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Essex Inn Bed and Breakfast

Your host(s):
Ric Jefferson and Jeremy Gassen
Web Site:
203 Duke Street
Tappahannock, Virginia 22560
PO Box:
Tappahannock, Virginia 22560
Guest Rooms:
8Bathrooms: 8
$175 - $205
Check In/Out:
3-9 pm - 11 am
Extra Person Fee:
Gay/Lesbian Friendly:

Essex Inn Bed and Breakfast

"Rivah", Romance, Revival. Revive your sense of Romance on the River.
Located two hours from DC and the Virginia Beach area, and one hour from Richmond, this Select Registry inn offers all the amenities of a boutique hotel with the personal service of a bed and breakfast.

Experience the grandeur of this historic Greek Revival Inn located one block from the Rappahannock River in the small town of Tappahannock.
Centrally located to the area, the Inn is the perfect starting point for many different activities. Explore the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail; visit the birthplaces of George Washington and Robert E. Lee; take a boat trip to Ingleside winery or Tangier Island, kayak or canoe one of the many rivers; bike or hike the many birding trails or enjoy a day trip to Yorktown, Williamsburg or Fredericksburg. Or, just step out the front door of the inn and take a historic walking tour of over twenty buildings dating as far back as the 17th century and end your tour with crab cakes at Lowery's, a Tappahannock tradition for over seventy years.

The four romantic bedrooms in the Main House feature four-posted beds custom made from wood salvaged from piers made of 300-year-old Cyprus trees and have working gas fireplaces or electric stoves and modern baths with tub/showers.

The "Quarters" is a separate building that dates back prior to 1850 and was once used as the servants' quarters. It features four suites. Each spacious suite has a living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and working fireplace.  The suites are perfect for guests looking for their own space and offer the ultimate privacy. They are also ideal for guests needing two separate bed, guests with pets, and guests planning extended stays.  Three suites can sleep up to 3 people.

Revive and relax in the gracious salon with its fireplace, TV and lovely ambiance. Or the Library complete with books, games, puzzles and fireplace; the screened-in porch overlooking the garden, the back porch with rocking chairs; or the private brick courtyard.

Included in the rate is a full three-course breakfast offered each morning from 8:30 to 9:00 AM and the well-stock Butler's Pantry which offers a variety of snacks, beverages, wine and beer and is available at all times.

The Inn is a Certified Virginia Green Inn.
Special events included "Weekend with a Writer,and our holiday Old English Tea and Tour.
Business travelers enjoy WIFI; special rates; flexible breakfast schedules and cancellation policies; and more.
The Inn is available for small weddings, receptions, meetings and other functions.

Cancellation Policy

We have a seven day (one week) cancellation policy. If your must cancel your reservation, please cancel at least 7 days prior to the first day of your reservation. Reservations canceled within 7 days will be subject to a charge equal to the full reservation cost. We will do our best to resell any canceled rooms and will refund for any resold rooms. Certain weekends and group reservations may be subject to extended cancellation periods. Cancellations made by email will not be considered unless you receive an email reply from the inn. It is suggested that unless you hear from us by email after canceling, you backup your cancellation by phone.


  • AAA
  • PAII

Area Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Galleries
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Museums
  • National/State Parks
  • Theater
  • Unique Shopping
  • Wineries

Food Service

  • Accommodates Special Diets
  • Early Morning Coffee/Tea
  • Evening/Afternoon Dessert
  • FLOSS (Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal, & Sustainable)
  • Full Breakfast
  • Gluten Free

Geographic Setting

  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Small Town
  • Village
  • Waterfront

Inn Amenities

  • Common Fireplace
  • Common TV Area
  • Comp. Beverages
  • Comp. Light Refreshments
  • Comp. Wine/Cheese
  • Copy Service
  • Corporate Rates
  • First Floor Rooms
  • Gardens
  • Green Friendly
  • Internet Access
  • Limited Handicap Access
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Off Street Parking
  • Outdoor Guest Areas
  • WiFi Throughout

Inn Policies

  • Alcoholic Beverages Available
  • Alcoholic Beverages Permitted
  • American Express Accepted
  • Cash Accepted
  • Checks Accepted
  • Children 12+ Permitted
  • Children/Inquire
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Innkeeper Pets in Residence
  • Pets Limited/Inquire
  • Smoking Not Permitted

Minimum Stay Required

  • Holidays
  • Special Events

Room Amenities

  • AC/Central
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fan
  • DVD or VCR
  • Extra Bed Avail.
  • Fireplace/Decorative
  • Fireplace/Electric
  • Fireplace/Gas
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board Avail.
  • King Bed
  • Luxury Linens
  • Microwave
  • Movie Library
  • Private Bath
  • Private Deck
  • Private Entrance
  • Queen Bed
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

Well Suited For

  • Business Travel
  • Elopements
  • Family Travel
  • Gay Friendly
  • Group Events
  • Honeymoons
  • Meetings
  • Quilters Retreats
  • Romantic Escape
  • Scrapbooking Retreats
  • Single Traveler
  • Vacation Getaway
  • Weddings