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July 2005

 

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Runnymede Country Inn B&B
A Jewel in The Hill Country of Texas

 

  The small Texan town of Fredericksburg claims over three hundred bed and breakfast inns. However, I can’t imagine a better place to stay in the heart of Texas’ Hill Country than Runnymede Country Inn Bed and Breakfast.
     Located in a tranquil pastoral setting, consisting of almost ten acres overlooking the valley below, Runnymede is an inviting English-style inn reminiscent of a mini estate. Conveniently located to the popular shopping district of downtown Fredericksburg, this delightful B&B offers a wonderful setting for honeymooners, romantic getaways, family reunions, business conferences, or anyone needing a good dose of rest and relaxation with lots of pampering. 

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“Runnymede Country Inn combines English elegance with Hill Country charm.”

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    Designed to operate as a destination bed and breakfast inn, Runnymede was first opened in the fall of 2000; it was given its English name in honor of the original owners’ English heritage. The inn was purchased by the current owners/resident innkeepers, Cherry and Steve Frye, in the fall of 2002. Shortly after acquiring the property, the Fryes added two new cottages and a water garden creatively designed and built by Steve. Another cottage, also concocted by Steve and tastefully decorated by Cherry, opened in the spring of 2005. Each of the guest quarters, in the main house as well as in the cottages, mirrors the tremendous efforts put forth to provide top-rate accommodations for the inn’s guests. The goal for excellence has been met and surpassed.

An outstanding breakfast is served each morning in one of the two dining areas; early coffee or tea is available for guests desiring a picker-upper shortly after rising. Each morning I sit at a table from which I enjoy manicured grounds while bird-watching and hoping to spot a deer emerge for a morning romp. What a wonderful—and delicious—way to begin a day!
     In the main house, the attractively adorned Chelsea and Covent Garden rooms offer king-sized beds, an en suite bath, and lovely views of the countryside. The more spacious Churchill and Kensington suites, brimming with attention-to-detail, will sleep up to four individuals (each has a queen-size and a king-size bed). The suites also boast an all-season electric fireplace, and the Churchill Suite’s bathroom features  double pedestal sinks along with a large  whirlpool tub/shower.
     Each cottage has a distinct person- ality, but the newly opened Buckingham Cottage is truly Runnymede’s “crown jewel” and perfect for couples traveling together. Each cottage has a front porch with rocking chairs; inside there is a mini bar (with a refrigerator and microwave) and a wood-burning or electric fireplace. Guests staying in the cottages also receive a full breakfast each morning in the dining area of the main house.
     “Bedding down,” in the Lone Star state, has made great strides since frontier days when cowboys camped outside or slept upon musty cots in make-do bunkhouses. The casual elegance of Runnymede Country Inn B&B, enhanced by its charm and extensive amenities, encourages nods of approval from discriminating travelers who are anxious to return  for a repeat visit.
      Even though Fredericksburg has many B&Bs from which to choose, selecting Runnymede as the inn to stay in during a trip to The Hill Country is a choice one will not regret

Strong Points

   Hospitality plus, location & setting, attention-to-detail, tasteful décor, individual cottages w/porches and a mini bar, early coffee, gourmet breakfast, complimentary beverages & light snacks, background music, whirlpool tubs, wheelchair accessible accommodations, electric or wood-burning fireplaces available, video library, satellite TVs, VCRs,CD players in guest rooms, discounts and special packages, cooking classes, swimming pool, water garden w/fish pond, gazebo, hot tub, meeting areas,  a conference room.

AT-A-GLANCE

INN:  Runnymede Country Inn (B&B)
LOCATION:
184 Fullbrook Lane         Fredericksburg, TX 78624
TEL: 1-866-427-8374
E--MAIL: innkeeper@runnymedecountryinn.com
WEB SITE: www.runnymedecountryinn.com
ACCOMMODATIONS:  4 rooms w/pb and 4 cottages
BREAKFAST: Full gourmet
RATES: $90—$150
INNside Scoop’s Rating of Inn:  ììì

Recommended Area Restaurants: 
ììì Cotton Gin (830-990-5734)
ììì Fredericksburg Brewing Co.
(830-997-1646)
ììì Navajo Grill
(830-990-8289)
 

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