My husband and I stayed at the Blackthorne Inn and had a good time. We purchased a Living Social deal that included a cabin stay with a $25.00 voucher for the restaurant and a bottle of wine. When we arrived, there was no one at the front desk and we had to see the restaurant manager who checked us in. Not overly friendly and warm, but the Pub was hopping so, he was a little on the busy side.
We were assigned to the Sligo cabin and when we got there it was oppressively hot inside. It was a hot day (96 degrees), but I don't think they turned the AC unit on until just before we got there. The window AC unit is older, but couldn't flush the hot air out, especially since the cabin is virtually two stories with a loft that there was no access to.
The cabin itself is very nice - fireplace, jacuzzi tub, large bathroom and a little patio deck with 2 chairs overlooking green space and trees. But...the carpet and two wing back chairs were FILTHY. Multiple large stains on the carpet and the winged chairs are a light taupe/tan color and the filth on them was nauseating. I had to drape them with towels just to sit in them. Other than those two items, the room was clean and had a nice atmosphere. A cheap steam cleaner can go a long way to make a good first impression.
The room still wasn't cooled down hours after we arrived (we checked in at 3pm and by 8pm it was still soooo hot) and I called guest services on the house phone to see if they had a fan. It rang, rang, and rang and no one picked up. So, we just dealt with the heat all night. By morning it had cooled down/
The breakfast was okay - omelet or eggs with homefries. If you have a special diet, don't look for low fat at breakfast because everything was oily. Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am only.
The restaurant food is fabulous (we didn't try the pub food like the bangers and mash, Irish nacho's). Their patio area is pretty and you can order from the Blackthorne restaurant or pub food. Over our stay my husband and I had the Costa Rican snapper, ahi tuna, crab stuffed avocado, NY Strip, chicken with garlic polenta, and the seafood pasta. All of it was so good. Service was great too! If you go to the restaurant, purchase a Restaurant.com certificate and you can get a good deal.
The Inn has an adopted cat named Stella and she is gorgeous and friendly. There are two Guinea hens that roam the property - cute as can be. The property itself is beautiful. There is a large pond with a bridge and gazebo over it. Bring bread or cheese to feed the sunfish, painter turtles, and snapping turtles. There is also bass in the pond and they like crawlers.
For fun, there is a drive-in movie theater about 20 minutes away just west of 81 on Route 11. We hadn't been to a drive-in since the 80's and it was a real treat.
Overall our stay was okay and perhaps may have been better if the room had been cooled and the carpet and furniture wasn't so dirty.
- Also Known As:
- The Blackthorne Inn And Restaurant Hotel Upperville