We wanted to find a bed and breakfast close to Shenandoah and the backyard of this property leads right into the park! The High Laurel Inn is definitely a hidden gem, tucked away in the trees, and provides a great escape from the city. Jim and Helen keep the rooms looking beautiful and each room has a private patio with chairs to sit outside. They make breakfast themselves and it was outstanding: a fruit cup with coffee and orange juice followed by pecan French toast and sausage! We couldn't have asked for a better stay in a more lovely room--which truly felt like a private house/cabin it was so large! The in-room gas fireplace was a great perk, as well. We will definitely be coming back!
this is the second time this summer we've stayed at high laurel, this time with grad school friends. it was just like always--clean, comfortable, beautiful and delicious breakfast. and a 60 degree morning on the side of the mountain is exhilarating. this place is a few miles across the valley east of I-81, but the few miles are thru beautiful farm country and then up thru the woods to the inn. try it and you will love it.
if you want quality rest and relaxation, a beautiful view west across the shenandoah valley, a quiet night's sleep in a wonderfully comfortable and clean room, and a delicious breakfast, you have to reserve this place. they only have two rooms, but if you are lucky enough to catch one available, you will thoroughly enjoy it. jim and helen are wonderful hosts and can advise you one eating places and things to do in the area. try it; you will love it. 4 time visitors.
My boyfriend and I stayed here for an extended weekend in February. This was our first B&B stay, and it really set the bar high. Both the room and bathroom were very spacious and clean. The room was very private, and it even had it's own porch with a gorgeous view of the valley. The hot tub was perfect after a long day, and they even provide you with a cozy robe in your room. Helen and Jim were extremely friendly and very helpful with directions and places to go. The breakfast every morning was AMAZING! We really enjoyed the wineries and hiking. We will definitely be back!
jim and helen at high laurel in are wonderful hosts, the rooms are always comfortable, clean and in fine order when we arrive. the view is gorgeous and it's the quietest place in the world, other than the natural sounds of the nite. and don't overlook the delicious breakfast every morning. it's a very full breakfast with lots of unique breakfast concoctions. we thoroughly enjoyed out stay once again.
What a gem tucked away in the mountains!! The rooms were amazing. The views were breathtaking. Breakfast was home cooked and outstanding. We only stayed one night but we felt like we were coming home to relatives. Thank you for such a nice stay.
The Inn was a beautiful location, surrounded by Mountain Laurel (in bloom) and mountains. We had a relaxing time and enjoyed the amenities. Breakfast was sub par through, and the room temperature was impossible to control.
We stayed for 2 nights towards the end of October and the views were absolutely fabulous. Each room has its own balcony that looks over the valley and you can get an even better view from the front porch of the main house. In addition to the views, Helen and Jim were great hosts who provided a lot of information about the area and suggestions of places to go and eat and things to do. The breakfasts were delicious and they were accompanied by great conversation. The rooms were large with high ceilings which made the room appear even more spacious. We will definitely go back again!
We were really only looking for a place to stay for the night and we ended up finding a hidden gem and adding to our list of places to come back to. Jim and Helen were fantastic hosts, informative, and very accommodating. The room was very clean and cozy with a great view. We will be back to enjoy a full weekend and all the area has to offer.
We loved, every minute of our time at the High Laurel Inn. The hot tub was fantastic, with a lovely view. The room was large, clean & comfortable. The hosts were friendly & knowledgeable. Great stay!
Thank you Jim and Helen for a wonderful stay at the High Laurel Inn. We're keen walkers and the B&B is situated on the very edge of Shenandoah National Park so we could start our day walks from the front door of the cabin. The room was very comfortable and the views from the balcony were fantastic. Breakfast was delicious and hearty and set us up nicely for the day's walk. We will certainly be back in the future and will recommend to our friends.
We really enjoyed our stay with Helen and James. They were the excellent hosts and we really enjoyed chatting with them over breakfast. The room was great and the view of the Shenandoah Valley is the best I've ever seen!
