By The Side Of The Road Bed and Breakfast

491 Garbers Church Road , Harrisonburg, VA 22801-8409 USA (Show map)

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By the Side of the Road Bed & Breakfast,in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Harrisonburg's award-winning luxury travel destination. FIREPLACES, FEATHERBEDS, GOURMET FARE with THREE Incredible Cottages, FOUR Luxury Manor House Suites and TWO brand new pond-side Suites. This former civil war field hospital has been meticulously preserved amongst the development in the Harrisonburg area. It sits on eight city acres and offers a pond and sprawling lawn. Located just minutes away from I-81, campuses of James Madison University, Eastern Mennonite University and Bridgewater College, we want to be your home away from home. Visit out website for a full description of all this unique property has to offer--including WIFI, Seasonal Fireplaces, Private Baths, Luxury Showers, Featherbeds, Cable TV/DVD, Oversize Whirlpool Tubs and so much more.

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Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.7
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6

My fiancé's birthday weekend

5 on May 16, 2016

I wanted to try something different for my fiancé's birthday so I began looking for bed and breakfast spots outside of Hampton Roads. I liked what I saw from the website but absolutely LOVED our stay. I chose the Fitzgerald cabin with the Romance package and it was simply breathtaking from the time we opened the door. The staff at BTSOTR really out-did theirselves. From the rose petals on the bed to the soft music as soon as we came in to the large jacuzzi tub, all I can say is BRAVO!! We HIGHLY recommend this bed and breakfast to any couple who wants a romantic getaway.


Perfect Private Getaway

5 on May 03, 2016

My husband and I stayed in the Water Lily Cottage and had a wonderful time. All amenities were provided in the cottage. Our delicious breakfast was delivered to us every morning to our doorstep. The location is within a couple miles of downtown, close enough yet far enough for peace and quiet. We look forward to staying here again when we have another event in Harrisonburg. Thank you Janice and Dennis!!


THE Place to Stay in Harrisonburg

5 on April 18, 2016

Looking for a comfy weekend getaway? Stay here!! Conveniently located just a short drive from the center of town and the James Madison University campus. Our room (Ardor of Hope) was spacious and quiet. We enjoyed the gas fireplace at night and by day the room was sunshine happy (thanks to lots of windows). Breakfast - discreetly delivered to your room's door - was super. We will be back!

Innkeeper Response
The highest compliment you can pay us is to return! We're so happy you mention doing so. We, too, love the Ardor for its eastern exposure and morning sunshine! Thanks for taking time to share your experience! Best regards.


Amazing Bed and Breakfast

5 on April 18, 2016

This was the best bed and breakfast I have ever stayed at. The food was amazing and the room was fantastic. Every detail went above and beyond what we expected. We went for a romantic weekend and stayed in the water lily suite. 100% recommend.

Innkeeper Response
We're bursting our vest buttons!!! Thanks for sharing your experience with such enthusiasm. We hope you'll come again and look forward to seeing you!


A Pleasant Stay

3.0 on April 14, 2016

My wife and I spent a Friday night/Saturday morning in the 1790 suite on the second floor of the main building. The accommodations were fine and the feather bed was quite comfortable. Breakfast the next morning (waffles/fruit/juice) was brought to our door. Overall, this is a very nice property and we would recommend it to anyone looking to stay at a B&B in the Harrisonburg, VA area.

Innkeeper Response
So kind of your to take the time to review your visit. All three's makes us feel we need to improve. As we said in our thank you note, "if you can't give us a 5-star review", will you let us know what we need to do to get there, in your opinion. We hope you'll return and give us another chance to "wow" you. Best regards...


Wonderful little get away

4.8 on March 21, 2016

My husband and I just wanted to get away for a couple of days, somewhere we could drive in under 4 hours. This was a great choice! The room was gorgeous, with wonderful attention to detail. We loved the sherry by the fire, which came with our room. Janice and Dennis where the perfect hosts, as we hardly knew they (or anyone else) were there until we wanted to—they left us to ourselves until we asked questions before we left the Inn about places to visit. The conversation was delightful. Breakfast delivered to our room each morning was just what I needed for privacy and relaxation. We also enjoyed the historical yet active town of Harrisonburg. We walked along the streets and looked at the beautifully restored old homes. Lots of cool places to eat. Loved this little get away.

