The Inn at Stratford Hall

The Inn at Stratford Hall

483 Great House Rd, Stratford, VA 22558-0001
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Stratford Hall is located in Westmoreland County in the historic Northern Neck of Virginia. In the time of the Lees, travelers to the Northern Neck would have been assured of finding a warm welcome, a good bed and fine meal at Stratford Hall. Today the Inn at Stratford Hall carries on this tradition of the Southern hospitality by welcoming individuals, families, and groups to this serene and special place. Built by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Four generations of the Lee family passed through its stately doors, including Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War hero ''Light Horse Harry'' Lee, and his son, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, who was born at Stratford in 1807. Nestled in the woods, our guest rooms encourage you to disconnect from the modern world and reconnect with nature and the past. The rooms in our two guest houses are tastefully appointed with modern fabrics, colors and up-to-date bathroom amenities and feature spacious central living rooms. Each and every day, you will have a clean, accommodating room with access to a 'living room' with TV and comfortable seating for gathering with other travelers. The staff will help you to fully experience this small corner of the world, from educational tours of the Great House to hikes along our miles of trails and fossil hunting on our beach. Our Restaurant has been a local attraction for nearly 80 years. Our skilled chefs create fusions on many traditional local dishes with a contemporary flair that offers something to please everyone. Weddings, group meetings and corporate retreats can be comfortably accommodated in private rooms of the Restaurant or elsewhere on grounds. Located only ninety minutes from Washington D.C. or Richmond .The nearest airports are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, approximately 75 miles from Stratford Hall and Richmond International Airport, approximately 80 miles from the property. Stratford Hall provides a scenic and unspoiled setting bounded by over two miles of Potomac River shoreline and nearly 2,000 acres of fields and forests. Guests are encouraged to explore this wonderful property on foot, by bike or boat.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Business Centre with Internet Access
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483 Great House Rd, Stratford, VA 22558-0001
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Turtlegirljo wrote a review May 2023
Dumfries, Virginia
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed staying in a cabin here. It is a very peaceful, quiet place in nature. Some nice, easy trails on the property. The beach is small but nice. Exploring the grounds is a fun, low key way to spend the day for nature lovers. Cabins are quaint, comfortable, and clean. Though an extra blanket would be appreciated. There is no breakfast or restaurant on site so bring your own or eat local. We will definitely come back. No WIFI but our cellular service worked fine.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Bobby S wrote a review Sept 2014
Stevensville, Maryland, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I decided to rent a cabin for the yearly wine and oyster festival. We found the Inn to be a very pleasant experience over all. The grounds were beautiful, the festival was great, the cabins were very rustic and better then I had hoped. The only complaint was the food at the restaurant. It has a lot of catching up to do, to match the rest of this great experience.
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Randy_Stephens, General Manager at The Inn at Stratford Hall
Responded 23 Sept 2014
Dear Bobby, Thank you so much for coming to visit, and making the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed the cabins and the festival. We do not usually rent out the cabins, so your timing was excellent. I am concerned about your review of the food. We have been receiving numerous positive reviews, and we want that to continue. I would love to know if it was a specific meal, entree, or service. Those details will help us make the necessary adjustments going forward. Thanks again, and come give us a review any time. Randy Stephens
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Martha H wrote a review Apr 2014
Alexandria, Virginia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Inn at Stratford is a bit misleading: the "inn" consists of two small guesthouses, each of which has several guest rooms arranged around a common living room. We stayed in the Astor House on a quiet week night in mid-April. Our room was pleasant: a king-sized bed in a guest room with attractive fabrics, a comfortable bed, large windows overlooking woods, and a small, but very clean bathroom. A common kitchen serving the guest house offers a refrigerator, stove, and microwave.

The living room was tastefully furnished with comfortable furniture and a television. We had not realized, however, that the guest rooms open directly off the living room. We were the only people staying in the building , for which we were grateful: had there been guests in the house who wanted to watch television or talk with other guests in the living room, the noise would have made reading or sleep difficult. The privilege of being able to wander the Stratford gardens and grounds in the early morning, before guests are admitted to the property, however, is both a treat and a delight.

