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“Classic lodge in a beautiful setting with countless activities” 5 of 5 stars
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Primland
2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120   |  
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“Classic lodge in a beautiful setting with countless activities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you like wilderness and lodges (or cabins), this place is a great option for a long weekend. We stumbled upon Primland in search of a weekend away somewhere east with plenty of outdoor activities. We aren't really into camping so much, but have fallen in love with lodges. Lucky for us, at the last minute, we found one room available at Primland, and off we went. We stayed Friday through Monday, and I felt i could have easily stayed a couple more days. There was plenty of things to do -- spa, golf, ATV rides, shooting range, hunting, hiking, yoga, whiskey tasting, chuck wagon buffet, archery, kayaking, a game room, disc golf, geocaching, an observatory, and fishing. And the scenery (blue ridge mountains) was spectacular.

Regarding the room - we stayed in a Blue Ridge Suite in the lodge on the second floor. It boasted a huge living room, with a comfy couch, a minibar, a large dining room table (could seat 6-8), a long balcony overlooking the golf course (and the mountains, of course) with a wooden table that could seat four, and a large bedroom with the most comfortable bed. There was 1.5 bathrooms - 1 shower and 1 large tub. The accommodations were flawless, and it was easy to forget that anyone else had ever stayed in the room (it looked/smelled so new!) It was also easy to forget there was anyone else around (all you could hear was crickets). So peaceful!

Regarding the food/beverage options - I would rate it overall 4 stars. There are approximately four on grounds options (2 of which are in the lodge -- the 19th hole pub and Elements). The 19th hole pub was exactly what one would expect -- a full bar (with plenty of bourbon, scotch, moonshine options), and standard pub fare with a southern twist. We ate there three times - once for dinner and twice for lunch. The food was consistently well cooked - none of the dishes stood out as spectacular but there was nothing we found to be a disappointment. We also ate two dinners at elements (the more elegant dining option). We both ate off the a la carte menu (they also offered prix fixe options). There were plenty of options for meat and seafood lovers, and at least one vegetarian options per course. The dishes were all well cooked and generally locally sourced. A few of the better dishes included the fried quail appetizer, the sweet potato mash (side), the cherry dessert, and the wagyu steak entree. The service was friendly and robust. Some of the dishes could have used a bit more flavor. Overall, there was nothing that was disappointing, but the food can definitely reach another level.

Regarding golf – talk about challenging. The course is tough, yet fair. The greens and fairways are often sloped, and it is easy to lose your ball in the brush on the sides of the mountain. Yet, it was so fun to play (and so incredibly beautiful!), I was disappointed we didn't stay longer to get another round in.

Regarding the grounds: the grounds are huge. it takes approximately 15-20 mins from either gate to get to any of the rooms (whether cabins or the lodge), through forest roads, and about 30 - 45 mins to get end to end. There are several jeep trails and gravel roads throughout the property. There are several spots to pull off the main road to see beautiful vistas-- far, far better than the local leg of the blue ridge parkway, in my opinion. The lodge has an indoor pool and spa. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to squeeze in the spa, but the pool/jacuzzi area was pristine and had a nice area outdoor (including a fire pit) to relax and sunbathe.

Overall - if you are looking for a nice luxury lodge with golf, a spa, and lots of activities, and don't mind the long drive to the lodge (from any of the closest airports, cities, or DC) and limited dining options, this is a fantastic option for you.

Room Tip: Blue Ridge Suites are huge, and all views are beautiful.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Our room, the Lodge, resort setting, the spa and all activities were top notch. We loved the view, comfort and appointments in our room. We loved the property and all there was to do. The trails over great views and exercise. The ATV tour was a blast -- best way to see the expansive property.

Room Tip: We asked to see samples in the Lodge of the Mountain Room and Blue Ridge Suite, and every room was s...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Primland is the PERFECT place to unplug and take time to appreciate nature and life.

