The Essex Inn offers its guests elegant and spacious Virginia accommodations and fine southern hospitality in a lovely setting nestled in the heart of Tappahannock's downtown Historic District and just a few steps from the Rappahannock River.

The Roane-Wright-Trible House, as the Inn is also known, is a Greek-Revival mansion built about 1850 by Dr. Lawrence Roane. It has a long and varied history and is even said to have been an infirmary during the Civil War.

Our historic Virginia inn has been carefully and authentically restored to its original grandeur and has been furnished with period antiques, reproductions, and family heirlooms.

Upon entering the house you will be amazed at its grand proportions and Old World elegance. Each room features 20-foot ceilings, double-hung windows with most of the original glass, and the original wide-plank floors. On the main floor, every room features a unique chandelier, some original to the house, some acquired during the renovation, each with a unique history of its own.

There are two common rooms in which to relax, the living room and the library, complete with books, games, puzzles, and fireplaces. A screened-in porch and a private brick courtyard provide outdoor relaxation, as well as the garden and the two porches at the front and the rear of the house. In addition, a quiet sunroom at the top of the stairs allows guests to "slip away and enjoy the afternoon sun." Wi-Fi is available throughout the main house and the "Quarters."

There are 8 guestrooms, four in the main house and four suites in the "Quarters." They are all equipped with cable TV, individually controlled air conditioning and heat, hair dryers, irons, smooth-as-silk ironed sheets, plenty of oversized soft towels, bathrobes, and our custom amenities. Close to Tappahannock tourism sites, these stunning accommodations are the perfect place to spend your next Virginia vacation.

The Inn provides a resident Shi-Tzu for your enjoyment. Pets are permitted to stay with you in some of our suites. Please see our pet policy.

A two-course gourmet breakfast is served in the dining room each morning presented elegantly on china with silver flatware. Your breakfast may include starters such as Baked Brie with Fried Apples and a Watermelon, Feta, Lime & Chives Salad. Entrees such as our Amish Egg Bake with homemade buttermilk biscuits or the always popular Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding with macerated peaches and Ancho-Cinnamon sugar. We strive to provide vegetables, fruits, and eggs from local farmers, and all of our breakfast treats are home baked as well.

The Butler's Pantry, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, a full array of snacks as well as complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks is open to all guests at all times. Homemade baked goods like cookies, brownies & cakes are available to be delivered directly to your room. Take your wine or beer to one of the various places to sit outside and enjoy the birds and squirrels. This is your "home away from home" for your visit, and the house is yours to enjoy.

Rates range from $139 to $199 and include a sumptuous breakfast.

The Inn can also be rented for small private dinners and meetings and is a stunning Virginia wedding location. The dining room will accommodate up to 40 for sit-down meals and up to 75 for stand-up affairs. Allow us to host your small wedding ceremony and reception, and then stay on to celebrate with a romantic honeymoon retreat in our luxurious guest accommodations.

About The Innkeepers

Ric and Jeremy Gassen can't wait to welcome you to the Essex Inn and Virginia's Tidewater region.  Hailing from the Midwest, they couldn't be happier to have landed in this little slice of heaven.  Jeremy has nearly a decade of experience working in the hospitality industry for one of the world's largest hotel chains.  Ric's culinary skills run the gamut from working with European chefs to preparing cuisine for international hotels.

Together, Ric and Jeremy also operated their own theatre company, producing four mainstage shows a year, in addition to a host of smaller events, concerts & recitals.  They are now able to bring some of this experience right here to the Essex Inn, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy amazing special events like "Chase Away Those Monday Blues", which features nationally recognized blues musicians performing in the beautiful shaded courtyard.  Always supporters of the arts, they display the work of local artists and authors in the Parlor for guests to enjoy or even purchase and take home with them!  You might also catch a staged reading of a play in the Living Room or, if you're especially brave, join them for a Murder Mystery Weekend at the Inn.

So come check out Tappahannock and stay in a little piece of history.  Allow us to welcome you as warmly as the Tidewater has welcomed us.