Lamplight Inn Reviews


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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.6

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poorly cleaned

1.0 on April 09, 2018

rented one of the cabins, it was dirty had stained pillows, didn't seem like they cleaned much from the last time someone was in there, there was garbage under the bed.

Wonderful experience at the Lamplight Inn

5 on February 27, 2018

We visited Henderson to see a local concert but ended up enjoying our stay at the Lamplight Inn equally if not more than the show. Gary and Shirley are very warm hosts and fun to engage in conversation. The inn is in excellent shape and being from the 19th century feels like a piece of history. We would wholeheartedly recommend staying here and may do so again in the future!

Weekend get away

4.6 on November 06, 2017

I found this place on line and needed to get away from the crazy city work days. I loved it! Quiet, friendly and easy. Just what I needed. I stayed in one of the cabins and heat stopped working. I had a newbheat system within the hour and the cabin was cozy all night. I will be coming back!!!

Innkeeper Response
Thank You for your comments. We look forward to your return.

- Shirley (innkeeper)

Country Calm and Charm

4.2 on August 25, 2017

We stayed 1 night after a very, very long drive from DE to NC on Saturday before the Eclipse. I called from the road when I realized we likely would not make the later end of check in time 7 pm. The owner was gracious and understanding. As it was we slipped in with a few minutes to spare. We were guided to our room, shown the dining room and invited to help ourselves to popcorn, cookies, wide assortment of teas and coffee. The owner expressed concern that we had been on the road since 10 am and had not had a meal, but we explained we had the fixings for the picnic we thought we'd enjoy along the way, so we were set. Our room was clean and comfortable (only exception being a heavy sliding bathroom door), cooled by air conditioner, but we were glad to use an available stand up fan as well. The next morning we enjoyed farm to table breakfast featuring omelet made with freshly gathered eggs, fresh strawberries topped with a pleasing light cream dollop. Our only disappointment was in not having arrived at least a couple of hours earlier so we could explore the knick-knacks, doll displays, the yard itself, the nearby lake and the front porch for longer. I would advise there are friendly dogs on site. The roosters did not wake us up! If we were to return to the area again we would gladly stay again.

Innkeeper Response
You must stay again, and see the continuous evolution of all the barns. With 15 old buildings there are constant changes and updates. Thanks for the excellent review.

- Shriley (innkeeper)

Eclectic Inn, charming innkeeper

3.4 on April 23, 2017

This might not be everyone's ideal place, but I enjoyed it. The owner is a true marvel and the grounds and RV camp are worth a tour. Lots of lamps (oil) hence the name. Bed was comfortable. All needs met. I would return but then I like places that are different , and theLamplight is

Innkeeper Response
We like being different and catering to special people. Thanks for the review.

- Shirley (innkeeper)

Eclectic Gem

4.2 on April 12, 2017

This Inn may not be everyone's "cup of tea" but we enjoyed it immensely. My spouse observed: "It sure beat staying at a Hampton Inn!". It's really difficult to summarize what this Inn has that makes it a unique place to stay. First and foremost the would be the Innkeeper. She alone makes the visit worthwhile. The room/bed was comfortable. All amenities were provided. I will state that local dining options are limited to Interstate exit chain places. We plan on returning.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for taking the time and writing such a great review. People like you make my job worthwhile. We do have a really good restaurant around the corner that should be re-opening soon.

- Shirley (innkeeper)

Good stay, nice reunion spot

4.0 on February 06, 2017

We met at the Inn for a family reunion and truly enjoyed our stay. The food was excellent! The innkeeper and staff are accomodating, gracious, and eager to help in any way.


5 on December 10, 2016

I so can't want to go back one day I was able to relax and embrace the stillness of the peaceful country. The Inn keeper was so kind and helpful. The food is amazing.

Much needed get-a-way

5 on March 22, 2016

The Lamplight Inn is a very nice place for a couple to get a way. Ms. Shirley the inn keeper reminds me of my grandma. She sat down with my husband and I and talked for 30 minutes about the inn, the land, the history of it. We will defiantly go back. The breakfast was so wonderful and made with love.

