After a quickie wedding, friends who couldn't make it gifted us with a stay at this amazing Inn. We arrived after a short one hour drive from DC and were greeted by warm staff and the most beautiful surroundings. It was midweek, so there were few guests and we were given an upgrade to the Mare Suite. The room was lovely, roomy, and well appointed in country chic. We were instructed to help ourselves to amenities in the fridge. We frequently stay at Hyatt properties, so we've come to expect $7.00 waters and sodas, but not here. Tea was offered in the carriage house, but we passed to begin exploring the grounds and farm. The heated pool was in an idyllic setting, so we immediately regretted not bringing suits. We wandered down towards the farm and impressive gardens where we were greeted by the herd of cows that were lounging in the late afternoon sun. We pressed on to Goose Creek and poked around for a time. We worked up a thirst, so we headed back to our suite to enjoy some of the local wine we had picked up earlier in the day at some of the surrounding Virginia wineries. I was thoroughly impressed by the heavy duty wine key with "Goodstone Inn" etched in the rosewood. I later inquired at the bar in the carriage house if the wine key was available to buy, but I was told by the gentleman at the bar that I was welcome to take the one in the room when we left. Really? But of course, was his reply. We lounged at the bar for a time before going in to dinner. We were told to take the table of our choice, and there were two large parties set up, so we chose, at our hosts suggestion, a small table off in the corner by the huge arched windows. The waiter and the sommelier walked us through the menu, made suggestions, and advised if we were going to have more than two courses, that the price fix option was the best value. Our waiter also suggested that the sommelier could put together a tasting menu of wines paired to our course choice. Best Decision Ever! My Husband chose the gazpacho with cucumber, the heirloom tomato salad, and the Chateaubriand. I had the wild mushroom crepe, the bib salad with fig and serrano ham, and the Chilean Sea Bass. Each course was a marriage of fresh farm ingredients and impeccable presentation. Sublime! The wines were expertly paired with each course to make the meal even more memorable. During the course of our meal, a party of eight was sat, and then a party of nineteen. The whole time, we were still attended to, as if we were the only guests. We finished up by both ordering the creme brûlée and coffees. The creme brûlée had a perfect sugary crust, and decadently creamy base. One of the best we have ever had. The large party was getting a little loud as we were finishing up, so we took our coffee and "retired" to the great room and sat in front of the massive stone fireplace in a couple of comfy club chairs. After dinner cognacs were offered on the house. We had to oblige! Back to the suite for a very restful night on a very comfy bed. We woke early enough to get back to the city, but gave ourselves enough time to enjoy the complimentary breakfast. Our lovely English waitress was also our chef. She brought out fresh warm croissants and jam and poured delicious fresh coffee. She suggested that the eggs benedict could be ordered with smoked salmon instead of the canadian bacon. Great idea, and just perfectly prepared. She included a piece of the fresh smoked bacon from the farm, because, as she said, it must be tried!. As we were leaving, she inquired how far we were traveling, and when we told her it was just back into DC, she insisted we take a little care package. There were very few guests over the next couple of days, so she brought out a little basket of heirloom tomatoes and peppers from the farm, as well a dozen eggs that had been "brought up just this morning". From start to finish, this was one of the nicest stays we have ever experienced. We were made to feel welcome, wined and dined, pampered and gifted. We look forward to the opportunity to return, and have heartily recommended this lovely Inn and Restaurant to friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia, is a luxurious country inn and French restaurant in the heart of Virginia's wine and horse country. Drawing inspiration and purpose from its location on 265 acres of rolling hills and farmland, the Restaurant at Goodstone provides its guests with an unparalleled farm-to-table dining experience. The luxury country inn offers 18 elegantly decorated guest rooms and suites in six distinctive dwellings, including the Carriage House (main building), Dutch Cottage, French Farm Cottage, Spring House, Manor House and Bull Barn Cottage. Other amenities include Goodstone's country spa, wine cellar dining room, horse-themed Carriage House bar, exquisite heated pool set beneath the Wisteria-covered facade of the Old Mansion, and working farm. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant offers the charming ambiance of an 18th century country estate with the convenience, luxury and service expected by 21st century guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goodstone Inn & Restaurant Hotel Middleburg
- Goodstone Inn And Restaurant