My fiance and I stayed here two nights on a trip to Shenandoah National Park. The town of Front Royal is a great base for exploring the entire Shenandoah Valley area, including wineries, the park, and other small towns. We had planned on a full day of hiking and sightseeing... but ended up snowbound for half the day during that freak Halloween snowstorm. We didn't mind though, and we eventually ventured out to a local whisky distillery called Copper Fox. Highly recommend going there if you like whisky (yes, without the "e,"). The tour is really neat, and they sell "age-it-yourself" kits with a mini barrel and bottles of unaged spirits.
Anyway. The house is easy to miss if you're not looking closely. It's set back from the road a bit up a short but steep hill. Plenty of parking is available. Bob, Joan, and Kathy are fantastic hosts. We felt welcome from the minute we walked in the door.
We stayed in a mini-suite room with a sitting area and semi-separated sleeping area. Joan stocks the rooms with water, snacks, and homemade cookies, yum! The bed was absolutely amazing. It was a high, carved-oak queen-sized mountain of a bed. It was piled so high with a featherbed and down comforter that it stood taller than my waist! Luckily small stepstools were provided for getting into and out of it. When we woke up to the snow, I didn't want to get out of bed. But breakfast is only till 9:00 a.m. Feel free to come down in your jammies though, it's super-relaxed!
Speaking of breakfast... wow can Joan cook! Omelettes to order, homemade muffins, fresh fruit, french toast, dry cereals, slow-cooker oatmeal, cinnamon apples, four kinds of flavored sugars, coffee/tea, fresh-squeezed OJ, etc. etc. Sunday morning we were treated to "sin on a saucer" which was some strange and wonderful cross between a popover and a cinnamon roll. Incredible. Also on Sunday, they have cheese biscuits with sausage gravy... not for the faint of heart. I couldn't finish mine, and they were so rich it made my stomach hurt.
Staying here really is like staying with your family. Bob and Joan might be your loving, slightly kooky aunt & uncle, and Kathy is Joan's twin sister. It's fun trying to tell them apart! All of the guests staying that weekend ended up hanging out much of the night in the living room near the fireplace and around the bar (which has complimentary wine & beer on tap). Maybe it's just the kind of people this inn attracts, but it was nice to interact with people instead of staying holed up in a hotel room.
The only negative thing that happened was that the fireplace got backed up a couple of times, sending smoke out into the living room and upstairs into the guest rooms. All the guests banded together and opened the windows, and it wasn't a huge deal. Made me a little nervous though, since they had a fire going almost all the time. I think the house is a little careworn and could use a touch (just a touch) of updating, but we're still very excited to plan a return trip in the spring. And hopefully it won't snow again!