High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Road , Grottoes, VA 24441 USA (Show map)


High Laurel Inn offers panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley from several decks. The private and secluded (20'x20') appointed suites include queen beds with sitting areas, stocked in-room refrigerators, ceiling fans, gas-log fireplaces and private decks to enjoy the sunsets and sunrises. Large private baths include step-in showers. Enjoy our 6-person Sundance® hot tub with gorgeous views year-round. Adjoining the Shenandoah National Park and hiking trails, we are just a few steps away from a nature walk. Paines Run Trail ends at the bottom of the hill from High Laurel Inn. Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Charlottesville boast an eclectic mix of restaurants, vineyards and microbreweries and antique shops...all within an easy drive. Grand Cavern, listed as one of "America's top cavern adventure spots", is just minutes away. Each morning, wake to a delicious full breakfast including a bounty of fresh-baked muffins or scones and a full entrée course of stuffed French Toast, Layered Egg Casserole or something else delightful Helen has created. Local fresh berries in-season and orange juice to greet you with in the morning. Flavorful, rich coffee can be enjoyed early at the main house overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. We are currently offering a 3rd night special: 50% off for 3rd night. Call for a special weekday price ! 540-249-3936.



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

Great Weekend Getaway!

4.8 on October 07, 2016

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!

outstanding once again

5 on September 06, 2016

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.

you will love this place

5 on July 10, 2016

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.

AMAZING stay with a beautiful view!

5 on February 16, 2016

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!

stayed here again!

5 on June 02, 2015

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.

wonderful hideaway

5 on May 26, 2015

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.

Serenity away from home

4.6 on April 16, 2015

Beautiful scenery high up in the Blue Ridge Mtns. Quiet, relexing!

Perfect Relaxing Getaway

5 on April 09, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed my relaxing night at the High Laurel Inn. The view from the hot tub cant be beat! Breakfast was amazing. Just what I'd hoped for.

Our Experience

3.4 on November 04, 2014

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.

Great way to celebrate an Anniversary!

5 on October 28, 2014

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!

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Rooms & Rates

Rose Room, Laurel Room


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

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Location Type

Shenandoah National Park, Airport, City, Countryside, Mountains, Small town, Wine country


Charlottesville, VA (CHO-Charlottesville-Albemarle) 50 miles

Directions to property:

Traveling on I-81 • Exit #235 Route 256 at Weyers Cave, East to Route 340 intersection. • Right onto 340 South for 3 miles to • left onto Harriston Road, Route 778 for 1.8 miles to • Right onto Horsehead Road, 1 mile to • Inn entrance on left at #51 stone driveway & entrance. From Interstate 64 • Exit #99 at Afton Mountain onto Route 250 West for 3 miles. • Intersects with Route 340, turn right heading North for 11 miles. • Right onto Harriston Road, Route 778 for 1.8 miles to • Right onto Horsehead Road, 1 mile • to Inn entrance on left at #51 stone driveway & entrance.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV

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  • Check In:: 3:00 to 9:00 PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking area available
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights required for October weekends, Holiday weekends, JMU functions
  • Deposit Amount Required: Single night paid in full. 50% required for 2 night stay. 100% for October reservations, Holidays and JMU functions.
  • Cancellations: •When situations arise necessitating cancellation, notice of cancellation is required two weeks prior to date. •Your deposit will be returned less a $40 bookkeeping charge, if we are able to fill the entire accommodation. •October reservations, Holidays and JMU functions are non-refundable but Gift Certificates would be available.



Helen and James Madison

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

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  • Time Served: 9:00 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area


Special Package

3rd Night Special

3rd night special: 50% off for 3rd night.

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