While you won’t find any big-name hotels in the area, you will find a unique bed and breakfast near Davis, WV. Honestly, I would choose it over a hotel anyways!
Tucked back in the woods of Jenningston, Laurel River Club Bed & Breakfast offers the perfect getaway for couples, families, or groups at a reasonable price. You know how much I love finding cheap accommodations.
This is so much more than just a place to stay though. It’s an educational farm where they have pigs, chickens, horses, and cows.
Breakfast is included in the price and most of what you eat comes straight from the farm.
The property manager, Marsha, and her family are wonderful hosts. So friendly and helpful with suggestions for the surrounding area!
I’m getting ahead of myself though, let’s start with some quick facts about this Davis, WV bed and breakfast.
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- Location: 417 Jenningston Farm Road, Bowden, WV 26254
- Four bedrooms
- Three bathrooms (two shared, one private)
- Stargazing dome just opened
- Educational Farm with the Dry Fork River in the backyard
- Already know you want to book? Check availability here.
The Laurel River Club Bed and Breakfast was in the perfect spot for us. It’s secluded with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy on property but a quick drive to nearby attractions.
Jenningston was founded in 1905 as a logging town and that was the same year the house was built. The lumber industry didn’t last long here because the mill closed down in the early 20s.
All the original homes in the area except two were destroyed in a flood in 1985. In the living room of Laurel River Club you can see photos of what the town looked like at its peak.
Now for some modern-day information. If you are unfamiliar with West Virginia roads then don’t be surprised when you get on the backroads and it looks like it came straight out of a horror film.
Relax, this is what people love about WV.
The winding roads with nothing in sight but farmhouses can be a little eerie at first but once you get used to it, there is so much beauty to be found here.
Don’t be surprised if what looks like a one-lane road is actually a two-lane. The roads get pretty narrow out here. Also, you probably won’t have cell service in many places. Embrace it.
Pro tip: We keep an atlas in the car with us (unless we forget) for situations just like this. You shouldn’t rely on having cell phone service no matter where you are! You can also download a section of Google maps if you’d like.
Laurel River Club Bed and Breakfast Amenities
Most of the amenities here come in the form of outdoor activities and natural resources but I’ll start with the house.
There is a shared living room with a television where we played board games in the evenings. Depending on what time everyone gets up, you’ll have breakfast in the kitchen or the dining room.
Coffee will also be ready around 7 am. Marsha made breakfast fresh for each person after they got up instead of making breakfast at a set time which Tyler and I appreciated very much.
Outside of the house is a 200-acre educational farm that you can explore. We loved getting to go on a farm tour and seeing all the animals.
There were piglets when we visited that were only a couple weeks old!
The Dry Fork River also runs through the farm and is a short walk from the house. In the summer you can fish and swim here. I’m not sure of license requirements when fishing on private property so you’ll want to check that.
Laurel River Club is far from any light pollution so staying here is a great opportunity for stargazing. You can even stay in their new stargazing dome overnight.
When visiting you can see a falcon demonstration by a Master Falconer – Marsha’s son, Collin. We are so sad we weren’t able to see this when we visited!
Marsha’s daughter, Kendra, runs Simply Natural. Through her herd share you can try raw milk from the cows on property. She also makes all-natural products like soaps and lotions which you can buy.
With all this going on, it’s definitely the coolest bed and breakfast near Davis, WV!
Each of the four rooms is a little bit different but the one we stayed had plenty of room for the two of us and the bed was actually really comfortable.
There was a dresser in case you wanted to unpack plus a small desk in the room. We shared two bathrooms with two of the other rooms in the house.
The upstairs bathroom has a large, clawfoot bathtub plus a sink and toilet. The downstairs bathroom has a shower, sink, and toilet.
We never had any issues sharing the bathrooms with others. If you do want your own bathroom, they have one room with a private bathroom and it’s just a bit more expensive.
I’ve already mentioned the common areas – the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Honestly, you feel right at home when staying here!
They also just opened their stargazing dome where you can stay out under the stars!
Interested in the stargazing dome? Book it here.
What to Know Before Visiting Laurel River Club
The biggest thing to note is that you likely won’t have cell phone service. This just means that you need to know where you’re going before you get out of range.
There is WiFi at the house but it can be finicky, especially in bad weather. Plan on disconnecting while you’re here.
I’ll mention the winding roads again. Tyler and I visit West Virginia all the time so we are used to driving the backroads all around the state but it can be nerve-racking for first-timers.
If you aren’t used to being on backroads without cell service then I recommend trying your best to get there before dark. It’s a gorgeous drive-in so just enjoy the view.
You’ll be about 30 minutes from town so make sure to plan accordingly if you want to visit some of the restaurants in Davis. There are a few restaurants in Canaan Valley that are only 20 minutes away.
When you arrive and turn into the driveway for the house there will be a fork in the driveway. Left takes you to the front of the house and right takes you around the back.
During the winter, go to the right and park in the gravel lot behind the house. In the other seasons, you can park out front in the large, grassy area.
Unless there’s been a lot of rain and you want to park in the gravel lot.
Random note – one thing I wish I had packed was some slippers. My feet are always cold so that would have been nice.
If you are looking for a bed and breakfast near Canaan Valley, WV this is your best pick in my humble opinion! See the reviews for yourself.