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John and Celeste are wonderful hosts. Another B "& B that had no vacancy called and we were able to stay with them for 2 nights. Fantastic Breakfasts. Park like landscaping which
was so relaxing. Large patios for diining or just relaxing.
Beautiful interior . Neat and extremely clean. Very comfortable bed. A very delightful stay for us Texans.
Our favourite US B&B Inn
Our second visit. As previous reviewers have commented, the house, cottages, and gardens are immaculate.The breakfasts are superb. What makes this place so special ? - the hosts, Celeste and John. You come as guests and leave as friends. We will be back !
The Apple Orchard Inn could not have been better
We stayed at the Apple Orchard Inn for 5 nights. We stayed in one of the separate cottages. Our only complaint was the feather bed. This is a first class place. Breakfasts were great. Afternoon snacks with homemade cookies and wine and beer was wonderful after a day of hiking. The gardens and patio area are beautiful. We paid extra and had a private dinner prepared by Celeste. It was a great meal. This was in a good location for exploring Mesa Verde National Park. John handled our reservation and tickets for the Durango to Silverton Steam train and it worked out well with a special pick up and drop off location. Celeste took care of our dinner reservations in town and had good advice about the restaurants. John and Celeste run a top of the line Bed and Breakfast. Rowdy, the dog, was fun.
The Best of the Best!!
The Apple Orchard Inn sets the highest standard for a B&B and we have yet to find another to compare. Celeste and John are wonderful hosts and make you feel at home the moment you walk in the door. It is like stepping into another world that is peaceful and beautiful as you drive through the orchards to the front door. Breakfasts are yummy and conversation lively. The afternoon social time is a great time for conversation with the hosts and other guests. It is also a time to watch the ducks as well as a fun time to play with Rowdy, the resident golden retriever. Every attention has been paid to detail at the Apple Orchard Inn in all rooms, the cottages and the grounds with the duck ponds and the babbling brooks. We continue to vacation in Durango and stay at the Apple Orchard Innas it is always a treat! It is truly "The Best of the Best"!
Best B&B ever!
We stayed at the Apple Orchard Inn for our honeymoon in the summer of 2004 and have been wanting to go back since! We made it back in September, 2006 and it was wonderful. The inn is absolutely beautiful, the grounds are spectacular, the cottages are super cute and romantic, Celeste makes wonderful breakfast (and cookies) and the location is beautiful. Apple Orchard is definitely the nicest place we have ever stayed and John & Celeste are SO friendly and helped us plan activities and restaurants. We also did the special dinner that Celeste prepared and it was delicious. I highly, highly recommend this B&B for anyone wanting a relaxing, romantic, wonderful trip in an idyllic setting!
Wonderful and Romantic B&B
We spent four days at the Apple Orchard Inn, located 8 miles north of Durango, CO. It ranks among the top three B&Bs that we have stayed in anywhere. Our stay began with a warm welcome from innkeepers John and Celeste Gardiner, along with their dog and cat. We stayed in the Fireside Cabin, one of several individual cabins, which had a front porch, rear patio, jacuzzi tub, a skylight full of stars, a sofa in front of a gas starting/wood burning fireplace, and an enormous and comfortable bed. Just beyond the doors of the cabin were streams, ponds, ducks (fed daily by the Gardiners), commuting Canadian geese, aspens, and apple trees. Very romantic and beautiful environment. Celeste is in incredibly talented chef, providing delicious breakfast daily. The "wine, cheese, and cookies" around 5 PM provided a great opportunity to mingle with the other guests. The cookies were still available after we returned from dinner. The "over the top" addition was that, at a very reasonable price, Celeste will cook an incredible gourmet dinner, served in a small candlelit dining room, provided that this is arranged prior to arrival at the inn. The guests actually have the ability to select the menu from a list of selections provided by Celeste. The location, too, is ideal. Day trips to Mesa Verde, Telluride, Silverton (with or without the train), the Colorado Trail, and Durango are doable without exhaustion. The Apple Orchard Inn is truly a place to return to again and again. And again.
Ron and Helaine Mario, Longboat Key, Florida
Simply the Best
Great breakfasts. Celeste and John were very accessible and extremely helpful. The room was tastefully decorated. The bed and comforter were so cozy that we slept with the heat off and window open. The hosts obtained our tickets for the Durango-Silverton Train ride. They show us were to board the train at a maintenance yard saving us an hour each way on the less scenic portions of the trip.
Fantastic experience at the Apple Orchard Inn
We had the pleasure of staying at the Apple Orchard Inn in Durango as part of our exploration of the South West in Sept/Oct this year. What a fantastic experience! John & Celestine were wonderful hosts. John greeted us personally and led us to our room - a fabulous cottage in the gardens, one of 6 designed as a mini version of the main house! The room was extremely comfortable with all the conveniences of a 4 star property, the only noise coming from the stream running under our window. John and Celestine once lived overseas, and this is evident in the way they were not phased by any strange requests or languages. We watched Celestine calmly serve wine to guests one evening (drinks and home made cookies are served every evening - what a delight!), look at photos, and answer questions, all while cooking a meal for 2 other guests! The breakfasts are a true gourmet experience, to the extent that we could not eat again until dinner! There are always two dishes on offer, and Celestine personally explains each so that you can make a very informed choice - if indeed you can choose! In a nutshell, we had a wonderful time - perfect location, perfect hosts and perfect pets too (Rowdy is the most adorable and well behaved golden retriever I have met!). I would thoroughly recommend staying here, and hope to return again myself.
Fantastic Bed & Breakfast
There needs to be more stars than 5 - The Apple Orchard Inn goes far beyond excellent. There are not enough words to express our enjoyment while staying at the Inn, in our private cottage with a private patio - it was a wonderfully, romantic getaway. Celeste and John are excellent hosts. Celeste knows how to please your palate - the food was out of this world! They cater to your every need and want. Our stay for seven days and nights was beyond our wildest dreams and expectations. Celeste is wonderful to work with on making the arrangements, and knew what we needed before we even asked. She arranged for our Railroad trip, my husband's golf outing and told us of all the places to see, shop and eat. We would definately recommend the Inn to everyone, and hope to be back someday, soon.
Jim & Shirley Parsley
A 6 Star Experience!!!
The Apple Orchard Inn is more than you would ever expect from a Bed and Breakfast. You immediately feel welcomed the minute you walk in the front door as Celeste and John greet you with warm cookies and wine. They treat you more like family than guests and really go above and beyond to make your stay more enjoyable. The rooms were cozy, the grounds were beautiful, and the breakfast was culinary feast! Our only regret is not being able to stay longer than one night. We can't wait to go back!
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