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Good For Couples
Friendly B&B in a wonderful historic house
The Ink House was built in 1884, and restored to its original appearance in 1985 with the reconstruction of the observatory, where you can read, watch TV or just enjoy the wonderful views of the valley - and, if you're really lucky, a spectacular sunset.
The bedrooms are all on the second floor, ranging from smallish rooms to sizable bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. All of them are very tastefully decorated, each with a different theme - something that can easily be overdone, but which here is very elegant.
The prices are about $120-$220 per room, which is very competitive for this quality of accommodation in this area.
Unique Quality: The key to the Ink House is the quality of the welcome, whether from Innkeeper Diane or her staff, especially Megan, who looked after us very well during our time there. They'll give advice on places to eat, wineries to visit, and anything else you may be interested in, from hiking to local spas.
The breakfasts were excellent, with fresh fruit presented in unusual ways, and egg-based 'entrees' that were very tasty (even if, after three days, we might have appreciated something slightly different!).
One little historical note: an Elvis movie, Wild in the Country (1961) was partly shot at the Ink House (which did duty as the home of a Virginia psychologist!), and they have a copy of the movie in the observatory. It was a lot of fun to see the scenes with the house - it made up for what wasn't exactly a great piece of cinema!
Directions: The Ink House is just south of St Helena on Highway 29, at Whitehall Lane, on the right hand side as you travel south, just where the train tracks cross the road (there are no trains at night, don't worry!).
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