Foster Harris House

189 Main Street , Washington, VA 22747 USA (Show map) Diamond Collection

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Located in the historic village of “Little” Washington, the five-guestroom Foster Harris House is also a “micro-restaurant” serving prix fixe dinners by reservation in its intimate 10-seat dining room on weekends. With sumptuous cuisine, refined comfort, and warm hospitality, the Foster Harris House has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the past nine years.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

Couldn't get the "Outstanding" buttons to work!

5 on April 07, 2015

We arrived around 6:30pm -- when John & Diane were half an hour away from a full house for dinner. Our reservation at the Inn wasn't until much later, so we asked for some (local) wine and a cheese plate. 15 minutes later, as we were still oohing over the exquisite taste and comfort of the Mountain View room, John arrived at our door with a superb selection of cheeses (and wild boar salami!!) and, mirabile dictu, a much better local wine than any we found over the next two days of vineyard hopping! That was just the keynote of a fantastic stay. Excellent, piping hot coffee& set ups appeared noiselessly outside our door in the morning. Exquisite breakfast, with more good coffee. A tour of the gorgeous kitchen, with pleasant, leisurely conversation with Diane & John. And one final, perfect touch: cell service in the area is terrible, so no GPS, but (of course!) they have a beautifully organized folder with printed directions to all the local sights and businesses. We can't wait to go back to stay a couple of nights and try John's cuisine. Every single aspect of our visit was a delight.


5 on October 13, 2014

I can't rave enough about the Foster Harris House. We just returned home after a two-night stay, and the place was every bit as beautiful as it appears on the inn's website. We rented the smallest of the five bedrooms--the Jenkins Room--and were very comfortable in it. The en suite bathroom was large and well-appointed and even had a raindrop shower. The breakfasts were also amazing, each of the four courses mouth wateringly delicious and artistically arranged. (I'd love to return someday and have dinner there!) What capped off our stay, though, were the way Diane and John made us feel at home. Every room was occupied for the weekend, and all the guests seemed to feel the same way. We booked a room there because our son was getting married two blocks away at the Inn at Little Washington; and when the weather turned cooler than expected the night of the wedding, Diane even lent me one of her beautiful shawls, going so far as to iron it for me before the festivities began. Now that's hospitality!

True Paradise!

5 on July 19, 2014

John and Diane have made the Foster Harris House an escape to paradise. Their attention to detail is impressive. We felt pampered and wished we had booked a second night in our luxurious mountain view room. The sheets and towels were so soft and smelled great and the rain shower had 4 jets that felt like a spa treatment. The gourmet breakfast was amazing and each of the three courses looked like works of art and was delicious. We will definitely be back and look forward to experiencing dinner as well next time.

First Class Operation!

5 on September 25, 2013

Our third stay at the Foster Harris House, and each one seems to get better than the one before, even though we could not imagine anything better.

Wonderful time !!

4.8 on August 28, 2013

Owners Diane and John were more than accommodating! The breakfast enjoyed outdoors by choice on a lovely late August morning was a visual and culinary delight! Our room was clean and cozy with a large rain shower and quality linens. The front porch was the perfect place to enjoy the delicious port offered to guests. We recommend this B&B if you plan a trip to the NOVA wineries with so many in close proximity.

Wonderful all around.

4.8 on July 10, 2013

FHH was a great experience. I found it through this site, based on the walkability to Inn at Little Wash. The owners are spectacular hosts and went above and beyond to make our stay as perfect as possible. I would recommend FHH to anyone, based upon the level of service, the quality of the breakfast, and the beauty of the home.

What a find!

5 on April 09, 2013

We had stayed at another B&B several years ago but it was being renovated, so we stayed at the Foster Harris House. So very glad we did. The room was thoughtfully appointed,and the bathroom was clean and bright. The common areas were all lovely. The breakfast was outstanding, and Diane and John are perfect hosts.

A Birthday Escape

5 on March 03, 2013

Absolutely every detail for comfort is considered. The welcoming fire, the glass of wine upon arrival, the fashion emergency kit, the rain fall shower, the wonderful smelling bathroom amenities and finally the amazing four-course breakfast to send us on our way. We will definitely return!


5 on May 11, 2011

After one night in the suite here, I thought about selling everything I owned and moving in. I am still thinking about it. John and Diane are lovely, friendly and welcoming folks who truly make you feel at home. If your home was a lovely country manor with a beautiful view out the window, overlooking a well maintained garden and rolling hill, followed by an amazing 5 star 4 course breakfast. Stella the dog was an added draw. This place is lovely, so well maintained, the pride of the owners really shows, it is the closest thing to paradise I have found within hours of DC. I plan to go back here time and time again, this is by far the nicest B & B I have ever been to.

