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“Quick, Romantic Getaway” 4 of 5 stars
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10087 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville, VA 20184 (Formerly "1763 Inn")   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Upperville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Quick, Romantic Getaway”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

My boyfriend and I wanted a last-minute getaway from DC, and chose Blackthorne Inn based on its location (near wineries, shopping in Middleburg, and our favorite country pub, Hunter's Head Tavern) and the affordable price. Unfortunately all the cabins were booked, but we enjoyed our cozy room in the stables.

I was worried about the negative reviews (i.e. unclean rooms, tiny bathroom), but we found ours to be perfectly tidy and satisfying for the price. It reminded me of the inns I stayed at when driving around Ireland: welcoming, quaint, and comfortable. No, it's not ultra-modern or newly renovated, and forget about WiFi, let alone cell service. There are (gasp) bugs outside, and campy touches like faux flowers in the bedroom. But if you want a cozy, get-away-from-it-all experience, Blackthorne fits the bill. Those looking for a luxury, Relais and Chateaux-style inn should check out Goodstone nearby (and be prepared to pay much more for it).

The lake and surrounding area are beautiful, and all the staff were welcoming and friendly. We enjoyed sitting on our deck in the evening sipping Prosecco we bought in town, and then heading down the path to Wolfe Tone's Pub for dinner. I can't attest to the more upscale fare in the dining room since we were more in the mood for pub grub, but the Irish nachos hit the spot! The complimentary breakfast in the morning was also quite good (eggs, perfectly cooked bacon, strong coffee etc.). All in all, a lovely experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

We discovered the Blackthorne Inn through a LivingSocial deal for a two-night stay. The drive from DC took just an hour. Great service, food, and drink. We stayed in the Tipperary, a comfortable, secluded, log-wood cabin with a jacuzzi and flat screen television. Met the friendly Irish owners and enjoyed drinks with the excellent bartender, Casey. Dinner at the Inn was marvelous! We had fried sweetbreads for an appetizer and seared scallops with arctic char for the main course. We were so full we could not eat dessert. The surrounding area is full of wineries and we visited six of them over the weekend. Highly recommended for a special occasion, anniversary or a romantic weekend.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marshall VA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2011

Stunning scenery. Rustic-luxuriouscomfortable cabins. 250 years of history. Excellent gourmet food in the fine-dining restaurant upstairs, but my taste is more for the pub fare in the great Irish pub below. Be sure to have a pint of Guinness - they actualy know how to pour a proper one. As it is in Ireland, the greatest part is the people - wonderful, friendly staff and customers. Shane, his parents and his sisters will make you feel at home, and maybe make you think you are actually in the Emerald Isle.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

We went to the Blackthorne after purchasing a 2 day getaway on livingsocial.com. After reading the reviews on here we were a bit worried but we were able to dash those worries aside upon arrival. We stayed in the Tipperary cabin and loved it. We stayed during the week so we had no problems getting a reservation. They had our cheese and fruit plate waiting in the cabin, which was very good; the wine was not the greatest but that was okay. There is a small fridge in the cabin so that was a plus. Yes, the TV is small but we weren't there to watch TV. We ate both nights at the inn--the food was wonderful and the service was great. We used the $25 credit for one dinner and purchases another $25 credit from restaurants.com for $2 so we saved quite a bit on meals. We never made it to the inn for breakfast in the mornings because we slept in. We opted to go into Middleburg for noon-times meals and highly recommend Julien's Cafe, which opens at 11:00 am and serves omlets all day. Although the regular price of the cabins is a bit steep (we got the livingsocial deal for $299, which included a 2 night stay including breakfast, cheese/fruit plate, bottle of wine, a free wine tasting, and $25 restaurant voucher) we would definitely go back. It was a fantastic break from the city.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

My wife and I stayed at Blackthorne last month for a second honeymoon trip. We arrived and were stunned by the location. The main restaurant was set above rolling hills and a beautiful pond with a gazebo set in the middle, that was perfect for a trip like ours. Our cabin was beautiful, quaint, and rustic. The bed was extremely comfortable, and we also had a great jacuzzi tub. We walked down to the restaurant and not only was the food superb, the wait staff treated everyone like family (I actually am quite convinced they are all really a family.) There were several vineyards within minutes, most notably Three Fox, who had some really exquisite reds. All in all, out stay was fantastic, everything was perfect, and we will absolutely be returning as soon as we can!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Harpers Ferry, WV
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

First of all, this review is specific to the cabins. (My husband and I had hoped to sample dinner fare at the restaurant, but a major power outage that didn't affect our cabin nixed that option.) While there were some interesting elements to our cabin, like a fantastically large stone hearth and fireplace, our sense of the place was "short cuts and under financed." Things were funky. We appreciated the wee 'fridge in the unit, but it was loud, old, and I bet a real energy hog. In the end, we were comfortable and safe, but I'd never call it special!
YET, we did get breakfast the next morning at the restaurant as part of our package; it was generous and very tasty. Lots of good hot coffee. A little irritating that we were subjected to evangelical TV preacher shows as we ate . . .

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2011

Gorgeous location and the food is good but the cabins are in dire need of a handyman and an exterminator! Not worth the money!!

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10087 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville, VA 20184 (Formerly "1763 Inn")
Location: United States > Virginia > Upperville
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Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Upperville
Number of rooms: 14
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