Love this place.

5 on December 29, 2015

I have stayed here 6 or 7 times, and Shirley and Gary are great host and we are like family now.

Peace & Quiet

4.4 on June 05, 2015

Lovely farmstead, nice touches to the Gone With The Wind room. Free range chicken eggs!

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5 on April 27, 2015

Ms. Shirley was so kind. She made us feel welcomed but also gave us time to relax!

Quiet Country Quality

4.6 on November 13, 2014

Nice little B&B in a quiet, country setting. Stayed in the Gone With The Wind room, which was very pretty. Shirley was a wonderful host and provided all kinds of information on the area. Although the inn is somewhat isolated from town, it is very convenient to I-85. Location would be excellent in warmer weather with Kerr Lake nearby. Food was fresh and well prepared.


3.6 on November 09, 2014

Room was clean and comfortable. A great value.

port in a storm again.

4.6 on December 17, 2013

We travel with out big dog and count on Miss Shirley for our overnights. This tine we got to see the Pirate's Den! Thanks again, Debby, Joe and Max

Great value and wonderful cabins.

5 on November 10, 2013

Wonderful cute cabins. Host was a delightful helpful woman. Cabin had everything we needed for our guys outing. Would definitely stay again.


3.6 on September 06, 2013

Miss Shirley is a wonderful host and an excellent cook. The Kerr Lake area is very relaxing and great for fishing/hiking. Right off I-85, this is an attractive alternative to Quality Inn, etc.

Rural Respite

5 on August 30, 2013

What an absolutely lovely, wonderful and comfortable stay for weary traveler from Washington D.C. arriving from almost 5 hours of driving in the rain. Beautiful and restful rooms with a delicious breakfast and wonderful hostess and Innkeeper.

Outstanding accommodations!

5 on August 28, 2013

Lamplight Inn is a wonderful historical place, full of character,outstanding and unique rooms and antique furnishings, and the innkeeper is wonderful!

Staying at the Lamplight Inn

3.0 on August 22, 2013

The farmhouse is quaint and rustic outside, but pleasantly decorated on the inside. The rooms are small so we didn't have a lot of space for luggage. They accepted our dog and it was a wonderful outside area to walk her, plus it was very well air conditioned for her to stay behind when we were out and about. I like to sit outdoors on the porch, but the furniture was not very clean...perhaps because it was a farm...the "camp" area was very rustic, but fun to visit as it gave the history of the tobacco farm. Shirley is a welcoming innkeeper and served lovely breakfast to us.

Nice experience

4.6 on August 16, 2013

Breakfast was excellent, very friendly and helpful. First time staying at B&B in 10 years. Nice experience.


4.0 on August 15, 2013

Fun little B&B

Absolutely charming cabins, but...

2.6 on July 29, 2013

The cabin accommodations at the Lamplight Inn are absolutely charming. I only wish I could have stayed longer. My only critique is that they are in need of a good old fashioned, top to bottom, professional cleaning. I know that cabins are meant to be rustic, but it just doesn't seem like they've gotten the attention that the rest of this beautiful property has. If they did, I'd stay here every time I was in the area! Loved it! Oh, though the website may give the impression that breakfast is included with a cabin stay, it isn't.

Lamplight Inn is Top Notch

4.8 on July 26, 2013

As a retired military officer and now a senior government official, I have experienced a wide variety of travel accommodations and been exposed to cuisine on a global scale. My stay at the Lamplighter is without a doubt among the most enjoyable and satisfying that I have ever enjoyed. The manager, Shirley, is an extraordinary hostess, the rooms are neat and well cared for, the food is OUTSTANDING!! Do not let the quaint farm exterior fool you. You cannot go wrong staying at the Lamplight.

