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Historical Traveler Reviews The Mark Addy Nellysford
Una visita è vale per tutta la vita
Io e mia moglie siamo stati per la prima volta al Mark Addy per il nostro primo anniversario di matrimonio ed è stato memorabile... purtroppo non in senso positivo. È triste vedere una casa così bella e i giardini attorno rovinati.
Una mancanza di ospitalità permeava la locanda e non ci siamo sentiti mai i benvenuti. Anche se la camera era pulita, mancava il riscaldamento, soprattutto considerato che la temperatura fuori era al di sotto dei 2°C. La colazione era molto semplice e non così speciale come il sito web pubblicizzava e come ci hanno assicurato durante una conversazione telefonica per confermare la nostra prenotazione. Era piuttosto semplice invece, di quelle che avremmo trovato in qualsiasi bar della zona.
Per concludere direi che, anche se il tragitto in auto fino all'hotel è spettacolare in questa stagione e le viste sono meravigliose, alla fine avremmo preferito un altro bed and breakfast o una camera d'hotel a Charlottesville. Il problema del riscaldamento e la scarsa qualità della colazione hanno reso questa struttura troppo costosa e non all'altezza del "Select Registry of Distinguished Inns of North America" cui è iscritta.
Unexpected vs. expected expectations!
~The food was absolutely wonderful... Rafi's cooking is incredible, and a leisurely, well presented meal was exactly what we asked for. Top Notch.
~The drive to the location is beautifully pastoral and lovely.
~The common areas of the house were stunning, especially the dining room and the parlor.
~The new Innkeepers are very earnest about making the Inn a success.
~"Family" feel, and you DO feel like you're staying with relatives....
which was a plus and a minus, and this is why:
The weekend we were there the owners were running everything; and they really need a little more experience in "hosting." There really is a fine art to waiting tables, and every area of a house that is open to guests should look more like a business than a messy desk and den. Also disagreements should probably be in private; I felt a little uncomfortable (yet charmed by their openess!) by some conversations between the hosts.
Oh, I wish I could say my stay was everything I saw in the pictures and read about in reviews. As I peeked into other rooms, many indeed looked like the photos you see; ours (Tiger Lily) did not. While there was a brand-new flat screen TV in our room the carpet was downright disgustingly dingy, the bed hard and uncomfortable, and the furnishings were tatty. The bathroom was not "spotless" as you'd expect in a luxury inn (hairs in the jacuzzi tub - ick!), especially when a "housekeeping tip envelope" was prominently displayed. There seemed to be alot of money spent on things like the aforementioned TV and solar lights in the yard when probably paint, landscaping, updated veranda seating, and replacement of dead houseplants might have been a better aesthetic investment. It was also difficult to enjoy the porch as the smell of either active cigarettes or the urn full of butts was impossible to avoid.
Having given that feedback, I will probably visit the Mark Addy again, as although I was disappointed in our room and the stated issues, the Inn had such a nice "feel" to it during our rainy-day stay. I'll book another room and look forward to revising this review after the new owners have a chance to work their magic!
We stayed at the Mark Addy Inn for three days in April. Our room, Tiger Lily, was everything we could hope for. Beautiful king bed. Lots of windows for the sun to stream into. For my husband, a flat screen T.V. on the wall ingenuously hidden from sight by a bamboo shade. All the amenities were top notch. Fresh flowers in the room. Lovely jacuzzi in the bathroom. Not to forget the tasty Hershey kisses.
Our host and hostess, Raffi and Leslie, were very warm and eager to make your stay unforgettable. Breakfasts were great and served in a lovely breakfast room. We had dinner at the Inn. Chef Raffi did a magnificent job. The food and atmosphere were worth every penny for dinner.
They also have a great staff. Kevin and Mary were wonderful. But Mary will never make it as a weather forcaster. ( A private joke between her and my husband.) Both were very helpful during our stay.
I can't say enough about our adventure at the Mark Addy, except that it was top-notch and we will definitely be back to enjoy Leslie and Raffi's hospitality again.
Charming and Hospitable
What a perfectly charming place. Beautiful old structure, wonderful grounds, welcoming hosts, great food and a beautiful location. It proved to be the perfect home base for exploring the surrounding countryside and Charlottesville.
