Shenandoah Manor Bed & Breakfast
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The historic B&B is located in Lexington, VA, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Located on 10 acres, this B&B offers 8 rooms with private full baths (some with jacuzzi's), balconies, free wireless (WiFi), and air conditioning on beautiful grounds next to creek/pond. The Guest House (4 rooms) is a perfect setting for family reunions, families at graduation, class get-togethers, or the perfect location for a wedding party.
You will feel more than welcome when you enter this beautiful historic house dating back to the 1890′s, located three miles south of historic downtown Lexington, Virginia. This Federal style Manor house is filled with beautiful paintings and has two art studios. From spring through fall it is an Art Destination with scheduled weeks of art classes from the owner who is a professional artist.
This Bed and Breakfast is surrounded by 10 secluded acres of Virginia countryside — fields, streams and woodlands, abundant wildflowers, butterflies and wildlife — deer, turkeys and songbirds. Relax on the porch and enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A full gourmet breakfast is artfully prepared and served to you each morning, featuring fresh fruit, baked goods and so much more; with a different menu for our multi-night visitors.
In the evenings relax with a drink on the patio or in the sitting room. Explore the grounds and you will find remnants of a spring house or watch the fish in the creek. Nearby attractions include the many shops and restaurants in Lexington’s historic district, Virginia Military Institute, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Natural Bridge Caverns and the George Washington National Forest. There are many hiking trails int he neighborhood - the nearest being only 1.3 miles from the Manor.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Nancy Boer for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Guests come to our inn because it is conveniently close to VMI, Washington & Lee, the Horse Center and all the rest that Lexington and the surroundings have to offer. We are less than 5 miles from the center of Lexington so it is a good get-away from the city, into a peaceful nature setting. The Shenandoah Manor is located on 10 acres just a couple of miles outside the city limits of Lexington. It is a quiet, peaceful setting nestled in the hills - you can sit on your balcony with a glass of wine, listen to the birds, admire the fountain in the pond, walk to the gazebo over looking the pond, stand on the bridge and watch the creek trickle by, enjoy a fire in the fire pit at night and watch the stars, or just find a quiet place and read a book. And, yet you are only a 15 minute drive to get back into Lexington to enjoy the sites of the historical city.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known as an "art destination". The owner of the manor is a fine artist who displays his own paintings throughout the manor - of which, they are all for sale. So it is like walking into a private gallery. From spring through fall, there are various art courses offered at the Manor so your stay might coincide with guests who are there for a course. Two of the rooms of the manor are art studios - so you can browse their work and strike up very interesting conversations. In addition, to the artwork hanging - the rooms are decorated in beautiful artistic quilts.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Lexington is full of Civil War history. It is a small city so you can really become acquainted with it. It does not allow any franchise stores in its downtown area so it is full of interesting little shops and boutiques to browse through. On Friday there is a two-hour walking tour organized from the Visitor Center that is so full of interesting facts. However, if you are a nature lover and don't want to stay in the city, the other reason to visit Lexington is the surrounding beautiful nature and all that offers - hiking (both easy and more challenging) trails, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, etc.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Everyone that stays with us remarks about the "homey atmosphere", the super cleanliness, the great food, along with the wonderful hospitality. They love that the rooms are comfortable and add an ease to their stay; tastefully decorated but not cluttered and full of "dust catchers" and they have their own private full bathroom.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
A small town with lots to offer
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Spend a day in Lexington exploring the historic sites - the Stonewall Jackson House & cemetery; Lee Chapel where General Robert E. Lee is buried, VMI (Virginia Military Institute) and George C. Marshall museums. Take short day trips to explore the county - Blue Ridge Parkway, Goshen Pass, Natural Bridge, antique malls, vineyards, etc. If your health permits, plan an outdoor adventure, i.e. day of hiking (you have different challenge levels of trails to choose from); a canoe trip, a fishing trip, etc. The nearest trail to our property is 1.3 miles away. Or if you want to go a bit further you can choose to visit Staunton, The Homestead Resort, Greenbrier Resort, Charlottesville, and Appomattox.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Nature - hike up the hill, take a stroll to the pond and see if you can see the 4 large coy fish that live there, or just go for a peaceful walk down the road. You might hear an occasional dog bark, but that adds to the "real country" feeling.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Lexington has an array of great restaurants. Let us know what your taste is and we will have recommendations for you.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
The Rockbridge Tourism office is a great source of information for anything in the area. They are very friendly, open daily and are always on hand to help you find what you are looking for. www.lexingtonvirginia.com
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have eight rooms - all with private bathrooms. Three of the rooms are in the Manor house and 5 in the Guest House that also has a common room with sitting area and TV; a small kitchenette and laundry facility. A room in the Guest House is perfect for someone that needs a "short" long-term stay - and we will give you special rates if your stay is longer than a week.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets but there are pet sitting services in the area that we can give you information for.
Enjoy the Gourmet Breakfasts
In the morning, a complimentary pot of coffee or tea, in the Dining Room is provided for early risers; take a mug by the fire in the Library in colder months or, in warmer weather, out on the porch or patio, or back to your room.
The cooking generally reflects the delicious local cuisine whenever possible, using fresh local produce, and dishes often change according to seasonal delicacies. Breakfast starts with yogurt or fruit dishes, followed by a full breakfast entree followed by a freshly baked muffin or roll of some kind. What is better than something still warm from the oven?
