I had heard raves from friends about this place, but the mood, ambiance, and overall experience of the Guesthouse Lost River thoroughly exceeded my expectations. Photos truly don't do it justice.
We turned onto the secluded West Virginia country roads shortly after sunset and during the torrential downpour of a summer thunderstorm. As we made our way up into the hills where the inn is located, we were passing through banks of thick fog. After we turned the last corner, there was a break in the fog, and the glowing warmth of the inn emerged from the darkness and mist: a stunning first impression.
The owner had noticed our approach down the long bumpy driveway and greeted us at the door. He gave us a brief tour of the lodge building and pool area, and led us to our cabin (the Tower suite). We were traveling with our dog, and she was welcomed like she was their own pet.
We booked as part of a group that reserved the entire inn for the weekend. After settling in to our room, we explored the lodge while waiting for friends to finish dinner in the restaurant. The staircase from the reception area/lobby leads to the majority of the lodge public spaces: a "billiard room" (pool table, Scrabble table), a lounge/card room with a beautiful expansive stone fireplace, a study/media room, and another large room that I would call a 'ballroom'--probably great for parties. A large patio and another wraparound deck is accessible off the 'ballroom', providing incredible views of the forest and mountains.
We kept remarking how every inch of the inn is tastefully appointed, clean, and welcoming.
After enjoying a generous pour of a single-malt scotch in the cozy bar attached to the dining room, we learned our group had assembled at the pool deck for the evening's activities. Later, we enjoyed a few cigars poolside before walking a few steps back to our suite.
The next morning, we awoke to the sound of a bell calling us to a country breakfast made from scratch. The breakfast hostess was like a long lost Aunt, pushing the home-made biscuits and incredible hand-made apple-butter to a very receptive crowd. The coffee was strong and rich--we remarked how glad we were that it wasn't the usual substandard "hotel coffee", and the owner mentioned they have a blend shipped from New York for the inn. Bravo!
Though the weather wasn't cooperating, we took refuge in the indoor hot tub/sauna, as well as played pool and cards to pass the time. There was little if any cell phone reception, and though there was passable WiFi access, it was hard for my iPhone to compete with the serenity of sitting back, unplugged from the rest of the world, in one of the many outdoor wooden rocking chairs, and taking in the view.
While having my second cup of coffee on the morning of our departure, I stood at the window of the rustic breakfast room, and my mind wandered. I imagined how gorgeous the rolling hills outside the front of the lodge will look with a dusting of snow in the winter: we'll surely be back to see it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come find yourself in Lost River! Whether you're looking for an intimate getaway for two, a celebration with a group of friends or celebrating a life event such as your commitment ceremony or wedding, you've found the right resort with the Guesthouse at Lost River. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Guesthouse At Lost River Hotel Lost River