A delightful experience, as always!
My husband and I have been long time fans of the Mark-Addy Inn, and our latest trip was as phenomenal as usual! The innkeeper, John Maddox, and his staff go out of their way to make guests feel welcome; the setting is lovely, inside and out.
We've introduced many of our friends to the Inn, and they've all loved it as much as we do. We sincerely hope you'll find an opportunity to stay there.
A fabulous experience, start to finish
Let me first say that my husband and I have found the innkeepers at the Mark Addy to be some of the warmest and most gracious and welcoming we've met. (Since we've stayed in 75 B&Bs, that's pretty good.) They are attentive and friendly and genuinely interested, and still know when to tactfully withdraw, which is a rare talent. (Well, that and slightly warped - we do enjoy a good sense of humor.)
Each room is decorated within a theme, with perfect colors and a well-developed sense of comfort. And breakfast - oh my, I even took *pictures* the breakfast was so beautifully presented!
In a beautiful dining room with a pastoral view and a lovely wall mural, fresh flowers, and food that just kept coming, one delicious morsel following another.
If you're looking for a way to step out of the humdrum and have a taste of the exquisite, the Mark Addy is the place to go. Top notch. Just go.
Casual elegance in an idyllic setting
My husband and I stayed at the Mark Addy half a dozen times in 2004-2005. The Inn was a very convenient place for us to stay when visiting our new home construction site in Wintergreen. From the moment I first arrived at the inn I knew we had discovered a real jewel in the Blue Ridge. The inn's setting is marvelous, with fantastic mountain views from the charming front porch and many of the rooms. The decor is delightful, somehow achieving a sense of cosiness in the midst of beautiful, priceless antiques. The breakfasts are outstanding, far superior to the fare at any other B&B where we have stayed. Most importantly, we were always treated with great hospitality and professionalism at the Mark Addy by the owner and his staff. I can honestly say that I recommend the Mark Addy without reservation.
Unfortunately, we found our experience at the Mark Addy Inn to be unsettling. On one hand, the grounds and the room was very nice, and it was convenient for my girlfriend and I to stay there for our visit, but from the very first phone call to make reservations, we found the owners to be lacking in hospitality. We never felt quite welcome, and often received a much warmer reception and camaraderie from the guests than we did the Mark Addy owners, which was a little disturbing. We are still not exactly sure why this was, but we did attempt to show them every kindness and respect while we were there, so their behavior was quite mystifying to us.
It may be that we are misrepresenting the place, and we recognize that this may just be our experience. We arrived an hour or two early to the inn from a redeye flight, and were turned away despite our exhaustion, and at the end, the owners had believed we had forgotten to tip the maid (we hadn't, it was a simple breakdown in communication) and yelled at us - even after explaining the mistake, they still said they would fault us and charge us as well.
In short, while the Mark Addy was a convenient stay for us, in the end, we would have preferred another bed and breakfast or even a hotel room in Waynesboro or Charlottesville. As long as you do not cross the owners of Mark Addy, you shouldn't experience any problems and the view there is beautiful, but the undercurrent of anger and overt hostility from the owners has made it so we would not wish to stay there again if we had the choice.
The Perfect Weekend Get-Away
What a great spot this is! We stayed here after driving down skyline drive. This fabulous spot is located right at the gate to Wintergreen, but it is an upscale elegant Inn. Fabulously restored. Excellent service and close to everything you could possibly want in Charlottesville, staunton and Waynesboro. We golfed, rode horses and went wine-hopping. We will definitely be back for the fall foliage and ski season.
A Gem in the Mountains
We stayed here during the autumn and found this Inn to be quite romantic and charming. The Inn is decorated in beautiful French and English antiques. The Inn Keeper is quite knowledgable on local atractions, such as antiquing and local wineries. The rooms are beautiful and our bed was quite confortable. The food was excellent and served on china. I have heard this Inn is for sale so there will be knew management coming and there is no longer dinner being served, so this is dissapointing. We tried to go back this year but our favorite room was booked for months. We recommend the Mark Addy!