Inn on Thistle Hill & Wellness Center

5541 Sperryville Pike , Boston, VA 22713 USA (Show map)


Great food; beautiful, private, quiet, air-conditioned cottages with no next-door room noise; fantastically comfortable beds; one cottage is pet-friendly, 10 acres woods to roam; hiking-canoeing-wine-tasting nearby; great rates, budget-friendly package deals available; late Sunday checkout. In the rolling foothills of the Virginian Blue Ridge Mountains, between Culpeper, Sperryville, Little Washington and Castleton, Thistle Hill rests tranquilly against the hillside on ten acres of wooded and open land. Enjoy Thistle Hill's innovative Raindrop Aromatherapy Massage and the unique AquaChi Footbath to soothe your muscles, gently release toxins and relax your mind. Vegetarian and Raw Food menus available by prearrangement.



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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.2
  • Value3.8
  • Cleanliness4.0
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Stay at the Azaleah Cottage, at the Inn on Thistle Hill

4.6 on June 12, 2017

I was greeted by a lovely, amiable couple, upon my arrival at the Thistle Hill Inn; where I stayed for the purpose of hiking the scenic nearby Old Rag Mountain trail, but ended up hiking the marvelous, nearby White Oak Canyon trail of the Shenandoah National Park instead! In my hike, I enjoyed relaxing views of winding trails, in a serene wilderness area, with peaceful waterfalls. The hike was beautiful, and the presence of park rangers, as well as the presence of many other human beings; who were hiking the same trail; made me feel secure that, if any accident were to happen during my hike, that there would be people to provide succour, and to come to my rescue. I shared a room with my mother, at the inn; where our hostess prepared a wonderful, hearty, wholesome, home-made, and abundantly well served, breakfast for us; and kept us company during the meal, at times; while entertaining us with pleasant conversation that made us feel very welcomed and cared for, at her home.

Has seen better days...

2.2 on May 03, 2017

We had a reservation at another B&B fall through and were looking for a place at the last minute. Thistle Hill had a room and looked cute and homey online. The reality is that the inn has not been maintained or updated in what appears to be a long time... peeling paint, overgrown grass, and a general feeling of lack of upkeep. There was no wifi in our room. The bed was comfortable and we did sleep fine. There were no towels in the room and we had to ask for them twice. The host asked when we would like breakfast upon check-in, but had just started to prepare it at that time. It was nothing special, consisting of overcooked eggs and sausage and biscuits and portions were small. We needed a place to stay and that is what we had, but it was not worth $200 a night and we would not stay there again.

Lovely home in the woods, warm, friendly hosts...

3.6 on October 26, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Inn so that we would have close proximity to Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon trails for hiking. The Diana room was generous in size and the soaking tub was a treat after our long days of hiking. The breakfasts were hot and good and the conversations enjoyable.

A Night away from DC

3.0 on July 29, 2014

It was a pretty nice B&B. It seemed a little pricey for what we got. Though we were trying to "get away", there was no cell service and no WiFi, which was a bit disconcerting, especially given that we had left our kids with a sitter and didn't like being unreachable.

Innkeeper Response
We absolutely do have wifi and I informed them of this fact, gave them the password (her husband wrote it down) and showed them that it’s available on the couch just outside their room. At no time did they inform me that they couldn’t use the wifi or I would have made sure they could. We've been hosts to the Castleton Opera musicians for the last 4 summers and Maestro requires wifi availability. Wifi access is available in the public areas and just outside of their room. (The walls prevent the signal) Being in a little valley in the mountains, cell phone service can be quite weak although some cell phones work fine. I told them our landline phone was available to them anytime, day or night so their sitter could get hold of them if needed. I’m so sorry they didn’t understand.

- Seane Malone (innkeeper)

Wonderful stay

3.8 on July 10, 2014

Even though we stay for just one night, my wife and I enjoy the stay that much that we have done this for twelve years.

A Grand One Night Stay

5 on November 20, 2013

Will be back for the great hospitality!!! Seane and Frank are both wonderfully awesome people and really know how to make thier guests feel at home. Thank you so much

Easy access to Old Rag and Great breakfast

3.2 on September 27, 2013

The Inn keepers are very nice people. Shauna was extremely accommodating about a late check in on Friday night. Breakfast both mornings was delicious. The dining table was set each morning with lovely china. The cottage could use updating, but the bed was comfortable and the area is wonderfully quiet. The Inn is not far from Old Rag and made our hiking weekend convenient.

a lovely weekend

4.0 on September 04, 2013

very nice place. cottage was cozy and comfortable. Seane Malone is a lovely lady and the chef was a hoot!

