I just returned from a corporate retreat at Hope & Glory and am already planning a romantic return with my husband. I can hardly imagine a better inn or B&B exists in Virginia. It was that superb.
Upon first entering the Inn I was warmly greeted by Dudley, who with his wife Peggy runs the most pristine and cozy inn with a passion for guests and a creative flair. I was escorted to my room (Schoolhouse 4) and given a quick tour of the property. It sparkles with wit and charm, just like the innkeepers. The inn is an old schoolhouse with several uniquely appointed guest rooms in the main house. Out back there is a brick patio area with a fountain and tons of conversation nooks. There is a path that leads to several cottages, each one different from the next and with whimsical signs to remind you that a little levity goes a long way when you're on this property. "Sleep Naked" is outside the Honeymoon Cottage which sits alongside an outdoor bathing garden with a claw-foot tub and pots of flowers.
My room was a study in comfort. Two oversized reading chairs faced my incredibly comfortable bed. The room was done in black, cream and taupe, very soothing and a great balance between masculine and feminine. My bath was spacious with an antique claw tub/shower, dressing table and plenty of nice amenities provided. I had a private balcony with chairs and a view of Irvington. Gorgeous in every aspect. I felt lucky to be there.
Meals were wonderful, with attention to presentation as well as seasoning. Locally sourced treasures such as spiced Virginia apples were introduced alongside a breakfast spinach souffle' with thick bacon slices, rosemary fennel potatoes and freshly baked muffins. I could hardly remove myself from the table, and the servers took the time to describe each dish in a very special way. This staff knows how to succeed in the service industry! Peggy has clearly shared her secrets to keeping guests happy with her team and you always feel that the warmth and smiles are sincere. A guest knows his patronage is appreciated.
We enjoyed cocktails in the bar with Meseret, a wonderful treat! The bar has a name, Detention, and there's a little notebook where you can enter your reasons for being in Detention.
For our retreat the Inn coordinated a local scavenger hunt so we could explore Irvington, which is a charming town full of local color. We were also treated to a Virginia wine tasting event which was another opportunity to interact with wonderful Dudley.
As much as I loved my room, I must say that my lingering impression of the Inn is in its common areas: comfort abounds, nooks beckon, and there is an undercurrent of happiness that runs throughout the property. I usually like to keep my treasure finds a secret, but I feel I owe it to Dudley and Peggy to shout from the rooftops that a visit to the Hope and Glory is a gift to your soul. Well done!