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Yardley Inn and Spa
Ranked #2 of 6 Manti B&B and Inns
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The first thing you need to know is that ALL of the reviews worse than "very good" pre-date the current ownership and most recent renovation and furnishing. My wife and I like to enjoy B&B's several times a year and we can say without reservation that the Yardley Inn experience was head-and-shoulders the finest of our 29 years together. We expected a clean, comfortable place with quaint decor in a sleepy little town. We did not expect to leave feeling revitalized, spiritually renewed, and having made new friends.

Manti is isolated from Utah’s interstate freeways, national parks and urban centers. , and its scenery of high desert mountains and farmland can be an acquired taste. What Manti and the Yardley Inn in particular have to offer can be reduced to one word: Peace.

Once inside the front door, it quickly becomes apparent that the place is much more ambitious than its relatively humble exterior shows. The large dining room opens upward to an impressive library on the second floor, but selections from that library are best enjoyed below in the south-facing solarium, stocked with comfortable lounge chairs and a forest of potted plants and just begging to be escaped to with a good novel.

The artwork throughout the house is both tasteful and unique to the home's native time period and culture. Some of the flooring is original wood dating from 1895, and remnants of the Victorian era are lovingly placed throughout the house with furniture, wall decor and accent pieces. This is not a hodge-podge of old junk like you'll find at some historic B&B's, but a carefully selected portfolio of antiques that work together to create a period ambiance that truly transports.

We stayed in the spacious "Moonlight and Roses" suite upstairs. The space directly above the draped four-poster opens to sky-facing windows large enough to admit plenty of moon and starlight on a clear night. The huge jetted tub easily accommodates a couple who need some quality time together with perfect lighting. The separate bath has his-and-her sinks and a tiled shower. There is a flat-screen TV and DVD player hidden in the bed-facing armoire, but it seemed almost blasphemous to turn on these anachronistic gadgets in such a tranquil place.

I wouldn't say we were "welcomed" to the Yardley by the staff. "Adopted" is more like it. Don't expect to come and go from this place as an anonymous guest. If you have it in you to appreciate this place and these people, you will come away with a strong desire to return to your new home away from home very soon.

The breakfast, which was served promptly at 9am on our arrival in the dining room, should have its own separate review, if not articles in the top B&B and culinary magazines. The eggs, sourced from free-range hens right there in Sanpete County, were cheesy and delicious with hints of flavors I couldn't quite identify and prefer to live with the mystery. The flavorful vegetable side was complimented by melt-in-your-mouth medallions of baked sweet potatoes flash-finished in bacon fat (sounds bad, but is decidedly not). The pancakes transcend anything I've had on a breakfast plate since birth. Just the prior weekend, we waited more than 30 minutes to be seated at a place in Salt Lake County famous for its "heavenly hotcakes". They were superb. Those made for us at the Yardley Inn were better, and not just because the maple syrup was the real thing. I am not a man of few words, but there are none to describe these cakes. Go get some as part of your first stay here and have a new dimension added to your humanity.

The owner, Katelon, didn't hesitate for a second to share with us, complete strangers, the very personal and inspiring story behind her acquisition of the house less than two years ago and her continuing discovery of her purpose in Manti. One of those purposes, easily evident to us as visitors, has to be the selection of some remarkable young people as employees. There is love, care and attention to detail in everything they do. The experience wouldn't have been what it was without the presence of Kali, McKinly and Megan, our tour guides and chefs. Their work is the definition of hospitality.

We didn't have time this visit to enjoy the spa amenities but there are separate rooms for yoga and massage and there is a strong emphasis on wellness, wholeness, and restfulness. This is an ideal "get away from it all" environment, and the lack of entertainment options in the area has to be seen as a stress reliever and not a liability.

The best thing I can say about the Yardley Inn and Spa is that we booked our next visit before we left on Saturday morning. Yep - it's that good. We'll be back in three weeks and even that seems too long.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Michael K
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Katelon R, Owner at Yardley Inn and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Michael, you are a wordsmith. And your review brought a lump to my throat. Thank you.

As an owner, I had a vision of creating something to make a difference. Knowing that in our world the most precious and rarest of all commodities is TIME, and more importantly, time (away from the stress, the hubbub, the chaos at times, and the demands of routine life) to recharge, renew, and reconnect with the ones most precious to us who so often get the leftovers, and then, feedback comes, like yours, that the effort and vision has been drawn down into reality, and it's real, it's felt, it's been grasped, and savored, well; there just aren't words.

