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
There are many charming small hotels. There are very few perfect ones. What makes "perfect"? The first is the staff. Goodstone staff are like warm thoughtful friends who are also experienced and well-trained. They'll probably offer before you even think to ask, but if you do want for anything, just ask.
The second is the facility itself. Goodstone Inn is the beautifully remodeled horse barn of a mansion built in the mid-1700s. Our first night was spent in the Hayloft, a second-floor room with a spacious bath and a very private roof deck with a view of woods and nearby farmlands. Our second night, we spread out in the larger first-floor Stallion Suite with a charming sitting room. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts and dinners in the glassed-in atrium dining room, hiked several of the trails that thread through the 260 acres of private Goodstone Inn farmland, and had lunch and shopped in historic nearby Middleburg.
The third, is a distinct ambiance. The evening before we left, we walked after dinner up a road through fields near the Inn. In the darkening twilight we watched millions of fireflies begin twinkling like stars. It was magical. In that moment we pledged to celebrate future anniversaries in the same way in the same place.
My partner gifted us with a weekend away at the Goodstone to escape busy DC life and reconnect. I was a bit worried that we would be there before the bloom, and the cold weather would make our stay less enjoyable. I was WRONG! Regardless of the season, this Inn is just amazing in almost every way. We stayed in the Warburg Suite in the Spring House which was perfect and so clean without being antiseptic like some hotels I stay in for work, i.e. there was character and detail everywhere, from the lovely communal kitchen stocked with coffee and drinks, to the turn down service with Pellegrino and chocolates. We loved the full breakfast provided with the package we purchased (just wish they came with a mimosa). And we enjoyed our dinner on Friday night very much. The food was pretty incredible, although I found the price point a little extreme ($250 dinner for two with a house bottle of wine).
The highlight of our stay was probably the hike around the property, which I highly recommend -- great way to appreciate the views and the quietude offered.
The staff is such a credit to the Inn: from Betsy at the front desk, to the super nice guy who tends the animals on the property and was happy to educate us about them, to the waitstaff in the restaurant, to the bartender who recommended the King Street Oyster Bar for dinner on Sat (which was SO good and fun and reasonable!). Having attentive staff is something I've really come to appreciate with my crazy work travel schedule. So, thank you!
Overall, this is a gem of a place, and I've already recommended it to all my coworkers as a perfect romantic getaway for the weekend. So glad I was able to enjoy it, and the precious little downtown Middleburg just a couple miles away. Oh, and the local wineries, and the bucolic scenery . . . okay, must stop now. But if you're considering it, you should just GO!
Visited the Inn and Resturant March 24. Beautiful day to sit in the new atrium and enjoy champagne and brunch. The lobster bisque was good, not exceptional. My steak frites was again good but left me wanting more. Very ordinary. The legumes risotto was again nothing special. My apple tart was great but the cheese plate was questionable.
Having tried a number of times to make it to this place, came away vaguely impressed. Given the pricy menu, I expect more. With two drinks and the prefix menu, the bill exceeded $200. Those are NYC prices! They need to raise their game if they are going to succeed.
Sub par dinner for our anniversary with 2 friends.... food and soup was cold /lukewarm...not crowded but somewhat slow service.... ordered coffee with dessert but it was given to the wrong table ..... VERY pricey for VERY small portions.... ambiance seemed a little casual with no tablecloths.... atrium view is lovely, however does not make the dining room seem very warm and inviting.... we live in Middleburg and have always wanted to come to The Goodstone for a special treat, but very disappointing and would not come back or recommend the restaurant.... totally underwhelming experience and not what we were expecting !!!
The Goodstone is an impeccable facility. Rooms and common areas were spotless and very beautifully designed. Every staff member was exceptionally friendly, efficient, courteous and helpful. Evan was our server and bartender and was exceptionally friendly, knowledgeable and well versed in all types of food and wine. Caitlyn was the breakfast server, also efficient and very friendly. Betsy checked us in, gave us a thorough history of the property and went overboard to make sure we were comfortable in the rooms and at the resort. Mackenzie also helped in every way possible with restaurant recommendations and any other questions. The Goodstone has our unequivocal recommendation for a great getaway. We used the Travelzoo offer and found it to be a great value.