Booking & Cancellation Policies
Reservations must be secured with a deposit by check or credit card. 100% of stay required at reservation.
- All rates are for double occupancy and include a three course breakfast.
- There is a $35 per night additional charge for any additional person in the room
- State (5.3%) and local (7%) taxes for Virginia are additional.
April 1 - Oct 31: A minimum stay of two nights will apply for holidays and special events.
One-night bookings are accepted year round by availability.
$25 charge for lost or un-returned room key.
Check-In: 4:00 - 9:00 pm IF arriving later than that, please make sure you make special arrangements.
Check-Out: 10:30 am
There is a $50 cancellation fee (per room reserved) for any cancellation.
Apr 1 - Oct 31: If reservation is cancelled at least 60 days prior to stay, deposit minus the $50 cancellation fee will be refunded. If cancellation is made with the 60 days, deposit minus the $50 cancellation fee will only be refunded if room is re-booked. No shows will be charged for the entire amount of stay booked. No refund for early departure.
Nov 1- Mar 31: Deposit refunded less $50 cancellation fee (per room reserved).
The Shenandoah Art Destination
Have an interest in art? The Shenandoah Manor is an Art Destination from spring through fall - the course schedule can be found on the website: www.ShenandoahArtDestination.com
The Shenandoah Art Destination provides the ideal art vacation creative holiday and inspiration for an art lover of any ability. You will be offered art courses in drawing, painting and printmaking, together with an exceptional range of studio facilities. But, it’s more than just a painting week – it’s a great holiday too. And, best of all, it is all-inclusive. Your lodging, meals and art tuition are all packaged into one price.
We accommodate a wide level of ability, from the complete beginner art student wishing to learn about the creative process, to those who want to refresh their knowledge, through to more experienced artists who might choose to work more independently. Inspiration and subject matter can be developed from the surrounding landscape and/or art studio based activities.
Reviewed April 7, 2013
This is a return visit to Shenandoah Manor B&B. It is just a short distance outside of Lexington but is wonderfully situated in "the country." The pond, creek, and woods are soothing and relaxing with plenty of areas to walk. We enjoyed our private balcony, spacious and clean room, delicious breakfast, and thoughtful hosts. The decor is uncluttered, but so interesting with handmade quilts and items from around the world. We particularly enjoyed viewing the various art work that the host and artist, Jan-Willem Boer has painted. You get your own private gallery showing as all of the pieces are for sale. Shenandoah Manor is "one of a kind" B&B, it is the best of Lexington.
Reviewed April 1, 2013
The Shenandoah Manor is a lovely house set on a hillside just a short drive from downtown Lexington. The owners, Jan-Willem and Nancy are welcoming, gracious and thoughtful. They seem to give that extra touch to everything. The house is tastefully decorated and immaculate. You won't find dust, doilies, or heavy draperies here. The bedrooms are comfortable and large, each having a private balcony overlooking the surrounding hills, pond, and creek. There are two beautiful art studios on the main floor where Jan-Willem, a talented artist, teaches during artists retreats. The studios are open for guests to enjoy and to browse his pieces. His artwork is on display throughout the house. Nancy is an amazing baker and breakfast is not only beautiful but delicious. We will definitely return on our next visit to Lexington.
Reviewed March 26, 2013
We were on an extended road trip and spent 4 nights at the B&B. We slept well in the comfortable bed. The room decor is peaceful and lovely. Even in a cold March week, the views from the house are spectacular. This was before the many trees had leafed and flowered.The food was delicious with lots of variety and beautiful presentation. We will definitely be regular visitors at this B&B.
Reviewed March 24, 2013
This B&B is being revived by the recent owners that have done an amazing job in less than a year. It lies only minutes away from downtown Lex-Vegas yet benefits from the peace and quiet only a pond and rolling stream can offer. The property is on a beautiful hill/mountain and the home(s) are decorated with Jan-Willen's amazing art work. We were welcomed with a tour and a beer and Nancy was able to get a reservation for dinner in town in spite of every W&L student going out for dinner for W&L's fraternity formal dress night. Breakfast was delicious (Mexican egg cups) and filling and the coffee was spot on. We even had the outdoor fireplace stocked with kindling and firewood for us.
Looking forward to going back!
Policies of the Manor
The Shenandoah Manor is pleased to host your "get-away" stay whether visiting a student at the local university, a sight-seeing trip, a special wedding night celebration, a romantic honeymoon in Virginia, reunion groups, travelling through or just a stay away from the business of life. As a unique Virginia bed and breakfast, it is our goal to provide you with personal service, a gracious ambiance and lovely accommodations to make your stay relaxing and restful. In order to ensure your stay in Lexington, VA is a pleasant one, a number of policies have been established.
- The Shenandoah Manor is a smoke-free facility both inside and on the grounds
- We have no accommodations for pets but will give you information of local kennels to make those arrangements
- Wireless hi-speed internet is available for your laptop throughout the Manor and Guesthouse
- We do not offer handicap access; however, two bedrooms on the first floor of the Guesthouse can accommodate those who prefer not to climb stairs
- However, there would be some stairs to get to the dining room
- Well-behaved children age 12 and over are more than welcome
- Exceptions may be made upon request