I arrived without even realizing how stressed I had become from corporate work and from parenting an infant and toddler. I left full of energy, peace, and a renewed appreciation of life. How could a one night stay make this change? Glenlaurel is nothing short of amazing. When I unlocked our cottage, there was Irish folk music playing and a welcome basket of snacks. The Egyptian cotton robes were waiting and hot tub was calling our names. Later in the afternoon, I read a book from one room while my best friend watched a DVD from the other room. What could be better? Well, it did get better. Dinner was spectacular. There is a professional chef who prepares one standard dish along with special requests for allergies or food preferences. The Inn Keeper welcomes guests, serves them in the bar for coctails (BYO wine bottles as this is a dry county) and appetizers. You are then seated in one of many small, intimate rooms. You will be greeted at your table with a welcome card with your names, menu, and kind words. Following dinner, my friend and I went upstairs to look through scrap books and letters left by guests.
We stayed in a cottage which is quite pricey (did so because we were able to have separate sleeping quarters this way) but we looked at the suites and rooms and they were just as beautiful and almost as large. The only difference is that the large cottages have an outdoor four person hot tub and private large deck. Suites have indoor one person jacuzzi tubs. There is something called a croft, which is like a cottage but just a little smaller. All have small refrigerators and the cottages/crofts have small kitchens. There is a separate living room, bedroom, and dressing room. This is not anything like a hotel but a retreat with many more amenities and personal attention. No children or smoking allowed - they are serious about this. The inn runs specials each month (except October) and offers terrific prices for those who have visited before. A full breakfast is included and is almost as wonderful as dinner. Probably the only down side is that weekends require a two night minimum; however, I called two days prior and was able to stay for one night because they were not booked. In summary, this is a retreat, a renewal, and a gift to give yourself or your spouse. My husband and I are returning in December. Enjoy. It is worth the drive for a honeymoon, anniversary, special occassion, or no particular reason at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A visit to Glenlaurel is laced with romance; from the moment the Manor House comes into view at the driveway entrance until it fades into the tree line from the rearview mirror at departure...the warm welcome at the front door feels like arriving at the stately home of a distant but approachable relative where the children are all grown or away for the weekend. Welcome into the Legend...the Legend of Glenlaurel. Experience the look of the Scottish countryside and the feel of times gone by at our luxurious Hocking Hills accommodations (rooms, suites, crofts, and cottages) that are perfect for romantics and dreamers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Glen Laurel Hotel Rockbridge
- Country Inn Rockbridge
- Rockbridge Country Inn