just like the rest of the house, is decorated in the best taste and high quality. We enjoyed the jetted tub and fabulous separate shower and big king bed. We did join other guests for breakfast in the Richard Johnston Inn, which is only 2 blocks away and it was very nice (both the food and the company). We are so lucky to have found this exquist inn with incredible service. The staff absolutely did not have to go to all the trouble they did to get this room ready, afterall it was my fault for booking the wrong room. But they did it so graciously. Thank you! We go to DC quite often and Fredricksburg is a great stopping point if we cannot leave our home town until after lunch. We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: The entire house and all three room at the 1890 Caroline Houres are beautiful but if you want a larg...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

My (new) husband and I relocated to Fredericksburg, VA immediately after becoming engaged; we had planned to get married civilly in our new hometown of Fredericksburg;after getting together the official paperwork and minister, the final piece was location. After internet searching, I came upon the 1890 Caroline House for a night's stay ; the accommodations were quite impressive, after meeting with Lindi upon check-in we decided to get married right there in front of the fireplace in the Sawyer Scott Room - our wedding was intimate, extra special, and with all of the trimmings. The entire home is lavishly appointed, grand, yet cozy and inviting. We are looking forward to returning yearly to celebrate our anniversary, and sneaking in some 'bonus' visits here and there;

Room Tip: Although we stayed in January, the outdoor patio off of the kitchen was lovely to be able feel the s...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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LindiAnn711, Manager at 1890 Caroline House B&B, responded to this review, 3 February 2014
Thank you for choosing The 1890 Caroline House and the Richard Johnston Inn, thank you for all the kind things you said about our lovely home., we too think it is grand! We are very excited about you making it a yearly tradition for your anniversary. Congratulations on your wedding, we want to wish you a long and loving marriage.
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Yonkers, New York, United States
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

My husband and I extended our weekend in Virgina in order to stay in a bed and breakfast.
We found a gem when we booked this place!
The decor and house itself is superb! You will be amazed at the glory and beauty of this remodeled home!
The room the Sawyer Scott which I affectionately called the the Tom Sawyer room was gorgeous beyond your wildest imagination!
The bed was fabulous my best nights sleep in a while!
The staff was exceptionally helpful and as for the breakfast at the sister inn the Richard Johnson house you will not be disappointed and it is like two for one visiting both places
Lindy and her staff of 3 were extra friendly,courteous and the meal was lovely with lovely conversation and ambience!
We will back for sure now that I found this gem I will be more willing to indulge myself for brief visits away from home! We loved every moment of our time here.
Book this room you will not be disappointed

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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LindiAnn711, Public Relations Manager at 1890 Caroline House B&B, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
I am delighted to hear you and your husband had a wonderful stay at our Inn. The Sawyer Scott is my favorite room to stay in as well! We hope to see you both soon.
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Tidewater Virginia
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Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

We have avoided staying in Fredericksburg assuming there was no place worth our time and money. And then I found the 1890 Caroline House on Trip Advisor. With only three rooms, a parlor, dining room, and eat-in kitchen it is the perfect quiet get away. And is it ever beautiful. All the rooms in the house are absolutely stunning. The fabrics are especially sumptuous. Our room, the Luke Henry, was not large, but the king size bed and two wicker chairs were comfortable (and we did have the parlor all to ourselves the evening we where there). The room does have a huge bathroom along the back of the house and but with only one window in the bedroom it was pretty dark (my only criticism). The front room looks like,it would be filled with light. Breakfast was excellent, unlike some inns. We will definitely go back as we frequently travel back and forth to DC, but next time I want to stay in the suite. PS. Don't forget to explore the amazing kitchen and downtown Fredericksburg too.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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LindiAnn711, Public Relations Manager at 1890 Caroline House B&B, responded to this review, 15 October 2013
Thank you so much for your great review of our Inn. The William Riley Suite is without a doubt worth the return visit. Hope to see you soon.
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Property: 1890 Caroline House B&B
Address: 528 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-6014
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Region: United States > Virginia > Fredericksburg
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Fredericksburg
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
It's more than accommodations, it's a memory. Located on the main street of Historic Fredericksburg and built in 1890, The Caroline House has been refurbished to its original grandeur with all of the modern conveniences to make your visit memorable. We offer you 3 elegant rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, exquisite hand-made mosaic showers, king size beds, quality linens and amenities. ... more   less 

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