My husband and I stayed for one night at the Inn at Gristmill Square last weekend, after attending an afternoon chamber music concert at Garth Newel. I had checked the reviews here on TripAdvisor before we went, and chose the Rye Suite as a result. We were very happy with our suite of rooms, which included a small living room with desk, sitting area and television, a bedroom with a king-sized bed and spacious closet, and a bathroom with a large dressing area. We have absolutely no complaints.
The Rye Suite is in the Miller's house, one of several separate period buildings which make up the inn complex. With only four suites - two up and two down - in this house, it was cozy and quiet, and only a few steps from the main inn office. We had thought we were the only ones there that night, only to find in the morning that the adjacent room was occupied. We had not heard a thing until their breakfast was delivered mid-morning.
As a light sleeper, I highy recommend the Rye Suite. There is a single window in the bedroom with effective dark wood blinds, and the room is buffered from the corridor by the living room, so it is quiet and feels very private. Both my husband and I were pleased with the continental breakfast that was brought to our room in the morning when we called for it -- croissants, butter, jam, juice and a carafe of decaf coffee for me, hot chocolate for my husband. This was far preferable for us to getting dressed early and going to a communal breakfast room, especially as it turned out to be a rainy morning -- nice for lying-in and getting a late start.
We plan to stay at the Inn again on our next trip to Warm Springs for a concert later this summer. Next time we'll eat at the restaurant as well, which gets very good reviews. We peeked in, and it has a very inviting atmosphere in the old mill building. (This time we went to the Casino at the Homestead for dinner and were again disappointed with what the Homestead has to offer for dining. We won't make that mistake again.)
I would recommend a trip up to Warm Springs in Bath County for anyone who enjoys chamber music: The summer season at Garth Newel has numerous concerts of a consistently high quality in a wonderful converted barn that makes a great warm-weather music venue. Look them up on the web! The little town of Warm Springs is only about a 5 minute drive from the grounds of Garth Newel, and has a lovely old courthouse and several shops, including the Warm Springs Gallery, one of my favorite art galleries in Western Virginia. (They also have a location in Charlottesville.)
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