The South has long been know for it's hospitality but the owners of the Inn at Willow Grove have taken that long standing tradition to a new level. Having just renovated the plantation and the many outbuildings they have created an oasis in the piedmont of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The staff was just what you would have expected...kind, warm and very knowledgable about the buildings. You get to stay in the outbuildings that have been decorated to the nines... Every detail is meticulous . down to the french soaps in the bathrooms.....I dont't even have words for the tub!! We stayed in the Schoolhouse. Original floor boards and fireplace!
There are many buildings in which you can stay that are on the National Historic registry. If you are a history buff, as I am, it was humbling to realize that I was walking on the same floor as a child did during his or her school day from hundreds of years ago.
The decor is a brilliant juxtaposition between the old and the new. The owners of the plantation are on premise and are happy to discuss it's history with you. If you can, get Mrs. Scibal to tell you about her decorating! She is just amazing!! You will sleep better than you have ever slept --between the linens and the bed... I am not sure which was better!
The restaurants and warm and inviting. The food is a foodies dream... The wine is ...well ...during our stay we did a wine tour of Barboursville Vineyards. The vinter. Luca Paschina is undoubetly the best winemaker in Virginia. His Octagon wine was requested by the Queen of England! It is wonderful!! The Scibals serve his wine as well as others with their food. All chosen to play very well off of each other.
They have plans for a large spa and more rooms in the near future.
I have plans to return many, many more times!! I great place to go and eat to you cant eat any more, relax and read, go visit Montpelier or Monticello. play golf or just do nothing in the beauty that is Virginia.
THIS IS A MUST SEE!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Inn at Willow Grove, an elegant boutique hotel in the heart of Virginia wine country. Nestled on a private 40-acre estate in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our historic 18th century plantation house and surrounding cottages feature a unique blend of chic and elegant “urban meets plantation” style, exceptional world-class amenities and gracious southern charm. Relax and unwind in any of our 14 luxurious rooms and suites, or join us at Vintage Restaurant for a mouthwatering farm-to-table meal. We are the perfect destination for romantic weekenders, countryside tourists, wine-enthusiasts, history buffs… anyone at all looking for a luxurious, relaxing and truly unforgettable escape.Our critically acclaimed property has enjoyed outstanding reviews from The Washington Post, Southern Living, Wine Enthusiast, Departures Magazine, DC Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine, among others. Escape. Unwind. Indulge with us at The Inn at Willow Grove. ... more less
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