Inn History

Little River Inn opens to guests in 1982


After opening an antique shop in Aldie, Tucker Withers learned that his great-uncle’s house was for sale, and decided that he must have it; it would make a lovely inn. In the process of making a bid, Tucker discovered that one of the property’s outbuildings had been home to his great-grandparents during their last years. “Unknowingly. I’d returned home.” he says.

Though the house was in poor condition, Tucker restored it with the intention of welcoming bed and breakfast guests by 1982.  Now the home features modern baths and rooms decorated with beautiful antiques—quilts, braided rugs, spool beds and 19th-century paintings and prints. The inn consists of the main house and a log cabin, built around 1810 as well as The Patent House, dating to the late 1700’s.

The staff’s enthusiasm for this region is unlimited: Aldie’s small-town charms include its many antique stores and its working gristmill built in 1810. It’s protected from the urban sprawl, and congestion of Washington, only 35 miles away–by the Bull Run Mountains to the east and prime horse farms to the west. Cyclists love our back-roads and there are eight wineries in the area: nearby Middleburg is known as the heart of fox-hunting country.

The rooms are decorated with country antiques that lend a homey aura creating a home-away-from-home feeling. The sleepy little town of Aldie provides country-static peace and quiet. Breakfast is prepared at the convenience of the guest and includes items as Dutch apple baby, sausage and eggs, or baked French toast. The breakfast comes with juice, bacon or sausage, homemade poppy seed muffins or banana bread, and of course, great conversation. An assortment of refreshments and cheese and other munchies are left for the guests to enjoy.

The combination of quiet location, nearby attractions variety of decor in the antique-filled rooms, a warming fire on cool evenings and the friendliest of staff creates an unbeatable combination. The Little River Inn offers super-clean surroundings in a private atmosphere.

This wonderful inn has a warm friendly and efficient staff. Beautiful quilts and stenciled lamps are in every room with antiques everywhere. The tiny Patent House is private and romantic, furnished with an attractive quilt, and a cozy fireside sitting area. The 1810 Log Cabin, across the driveway from the Main House, offers another intimate setting with living room, fireplace, double bed and full bath, plus double beds upstairs.

Meet “Milo” and “Racer,” our donkeys

Milo was born March 11, 2009 at The Inn. His companion, Molly passed away in 2012 at the age of 31, after living at The Inn her entire life. We searched for over a year to find a buddy for Milo. In the summer of 2013 we rescued Racer and they became instant friends. They have been living happily behind the inn ever since. Please come visit them, they love apples and carrots.

Milo and Racer enjoy the Virginia sunshine

Milo and Racer enjoy the Virginia sunshine

The boys venture out of their shed to play in snow

The boys venture out of their shed to play in the snow