Dream Weekends 2005: Goodstone Inn & Estate

A weekend at Goodstone Inn & Estate is a chance to live in the lap of Middleburg luxury. Guest rooms are in five residences on the 265-acre estate and is decorated in French or English country style.

We stayed in the Harvest Room in the French Farm Cottage—a single room that felt like a suite, as the cottage’s Great Room was outside our door. Our room boasted the antique charm of a carved armoire and a beamed cathedral ceiling with modern accouterments like a whirlpool and a steam shower.

Guests gather at the Carriage House for fancy tea and full breakfast. (Continental breakfast was delivered to the cottage for those of us who need a caffeine fix.) Our Great Room was also stocked with homemade cookies and soft drinks.

The ruined façade of the estate’s original mansion forms a dramatic backdrop for the heated outdoor pool. The property also has hiking trails and canoeing. Guests get free passes for a round of golf at a nearby country club.

Goodstone’s attentive hosts offered lots of suggestions for nearby restaurants. In the heart of hunt country, good food was not hard to find.

Bottom line: In an hour or so, you can be in the lap of luxury.

Goodstone Inn & Estate, 540-687-4645; goodstone.com. Summer weekend rates for two: $360 to $485 a night plus 15-percent “service fee.”

This article first appeared in the April 2005 issue of The Washingtonian. For more articles from that issue, click here.