House Mountain Inn is a gem waiting to be discovered. Located just outside historic Lexington, Virginia, the new facility will undoubtedly become a favorite of those who want an elegant lodging experience in a rustic mountain setting.
My wife and I searched the Internet for a perfect "bed and breakfast experience" to celebrate our 20th anniversary. We looked at places in Asheville, North Carolina, Abingdon and Williamsburg, Virginia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We were willing to drive up to five hours away from our home near Blacksburg, Virginia for this special occasion. Eventually we found an Internet site that intrigued us, and decided to go to Lexington, Virginia to a newly opened bed & breakfast/inn just about two hours from our home. We were a little worried because there had been no reviews of this facility on TripAdvisor. However, the web page was so alluring that we decided to take the risk that the inn would be as special. We were not disappointed.
House Mountain Inn is about fifteen minutes from the Lexington, Virginia exit off of I-81. The directions for the facility found on the web site were easy to follow, and there was no way you could have missed the turn off for the site – an old western-style sign framed the entrance. After winding our way up the long paved access drive called Lonesome Dove Trail, (where we would later see wild turkey and white tail deer) we were delighted to see the stately inn towering regally on the hillside above a pond. While the landscape was not mature, the efforts at creating a garden-like atmosphere on the hillside and at the pond below are clearly going to yield fantastic long-term results.
Entering the inn we were awed by the size and décor of the great room. The massive room that serves as parlor, living room and breakfast nook rivals the lobbies of mid-upper tier hotels. The room was decorated with a moose head, a stuffed bear, fox, wolf, bobcat and trout. The rugs were colorful and the nature mural on the right wall was stunning.
There are nine rooms in the inn and we stayed in one on the low end of the price scale, paying $160 per night for the two-night minimum stay. The room had about 440 square feet in a bedroom/living room combination and the spacious bathroom.
The design elements of the interior were exquisite. No detail in the rooms was left to chance. The bed clothing was luxurious, the fireplace added a romantic touch, and the hot tub offered a relaxing respite.
The breakfasts were referred to as country breakfasts, but the fare was much more upscale than one would expect with that moniker. The first course on our initial morning was a sweet bread and attractive plate of fruit, followed by bacon, eggs and French toast. The second morning’s first course was a plate of fruit highlighted by a delicious cream cheese danish. A slice of egg and cheese casserole, two large link sausages, and four pancakes with homemade strawberry syrup made up the second course.
Entertainment options abound, both on-site and off. On our first morning there we took advantage of a trail that had been laid out by bulldozer for horses and ATVs. It is six-plus miles in length with an optional two extra miles that goes to a pond. A nice map was provided by the proprietors. Although steep, the first mile and a half was like walking through a butterfly garden. We saw about seven or eight different varieties of butterflies snacking on the teasel and thistles. On the hot August day, we should have turned back after the first mile or so, but instead took the whole six-mile loop. This proved to be a mistake, as we tired out in the mid-day heat and humidity, even though most of the trail was tree-covered and the last half was primarily down-hill.
We also toured the campuses of Washington & Lee and Virginia Military Institute, both in the city of Lexington. We visited the site of the Lime Kiln Theatre, a regionally-famous site of outdoor plays. Given the heat, we decided not to attend. On the second afternoon we drove about 10 miles up I-81 to Raphine and Steele’s Tavern where we visited Buffalo Springs Herb Garden, featuring wonderful gardens and dried flowers, and the Cyrus Hall McCormick Farm, where the first practical reaper was developed. Finally, on our way out of town we toured historic downtown Lexington, home of Civil War hero Stonewall Jackson. Both Jackson and Robert E. Lee are buried in Lexington.
It was a special two days for us, mainly because of the care taken by the owners of this inn to make everything perfect. We would highly recommend the facility to anyone who savors nature, and likes to be pampered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape and discover a most unusual combination of attentiveness, solitude and satisfaction. Our 9 luxurious but casual guestrooms feature fireplaces, private hot tubs or Jacuzzi tubs, private porch, solid wood furniture, and the best bedding you can ask for. Leave the ordinary behind and immerse yourself in 0ur peaceful surroundings. We will help you enjoy and enrich your getaway by looking after all details. Come see why you will love our welcoming approach with each return visit. Spend the day relaxing or exploring Lexington's most well known mountain. Our 1,000 beautiful acres are just perfect for picnicking, meandering hikes, mountain climbing, wildlife watching, and sightseeing. Be sure to ask us about bringing your horse. End your search for the most unique setting for your next wedding or meeting. You will find we are well-equipped with the latest technology, making your gathering a success. House Mountain Inn has a variety of event facilities for groups from 10 to 150. All of which capture our rustic but elegant theme. We're Open All Year! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- House Mountain Hotel Lexington