You walked in the door as a total stranger, but left as a part of the Yardley Inn "family".
Thanks again for using your real gift with words to capture an experience that truly just has to be experienced.

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Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

The Yardley inn was a wonderful b&b! This was the first b&b we have ever stayed in and it was perfect. We visited the Yardley to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary and stayed in the "moonlight and roses" suite. It was a beautiful room with a huge jetted tub and king size bed with a skylight. We woke up to the smell of breakfast cooking. Breakfast was amazing!! Homemade everything and great service. I love the small town atmosphere of Manti and we felt right at home. If you're looking for a quick night away this was a great place to stay!

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Lindsey P
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Katelon R, Owner at Yardley Inn and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

LIndsey, you and your husband are darling, and I'm so glad you chose to spend your anniversary here. Come again any time you need a getaway!
This grand, 125 year old house has a legacy, and you are now a part of it. Every guest brings a piece of their light and energy and that makes it what it is, so thank you for being you and choosing us!

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Reviewed 13 October 2016

This Inn is an amazing, storybook like gem, nestled in a beautiful little rural town. The rooms are beautifully, thoughtfully, lovingly furnished. The beds are plush and comfy. The history is awe inspiring. The quiet is breathtaking. The staff is extremely kind, hospitable and obviously take great pride in what they do. And can we talk about the breakfast for a minute? WOW! Every detail, from the flatware to the food, was amazing. Cocont Kiefer? Lemon Soufle Pancakes? Mint from the garden? So good! The owner, Katelon, has truly created something special here. This inn is way more than just a comfy bed, great hospitality, and delicious food. . .you just can't find this ambiance anywhere else. I left rejuvenated!

  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled with family
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Katelon R, Owner at Yardley Inn and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you! T'was a privilege to host you here. Thanks for the spirit YOU brought to this place! You just let me know 4 days in advance of your next visit through Utah and I'll be sure to have more coconut keifer for you to dip strawberries from the garden in (it takes a few days to turn into that delicious "pudding" texture.) I've been working on some really good vegan menus for you and our other "virtually vegan" diners so you and that adorable tween of yours-- you won't even miss the bacon. :)

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Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed two nights in Manti and they are amongst the most memorable we have had this trip. This is due to two things: first my girlfriend falling ill, second the staff's response which was warm, caring and heartfelt.

Both Mckinly and Kali went out of their way to help her (and me) cope and it has left a lasting impression.

Two other things stood out: the way the rooms of the have been modelled: beautifully. And, breakfast: healthy, wholesome and prepared with dedication. Something special in a country where breakfasts are basically built on flour, fat and corn syrup.

If your looking for a place to stay in the region this Inn should be on the top of your list.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Boer B
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Katelon R, Owner at Yardley Inn and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I appreciate your review very much.
I'm one who looks for places to get real food made with wholesome ingredients when away from home; as some breakfasts send me right back to bed. (Which isn't a bad thing when you are here, enjoying a getaway, with someone you love!)
We use top quality ingredients like pure organic maple syrup, instead of HFCS w/artificial flavorings, and as Eyore says "thanks for noticing."

Come again! the fireplaces are so beautiful when the logs are lit and crackling in the fall and winter!

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Reviewed 25 August 2016

My husband and I stayed in the Lavender and Lace room for our second anniversary last weekend and are already planning our next stay in the Moonlight and Roses room. I can't think of high enough praise to give the staff, the rooms, and the atmosphere. The Yardley Inn is a wonderful place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank katiejane72016
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Katelon R, Owner at Yardley Inn and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A second anniversary is a very special thing! So glad you hallmarked it with a wonderful, memorable getaway and retreat. Can you believe: some of our guests have been coming here every year for over 20 years! We love it when you come back and make us a part of your traditions :)

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Additional Information about Yardley Inn and Spa

Address: 190 South 200 W, Manti, UT 84642
Region: United States > Utah > Manti
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Manti
Price Range: RM613 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built before the turn of the century, this Bed and Breakfast has all the warmth and charm of an old English Country Inn with European-style Spa Amenities. Elegantly furnished with antiques combine the convenience of today with the ambiance of yesteryear. The guest rooms all have private baths, Satellite TV, and DVD's. They are charming and comfortable with four poster or brass beds and down comforters. A selection of videos and CDs are available in the library. A full Spa cuisine breakfast is served in the large dining room. ... more   less 

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