Two things to know: your room rate includes a tour of the great house, so when you enter the property and are asked if you wish to tour the house, you must tell the person staffing the main gate that you have an overnight reservation so that you aren't charged the fee for admission to the house. (He doesn't ask you this, and our confirmation didn't warn us of this.) Also, while there is a Continental breakfast included in your overnight room charge, you would do much better to skip it and drive into Montross to the coffee shop advertised in flyers left in the living room of the guest house: both the lack of service and the cold, stale breakfast offerings in the restaurant were a significant disappointment on our visit.

Would we stay there again? Given the arrangement of the guest rooms, probably not, unless we were part of a party reserving the other rooms in the house
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Date of stay: April 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Request a room at the back of Astor or away from living room in either guest house.
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Response from Randy_Stephens, General Manager at The Inn at Stratford Hall
Responded 1 May 2014
Thank you for writing such a detailed review. I would like to point out a few things. Yes the Astor house does have the feature of the rooms opening out onto the living space, but that is one feature many family reunions, corporate retreats, and bridal parties appreciate. Our Cheek house has a more traditional layout of the 15 rooms opening onto corridors which lead to the living room giving it a "hotel" feel. Our New Food and Beverage Manager agrees with your point about the cold continental and has started to rebuild breakfast. I think you will be pleasantly surprised the next time you come. We do work closely with our local businesses and I am glad you got an opportunity to go into Montross and enjoy a cup of coffee at The Art of Coffee. Randy Stephens
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Seabiscuit88 wrote a review Jul 2016
Saratoga Springs, New York
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We unfortunately stayed at the Cheek House over 4th of July for several days and well, So Much for Southern Hospitality! Yes indeed, the place is quiet with great history which we surely enjoyed - but what good is quiet with no food, ice water coming out of your shower, and promised WiFi that works for a few seconds then is non-existent. For an outrageous ~$200/night, here's what we experienced: 1) We arrived after sunset and miraculously managed to find our room, even though the signs for our building they say are there really are not, and it is very challenging finding the place in the pitch dark with no signage nor proper lighting. Unbelievable that they do not have anyone at all to great you or call upon check-in. For the price we paid and after traveling for 8 long hours our dream of a simple hot shower was dashed by nothing but cold water coming from the hot faucet. If we let it run for about 15 or 20 minutes it would get warm and hot if we were lucky. The last night we stayed we were the only guests in the entire building and that is when the water was ice cold the longest; as if the owners shut down the water heater to save cash. The staff girl at the desk was gone at 4 PM day before we checked out, and did not return until 9 AM the next morning - thus there was no one to complain to. 2) Second day of our stay no one even knocked to make-up/clean our room, so at Noon we hung the "Please Clean Room" sign on our doorknob. But when we returned later at 3:30 PM still no-one bothered to clean our room, though we clearly saw the maid walking around all day, and the place only has a few total rooms - we had to beg to have our room serviced. 3) The breakfast was marginal at best, with ice cold eggs (seems to be their theme) and one day they didn't even bother to put out hot water for the tea bags. Eggs, industrial frozen sausage, lousy coffee and rock hard cold biscuits plus a tiny box of cold cereal was it. 4) Your ~$200/night stay promises WiFi but no WiFi at all is better than the barely functioning signal they provide, which cuts out constantly. I had a chance to see where their hapless WiFi signal originated which consisted of two very small boxes, one for guests upstairs and one at the front desk (so the girl can surf the web easily). I tested the working distance of both units with an Android tablet, and there was no signal until I got within 10 or 20 feet of the unit: obviously they saved a lot of cash by installing weak undersized electronics. 5) The common living room and kitchen area was relaxing, but again signs of a management crew that could not care less about their customers showed. Although there was a microwave in kitchen, there is no stove-top or place to cook anything, and the ice maker was marginal producing soggy ice. I clearly noticed the 5 gal. water cooler there which was empty when we arrived and NEVER filled as of 3 days later - why have the unit if they are too lazy or cheap to replace the jugs. 6) But our biggest shock came morning after our last night after waking up hungry anticipating some breakfast that is clearly written into the cost of the room. We again walked down to the breakfast building before 9:00 AM (1 hour before end of breakfast) only to find the entire building in darkness and totally locked!! .... It never opened! At Stratford, this was extra devastating because you are ~ 12 miles from even a coffee shop, let alone a decent restaurant to find food! Thank God we brought a few meager snacks. Desperate to pack and see this place in the rear view mirror, we vacated the room then walked downstairs to the woman at the front desk (who arrived at 9:00 AM), the first person in our building since mid-afternoon the prior day. Even though she knew we were the only guests in the entire building, as we approached the desk, she didn't even make eye contact with us, let alone offer us a "Good Morning" ! She finally spoke and surprisingly said: "Are you checking In?", even though we'd been there for 4 days! I then handed her the keys and had to ask for our final bill total receipt, only to find she had no deduction for our non-existent breakfast for which our bill included. I then demanded credit for the non-breakfast she charged us for. Please note, no one from the staff even bothered to warned us that there would be zero breakfast that morning, not even a breadcrumb! So instead of even a simple apology for taking our money and failing to provide even a stinking stale doughnut for our paid-for breakfast, she just gave us a dirty look and stomped away to look into the matter. She then handed me a revised bill that only provided a $5 credit per person, and she failed to account for any tax adjustments. We've traveled the world and this place ranks peerless in the extreme level of careless ignorance repeatedly displayed by the hotel staff! If the staff here does not know how to treat people like human beings, they do not belong in the hospitality business. Our advice to you: Avoid paying the exorbitantly over-priced fees and instead enjoy the peacefulness of the grounds by pitching a tent in the field next to the sheep. At least that way you would have brought your own food and a grill to cook it on & not have an empty stomach; you would experience the same level of internet service (ehh, none) without paying for none; and you can use the Potomac River to bath in, which is ~40 degrees F warmer than the "hot" water in the guest rooms. You can even snag an ear of corn from a nearby farmer's field for breakfast which is a lot more than what you'll get from the locked dark breakfast building. Seriously: If you see a sign for this 'hotel', hit the gas and head to Fredericksburg where you'll easily find a nice hotel and "Food": an idea that obviously has not yet caught on in Stratford VA. A "Jewel in the Crown" ?? Hah!! (obviously cooked up sales lingo from a NYC consultant): Rather, this place is a "Thorn In Your Side".
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Date of stay: July 2016
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Our room was extremely narrow, fight the bed to move around in. The AC system did work flawlessly.
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rob n wrote a review Aug 2014
Chevy Chase, Maryland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family spent a wonderful weekend in late July at Stratford Hall – birthplace of Robert E. Lee. I wanted to touch on some of the highlights from our trip:

