491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA    
(540) 801-0430


  1. The Eselyn Taylor Suite in the Manor House...
  2. The Manor House front view...
  3. Exterior of Circa 1789 Manor House in the evening...
  4. The Fitzgerald Cottage Bathroom...
  5. The Ardor of Hope Suite...
  6. The Spring Water Suites - Mountain Laurel or Water Lily Suite...
  7. The Mountain Laurel Suite. Identical to the Water Lily Suite....
  8. The Spring Water Suite Breezeway - The door to the Water Lily Suite is to the le...
  9. Circa 1840 Fitzgerald Cottage with King Size bed. Two floors. Bedroom is upstai...
  10. Spiral staircase in Fitzgerald Cottage leading to the bathroom downstairs which ...
  11. The Spring Water Suites bathroom entrance. Feature is the walk-in shower with m...
  12. The Quill Cottage bedroom....

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Circa 1789. Built in 1790, this Flemish Bond brick home sits in the heart of historic Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia. By the Side of the Road is a peaceful country retreat just minutes from the excitement of city life with Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive close by. The bed and breakfast boasts extensive gardens with perennials bordering the walkway and edible flower and herb gardens. Luxurious accommodations include oversized whirlpool or clawfoot tubs, fireplaces, feather beds and other upscale amenities. The spacious yet intimate cottages are perfect for feeling pampered. Breakfast is delivered to the door. The delightful Main House suites feature 15-inch brick walls that ensure privacy. Gather in the Common Room for the morning meal served on vintage china and sterling flatware.

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$159 to $299

Off Season: $159 to $299

Payment Types Accepted Include Discover, Personal Checks, Master Card and Visa.

    • Breakfast
    • Snacks/Refreshments


This property has 9 total guest accommodations, 9 with hot tubs, 9 total suites, including 3 two-bedroom suites and 2 four-bedroom suites, 4 cottages, 8 guest houses and 5 cabins. The types of beds available include Twin, Queen and King.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bath Amenities
  • Bathrobes
  • Cable TV
  • Coffeemaker
  • DVD
  • Family/Kid Friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Free parking on premise
  • Gift Shop
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Hot Tub/Jetted Tub
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Television
  • Wireless Internet Access

Business Traveler Amenities

  • Desk
  • Television
  • Modem Connection
  • Internet Access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Daily Newspapers

Events Hosted

    • Honeymoons
    • Romantic Getaways


on site

Spa Services

On-Site Spa Services

  • Massages

Off-Site Spa Services Available

Nearby Recommended Spas

Willow Springs Spa
(540) 434-6275

Inns Of Interest

    • Civil War
    • Gardens

Liquor License

    • Beer & Wine

Romantic Interest

Intimacy & privacy is assured in our five luxuriously appointed Cottages some with oversized, heated whirlpool tubs ,luxury showers and our King/Queen-size featherbeds. And, every morning your special hot gourmet breakfast is delivered to your door.

Innkeepers Association Memberships

Diamond Collection Bed & Breakfasts of Historic Shenandoah Valley

Describe Garden and Grounds

We have gardens, a large grassy front yard, a spring-fed pond with a dock, an edible flower and herb garden in summer and gorgeous colors in all four seasons. We have preserved this historic property amidst much residential development around us.

Reservation/Cancellation Policies:

Minimum Stay Requirements

2 nights on Friday/Saturday/Sunday stays

Children Restrictions

Only in The Bishop's Retreat. No age restriction


If notice of cancellation is provided 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival time, your deposit (minus a $50 service charge) will be refunded. Guests who cancel less than fourteen days prior to their arrival time, will be responsible for the balance due unless the suite can be rebooked.


3-6 pm / 11am


Outside Only.

Other Activities

    • Amusement Park
    • Antiquing
    • Art Galleries
    • Bicycling
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Hiking
    • Horseback Riding
    • Live Theater
    • Museums
    • Parks
    • Shopping (Local Crafts)
    • Skiing Downhill
    • Sports Events, Major College
    • Tennis
    • Water Sports
    • Wineries

Nearby College/University

James Madison University, Bridgewater College, Eastern Mennonite University, Mary Baldwin College

Promotional Rates and Packages:

Cottage Romance Package
•Two nights in one of our nine Luxurious Accommodations •Chilled Champagne •Silk Rose Petals covering your bed •Two tastings at Bluestone Vineyard located just 15 minutes from By the Side of the Road •Dinner for two at downtown Harrisonburg's Beyond ($50 Value ~ Gratuity NOT included) •Gourmet Breakfast for two each morning –Delivered to your door each morning. Add to any two night stay for just $135
Valid from 09/18/2013 through 12/31/2023.

Eggs Benedict \'a La Janice\'

A rich, savory Eggs Benedict that practically melts in your mouth. Yum!

Gingerbread Pancakes

Flavorful, light and great dish for anytime of year. The warm lemon sauce is the perfect compliment to the apple pie spices in these delicious pancakes!

Lemon Meltaway Cookies

These lemon treats literally \"melt\" in your mouth.

Almond Thumbprint Cookies

Potato Waffles

A rich, filling dish... perfect for a winter morning.

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Everything we imagined!

The Water Lily Suite was wonderful. We slept great in the comfortable bed, loved the multi-head shower and looked forward to our breakfast delivered to our door each morning. I can't wait to go back! I want to try one of their cottages with the whirlpool tub next!
Brendan Danker
Myrtle Beach, SC

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BOTTOM LINE: I would stay here again.
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