Nice little rustic cottage

3.2 on July 16, 2013

The lady that runs the place was super nice and helpful. Pirate's cabin was as expected/pictured. Not fancy but perfectly adequate for our needs. Side porch very nice to sit out on and read a book (with a headlamp!). Lock on door a little tricky but actually it would have been less tricky without the note telling us how to use it - they seemed pretty concerned about it and if they are that concerned they should probably just use a different type of lock. Unsure about the grounds - many things listed on brochure not sure if they existed (exercise barn, yoga platform) but or a quaint and quiet place at a good price it fit the bill!

Restful weekend retreat

3.8 on April 14, 2013

Lamplight Inn was a quaint farmhouse that has been restored, yet provided modern conveniences. Owner was helpful with providing directions and tips for the local area. Room was comfortable and felt like walking into a time from the past.


4.6 on January 20, 2013

Service was exceptional! Room was OK, the only thing was the massage table and tools. Still great!


5 on January 10, 2013

Everyone had a wonderful time, friends and family. It was great. Lots of interesting land to explore. We all loved it!

Loved It

5 on January 10, 2013

Lamplight Inn was homey and comfortable. I felt like I was visiting old friends. It was outstanding in every regard.

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4.2 on November 10, 2012

Room was beautiful. Bed was comfy. Food was tasty. Service was outstanding.

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5 on October 08, 2012

Wonderful inn & innkeeper. Beautiful rooms, friendly service, and delicious food! We will be back!

A Great Bed & Breakfast!

5 on October 05, 2012

The Lamplight Inn has a wonderful, historic feel to it while providing all the modern amenities. The rooms, service, and food were all top-notch -- so glad we stayed here!

Lamplight Inn-Magnificent

5 on September 28, 2012

This is a wonderful B&B. The owner is extremely hospitable and a very interesting person. It was a wonderful anniversary get away and had all the elements of an outstanding experience. Thank you.

A Little Disappointed

3.0 on September 28, 2012

The innkeeper could not have been any nicer and the breakfast was delicious. We were disappointed with the first impression of the inn as their was a good bit of junk (tools lying around in cardboard boxes, etc.) and carved wooden pieces covered in cobwebs on the front porch. The decor in our bedroom appeared tacky to us. The commode had a ring in the bowl but maybe that was just iron deposits. I guess we are just use to more pristine accommodations at B&B's we have stayed at before. The price, however was very fair.

Easy Stay

4.2 on September 24, 2012

Traveling with elderly family member we chose a B&B for comfort. The Lamplight Inn was a comfortable and very easy to get around in. The food was delicious. Enjoyed our stay. Enjoyed the cats!

Wonderful B&B!

4.6 on September 13, 2012

We stayed here last weekend while visiting Kerr Lake. Beautiful inn, with just the right combination of down-home coziness and modern amenities. And the breakfast was delicious! Highly recommended.

Heavenly Haven and Shirley

5 on September 07, 2012

My husband and I needed a peaceful and relaxing night away and we got way more than expected! A lovely comfortable and clean room with all the amenities we could possibly need, a kitchen filled with incredible smells from Shirley's delicious cooking, warm ambience and hospitality. To top it all off, there is a screen covered gazebo on the grounds of the property where we sat for a while that night and listened to the sounds of the country- so quiet and serene. Thank you Shirley for this peaceful heavenly haven!

Wonderful Stay!

5 on September 06, 2012

The home is just charming and beautifully restored. Our room was elegant, with a most comfortable bed. The breakfast Shirley made was absolutely delicious and will be long-remembered. She is a charming hostess!

We stood on the farm in the Pirate Cabin & it was great!

3.6 on September 06, 2012

It felt like we were camping but with modern conveniences. Shirley was very helpful & even checked us in a little earlier :) My hubby was very happy with the cleanliness of the room! We will stay here again!

Great Time

4.6 on August 13, 2012

We had a comfortable room and a beautiful country view before breakfast. Plus a lovely time with a congenial couple also staying there, and breakfast was scrumptious!

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3.4 on July 30, 2012

Lamplight Inn lights the way to relaxation, peace, and beauty!

Perfect Weekend Stay

5 on July 27, 2012

This was the most enjoyable stay we have ever experienced in an inn. The food was excellent, cleanness impeccable. Rooms comfortable, service beyond expectations. A perfect weekend!

