Applewood Inn & Llama Trekking

242 Tarn Beck Lane P O Box 1348, Lexington, VA 24450 USA (Show map)


Minutes from Lexington, yet in another world, with only woods, hillside pastures filled with llamas, and mountain views greeting the eyes.The drive from Rte. 11 to Applewood is only 1 1/2 m. but on that drive you will wind along the scenic Buffalo Creek, enter Donald's Hollow, pass a horse farm, then enter the inn's lower meadow which follows a babbling brook. The passive solar construction provides huge enclosed porches from which to observe this piece of heaven. Most rooms have gas log fireplaces and either hot-tub or jacuzzi tub. Lavish full breakfast. Special diets accommodated. Llama trekking available on site.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Beautiful place and welcoming folks

4.4 on January 27, 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at this bed and breakfast. We stayed in the European room which was very nice and comfortable, the stove and hot tub provided much needed medicine after a long drive. Linda and Chris were very welcoming and provided great conversation.

Amazing stay

5 on November 29, 2016

We had a fantastic three-night stay in the cottage with our three children (ages 15, 8, and 5) and our three year old German Shepherd. The property is beautiful, and we all enjoyed visiting with the Llamas. The cottage was impeccably clean, and completely outfitted with anything you could possibly need for cooking (herbs, spices, pots and pans, etc.) Upon our arrival, the inn owners had stocked our refrigerator with a couple dozen eggs, bacon, juice, soda, and fruit. It was incredibly appreciated after traveling 9 hours from CT with a car full of hungry kids. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful property!

Peaceful getaway

4.4 on November 09, 2016

Beautiful, out-of-the-way setting, nestled among rolling hills and a picturesque creek, with views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Linda and Chris are excellent hosts and the breakfasts were very delicious. The llamas were an added bonus. Nearby Lexington has a lot of unique little shops and restaurants. This was our second time to stay here and will not be the last.

Peaceful Getaway

4.8 on September 08, 2016

Wonderfully relaxing weekend at Applewood Inn. Chris and Linda were terrific hosts.

So Peaceful!

5 on July 18, 2016

From the beautiful drive to the inn, to the views from the property, to the comfortable and lovely rooms, the place just soothes the soul.

Lovely place

5 on June 30, 2016

Very beautiful Place in the nature. Very friendly inn Keeper.

Go for the Llamas!

3.6 on June 11, 2016

This is in a lovely, peaceful part of VA. The drive onto their property by a creek is amazing and beautiful. We were the only guests there so it was quiet. The rooms are spotless some of the décor a bit dated with a "country" feel. There is no wifi as far as we could tell. Chris and Linda are nice to talk to and don't get in the way of you having privacy. The llamas were the highlight for us. Funny animals with a gentle way about them. The llama trek make it unique from other B and Bs

Anniversary getaway

4.6 on June 08, 2016

This is one of the few B&Bs that I'd come back to again. We had a wonderful 2 day weekend stay and enjoyed the morning trek with the llamas. The inn has wonderful pastures that provide amazing mountain views in multiple directions - next time I'll bring food and plan a picnic at one of the tables on top of the mountain/hill. The road to the inn is narrow and right next to Buffalo Creek for a few hundred yards (was a bit unnerving as we drove in the first time in a downpour). However, the location is great as it's remote enough to enjoy the scenery but a quick drive to Lexington and the Natural Bridge and Natural Caverns. We stayed in the European room which was nice and the adjoining hot tub was wonderful after a long day of walking. Just wish it hadn't of been so rainy in May and June so that the pool would have been in a better state.

Great Spring Trip

5 on April 10, 2016

I was looking for a place to spend a few days of my daughter's spring break. We found Applewood on-line and had the best few days. Linda, Chris and the Llama's are great! I am looking forward to another trip through Virginia so I can stay again.

Great Hideaway

4.8 on March 17, 2016

A perfect warm place to spend a cold rainy afternoon and evening in February. The scenic view from the top of the hill was well worth the breezy walk. Nice breakfast on a quiet morning with two very friendly Innkeepers. Paul and Lisa

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Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Wine country


Roanoke, VA (ROA) 45 miles

Directions to property:

Exit 180B from I81. Go 3 1/2 miles North on Rte 11. Make left onto Buffalo Bend Road (Rte 678). Go 1.2 miles to our sign on left. Turn left & follow drive 0.5 miles to inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Historic Lexington, Natural Bridge, VA Horse Center, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer , Pantry and kitchen available for snacks, beverages or meal preparation.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wet bar, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Jacuzzis, Llama treks., Swimming pool, hot tub, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 4 PM - 11 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only, preferrably in the gazebo.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 8 yrs. or older in Quilters Room or Blue Ridge Room
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required In any room. $20 for first night, $10 subsequent nights.
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights in season week-ends, 3 nights on a few selected weekends.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's rate.
  • Cancellations: 3 weeks notice for refund, less $25 cancellation fee. After 3 weeks, deposit refunded if room is rebooked.
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Linda & Chris Best

Languages spoken

English, German

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , 6 llamas

About the innkeepers

Chris is former electrician, sign painter. Linda is watercolorist & gardener. Both sing and were innkeepers for 18 yrs in Massachusetts. They moved to Virginia so that they could offer year-round llama trekking from the Inn. They love the abundant wildlife and wildflowers that surround them in their new home.

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  • Time Served: 8:30AM flexible
  • Serving Location: Porch, pool side, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Peach/Oatmeal Souffle
A healthy but delicious and filling souffle which can be adapted to the fruit of the season.


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