Must Do for B & B lovers

5 on February 25, 2010

We love the Foster Harris House! We have been coming here every year at Thanksgiving for the past 5 years just in order to receive the "royal treatment". Although the food, the hospitality and idyllic location alone make the Foster Harris House a must do on the B&B enthusiasts' list, John and Diane MacPherson make the extra effort to ensure that their guests feel 'at home' in their home. And yet, they seem to do it effortlessly. We always feel completely welcomed and know that our time here will be thoroughly enjoyable. What a treat to get away from life's general mayhem and, at least for a day or two, be spoiled rotten!¿David and Richard

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Rooms & Rates

Mountain View

The Mountain View Room has a queen bed, free standing stove and private bath with a spa shower, glass block and marble floors. In the elegant sitting room, enjoy beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and perennial gardens. Features: Queen bed, loveseat, best views in house, largest room, lighted make-up mirror, spa shower with water jets and rainfall showerhead, free standing stove, sitting room with crystal chandelier. $299 - 369 per night.

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

Nightly Rate: $299 - $369

Meadow room

The Meadow Room has a four-post queen bed and pristine white tile bath with a walk-in rainfall shower. Lovely views from large bathroom window. This room is at the back of the house with its own separate anteroom, offering an extra sense of privacy. Features: Queen bed, lighted make-up mirror, large walk-in rainfall shower, free standing stove. $279 - 349 per night.

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

Nightly Rate: $279 - $349

Garden Room

Bright, spacious, and stylish, the Garden Room has a custom queen bed with a private bath that features a traditional tub with a rainfall shower. Lovely views of the garden and meadows behind the house. Features: Queen bed, lighted make-up mirror, tub with rainfall shower, free standing stove, two upholstered chairs. Located on the first floor. $279 - 349 per night

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

Nightly Rate: $279 - $349

Compton Room

This opulent room has a dark cherry queen bed, free standing stove, wingback chair and a love seat that converts to a twin bed. The private bath has rich Italian tile and soothing rainfall shower. Features: Queen bed, lighted make-up mirror, large walk-in rainfall shower, stove, convertible loveseat. $279 - 349 per night

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $279 - $349

Jenkins Room

This petite room (9' x 15') has been carefully appointed with a luxurious queen bed, elegant and comfortable French country furnishings and a lovely bathroom with Italian tile and a walk-in rainfall shower. Features: Queen bed, walk-in rainfall shower, wingback chair, lighted make-up mirror. $239 - 289 per night

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

Nightly Rate: $239 - $289

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Location Type

Inn at Little Washington, Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 55 miles

Directions to property:

From Washington DC. take I66 west to Exit 43-A (Gainesville). Follow 29 south to Warrenton, VA. Take 211 west 23 miles. Turn right at sign for Washington, Virginia. Continue to stop sign. Turn left onto Main Street. Go approximately 2.5 blocks to 189 Main Street on the right. Go past the house and pull into parking area below. Enter through the front door.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Shenandoah National Park, the Inn at Little Washington, Luray Caverns, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Conference Rooms, DVD Player, Electric vehicle charging, Fireplace, Fridge, Library, Movie library, Parking, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos , Spa Robes, Bottled Water and Soda

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Mountain Bike trails, Shenandoah National Park, the Inn at Little Washington, Luray Caverns, Sight-seeing

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only allowed on the porch and patio, only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Group Reservation and Cancellation Policy: To reserve three or more guest rooms at the Foster Harris House, a $100 non-refundable deposit per room per night is required at the time of booking. Thirty (30) days before check-in, the balance is due and is non-refundable.
  • Cancellations: 14-Day Cancellation Policy: If you cancel within fourteen (14) days of your check-in date and we’re able to re-book your room, you won’t be charged. We'll make every effort to re-book your room, but in the event we cannot, you’re responsible for the full amount of your reservation. Please note that a cancellation is not in effect until you receive confirmation from us that we've received your message. Group Reservation and Cancellation Policy: To reserve three or more guest rooms at the Foster Harris House, a $100 non-refundable deposit per room per night is required at the time of booking. Thirty (30) days before check-in, the balance is due and is non-refundable.



Diane and John MacPherson

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About the innkeepers

One evening over dinner, Diane and John MacPherson decided it was time to quit the corporate life and pursue a dream of creating a business that combined their passions for food, wine, cycling, and entertaining. In 2004, Diane and John left Southern California, bought a small bed and breakfast in Washington, Virginia and set out to realize their dreams. Diane and John both grew up in New England and have a eight-year-old son, Finn, and a yellow lab, Stella.

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  • Time Served: 9:30am weekends
  • Serving Location: Outside Patio, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

a sumptuous four-course meal.
Your day may begin with fresh baked ginger scones, followed by seasonal fruit topped with cannoli cream and cinnamon straw. For the main course, you may enjoy an entrée of roasted red pepper and gruyere soufflé accompanied by hickory-smoked bacon glazed in a raspberry chipotle sauce. A sweet finish may include blueberry cheesecake crêpes with Crème Anglaise.