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.
- 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