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 had the pleasure of dining at the Goodstone last night and as always it was perfect! They have recently expanded their dining area and it was breathtaking! I am amazed at how consistent the meals, service and sommelier are....spot-on and phenomenal!
We stayed at Goodstone Inn on a very snowy week in late November. It was lovely and we were treated like royalty. Could not ask for better staff or accommodations. They lit the fire, let me into the kitchen and were welcoming and non obtrusive. Food is fantastic, bar is great!
Quintessential Virginia horse country bed and breakfast. Beautiful old farmhouses, some fieldstone and all beautifully and painstakingly decorated. The resteraunt is the best in the area. You should eat dinner while you are here, but if you don’t you will still understand the talent of the chefs at breakfast!
My wife and I had our wedding at the Goodstone Inn last April. We could not have picked a more beautiful and memorable location. From the very start, we were completely taken care of and put at ease. Chelsea, the wedding coordinator, was amazing! She made sure that everything moved smoothly and came off without a hitch. From the beautiful ivy covered wall where we took our vows to the Bull Barn honeymoon suite, the experience was truly once in a lifetime!
I'm sorry I forgot to post this last year, but we truly loved this place. The rolling hills of the grounds were inviting for long walks as well as to ride their complimentary bikes on the trails. We rented a room in a charming little home just steps from the main lodge, where we had the full run of the home's living room, kitchen and comfortable covered patio.
We enjoyed one dinner in the excellent restaurant, where the service, food and wine choices were all excellent.
Our only complaint was that the house and our room weren't as clean as we expected. This would not in any way keep us from coming back, and in fact we aim to return this fall.