Quaint inn

3.4 on July 25, 2012

This is an old farmhouse style inn. It was quite comfortable with a very nice and varied breakfast. Shirley is friendly and willing to cater to any needs. My only problem was with the cats on the porch. If you have cat allergies you will not be able to sit in the rocking chairs since they are covered in cat hair.

Loved it!

5 on May 06, 2012

First experience with a bed and breakfast and very much enjoyed our stay! We will be back!

Repeat visit

4.2 on May 06, 2012

My boyfriend and I are repeat visitors of this lovely B&B! We love the country atmosphere and the Kerr Lake Rec area close by -- beautiful lake for us and the dogs! Will definitely go back!

Lamplight Inn Anniversary

4.4 on November 05, 2011

We spent an evening at the Lamplight Inn for our anniversary this year. As history and cinema buffs, we chose the Gone With the Wind room for our stay. Our room was beautiful, our hostess delightful, and breakfast superb.

A great anniversary get-away!

4.6 on August 06, 2011

Stayed in the Regal Room. Being located right at the dining room was great for helping ourselves to a snack and beverage. Our hostess met our food preferences and standards with Ridgeway honey dew melon with blueberries, soy milk, decaf., and Splenda with Fiber. Not to mention the baked mushroom egg dish, homemade biscuits, link sausage, orange juice and the to-die-for homemade coffee cake. We were the only guests during this one-night stay. We got to choose when we would have breakfast. We had breakfast after an early self-tour of the farm. My favorite was the fitness center, a converted tobacco pack-house. Our complimentary personal chocolate cake was also scrumptious. The bed was as comfortable as the one we slept on at the Grove Park Inn in Ashville during our honeymoon. We followed the innkeeper's suggestion and ate at the Middleburg Steak House, which is open only Wednesday-Sunday. Awesome! Didn't want to leave!

Step back in time

5 on August 06, 2011

Relaxing on the porch, looking over the tobacco farm I could imagine days of yesteryear. Shirley has created and unique retreat. I would recommend to all to come.

The Lamplight beckons thee...

5 on November 11, 2010

I've had the experience at both the main house and the cabins, and each is an exceptional treat. I'm very thankful for Shirley Payne.

Found a Jewel in the Peidmont

4.6 on November 07, 2010

I didn't actually use the B&B. We were in the adjacent RV Camp. Absolutely perfect for us. Shirley and Gary were very accommodating. The grounds were well kept. Reminding me of Bodie CA, this old tobacco farm RV park is in arrested decay. The outbuildings serve as rustic (but safe) porches and lounges. And they are fantastic artistic photographic opportunities. Being a retired photographer/graphic designer I took over 400 images. Some will definitely become part of my fine art portfolio. So, especially to your artists out there, if you want a quiet absolutely beautiful place to stay in your RV, or at the adjacent B&B, I HIGHLY recommend The Tobacco Farm Camp and Lamplight Inn. Mike D

Family gathering

4.4 on October 11, 2010

Very nice B&B... will definitely come back. We enjoyed the hospitality and all the innkeepers have done. Our kind of place!

Delightful Experience

4.6 on September 08, 2010

My wife and I spent Sept. 3-5, 2010 at Lamplight Inn and had a wonderful time. The inn keeper was charming and quite plesant to talk with. The food provided was delicious (esp. the complimentary cake she baked for our anniversary!). The house was beautiful and well-maintained, as were the expansive grounds. She made sure to always have snacks, etc. on hand. Very glad to have found this spot in NC! We will definitely be back!

wonderful blend of farm life and history rolled into a B&B.

3.6 on September 07, 2010

we stayed in a farmhouse with history and charm, along with an innkeeper who wants to share her knowledge of the property with everyone. the original out buildings of the tobacco plantation are there for you to explore, and the grounds around the family cemetery and curing barns are well kept. a wonderful change of pace and great getaway.

