From the time we turned off the two-lane road through a small gate and gazed up the hill at the renovated plantation, our visit was nothing but stunning! We stayed in a "dependency" (which was a small two-bedroom standalone cottage duet) that was quiet and peaceful, even with another couple staying next door. There is a real wood-burning fireplace, with firewood and firestarter provided, as well as a coffee pot, but other than the bed, sink, bath and shower, that's it! Not a TV to be found! We loved unplugging (although there is wifi available and sufficient cell-phone coverage if you must check in with reality periodically) and enjoyed the incredible grounds, abundant wildlife, and resident livestock. The entire grounds are pet friendly, although there is a resident Golden Retriever, who will check out your pet, but she's friendly and won't harm a fly! There are horses, guineas, and a barn cat, among others. You're required to have one dinner in the plantation, but after you have one, you may want more--the cooking is gourmet and we had some of the best dinners we've ever eaten. The menu offers two to three choices for each course and comes in five courses and we simply ordered the whole menu and split each serving in half. As with classic dining experiences, expect the dinner to take several hours and be the social focus of the evening! There's a ton of historic sites and wineries nearby to visit--we did a walking tour of Culpeper and then a wine tasting at Prince Michel Vineyards--and in the evenings you may even feel the spirits of Civil War Soldiers moving about the Plantation. Everything about the place was first class--five star all the way and we highly recommend it and plan to return in the summer for a different type of experience--laying on the grass at night on a blanket and stargazing! The staff will also fix you picnic lunches or dinner baskets if you prefer in-room or "to go" dining and a gourmet breakfast is included in the price every day. It's not cheap (a three day stay was a little over $600), but it's absolutely worth it and almost a one of a kind "old world" experience only a little over an hour away from Washington, DC.
Dependency #1 is close to the Main House, but separate and very quaint, as well as quiet!
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