Wasn't quite the best fit for out plans -- which had changed recently, so we never got to really take best advantage of this B&B - one of which is outdoor activities. On the other hand the owners are fantastic as are the rooms. Good location if you are going to both Staunton and Harrisonburg as we were on this trip
Great secluded location; Grottoes is a quiet small town. Very easy access to hiking and all sites near the I-81 and I-64 intersection. Hosts Jim and Helen are a delight, and very accommodating. Rooms are very nicely appointed, each with a private "mini-deck". After visiting many small B&B bathrooms, you will find this one modern and perfectly spacious. Hot tub is an ideal way to end the day, and refrigerator stocked with water is a very nice touch. Great place!
Tucked away just out of the town of Grottoes, High Laurel is the perfect headquarters for sightseeing, winery-hopping or enjoying the attractions of Staunton or Charlottesville. The rooms are quiet, spacious and secluded, and most of the attractions, Skyline Drive, Staunton restaurants, the Blackfriar, etc., are all within an easy drive. For pilots looking for a fun weekend cross-country, High Laurel is 10 minutes from Shenandoah Regional (SHD). Jim and Helen are gracious and attentive hosts, and were wonderful about adjusting for dietary needs. Visiting High Laurel is like staying with friends, and they made our 27th wedding anniversary a wonderful weekend. Thanks to you both, and we'll be back!!!!
Jim and Helen were wonderful hosts. The location of the High Laurel Inn was amazing, exactly what we were looking for with breath taking views and just the right amount of solitude. We spent several hours hiking through the beautiful mountains surrounding the Inn and were able to wrap up our hike in the Jacuzzi overlooking the valley. Breakfast was great on both days and Jim and Helen provided nice conversation and company. You could tell they really cared about providing their guests with the best experience possible. We had a fantastic time.
At the last minute another couple and we booked a night at High Laurel Inn, in Grottoes, VA, sight unseen; knowing only it was a renovated barn we would be sleeping in. The location was isolated for peacefull relaxation; yet, easy to access for no stress travel. We thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations and visiting with the owner James Madison. All our needs were satisfied and we will definitely return to this slice of heaven.
The two of us stayed in the Rose room one night. I have stayed at many B&Bs that fit the typical 'victorian era house' divided into small rooms with a tiny bathroom down the hall. This is nothing of the sort. A rustic building apart from the owner's house is completely outfited as two large guest suites with furnishings in tip top shape. The environment is woodsy. This is a romantic setting, perfect for special occasions. Breakfast was delicious. The host and hostess are delightful.
My boyfriend and I enjoyed a two night stay at the High Laurel Inn, in the Laurel Room. We loved every minute of it! The room is wonderful, spacious and has a lovely porch overlooking the valley with mountains in the background. We love to hike and you can literally walk down the driveway and into the Shenandoah National Park. We did a 5.5 hr hike one of the days we were there, even hiked over a snowy mountain pass!! That excited us, we are originally from Florida:) We enjoyed the peace and stress-free feeling from being away from the craziness of DC. Jim and Helen were wonderful host and the breakfasts were fantastic. I highly recommend visiting them!!
Jim and Helen were most welcoming and delightful hosts. High Laurel offers very comfortable accommodation in a great, secluded location with fabulous long views over the Shenandoah valley.
We've told all of our friends to go to this Inn. It's only a couple of hours from D.C. Our room was warm and spacious and the breakfasts were absolutely delicious. The views from the private deck are nothing short of spectacular. Helen and Jim are gracious and friendly hosts and we felt very comfortable. One nice aspect of the rooms is that they are separate from the main house so you don't feel like you are living in someone else's space. After our breakfast, we literally went down the driveway and were in the Shenandoah National Park. If you like to hike and walk in the woods, you really couldn't choose a better B&B. Also, the very quaint town of Staunton is 20 minutes away which we spent a few hours exploring.