Relaxing, Pet Friendly Stay

5 on August 12, 2010

We loved the charm and character of this quaint farmhouse. We appreciated being able to bring our dog with us and having a hearty home-cooked meal. Lots of TLC and a great price, too!

A lovely retreat

5 on July 26, 2010

It was wonderful to retreat to old-fashioned decor and peace and quiet after and busy day with 68 family members over a reunion weekend. Our hostess was most accommodating and gracious.

Relaxing Stay with an Abundance of Hospitality

5 on July 22, 2010

We were very lucky to find this place. Peaceful surroundings, excellent accommodations. Shirley is an excellent host and makes you feel right at home. Bring your appetite for an excellent breakfast. Our teenagers love the stay too!

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4.4 on July 20, 2010

I've made a wonderful memory at the Lamplight Inn. I have found the stillness and quiet, the beauty and charm to be very healing.

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4.8 on June 01, 2010

Lovely, quiet surroundings. Great bathroom, very comfortable bed. Wonderful breakfast, friendly hostess. Interesting Victorian decor.


4.6 on January 15, 2010

Everything was wonderful. The service could not have been better. Breakfast was exceptional and we had a whirlpool tub in the Regal Suite. The Lamplight Inn is also closed in January but opened for us anyway because it was our honeymoon. We had a great time. ;)

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3.4 on January 07, 2010

Very comfortable and homey accomodations; delicious and generous breakfast.

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5 on December 14, 2009

There is a machine with a high pitched whine that I could hear in my room, but my earplugs blocked it.

Pleasant business stay

4.0 on October 15, 2009

I like supporting local businesses while on business travel. I usually have reading to do, and lighting was good. Didn't try to use internet.

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3.8 on October 06, 2009

exceedingly warm & gracious hostess with novel approach to decorating and breakfast. Knowledgeable regarding area attractions. Seeks to please her guests in every way. Charming historical property.

Our Weekend Getaway!

4.8 on September 30, 2009

We really emjoyed all the thought that Shirley put into every part of her b&b. She was an excellent host & will return on our next trip to Henderson, NC.

Great Escape

4.2 on September 29, 2009

We had a wonderful time. the inn was historic and beautiful. Shirley was knowledgeable about the house gounds, and furnishings. She was great resource about loose happenings as well.

Just like home

4.6 on September 11, 2009

The Lamplight Inn was cozy and comfortable. Shirley was a delightful and sweet innkeeper. We will definitely be visiting her again!

Labor day getaway

4.6 on September 08, 2009

Enjoyed staying at the Lamplight Inn. Was a good place to get away from everything for a few days. The innkeeper was extremely nice the breakfasts were delicious. Property has a great history. Would do it again.

A Quiet Getaway

4.2 on August 30, 2009

At the close of a busy summer we decided that we wanted to take a relaxing vacation that would allow us to take a step back from our fast-paced lives. The Lamplight Inn was just the place because it was just a few minutes drive to lovely Kerr Lake where we were able to enjoy the scenic views as well as rent a canoe and spend the day on the lake. Shirley is a very nice and hospitable lady and we could tell that she had really paid close attention to the details around the inn; whether it be the homemade fudge, the unique lamps found in the parlor, or the converted tobacco sheds we certainly found it perfect for our first getaway as a couple. Historic districts in Henderson and Oxford afforded us the opportunity to wander antique stores and sample the local offerings as well. All in all we couldn't have asked for more from the Lamplight Inn - it was truly a pleasent and perfect vacation for us.

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3.8 on August 24, 2009

Very comfortable and delicious food.

44 years and counting!

4.6 on July 13, 2009

We came back to my husband's roots and had a very pleasant and restful stay, with a tour by the innkeeper and a good breakfast and coffee in the morning. The jacuzzi gave me a great relaxing soak!

Our experience in NC

5 on July 01, 2009

We were not planning on staying in Henderson, but when we hit a deep hole in the road and damaged the front tire, we had to spend the night. We chose Lamplight Inn, and what a lovely restored place it is! Great hostess, Shirley! Many historical buildings.


