When I was first approached with the idea of being a partner in a bed & breakfast venture, I must admit I was dubious. I’d grown accustomed to days split between two grandmothers and nights and weekends at home with my parents and brother. But everyone assured me that this would be a grand idea for our family.
It took many days of planning before we made the final move. We jumped into our new life with both feet, smiling and raising glasses to toast the success that would surely be ours. I welcomed our first customers through the door the very night we moved. They had been traveling all day and were looking for a room nearby so they could rest. A good innkeeper must be ready at a moment’s notice to serve whoever walks in the door. And that is what I strive to be.
It can be hard, of course. Sometimes my parents think I should be napping, but I argue, “How can I meet a guest’s needs if I am curled up with my fire truck, induced into slumber by that lovely yet loathsome rocking chair? Who else will be as charming to them as I?” Certainly not my brother.
Mother, Father and Didi can fill in for me I suppose. I am just not convinced that they take this at all seriously. This is why I have decided to journal the experiences I have to share. I really want them to do well, but who ever takes advice from a toddler with any grace? This chronicle will be my legacy, meant for any eager pupil looking to enter the hospitality industry. I’ll try to write as often as I can fit it in around all my other duties.
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Love it. Looking forward to updates
It is true, no one charms and delights the guests like he does.
Remy, Aunt Shelly agrees….we need more of your point of view! Love it!
Remy, knowing your mother, I know you have your hands full. Be patient with her, she’ll eventually get the hang of it.
A fantastic place to relax – Just beautiful – thank you for having us
My husband , his sister and I ate Brunch at BH last Sunday…it was out first time…we each had a different sandwich and some alcoholic beverages….WONDERFUL!!!!….Charles, the owner and chef was our server and he was absolutely “charming” and funny. BH is a highlight for Appomattox. Wonderful surroundings, food and hospitality. We will definitely be back.
So glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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I had a delicious lunch at the Babcock House yesterday. Their menu, service, ambience, and over all warm and cozy feeling was not lost on me. I wish I lived closer to Appomattox, to frequent the restaurant and recommend lodging to travelers and visitors to this area of Virginia. Talia and Charles, you are certainly running an enjoyable and extremely INVITING establishment. I will return!! Thank you to you and everyone there so much for your hospitality yesterday. Sandy Schroeder
Babcock House was a lovely experience, thank you. We had a great time there last Valentine’s Day. We were in the Annie Laurie room. Furnishings and decorations were period, including a carved, four-poster bed, empire side tables, and comfortable wing-back chairs. Windows had simple interior shutters. The bath was unique and comfortable. Special treats were the front balcony at night and looking at a book written by someone who was raised there, Havilah Babcock. We really felt transported to another time.
Hospitality was excellent, but the food was incredible. Talk about being transported. If you want a first-rate culinary experience for an incredibly reasonable price, you MUST go to Babcock House. Four courses of scrumptious delight you just don’t get anywhere else. Breakfast too was simply wonderful. Everything was done to perfection.
We will go back to Babcock House again and cannot recommend it enough.
Thank you, Talia!
Elizabeth and Doug
It was an absolute joy to meet you both and have you visit our inn. We look forward to seeing you again soon!