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Blue Ridge charmer in Northern Virginia with antebellum roots and an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant
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.
Goodstone Inn & Restaurant
36205 Snake Hill Road
Middleburg, Virginia 20117
How to Get There
Flights are available to Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Reagan National Airport (DCA) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not offer airport transfers. Taxis to/from IAD, about 25 miles away, are approximately $30 to $50, each way. Alternatively, taxis to/from DCA, about 47 miles away, are approximately $100, each way.