Inn at Meander Plantation

2333 North James Madison Hwy , Locust Dale, 22948 USA (Show map)


Escape to Virginia wine country at our historic bed and breakfast, minutes from the towns of Culpeper and Orange, and a stones throw from historic Montpelier. Our Virginia wine country inn features 10 luxurious rooms and suites and award winning fine dining on acres of beautiful, unspoiled Virginia countryside. With nearby breweries serving craft beer, wine dinners, and expert pairings, there is always a way to enjoy yourself and be entertained. Get an in-room massage, take a romantic picnic lunch with you for a day exploring Virginia, or stay in all day and relax. Our inn is also pet-friendly! Bring your fury friend on vacation with you. We are located just an hour away from Shenandoah National Park. Stay with us and then set off on a day trip to explore the beauty of Virginia. Dine with us and savor gourmet dinners at our on-site restaurant Elim and a delicious locally sourced breakfast each morning to start your day off right. Rest, unwind and enjoy the pleasures of a simpler speed in true style with renowned Virginia hospitality. We are centrally located about an hour from Washington, DC, Fredericksburg, VA, and Charlottesville, VA




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Beautiful and gracious.

5 on August 27, 2018

This is our 2nd stay with Erica and Jim as innkeepers. We love it here. Gracious and charming yet warm and casual. We love the hiking trails, the delicious breakfasts, the comfortable rooms. We stayed in the Summer Kitchen this time and will definitely boom that again. Culpeper is a charming town nearby. I can't say enough about this wonderful plantation inn.

Anniversary Trip

4.8 on June 12, 2018

My husband and I recently celebrated out Anniversary at the most lovely B an B at Meander Plantation. We had a room at the main house with our own private table on the porch, with gorgeous views. Erica and Jim do and excellent job of hosting and accommodating the guests. The breakfasts were delicious; and, the dinner was outstanding. My favorite spot was on the Adirondack chair watching the sunset after a day of seeing the historical sites in the area. We definitely plan to come back.


4.8 on May 18, 2018

Fabulous “midweek” weekend which included a great package of food as well as a lovely cottage room. Innkeepers/chefs Erica and Jim were fabulous and the food exceptional. A wonderful relaxed stay. We’ll be back.

Inn at Meander a Great Place to Stay

4.8 on April 16, 2018

we spent a wonderful April weekend at Meander. Hosts Erika and Jim could not have been more accommodating. Dinner on Friday night was outstanding, as were breakfasts on Sat and Sunday. Wonderful and relaxing atmosphere, historic house and grounds. Highly Recommend.

Great Weekend Getaway

4.2 on March 26, 2018

Beautiful, historic place for our wedding anniversary weekend getaway. We met the managers/chefs who were an absolute joy to talk to and found out it was their first week on site. The food (Friday night supper and Saturday/Sunday breakfasts) were excellent. Would definitely come back again for another weekend.

We come every year same day. Staying in a diffenert room each time, We h two more rooms to go.

5 on October 03, 2016

Always a great experience with the view, the wine and the food.

Charming B & B

5 on October 03, 2016

Such a peaceful getaway!

Summer Kitchen Stay at Historic Inn

3.2 on September 22, 2016

It was a nice stay, I would have preferred a TV in the room but a nice room overall. The grounds were nice and the dog enjoyed them. The restaurant was good, but seemed to have issues at dinner without super advanced notice. We requested to eat there the day of our arrival and apparently the Chef couldn't handle less than a 12 hour notice.

Pleasant stay at Meander Plantation

4.4 on September 04, 2016

Bring a good book to enjoy sitting under a tree or on the various patios. No TV is available but that made the stay even more enjoyable.

Charming and Beautiful

5 on November 11, 2011

I had such a wonderful time at Meander. The owners were so nice and accommodating. It was really charming and relaxing. Comfortable beds and delicious food. I couldn't have asked for more. And the view is just lovely. Perfect rolling hills and green grass. Just heavenly.

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Rooms & Rates


History and ambiance abound in this 1700s brick dependency building with wood burning fireplace and golden oak floors. The Robinson room offers an incredible romantic Virginia getaway. Enjoy a lovely wrought iron and wood queen bed and a private full bath. The original cathedral ceilings and hand-hewn beams complete the mood. The windows frame rolling landscapes and beautiful mountain views. This is a pet friendly room with in-room Wi-Fi.

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


Only steps from the manor house, Rapidan has a wood-burning fireplace that creates an aura of romance in this historic dependency, perfect for your next romantic Virginia getaway. This lovely room is furnished with antiques and a queen cherry four-poster bed. Oak floors and hand-hewn beamed ceiling add to the original Colonial nature of this charming room with private bath. Beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain vistas are just outside. This is a pet friendly room with in-room Wi-Fi.

