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
Located less than ten minutes from downtown Middleburg in a gorgeous location. Would like to return bc the property is so beautiful. However, for $450/night, they have lots of room for improvement with service.
1. We had dinner reservations in the Bistro, but the manager changed us to the Conservatory without communicating due to the Bistro being closed to a private event. For the prices at the Conservatory, it didn’t wow us. They should have communicated better.
2. Check in is at 3p. We arrived at 3:10 to learn our room would be ready around 3:30. The front desk staff then drove us to the furthest away building (at least a 5 minute plus drive to realize he confused us with another reservation. He awkwardly kept saying, “please don’t strangle me”, he then had to drive all the way back to the lodge to get the correct key, then we finally got in our room at 4p. Not acceptable.
3. You do have to drive your car around the property. They give you bikes by request for free which was a lot of fun to bike to the fire pit. But since it was dark at night, we drove our car. Be cautious, if you’re in the furthest away house (I believe it’s called the Manor House) you will be driving on main roads (not ideal if you’re enjoying yourself at dinner).
4. Rooms were very clean; very comfortable bed. Bathroom is a bit dated but functional.
5. Breakfast was delicious. Appreciated that being included.
Arrive early and enjoy the library ambiance with champagne and peanuts, European style. Follow it by a superb dinner in the atrium with excellent service! If you have the time, stay at the Inn and enjoy the beautiful grounds.
What can i say but outstanding all the way around. Signature French dishes combined with amazing comfort food for a rainy or snowy day. The French Onion soup is outstanding. Not sure where they source the gruyere but it’s mouthwatering. The burger is to die for. Perfectly seasoned.
Love the fries. Huge fry fanatic. Just crispy enough while retaining a bit of softness in the middle.
The decor is terrific. Beautifully appointed without making you feel like you’re in a museum and can’t touch anything. Elegant but welcoming.
And now for the service. Second to none. Everyone knows their job extremely well and is diligent in giving the customer five star service. Polite and friendly but not casual or cavalier. You are getting exactly what you came for —- excellent decor, excellent food, excellent service. I highly recommend the Goodstone.
Side note - a beautiful faculty for events. If i had been familiar with the Goodstone i would have given it strong consideration for my sons Bar Mitzvah.