I've been to Welbourne perhaps 8 or 9 times now with my dogs. The inn has been in the same family for 240 years! You can't find that kind of commitment and dedication to a bed and breakfast anywhere else. The stewardship of this property has been a family concern since before the USA existed. And the inn reflects that family connection with its relaxed and rustic elegance. Many who visit here become regulars, not only because it's a great value, but also because Nat and Sherry radiate the comfort of the family sensibility. Also, over time you get to hear the stories, invoking the spirit, importance and heart of this historic home.
Other inns treat you like a guest. At Welbourne, you're welcomed into Nat and Sherry's home and extended family. There's a subtle difference between the two, but it's germinal to why your soul gets called back to Welbourne time after time. While most B&Bs serve breakfast, Welbourne also serves cocktails each night where other property residents and neighborhood friends gather to meet guests. And, adding to the history and stewardship of the home, breakfast is prepared by two generations of ladies whose connection to the property goes back into their family as well. This isn't a situation where someone has excitedly purchased a property to become an innkeeper. The connection goes WAY deeper at Welbourne and it's felt and seen in every detail. This is no sterile, perfect environment decorated to look authentic. It's an authentic, lived in family home.
Rounding out the Welbourne experience is the extensive property. Over 500 acres of horse-filled pasture leads to a wide creek about a mile away, still on the property. On any given weekend, there will be 8 or 9 resident dogs roaming the property, all of whom are friendly. My dogs ADORE this place, not just for the pack camaraderie, but also because they get to roam free and just be a dog here. In fact, that's highly encouraged by the innkeepers. As a dog lover, that's an important part of the experience for me.
Welbourne is perfect for a romantic getaway, a family gathering, a wedding, a spiritual retreat or just a getaway from city life. The silence and starry skies here feed the soul. If you don't love dogs, don't come. But if dogs make you smile, so will Welbourne.
- Also Known As:
- Welbourne Hotel
- Welbourne Hotel Middleburg