Best of Fauquier 2019: Best Hotel/Lodging

Best Hotel/Lodging

The Rooms Up There

By Heather Trobridge

Passing by the historic building on Main Street in Marshall, you would never notice The Rooms Up There unless you were looking for it. Tucked privately in the back of the 200-year-old building at 8393 West Main, the upscale, three-room getaway is run in partnership by Dan Moore and Dianna Campagna. Its historic charm and luxury has been bringing in guests from all over to spend a weekend in the peaceful town since 2017.

“I have always thought that, for whatever reason, I wanted an inn,” Moore said, and with experience in both interior design and hospitality, he is suited to — and successful in — the role. 

When Moore first visited the building, he knew that it was an ideal space for his vision. The original part of the building, a stone storehouse dating to 1805, was enlarged with the addition of a two-story log structure in the 1820s, and the building further expanded over time, ebbing and flowing between residential and commercial use in the interim years. He explained, “Everyone has their gifts — when I look at a space, I don’t really see what’s there, I see what could potentially be there. It was very easy for me to imagine all these things that are now happening in this building; to envision the banquet facility in the back, and other features we’ve implemented. The building presented itself to me as what it has become.” And what it has become is a luxurious and private getaway space.

Due to its rural feel, exceptional privacy, customizable features, and quiet environment, the guest experience at The Rooms Up There is nothing like an experience at a major chain hotel. 

Guest comfort was a high priority for Moore in the creation of The Rooms Up There. A crowning feature of the rooms are the lush and comfortable beds which caused one guest to describe his stay as “a decadent night’s sleep.” From the mattress to the sheets, everything was hand picked by Moore to provide an exceptional experience. Each room comes with a Sealy Posturepedic Hybrid Elite Kelburn king mattress, Matouk fine linens, blackout window treatments, individual in-room A/C temperature control, and newly renovated marble baths with a custom walk-in shower, both with hand-crafted Italian faucetry and luxuriously thick towels. The three rooms are connected by a comfortably furnished common space that Moore envisions will create connections between guests if they so choose.

“We’re our own worst critics,” said Moore. “I’m okay with the imperfections of the building that dates back to the eighteen hundreds. I always say, ‘I don’t need it to look perfect, I just need it to look exactly how I want it.’” This attitude has left guests floored at the cleanliness and outstanding attention to detail put into the rooms by the housekeeping team. As one guest noted, “Every detail is thoughtfully perfect,” and another described the experience as “tasteful and very upscale.” 

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