Innkeeper Response
Wonderful to learn your getaway was just what you were looking for and that Harrisonburg proved a good destination. We hope you'll consider a return visit and look forward to seeing you then!


Shenandoah National Park Getaway

5 on March 07, 2016

My husband and I stayed at The Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast after a day hiking and exploring the Shenandoah National Park. The Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast was wonderful! Our first bed and breakfast experience and we enjoyed the quiet stay in a beautiful room with a cozy fireplace, comfortable bed and delicious breakfast. Nice change from hotels!

Innkeeper Response
So happy to learn that your first bed and breakfast experience encourages you to try another! Thank you for being our guests. Do come again!


Valentine Get Away

5 on March 01, 2016

Our 1st B&B experience after 28 years of marriage - perfect get away weekend...room layout was a pleasant surprise how spacious, and the home-made breakfast delivered to our door was delicious! Will definitely be back.

Innkeeper Response
Congratulations, once again, on your 28th wedding anniversary. We are delighted that you have discovered bed and breakfasts as a lodging alternative. Please do come again. We can't wait for our return!


The Perfect Getaway

4.8 on January 21, 2016

We reserved a room at By The Side Of The Road for JMU graduation and would highly recommend it to anyone else! Quiet, relaxing, and in the perfect location. They also did a wonderful job accommodating our dietary restrictions.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the nice review. We were glad to be a part of your special weekend.


Wonderful!

5 on January 03, 2016

This was a surprise for my husband to relax a little and it was beyond my expectations.

Innkeeper Response
Surprises are the best especially when expectations are exceeded. We're happy to learn this one for your husband to relax turned out well. Thanks for taking time to let us know!


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Rooms & Rates

Eselyn Taylor Suite

Enjoy a warm, luxurious, candle-lit soak in the sculpted tub in a bathroom "big enough for a chandelier" and a separate shower. Then, climb up into your cozy queen-sized featherbed or snuggle by the seasonal gas-log fire and enjoy the quiet, guaranteed by 15-ince-thick interior brick walls. Awake to the eastern sunrise and wonderful breakfast aromas wafting in from our kitchen in this stunning first-floor accommodation. For your enjoyment and convenience, we provide a sound machine, coffee maker, Ipod Dock, robes and breakfast delivered to your Suite door each morning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

1790 Suite

The walls are in bloom in this handsome boudoir with queen-sized, burled walnut featherbed and private egress to the 2nd story balcony. A warm seasonal gas-log fireplace is found at the foot of your bed; step down to an ensuite corridor that delivers you to the cozy sitting room and to the bath with a clawfoot tub and goose-neck shower. For your convenience, we provide a sound machine, coffee maker, Ipod Dock, robes and breakfast delivered to your Suite door each morning.Rates are based on double occupancy using one bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Bergey Cottage

Located steps from the Main House, yet a world away, this unique accommodation was designed with your comfort and total privacy in mind. The 500 square-foot suite boasts a 16 foot ceiling, dual-sided gas-log fireplace, adjacent to your oversized whirlpool tub in your bathroom and beside the Queen Size bed in your bedroom. Picture yourself soothed by the tub jets as they continuously warm your water and you relax to your favorite sounds via the ensuite iPod dock/CD stereo. Enjoy a favorite movie or television program on the flat-panel TV equipped with cable & DVD. A refreshment center has a refrigerator-freezer, microwave & coffeemaker. We provide snacks, water and a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. A lovely front porch with chairs overlooking the lawn and pond completes this fabulous setting

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Water Lily Suite

The Water Lily Suite is one of our two brand new pond-side suites opened in December 2012. Queen size bed, Luxury Shower, Pond View, private deck, flat screen LCD TV, basic cable, DVD player, small fridge, microwave, coffee pot & breakfast delivered to your door.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Bishop's Retreat