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

Madison Cottage

Sophistication, drama and privacy ? this cottage provides a romantic getaway in Virginia like no other. Located just across the back gardens from the Manor House, Madison Cottage has a queen-size black pencil post bed, dressed with high-end updated linens and 600 thread count sheets. This room offers a more contemporary feel with historic character. The most alluring feature of this recently updated cottage is the incredible two-person spa shower with rainfall, hand-held and regular shower heads and multiple body jets. Entrance to the pet friendly cottage is through a gorgeous private garden with a trickling gold fish pond and terrace. The cottage features a gas log fireplace and in-room Wi-Fi.

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

The Lightfoot Room

The Lightfoot Room is an elegant, large downstairs room in the Manor House with a private outside entrance overlooking the gardens and fountain, and offers in room Wi-Fi. Named for owners of the property during the Civil War, Lightfoot has gleaming heart pine floors, antiques, wing back chairs, corner gas log fireplace and king bed with luxurious linens in beautiful shades of an updated green toile, giving nod to the age of the 1766 house with bright, large windows. Join us in our romantic Virginia bed and breakfast for an unforgettable getaway.

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

Colonel Fry's Suite

This large, elegantly furnished Master suite is richly decorated in greens with crisp white trim. The carved rice four-poster queen-size bed is dressed with designer covers and luxurious 600-thread count sheets. Heart-of-pine floors have been lovingly refinished and a beautiful colonial fireplace with gas logs adds warmth and ambiance. This room has a large private bath, in room Wi-Fi and an adjacent sitting room. There?s easy access to the upstairs porch with plentiful rockers, breathtaking mountain views and glorious sunsets. Escape to our romantic Virginia bed and breakfast and soak in the views for yourself.

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

Mr. Jefferson's Suite

President Jefferson stayed here many times and was a lifelong friend of our original Colonial family. We are sure this would have been his room on visits. This expansive upstairs suite has a private staircase and features two queen-size beds, antiques, refinished original pine floors, wing back chairs, an Oriental rug and an adjacent sitting area with in-room Wi-Fi. The en suite bathroom is but a few steps from the bedroom and features a soaking tub and shower. The upstairs porch is only steps away, offering spectacular mountain views and fantastic sunsets.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

Groom's Cottage

A charming, private cottage near the stables, Washington Cottage and Madison Cottage. Enjoy spectacular mountain views and breathtaking sunsets steps away from the main house at our romantic Virginia inn. The Groom?s Cottage, which originally housed the groomsmen caring for the horses, features a king size bed with elegant linens, newly refinished heart pine floors and newly renovated private bath with tub and spa shower. A gas fireplace completes the ambiance of the room. The Groom?s Cottage is pet friendly with in-room Wi-Fi.

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

Shearer Suite

This elegant and refined two-room suite is upstairs in the Manor House of our Virginia Wine Country bed and breakfast and opens onto an inviting upstairs porch with magnificent Blue Ridge mountain views. The gracious, private sitting room is decorated in gold, ivory and Chinese reds and features an Oriental rug on the pine floor, a gas fireplace and sleeper sofa. The dramatically decorated bedroom has a cherry queen four-poster bed piled with elegant linens and pillows. The private bath offers an over-sized soaking tub with shower. The suite is a tribute to former owners, the Shearer sisters, taste and refinement and has in-room Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Washington Cottage

This luxuriously appointed room has it all ? beautifully carved king-size bed with elegant linens, gas-log fireplace, two-person Jacuzzi tub with hand-held and rainfall showers and private patio with beautiful views. The Father of Our Country should have had it so good! Located at the west end of the property, it is adjacent to the Groom?s Cottage. This room is pet friendly and has in-room Wi-Fi. Enjoy Virginia winery lodging at its best.

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

Summer Kitchen

This private and exceptionally romantic suite in our Virginia bed and breakfast was the original plantation kitchen. Located in a separate building, it is joined to the Manor House by a covered Jeffersonian brick archway. The Summer Kitchen features a large sitting room on the first floor, with gas firelogs in the huge Colonial cook-fireplace. The spacious bedroom upstairs has a king-size bed and fireplace. The private bath has a large soaking tub and shower. Light and airy with hand-refinished floors throughout, this architectural and historic treasure offers breathtaking Blue Ridge mountain views and vistas of verdant rolling pastures and woods. This suite is pet-friendly and has in-room Wi-Fi access.

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle) 46 miles

Directions to property:

Take Interstate 66 West to Rt. 29 South (Gainesville exit). 29 South to Rt. 15 South (Third Culpeper Exit) towards Orange. 9 miles South on Route 15, Meander Plantation is on your right, just past the Crooked Run River. Drive time without traffic: 1 hour 15 minutes

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, National/State parks, Nature area, Picnic area, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, DVD Player, Telephone, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 15:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes Pets are welcome in our pet friendly rooms only.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Keith is new owner, IK Chris

Languages spoken


Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Cooking, Gardening, Wine

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Seated Locally Sourced Chef Prepared

  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Seating available for our guests with pets. , Dining Room

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian Dinner is available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00pm in our dining room by reservation only.