Was there twice and hope to come more

5 on June 05, 2013

An absolutely great place. Rooms are clean and breakfast is delicious. Frank (the chef) makes it a point that you know that all ingridients are bought at Amish market, organicaly grown, fresh and unlike anything that can be found in mainstream grocery stores. While you savor every piece, Frank and Shawna are like to talk and are full of stories from organic cooking to spas to recreation to what healthy eating really means. Absolutely outstanding place, I'be been there twice, 7 years ago as well as just recently and hope to make it a yearly get away.

Best place to stay in shenandoah / virginia wine country

4.8 on May 28, 2013

What I love most about the place was the peace and tranquility. Seane and Frank are the warmest innkeepers we have met. Very helpful, giving us detailed directions to the place. Asked us about our plans, made very helpful suggestions. We'll definitely be back.

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Rooms & Rates

The Meadowlark Cottage

Joined to the main house by a covered breezeway and garden with pond and fountain, has a king-size bed with adjoining private sunroom/sitting room and a small private deck overlooking the woods.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $185

The Azalea Cottage

Enjoy absolute privacy in your separate cottage. Oversized bedroom/sitting room with queen-size bed. Relax in front of fireplace; or luxuriate in your own skylighted bathroom in the oversize tub.

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

Nightly Rate: $145 - $165

The Dianne Room

This large room has a queen-sized bed and a big private bathroom with an old fashioned tub and shower. Located in the main house and has satellite TV, private temperature controls.

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

Nightly Rate: $165 - $185

The Gold Room

Located high above the Great Room in its own wing, this large, airy, skylighted room has stained glass windows, a massive four-poster bed (king size), desk and private covered deck where you can special order breakfast (slight extra charge) or just stargaze at night. Ideal for special weekends, anniversaries and honeymoons.

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

Nightly Rate: $195 - $205

Check Dates


Location Type

Castleton Opera and Performances, Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Washington DC, DC (IAD-Dulles) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Coming from the Beltway or Dulles Airport, take I-66 West (toward Front Royal). Take the Gainesville Exit (Hwy 29) towards Warrenton. Important: To miss a lot of traffic lights and traffic, pass the Gainesville Exit and take the next exit which is Hwy 15. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left on to Hwy 15. Where it connects to Hwy 29, turn right. Continue on Hwy 29, pass Warrenton (stay in the left 2 lanes of Hwy 29, under the sign for "Culpeper,") and continue on Hwy 29. Take the first exit for Culpeper (about 35 miles from I-66), turn right at the end of the ramp and proceed along toward Old Town of Culpeper until you reach Hwy 522 North (Evans St. in Culpeper), turn right. Go approximately 9.5 miles. When you see the Boston General Store on your left, you're getting close. You'll see a sign for Rappahannock County Line. When you cross the Rappahannock County Line, the driveway is at the bottom of the hill, on the right hand side of the road (.3 miles or about 1/3 mile from the Rappahannock County Line sign).

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Battlefields, Blown Glass & Pottery Galleries, Luray Caverns, Shenandoah National Park and Famous Hiking Areas, Skyline Drive, Castleton Opera, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Country Inn, Homestay, Spa

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, CD player, Conference Rooms, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Aromatherapy Raindrop Technique by Appointment, Walking Machine in Great Room in Winter, Wellness Center, Special Footbath to relax tired feet & legs, Veterinarian On-Call for our Pet Friendly Cottage

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Fireplace, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Antiqueing, Raindrop Aromatherapy Massage, Wellness Consultation, Aqua Chi Footbath, Energy Balancing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Whitewater Rafting

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Designated outside areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited So we can provide for you, innkeeper approval required
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required One of our cottages is pet friendly
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-night stay required on weekends in October
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1st night or half
  • Cancellations: Full refund minus $25 processing fee will be given with 5 days notice or 8 days notice in May and October.



Seane Malone

Languages spoken

Bahasa Indonesia, English

Resident Pets

Dogs , Freddie, the watch-frog

About the innkeepers

Owner/Innkeeper Seane Malone was born in Hong Kong and grew up in India, Indonesia and the Orient where she was schooled in the intuitive and healing arts. She was trained in both eastern and western philosophies, yoga, meditation, music and dance and in the Energy Balancing techniques which she has refined and worked with over the last 30 years.

Check Dates



delicious made-to-order gourmet

  • Time Served: 7 am till 10 am
  • Serving Location: On your deck (slight extra charge), Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Backpack Power Lunch, Special Parties