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
My wife and I hoped to treat my in-laws for their 50th. We called 3 times to try and make the stay special and ensure only my card was charged. The property messed up the gift by charging my father in law. In addition, the 2 porches were filthy. Not what we would expect for ~$500/night. Very disappointing customer service and house-keeping.
Excellent breakfast and the customer service Carlos Moreno was all that made such a memorable stay. This is truly a beautiful Inn in the heart of northern virginia's wine country. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and saw the tall grass light up with fire flies!! It was a natures own light show!
I do not think I could have found a nicer place to stay for our 50th weeding anniversary than the Harvest Room in the French Cottage at Goodstone Inn. There are three room in this cottage, but the night we stayed there we were the only ones, so we had the entire cottage for ourselves. The room comes with a huge jacuzzi and a shower. It has a wonderful sitting room with kitchen, fridge and all the amenities one can think off. We spend our time enjoying the gardens, taking pictures for the many flowers and even the sheep and lama.
We reserved a table for 4 for Mother's Day brunch, and at $65 per person prix fixe, we looked forward to a high treat for Mom. But almost everything was a disappointment, from the atmosphere to the service to the food. First, the seating area in their two-story open glass atrium was COLD. I'm sure that they anticipated a lovely day in May, but the fact was that it was cold and rainy, yet they made no adjustments for the comfort of their guests. It was like we were eating outside. The beverage service was abysmally subpar, which is all the more inexplicable because brunch was buffet style, and the servers had NOTHING OTHER TO DO except serve beverages. Water glasses went unfilled, both initially and throughout the meal. Our first order to the server was for coffee and tea, and coffee they could do - but for our order of black tea, it took THREE ATTEMPTS before they could manage to get the order right. First they brought Chamomile, which we sent back. 20 minutes later - well into the meal - they brought decaf tea, which we again sent back. A different server than our own then wandered into the scene, asking whether one of us had ordered Earl Grey tea. Next, another 10 minutes went by and the manager came over to apologize, which we appreciated, and said that he would personally see to getting us the tea. Then ANOTHER 10 minutes went by before black tea finally emerged – but by then we were having dessert and our meal was nearly over. They also appear to have no notion about how to properly serve tea - the individual tea pot with at least two servings of hot water is a great idea, but the tea bag they served in it was of insufficient strength to infuse two servings of tea, with the result being the entire pot of tea was very weak, "black" tea. In between, our Mom guest of honor was served her coffee - but without a spoon for stirring. As our server was nowhere to be seen, Mom went to ask for a spoon from one of the other many restaurant employees standing around, and in her words, was made to feel like a "criminal" for asking. Graciousness toward the guest is clearly NOT part of their training. The food was also far below expectations. The "waffles" were made on a waffle machine looking like it came second-hand from a college dorm room, and which made waffles which were no larger than a hockey puck. The waffle station guy thought that one of these tiny waffles would be enough for our nearly grown son, and we had to ask for a second one. Consistent with their appearance, the waffles were burnt, chewy and cold. The omelet station was sheer agony, having to wait on clearly inexperienced "chefs" who appeared to have had about 3 minutes of training before being put on station. The roast beef served at the carving station was pitifully small, and also served cold, despite their heat lamps. Overall, far below our expectations based on our prior great experiences at the Goodstone. Something has gone awry at the Goodstone, and we won't return.
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.