Answers from Our Experts (1)
Considering each and every room is unique at The Inn at Little Washington, it comes as no surprise that the suites are spectacularly distinct at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. Room one, which is one of the junior suites, is one of the most popular rooms, situated at the end of the hallway with an unrivaled view of the garden. We think this may be one of the best rooms because it’s a little bigger than the superior room and it boasts a fabulous balcony that allows you to enjoy your morning cup o’ joe while you overlook the garden.
If you’re looking for a bit more space, we suggest you upgrade to one of the bi-level suites. With a lofted bedroom, a bathroom like you’ve never seen before and a fabulous sitting area, the bi-level suites are definitely worth a pretty penny. One of the bi-level suites that we love has heavy drapes (the kind that make you think: these still exist?), with a fantastic canopy over the couch. It sounds gaudy and over-the-top, but it totally works.
While these are the only types of suites in the main house, there are even better ones on other parts of the property. The Mayor’s House — which was actually home to the mayor at one point — is one of the oldest structures in town; some parts of it date back to 1740. But don’t let its age fool you into thinking it’s rundown. With a formal sitting area complete with a gas fireplace, the Mayor’s House is one of the most distinguishable suites. The bedroom flaunts a king bed and a fieldstone wood burning fireplace — talk about cozy. There is even a small, walled garden that makes for the perfect afternoon tea setting or even a small, intimate wedding.
Next door to the Mayor’s House is the crimson red Gamekeeper’s Cottage, which used to be a plain old addition to its neighbor. With an outdoor patio that overlooks the “field of dreams” — The Inn at Little Washington restaurant’s garden, you can watch deer snag apples from the nearby trees or simply relax and take in the fresh mountain air. The Gamekeeper’s Cottage boasts a loft bedroom, two bathrooms and a stone fireplace; this suite is as luxurious as rustic gets.
Last, but arguably the best, is the Presidential Cottage, also known as the Claiborne House. In the past years, the owner of the Five-Star inn — Patrick O’Connell — would have to pack up his belongings and move homes if a VIP came to town, but he finally turned the Claiborne House into an official part of the inn. Now, the Presidential Cottage flaunts an incomparable two-story veranda, two bedrooms, a full kitchen and a library in case you need to do some work. At 3,200 square feet, the Claiborne House has hosted some of the inn’s most important VIPs.