First of all, it’s convenient and an easy and beautiful drive, approximately 2.5 hours, from Washington, DC.

Second, the tour of the Great House was amazing. It was built in 1730 and has been immaculately preserved. It’s like stepping back in time. You truly get a sense of how folks lived back in the day. Our tour guide was interesting and deeply knowledgeable . The tour was the highlight of the weekend!

Third, lodging – the rooms were clean inexpensive and quiet.

Fourth, the food in the plantation dining room was delicious. We enjoyed all three meals – which contained a lot of local fresh vegetables – and got to meet the chef too.

Fifth, the staff was friendly and accommodating and they demonstrated real pride and true respect for the historical significance of Stratford Hall.

Bottom line – if you love learning about our nation’s history, or just want a weekend getaway, we cannot more strongly recommend a trip to Stratford Hall!
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Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Randy_Stephens, General Manager at The Inn at Stratford Hall
Responded 23 Sept 2014
Thank you for your comments. I am proud of the fact you experience so many positive things in one trip. We try very hard to accommodate everyone, and it sounds as if we did just that during your stay with us. Sincerely Randy Stephens
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Howard P wrote a review Sept 2016
Durham, NC
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Inn, not the cabins available during the summer. Our room was comfy and nicely decorated, and the bathroom had no shortcomings. The room included access to a small kitchen with fridge and microwave and a big living room, with flat screen TV, and lots of comfy couches- these rooms shared with all guests. However, in late September, there was only one other couple lodging. The shortcomings have to do with stays after labor day, when most tourists and visitors are gone for the season. (1) the dining hall was only open for lunch, not even breakfast. (2) As a substitute, each guest got a 'breakfast box' of cereal, egg, milk, o.j. and little processed sweet rolls. (3) there is no overnight manager on site- any problem requires a phone call. (4) there is no discount on the room rate for the after season limited services we encountered. I think a $40 or $50 drop in the room rate would have been appropriate for this low season. Incidentally, we found that most 'Northern Neck' shops, antique stores, museums and restaurants are only open Thurs through Sat, off season. Plan accordingly.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Lisam048 wrote a review Aug 2016
Warsaw, Virginia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Always enjoy coming here. Just was not impressed with the dining room at Christmastime. Very blah...no music, no décor. I was expecting a Colonial Christmas but was really let down so we left. I don't know what else to say about this.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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thatexpatlife wrote a review Jun 2015
Milan, Italy
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed here for a weekend away and had a wonderful time. The inn is certainly located off of the beaten path (need to drive down some winding country roads) but that is part of the charm. You can stroll the grounds of Robert E Lee's birthplace or take a walk to the nearby beach. The breakfast in the adjacent dining building was a calm and filling start to the morning.

