The Essex Inn

203 E. Duke St. , Tappahannock, VA 22560 USA (Show map)

About

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.

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Overall
4.6

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

Fabulous! Perfect for a weekend getaway

5 on April 18, 2016

My husband and I left the kids with the grandparents and stayed two nights for our anniversary weekend. We had a wonderful stay. The main house is beautiful. Breakfasts were gourmet and DELICIOUS. There is a mini menu so you get to pick exactly which breakfast you want AND the time you would like to have it!! We stayed in the upper suite (outside the main house) which was very comfortable and spacious. We found a couple board games in the room which was a pleasant surprise. The Butler's pantry was a special bonus stocked with tasty treats, coffee, tea, and delicious wine! We enjoyed walking the town of tappanhanock, riding our bikes in the local wildlife reserve, and lounging on the patio of the Essex Inn. Ric and Jeremy were inviting, wonderful hosts who made us feel welcome and pampered!


Essex "Inn love"

5 on January 05, 2016

Great, great, great! At first, I was hesitant due to prior B & B experiences. However, this was top notch! A last minute girl's trip and we didn't want to stay at a "near by" commercial hotel - so glad we chose to stay here! As soon as we walked in the door, we were greeted by Jeremy and Charlie (resident sweet rescue - hello you had me at dog and then rescue!) and it already felt at home. Jeremy gave us the history of the place and showed us the house and accommodations (wine for guests! butler's kitchen with warming tray for coffee, snacks..oh yeah and history ;) We weren't able to eat dinner that night on site due to a booked Christmas party and boy, were we sorry - smelled divine! But at the same time we never felt we were in the way - both GENTLEMEN talked to us as if we had always been in their company. Rick still had the energy to talk to us that night, near the fireplace as if he hadn't just catered a full Christmas party. The next morning, however, stole the show! Rick made breakfast and it was just the 3 of us guests at that point. They made us feel so special -the china, the Christmas music, the scenery! They had to be tired from the night before but there was no sign of that! I loved Jeremy's "it's Christmas, you can have chocolate covered strawberries for breakfast" bit! The breakfast was decadent and SO DELICIOUS! Top Chef any one?? Rick, we all want that ham biscuit recipe! I'm kicking myself for not buying the cookbook but I think I was still in a food coma :) If you want a quick get-a-away with a pampered feel, this is it! Forget VA Beach or Wmsburg! These guys know what they are doing but at the same time make it feel effortless. It lead up to a joyous relaxed holiday due to their "feel at home, every day should be treated this way" mentality. KUDOS!! I would give it 6 stars if I could!


Great Experince

5 on August 16, 2015

The Essex Inn is gorgeous, and the breakfast was absolutely wonderful. The Inn keeps are so friendly and helpful. Can't wait to come back... and we WILL!!


Perfect anniversary getaway

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.


Soggy Saturday and Sunny Sunday couldn't have been better.

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!


Best Engagement Party!

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!


Engagement Party and stay

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.


Totally wonderful!!!!!

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.


Love The Essex Inn

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.


The Essex Inn

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.


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Rooms & Rates

Queen Room

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.

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

Nightly Rate: $175 - $185

Small Suite

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-.)

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $185 - $195

Large Suite

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.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Nightly Rate: $185 - $205

King Room

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.

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

Nightly Rate: $185 - $195

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Location

Location Type

Riverside, Small town, Waterview

Airport

Richmond, VA (RIC) 50 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Eco-tourism, 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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Parking, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3 PM - 7 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Please see our website for pet policy.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night minimum stay required for suites only
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A credit card is required to guarantee a reservation.
  • Cancellations: We have a seven-day (one week) cancellation policy and charge a $10 handling fee for cancellations. If your must cancel your reservation, please cancel at least 7 days prior to the first day of your reservation in order to receive a refund less a $10 handling charge. Certain weekends and group reservations may be subject to extended cancellation periods. Cancellations made by email will not be considered unless you receive an email reply from the inn. It is suggested that unless you hear from us by email after canceling, you backup your cancellation by phone.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Jeremy Gassen and Ric Jefferson

Languages spoken

English, Japanese

Resident Pets

Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Gourmet, Three course

  • Time Served: 8 :00am - 9:00am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian


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Deals

Hot Deal

Weekend on the Rivah'

Regular Rate: $358 now $286 (20% Savings:)

Enjoy a weekend on the Rappahannock Rivah! Start you day with a relaxing three course breakfast. Then cruise the river on the Captain Thomas. You'll pass through cliffs housing bald eagles and end at Ingleside winery for tastings, tours and lunch. After the cruise, enjoy fresh seafood at Lowery's, a Tappahannock Tradition for 75 years. Sunday, enjoy the inn's signature dish for breakfast, crab and grits. If you still have time, visit one of our unique shops featuring nautical gifts or enjoy some time on the beach or a historic walk through town. Rates range from $286-318 depending upon room choice, are for accommodations only and do not include tax. Reservations are necessary for river cruise and may be made at 804-453-2628. Please contact the inn directly at 1 8044439900 to redeem this deal.

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