For foodies and wine connoisseurs alike, guests can take a drive to the picturesque town of Middleburg, known as the nation’s horse and hunt capital and a secret celebrity hideaway (around 1 hour away from DC) for the likes of Jackie Kennedy, The Bush Family, Michelle Obama, many iconic politicians, and even actors like Robert DuVall, who has his primary residence there.
Middleburg is full of English heritage: The Middleburg Hunt, comprised of dozens of horses topped with riders wearing sharp uniforms following the hounds to a prized (and unharmed) fox, runs through all of the properties in Middleburg, public and private. Guests will have a good chance to witness their parade through property or equestrians practicing their showmanship.
The town has many opportunities to get suited up for the equine events: horse races, polo matches, horse shows, and more are regularly scheduled during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. The Middleburg area has a blossoming wine culture with 40 nearby wineries available for tastings, such as such as Barrel Oak Winery, Boxwood Winery, Greenhill Winery, Chrysalis, Cana Vineyards, Three Fox Vineyards and more. Downtown Middleburg is a quintessential small, historic town with high-end boutique shopping and precious cafes.
Set on a 265-acre estate of rolling hills and farmland in the heart of Virginia’s wine and hunt country, Goodstone Inn & Restaurant is the ultimate romantic country inn with an award-winning and lauded French-inspired restaurant, The Conservatory. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jan Van Haute, guests come from near and far to experience the expertly crafted tasting menu noting seasonal, innovative twists on French and Belgian fine dining. The property recently unveiled their “living room inspired” Bistro, which serves more casual fare. Located one hour from Washington, D.C., the property has its own farm growing fresh ingredients and a wine cellar offering an expansive selection of wines from around the world, which just won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence only garnered by 270 restaurants internationally.
While on property, guests can reconnect with the environment, slow down, and enjoy true privacy. The property was founded in the mid 1700’s, before the signing of Declaration of Independence for context, and has been preserved as it was since then: as a countryside escape. Step back in time and enjoy a dose of early American heritage by staying in the 18 rooms throughout 6 residences individually decorated in the French/English country style.
Swim, sunbathe, and do yoga at the pool terrace, take on an invigorating 3 mile hike on the trails to see the leaves turning in a sea of color, ramp up the adrenaline on a mountain bike ride through the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, enjoy a scenic canoe ride down Goose Creek, or stroll around the property’s impressive lush gardens. Visit the farm animals including their very own local celebrity: Greyson the Llama.