Deep in the heart of the countryside, softly rolling hills make a vista of tranquil birds chirping in the misty afternoon as we arrive.
The bull barn cottage (built 2 years ago) , which you approach by a charming curving stone pathway, is nicely landscaped with flowers.
On entering, everything looks old, on purpose. With wide plank wood floors It’s glorious to not see anyone except the view – really makes you feel as if you are in your own house – which for the night, you are.
There is a small living room with a wood burning fireplace, flat screen tv hidden behind a cabinet, and adjoining wet bar with complimentary water and soft drinks, with leather upholstered chaise lounge and easy chair.
The wood throughout the cabin is the lowest grade of knotty plank, rough and mostly unfinished “reclaimed” wood which really just means old boards lying around, used instead of grade A plank I suspect to save money.
A cozy bedroom with the only king sized bed out of all the accommodations on property. Tiny closet. The bed sits up high with a firm 14” thick mattress and thin duvet.
2 sleeping pillows, one of which is king sized and one of which is standards size, neither with a pillowcase protector, and instead of the 100% goose down I have come to expect with luxury boutique hotels , both extra-firm foam which is rock hard.
The bathroom has heated floors, a wonderful Jacuzzi tub with a generous surround by a 3 sided window niche that looks out upon an inviting hammock in the yard, double copper sinks, and a two headed steam shower with a seat. Heaven.
Amenities are tiny at 1.18 ounces.
Towels are very soft and delightfully very thick.
Bathrobes are semi-soft, coming to 3” above my wrists and 3” below my kneecaps.
The bull barn is compact, and you have to edge your way around the furniture carefully so as to not bang your shins or ankles.
I cannot find any stationary or postcards in the book describing the Inn.
At night, I smash a spider by my bed, and another big crunchy bug by the nightstand.
Dinner - the food was very good.
Except that during the course of the meal, there were six stink bugs that I brought to my waiter's attention on the inside of the french door windows. Ick. Gross.
And to be told "well, we're in the countryside" as though that makes it okay or understandable?
No, it's not okay. I've been in luxury boutique properties in ranches in Santa Barbara, CA., the mountains of Colorado and Idaho, and in the lowcountry of South Carolina without any bugs in the dining room or bedrooms.
For $600 per night before tax, was it worth staying here? If there hadn't been all of those various creepy-crawlies, I'd have said yes. But there WERE there, and that makes me say no.
Oh, and the basement room in one of the buildings is one that they never rent out - because it is supposed to be haunted. Another ick.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The blazing floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplace in the Great Room of the circa 1900 Carriage House amplifies the warm welcome that arriving guests at the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant have come to expect. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goodstone Inn And Restaurant
- Goodstone Inn & Restaurant Hotel Middleburg