My wife and I were looking for a B&B around Sperryville, an area we both think is about as beautiful as it comes, and we are so glad that we decided to stay at Belle Meade. 5 stars for sure. If you are just looking for a place to stay, well there are many of those in the area. But if you are interested in staying at a beautiful, working, sustainable farm run by a wonderful couple, that not only feeds locals (and guests!) from the farm but also supports a summer camp and school, all situated in the rolling Shenandoah valley, then this is your place. Here are some details from our experience. We will surely return.
The farm is in a gorgeous area up on a hill with plenty of great views - the warm sun found us in the morning and evening hanging out on the porch looking out toward old rag mountain. We stayed in the little cottage just off the main house and loved it. It has its own porch on two sides looking out over the farm and pool. The decor was clean and simple (we dont care much for the over-decorated thing). The main rooms also looked very comfortable in the house, which is a great old Victorian.
The food was really good. No joke. I wish they would serve dinner. The waffles were ground at home and were wonderfully textured and rich with the local apple compote on top. The milk was great (their milk cow's name is Cotton, how could the milk not be good). The next morning we had an egg dish cooked in a big iron pan with pork from the farm. Also really good. That reminds me, when you go, ask to buy a couple pork chops if they have any. Wow! Great flavor and good price too.
The owners, Susan and Mike, were great. They both made us feel at home and relaxed and were accommodating to our schedule - they reserved a dinner reservation for us and had the hot tub the perfect temperature after our day hike and in the evenings to watch the stars. They didnt mind at all when we tagged along to watch the pigs get fed and the cow milked.
The area is fun, lots to do. This trip we toured the copper fox distillery (really cool, be careful when tempted to smell the fermentation vat!), hiked up part of old rag, a couple antique shops, good food, etc.
I could keep writing, about all the great things they have going on - they run a summer camp where the kids can participate in the farming activities and a school too, focused on holistic and sustainable living - but you'll just have to go.
We miss you blue (and cotton, who woke us up one morning)...
Luke and Erika
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