18 Rooms / 5 Suites
Winding roads lined with horse farms and expansive fields set the scene for a stay at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant in Middleburg, Virginia, a 265-acre equestrian dream. At the countryside hunting estate, the style, service and décor exude Southern charm. Don’t ride or hunt? Retreat to the Carriage House great room and sit at the hand-carved dark wood bar amid duck decoys and photos of Middleburg’s annual fox hunt. The Carriage House, Goodstone’s main building, is also home to a civilized complimentary afternoon tea served with pastries or small sandwiches daily to guests lounging on the plush sofas and leather chairs in front of the stone fireplace. The Carriage House also holds The Restaurant at Goodstone, with French-influenced American cuisine overseen by chef Ben Lambert.
For a nice view, take a dip in the Goodstone’s heated pool, which has the Blue Ridge Mountains in the backdrop. Or sit in one of the lounge chairs surrounding the pool near a clematis-draped trellis. There, you’ll also see a lovely bathhouse created by the stone remains of the property’s first manor house, which burned down almost a century ago. And if you need more relaxation, try the spa. Two treatment rooms for massages and facials are small and remotely located but quiet and beautifully appointed. But no matter where you go on the grounds, you’re ensured tranquility — children under 10 are not permitted at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant.