Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
What We Love
- Daily full breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Idyllic setting on Snake Hill overlooking 265 acres of woodland and pasture
- Farm-fresh fare served in a restaurant located in a restored stable
- Shady pool sits in the ruins of the property’s historic manor
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Goodstone was settled by the Leith clan in 1768, when the expanse in Loudoun County, Virginia, represented the wild western edge of the New World. Its fields would help feed the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. The landscape across the 265 acres has gone largely unaltered since, and that’s a significant piece of Goodstone’s charm. There’s still a working farm, plus modern stables with room for your steed. The inn is set around the Carriage House, the original stable, which has been restored with a restaurant, two wings, and a converted hay loft. Even the pool sits in a piece of history: the ivy-covered stone ruins of a mansion that burnt down in 1937.
Bed and Bath
Goodstone’s 18 rooms are spread among six individual buildings, many restored from the original farm and dairy that opened in 1915. Suites in the Carriage House are in former horse stalls, their old doors now windows looking out over a lovely garden. The Dutch Cottage is a stone barn overlooking Goose Creek with two guestsrooms and a steamy hot tub. A 1940 Manor House is more modern, with four bedrooms, a formal parlor and dining rooms, and a gourmet kitchen; its perch on the hill offers the best views of the Blue Ridge on the property. The old Bull Barn is now a stand-alone honeymoon suite, with soaring ceilings, original exposed beams and an outdoor hot tub and shower overlooking a private garden.
Goodstone’s small, sustainably managed farm fills chef John Leonard’s kitchen with the freshest produce and meat available. It comprises a flock of sheep, a vegetable garden, an apiary, cut flower beds, an orchard, a mushroom garden and laying hens. (There’s also a giant rescue pig named Oliver and a llama named Greyson.) Chef Leonard’s preparations include a savory wild mushroom strudel and tender lamb loin croquant with morels and asparagus. Couples should cozy up at a table for two by the window, while large groups can reserve the lovely wine cellar dining room, which is lined with more than 1,500 bottles and features a detailed horse country mural by local artist Penny Hauffe.
In the Area
One could easily spend a long weekend on the estate alone — hiking, canoeing and birding trips are all available. The property is located just outside Middleburg, a one-traffic-light town known as America’s “Horse and Hunt Capital.” Its traditional Main Street supports more than 100 local businesses, galleries and restaurants, including Red Fox Fine Art, the nation’s leading gallery for horse and hunt art. Set up a winery tour with Goodstone’s concierge, or explore wineries like the family-run Barrel Oak with its award-winning chardonnay and dog-friendly winery tours. Duffers should take the back roads to Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, a 27-hole public golf course nestled in a rolling ravine between the Blue Ridge and Massanutten Mountains.
How to Get There
We went for a quiet couples getaway for a night this past fall and loved the place.
There is nothing wildly fancy about the buildings or the staff but somehow together they create a wonderful experience. I hate to spend money and its not inexpensive here but the ambiance of the place and people made it feel almost good. We will go again. I also appreciated that they allowed us to land our R44 in the field next to the Inn, that is unique.
We stopped by for a drink and this wasn’t our first time, but the service was subpar. No bartender and it took 3 people to finally get someone behind the bar. The two women looked frazzled and we weren’t given the attention we received before. The gentleman in a sloppy attire, who was not a bar tender decided to finally get behind the bar and when we asked he said..”sure”. Terrible attitude when I asked for a cocktail menu. He seemed annoyed that he had to go out of his way. We asked for an old fashioned which was so pink from muddled cherries it resembled and taste like cough syrup. I observed him reading how to mix the drinks off to the side. It’s like “fake it til you make it” but don’t make it obvious. People who were staying on the property or checking in where being revived well. It’s a shame but this experience was felt a waste of time and money. We were deciding earlier on having lunch which is not cheap but glad we did not.
Fortunately we have this marvelous restaurant close to middleburg. Wonderful wine list paired with amazing dishes. The wine semolia is very knowledgeable. I selected the scallop appetizer with the haddock. Both were prepared to perfection.
Lovely small bite size desserts served at the end, complimentary.
They do offer dinner with wine pairings as an option.
We recently brought a small group of friends to The Goodstone Inn. As this was a celebration weekend for us, we worked closely with Mackenzie Miller, Events Coordinator, to arrange and assist with our accommodations, logistics, vendor options (which included transportation, winery tour and tasting), a dinner in the Wine Cellar and more. Our weekend and all of our plans could not have been more perfect! Even the snow on Saturday evening added to this magical weekend in the country!
If you are seeking an intimate, picturesque and luxury Middleburg experience, you need look no further than The Goodstone Inn. It’s warm, well-appointed and residential feel was just what we were seeking for our birthday/anniversary celebration with our friends. Their well-trained staff was welcoming and attentive in every way possible.
All of our food and beverage experiences were amazing. Whether we were in the glass enclosed dining room, Great Room Bar or Wine Cellar, everything was perfectly presented, delicious and the service outstanding! After this weekend, it is no wonder The Goodstone Inn has won so many awards and is so highly regarded by Wine Spectator Magazine!
Special thanks to Ed Villafane, General Manager, Stephan Elhafdi, Sommelier, the expert culinary staff, Mackenzie and the entire team at The Goodstone Inn for making our weekend celebration so personal, special and memorable!
We stayed here while visiting family in the area just after Christmas.We can’t say enough good things about it. The grounds were just beautiful. The staff was so pleasant and very accommodating. And the lodging itself – we stayed in the bull barn cottage – Was just perfect. We enjoyed a cozy fire in our suite on a chilly winter afternoon. The breakfast was delicious too. Highly recommend.