I had the pleasure of visiting The Inn at Little Washington last year and I can’t recommend it enough. It is definitely an upscale experience that any Hepburn resident would appreciate.
From the moment you arrive, your every need is taken care of. The staff is always smiling and willing to answer any question you have. We began with a welcome cocktail followed by a quick tour around the property. We then checked-in to our room and after organizing our things and opening our welcome gift, we headed back downstairs for Afternoon Tea. The menu is curated by their on-location Tea Master.
After tea, we were give an impromptu tour of the garden by said Tea Master who also happens to be their “Cheese Wiz” – that part comes later. After the garden tour, we took a quick look at the alpacas and goats and made our way to the gift shop. Literally wanted everything.
We then wanted to rest in the room for a little, so the staff brought up our pre-dinner cocktail to the room. The Inn is small enough and the service is good enough that they don’t need your name or room number, they just remember who you are from check-in.
We then headed down for our dinner reservation. I’m not sure I can explain dinner besides “wow”. It was, by far, the most amazing meal I’ve ever had. Every dish was fantastic. I left not feeling full, but satisfied. Everything was made from the finest, freshest ingredients which made all the difference.
This is where the “Cheese Wiz” comes into play. I opted for the cheese plate for my dessert and not only did I get some of the finest cheese selections along with the standard accompaniments, I also received a mini comedy show. Cameron, the resident “Cheese Wiz” is full of puns and the “moo”ing sow is the perfect complement.
After dinner, we were given a quick tour of the kitchen and it was magical. We then went straight to bed – but were welcomed back to the room with a night-cap of port and shortbread biscuits. I’m sure I dreamt about the experience that night.
The next morning, we woke up and headed down to breakfast. We enjoyed our final moments at the Inn with a delicious continental breakfast of fresh croissants, muffins, fruit, yogurt, granola and an assortment of fresh-squeezed juices made from fruits and vegetables grown in their garden.
Yes, it was a splurge, but to me, it was worth every penny. I didn’t want to leave and all I can think about is going back!