The Barboursville 5 Course wine pairing dinner was perfect...the wine and food were spectacular. Janet, Mark, Luca, Kat, our breakfast waiter (I can't believe I forgot his name, because he was the perfect waiter!) as well as the entire wait staff were so gracious, fun, down to earth... Hospitality came naturally for all staff...It's just a great place and we enjoyed a wonderful get-away from the DC area!
The only thing lacking was a place to "hang out" and read or play a game with maybe a cocktail or coffee. A relatively private den/library type room I guess that we're accustomed to in an inn would have been great there... If the room had a view all the better. Also, the couches in the corner of the diningroom would be really nice flanking the fireplace in the pub during winter months...I would love to drink a Bailey's on one of them near that huge pub fireplace! In the summer they could be removed to make room for tables. (Just a friendly suggestion). The pub bar with the TV is nice, but not as the only place to go as a guest in the winter. Our room was not condusive to hanging out and is in need of renovating.
I believe the emphasis has been on excellent food...with great success. I suspect the next effort will likely be placed on bedroom renovating and tweeking of the little details. Don't let any of the negatives stop you from spending a night or weekend, because over-all it was truly a great place to spend a night (if not for anything, but the great breakfast!) We had a great time...you should definitely check it out. We're curious to see how the inn evolves over time. We are sympathetic that the tough economy won't allow for over-night improvements of the guest rooms and that a 300 year old inn is not exactly easy to improve. Great luck to the proprietors! Hats off for all of their hard work.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once the home of Robert Morris who gained fame as "Financier of the Revolution". General and later President George Washington was a close friend and visited Robert Morris often. In more recent times author James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake here and fell in love with our renowned crab cakes. More history is located here. Now the Eastern Shore's most unique historic restaurant with rooms under celebrity Chef Proprietor, Mark Salter and Ian Fleming. Enter the Inn and step back 300 years: a pristine yet historic interior welcomes with timber beams, panelled walls and open fires in the cooler months. Through to Salter's Tavern featuring historic red brick walls and old slate floors, with magnificent fires in the cooler months and offering casual outside dining on our Terraces and Veranda during balmy warm summers. This is a truly historic Inn, cosy with a natural patina running through. Friendly, great cuisine and understated professional service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Robert Morris Hotel Oxford