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 Georgian 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 indoor/outdoor cat for your enjoyment. Pets are permitted to stay with you in some of our suites. Please see our pet policy.

A full three-course breakfast is served in the dining room each morning presented elegantly on china with silver flatware. Your breakfast may include starters such as tropical fruit smoothies or watermelon salsa and sourdough English muffins, made from scratch. Entrees such as "egg-puff" with various delectable toppings or Asparagus with Poached Eggs and Pancetta. 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. In the afternoons, there is also a choice of homemade cookies, brownies, and other special goodies to enjoy after a fun-filled day near the Rivah. 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 $175 to $205 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 16 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

Bob and Janice McGee bring an eclectic array of experiences to their new endeavor at the Essex Inn. Most recently from Carmel, California they have also lived on the island of Mallorca, Spain (five years) and in England (one year). Having been in the travel business for most of their careers they have visited many countries and enjoyed experiencing new cultures, and, most importantly, new foods. Janice also loves experimenting with ethnic foods for their rich colors, tastes and textures. Janice's love of cooking and baking started in high school and has continued throughout her life. In Carmel, she was enrolled in the culinary course at the local college. Her other passion is sewing and for 15 years has had her own business designing and fabricating custom slipcovers and soft furnishings.

Bob has a variety of interests as well. Photography, Early American history, birding and furniture making keep him busy.

It was while in England that Bob and Janice were first introduced to inn-keeping, managing a 9 room country inn just outside Hereford in the Midlands. The experience proved so enjoyable, they later decided to accept B and B guests in their historic Carmel home. Not being content with their small Carmel operation they came to Virginia to seek out a more dynamic and challenging opportunity. Now, happily ensconced in the heart of America's early beginnings, they look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful and historic Essex Inn. Their door is open and you won't find a warmer welcome anywhere.

Come to the Essex Inn where history, serenity and elegant comfort await you.