We do our best to make sure potential guests are informed as possible before they visit us. We put as much information as we can online and try to answer any other questions over the phone. There are some things, though, that are only learned after arriving, and we hope any surprises upon arrival are all of the pleasant variety. I thought I would share a few things today that are usually reserved for guests after they check in…inside information, if you will.
First, let’s check out our Guest Information Book, now available online! This details some of our property policies and amenities like free parking and wi-fi and 24 hour coffee & tea. It also lists how to contact the innkeepers in case you need anything. We live on-site and are pretty much always available to meet guest needs or help out with questions about getting around Appomattox and other notable sites in the area. You can also learn about local history and how the Babcock family was involved!
Next, we’ll talk about rooms. Each of our guest rooms has its own charm. Did you know we have a wheelchair accessible room on our first floor? There are two steps up from our parking lot, but there is stair-free access to the front door if you park along the street! This room shares a wall with our kitchen, so guests are occasionally concerned about noise from our restaurant, but we close early with this in mind and any clatter from the kitchen is rarely heard during the inn’s quiet hours (10 pm – 8 am). If you are a light sleeper and a first floor room is not essential, we are glad to reserve any available rooms on the second floor for you if noise is a concern.
Only one of our rooms has a tub (it also has a shower)! It’s the original clawfoot tub and is amazing for a long soak and a glass of wine. Be sure to ask for our Annie Laurie room if you a tub is what you are looking for.
While every room has gotten a new flat screen television in the last year, the Bradley Suite got the biggest! Not pictured on the room page because it’s so new, this 50″ screen is one of the perks of booking our suite. If there’s something you just have to watch during your stay, this is the place to do it. The suite is also the perfect room for families with more space to spread out and two additional beds available in the sitting room.
Since it’s set up for students, business stays and other long-term guests, the Rebecca room is currently the only room with a mini fridge and desk. If you have something that needs cold storage and you’re staying in a different room, we would be glad to hold it for you!
Many of our guests enjoy the Havilah and Abbitt rooms, but if you’re exceptionally tall, the foot boards of the beds may put a cramp in your style! Let us know when you make your reservation that you need more room to spread out, and we’ll make sure you can enjoy one of our four poster beds instead.
Appomattox is a charming small town and I feel blessed to live and raise our family here. While there are many great events year ’round, it is a generally quiet town. Many shops are closed by 5 pm on most nights and may not open at all on Sundays. That’s a great time to check out our National Park and Museum, look for special events nearby or grab a book and enjoy our balcony or parlor! And while the train still runs past the famous Appomattox Station every day, it no longer stops at what is now our town Visitor Center on Main Street. Stop in and say “Hi!” to the ladies there and ask what their favorite memory is of growing up here.