Posts Tagged ‘cabins’

Curl Up in a Cozy Virginia Cottage

Monday, November 18th, 2013

There is a chill in the air that will soon turn frigid, leaving many to wish that they could hibernate with the bears. Sadly though, life does not leave enough time for hibernation, which means that we have to weather the cold in other ways. One such particularly pleasant way to fight the chill is by means of a cozy Inn Virginia cottage, nestled in the warmth of a soft, queen-sized bed, sipping a cup of cocoa by a fireplace, and wrapping up in a fuzzy robe.

Soak away the seasonal frost in the bubbling Jacuzzi waters one of the Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm in Dyke, Virginia. These cottages—Creek House, Pines, Ridge, and Laurelwood—offer forested views, secluded romance, and quiet warmth that promises unperturbed relaxation.

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

Besides the manor house of Middleton Inn in Washington, VA, the establishment also provides both a cozy cottage and a cabin for its guests. With a historic charm that dates back to the 1800s, Middleton Inn’s cottage and cabin displays pastoral elegance the assurance of solitude.

Middleton Inn

Middleton Inn

Looking for coziness in Petersburg, VA? Then you’ll love the wooded charm of Scents of Cedar B&B. Resting next to a quiet pond, Scents of Cedar’s cabin is the epitome of a rustic retreat. From the wood walls to the handcrafted quilts, there is no place that boasts a cozier ambiance.

Scents of Cedar B&B

Scents of Cedar B&B

And speaking of wood walls, the frame of Sugar Tree Inn in Vesuvius, Virginia is comprised of 175-year old logs, reused from historic buildings in the Shenandoah Valley. Cuddle up next to a wood-burning fireplace and enjoy a brief respite from the “real world.”

Sugar Tree Inn

Sugar Tree Inn

A final cozy cottage option is Woodward House on Manor Grade in Front Royal, Virginia. Woodward House’s Sunrise Cottages are the ideal location for a cozy escape. Fully furnished with Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces, you’ll find warmth, rest, and renewal in this Shenandoah Valley setting.

Woodward House on Manor Grade

Woodward House on Manor Grade

 

By Tara Stoll

“Steele” Away to a B&B

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Steeles Tavern Manor is a “Shenandoah Valley B&B at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.” It exudes rural elegance and stands as a proud facade with a corresponding mountainous backdrop. However, had you seen the manor in years gone by, it would have looked quite different from its current appearance.

Activity at the manor commenced in the 1780s, and the manor shifted from housing passers-by to becoming the Virginia Tourist Home to becoming a private home, and finally, to becoming a bed & breakfast currently owned by Ray and Melissa Alexander. Melissa says, “The previous owners closed the Bed and Breakfast in 2005. Therefore it needed some renovations before we opened our doors in July 2012. The floral wallpaper was stripped and fresh warm paint colors were applied. The colors of ecru, soft greens, and soft plums match the wine décor of the Inn. The red wall to wall carpet was removed to unveil the original hard wood floors of the 1916 Virginia Manor House … After weeks of hard work these floors were restored to their original beauty. The multi-layered window treatments were replaced…to brighten the inside and retain the southern style of the house.”

With their renovations, the Alexanders have managed to merge both past and present. While the manor retains the historical elegance of its predecessors, it also boasts the height of modern conveniences.

Ray and Melissa, who began their B&B journey by attending a BBAV Aspiring Innkeepers class as well as the B&B Team’s seminar, have future renovation plans for the inn as well, “focus[ing] on the outside to improve the walking grounds, pond and pool area.” Click here to book your room now and see these renovations in person!

By Tara Stoll