This is an impressive hotel/resort by any international standards. It takes time and effort to get to (5 hours of driving from DC or couple hours of driving from NC or Richmond VA). But, once you get there, it is absolutely beautiful.

I was there for a girls getaway with several of my girl friends, and we rented a cabin. We also checked out the lodge (more luxurious), and the tree houses. So you've got options in terms of accommodation. The lodge is perfect for couple's get away, the tree house may be fun for small family, and the cabins are great for large groups for family reunions or group getaways.

I took advantage of the pool, spa, and other activities like yoga and hiking. There is no outdoor pool, but there is an outdoor lounging area next to the pool where you can catch some rays. I had a massage. The therapist and the receptionist, both very polite and provided excellent service. The relaxation room is also beautifully set, and you can enjoy reading and sipping some tea. I did find the native american traditional animal card reading somewhat strange. It is unique, and I like that it tells story about the resort being build in what used to be native american area. However, the way it is executed is kind of bizarre.

I highly recommend that you sign up for a yoga in the morning. When the weather is nice, the instructor takes you outside where you can overlook the mt. ridge. The view is breathtaking! The practice is challenging, yet relaxing. It is just perfect.

Staff there are SUPER helpful, friendly, and thoughtful, making sure that you have the best time at the resort. I have never seen this kind of service and kindness in hotels in the US.

Keep in mind, that this hotel is located in a REMOTE (I mean it) area. You won't be able to access restaurants or bars within 5 miles. You also would need to be either driven around or driving around the resort. Also VERY POOR cell reception (AT&T). I just gave up eventually and unplugged my life for a weekend.

So, if you are up for it, unplug, enjoy nature, great facilities, appreciate your company, and breath a little. We all need a bit of that, don't we?

Room Tip: Stay at the lodge for a couple's getaway Stay at the tree house for a family getaway with kids...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charleston, West Virginia, United States
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Primland has the potential to be a premier luxury retreat, but its food and beverage need much improvement. The property is located on a ridgeline that offers truly breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. We stayed in one of the cabins on property, and the accommodations were very comfortable. Though we did not see any of the rooms at the lodge we were told by guests who stayed in them that they were very contemporary and luxurious. The spa is Native American themed and was very elegantly appointed. While at the resort we ate at the two restaurants in the lodge, the 19th Pub and Elements. The multiple problems with food quality and service we experienced fall far short of the levels promised by the hotel, not to mention to be expected from the prices charged. The length of time it took to fill water glasses, set placemats, and take drink orders was consistently far too long. Patrons around us would be served their first courses before we even gave our order to the server. Food orders came out wrong with regularity, on several occasions two or three times to the same person at the same meal. At lunch one day in the 19th Pub my mother ordered a grilled pimiento cheese sandwich: first she was brought a club sandwich, which she sent back; next she was brought a BLT, which she sent back; lastly they brought the correct sandwich, but the portion of pimiento cheese was embarrassingly skimpy. At the same lunch my wife ordered English muffin pizzas for our daughters. The pizzas brought to the table were very clearly old, with the cheese overdone and hardened at the edges as though they had been sitting under a warmer for quite some time. We had bad experiences at each dinner in Elements as well. One night the heirloom tomato Caprese salad was served without the balsamic vinegar and Thai basil described on the menu, my wife's filet mignon was ordered medium but brought well done, and was replaced with a butterflied cut of meat that was done more than medium, and our dessert was sprinkled with garlic laced French fry seasoning instead of the praline crumble on the menu. Turns out someone in the kitchen had mistakenly filled the praline shaker with French fry seasoning. The next night we again were brought the heirloom tomatoes without balsamic vinegar. I pointed it out to the server and asked for balsamic vinegar. She brought me balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing instead. I sent that back and finally was brought balsamic vinegar. The server argued with me and tried to convince me that the olive oil on the tomatoes initially was in fact the balsamic vinegar. After I spoke to the food and beverage manager about the problem and was assured she would personally see that the rest of our meal was properly served my wife got her tomato salad with only two tiny pieces of mozzarella, each the size of a nickel, and no balsamic. What is really unfortunate is that the chef is capable of putting out some delicious fare. I had fish entrees both nights, and they were beautifully done and presented. Every other guest we talked to about the food had similar complaints and experiences. Zack, one of the servers in Elements, was superb. He was very knowledgeable, very skilled at serving, and handled our problems quickly and efficiently. Primland would do well to have its servers trained by Zack if it is to achieve the level of fine dining service promised in the promotional literature. Back to the accommodations, guests staying in cabins should expect to drive 2 miles or more to get to the lodge and golf course. The drive winds through the forest and guests are treated to glimpses of spectacular panoramas. The golf course is immaculately kept and offers challenging but not unfair tests of skill. The clays course is well laid out and fun. The observatory offers a unique and informative activity for adults and children alike (when weather permits star viewing). Taken as a whole, Primland is a place to which I would return, but it will never achieve its potential until the food and beverage issues are rectified.

