We had the great pleasure of staying two nights at Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville VA May 1st and 2nd, 2013. It is easily reached from Northern VA out Route 7 towards Winchester and once you turn into their entrance, it’s like stepping back to a more gentile era with beautiful and well kept grounds and a marvelously restored estate home. We were fortunate that the Dogwoods were in bloom and the Weeping Cherry Trees were just dropping their blossoms. When combined with the lilacs, there was a delightful fragrance throughout the expansive grounds. We were welcomed with a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres by the cheery hostess who led all the new guests on a tour of the many guest rooms on the way to ours which was the Byrd’s Study, chosen because it had a small balcony overlooking the back lawn. The room was delightfully appointed and very comfortable. The door to the private bath actually had the height markers from the Byrd children still inscribed from Christmas 1936. While small, the bathroom and tiled shower were fully functional. Everything was spotless and the bed lights were bright enough for reading without any problems. The rooms have radios but no TVs. The Wi FI reception was excellent throughout the home and included with the room as is a wonderful breakfast. The hostess goes over the breakfast menu when you check-in and the chef is very willing to accommodate and dietary needs. Both mornings the breakfast, served between 8:30 and 9:15, was delicious and included a fruit plate, hot entre, as well as juices and coffee. The guestroom was quiet and the bedding quite comfortable with very nice sheets. Twice a year there is a benefit art show at nearby Millwood and we enjoyed exploring the old mill with a rare interior waterwheel as we viewed the offerings from many local and talented artists. Berryville is located in the heart of Virginia wine country so there are many wineries within an easy drive as well as Civil War battlefields and historic areas like Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and the towns of Winchester and Middleburg Virginia. The Sky Line Drive and state parks offer a variety of nearby hiking opportunities. However, you may not be able to drag yourself away from the tranquility and the beautiful grounds featuring many exotic and rare trees on their 60 acres and have a detailed map to allow you to explore them on your own. The home is an architectural delight only recently reopened to the public (January 2011) with tremendous facilities for weddings (30 in the first year and more each year since). The rooms are named for the dignitaries who stayed here when Rosemont was the home of Virginia Senator Byrd and include such names as Kennedy, Churchill, Eisenhower, Nixon, Roosevelt, and many more. We opted for a room with a shower but now realize that each of the “bathtub” rooms include a hand-held shower nozzle and would be just fine. We are looking forward to our next visit and plan to be sure to make it back to see the estate decorated for Christmas.