My wife and I spent Valentine's Day and night at Glen Gordon Manor. I have to confess that I was somewhat skeptical of the unanimous 5 ratings on Trip Advisor. We left wishing that Trip Advisor had higher ratings than 5! If any place deserves one, it's Glen Gordon Manor.
The owners were away on vacation during our visit, so it fell to their nephew Trent to take care of us, and he did so without missing a beat. Not only did he provide us with a delectable dinner and breakfast, he also regaled us with great stories and insights regarding the restaurant business and high-end cuisine.
For our dinner, Trent prepared (perfectly): an appetizer of quail with mustard sauce; a silky parsnip soup; beet and goat cheese salad with candied walnuts; roasted breast of duck; and a dessert of miniature creme brulee and a brandade of berries in a paper-thin crispy shell. These were accompanied by perfectly matched wines, as well as expert commentary from the chef/maitre d'/server.
After a great night's sleep in the luxurious Windsor Suite, we were treated to a breakfast of a poached egg in the best hollandaise sauce we've ever had, accompanied by confit of duck, asparagus, and corn pancakes. On the side was the lightest, tastiest pumpkin bread we've ever had.
After breakfast we encountered Trent again during our walk of the grounds---he was outside tending to the horses---and he took us over to the little hen house, where he gathered up a dozen freshly laid eggs for us to take home. It's niceties such as this that separate this place from the rest.
This was our first visit to Glen Gordon, but it definitely won't be our last. And we'll be bringing friends and/or family with us!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glen Gordon Manor has hosted members of the British royal family and set the scene for many memorable hunts and balls. Overlooking the Shenandoah National Park from 45 acres of pasture, lawns gardens and parkland. The captivating estate glories in views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and neighboring farms and vineyards. Guest rooms echo the warm radiance. Luxuriously appointed Glencroft Cottage suites and spacious Gordon Mews House lend further hospitality along with sparkling pool and stables. ... more less