This spacious four room suite is large enough for a family stay but romantic enough for that private getaway. Our only suite that sleeps three and children are welcomed. Appointed with king-sized featherbed, TV/DVD combination, candle-lit faux fireplace & a quiet, remote setting, this four-room suite offers a microwave, large sitting room with a love seat in a world of its own! For your enjoyment and convenience, we provide a sound machine, coffee maker, Ipod Dock, robes and breakfast delivered to your Suite door each morning.Rates are based on double occupancy useing one bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Quill Cottage

Located steps from the Main House, yet a world away, this unique accommodation was designed with your comfort and total privacy in mind. The 500 square-foot suite boasts a 16 foot ceiling, dual-sided gas-log fireplace, adjacent to your oversized heated whirlpool in your bathroom and beside the Queen Size bed in your bedroom. Picture yourself soothed by the tub jets as they continuously warm your water and you relax to your favorite sounds via the ensuite iPod dock/CD player. Enjoy a favorite movie or television program on the flat-panel TV, central heat/AC, equipped with cable & DVD. A refreshment center has a refrigerator-freezer, microwave & coffeemaker. We provide robes, snacks, water and a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. A lovely front porch with chairs overlooking the lawn and pond completes this fabulous setting

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Mountain Laurel

The Mountain Laurel Suite is one of our two brand new pond-side suites opened in December 2012. Queen size bed, Luxury Shower, Pond View, private deck, flat screen LCD TV, basic cable, DVD player, small fridge, microwave, coffee pot & breakfast delivered to your door.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Ardor of Hope Suite

Exposed brickwork (ca 1790) creates a charming alcove for the queen-sized featherbed and a seating by the seasonal gas log fireplace. A separate dressing room is found beside the luxury bathroom with whirlpool tub and separate shower. The 15-inch interior brick walls assure privacy. For your enjoyment and convenience, we provide a sound machine, coffee maker, Ipod Dock, robes and breakfast delivered to your Suite door each morning.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Fitzgerald Cottage

Located 25 paces from the Main House, this very sweet two-story limestone cottage (circa 1840) has a king-sized featherbed, leather club chairs, Flat Panel Cable TV/DVD in the bedroom with a King Size bed. Follow the half spiral stairway down to a 350 square-foot bathroom and prepare to relax. Imagine soaking in your huge whirlpool where the water is reheated when the air jets are on and you can feed the wood-burning fire from the tub! Robes, His & Hers vanities, a bidet and a handheld shower. A refreshment center has a refrigerator-freezer, microwave & coffeemaker. We provide snacks, water and a hot gourmet breakfast delivered to your door. Surrounded by our apple trees and your very own porch with rockers, of course! Views of the lawn and pond make this the perfect getaway retreat.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location

Location Type

Airport, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Suburban, Wine country

Airport

Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 100 miles

Directions to property:

Interstate 81 to Exit 247-B, Harrisonburg (Route 33 West). Proceed west on Route 33 (Market Street) around Court Square,proceed for 1.5 miles to Garbers Church Road. Turn left. Go 4/10ths mile to inn on right.Parking in front.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, GOLF, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Civil War Battlefields, University Theater, Antique Malls/shops, Historic Towns nearby, Quilting Center, Amish Farmers Market, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Video Arcade

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m
  • Check Out:: 11:00 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only On porches, balconies and grounds
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Family suite available, call for details.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends, two nights preferred. Also
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's room rate paid in full or $199.00 of total stay by major credit card.
  • Cancellations: Cancellations cause significant adverse impact due to our small size. Should you need to change your plans, your deposit (minus a $50 service charge) will be refunded if notice is provided within 14 days of your scheduled arrival time. On " Special Event/Holiday " weekends deposits are Non-Refundable. Cancellation that occur within 14 days of scheduled arrival time will be responsible for the entire balance of their stay.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Janice & Dennis Fitzgerald, Anna Fitzgerald Bergey

Languages spoken

English

About the innkeepers

Hobbies include: Old home restoration.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 9:00am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Restrictive


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