I stayed here with a friend after purchasing a coupon. We had an overall very enjoyable stay. The property is lovely, and the drive through the area is gorgeous, especially beginning in this fall season. It is a working ranch with cattle all around, and rolling green hills that seem to go for miles.
We came to the hotel in the later morning so couldn't check in. We first came into the house and it didn't seem anyone was there. The woman checking us in was a bit cold and honestly looked perplexed at why were there. She handed us an open envelope, and when we inquired she said she had no idea what was in it. As it turns out, it was the wine tasting certificates and map of the area. I am not sure why she didn't either a) bother to look in it or b) offer to look at it and find out. We later saw this same staff member, and she was warm as could be. Maybe she just was having a bad moment, not quite sure. It wasn't the welcome we anticipated but the rest of the stay was enjoyable with friendly staff.
We had a horseback riding scheduled so we just left stuff in the car and went up the road to the trails. The staff there was nice but not talkative, so there was some awkward silence on the trail ride, although the scenery was breathtaking and the stable was nice.
The room we stayed in was a carriage room, off from the main house. It is cozy and comfortable but you can hear anything louder than soft conversation from your neighbor, so take earplugs or be prepared for that. It is clean and though small, had adequate space and storage for our things. The main house is charming with a dining room, parlour and pantry area with complimentary sodas, water, and snacks.
Breakfast was plated and served at communal tables, just like the wine and cheese in the evening. It was a nice part of the B&B experience. The food was delicious, and they were kind enough to take into account dietary requests the night prior.
Wineries abound in the area and even just driving around proved entertaining. Historical sites such as Manassas, Shenandoah, and many old mills and structures are nearby. We had a sheet of at least 20+ wineries in the area that were within about a 20 mile radius.
Yes, Marriott owns this property as JW Marriott purchased it himself years ago for personal use. However, this isn't your 4-star business accommodation. Previous reviewers have mentioned its 'communal bathroom' (some house rooms share a bathroom, others are private so please inquire) or having to sit together at breakfast. This is a small B&B, and with that come different experiences than a chain hotel. Be prepared to meet your neighbors, relax on the porch in rocking chairs and stare at beautiful landscapes. If that isn't what interests you, there are other places to stay that offer more traditional hotel amenities.
I would not recommend this place for young children, as the walls are thin and there isn't the space needed for them. However, older children (>8yo), couples, friends, or solo travelers would enjoy this location. Only other con is that our beds were quite hard. Combined with two hours of horseback riding we didn't have backs that were very flexible the next day. Other than that, we found this property to be a nice overnight getaway that recharged our batteries and is just an hour outside the city. I would love to visit again in the future when I needed a short break.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4200 Acre Working Cattle Ranch nestled in the foothills of The Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Guests can enjoy horseback riding, wine tasting at local and vineyards, antique shopping and nearby Shenandoah National Park. Marriott Ranch hosts Corporate Retreats, Weddings, Company Picnics and Social Events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Marriott Ranch Hotel Hume
- The Marriott Ranch b&b
- Marriott Hume
- Hume Marriott