4.0 on May 19, 2009

Loved the atmosphere of the place and truly appreciated the innkeeper's helpfulness.

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5 on May 11, 2009

Our stay was very enjoyable!

our stay was wonderful!

5 on February 23, 2009

The food and the atmosphere made for a perfect getaway!

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5 on February 23, 2009


Country charm and hospitality

3.8 on January 04, 2009

Our hostess was gracious and personable. The breakfast she prepared for us was beautiful as well as delicious. We would definitely return.

A most enjoyable stay!

4.8 on December 11, 2008

Our hostess was wonderful. She gave us a personalized tour of the historic house and property, plus plans for future projects. Excellent breakfasts and very accommodating!

wonderful stay!

4.6 on November 05, 2008

We needed a romantic getaway and Lamplight Inn was the perfect place. The room, Heavenly Haren, was beautiful and spacious, clean, and charming. It's in a beautiful part of Henderson, very close to Kerr Lake. Loved the innkeeper!


5 on November 04, 2008


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5 on October 31, 2008

5 star


4.6 on October 28, 2008

beautiful and peaceful. loved it!

First Time B&B visit

4.2 on September 29, 2008

This is the first B&B visit and it was quite enjoyable. We also used the facilities for a birthday party and got rave reviews from attendees on the facility. We had a great time - the innkeeper was great also!

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5 on September 29, 2008

Very hospitable & peaceful country inn. Accommodating host. We really enjoyed our stay.

Wonderful Getaway

5 on September 24, 2008

My husband surprised me with one night here on our anniversary. What a wonderful surprise! The inn is located in beautiful, peaceful countryside, and the room was spectacular. And Shirley served us a great breakfast!

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5 on August 20, 2008

throughly enjoyed our stay, very comfortable, delicious breakfast.

Enjoyed our Stay

4.4 on August 08, 2008

Shirley really makes this B&B. She is so helpful, friendly, and willing to do what she can to make your stay a great one. She cooks a wonderful gourmet breakfast every morning. We really missed those breakfasts when we got home. A close second to Shirley is the location. The Inn is surrounded by fields. It was a pleasure to sit on the porch and listen to the sound of... nothing. The rooms are a nice size and well-appointed. If I could do one thing to improve this great place, it would be to just sweep the cobwebs out of the corners. They were in every room. I guess that's the price you pay for living in some place so rural: lots of spiders. Other than this, the place is spotless. If you go, don't forget to pet the cat on the porch.


5 on August 08, 2008

The stay was outstanding.


5 on August 05, 2008

In all aspects, the visit was delightful.

The Lamplight Inn

5 on July 21, 2008

We had a very nice stay. The inn is situated in strikingly beautiful farm country. It was nice to unwind on the porch after our long drive. The bed was comfortable, the shower was hot and the breakfast was delicious We would definitely stay again.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for taking the time to send this review. Your comments are appreciated.

- Shirley (innkeeper)

Lamplight Inn

5 on June 24, 2008

-Nature lovers paradise -Beautiful Rooms -Loved the wrap around porch & rocking chairs -Wonderful hostess

just like country livin

5 on June 05, 2008

from the delicious country cooking to the serenity of the fields to the completeness to which each guest room's theme is executed. the lamplight inn was perfect. Shirley is an excellent host. we will be returning! relax and reconnect with the land

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5 on June 04, 2008

Outstanding rooms, service, and dining! Very clean, too!

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5 on June 04, 2008

We had a wonderful experience. The house was great and Shirley was very warm and welcoming. Breakfast was yummy! We will be back!

Great off the beaten path stay

4.2 on June 03, 2008

Great pet-friendly B&B in a quiet location. Shirley was friendly and welcoming. Would recommend to anyone especially bringing pets!

Repeat customer

5 on February 23, 2008

Homey & comfortable!

Lamplight Inn


  • Nightly Rate $95 - $120
  • Reviews (95) 4.5
  • Rooms 3
  • Accepts Gift Cards

Contact Innkeeper

  • Phone 1-2524386311
  • Toll free 1-8772220100
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