Once used as Union headquarters during the Civil War, this 1850 Greek Revival Mansion offers grand accommodations and convenience to all that Tappahannock, the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck have to offer. Guests can play a round of golf; go fishing or cruising on the Rappahannock River; canoe up one of the many unspoiled creeks; bicycle in town or along beautiful country roads; visit one of the charming towns nearby such as Urbanna; Glouchester; Kilmarnock or Irvington; enjoy a wine tasting at Ingleside or Belle Mount winery or one of the other ten wineries in the area; go antiquing; or visit one of the many historic areas nearby such as Stratford Hall, Fredericksburg, Yorktown and Williamsburg. At night there are many gourmet restaurants in the nearby towns plus a local pub around the corner from the Inn and of course, Tappahannock's landmark seafood restaurant: Lowry’s.
5 on May 24, 2015
Loved our anniversary weekend away here! First class breakfast and charm! You will be so spoiled. Quaint quiet relaxing town. Beautiful gardens to sit and enjoy. Great for photographers and nature lovers. Can't wait to go back, didn't want to leave.
4.8 on March 15, 2015
What a wonderful weekend getaway. We met friends traveling from the opposite direction and it was the perfect halfway place to meet. Breakfast was over the top with blueberry french toast one morning and crab and egg bake the other with lots of extras, plus fresh squeezed apple juice. Ric and Jeremy would so gracious and very helpful in guiding us to the perfect evening dinners. We stayed in the Blue Room; it was so beautiful with big fluffy towels and bathrobes. Totally felt at home, enough that I was absolutely comfortable wandering the house in my stocking feet looking at the amazing antique collections. Thank you both so much for an marvelous weekend!
5 on February 07, 2015
My fiance's parents and a family friend recently threw us the most amazing engagement party at the Essex Inn. Everything was absolute perfection - the whole evening was just magical! Thank you so much Ric and Jeremy for all of your hard work. You were both incredibly attentive and made the evening a truly unforgettable experience! Our families and friends have not stopped raving about how beautiful the Inn is and how wonderful of a time they had. My sister and I stayed in the Yellow Room - it was so beautiful and cozy. My parents stayed in the Green Room, and I believe they would move in now if you would let them. Thank you again for everything! I highly recommend the Essex Inn to anyone looking to host a special event or to enjoy a special getaway. Thanks, Ric and Jeremy!
4.0 on February 02, 2015
What a beautiful and historic home! Just attended an engagement party this past weekend. Jeremy and Ric are fantastic hosts! The rooms are beautiful and the bed was fabulous! The food was top notch too! I stayed in the Kitchen suite--wonderful!! If you are in the area, I would recommend a stay at the Essex Inn! I tried to give 5s for all scores but the site would not let me.
4.8 on December 25, 2014
we had a magical Christmas at the Inn. Jeremy and Rick are amazing hosts and make you feel like family guests. You may never want to leave. We chose the blue room, quaint, peaceful and our own remote operated fireplace next to the bed. What a great Christmas gift. Thanks to our hosts. We WILL be back.
5 on July 11, 2014
I have stayed at the Essex Inn twice within a few years and both times the experience was wonderful. The innkeepers are so nice and hospitable and give you plenty of space and privacy. The accommodations are cozy and the beds so comfortable - I could have stayed forever. The food at breakfast is always a special treat - delicious and not something you'd make at home. I wish I had the recipes. The town is quaint - there's not much to do and very few decent places for dinner, but there are winery tours nearby and a mediocre public golf course close by. I go to relax and unwind so I'm happy sitting outside with a good book, taking walks and enjoying the waterfront.
5 on October 13, 2012
This is a lovely inn with gracious hosts. Breakfast was excellent, our suite was beautiful and clean. We would definitely stay here again.
5 on September 06, 2012
Beautiful, comfortable, clean, cozy, quiet, private. Walk to downtown, or to river's edge. A perfect spot for a retreat & attend local fairs.
5 on August 02, 2012
Innkeeper Bob and Janice McGee have helped to make The Essex Inn visit as gracious as the inn is beautiful!
5 on December 16, 2011
Have another review on TripAdvisor so I'll make this one brief...this was the best experience in lodging I have ever had, bar none. The room (Upstairs Quarters) was spacious and secluded, gorgeous, clean, cozy, with the most comfortable bed EVER. The innkeepers and the housekeeper were amazing, polite, gracious and helpful. The Inn was beautiful and Tappahannock is a perfect place to unwind. Just amazing. I would recommend the Essex Inn to anyone.
Our rooms have been individually decorated with antiques. The four- posted Queen beds are made from 300 year-old cypress wood. The private tiled baths have tub/showers complete with bath salts. Room amenities include working fireplace; WiFi and DSL; Cable TV; High quality ironed linens,and towels; fluffy bathrobes, custom toiletries, hair dryers and irons.
Nightly Rate: $175 - $185
Our small suites have been individually decorated with antiques. They include a bedroom with queen bed, private bath, full kitchen and living room with either a day bed or two comfortable chairs and a working fireplace. The private tiled baths have tub/showers complete with bath salts. Room amenities include WiFi, Cable TV in both living room and bedroom,fluffy bathrobes, deluxe ironed sheets, custom toiletries, hair dryers and irons. In 3 of the suites a third person may be accommodated for an additional $35 per night. We do accept pets (with approval -see pet policy on our website-.)
Nightly Rate: $185 - $195
Our large suites have been individually decorated with antiques and are extremely roomy. They include a bedroom with queen or king bed, patio or balcomy, private bath, full kitchen and living room with sofa bed or day bed and a working fireplace. The private tiled baths have tub/showers complete with bath salts. Room amenities include WiFi, Cable TV in both living room and bedroom, fluffy bathrobes, deluxe ironed sheets, custom toiletries, hair dryers and irons. A third person may be accommodated for an additional $35 per night.
Nightly Rate: $185 - $205
Our rooms have been individually decorated with antiques. The four- posted King beds are made from 300 year-old cypress wood. The private tiled baths have windows and tub/showers complete with bath salts. Room amenities include working fireplace; WiFi and DSL; Cable TV; High quality ironed linens, bedding, and towels; fluffy bathrobes, custom toiletries, hair dryers and irons.
Nightly Rate: $185 - $195
Riverside, Small town
Richmond, VA (RIC) 50 miles
From Richmond Take I-64 East to Route 360 East (Mechanicsville I-64 exit #192 or I-295 exit #37). Follow Route 360 East to Tappahannock - 38 miles and continue thru the commercial district, across Hoskins Creek into town. From Washington, D.C. Take I-95 South to the Massoponax (Rt17 South/Rt1) exit #126. At the exit ramp make a right following Route 1 South for approximately a mile. Take a left turn onto Route 17 South. Follow Route 17 South to Tappahannock - for 47 miles. From Virginia Beach Take I-64 West to Route 17 North exit. Follow Route 17 North for 70 miles to Tappahannock, continue thru the commercial district, across Hoskins Creek into town.
Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Stratford Hall, Yorktown/Jamestown, Fredericksburg, Williamsburg, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, River, Vineyard, Winery
Board games, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi
Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Civil War Sites/Historical sites, Massages, Festivals, Historic Programs, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports
Jeremy Gassen and Ric Jefferson