The outside of the guest rooms looks like a cabin but the inside of the rooms is quite modern (especially the bathroom!). The beds were very roomy and the room clean. There is also a kitchen with all manner of dishes, cups, glasses - even a wine opener and a jug for filtered water. The staff was extremely helpful as well. One evening we purchased a frozen pizza to eat on the deck under the stars after a long day of hiking. The staff in the kitchen were so kind to cook it for us and chat while we waited.
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Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul L wrote a review Jan 2015
Marshall, Virginia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I planned to visit Stratford Hall for Robert E Lee's birthday. We had a reservation to stay at The Inn at Stratford Hall the night before our visit. After an initial check-in glitch (which management quickly made up for) we had a great visit. The guest room was simple but comfortable and the food was absolutely delicious! We will be back again when we can stay longer!
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MrsEF wrote a review Nov 2014
Arlington, Virginia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I think "Inn" is a bit of misnomer for this property. It is more of a series of guest houses and cabins. We stayed in the Astor guest house. It had six guest rooms, a common living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. The only tv was in the common room. It also had free wifi, but the signal was a bit spotty. Despite the rustic feel of the common areas and the exterior, our room was quite cozy. It had a very thick king mattress, a small chair, a large updated bathroom, and charming drapes and linens. We picked this place because of its generous dog policy. The other people staying in the guest house when we were there had two rooms and a dog. They were very friendly and invited us to join them for popcorn and board games in the common area. We were tired and went to bed instead. We had Thanksgiving dinner in the dining room. It was a tasty buffet with four kinds of meat, a carving station, and live harp music. The dining room overlooks trees. The pecan pie was some of the best we had ever had. We had several slices. The "continental" breakfast included eggs and bacon, grits, muffins, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juice and milk. But, maybe it was such nice spread because of the holiday. We brought a preschooler and a baby. The kids were welcomed and the preschooler enjoyed a lot of pie. We took a walk in the afternoon and visited the farm animals. Our preschooler was enthralled. In the morning, we walked out to the cliffs. It took about 20 minutes and the view was worth the walk. This seemed like a great place for a family reunion or a wedding. There was a firepit that would be great for a family or group bonfire and bbq. The dining room had a wooden floor and plenty of space for dancing. It could also be used for a wedding breakfast. There were some open fields where a big group could have a picnic. The common areas in the guest houses would be nice for low key family gatherings outside of meal times. The plantation could entertain the history buffs in the group.
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Date of stay: November 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: I heard that some buildings have more privacy than others and can be requested.
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Chris wrote a tip Jun 2021
Maryland10 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no television and I don't think they have WiFi. We used our phone internet to watch Netflix on a very rainy day. Bring a book too!"
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Emilio B wrote a tip Oct 2017
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Loved the Astor cabin"
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Gailbeau wrote a tip Aug 2017
Fort Myers Beach, Florida20 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms in the Astor Guest House were wonderful, especially Room #6, a king size bed and a beautiful view of the woods"
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Tricia W wrote a tip Jun 2017
12 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great for families, solo and for couples."
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George A C wrote a tip Nov 2016
6 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early."
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Inn at Stratford Hall
Which popular attractions are close to The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Nearby attractions include George Washington Birthplace National Monument (7.6 km), Stratford Hall (0.4 km), and Westmoreland State Park (2.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Art Of Coffee, Yesterday's Family Restaurant, and Angelo’s Restaurant & Raw Bar.
Are pets allowed at The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Inn at Stratford Hall offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Inn at Stratford Hall?
Many travellers enjoy visiting George Washington Birthplace National Monument (7.6 km) and Memorial House (7.6 km).