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.
- Also Known As:
- The Blackthorne Inn And Restaurant Hotel Upperville