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 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.
4.0 on September 29, 2011
We stayed at the Essex in while on a historical tour road trip in Virginia. It's the perfect spot for touring some of the historical sites in the Northern Neck region of VA, and for touring the Chesapeake Bay wine trail. We stayed in the main house in the Green Room. Their website described this room as having a partial view of the river from one of the windows (you could not see the river at all over the rooftops of the neighboring homes). However, the room was nice and spacious. Bob and Janice, the innkeepers, were very gracious and accommodating when we unexpectedly needed to do some work while on our vacation and print some documents. The innkeepers serve a sweet snack in the afternoons and spring water, beer, wine, pretzels, and mixed nuts are available for the enjoyment of guests. The breakfast both days was delightful!
5 on August 01, 2011
Sparkling clean, light-filled rooms with beautiful colors & furnishings. Interesting antiques in house, but not an "old house" feel. Very gracious innkeepers & delicious food. Comfortable, quiet garden, views of river & old town.
5 on April 14, 2011
We just enjoyed a wonderful weekend at the Essex Inn. We felt like we were visiting family. Bob and Janice are attentive and gracious hosts. The breakfast was amazing. We definietly plan to return!! M & JL Sciancalepore
4.6 on March 01, 2011
I have stayed at many B&B's and this one tops my list because of its charm and friendly Inn keepers, cleanliness and charm plus the food. They offer wine, beer, sodas and home made goodies in the evening as part of your stay but the best part is the breakfast. The selection and variety the chef chooses will totally please you. I have stayed with them many, many times and am a customer for life! Do not miss this gem!
4.0 on February 28, 2011
My husband and I stayed three nights at the Essex Inn this past October. This was not our first experience staying at a B & B; however, this was by far the best one. The Inn and the gardens are beautiful, very charming, and impeccably maintained. Although the weather was a little dreary, we felt very warm and cozy sitting by the fireside, enjoying a nice glass of wine. A very delicious and elegant breakfast was waiting for us each morning and the menu is changed daily. The Innkeepers are warm and friendly and happy to share their knowledge and history of the area. They helped us plan short day trips for our entire visit. We feel fortunate to have found this wonderful place and definitely plan on returning soon.
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
Enjoy the fall color by the river! Take a river cruise to a winery, experience a fall festival in one of the small towns nearby, hike one of the birding trails, have a hearty seafood dinner, or just grab a good book and sit by the fire! This special includes two night's stay and a gourmet breakfast featuring some of our favorite fall dishes including Pumpkin Belgian waffles with apple butter, Apple Cranberry crisps, and the specialty of the inn, Crab And Grits.