Welcome to Strathmore House
“Strathmore House has been made by the hosts into a beautiful place of many pleasures.” Paul & Dolores, Belleville, Ontario
“A fascinating historical house, we can’t wait to return and hear more of its stories.” Susie and Allen, Wash DC.
“We have never been so pampered and well looked after.” Richard & Ella, England.
“A bit of heaven on earth”. Edwin & Lori, Gettysburg, PA
“After visiting at least 15 B&B’s in the last two years we are experts and this is the best we have had the good fortune to visit.” Esther and Jon, New York
“From the charming house to the wonderful breakfasts, not to mention the hosts’ real southern hospitality, our stay has been over the top.” Peter and Katrine, Wash, DC
Occupying, arguably, the Shenandoah Valley’s most spectacular location, overlooking the historic Meems Bottom Covered Bridge and the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, this local landmark invites guests to step back in time and experience life as it might have been in a more romantic and gracious era. Come and enjoy this beautifully restored 1892 Victorian gem for a weekend or a week.
Innkeepers Kay and Jim Payne welcome you to Strathmore House Bed and Breakfast on the Shenandoah. Once the hub of an extensive apple orchard enterprise, Strathmore House now offers a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with an excellent standard of accommodation and matchless breakfast cuisine where guests are made to feel as welcome as friends. Put aside rush hour traffic and the banality of television and revel in the serenity of English gardens, a rocking chair on Strathmore’s wraparound porch, or a leisurely walk over four acres of landscaped grounds for a bird’s eye view of the covered bridge. Located on the banks of the Shenandoah River adjacent to the Meems Bottom Covered Bridge (one of only a few covered bridges remaining in Virginia), Strathmore House is approached via a long tree-lined avenue leading to the covered bridge. All four guest rooms are named for apple orchards that were once part of the farm and are individually styled with beautiful country fabrics, period pieces and the odd characterful idiosyncrasy! Four posters, half testers, crown canopies and feather beds are just some of the special touches that reflect the innkeepers’ careful attention to detail and their guests’ comfort. While the innkeepers have carefully preserved the flavor and ambience of the late Victorian period throughout, each of the private guest bathrooms is entirely modern.
Breakfast, a three-course repast, is served each morning and includes fresh juice and fruit along with the main entrée of the day. All dishes are house specialties made on the premises. Entrees change daily. Please let us know if you have any special dietary needs or restrictions.
The Paynes offer their unique tales of house restoration in the Valley (not a year in Provence, but a somewhat parallel experience). The innkeepers learned many entertainment, cooking and inn-keeping lessons during their lifetime of living, working and traveling abroad in South America, the Middle East, England and Scotland.
SE HABLA ESPANOL. Kay speaks Spanish and appreciates and understands the culture of Latin America from her years of living in Panama and Honduras, as well as traveling extensively to other countries
Strathmore House is conveniently located between Mt. Jackson and New Market, with easy access from Interstate 81 at Exit 269 and Route 11.
Gift Certificates: Strathmore House Gift Certificates make a welcome surprise for friends, family and business colleagues - and for any important and memorable occasion - birthday, anniversary, retirement, Christmas or as a very special way of saying "Thank you". Please call our toll free number, 1-888-921-6139, for details.
Special Events: Small weddings (50), receptions, meetings. Please call for details.
What to Do: Strathmore is but a short drive from various popular attractions: Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Forest, New Market Civil War Battlefield, Shenandoah and Luray Caverns and the Bryce and Massanutten Ski Resorts. Several historic Valley towns and villages, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mt. Jackson and New Market have fall festivals and all have their fair share of antique shops. There are also several excellent golf courses nearby as well as tennis, fishing and of course bird watching. Please see our “AREA ATTRACTIONS” for additional listings.
Smoking: Strathmore House is a smoke-free establishment. Smoking is permitted outside on the south terrace only.
Children: Strathmore House does not accommodate children. The house was planned and designed as a romantic escape for people desiring peace and serenity away from their workaday lives. It is not suitable for children due to its many antiques, valuables and breakables.
Pets: Regret we do not accommodate pets. However, the Payne cats are available for your pleasure.
Reservations are suggested and guaranteed with one night’s deposit, which is refundable, less a $15.00 processing fee, with 7 days notice. Strathmore does not accept credit cards; therefore your deposit is requested in the form of a personal check or money order. The balance is due in cash at check in. Certain weekends and holidays have a two-night minimum.
Check in and check out: Check-in is between 3-6 PM. Please notify us if you must arrive after 6 PM but before 8 PM. We cannot accept guests arriving after 8 PM. Checkout is 11 AM.
Inn Keepers KayandJim@StrathmoreHouse.com
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