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Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking

242 Tarn Beck Lane P O Box 1348, Lexington, VA 24450 USA (Show map)

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Minutes from Lexington, yet in another world, with only woods, hillside pastures filled with llamas, and mountain views greeting the eyes.The drive from Rte. 11 to Applewood is only 1 1/2 m. but on that drive you will wind along the scenic Buffalo Creek, enter Donald's Hollow, pass a horse farm, then enter the inn's lower meadow which follows a babbling brook. The passive solar construction provides huge enclosed porches from which to observe this piece of heaven. Most rooms have gas log fireplaces and either hot-tub or jacuzzi tub. Lavish full breakfast. Special diets accommodated. Llama trekking available on site.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

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Wonderful B&B

5 on February 21, 2015

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our February weekend getaway at the Applewood Inn. We stayed in the the Europe Room, which included use of the fabulous hot tub. The breakfasts were very tasty and our hosts were very gracious and warm.

Wonderful Weekend Getaway

4.6 on January 17, 2015

Chris & Linda were wonderful hosts at this charming Lexington B&B. It was a great place to go for a weekend getaway from the hubbub of DC. The llamas were so cute, and we only wish the weather had been better for more llama face time. All in all, a great place, and we will definitely visit again.

a peaceful retreat

4.2 on December 18, 2014

We had a wonderful weekend at the Applewood inn. The inn was dog friendly and our dog joined us. She enjoyed seeing the llamas and they enjoy seeing her. The breakfast was hearty and plentiful. The llama trek was fun and a great way to spend the morning. We will return!

Would love to keep this place a secret...

4.4 on October 24, 2014

It's almost too beautiful and welcoming to share!

A Wonderful Experience!

4.8 on September 16, 2014

My two granddaughters and I stayed at Applewood Inn in August. This was their first B&B experience, and what a wonderful one it was. Chris and Linda were so cordial and welcoming. We were made to feel more like friends than guests. The serene setting is very releaxing. The rooms are a good size, comfortably decorated, and immaculate. The girls loved hearing stories from Chris and Linda about the Llamas and their distinct personalities. They were able to interact with them as well. Our two breakfasts included an egg dish and corn cakes that were fantastic! Everything was freshly prepared. The girls had so much fun, they didn't even miss TV or iPads. We hope to return to Applewood Inn for another visit. Highly, highly, highly recommended for either couples or a family with children who can appreciate what nature has to offer. Debbie, Cameron & Olivia / Fairfax VA

Lovely rural location!

4.6 on September 13, 2014

Chris and Linda were so welcoming and outgoing, it was a pleasure to stay at their bed and breakfast! Very convenient for us with pets, too... Thanks so much for your hospitality!


4.4 on August 06, 2014

Chris and Linda were wonderful host. The Inn is located in a perfect spot for a quiet getaway. Only complaint was being able to hear the other guest staying in the room above when they sat on their balcony porch. I would go back again when I'm stayin in the Lexington area.

Great place to stay!

4.6 on August 05, 2014

Applewood was a great stop over on our trip. The innkeepers are friendly and chatty, willing to give tips on restaurants and attractions in the area. The llamas are a unique touch. The rooms were impeccably clean and comfortable. The bowl of chocolates in the room and cookies in the common area were a nice touch too. Our room had a private porch and hot tub and the pool was very inviting. Folks there during our stay had dietary restrictions that were accommodated deliciously, and while I have been at other B&Bs with more variety at the table, no one left hungry. They kept the coffee flowing too!

Applewood inn

4.8 on August 01, 2014


Unique B&B Experience

4.4 on July 27, 2014

I certainly had a great time with my kids (ages, 9, 9 and 20) here -- this is a wonderful B&B for families, not one of those "adults only" places where you dare not bring your children. The Blue Ridge Room is a comfortable suite with a queen bed and sofa bed, plus large bathroom and a rustic and airy private porch that overlooks the llama pasture. The decor is serene and features Linda's lovely watercolor paintings of the mountains, rustic barns, and even some of the llamas. A short walk past the barn and up the hill takes you to a 360 panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and fields -- stunning! My kids had a great time playing in the pool and we all loved the pumpkin pancakes and fresh fruit. We also took a dip in the picturesque river that runs along the gravel road into the property. We will definitely stay here again.

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Exit 180B from I81. Go 3 1/2 miles North on Rte 11. Make left onto Buffalo Bend Road (Rte 678). Go 1.2 miles to our sign on left. Turn left & follow drive 0.5 miles to inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Historic Lexington, Natural Bridge, VA Horse Center, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Pantry and kitchen available for snacks, beverages or meal preparation.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Jacuzzis, Llama treks., Swimming pool, hot tub, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 4 PM - 11 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only, preferrably in the gazebo.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 8 yrs. or older in Quilters Room or Blue Ridge Room
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required In any room. $20 for first night, $10 subsequent nights.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights in season week-ends, 3 nights on a few selected weekends.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's rate.
  • Cancellations: 3 weeks notice for refund, less $25 cancellation fee. After 3 weeks, deposit refunded if room is rebooked.



Linda & Chris Best

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , 6 llamas

About the innkeepers

Chris is former electrician, sign painter. Linda is watercolorist & gardener. Both sing and were innkeepers for 18 yrs in Massachusetts. They moved to Virginia so that they could offer year-round llama trekking from the Inn. They love the abundant wildlife and wildflowers that surround them in their new home.

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  • Time Served: 8:30AM flexible
  • Serving Location: Porch, pool side, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Peach/Oatmeal Souffle
A healthy but delicious and filling souffle which can be adapted to the fruit of the season.



242 Tarn Beck Lane , P O Box 1348, Lexington, VA 24450 USA (Show map)

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