Room Tip: The Bobcat cabin has one of the most spectacular views of any place I've ever stayed throughout...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pinehurst, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We just returned and would highly recommend this resort for a special get away. We did ATV, Bourbon tasting, hiking and loved our 4 days here. This is not your average "hotel" We celebrated our anniversary here and will be back and next time we will be golfing. Food was superior and the views were incredible. Staff made you feel at home and always called you by name. I'm so glad that Mr. D. Primat had his vision.

Room Tip: Third floor is where we stayed and it was extremely quiet although I did not hear any noise whenever...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matthews, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our trip to Primland was very unique. We stayed in a fairway cottage and had a fantastic view. We did not play golf, but my husband and I drove our personal golf cart around it to take it all in. Beautiful!! Food and staff we amazing. If the trip/package was a little more affordable, I would recommend Primland to more of our friends!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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High Point, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Don't be fooled by the review tite. Primland is outstanding, incredible and beyond compare (at least based on other places I have stayed). But, make no mistake, for the fare you will be it should be exceptional.

Staff attentiveness is incredible. Rooms are superb in every way. No complaints at all about anything, save for maybe a bellman forgetting to bring some of our luggage. You will not be disappointed in your stay in any way.

Room Tip: There's no such thing as a bad room at Primland. All are outstanding. Must try one of the tree...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2000 Busted Rock Road, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120
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Location: United States > Virginia > Meadows of Dan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Meadows of Dan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape There are many people at Primland with an abiding respect for the land, who know the sounds and smells of the forest so intimately, they will open your eyes to the simple pleasure of a mountain getaway at this refined East Coast vacation resort. They will show you the subtleties of nature and reacquaint you with the restorative powers of silence. Your server will remember just how you take your drink, your children's names and that you like a freshly baked cookie after lunch. You will sense the love your wilderness guide has for the mountain and all its creatures, and the depth of his expertise. You will always find a kind word, authentic humor and an open heart. It was the vision of Primland's founder, Didier Primat, to create a place of immense beauty that offers his guests a return to simple human pleasures in an environment of refined authenticity and sensuality. He developed Primland in an eco-conscious and thoughtful manner, as the ultimate retreat for world-class golf, refined dining and outdoor activities. Our love of the land is expressed in our extensive efforts to minimize our impact on nature, the freshness of our food, the many organic, sustainable ingredients we source locally or grow in our organic garden and the care with which we look after our guests. Didier Primat instilled his passion for Primland in every member of his family and staff , and they carry forward his legacy with soul, with heart and with a commitment to genuine hospitality. Art is an important part of the Primland experience. We consider hospitality to be an art that involves sharing emotion and pleasure through attention to even the most subtle detail. We also feel that surrounding you with inspired pieces of art enhances your experience. Throughout The Lodge, you will find hand-selected works by American artists as well as authentic and rare Aboriginal paintings from the most remote Australian territories. ... more   less 
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