Mt. Vernon Farm is 840 acres of paradise--stunning views, quiet places to sit, indoors or out, as much or as little privacy/company as you wish, in a beautifully restored circa1823 home.
The owner greeted us in the well-planned circular (around the home) driveway, and insisted upon carrying in our bags, before giving us a brief, but perfect, tour of facilities.
Unusual in having actual staff, in addition to the lovely owners, no matter what you wish for, it magically appears. French press coffee, to sip in the ultra comfortable bed? Not a problem. A late evening glass of wine? You can help yourself, or merely mention the wish for one, and it appears, quietly.
In the summer, proximity to the Castleton Festival w Lorin Maazel conducting, is a huge plus, with many performances to select from, and there are vineyards, antique shops, and even a distillery tour, all very close by, if you wish entertainment. Skyline drive, cute small towns, cute or elegant restaurants, also all nearby.
We stayed in The Brief Room, and loved its easy access (1st floor), porch access, large soaking tub--heavenly--and luxurious, cozy bed. The bedroom/private bathroom is beautifully appointed, as is the entire home, frankly. Marble, crystal wall sconces, period light fixtures, oil family portraits from many eras--Country elegance, tastefully done, w/o the cloyingly too-sweet touches some B+B's suffer from--this B+B is that 'perfect B+B'. Relaxed, but elegant. Oh, and great Wi-fi. :)
The fragrant aroma of breakfast wafting down the hallway may actually awaken you, despite the quiet of a country morning. Breakfast is served either at small 'couple' tables, or at the larger DR table, all beautifully set. Your French Press--a very large one, with freshly ground coffee--is served directly to your table, or tea, or pressed cider, as you prefer, while breakfast--creative, and with all fresh ingredients, is served buffet style, with a wide variety of choices. The food is excellent, and hot--always a plus!
The hosts are charming, interesting, gracious, people, with a broad knowledge of the area history and 'things to do', not surprisingly, given that the owners family has owned the home since 1823. A guest staying there while we were there, wanted to go with the owner to gather the eggs from the chickens--"No problem, we'd be delighted to have you join us!" Yes is the operative word at this B+B.
This is also a working farm, with lambs, cattle, pigs, chickens, etc., so for a city girl like me, between the vistas for the Blue Ridge Mts., and seeing the magnificently cared for farm animals, it was heavenly.
We already know that we will return, whether for weekends or a week--both of which we agreed would be in our plans. Having stayed in B+Bs around the country, we know that few meet the high standard of excellence that this one meets, and exceeds. Perfectly maintained, exquisitely decorated, w fascinating guests, a wonderful breakfast, wines available afternoons and evenings, and a palpable generosity of spirit, exuded by the hosts/owners, make this B+B a clear stand-out.
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